Saturday, February 13, 2016

Handmade Valentine's, Traditional and, well, Otherwise.

Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed creating handmade cards and making Valentines has always been my favorite. This year I was a little under the weather so I kept them rather simple and I am really happy with how they turned out.

Using Pinking Shears, I cut some hearts out of vintage french postcards and added a decorative zig zag stitch. 

handmade valentines

I cut a bunch of little petals out of assorted papers and stitched a little button to the center. In photoshop, I made "patches" that said HAPPY, VALENTINE"S, DAY and drew little stitches around them. All of this was glued to the heart. I then glued the heart to a piece of watercolor paper, and then I straight stitched a border around the edge.


handmade valentine's

handmade valentine's
Sweet, cute and classic, right?




Now for the Otherwise.........
While I normally make Valentine's that lean more to the traditional; I really get a kick out of coming up with something in, what I consider, the "otherwise" category.

My friend Bryan and I have a long running joke about clams, so every year I make him a clam themed Valentine. Some years they are cute, some years they are funny but I totally outdid myself last year and made one that was SPECTACULAR (if I do say so myself).
As Bryan is a big fan of Vampire movies, project Clampire was hatched. 

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 His little mouth opens and closes just enough.

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After this one, I will never be able to outdo myself.

My Wonder Twin and studio mate, Chad, always gets a Valentine too. His are always an altered and personalized vintage valentine. Hang on, it's about to go south here..........

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 It all started innocently enough with an organ grinder and his monkey. 
and then it got personal......



One night a bunch of us were sitting around my kitchen table (where all great ideas happen) and we decided that Chad should open a place called "Chad's Nut House". It was the perfect inspiration for last years Valentine. 
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Again, a cute valentine with a nice sentiment

 and then it got really personal..........

These still make me laugh and I have no idea how I am going to top these this year but I have a plan. Oh you better believe that I have a plan........................

HAPPY VALENTINE"S DAY EVERYONE!
and thanks for reading my blog











Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Story Behind the Art-Lori Siebert

The Story Behind the Art-Lori Siebert

Hello and welcome to the sixth installation of 
THE STORY BEHIND the ART

If you are new to my blog, The Story Behind the Art will take you on a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of art created by one of my talented friends from around the globe. The stories are posted on the first Wednesday of each month.
This month, I am happy to introduce you to my friend, Lori Siebert. Lori is one of the most creative and versatile artists that I know. You can't walk into a shop without seeing her beautiful art on products. She also likes to make things just for the joy of making them. Her Story Behind the Art will tell you about the creative spark that led her to start creating her angels from things she found in nature.

Heeeeeere's Lori...............................

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The Story Behind the Art-Lori Siebert


Last summer, when on vacation in Hilton Head...on the walks to and from the beach...I started collecting little bits from nature along the path. The slow pace of vacation allows you the time to just notice things and appreciate them more. I had a nice little collection started on our back porch and decided to start creating with these beautiful finds. At first,I was making mandalas. But,then it occurred to me to make an angel. I have always loved angels and have collected several made by artist friends. I have also given hand made angels to several friends and inspiring women in my life. 


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This started an obsession that has continued throughout the last year. When I am out and about,I keep my eyes open for bits from nature that would make beautiful angel dresses or wings. It has really made me pay closer attention to the changes in seasons. It also opened my eyes more widely to the vast array of colors,textures and shapes that are everywhere. It has become a crazy passion. I don't have a reason to make them. They are not for a client or a job. They are just a wonderful creative practice. 

Paula Joerling

Paula Joerling
I have recently evolved the angels into little nature dresses photographed on a tiny wire hanger. I have always loved fashion and secretly long to be a costume designer. This fulfills a bit of that interest (and since I can't really sew...it is my quick little  clothing design fix.) Since there are endless materials out in the world to play with...I plan to keep making these for who knows how long? It's nice to just create with no deadline, no art director,...just because!!
Paula Joerling

Paula Joerling


Want to see more of Lori's beautiful work?

Check out her etsy shop

Follow her on Instagram 

She has some great boards on Pinterest 

and you can keep up with her on Facebook