Monday, March 31, 2014

Sven Gundersson The Ice Man

    Sven Gundersson is on the ice today!  He caught this big small mouth bass, posed for the photo, and then quickly released this fish.  Hoping to reel this one in again when the grass is green.

   Sven is a wool felted figure I made.  He sits at about 7".  The fish is a wooden replica, that I purchased at a craft store.  Rounding the edges of it, I then used my wood burning tool to etch in the markings, and a little nail polish gave the fish that nice glossy look.
   The little metal bucket he sits on was also a find at a local craft store.  Perfect fit for this sweet old man!

    Smile on through your Monday, it will make the day more of a delightful catch!!         : ) Audrey

    Here is a close up I took in the warmth of the studio!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Altered Book, "Follow Your Star"

    Today, I would like to share an altered book I made.  The title lent it self to the process, "Follow Your Star".  I painted and added the wooden stars to the cover.  Using my sewing machine I made stitched lines through out the book.  Adding antique photos, and highlighting certain passages in the book, transformed it into a different book altogether.

     Hope you have a grand weekend of rest and relaxation!   Smile On!  : ) Audrey

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Acrylic Painting of Oranges

    Good Morning!  This is a painting I did way back in 2003.  I have a passion for a fresh orange every morning.  There is something quite remarkable about cutting into one of these lovely orange spheres, and a beautiful representation of the sun is inside!

   Eating one of these can really help get a rather gloomy day off into a more positive adventure!  At least in my world it works!  Hope you can find the time to smile today. 

      !(* *)!  Audrey

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Needle Felted Llama

     No, this little llama won't spit.  She is a well mannered girl.  Sending you well wishes with those big "blink-blink" eyes.

   This little needle-felted character measures about 9", and is made from a wonderful mohair.  Black wool was used to create the eyes, and facial features.  Her name is, Lottie.

   Enjoy the day!      : )  Audrey

Monday, March 24, 2014

Why Art?

     Sometimes, an artist is compelled to "think" about their "work".  Looking for a purpose, and a reason "why".  Sometimes in the field of educating an artist, the world demands an explanation.
    I decided to write out my thoughts on the creative process, and after filling a page with justifications as to why I am compelled to create "art", the very last sentence was, "I just want to make stuff."

    Simple.      This embroidered piece measures about, 9" x 11 1/2".
    Keep It Simple People.       : )  Audrey

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Make Over Mona

   In this picture, I have worked out a new composition using four different works of art.  The famous Mona Lisa, Van Goghs "Starry Night", Manets lovely bowl of fruit, and a cat taken from a Spanish artist from the late 1700's, completes the picture.

    Embroidering the 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" piece provided an opportunity to give Mona a little make over.  Red- hair and a lovely green gown, takes a rather dark portrait and lightened it up considerably!

    I hope you have a delightful weekend coming up!   Thanks for stopping in.   : ) Audrey

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blue Jean Projects

    Hello!   This is Leviticus, the cat.  The owl is a lovely girl called, Magnolia.  The blue jeans provided enough material to make these two characters the other day.

    Leviticus, has an embroidered face, attached and then I tossed him into the washer to get the material to fray.  Adding a few strings of crochet thread to his ears, he told me he likes to be called Levi.

    Magnolia was cut from a different pair of jeans.  Love the various blues that the old denim comes in.  She can whistle a pretty tune.  And, she and Levi have a special relationship, when you see one you will see the other close by.

     Hope you can whistle a happy tune today!    : )  Audrey

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pocket Full Of Fun!

   Blue jean pockets, made with a little surprise inside.  I do love a surprise....
, there is a "pocket puppy" and a "pocket pig" with a little tu-tu on, ready to dance and dance!

         It is so much fun to see what can be done with a pair of old jeans, and a little bit of felt.  The ric-rac was some stuff left over from a very long time ago, adds a nice festive touch to the pocket, with a Velcro closing on the flap.

        I am off to the studio to see what else can be made from those old jeans!   I hope your day hold lots of sweet  little surprises in it!       :  )  Audrey

Monday, March 17, 2014

Reggie and Mitzi the Puppets

   Top of the morning to you!!  Here is a couple of hand puppets I made.  I would like to introduce you to Reggie the Rat and his lovely girlfriend, Mitzi. 
    I choose this photo for the lovely green grass they are standing on. color, don't you think?
    Reggie is made from a nice fleece, and Mitzi is a sock puppet.  I made her sweet dress, and purchased the little baby blue shoes at a second hand shop.

