Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gallery Show~For The Love Of Art

I have been busy in my little pink studio as of late. This small collage, which is heading to the aRt Cottage gallery in Concord, CA  says it all:


Actually, after making a dozen or so of these collages, I think I have got the hang of it! Here's one of my favorites--can you tell why??

One early morning when I was walking among the darling historic homes in downtown Concord, I discovered an art gallery in this little house! "What the heck is this all about?!?" I excitedly screamed in my head. I went back when it was open and fell in love with the homey gallery, set up in each room of the tiny house.

And now this gallery, owned by the colorful Fro Butler, is hosting a craft/art show and sale beginning on February 2nd with an artist's reception, which I am so excited to be a part of!! I will be bringing my collages, my pithy women soldered charms,

 A few chicken-wire crowns,


And a few painted silhouette windows!

Fro spells the name of her gallery with a capital "R" because she wants it to be recognized as OUR (as a community) cottage! She's invited lots of artists that will be showing & selling woodwork, jewelry, cards, miniature paintings, ceramics, fabric art, sewn items, crochet & knit items, glass work, quilting and much more.  The Craft Exhibit, "For The Love Of Art" will have the reception (with lots of goodies to nosh!) for the artists on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 2 PM to 5 PM. For more details please contact FRO at (925) 956-3342 or frogard2000@gmail. Go To  for a look at what aRt Cottage is all about!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Get Organized Card Holder

What's your New Year's resolution? Drink more wine? Eat more chocolate? Spend more time having mind numbing fun? What's wrong with throwing some of those in there as you go about your life, I say? You could resolve to drink more wine, eat more sweets, have fun and get organized! And you could start the process with this project:

Greeting Card Organizer


14 Larger Bitty Bags (1 for each month, 1 each for the cover & back)
12 Itty Bitty bags
12 tags
1 Middy Bitty bag (print title on and glue onto cover)
12 Sweet Stickies (Scrolly shape)
Divine Twine for spine
hole punch

You've got lots of loving friends and family (if not you may want to add "Get loving friends and family" to your resolution list!) that you send a birthday, anniversary, missing you cards to throughout the year, right? Putting those cards all in one place at the beginning of the year as you log important dates from your old calender to your new one, will assure they receive them all on time! I made this booklet with 14 Larger Bitty Bags (1 for each month and 2 for the front and back covers). I punch holes along the closed side of each bag and looped Divine Twine,  loosely tied,  through the holes. Then I ran a Middy Bitty Bag (cut the mitered flap off first)  through my printer for the title page and glued it on the top bag, making it the cover. Inside this Middy Bag I store my favorite writing pens and stamps!

Then on each "page" of the booklet, I glued a Little Bitty Bag, and popped a Colored Tag inside. On each tag, I listed the person and date corresponding with the card I would be mailing, and slipped the card inside the "page"! On the top of the Bitty Bag, I stuck a  Sweet Sticky printed with the name of each month.

Now all my ducks are in a row and I will surely stay in the good graces of my loving friends and family. So go get your wine & chocolate and get started on yours!

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