“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl





Thursday, April 26, 2018

Two Fridas & some recycled art

How has your week been?
I have been visiting blogs and I'm seeing many Spring posts up lately.
Seems like winter has lasted a long time for many of you.
Right now we are close to hitting triple digits here in Phoenix..
I usually stay indoors for the most part, unless it's very early in the morning or the sun has set.

I made a few things this week, including a couple of earth day projects..
first, the Fridas:
This one is created from a thrifted playing card tin, a Penelope doll head from Lisa Kettell
burlap papers and an old baby shirt that belonged to Helena.


This is acrylic and water color, I added paper flowers and glitter stars .


I created this Marie Antoinette inspired ornament using one of Lisa's
Kewpie dolls from her shop. 
She's wearing a dress made out vintage sheet music.
I made her wig with a bit of wool felting. She's my favorite right now!



I recycle/repurpose all the time..I love using old boxes for the cardboard..
A lot of my art cards and water color paintings are attached to 
 rice, cereal and cracker box cardboard.
I save all the oatmeal and salt containers we get. 
They make lovely little fairy homes.
Empty coffee cans and jars are used to store paintbrushes and pencils.
For Earth Day, Helena and I decided to make some purses.
We used these Pop Tart and Uncrustables boxes...
I had an old roll of clear contact paper
and some fabric remnants..

these are the boxes covered in contact paper:

this is the inside lined with the fabric.

Now, they are not completed but they are looking very cute!
We can't wait to wear them out in public:)
I'll show you how they turn out.
We also made a bird feeder out of an old milk jug, but I did not show a photo of it 
because my email was being very crappy and the pic would not upload.
I'm currently creating some fun paper mache creatures, which use up lots and lots of old newspaper..
Can't show you those you those yet as they are for a swap which has taken so long for me to get to.



Helena and I are going to our library's Spring book sale today,
fill a bag for $10 or a box for $15
We are so excited! 

I hope you have a happy, magical Thursday!





Wednesday, April 18, 2018

a teacup and a teddy bear

Three muses challenge this week is 'teacup'

I painted this picture about eight years ago..
It's supposed to be me and my scruffy old teddy bear....I used a little digital magic to 
adapt it to this theme.






Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Art, Antiques, Roses and an Anniversary

How is everyone today?
I'm doing pretty good...been keeping busy..
painting, gluing, baking and a little shopping.

First, I created this art card using one of the Lisa Kettell doll parts.
I turned it into a little fairy bee. I created the background by gluing a bingo card
onto a piece of  6x8 cardboard, then I decoupaged flowery tissue over it.
washi tape,paper flowers, a paper mache bird and bumblebee stickers finish it off





This witch is acrylic, marker and water color on water color paper.
The pink sequin trim is from a pack of about 40 yards I found at hobby lobby for $3.00!!!!
I thought it was per yard but it turns out it was for the whole thing:)




I painted up this mermaid doll to look like a sugar skull..
she has paper flowers glued to her head, she's on her way
to her new home right now.




Yesterday was special..
It was our 2nd annual cryptid party!
We had one last year with creepy food, big foot feet party favors and so many decorations..
I didn't post about it because last year was so hectic I did not have a chance.
I did take pictures yesterday of the silly cookies before the frosting went on them...



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On Friday I went to a antique mall with my older daughter..
We walked around forever! The place is huge & the prices are what you would expect
for antiques..
I saw this gorgeous, gorgeous cage..It's very large  and those holes on top are actually mirrors.
I fell in love with this but it was a bit out of my price range at $260





I did however, purchase this lovely green bowl..




This adorable cookie cutter,
 can you tell it's a couple of children under an umbrella?
It was a little difficult to photograph..


We were making our way to the registers when we 
found this beauty!
She was under some gross looking barbies and dusty old teddy bears..
She's about 25 inches tall.
I checked her price tag and found out she was 
$6.50
I literally did a double take!




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I went to a Rose Garden in Mesa the other day..




The day was windy and it was cool in the shade.























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I'm about ready for bed right now..
today is the anniversary of my mom's death.
It's been 20 years that she passed away..
It was just yesterday and yet it was lifetimes ago..


