Our challenge this week over at Take A Word was "Heart".
I called this piece the Eight Of Hearts because there are EIGHT HEARTS in the image.
Can you find them?
Thanks to Mischief Circus for many of the bits of digi ephemera that went into this.
Here are the locations of the eight hearts:
1. Tag coming out of book has a medical heart illustration on it.
2. Gold filigree heart necklace laying on top of book.
3. Heart stamp on envelope.
4. Heart pierced with swords on tarot card.
5. Heart shimmering under glass face on silver fob watch.
6. Broken heart on back of black spider.
7. Heart shaped package wrapped in brown twine.
8. Winged heart motif on the antique button underneath rose stems.
Autumn is just making an appearance now, after a long and very hot summer here on the Canadian prairies. It was the driest on record.
I have managed to keep my flower beds alive with carefully timed watering. I would go crazy without seeing my garden flourishing. Those blessed drought tolerant Petunias have kept their color in abundance. The trees are suffering, the crops are suffering, in fact it is so dry that the power boxes attached to our homes have shifted due to the dry ground resulting in electrical fires that have damaged a number of homes. Ours has been jumpered to the main power box in the alley so we are safe...fingers crossed. Water mains have broken in record numbers requiring the city to hire more workers to handle the volume of breaks
Along with the dryness comes the proliferation of insects, there are so many aphids that their sheer volume blackens the rhubarb leaves. Hornets are everywhere, I've never seen so many! A squadron of them tried to build a nest in our air conditioning unit!
I fill the birdbath many times a day for the sparrows, robins and chickadees. The poor little things cannot find a drop anywhere. No rainfall, no morning dew makes it hard for the birds to find a drink and take a refreshing bath.
I will be glad when the fresh Autumn breeze begins to blow.
It's been something I wanted to do for a very long time - build my own dollhouse. And that's what I started this past winter.
I didn't want to purchase a kit but opted for images I had floating around in my head to point the way for planning the structure. I'd like it to have a Colonial feel to it - hopefully:)
So, I started building in February (flying by the seat of my pants), the following posts show my progress of the last few months. It has been a blast putting this together!
The next step was to design and cut out the window pieces. The frames were glued together and painted. Each window has a piece of extremely thin Plexiglas installed between the frames.
With the windows and shutters installed I began to apply the siding. Each siding strip was a piece of heavy chipboard measuring 11" x .5" (previously painted). The WORST part of putting up the siding was cutting each piece to fit around the various angles of each window. I put in a few hours each day but it took weeks to finish! There probably was a better way to tackle this step but it's done, what a relief to get that over with.
Installing the shingles was a lot more fun than doing the siding! Each of the 2000+ shingles was cut out and glued on individually. It was a very ZEN experience, tunes playing in the background, cat purring under the table. I enjoyed this part♥
Designing a building a functioning door was a challenge but super fun. I had tiny hinges from a previous project that worked perfectly for this door. A small piece of glass is installed at the top to let the interior light shine through.
I carved the exterior stone walls from blue insulation foam, my go-to material for carving stone walls, fireplaces, tombstones, etc. After the carving was finished I base painted them with acrylic paint followed by a wash of acrylic brown paint. Each panel was installed over the foundation layer of the house.
During the summer I have been working on the interior flooring, pictures coming soon!
This piece was done for Three Muse's weekly challenge. The theme this week was "reflection", we were to find a word that would have special meaning to us in 2017.
I settled on CALM as this is a challenge for me. I get caught up in world affairs, being the newsy that I am, add to that the constant strain of social media and the general stuff that happens in daily life...well it can be very difficult to find a place to just slow down, take a breath and find center.
I'll be trying to find a place of calm both within my own head and within my surroundings.
Credit for the digital images go to Itkupilli's Dolcevita and to Holliewood Studios for Street Cred, Art Anarchy, Love & War and Void. Check them out at Mischief Circus.com