Hi everyone. Happy weekend to you.
I'm excited it's Saturday because this starts a nice stretch of days without anything on the calendar. I have lots of art ideas in my head, and I am so ready to have some uninterrupted art time. Smile!
When I made a striped tag for the latest challenge at Tag Tuesday, I also made a spotted one. Let me share that one with you today.
This time Valerie is hosting with the challenge of spots and/or stripes, being sure to make the stripes or spots the main part of your tag.
I painted my tag light blue and then painted some big pink spots. The rest of the tag was easy-peasy. I used a punch out girl from an Art By Marlene packet, a strip of washi tape, a quote sticker, and finished with a few pink confetti foam flowers.
A couple of weeks ago I finally got around to unpacking the last 3 boxes of items I still needed to put away in my recently renovated art space. You might remember, we removed a closet from the spare bedroom that I use as my art space. We also put in a new ceiling and floor. When I finally got through those boxes, I was able to "decorate" the new art space with some of my little tchotchkes.
Most of my decorations are little things I've either had since childhood or I've picked up on my travels. There are also a few things that my daughter was going to get rid of that I liked and reminded me of her. And there were small gifts or other items I collected at different times during my life. All of these knickknacks are inspirations to me in some form or another.
I like little animals made from various materials, as well as shells. And the big leg bone was something my daughter's fiance dug up while working in their driveway. I have a few other bones in my collection too, but I'm not sure they made any photos.
These green vowel letters are old. Before one of my good friends moved away in the early 2000s to North Carolina we used to hit some interesting stores on our occasional trips out. I bought these on one of our adventures.
I like this old printer's shelf for displaying my little tchotchkes. You can see lots of my little animals, as well as some other items. There's a vial of pyramid sand from Egypt one of my students brought me when he went back to visit his family, as well as a big rock I picked up off the ground in Iceland. The claws are reproductions of various dinosaur (raptors mostly) claws, and there's a little piece of the top of a wheat stalk that my husband picked up and brought home when we visited Mount Vernon (George Washington's home) when my daughter was young. That's displayed as well as a few other items like a vertebrae and some shells I found while out exploring. And a few other bits and bobs too.
Below, the Stellaluna bat and a Beanie Baby bat are both from the daughter's things, and you can also see some tea tins I decorated for storage, a lucky 8 billiard ball and a piece of glass panada that I found on the beach.
And here's a few items I rehung.
Yes, I have lots of little things. They make me happy.
I could change the last 2 words of this last sign to say Erika-smile.
I am loving my new fixed up space. It might be too cluttered and crowded for some people, and I know my little bits and pieces wouldn't be for everyone either. But for me, it is a happy place to be.
Enjoy your weekend.