Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sneak Peek at Aug 4th. Crazy about Canvas Class

We'll be dying, gluing, glaming, ironing, cutting and stiffening at Posh Scraps on Aug 4.  This class will be limited to 8 people and will not be repeated so mark your calendars now.  It is all day and you will leave with a pillow sham, a tote and an envelope all out of canvas.

I'll post times and supplies and contact no. for Posh Scraps after July 1 and the full Monty of the projects.

I am so ashamed to be such a tease...ya right! lol.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I started my bike ride in a slight drizzle this morning but it held off until I had abandoned this piece above at the Cultural Museum in Craig Park on Spring Bayou.  

I rode by the ATM where I left a piece a couple of days ago and it was gone but the one I left at the old Train depot had fallen on the side walk.  I repositioned it more securely and rode on.  Four out of the six pieces have been 'found' to date.  One more day, weather permitting, and I'll have done a full week of living an abandoned life. 

If you have found any of my abandoned art, please drop me a note (if you wish) at or post on the Art Abandoned facebook page. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Art Abandoned Day Five

 I biked this morning instead of walking and took this piece that I made at Owl and the Pussycat in Ft. Myers, Fl several years ago.  I rode down to the Sponge Docks and the piece at the ATM is still there.  Tarpon Springs is hosting a New Orleans Festival tomorrow complete with Second Line Parade and more tourists than usual will be milling around town.  Perhaps someone will pick it up.  If not, I'll move it.

I left the one above in our historic downtown at the old train depot.  It is now a museum and catty corner to our favorite breakfast place, Toula's on the Trial.

I rode home through the park on the Trail and my necklace piece was gone.  Of the five I have left so far, three of them have been "found".

I am going to do two more days and then will leave things randomly when the urge to abandon strikes me.

This living with abandonment is addictive.  Give it a shot and find out.  You can find the Art Abandonment group right here on Face Book.  Come join us!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Art Abandonment Day Four

 This is the piece I "abandoned" this morning on my walk.  I had the best of intentions of heading to Spring Bayou and leaving it there but I got away too late.  I had a class to teach at ten am so left the piece at a local watering hole on the Anclote River.  Tiki bars abound here in Paradise and this is a fun one with music on the weekends and very cold beer, or so I've heard (cough cough).

Tomorrow, my destination is either Spring Bayou or drive out and walk the causeway to the beach at Howard's Park.  I'd like to make it a full week of abandonment and then just whenever the mood strikes me.  This is so much fun!

Now, don't be shy...go forth and abandon!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lovin' Me some Creative Imaginations

Thanks Cheryl Mezzetti and Creative Imaginations for making me feel like a rock star for the day.  I had such a great time designing the canvas projects with LuminArte and Canvas Corp.  You made everything so much fun and I want to thank you for your patience and delightful sense of humor. 

So, here is it!  My Guest spot at CI...tada!  CRAZY ABOUT CANVAS

And for the gals at Posh Scraps, if you like these projects, let's throw in one more thing...a tote. You'll have to wait til July 1 for that but the class is already on the books for Aug 4. 

Art Abandonment Explained (UPDATED)

Micheal does it so well, here

Today I am leaving a romantic piece down on the Sponge Docks here in Tarpon Springs during my morning walk. I'll update this with a photo in just a bit.

Back from my walk.  It looked like rain so I wrapped the piece in plastic, added a tag and looked for a protected spot.

 I almost got caught hiding it by the Chamber of Commerce lady.  Or, at least that is who I think she was.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Art Abandonment Day Two

 My first abandoned art piece was picked up some time after 6 pm yesterday and I had such fun with that one, that I placed a second piece today on my morning walk.  This is a gold leafed glass piece on linen that I made as a sample some time back for a class I was teaching on foils and leafing. 

I had the perfect container for the piece (no clue where I go these but might be from Owl and the Pussycat Stamp Art store in Ft. Myers, Fl. ) I folded up a note for inside and placed this note on the outside.  I used the ribbon from the necklace to hang the piece.
 I secured the back with a faux seal and hung it from a tree limb.
 This one is in the North Anclote River park where the park path joins with the Pinellas Trail.  This is one of my favorite morning walks. 
I don't know if I am going to be doing one a day but for now I am having so much fun abandoning things I've created and I hope the finders are enjoying them. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Art Abandonment

 Recently, in Dundedin, Fl., a group of local artists left small art pieces around the town for others to find and keep.  I thought this was such a wonderful idea, similar to one a friend does with paper back books, leaving them where others can find them.

