Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tomorrow is May Day!

Green is Glorious!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fun Book!

Fabric Blooms by Megan Hunt Megan Hunt has lots of ideas for using upcycled sweaters, buttons, and T-shirts!  Numerous delightful fabric-y versions of wonderful flowers--check it out!  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GreenCraft Magazine!

I am lucky to have a couple of upcycled bags in the Summer, 2015, issue of GreenCraft Magazine GREEN!  Please check out the magazine's "Gallery" section, pages 134-135 for my recycled and repurposed bags.
I don't really live in Minnesota...  

The handle is actually crocheted too.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Off to Ludington (Michigan)!

I'm visiting the Ludington Area Center for the Arts  LACA  today to enjoy the Earth Day celebration!  Checking out my artwork in the Center and fun events for all tomorrow.  Earth Day/Birth Day! Earth_Day 2015
Paperback novel covers are fodder for art!

Collage on canvas paper

What's your connectivity?

I Hear You

Peace Rocks!

I May be Naive but I'm Cute!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lansing Art Gallery Art Camp!

I am having great fun teaching spring break art camp at Lansing Art Gallery this week. Students are exploring ROCKS---making stones from air dry clay and papier mache, along with painting rocks and making collages. Students range from first through fourth grades.
Collage with glass chips and mat board.

Collage with joint compound, glass chips and scrapbook paper

MANY THANKS to Absolute Gallery for the mat board pieces!

Everyone is enjoying the refreshments at our art show reception on the 10th!

Mosaic with stones and shells

A Zen garden with purple sand and special stones

Some stones need glitter paint!

Dinosaurs also love art!

FUN Class Coming up at MSU!

Flower Power  It is a delightful class--easy upcycling!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Earth Day Celebration in Ludington, Michigan!

I am really excited to be participating in an Earth Day art exhibition at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts this month!  Check it out--a free event!  Earth Day 2015  I am showing pieces in the LACA gallery as well as teaching two workshops on Friday the 17th.  Call 231.845.2787 for more information.

Make a Basket with Recycled Cards
Date:  April 17, 2015
Meeting Time:  1:00-3:30PM
Adult Class 

Class Description:  Do you have numerous greeting cards left over from holidays and celebrations?  Repurpose these colorful images into a special wonderful handmade basket.  Use a threaded needle and a hole punch to construct your basket—no previous sewing experience necessary.  I will also demonstrate how to use crochet to make the basket---basic crochet familiarity is beneficial but NOT required.  All supplies provided but please bring along favorite leftover cards if desired.   Tweens welcome if enrolled with an adult partner.

Make Jewelry with Recycled Materials
Date:  April 17, 2015
Meeting Time:  5:30-8:00PM
Adult Class 
Class Description:  Embellish yourself, friends, and family with unique and special jewelry! Upcycle a variety of materials such as, buttons, sari silk, fabric scraps, beads, and keys into fun fashion accessories.  We will make a necklace, key chain, bracelet and more.  All supplies provided but bring favorite buttons or beads if you wish.  Tweens welcome if enrolled with an adult partner.  No previous experience necessary.
Pieces for a basket---before assembling

Side view of a card basket

Top view of a basket--I used divider pages from an old cookbook

Chain bracelet using sari silk fabric

Recycled silk key chains

Using recycled silk and beads to make up boho necklaces

Wrapped bracelets with recycled silk and odds and ends of yarn

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Use Old Paper to Make New Flowers!

I had so much fun last night learning how to make flowers from recycled book/magazine pages. So Simple and So Delightful! Michigan State University Surplus Store in East Lansing hosts the workshop--great fun and great instructors! They will be repeating the class at the end of the month.

Stems are copper wire