Sunday, January 31, 2010

Our Olie

Our beautiful, near 15-year-old black lab Olie passed today with the help of a doc who stopped by and helped us help Olie cross to the other side. It is a very sad day in our world. This family member is tied to every happiness Bruce and I have experienced. Olie was our first joint purchase, a puppy who ventured out alone to Gambell on St. Lawrence Island on three different flights to meet up with us there after the first six weeks of school. We spent hours that year on the beach, facing Russia, teaching Olie the commands he knew so well. The following year found us renting a cabin with a loft on the Kenai Peninsula. Yes, Bruce carried Olie up and down that ladder every night and morning so he could sleep with us. He did the Yukon River with Bruce over the course of two summers. Traveled to Newfoundland with us. Went mining with Bruce in the Fortymile Country. His tail knocked everything over in its path. He made a funny clicking sound when curious about something. And one time he went swimming so far out into the ocean after jumping, spawning salmon, that we thought he was part salmon. He is so very loved and so very missed. Bruce picked out a good spot for him on a nearby mountain, facing north much like Olie for all of his life. It is a sad day, indeed.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Theme Thursday: Valentine Canvas

Theme Thursday

4x4 Friday: Imbolc (Midwinter)

February 2nd marks Imbolc, the ancient Celtic festival that marks midwinter. Celebrating midwinter and pre-spring is this week's 4x4 Friday challenge. What might you create to beckon back the sun, longer days and warmer temps? For those of our friends south of the equator, flip the seasons. How might you welcome fall? There is, afterall, balance in all.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Snowmen in Love: Valentine Banner

This is a banner I've put together for Linn up in Kenai. It will go postal tomorrow. Our goal was to combine snowmen and Valentine's Day and voila! Snowmen in love.

Crazy Amigo and Created Byhand Challenges

We Altered Gpysies are wrapping up our altered Valentine cigar boxes, packed with Valentine goodness to be mailed out to various corners of the world. I'll not say where mine is headed, only that it will go postal tomorrow. Happy Valentine's Day, Friend! And red is also the Crazy Amigo challege this week, so here's a bit of red for the occasion. The Created Byhand challenge is that of gift holder, so it also meets that challenge as well.

Barb's Altered Book: Numbers

The Altered Gypsy altered book round robin is underway and I just recently finished up and mailed home Barb's book. Here are the pages I completed before mailing it on. Its theme is Numbers.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Postcards from the Past

Here are some digital postcards I've been working on recently. All images by Altered Pages.

One World One Heart: Magic Carpet Giveaway!

The ride is about to being - hold on! January 25th begins this year's magic carpet ride of blog hopping and finding treasures in the 2010 One World One Heart global blog event.

That said, this is my first year of participation. I pondered what to the whimsical land of bloggers and came up with the one art form that has been tried and true for me: beaded domino necklaces! So I offer three for the drawing on February 15th. My hope is that I'll be able to send three of my necklaces to three bloggers around the world. Please be sure to check back on the evening of the 15th (Alaska time, of course) when I'll post my draw results. All bloggers are eligible embroider their name onto the carpet. Please make certain I have a way to get hold of you. AND ENJOY.

Friday, January 22, 2010

4x4 Friday: A Boy and a Bird

Here's my piece for this week's 4x4 Friday challenge piece. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

4x4 Friday: Heart On Your Sleeve

Wear your heart on your sleeve this week for the 4x4 Friday challenge. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Crazy Amigo: Postcard

Crazy Amigo

Theme Thursday: Valentine Card

Theme Thursday: Hearts, as inspired by Kelly's tutorial posted on Artsy Visions - and yes, I ended up ordering the new IBFS Hearts and Paris plate! :)

Harvest Moon's Valentine Bag Giveaway

Be sure to check out the giveaway at Harvest Moon Primitives!

TMTA: Angel in the News

Newspaper is the TMTA challenge this week. All collage images from Collagevisions.

Sunday, January 10, 2010



MMM: Something New

The Mixed Media Monday challenge is to use something new. This bookmark has all sorts of newness about it. New paper (from Barb), new nudie girl stamp (from Liisa), Flower Soft (from Cathy), fleur stamps (from Tracy). Happy 2010!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

4x4 Friday: Scent

Almond Cream is my piece created for this week's 4x4 challenge, Scent. Enjoy! Collage images from Collagevisions.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Good Thing (Angels Running)

Patty Larkin's song, Good Thing (Angels Running) was at play in my head when I put this piece together. Admittedly, my angel is more of the fairy/imp variety, but I guess that's just who I am. This week's Three Muses challenge is Angels. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Flooring!

Bruce and I have spent the last week installing a pine wood floor in my art studio. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. The floor has been stained a bright, brilliant blue. Thank you Minwax, but more importantly, thank you Bruce. The floor is awesome! Am eager to get my desk, bookshelf and stamp cabinet moved back in and organized. I've missed my space this week!