Yesterday, I received an invitation from Sue Keleman, an artist from St. Louis, to join an amazing group of people who are practicing Art Abandonment.  This group on facebook was started by Michael DeMeng .  He explains his purpose in forming the group here:
  My double sided book mark is not new but I've always loved how it turned out.  Now, I am hoping someone else will enjoy it as well.  I abandoned my first piece not too far from my house on a fence that borders a well traveled sidewalk here in my town.  While some of my abandoned pieces will stay here locally, I do plan on leaving others when we travel as well.
I left a note that said, " This is a gift for you.  If you do not want it, please leave it for someone who does or give it to someone who might.  Thank you! and I added this web site.  If you are the one who finds my gift, I'd love to hear if you enjoyed it and what you think of Art Abandonment?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Creative Imaginations, American Craft and Bo Bunny at Posh Scraps

 I cropped today with a couple of the gals from NWTampa Scrappers at Posh Scraps in Palm Harbor, Fl. and Michele, the owner, had some great new goodies is.  Some of these she had to reorder as they sold out so fast.  The American  Craft Shorline was perfect for this quickie layout of Colvin at the beach last summer.  The embellishments are so darn cute!

This is another of the photographs by the wonderful Adrianna Davies who did the "Grammies and Grands" photo shoot for Dee, Maria and me a couple of months ago.  Bo Bunny's "Country Garden" was exactly what I wanted for this photo. 
 I semi cut the butterflies and popped up their wings with my favorite glue, Helmar's liquid glue dots. 
 The Samantha Walker line by Creative Imaginations made this layout an easy peasy one.  This almost finishes off our events for 2011 album...notice the word, "almost"...slight exaggeration.
I am saving the rest of the Creative Imaginations papers for this summers photos of the kids at the beach and in the pool...I have every one of them, btw!

These three layouts are on display at Posh Scraps and a 4th .one I finished is already in the Beach Album for 2011.

For larger views of the layouts, just click on them.  As always, many thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Creative Imaginations papers: guess which one!

One of the four layouts I did today at Posh Scraps in Palm Harbor, fl uses CI papers.  The first person who correctly identifies which one (first being #1 etc) will win some goodies I have to share.  Do NOT post your answers here , please but email them to me at eeickmeier@  And, if you can correctly identify the main product company for the other 3 ...why who knows...maybe more goodies or someone else will get goodies. 

Some dates for you to mark down to check back here on...June 20th, July 1, and (I think) July 20th.  Just sayin'!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Excited and pleased to announce...

That I have been invited to join the Gecko Galz Design Team.  Please check out all the designers as these women are awesome and so talented.  It is such an honor for me to be joining them.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ink Aid photo transfer for Post Card Exchange

 Knowing how much I love playing with a variety of photo transfer techniques, Natasha Goss sent me the link to a demo of Ink Aid on My Craft Chanel.  The demo is there but you have to really hunt for it.  It was a product special of the day and the video explains the product very clearly.

I ordered the sampler kit from the Ink Aid site and it came ASAP.  Yesterday I went in search of ink jet transparencies and was appalled by the price .  It has sure gone up since I last bought a box and I could not find any place that sold them as singles.  I ended up at Office Depot and, for 12.00 got 100 'write on' transparencies.  Now these won't print from the ink jet but, once coated with the Ink Aid, they do and the transfers turn out lovely.  I wanted something soft and dreamy and that is exactly what I got.  I believe it was my friend, Gale Hare, who gave me these two vintage post card books of Venice.  This is the front cover of one.
 And this is the transfer.  I added gilding with a Krylon Leafing pen both front and back.

Darlene is our post card recipient for May (and yes! I am very late getting my card to her).  This goes postal tomorrow.  The Kindred Spirits Post Card Exchange is entering its second year with no signs of stopping. 

Thanks for looking as always.  I have some upcoming special events and will you keep you posted as they happen.  The first one is this coming June 10 so watch this spot.