Friday, February 27, 2015

Artful Challenges and sweet mail art

 spending time making journal pages for friends...

  Linking up with Alphabet Soup! over at Artist Trading Post Challenge Blog


spending time challenging myself in my journal...
challenge over at Community Thrive
Linking up to Art Journal Journey ~Birds, Beasts and Humans
received a most beautiful mail art postcard from a dear friend, Judy Shea! thank you my friend!

 Life is good!!  

Jackie ")

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year-The Year of the Goat

The Year of the Goat
Linking up with Art Journal Journey~ Birds,Beasts & Humans

Today I am sharing a piece that I made for my post over at Altered Pages- my date to post fell perfect on the Chinese New Year celebration!

 I started with a piece of hardboard and covered it with Asian Papers from Altered
 Next I gave them color using Distress Inks and Stains
 Here I am auditioning my papers to decide on my layout
 I have stamped out a few of the fans from the multi stamp and fancy-cut them
 Ahhh, a favorite part...adding glitter and beads-
 For the hanger, I used a kitchen skewer and wrapped my vintage lace around it and glued it to the back of the board, using clips to hold in place overnight
 A few more details added-microbeads in the flower centers and glitter glue on the red flowers
 And the last detail, a lucky cat charm hanging from the lace!

Thank you so much for your visit
I do hope I inspired you to create something today!
Be sure to stop over to Altered to see the exciting items to use in your artful altered creations!

Altered Pages Products used:

Other Products used:

Distress Stains & Inks~Fired Brink,Vintage Photo,Mustard Seed

Cut-outs from scrapbook papers

Vintage Lace


Lucky Cat charm

Martha Stewart Glitter~Glue-Garnet

It is with regret,that I share some sad news with you today

The mixed media art world has lost a wonderfully gifted , talented and beautiful art sister this week~
JoAnna Pierotti of Moss Hill Studio is resting peacefully now after her long battle with cancer.
For those of you who know of Joanna,or been fortunate enough as I to take one of her classes know what a cleverly kind soul she was and how beautiful her fiber art as well as many other creative pieces are.  A very caring, generous woman, who was very brave and fought hard.
We will miss you, JoAnna ,sleep peacefully
~ sending out prayers of healing and wishes of peace to her family and friends


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Soul Food Class and other musings...

Seems I have not been posting as much, but that does not mean I am not creating my art. Quite the contrary! 
I am finally taking some time to enjoy some of the online classes I had signed up for. My muse and I have been quite busy and today I would like to share a few of the pieces that are now finished.

   To begin with, this is my my Folk Art Mermaid that was inspired by my Soul Food class with Mystele.
This was such a freeing class and one I am so happy that I signed up for!
I do hope the pictures allow you to see her beauty~she really is gorgeous with all of her color and textures.

                I've yet to give her a proper name,any thoughts?

       Next a few journal pages...

I thought for sure I had a stencil with bamboo- turns out- nope, never got one, so I made my own with a wood burning tool , to complete this page.

This is a card I made for my sister Jayne's birthday- she really likes my dragonflies.

                   A journal page for a friend...

I used Jessica Sporn's  "Namaste" stencil here as well as every beautiful color that was in my reach!

Finally, I'm spreading the Love today with a tag for a swap I belong to on Google+

thanks so much for your visit- I truly appreciate each and every one of you who stop for a look,or leave some blog comment love!
may your days be filled with sweet creativity and lots of love! xo Jackie ")

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Around here...

Good Sunday morning to you!
It has been awhile since I have written a post on life around here,the "farmette", so in between snow piles and received gifts...there will also be an update on ~The Girls!

  Get ready, grab a cuppa because this post is photo heavy with lots of snow!
These photos are from a week ago~pre snow~but from this sky we knew something was coming and I was lucky enough to capture these glorious colors!

 A frosty beginning as Chum and I head to check on The Girls!

Chum brings his ball everywhere- just in case Momma wants to throw it!

Kind of eery but beautiful look of the trees this morn...
Oh how I wish you could hear them!
Squawking away-
"what did you bring us - snacks?", "Can we go out in the snow?" "When will winter be over?"
yup,I am sure that is what they were saying!I speak chicken!heehee

honestly they could care less about this slice of bread, the bagel pieces were worth fighting over though!

Still laying 5-6 a day even with the cold! 
The blue eggs come from Emily- my pretty brown girl ")

Look at the size of this one~  

         It's the biggest yet!
Okay Chickens are good~ can we play throw the ball now?!
Meantime a few days with no snow and we cut and cleared this area on the bank, so when spring arrives, we'll have a beautiful view of the stone surrounding the pond. 
From local residents, we have learned that the pond was dug over 65+years ago to gain the limestone from it-locals used to swim in it as kids. Me? yea, probably not!
 This week was a week full of mail gifts!
First was a belated birthday gift from my son Len and beautiful daughter-in law Neda!
I had to show the packaging because they used"wallet tape" to wrap it! heehee  This is actually duct tape, but I call it wallet tape as when Len was 12 years old, he made his first wallet using duct tape! Clever son-makes himself a new one new every year since!

The package had a really sweet card with instructions on brewing my bag of tea,Neda made for me, and relaxing,while slipping on the cozy new slippers that were included~I love my kids~they are just wonderful! All three of them! and,yes, this tea is delicious!

Also, on Monday came our snow storm- high winds, white outs, and over a foot of snow- as well as a snow day for me!
 White out from my studio window
 Yes, that faint black line above the center pane is the road!
as seen from my kitchen window...
 Chum keeping cozy inside!-heehee-
 yes, I opened the door and all that snow tumbled in-argh!
the hottub is still there, will just have to shovel my way over to it! heeehee

 My next mail day was Wednesday with this most wonderful package- all the way from Belgium,Europe!! 

I received a most wonderful and beautiful surprise from my very talented,dear friend, Ruth Levy of

 Thank you Ruth for this gorgeous tag and atc which I will always cherish !
  Also in the package were some gorgeous Gelli pulls and ephemera!
The package arrived safely~thank you again,my friend!

The snow had finally stopped...

Chum showing just how deep the snow is- and how much fun it is to play in it!
  Luckily we had enough wood cut and split already- so we did not have to dig this pile out

 Cardinal and Hairy Woodpecker in for their morning meals.Happy that they can resume the feast!

 Red Belly Woodpecker
You can see the Limestone wall now from where we cleared it- well,when the snow melts! ")
Friday I received this lovely postcard from my sweet,creative friend Shel in Arizona!
Thank you Shel for the beautiful mail art! hugs!

The snow has stopped for now, and daddy and Chum are out playing catch the snowball!       

Thank you so much for hanging in there,through my photo onslaught!  and I do hope you enjoyed your visit! ")

Later this week , I'll have some new art to share as when I am not playing library clerk, I m holed up in my studio enjoying some classes I signed up for! 

Sending creative wishes and good juju to all of you! 
Jackie ")