Saturday, April 28, 2012

Glue This To That

Look what I found!  No not tulips.  I just threw in this picture of my birthday flowers because they were pretty and I didn't have a picture of anything glued together.  HA!

I found (it wasn't really lost) a web site that let's you input the type of material you want to glue to another type of material and then suggests a glue.  Hot Dog!!  Guess the name...

Granted - we all have our favorites, our tried and true - but for somebody like me that stretches the envelope every chance she gets, I found this fascinating.

I'm preparing to glue seed beads and other glass/ceramic smallish things to a vintage 1972 Porsche windshield to be repurposed as a fireplace screen.  I'm going to find some "Loctite" glue as this site recommends.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Past IS My Present

Another one of my gifts (to myself ;) was a weekend art class...

A serendipitous search of the Internet led me to a weekend class being taught by Sandy Webster ( only 1 1/2 hrs away from my home at The Creative Arts Center in Dalton, GA.          "Building Boxes:  Creative Spaces for Small Collections"   

Two important items to note; 1.  OMG! The Creative Arts Center in Dalton is a hidden gem - would take another class there in a heart beat.  2.  Sandy Webster - my kind of teacher.   I was concerned about the size of the class - 12 - and needn't have been.  Sandy didn't sit down for two days!  She was ALWAYS roaming the class and teaching to EVERY student; she got as excited about a student's project (all of them different) and their process as they did (sometimes more) and stayed with a student until he/she "got it"; she received as well as she gave. I like teaching and hope to publish a book on foam core one day ;) - she was an inspiration.

Most of the students were from the Chattanooga, TN Book Arts Group.  I didn't get permission to post pictures of any other student's project (if I do I'll post them later).  Their projects were all different and were incredible.  

"The Past Is My Present" -  I can't help it - while I get excited about new and modern - I'm most comfortable with what I can identify with (even a little bit) and what has a "story". 

This is my project:  Outer Box (green) 17"h x 11.5"w x 1.75"d - Inner Box (Magenta) 11"h x 8.5w x 2"d (before the walls were put up the back was covered with a newspaper ad from 1956).  All made out of book board (thick chip board) covered in Lotka Paper (a nice handmade, mailable paper).

Contents:  String of crystals from the Treasure Bay Hotel chandelier that fell during Katrina; old copper number 3(I'm the middle child of 5 girls); loose tumbled Apache Tears behind Mica (my grandma brought them back for us after a trip panning for gold in California)My Aunt Ginger was rooting thru some things and found my Grandmother's false teeth in a little change purse - of course I got them.  Her teeth are here surrounding her picture with a vintage metal yellow flower earring in the corner.  (my Grandmother was a piece of work);  false set of miniature books made from the spines of vintage books (behind the books is a box containing a scroll describing the box's contents); small sea urchin; vintage watch (the metal bar rolls away and the watch comes out to reveal loose old watch parts behind it); miniature Miss Worth perfume bottle and old necklace; old rusty wheel (I love wheels) and sea glass; vintage watch parts box (pull the rhinestone string at the bottom and the box comes out to reveal a hidden alcove); vintage contact lens bottle (I know because it was mine) filled with Peridot melee; Old composition doll; key guts and hanging key (I love keys) over Herkimer diamonds (double-terminated quartz crystals).

Scroll covered with red leather (from old purse).

I have a week left of my Birthday Month - Ya Hooo!

April is my Birthday Month

My 60th Birthday Month

For some of us, as we get older, we have Birth-Months vs Birth-Days.

I wanted to do something different for my 60th Birthday.  This is as "different" as it gets for me and all I had to do was mention it to my husband and off we went.


One of my gifts was a zip lining adventure at My husband and I  took the pkg to include a videographer (that's me in the video) and had a blast.  The zip line guides Bonnie, Pooty and JD were awesome!  I would go again. 

I don't have a Bucket List.  There are a lot of things I'd like to experience.   But not so much that I'd be able to put them in any order - although I'd really like to meet Rosie O'Donnell.

I'm thankful I got to be here for another year.  I have plans and look forward to the next one.