Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ornament Swap - 2013

Since this is the "season to be jolly" I thought I'd share the latest swap from some of the talented artists from one of my art groups.  We were to exchange "little art pieces" to hang on our Christmas Trees … it was very difficult to decide which ones to keep and which ones to trade.  These girls do this to me every year!

Fran [me!]

On Dec. 4th there was an art "class" at Kerri's.  We had a lot of fun playing & visiting.  These are the projects we created [first picture is from Kerri's blog - second picture is from one of the gals who was at Kerri's] but let me add the Christmas Tree canvas is much more beautiful up close and personal:

Reindeer ornament, an altered vintage bingo card,
an 8 x 8 deep set canvas and a paper 3D snowflake. . . 

We gathered at Michele's house on Thursday, Dec. 12th for a holiday party … her home was also where we gathered for our Halloween party.  She cooked us a delicious meal that included lasagna, ziti, sausage, meatballs, salad, brownies, snowmen cookies and a mouthwatering cheese cake complete with cherries for the topping!  We had a wonderful time visiting and creating.  Our projects for the evening were these two sweet ornaments that Michele & Sue created for us to do:

3 x 3 Canvas and a Snowman Tea Light -
I told you they were sweet!
Some members of  In My Vintage Room & Beyond art group
in Michele's [pictured in the front left with the red sweater] beautiful dining room.
Next to Michele on the left is your's truly, Doris, Maura & Mary.  On the right is
Sue, who was co-hostess, Laura, Janice, Donna and at the head of the table is Miriam.
Several gals were unable to attend this gathering!

As I have mentioned in previous post's, my multi-talented friend Pam has gotten me into wool applique recently.  After I had finished the snowman runner I made these silly snowmen pillows [Pam gracious gave me the pattern] to give as gifts; I had a hard time getting them off my bed, however.  I didn't want to part with them.  They are made from warm and natural, which is a fabric batting quilters use, and the nose and cheeks are wool, stitching for the mouth and eyebrows.  Silly button eyes give them character, don't you think?

On the 14th of Dec. six gals gathered at my friend Marilyn's house for another holiday party to share friendship and create.  We usually meet at Marilyn's every other month to either create something in an art journal or alter something.  This day we altered plain, wood blocks cut from a 2 x 4. . . .we all had the same theme, which was a photocopy of two dresses.  This is what we came up with:

It's hard to capture the textures in these photos, but we used vintage laces, fabric, gauze, plaster cloth, mica flakes, etc.  Give us a little paint, some bling and great company and let us go!  

This has been a busy month [for everyone, I know] I actually started this post before Christmas, but here it is on the heels of the New Year and I'm just finishing it.  That's the way I roll….I'll be back soon with some post Christmas pictures ….

Have a safe New Year's Eve and a healthy, happy, wonderful New Year!  Bring on 2014 - I'm almost ready!!!

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