Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge #45 Animal

I came across an amazing artist; Daniel Lee.  His work is unique, thought provoking, and a little bit disturbing – I love it!  Anyway, I wanted to try something like his art, but failed miserably:


I took a photo of Marilyn and superimposed it with  the face of a very beautiful white cat.  It looks more like a mask.  One day, I hope to improve my digital manipulation skills to do this job correctly.  If you step back far enough, and squint your eyes ( a lot), it looks much better :-).  Here are the credits:

Marilyn & cat: Google Images

Grunge frame & Overlay:  HG Designs

Zentangle Challenge #18 EGGZZZZellent

This week, we were to zentangle an egg.  I drew the egg in two pieces. The crack on the egg does not fit the other 🙂

It looks a bit wonky… whatever.

Zentangle Challenge #14 Walk The Line

Whew! I am finally caught up!

As the title says, walk the line – we were to draw a tile with only straight lines – no curves!

Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge #38 Abandoned

I keep going back to my childhood memories of stories told to me.  There was a princess from the moon named Kaguya Hime who was naughty and wreaking havoc in the heavens. Her celestial parents decide to abandon/banish her from the heavens.  She is sent to earth where a childless elderly woodcutter and his wife find her inside a glowing bamboo tree:

The little family live happily until the girl reaches womanhood. She is then summoned back to her home in the heavens… if you are curious, you can find out more at Kaguya Hime Story.  And here are the credits:

All graphics:  Google Images

Star Overlay: Mariscrap

Zentangle Challenge #13 Non-Dominatrix

Well, I wasn’t too thrilled with this challenge, non-dominatrix.  I am right handed, so I had to draw a tile with my left hand.  And here is my effort:

Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge #40 Sun

So much for trying to use my own graphics …  For this challenge, I decided to make a collage out of Sun Gods/Goddess from different cultures:

Featured are:  Apollo, Amaterasu, Surya,  Tawa Kachina, Tonatiuh,  and Ra.  And here are the credits:

All Sun Gods/Goddess:  Google Images

Grunge Frame & Urban Overlay:  HG Designs

Zentangle Challenge #12 Something Blue!

Yay! some color.  Traditionally, zentangles are done in black and white, but for this challenge, we were to design a tile and color it blue:

I drew this by hand, scanned it, and colored it in photoshop elements.

A Weekend Outing In Town

We had a busy and fun filled day this Saturday.  In the morning, my daughter and I attended the annual Orange Muffin Festival at our local Seniors community,  Plymouth Village.   Our town is known for our oranges, and the festival has become somewhat of a community event.   There were also booths selling various items.  I happened to find one where vintage costume jewelry was sold.  I picked up a few pieces for a song, for future projects of course :-):

At noon, my dear mother and sister ventured out from the Beach cities to join me at our Glass Museum. I have lived here for over 15 years and never had the occasion to go to our glass museum.  It was a cute little victorian home converted into a museum and filled with the most exquisite glass:

After that, we headed to the annual Horticultural Society flower Show.  And here are just a few of the photos from the show:

And finally, we headed to one of our local antique malls.  I used to collect salt/pepper shakers a very long time ago, and  just couldn’t resist this cute tiny couple:

We returned to my home, where my sister and I picked two bags of oranges for them to take back to their homes.  All in all, a very nice day :-).

Zentangle Challenge #11 Monotangle

As the title says, monotangle.  Use one tangle for the challenge:

It may be because I am so new to this, but I found this challenge a bit difficult, and a little boring.

7000 Bracelets For Hope Blog Hop

Lori Anderson of Pretty Things, also known as the Queen of Bead Soup Blog Party :-), is hosting a 7000 Bracelets For Hope blog hop.  I have made one bracelet already, but I am always game for a fun blog hop – especially one with such a worthy cause.  I made a lampwork bracelet last time, so I decided to do something different.  The Button Swap is soon approaching, and with that in mind, I hit my button stash, and came up with this:

I combined some contemporary buttons with some vintage glass ones and added swarovski crystals &  pearls.  The main buttons are a very pretty soft blue with recessed ivory flowers.   This is really one of the very first bracelets that I made that have glued on components – I hope the E-6000 glue has staying power…

If you would like to donate, click on the 7000 Bracelets For Hope Button on my sidebar.  They are accepting bracelets throughout the year.

And here is the list of participating artists to visit:

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got To Doodle
3.  Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4.  Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings
7.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9.  Amy Severino, Amy’s Beads
10.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11.  Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12.  Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13.  Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14.   Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16.  Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium
18.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading To Be Done!
20.  Nicki Keller, Nicki’s Reef

21.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23.  Carrie Tahquechi,  Carrie T
24.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
26.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
28.  Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings
29.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady 
30.  Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs 

31.  Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux  
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads 
33.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread 
34.  Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde 
35.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 
36.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me 
37.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.   ***YOU ARE HERE***
38.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
39.  CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations 
40.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash 

41.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy’s Coloring Box 
42.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
43.  Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn 
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle 
45.  Emanda Johnson, Artemisia’s Studio 
46.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47.  Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48.  Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49.  Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53.  Andrea Robinson,  Madame Magpie’s Shiny Things
54.  John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55.  Breana Fry, Vault 31
56.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60.  Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61.  Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64.  Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66.  Norma Agron, Norma’s Clay
67.  Ana Novak, Cat’s Pajamas, Dog’s Tuxedos
68.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72.  Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73.  Deana Hager, Just Deez’ Art & Life
74.  Lupe Meter, Gem’s PC Corner
75.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76.  Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79.  Sally Russick, WireWorked
80.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter 

81.  KJ, KJ’s Beadacious Beads
82.  Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman … Art, Life, Love 
84.  Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy 
85.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86.  Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87.  Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88.  Deb Beechy, Beetique
89.  Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
90.  Kerry Bogert, Kab’s Creative Concepts

91.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92.  Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
 93.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94.  Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
95.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97.  Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99.  Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100.  Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores 

101.  Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets 
102.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104.  Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108.  Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109.  Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110.  Maggie Towne, Maggie’s Bead Towne

111.  Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112.  Mary Ellen Parker,  BeeTree by m.e.

Thank you Lori for another fun blog hop :-)!

Bird A Week Challenge: Week 15/52

I am always on the look out for new birdie ideas.  After all, we are only on week 15 of 52.  Lampwork beads are one of my current passions, but there is only so many I can do before my mind is off and running in another direction.  With this said, I came across an artist who makes the most wonderful and whimsical animal cuties  – Myko Bocek of Myko Bocek Studios.   And here is my bird of the week:



My daughter happened to have some white yarn so I went from there.   I figured chicken chicks are yellow, so I ended up making more of a duck bill.  Then I was too lazy to make legs, so I sat her on some flower petals I had from another project.  And “voila”, a cute generic birdie chick :-).

And here are some of Myko’s wonderful creations. Check out her Etsy Store for more:

For the blog hop list of artists, or if you want to join the challenge:
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Drawing Lab 2011: Draw Your Hand

As the title says, we were to draw our hand this week.  I had some fun and did the Vulcan “Live long and prosper” hand sign.  Funny thing is, I can only do it with my left hand: