Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wings and Crowns

The Sunday postcard challenge was for Wings And Crowns......So here is my postcard. Today was one of those days when I felt like I was just going around in circles....Laundry, art, Kitchen, Laundry, Art....You know, bits and pieces of this and that. I enjoy the Sunday challenge, very inspiring group.
The GOT BLING? swap is starting to take off and there were two new additions today...Goody. I am getting excited. Have a peaceful and restful nite........Diane

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

MYSTICAL Sunday Postcard

This is my first postcard for the SUNDAY POSTCARD CHALLENGE. Your right Roc....they are fun. The size is great, now I am interested to see how they look after they go through the mail. Life is ice cream. Diane

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Well I just had to didn't I????? Here is my first postcard. I really enjoyed making it and I don't think I will will attack them too hard but there are definitely more in the works...I think I may do one for the Sunday Postcard Challenge theme is Mystic.. I have something in the works but I will have to see if it works out...Meanwhile..Have a Artsy _artsy Sunday...Diane

Friday, August 22, 2008

Creative Cropping

You haven't seen the last of my lily's yet.....They are grand this year.. so many blossoms. Maybe they liked that shade the smoke created or something. The white one has a big bud on it that I check every morning before I go to work. I can't wait for it to open. I hope it isn't windy. When taking this pink one, I had to hold the top bud so it wouldn't move in the wind. Pretty tricky, to hold it and shoot at the same time. Wasn't sure what I would get. I really cropped out a lot of background, mostly the peeling paint of my 100 year old house. Beauty is all around us, look for the little things. Diane

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hat Bling

Talk about a big hat....did anyone really wear something like this??? At least for anything other than a photo shoot? Still I love this photo, she doesn't really have her nose in the is the only way she could support the weight of this hat...teehee. This is another 4 x 4 Chunky book page for my swap "Got Bling" Enjoy your day...think in color..........Diane

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lily in my Yard

Fall is in the air.......Some how you just know. By the feel in the air and the slight drop in the evening temperatures. School starting. The days are getting a little shorter. I love the four seasons, some a little more than others. We had a very short summer because of the smoke filled sky's. No sunshine. Our little valley just held that smoke in, like valleys do. It is so nice now, to see the mountains and the blue sky. Yesterday the fluffy clouds filled the sky. Things are getting back to normal around here. Seek Joy.........Diane

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dream of Bling

Well, I sent of a couple of bags of bling to a couple of people that wanted to join the swap, but thought they didn't have any bling to use....I have a ton of broken and miss matched bits and pieces of jewelry. If anyone else wants to join and feel that they need some let me know. Also it doesn't have to be can use sparkly buttons, charms, beads and of course glitter...CHECK THIS OUT TO SEE SOME OF THE ENTRY'S

Monday, August 18, 2008

Beautiful Monday

As I go off to work I just wanted to wish everyone a beautiful MONDAY!! The forest fire is 100% contained...The smoke is still here from the fire over the hill that is still going. A very small storm passed by yesterday and dropped a little rain with it so that helped. I never thought rain would sound so good...Diane

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Today my blog hit 80........It has been so much fun and I have worked to keep it Art Focused and still somewhat intimate. I have made a lot of new friends and have been touched by their openness, overwhelmed by their artistic ability and charmed by their kindness.

It has brought a new feeling of accomplishment to my life and a great stress reliever as well. There are times when I wonder if anyone is out there, and other times when I realise it is a rather selfish pleasure that I have all to myself.
This is a fun 4 x 4 Chunky book page that I made for the Got Bling swap...I call it "Jungle Bling" One day I didn't have anything in my mind I found this flower part and wondered what it would be like to stamp it. It sat on my work table for a long time before it found its way on to this piece. Makes me know why I have so much stuff out on my table. Sooner or later they find a place on my art. Have a creative weekend......Diane

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Oh..........these are fun. Here is my Bling Bride. The photo was in my Grandmother's photo album. I think she was a niece. What a wonderful gown and the bouquet is beautiful. Full length elegant. I know these were not wealthy people but nothing was too much for their daughter. It would cost a fortune now days for a gown and vail like this. Coffeelatte is the newest member to this swap and we are excited to have her...Anyone else out there wanna join there are still several spots open...Art-On. Diane .........WhooHoo.....just found out that Cathy has signed up too.... Thanks Cathy glad to have your art here.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lady Bird

One more for the "GOT BLING" Swap.......You know how I love Crows....I always joke that I am part Crow...The bird not the Indian....I love to bring shiny things back to my nest...I am a collector of bits of string and colorful yarn, beads and BLING....Have a sparkling day......Diane

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Here is another 4x4 chunky book page for my swap...I hope there is no confusion as to where to sign up...On flicker I started a group site where you can up load your work for this swap, so if you are a member of flickr you can join there. If you blog only you can sign up here on the newest post or the original post. We still have lots of room and the due date is not until OCT 15th. so there is lots of time. Hopefully I didn't make it too far in advance. We are getting some really great artist for this so.... sign up. We have Amyfaire from AFA who does amazing 4x4's .
Have a Art Full weekend. Diane

Thursday, August 7, 2008


I have been wanting to share the framed collection of ACEO'S that I have from one of my favorite artist.....Cassandra. I framed all three of her cards together and added alittle BLING. I wanted to enjoy them and share them with others and still keep them safe and dust free. This was also my first photography/lighting project. My husband brought me some Shop lights, and I clipped one on the shelf next to my project and the other one I hand held. My camera being on a tripod. I was very happy how it turned out and the photograph without any glare on the glass.

The yellow Sunflowers are just for happy......Cassandra has joined my GOT BLING? swap

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Got Bling?

Ok....Here goes. I am hosting my first ever SWAP. GOT BLING? 4 x 4 Chunky Book pages, trade your 6 pages for 6 pages in return. I have been a participant in many, many swaps and finally decided to host my own. If you like vintage jewelry, you will love this theme. Here are three examples of what I want. Your style can lead you. Here are the rules,
Must use one or more of the following: Old jewelry pieces
Lace and ribbon
or all of the above..........
This swap is open to 15 people.
Posting will be on my flicker site.
You can sign up here or there just be sure to leave a link so I can contact you.
Always your best work of course. Your screen name and your real name artsy on the back.
Because some pages are chunkier than others I will supply the return envelopes. Just enclose the amount of stamps that it takes to mail your package with a label with your address.
If I have forgotten anything feel free to let me know. I am excited to do this challenge. Everyone will receive a special little gift from me. Lets just have some fun with this and use up some of that pretty stuff that we have been gathering for a while. Sprinkle alittle JOY today.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Something for Sarah

Well, I am not sure if this is a WIP or finished...This is 7 x 13 inches, I feel like it needs more STUFF but for now this is as done as it is gonna get..Sometimes it is better to move on, maybe come back to it later or maybe not. was fun and I enjoyed working on it. Isn't that what it is all about?? ART-ON.