Friday is my older daughter's birthday, so I will be back this weekend.
I hope you all have a magical week.

Monday, April 2, 2018

mushroom fairy


The theme at take a word challenge this week is
"Splash of Red"



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Thank you to everyone that sent birthday wishes to Helena:)
We really appreciate it and she got a kick out of reading the comments!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Eleven







Yesterday was Helena's 11th birthday!

 
 


There was a cake, some unicorns and a baby llama.



We went to Barnes & Noble for a while then we came home, watched Jumanji, & had spaghetti.

I'm very proud of this girl..she's helpful, encouraging and a bit stubborn..
We had a difficult time for a while, for various reasons,
and throughout it all she has been tirelessly bright and positive.




 Happy Birthday Helena!
May this year be absolutely magical for you.
Thank you for never letting me give up.

(2 years old)








Monday, March 19, 2018

Heart angels and kittens..

Three Muses Challenge this week is Hearts..
 
I found this background on pexels..
thanks to Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover



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Helena is joining me this time with her own creation:)

(you can click on the pictures to see a larger version)

Hugs!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Bohemian gyspy fairy house

Good-morning!
 I wanted to share a little project I created this week..
I started with an old Christmas tree ornament I found in a clearance bin..
It's very large, about 15 inches tall and it's made out of a heavy metal/wire.
Really can't imagine the tree this was intended for, other than the huge department store ones.
It was bent and much of the glitter was falling off, showing the dark gray underneath.
I used a pair of wire cutters and broke off one of the little bars, to create a doorway.
Then it was time to repaint and glitter (my favorite!)
After adding silver tinsel trim,ribbon,  moss, beads, artificial flowers and a bitty chandelier,
I hot glued a broken earring to the front.
I used a couple of doll parts from Lisa Kettell's Shop.
1 frozen charlotte
1 circus tent..
After I cut the Charlotte in half, I hot glued her to the circus tent to create a full skirt.
Scrapbook paper arms and Little Birdie paper flowers (for wings) were added after I painted her dress
in a variety of  dark pink, turquoise and purple acrylics.
when she was done, I added  some highlights with gold fabric paint.
As a finishing touch I sprinkled some iridescent star glitter on her 'floor'.
















I sprayed everything with a clear acrylic, so now she's safe to be outside.

 What are your plans for today?
It's 60 degrees and mostly cloudy right now so
I'm going to put up some lights on the back patio and hang up some more stars:)

Hope you have a magical day!!


Monday, March 5, 2018

Blue & White Challenge...


Take a word challenge this week is Blue & White..



(The little girl is an image from Dezinaworld15)

I was looking for a quote to add to this creation and I happened to find this one..


Friday, March 2, 2018

March is here!

Happy March!
It's already here and I cannot believe how fast it has arrived.
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This is Helena's birthday month, she's going to be eleven on the 22nd!
I'm not sure what theme she may want, but I do know she wants a sewing machine:)



So we are pretty much finished unpacking and now I get to have fun organizing
 and putting things exactly where I want them.
To be honest, I'm about 90% done with that too.
I love being here!
I can look out of the window when I do the dishes..
(peeves likes it too)


I can go outside and look at the sky..


I can do laundry whenever I feel like!!

There's freedom and I'm so very, very grateful for everything.

I wasn't sure when I would be able to create because it takes a bit for my muse to start cranking out ideas.
I'm a creature of habit and when I'm in a different place
 my creativity sometimes feels a little up in the air and unsettled.
Well, we've been here a month and I've made a few things..

This was hideous! 
It had a beige background, grayish stems and bright orange tops!
It was also a quarter at goodwill, so it was worth buying..
I wish I'd taken a before pic:


This is a paper plate!
I had a ripped dust jacket on an old book of fairy tales that I couldn't part with.
after cutting out the image I glued it to the copper plate and used a star shaped punch on glitter paper.



This is a birthday gift for a friend. Black Panther is his favorite at the moment..


Finally, I repainted this cabinet..
It was pale aqua and it used to be in our dining area, full of plates and utensils,
But now it's MINE (lol)
It's in the bedroom and I have filled it with glitter and other magical things:)
I adore it!

Thank you so much for stopping by.



See you soon!

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