Monday, February 25, 2013

Dear Readers

We are about to embark on a visit to Australia and New Zealand and, other than using my Smash Book at a journal, I won't be able to create much for the next four weeks.  We have house sitters and, no matter that they are a nice couple, our cats will miss us muchly I know but the wanderlust has over taken us once again so we are off on another grand adventure.

Please don't forget me while I am gone.  I will be back and creating again by the end of March/start of April all inspired by new places, new friends and old and itchy fingers from not having much time to play.

If you wish to follow us on our trip, please check in on my social blog, Posting from Paradise, where I will be updating as often as possible.

Keep on creating!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Birdy Book I

This and many other mini books, cards, tags, repurposed glass, Salvage Art and assorted other artsy pieces of mine will be on sale at a local craft fair in April .  I'll be putting up a few pieces between now and then and am accepting offers or inquiries on these meanwhile.  E mail me at with INQUIRY in the subject line, please. 

Meanwhile, a bit more of the Bird Book I

There is room on each page for either journal notes or a wallet sized photo or sometimes both. 

Have a creative day!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Support your local everything

I took a couple of friends to one of my favorite boutiques here in Tarpon Springs,the Mad Hatter, last week and, while they browsed the store, I found a flier for the 3/50 Project.  I have since joined as an independent supporter as I firmly believe in buying local as much as we can.    The flier is amazing in its details outlining how as buyers we can make a difference in our local economy. I encourage small businesses to join this organization as well.

Please visit their site to learn all the details about this movement to keep our local businesses afloat, the 3/50 Project. 

I suppose you are wondering by now why I would put this info on an altered art blog.  I am a firm believer that small businesses are our life blood for living a diverse and richer life.  If we do not buy local whenever we can and whenever we have the choice, there will not be local stores. 

If you read my blog at all, you know that I teach and design for Posh Scraps, a boutique type scrapbook and altered arts store a couple of towns over from me.  We read every day of another scrapbook store or stamp store closing its doors.  I only shop at the big box stores in last ditch desperation; if the store owner, Michele, can't get it for me or another friend who owns a small paper company, then and only then do I go to the box store or more often, I find a way to do with out.  I want my local scrap store to be there for the Wed. crops with the Women Who Do Lunch Bunch, the Friday night crops even though I can only get to those in the summer and, to be quite selfish, I like having a warm, friendly place to teach. 

Our local farmers market is open on Sundays and we try to buy all our fresh veggies from the vendors there along with specialty items like olive relish, breads (or we get loaves from our wonderful Greek bakeries in town), plants, herbs etc.  Check the market out HERE.  And these is even live local talent playing every Sunday and tables to sit, eat and enjoy.

There are far too many restaurants in our town and surrounding area to mention all but here are a few of E and my favorites.  Hope to see you at one soon and be sure to tell them we sent you.

Tarpon Tavern: our new place in town for drinks and great food.  My favorite is the garlic /parm chicken with a side of buffalo sauce.

Toula's Trailside Cafe : breakfast and lunch and a great view for people watching.

Miss Vicki's on the .River:  lazy Sat. and Sundays, great place to meet up with friends, watch the boats go by heading to the Gulf, good food and cold beer.  Best Cajun boiled peanuts for miles around.

Mykonos:  we spent a bit of time on our Med cruise a couple of years ago in Greece and to me, this is the most authentic around. We love the family atmosphere and the friendly staff.

Dimitri's on the Water: across the street from Mykonos on the Sponge Docks and owned by members of the same family.  This is one of our favorite places to come for happy hour in the Spring and Fall .  Good food and lovely Greek wines.  The view does not stop.  We like to sit out on the dock that runs the length of the restaurant and is right on the water.

Loggerheadz:  cold beer, live gators and our favorite Tiki Bar manager, Susie.  Susie adopted us when we first came to the area and introduced us to so many wonderful things, events and people.  She is the best commodity that this place has.  E meets up with his pals there, whom I call (with much affection) "the usual suspects".

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Salvage Art

I have only recently entered this amazing world and have only completed one piece so tile posted below.  And I am hooked.  Some thing old and something new and mixed together is such fun.

When Josh from Tampa Bay Salvage left me a message the other day saying he had gotten in some four pane sash windows (circa 1914), I combined a foraging expedition with Pam Bennett (who has altered some great windows in Wisc.) visit to us here in Tarpon Springs and an opportunity to pick up my window.  I am letting the ideas ferment.  I want this to be as special as my first salvage art piece was (or at least special to me).  I do know that I'll be using some of the wonderful Viva inks  once I start as these have become my favorites .  Michele, the owner of Posh Scraps in Palm Harbor Fl. stocks these Viva products and they sell like hot cakes!

I am also teaching a glass class at Posh Scraps when I return from our cruise and visit to Aus/NZ and hope to score some more of these beautiful and enticing bottles before the class...we'll be altering a wine glass, a martini glass and a bottle of the student's choice (of course, I'll be sending them all to Tampa Bay Salvage to find that special bottle )
I may have posted these before but these are just some of the salvages I've found at one of my favorite stores here in Tarpon Springs.

Oh, and I picked up a few more of the metal stars too just because.  Happy Creating !

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Remember my little cigar box with the pull out shelves?

Well, Miss Fiona's Traveling Trunk is done!  Here is a sneak peek but no inside views. 
In addition to finishing the Traveling Trunk with tons of goodies in each lined pull out drawer, I also completed 2 layouts this weekend at the Cheeky Chics crop.  Here is one.

I need to take a pic of the second layout when I get unpacked, which could be some time next