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Monday, November 7, 2011

Creating "With Friends"

My annual art sale was this past weekend. I didn't have the inventory I usually do, but I did have some new things and thought I'd share a few of them here.

I love this piece of ephemera -- I use this little mermaid all the time!

I use this guy all the time, too! He may be a tabby and not orange, but he reminds me of a Gypsy I know! The lace (a huge box of lots of different kinds) came from my friend Mary Jane, who gave me a huge box of her mom's craft supplies when she was trying to pare down her house.

This lady was kind of pretty, too. The ribbon is very old ribbon from France, sent by my friend Jerry.

I made a number of journals in various sizes. This large one sold the first night. Some of the pieces on this and other journals I did were courtesy of Linda (Shoreacres) who sent me a lovely package filled with beads and earrings and keys, perfect to glue on things! Thanks, Linda!

Here's another I like with pink vintage bits. I bought the dragonfly at Artiscape.

And these are smaller ones. More for a purse than deep recollections. The square bit near the top came from an earring I bought at a Jane Rosemont yard sale before she moved to Santa Fe. I miss Jane and her fabulous yard sales! You'll see more "Shoreacres" jewelry and naturals from the lake and Myrtle Beach.

Then, the birdhouses!

These were two of the new ones. Loved the holiday feel of the red and white one. The mushrooms and birds were from the Mary Jane box!

Then I started pulling papers I'd made in a Jacqueline Sullivan "Artiscape" class for this one. And a Shoreacres key! The glass firefly was from my San Francisco friend, Cathy.

Meanwhile, this one was nice and rustic. Can't beat cinnamon sticks for steps! A Mary Jane bird, a "Shoreacres" key,,,

Then I got on a "bottle kick." You'll note more Shoreacres earrings on the tops, with cork stoppers from my friend Kate!

I was just fond of the pretty holiday feel and I really loved the vintage tinsel, which I bought last year in Arizona.

As you can see, part of the joy is in the making. But in almost every piece I do, there is some personal connection with a friend, a holiday, a special surprise or a vacation. That makes all the things I do so meaningful to me. Other people might not know or care. But for me, the art of creating is also an opportunity to think of people I love!

20 comments:

Linda said...

You had wonderful things! I would've loved to been at that sale!!!!

Retired English Teacher said...

I only wish I could have attended the sale in person. But then, that would have been dangerous because I would have wanted to buy them all. Each one is a treasure.

Bella Rum said...

These are absolutely beautiful. I love the birdhouses, and who wouldn't be thrilled to have a journal like one of these.

anno said...
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anno said...

Gorgous, Jeanie. And I love how you render every friendship, every connection in the collages you make. Wish I could have been there, friend, but the (2!) drives to bloomington and back took every minute the weekend had to spare.

Luna und Luzie said...

Oh Jeanie, you made wondeful things for your Art Sale. I wish I could had be there !!!
I really love the decorated bottles with the vintage tinsel!
That journal with the German word snippets is wonderful.

hugs
Stefanie

Sandy K. said...

What fun! I have always enjoyed looking at the multi-media genius of those who "can do." I am just not able to visualize the final product, I'm afraid. I think the first bottle, and the large journall, are my favorites.

Barb said...

Your creativity is enhanced by memories and friendship. I think whoever has a piece of your art in their home will get a good vibe from it.

Arti said...

All so beautiful, jeanie! I esp. like the journals, my fave is the first one you showed here. I'm glad you've got some gems from Linda Shore :) What a wonderful weekend you must have had. Thanks for posting all these creative pieces.

Joanne Huffman said...

What a beautiful array of treasures! I'm sorry I missed the sale this year.I like that you put so much of yourself into your creations; when they mean something to you, it gives them extra beauty.

Cindy said...

You have been very, very busy my friend! Everything is just beautiful, but you know me, I'm loving the journals best of all! Just wonderful!

Marilyn said...

I love all of your creations made even more special including things from friends. The bottle are fun too! My problem is I get special little do-dads and just cant' seem to part with them. I am trying to do better.

christinemyoung said...

That little mermaid is fantastic and the way you embellished her is perfect :) Most of the original artwork I own gives me so much more than visual pleasure. The energy the artist puts into the work transfers, and the way you share things that you love & care about in you work sends me chills even via cyberspace. Thank you for a bit of early Christmas Spirit!

Patti said...

I SURE would have LOVED to have been at THAT sale (but my husband is glad I was NOT. What wonderful art you make- JUST gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing. I am hoping your relationship with November is on an upswing by now- lol!

Janet said...

You always create such beautiful art. I especially like the bottles. What a great idea.

Tracy said...

Goodness you've been busy, Jeanie... Love all of these, your cards especially! The bottle are such sweet fun...brilliant! Everything you touch has a sweet song to it. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Anonymous said...

Wow! You really made use of those keys! I'm just thrilled to see all of these wonderful pieces - and like everyone else, I wish I could have been there to buy.

I had to laugh - if we all had shown up, can't you just see us turning into a Filene's basement full of bloggers, elbowing and shoving to get to the "good stuff"?!

This all is making me feel very holiday-ish. I need to get down the Christmas stuff and do one more culling - this is the time to take things to Ye Olde Consignment Shoppe and let other folks get pleasure from what I'm either not going to use or don't want to use.

You know the old song - "I'm Dreaming of a Stress-Free Christmas"!

shoreacres said...

I don't know what's up with Blogger today - I can't get a comment in anywhere. The above comment's from me, Shoreacres, Linda. We'll see if I can get a different comment to "take".

jet1960 said...

Everything you make is beautiful!

jet1960 said...

Everything you make is beautiful!

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