Monday, December 28, 2009

Dance of butterflies in music theme.

Several years ago I made this for a neighbors daughter for her graduation. She is now in university and heading in the direction of a Pediatrician. Her mother tells me she is still enjoying the tray. I gave this to her as I knew she played piano and was very musical. Sheet music was from a Etude music magazine dated 1902. I tried to include the date on the tray for nostalgia sake. As with most of my trays I did a glass overlay to protect the rather tactile pieces such as a vintage butterfly brooch in bottom right. The butterfly from Irish linen in upper right corner was from one of my shopping trips. When I did this I really didn't know what a collage of sorts was. Little did I know where all this would end up heh! CLICK ON PICTURE TO SEE THE DETAILS. Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 21, 2009

My 1st blog anniversary & some tech info

It's been a year since I started my blog and I want to take this opportunity to thank all my followers and those of you who just stop by to see what I have been creating. I don't receive many comments so I really don't know what people are thinking but that may be due to the problem Blogger has with the Comments. Which leads me to the technical part of this post. I understand that Google's browser; CHROME was designed for viewing blogs. I have been using it and am able to leave comments even on my own blog now. So hopefully I can now interact with those who want to. If you tried to leave me a comment and it didn't work try CHROME as your browser when viewing blogs. It's a fast and free browser, downloads in seconds. You can find it here: for the english version. Works with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Did the above on watercolor paper then scanned it and played with it in Photoshop adding a vintage rose pic ripped from a 1900's magazine.

Thanks for reading! Uniquely Myself!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cream Needlepoint pillow

This type of needlepoint went really fast - stitches in wool. Tassel attached with a vintage button.

Monday, December 7, 2009

3 ATC's in Orange Theme

Orange is my least favorite color but I force myself to use it at times like this. Hoping to trade these at the next ATC swap.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Glass pendants tinted

Tinted the solder after it was done with alcohol inks using a foam applicator attached to the end of an old pen. You can see the difference between the two. The one on left blends with the bird image I used.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Recycled vintage tablecloth now tea towels!

I inherited some vintage linens - more tablecloths than I now have tables for. This tablecloth was beautiful soft cotton. Thought it would be nice in tea towels so I cut it up into about 5 tea towels with some recycled lace from a different project. Now I am enjoying and using it more than when it was just folded up in a closet.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Peach Lacey Lampshade by Sandra

This lamp shade is in my studio. Completed several years ago. I need to do a couple more so maybe this winter. Will post them when done.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Time themed workcentre solution.

About a year ago I needed to reposition my computer work center to accommodate my wireless network connection to my husbands pc upstairs. This meant having to put the back of the work centre facing out into the room. That would be okay except the back top portion was unfinished unlike the bottom that was nicely finished. I couldn't bear to have this ugly part showing so I set out to "make lemonade from a lemon". I designed these panels and glued on the clocks which I had ripped from the ads of various magazines. Added quotes about time using Photoshop then did some stencil texturizing before attaching to back of work center using Velcro. This was so I could take it off and redo if my decorating scheme ever changed. Sorry for the messy area in my work area - I really do know where everything is! Thanks for reading.

Monday, November 2, 2009

More pages from my first quotation book

The above pocket was made from a page in a wallpaper sample book.
I love recycling materials to make these quote book pages. The last image I place in the back of each book. Done with several stamps. On some of these books I leave it blank so I can add a personal handwritten message if giving it as a gift. This is the last of the first book series. Will post more pages in a future posting. TO SEE FURTHER DETAILS CLICK ON EACH PICTURE.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Handpainted periwinkle swirl designed tray

Did this freehand. Added glaze to the white paint then did the negative technique using the eraser on a pencil. Hand painted the dots etc. Did this several years ago as a grad gift. Wishing now I that I would have taken a picture of the back - little did I know one day I would want to archive all my creativity on a blog!

Monday, October 19, 2009

My first attempt at slipcovering a chair!


This was my first attempt to slipcover this chair we inherited. I was tired of the green, besides I had on hand this lovely cotton sateen which I preshrunk so this can be quickly taken off and laundered. I used many dressmaker details. Did all of this without a pattern using "muslin" fabric to form a pattern by pinning it and forming seams etc. I did a little research on this before I started and learned that I chose the most difficult chair style since it has the arm rests. And it was - it took me approximately 40 hours. I feel it was well worth it. I saved the muslin pattern so I could do another when this one is either worn out or I'm tired of it. I have another slipper chair and maybe next year I will recover it. It will be much, much easier as it has no arm rests to deal with.
On the seat portion which is separate I tried my hand for the first time at free motion quilting stitching. I love it! I can hardly wait to go that direction and do more stitching with other pieces. Thanks for reading and looking! Uniquely myself!

Monday, October 12, 2009

ATC'S: Artist Trading Cards on letter background using MistyFuse

Click on image to see it larger revealing details.
The bottom ATC was done as a sandwich using letters from crossword puzzle's on watercolor paper with a overlay of MistyFuse ironed on to make it all one "sandwich". See the full size of it on my background blog:
I can hardly wait to do more with this MistyFuse and other materials. Have I inspired you?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Picture story of Bathroom Dresser redo


I did this many years ago. It was ugly brown but rock solid. Gave several sealer coats to the top finish which makes it very easy to clean. The color is a blushing white high end latex paint.
The sweet pea floral arrangement is probably the last summer bouquet. Used a miniature tea cup to arrange it in.

Monday, September 28, 2009

50th Wedding Anniversary Card

We were invited to a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration so I just had to create a card. Yes it took some time but I'm sure they didn't get two of these! Highlighted some of the markings on the leaves with embossing powder. Used my Scor-it-Board tool to mark the horizontal line on bottom third of card. Finished off with a sheer bow. I also made the envelope from scratch. Will post that at a later date. Thanks for reading.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Try a little lace in a dried floral arrangement

Love using dried peonies, poppyseed heads and in this one a little doily of vintage tatting lace. I then display it on a doily. I hang the peonies upside down to dry. Picked them just at their prime. I used different pinks etc. Over the years these do collect dust but I just carefully vacuum them on low suction.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Hand beaded fringe lampshade

I really enjoyed doing this lampshade. I hand beaded the fringe one string at a time. I attached them to a fabric strip then glued on the underside after I completed the rest of this custom shade. It is quite small - maybe that's why I took it on. The beading took several months of doing just a few strands each evening while visiting with my hubby. I am very careful to not let the direct sun shine on this through the window as I am afraid it may rot the fibres in beading etc.

Monday, September 7, 2009

ATC's: Artist Trading Cards on music note background

I enjoyed doing these 3 ATC's using recycled materials. Made the background with a music note embossed stencil by running it through my Cuttlebug machine. Check my other blog:
for the music note embossed background.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Mixed Media done on canvas with Welcome.

I love textures - here was my chance to make them. This was done with Golden's gels, mediums, transparent acrylic paints, interference paints, GAC's and many different textures incorporated. Size of canvas: 12 x 24 inches. Sorry for the glare on this photo. It has not done it justice at all.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Recycled rose picture made into a gift tag.

Stamped and painted the back of card stock weight paper then attached image from a magazine to the reverse side. These make great gift tags instead of the bow.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Garden and Nature themed trays

The above tray is different from the one below. Notice on the one above the vintage necklace. Click on image and it should show more details of picture.

The above is the same paper but I positioned it differently on tray. Notice the word music has been framed with a mini frame to highlight it.
Both trays have glass overlays to protect the embellishments inside. Oh how I wish I would have saved at least one of these!
Hope you enjoyed these!

Monday, August 10, 2009

More pages from my Quotation Book

Printed this quote above on soft green vellum. Did 2 sides in glitter rickrack.
Hand painted this page (actually was cleaning off my brushes) and used as a background. Made a vellum envelope for this piece which I ripped from a old Victoria magazine. Swirl design paper on right hand side is recycled from Home Companion magazine. I use a lot of the papers in my work as they contained advertisements so I won't miss that part.

Found this tree in a book. " It takes a long time to grow an old friend" quote printed on vellum. Used the scallop cut on 2 opposite sides of paper.

Printed quote on vellum then scrunched it up. Applied Distress Ink then ripped edges. The opening is a window for previous page.

This was done with stamps as background then collaged misc papers. Did up a mini card with quote that has an embossed front.

Monday, August 3, 2009

New garden pictures blog added.

I have added a new blog: YARDEN COLLECTIONS. If you are interested have a look:

This is a place where I am archiving my garden/yard pictures with some chatter.

Lavender lace lampshades made by hand.

Done by hand. Custom dyed the braid, (gimp), fringe and lining to coordinate with lace. Left the "eyes" sheer. When light is on it looks very interesting. Took approximately 35 hours. Made a decorator pillow to match. Will post it at a later date.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Collaged mirror with musical notes frame.

Notice the piano keyboard design on edge of frame.

Enjoyed doing this collage with music notes, crackle and stencilling. Gave this away as a grad gift to a lovely graduate that is musical.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Couldn't resist filling these tea cups!

I couldn't resist filling these tea cups with some flowers left over from birthdays etc. I love tea cups. Someday I hope to write in my creative journal why I like these tea cups so much. Will post it on my blog when I do.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Three slide mounts recycled on swirl background.

Enjoyed creating little frames from these old Kodak slide mounts. The top one was done with alcohol inks on aluminum tape. The middle one is with textured paint. The bottom is done with crackle paint. Background created from one of my paintings. Made a brush and with one click it filled the background with design.

Monday, July 6, 2009

My first coil bound quotation book

Collaged page with oval lace bird.
Collaged page. The previous page has a opening that reveals the angled bird design only.

For years I have collected quotes. They were in files in my creative file cabinet and on my computer. I wanted to be creative with them so I started with a full sheet of collage. Strategically placing birds etc for openings to reveal on the following page. See my other blog Rustic Pixel Backgrounds for the original sheet before I cut it up in 6 x 6 inches then further embellished each page and added a quote on most of them. I have used a separate qoute for each, not duplicating any. One day I'm sure I will treasure these even more when my creating days are history. I made 6 books so far.
For this book of quotations I used a theme of leaves and birds. Hope you enjoyed these. I will post the rest of the book another week.