. ~ digital collage above by filigree moon ~ .

March 29, 2010

~ SeReNdiPitY ~

Seen any good movies lately?
I finally saw
"Alice in Wonderland"
 and must say...
it was quite entertaining.
a recent antiquing adventure
presented tiny treasures...
plucked right from the story!
Silly characters.
Artfully inspiring...
alas, banners to create!
Lots of color!
And pattern.
A virtual WoNdErLaNd
of ideas abound
after seeing this film!

For more muchness and a fabulous party

March 25, 2010

PAPER COWGIRL ~ Registration is Open!

Grand Opening of
~ Altered Art Retreat ~
Yep, registration begins today for the
best little art retreat in Texas.
  A variety of techniques in multiple artistic mediums
 will be taught in Waxahachie, Texas, June 24-26, 2010.
FuN, FeLLoWsHiP, ArT, GrEaT FooD, 
VeNDoR ArT and SuPpLiEs SHoW!

Check out the Paper Cowgirl site and the
Classes are limited to 20 students, so sign up quickly!
There will be 12 classes offered, and
I am thrilled to be teaching a jewelry making class.
Hope to see y'all there!

March 20, 2010

~ Front Yard Winter ~ Back Yard Spring ~

Today is the first day of Spring, yet
Texas is not ready to surrender Winter's chill.
View from the front yard boasts
Winter clouds,  almost imperceptible snowflakes.
Back yard bears the wonders of Spring with
Redbud trees in full violet bloom,
clover sprinkling the emerging lawn, budding trees,
sun rays freely dancing about.
As the sun hides behind the gathering clouds, the
bleakness of Winter lingers, with a
sullen mood, tweaked only by the persistent 
colorful emergence of Springtime beauty.

 These photos were taken within a two minute time frame.

**edited ~ next day, dusting of snow** 
**edit complete**
Spring Reigns!

As I post, the sun has set and the
snowflakes have increased in number.
Tomorrow, Springtime will reveal its glory,
as Texas Winter fades to a memory.

March 15, 2010

~Colors of Spring~

 resplendent with renewing gifts of nature.

Kaleidoscope distortion of Mother of Pearl crosses and peace symbols.
As I am inspired by color,
 Springtime provides a multitude of  
palettes for creative catalysts.

Recently, I attended a local
Spring bead market and selected
beads which were appealing for
 seasonal creations.
Shades of
green and turquoise malachite,
coupled with cut crystal hearts.
Jade in saturated candy hues.
Glass in royal purple,
crystal with aurora borealis coat.
Mother of pearl crosses and peace signs.
Symbolic of the approaching
Easter season.
Symbolic of Promise and Peace.
Shades of Springtime.
Season of Renewal.
Season of Hope.
Season of gratitude and sharing 
Gifts so unselfishly
bestowed upon us.
Kaleidoscope distortion of Mother of Pearl croses and hearts.

May your week be sunny,
 bright and
resplendent with color!

March 8, 2010

~ Saddle Up! ~

You are in for a wild ride!
Paper Cowgirl altered art retreat
has announced 2010 instructors and classes.
Registration will start soon!
I am honored to teach a jewelry class this year.
More information and photos of my class in this post below.
Paper Cowgirl
instructors and classes are as follows:

Mixed Media Art Tags
Altered Bird Trinket Box
Digi Class
Dale Mclain (former PC teacher)
Sea Inspired Shadow Box
Jennifer Stewart
Beautiful 4th Banner
Ann-Denise Anderson (former PC Teacher)
Victorian Boots
Angela Berger
Shabby Classy Necklace
Inspirational Tag Book
Laverne Johnson
"Pocket" Book
Cindy Gilstrap
La Petite Boutique Altered Canvas
Deb Taylor
Found and Rebound Journal
Corrine Clark
French Paper Shoe
Sandra Feazel (former PC Teacher)
Beeswax/Painted Canvas
Joanna Lewis (former PC Teacher)
Feathered Friend Collage

Click on each teacher's name to visit their blog.

A dozen classes are offered this year.
Choose as many as you like when registration begins.

~ Shabby Classy Necklace ~
In this class you will learn various
beading basics such as tool use,
opening and closing jump rings,
wire wrapping,
joining chain and findings,
wire loops, clasps.

I will show you how to create a
wire wrapped and bejeweled lace bead.
We will learn how to attach a
vintage rhinestone jewel or buckle
 as the focal point of the necklace.

I will provide Swarovski crystal rondelles
and platinum and chocolate brown Swarovski pearls,
Czech glass druk beads, and vintage lace,
sterling oxidized wire,
oxidized silverplate chain, links and findings.
The necklace you create will be classy enough to wear with your dressier attire, yet
have just the right shabby appeal to partner with your favorite jeans and tshirt!
This year's event is in Waxahachie, Texas
June 24-26, 2010.
So, if you want to have a
boot scootin' time,
join us for Paper Cowgirl!
You can lasso your choice of classes when official
signups begin.  I will keep you updated here on my blog.
Paper Cowgirl blog as well as instructor blogs
will also have updates to
the best little retreat in Texas!
Button created using Cowgirl image from  Graphics Fairy!

Y'all have a great week!!

March 4, 2010

~ Studio Inspiration ~

 Morning light
is shining brightly this morning in my studio.
Seldom do I create by the light of day.
Rather, it is by
 that my stolen moments
to create are most abundant.
ATC ~ Title: "Party Cloudy, Chance of Rabbits"

And it is evening when my
 creative muse is most present.
Visions of castles, crowns, and cake
beckon me - stay awake.
Shelves present tools at the ready.
Shelves also cradle my creations.
And ingredients.
Fairy sightings.
Canvas collections.
But alas,
the tidiness disappears.
And creative chaos ensues.
Actually, this is my best creative environment.
Even my faux floral collection in enamel bucket
 inspires with realistic form.
An angel, atop my New Mexico style vignette,
is a gift from my mother, years ago, and watches over
my creative space.  Thank you, Mom.
My muse must settle for a bit
while I tend to the dailies,
you know...laundry, "shoveling the floors",
and light cleaning.
And later ~ by light of the
Filigree Moon,
 ~my creative muse will emerge ~
refreshed, and ready to