Monday, March 29, 2010

Almost Garden Party time

 The Garden Party Artist Class is coming soon. The brainchild of Mary Green at Green Paper, it runs throughout the month of April with a dozen pretty spring projects by a dozen different artists. I took the February class and it was a lot of fun. This time I'm back as one of the instructors! You can see details of all the projects here.

One of the fun aspects of the class is all the little freebie projects that are sprinkled in on the days when you don't have a regular project. Last time we got free clip art, instructions for mini projects, information about art-related web sites and much more.

You won't have time to do all the projects but they can be printed out and saved.

Check out the details and if you want to sign up, you can save $10 on the $49 fee by using my code: just abby and me.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Easter Blog Hop

Today's the Blog Hop, where you can see other people's vintage Easter decorations and maybe pick up some free Easter images just by visiting the participating blogs.

You can check it out at:

My contribution is some freebie art, including a couple of unusual postcards I found when I went antiquing earlier this week, including these funny bunnies in a rowboat:

And for something really different, how about these girls in a weird eggshell swing:

I paid $1 for this 1933 pamphlet made of tissue thin paper, so thin that the type from the back side of each page shows through. I wonder how it survived all these years.

Here are two pages from the pamphlet with Easter songs. I thought these would be good backgrounds for an Easter collage:

Friday, March 26, 2010

Some old-fashioned boys

Collage artists seem to love collecting old photos of children, especially little girls. Since we are mostly women, I guess we see ourselves reflected in them somehow. Lately I've been making an effort to add some boys to the mix. Not sure how I'll use them, but I found these two dapper fellows when I went antiquing Wednesday. Feel free to copy them if you like.

The boy with the bow and the ruffles remains nameless but his photo was taken in Jersey City as you can see.

This little fellow has a big name: James Garwood (or possibly Harwood) Closson 3rd, age 2 years. The photo was taken in Philadelphia, June 18, 1899.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A fun jewelry class

We had a great time on Saturday making pendants at Kecia DeVeney's home/studio in Wall Township, NJ. It was an hour and a half away for me, but it was such a gorgeous day I didn't mind the drive at all. We made pendants using old tintype photos, brass findings, old rhinestones and chandelier crystals and put it all together with solder, glue and resin. What fun!

My pendant is the heart-shaped guy, second row, far right.

It was also fun to see Kecia's home and her artwork, which I'd only seen photos of before. I'll tell  you one thing, that girl knows how to work a flea market...

More info on Kecia's classes:

It's a Garden Party...

I had such a great time taking the February Artist Class run by Mary Green, which featured 12 projects by 12 different artists, that I couldn't resist proposing a project of my own. The new Artist Class, with a Garden Party theme, will run throughout the month of April. My project will be an altered antique bottle with pretty paper flowers. You can get $10 off the price by mentioning my code: justabbyandme