Thursday, May 24, 2012

It's Mermaid Week!
I love mermaids.
So does Lou Anne of Misplaced Mermaid,
one of our newish members at Inspiration Avenue 
and author of this week's challenge. I say "newish" because
it feels like she has been with us much longer than she has
due to her enthusiasm and friendliness!
Check out her blog as well as the challenge at IA.

I'm on a postcard roll ever since our Postcard Swap at IA.
So my entry this week is of course a postcard.

I took a vintage photo of a little girl and transformed her into a mermaid.
Not just any mermaid, but a bewitching one with a magic wand.
I think she has just made a fish disappear. lol.

Some other mermaids I've done
(and most likely have posted before)
This one is sold but I have a print :)
"Bad Hair Day"

"The Butterfly Garland"
(available in my shop, as is the little witchy mermaid)

This is a merrow, you can tell by the red hat
and her webbed fingers. An Irish mermaid.
I never listed this in my shop...
Hmmm, wonder if I should?
I think I considered that she wasn't finished,
but now I'm not sure why I thought that...

Visit Inspiration Avenue on Sunday to see the Mermaid Gallery of entries.
Or pop over there now to get the info on how to enter.
There's plenty of time ~ you have til Sunday at 12 noon eastern time.

Ta ta for now.
I'll be back to show you the postcards I received in the swap
as well as the ones I sent. And a Round Robin update.
Happy Thursday!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wednesday’s Child

Full disclosure: I'm not a Wednesday's child. I'm a Tuesday's child.

I don't feel particularly sad, but woeful Wednesday 
seemed more interesting than my day.
And anyway, I'm not graceful either :)
When Kim set the challenge at Inspiration Avenue this week,
(Days of the Week), I really wanted to do a Wednesday's child.
Kim was sweet enough to bend the rules and allow us to do 
another day of the week if we wanted to!  
So here is my Wednesday's child! 
I thought I would have time to do both, but who was I kidding?

I started with some blobs of purple and blue alcohol inks
and they turned into her dress. I cheated a bit and gave her a Madonna face.
Botticelli was a master of sad, beautiful faces.

The poem by Anne Bronte:

Oh, I am very weary, 
Though tears no longer flow; 
My eyes are tired of weeping, 
My heart is sick of woe.

It seems to be raining a bit in the background,
and the owl is weeping too. But otherwise, it's rather
cheerful with the bright colors, and lollipop flowers.

Pop on over to Inspiration Avenue to see the entries.
If you have time before Sunday, join the challenge!
On what day of the week were you born?


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy May Day!
Round Robin and Postcard Swap 
Lilies of the Valley

It's finally May, and I am itching to get outside and plant some pretty flowers.
The weather is getting warmer and I hope it stays that way,
because I'm gonna plant my plants regardless.

Lily of the Valley is May's flower. They are so delicate and pretty
but every part of them is poisonous. Just a word to the wise :)

May also holds Mother's Day (U.S.) and my birthday. 
It's almost my favorite month...but that distinction goes to June.

That's when the peonies are in bloom:

Inspiration Avenue's Postcard Swap is in full swing.
I got my 5 names yesterday and can't wait 
to start making postcards and get them in the mail.

This will be a month filled with art-making.

I have Kim's GORGEOUS journal in our Round Robin swap.


It's always intimidating to start, 
when I have worries of messing up this wonderful book.
Kim's art is so amazing, I love the way she decorated the 
front, back, and inside pages.

Speaking of Kim, she is the host this week 
of Inspiration Avenue's weekly challenge.
Do you know the poem,

“Monday's child is fair of face,

Tuesday's child is full of grace,

Wednesday's child is full of woe, 

Thursday's child has far to go.....”

The poem is the theme of the challenge.
Do you know what day of the week you were born on?
If not, Kim has included a link to find out.

My favorite day of the week and the day I was born.
Not the reason I like Tuesdays though, I'm sure.
Tuesday is good because of course it's not the dreaded Monday.
And yet it's very early in the week, and anything exciting might still happen!
Time still to get things done. 
Never mind that I probably won't accomplish nearly what I'd like.
The possibility is there.

Have a fabulous May!