Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Altered Metal Picnic Basket

This metal picnic basket belonged to my parents and we used it as a family. It had been in my father's garage for many years, as were the jars posted in June. One of the wooden handles were broken off completely. I pondered the idea of keeping one handle but it wasn't the "new" look I wanted. So I removed it and added faux round pulls on the front. I really wanted to keep the metal orginal look so after the rust primmer and paint I put on designs with UTEE, ink, metallic paints, sheet metal and metal strips. For the feel for the seasons I wanted, each side has it's own theme. ( To see full view of any side, just click on "view show", then click on any picture during the slide show). The sides have metal running down the center to seperate the front from the back. The top is copper UTEE with stamped designs and a homemade clay piece. Just another way to hold onto my childhood and the "stuff" that cannot seem to be thrown away.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Family Collage

This is a very special collage I designed to honor our lives, our wedding 13 years ago and our loved ones. The journal envelope opens to list all the special items on this canvas collage and explains who each piece belonged to or why it is special to us. Our wedding invitation is centered within a pocket made from an old runner belonging to my husbands grandmother. The pearls and lace/pearl ovals are from my veil as well as the tulle around the edge of the whole collage. The floral piece covered with lace and the front of the journal is material also used in our quilt, a wedding present.