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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


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Happy Birthday Mama!

Yesterday was my Mom's birthday...

So after I made her this birthday card, I made her a shadow box, featuring an old photograph of my great-grandfather.  The box features wheat from the area where he had his homestead, a piece of petrified wood I found there as well, some old buttons and a piece of Romanian beads.  I replicated some Romanian embroidery on paper, and had a friend give me a Romanian translation that I thought was fitting.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Beatles Project: Song Titles

Here are the Song Titles from my Beatles Project! Did you guess them all?

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Drive My Car
  • P.S. I Love You
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  • For the Benefit of Mr. Kite
  • Lady Madonna
  • The Fool on the Hill
  • I Am The Walrus
  • Yellow Submarine
  • Ticket to Ride
  • The Long and Winding Road
  • Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
  • Penny Lane
  • Rain
  • Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  • Glass Onion
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Back in the USSR
  • Hey Bulldog
  • Revolution No. 9
  • Help
  • Dr. Robert
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret
  • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • I’m Only Sleeping
  • Rocky Racoon
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Blackbird
  • Birthday
  • Mean Mr. Mustard
  • The Sun King
  • Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • Octopus’ Garden     
I created this project using 1.5" square pieces of wood.  I then created the drawings on paper, glued them onto the wood pieces, and then covered the drawings in UTEE embossing powder.  This gave them the "heavy lacquered tile" look.  

I then found a frame with a slight recess - almost a shadow box, and it worked out to be exactly the same depth as the thickness of my wood pieces!  I painted the inside of the frame black, and glued my tile pieces into the frame with wood glue.

Thank you to everyone who has commented about this project! It was so fun to make, and I am thrilled with the feedback that I have received from all of you!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Beatles Project

Here is my finished project - I am SO PROUD of this!  I was inspired by an assemblage that I saw in Somerset Studio. I thought it would be a great way to express my love of The Beatles.  See if you know the names of all of the songs I have depicted! Send me an e-mail if would like all of the titles.

Tick Tock

I have had this clock kit for many years, thinking I would put a piece of needlework in it someday.  Well, I decided that instead of needlework, I would insert some of my own art.  I kind of like it!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

For Calvin

One of my dad's nearest and dearest friends, Calvin Vollrath is celebrating his 50th birthday this weekend.

Calvin is one of Canada's national treasures, having been twice crowned the Grand North American Old Tyme Fiddle Champion.  Calvin composed 5 fiddle tunes for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic opening ceremonies, and you may have seen him performing there, along side Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie McMaster. 

It was very easy to come up with a birthday card for him.  I added some Metis elements, as Calvin is very proud of his Metis heritage.  The photograph is of Napoleon Nault, a Metis fiddler circa the 1800's. 

Give yourself a treat and visit Calvin's website, where you will here some of his music!

A project in the works.

I am REALLY excited about this!
A project that is in the works. Stay tuned!
Oh, and by the way, can you guess what this project is all about?

Mother's Day Card

This is the card that I made my mom for Mother's Day.  I have really been into making flower embellishments lately - as you can see, I even found a crochet hook in my stash of abandoned tools and made a rose!  Grandma Vincent would be so proud...

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge

Here is my entry for the Play Date Cafe this week.  How could I resist entering my birthday card for my niece?  Made with found items, and collected papers, etc.  This is one my favourite colour combinations!