    Mitzi insisted on a close-up.  She wanted you to see her lovely brown eyes and the curl of her whiskers!

         May your day be blessed with a kiss of the Irish today!     : )  Audrey

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three Barn Cats

    One suit jacket, purchased for $2.00, and having a nice soft surface, with a lovely brownish pattern.  Add an inquisitive mind, as to what it could be made into.   My thoughts recently absorbed into the cat world..and I had a grand time creating.....

.....this family of barn cats.   The big one on the left is called, Sherlock.  The kitten next to him is called Mr. Bean, and the lovely one sitting on the arm of the chair is Amelia. 
      For barn cats they are very well behaved, just don't make any sudden moves, ok?

      Hope you make it a good day!     : )    Audrey

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Class Act Cats

      This is quite the pair.  I had an old bedspread that was just worn enough to justify purchasing a new one.  But the old bedspread still had a purpose.  One day, I cut out these two cats from the fabric.  Sewing them together and adding some stuffing, I decided they needed embroidered faces.

    I attached the faces, added some collars and embellished with some crocheted roses.  I then decided that these were two classy cats in need of some famous names.

      This is "Juliet", named after the well known Juliet of the Shakespeare play.  She is a lovely cat!

     This is "Josephine", named after the great love of a French man, who had some "stature issues".  The two cats are aristocrats, prefer to be pampered and live only in the "manor".

     They measure about, 20" long and 17" high.

        I hope you have a purr-fect day.....just couldn't let that one, not be said!      :  )   Audrey

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Quilted Wall Piece

    Going back a few years here.  This is a hand quilted, dyed wall hanging.  I made this in 1993.  I drew the forms with a permanent pen, very fine tipped.  Then I "controlled" the color as I dipped it into the bath of color.  The small white areas are cut away and a rich satin peeks through with an extra bit of batting to puff it out.

    At the time I drew the design, I was "doodling"  and doing some bead work on the surface as well.  Now I understand that this type of drawing is called "zentangles" and there are a great many books out there on the subject. 
    I recently had a friend ask me to bring this to a quilt group to share.  Unfortunately, I was unable to make that gathering.  So, I thought I would share it here.  Oh, yes.  How long ago did I make this piece?  1993!!

    It's all in the details....what will this Tuesday hold?  Look carefully through out your day, it just may surprise you.       
          ; )   Audrey

Monday, March 10, 2014

Needle Felted Wandah the Wonder

    On my last post I did not give the stats on this little figure.  It's Monday, and time to start the week in the right direction, I think.

    Wonderful Wandah is a needle felted figure.  She is fully jointed, and is 9" tall.  I started her with a cream colored wool, and joined her arms and legs to her body with a waxed thread.  Once I had her finished I needle felted the various colors onto the surface.

    I hope your Monday is a, Wandah!!         (*-*)  Audrey

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wonderful Wandah

    Wandah, the wandering wonder of Wales sends you greetings.  She has vowed to wear this costume for the rest of her days.  No more worries of wardrobe considerations. 

   Wearing the mask helps as well in that she no longer worries about make-up, and the "perfect hair".  Wandah loves being free from such considerations.  She has more time to "BE", and she finds that most comforting as she travels back into her studio to create her own adventures!

    Wandah appreciates you stopping by today...she looks forward to a long weekend of wonders and wanderings in this big wide wonderful world!   Smile twice, and drink plenty of water!

     : )  Audrey

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Science of Smile

       It has been scientifically proven that if you smile, it enhances your well being...go figure....Smile!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lu-Lu the Gorilla

           Some place, far away in a warm and forested place, Lu-Lu sits quietly.  She waits for room service to bring her the waffles she ordered.  A delicious sweet banana on the side completes her appetite.  The berry syrup will be savored on her lips as she sips the aromatic coffee.  

           Life can be good in the jungle, you just need to know where to BE.     : )  Audrey

    Lu-Lu is a needle felted gorilla I made from a nice gray wool, she sits at about 4", and the flower is a scrap of felt, cut and added to her noggen'.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Mustache Monday

        Monday...marvelous, malicious...-26......Monday.    M is for Mustache.  M is for moaning.  M is for moving somewhere warm.  M is for maintaining a mood of mirthful, mischief!

        My Mission, Momentary Moment of Mysticism....Always Wear Mittens in Winter, including, March!
       Merry Monday!!    Audrey