"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Charm A Day...Day 1

Some of us from the ArtCharms Yahoo group are making "A Charm A Day" (CAD).  I certainly have enough beads & other supplies to do this...and it does sound like fun.  Since I generally do most of my creative stuff at night when I can't sleep anyway, I'm sure most of mine will be "A Charm A Night" instead. 

I originally signed up to do July & then I'll see if I decide to do more, but many people have already started, so I had to join in on the fun.  Seems like a great way to play with those one of a kind beads or components we all seem to have.  I'm not sure what I'll do with my charms, but I can always figure that out later.

I'm not sure I'll post a charm here each day...maybe I'll do a week at a time...we'll see as we go along.

Today's charm is "Imagine"...to inspire me to imagine making a charm a day.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A few new charms

I know this charm would creep out my friend Tracy, but I happen to like spiders.  I have a connection to them, and have used them in quite a few pieces of artwork.  It has to do with my life as a weaver & spinner...something I haven't done for years.  But I'll always love spiders.  I especailly loved the wonderful webs we would get out on our balcony in CA...so pretty with just a bit of dew on them & the artful weaver sitting somewhere in that web.
I also love bird nests...another skillfully woven masterpiece, made to lay eggs & raise those baby birds until they can fly away on their own.  I used a pre-rusted wire for this...it was a bit of a challenge to weave the wire in & out to hold the nest together, but I can see making more of these in the future.  My needle nose pliers became a good friend while creating this nest.
I'm a member of the ArtCharms group on Yahoo...and every Thursday night, there is an on-line chat.  Most Thursday nights, I forget about it...but last week I remembered to go into the chat.  We talked about finding the time to create & also about some swap ideas.  I'm not sure how we got onto the topic, but the idea of postage stamps in mica came up & someone asked me to post an example of that...so the last charm above is the one I just made.  My friend Kimber sent me a bunch of bird image postage stamps & I selected the one above for my charm.  I have a love-hate relationship with mica, but this one turned out ok. 
And yes, once again I forgot about the chat last night. 

So that's some of what I've been playing with this week...what have you been up to?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

And the winner is.....

So all the names went into a basket & we have a winner...Francine!  Francine was one of the commenters whose message would not post, but she emailed me her comment & I was able to post it as "anonymous".  She also left her recipe for pulled pork...done in a crock pot.  Sounds yummy...we LOVE pulled pork, although we were spoiled from our time living in Dallas...there's nothing better than real Texas BBQ! 

Francine, I'm emailing you privately to get your mailing address...and congratulations!  Enjoy your little package of summer when it arrives. 

And to all of you who visited & left a comment...thank you!  I had lots of fun reading them & will definitely do giveaways from time to time...they're lots of fun for me, too.
who thinks her computer time today may be limited...the skies are getting darker & the winds are picking up...definitely a storm on the way.  Bummer.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's June...time for a Summer Giveaway!

How did it get to be June already?  Inquiring minds want to know.  But since SUMMER is now upon us, I've gathered up some fun summer stuff to share.  I need some summer fun...and a new roof on the house...but that part's no fun.  Having a pity party here about that roof thing.

Here's what I've packaged up to share for this Summer funfest.  Some of my hand dyed ribbons in summery ocean colors...a big shell...a tin filled with ocean shades of beads & charms...a fishy art charm...a summery bottle cap magnet & a pendant that features a bottle filled with sand & shells.   Stuff that reminds me of when we actually lived close enough to the Pacific to go down there & experience those ocean breezes.  Somehow going to the shores of Lake Erie here isn't anywhere near the same experience.
Entering is easy...just leave a comment here on this blog post.  Summer is the time to sit back & relax...just share your favorite summer fun activity...or a quick & easy summer recipe...or a summer drink recipe...alcohol encouraged...or just tell me you're too busy chillin' to think.  Be sure I can access your email addy, so that if you win, I can let you know. 

Enter through June 15th...I'll pick a winner on the 16th so I can take your package to the PO that weekend. 

Here's to fun summer days!

I have had emails saying that some comments would not publish.  If that happens to you, please email me directly with Summer Giveaway in the subject line & I will add you into the drawing.  I'll be putting all names into a basket to pick the winner.