Sunday, September 15, 2013

"Gluebook" Mail Art

Well I'm back from a wonderful week of vacation at my had strange extremes - highs in the mid 80's AND in the high 40's!
Mr.D and I did a lot of this LOL...but we both needed it after all the walking and eating we did.
My neighbour has opened an art studio - Arend does sculpting, drawing and painting. He and his wife are the sweetest couples and I am so happy to call them cottage friends. 

Before I left I managed to get some Mail Art out the door to Lenna and Jo. The challenge was to do something based on our Glue Book classes from Mary Green way back in 2010 (can you believe it!). 
I started with some collaging of old papers - one card had different images and text related to sailing.

Lenna and her wonderful Hubby Steven live in Florida (lucky ones!) and he builds boats - so I thought this was very appropriate. The graphic is from a 1930's book on how to build apropos don't you think? 

The other had adverts from some old British magazines I had thrifted awhile back.
I was inspired by a postcard I had picked up while in London back in 1998 from Selfridges - man if I knew then what I know now - I would have scooped a pile of these. I just love the image and the vibrant yellow.
This is my card for Jo - I jokingly thought of her and I at a car boot sale in our old age trading jibes (I, being the older one, would be the one seated with my goods that she is sussing out in great envy).
For both cards I used acrylic paints and stamps - nothing too fancy because I wanted the background to show through. Love them both. Enjoy. Jewels

Monday, September 2, 2013

Calendar Collage: September

What the mashed potatoes????(I'm being polite).  What happened to August I ask. Even my garden caught me by surprise when I realized the Shasta Daisies were spent and the Cone Flowers were definitely past their prime. I just don't remember seeing it all happen. Oh well, Fall is after all my favorite time of year - just hope I get to enjoy it before its suddenly the big C (ugh, there are decorations in the store already)!
September, of course, means back to school for many. I always remember my first day of my first year of high school (grade nine and no, that was NOT 1953, snork). I was pretty nervous. Principal looks very no nonsense, administrative type don't you think?
I had made clothes for the year (or at least embellished a few things as I recall) that summer to be ready. I am sure the Lunch Ladies were prepared for us too - obviously resting up before all the young hooligans descend on them.
Our cheerleaders were not quite as prim and proper as these ones - but I remember driving by the high school and seeing them practice out front in late August. Even remember one of their chants "Let's go rocka rocka and a cha cha cha" how funny.
And just like this high school, we a had a very young and quite nice music teacher....and a plethora of science, math and geography teachers I never understood (ESPECIALLY math).
I don't remember a safety patrol - I'm a little concerned there are no boys on this one! But I am sure these young ladies are well prepared.
Then there were the clubs - I think I would have liked to join this one - very progressive I would say! Though no one is wearing safety glasses...and I can't see being in the workshop with my frock on can you?
And certainly this one - do you think it was some kind of early precursor to the computer club - the description reads.... the main purpose is to learn how to operate and take care of the visual aids machines...oh my, how far we have come! And the one young lady grinning who is looking directly at the camera - I think she would be my best friend LOL.... 
My retro calendar spread for this month is ready to be filled. Enjoy. Jewels