Blessed are the curious...for they create a better world.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spread Your Wings! Altered Peat Pot

Spring is soooo here in Southern CA. Actually it's almost like summer! It is supposed to be in the 90s this weekend. I am so lucky to live here. I find it so much easier and inspiring to be creative on beautiful sunny days and this week is full of them.

So how perfect is it that the theme for my monthly art club is a birdie altered peat pot. I have been experimenting with tea dying and knew that I wanted to incorporate some of the dyed fabrics, papers and ribbons in to this piece. I covered the peat pot with dyed burlap and lace. I then shredded some tea dyed French text to create the nest. I dipped the bird in a cup of tea, but if I had that to do over again I would paint the tea dye on. The bird took forever to dry and the glues holding him together started to fail. After adding some flowers and the laser cut frame I finished it off with some tea dyed seam binding and adhered a tea dyed doily with chipboard to the bottom of the pot to add some stability.

All this while I listened to the birdie outside my window sing while she was sitting on her eggs in a nest she made in my patio light fixture!

Linking with Pink Saturday.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Swap for All Seasons March

Where oh where oh where is Spring? Hopefully it is right around the corner. Now I know I shouldn't complain since I live in San Diego but we have had a week of well needed rain and it is just enough to remind us how lucky we are that it is almost always sunny here! I know my Midwest and east coast friends are really ready for Spring. It has been a tough winter for you guys!

Our them this month for the Swap for All Seasons theme is Spring and Yellow.  These are the cards that I sent to Joy. It's always fun to work with Spring colors but I don't typically choose yellow. So I added purple to my combo and loved the way the French Perfume Labels worked in the color scheme.