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first, i want to thank all of you who entered my recent giveaway of “steampunk emporium” by jema “emilly ladybird” hewitt and the little bundle of goodies.  the random number generator was a tad testy this morning, first picking every single international person, then kerin whom i know already has the book.  sheesh.

anyway, without further ado, here are the winners:

the winner of the little bundle of watch parts, gears, cogs and vintage beads is…
miss missy majchrzak buckley of the rust button

and the winner of the “steampunk emporium” book is…
miss lynn stevens of trash to treasure art

congratulations, ladies!  please send me your information and i will send yours right out, missy, and pass your mailing address onto northlight books, lynn.  (i will email you today too since i’m not expecting you to be sitting around hitting refresh on my blog all day)

free gears image, collage, art journal, steampunk

p.s. the two images in this post are from some new collage sheets that i have not yet posted on the altered bits website (they are in my etsy shop though) and are free to use for anyone who wishes to snatch ’em up for your collages, assemblages, art journals, ATCs or whatever.

xx

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today was a happy day… one of those wonderfully unexpected special surprise types of happy days.  the morning commenced as usual: i woke up way too early after going to bed way too late.  the postman’s footsteps on the porch pulled me from a bit of a daze so i went to check my box right quick as i was expecting my new shoes to arrive.  much to my surprise i discovered an unexpected parcel that was way better than a new pair of shoes.  i quickly pulled it from the box and opened it!  inside was a gift from gina greenlee.  she is an author from NY and a super sweet gal who purchased some goodies from my shop a couple of weeks ago.

postcards and pearls: life lessons from solo moments on the road

i rushed to open the package and inside was her magnificent looking book, postcards and pearls: life lessons from solo moments on the road.  it is a collection of 118 postcards from women filled with life lessons learned while traveling on their own — how wonderful!!  this is something that i have wished to do for many years as previously i’ve only taken tiny solo trips, which of course she did not know (or maybe she did?).  when i was in my late 20s, i actually planned a mayan ruin “tour” and was going to cruise around mexico, central and south america by myself for a few weeks much to the dismay of my closest friends and family.  unfortunately for the trip, i discovered there was a wee bun in the oven and i didn’t think that i should go while pregnant.  the little dude is seven now — can soon leave him with pops for a couple week adventure on my own as i miss that!  but i digress…

i was immediately quite intrigued with the book when i read its cover and quickly open it up to look at its pages, finding this sweet inscription inside:

postcards and pearls: life lessons from solo moments on the road

and this note inside the book:

postcards and pearls: life lessons from solo moments on the road

here is the back of the book to give you a closer look into what it’s about:

postcards and pearls: life lessons from solo moments on the road

i hadn’t time to read more than the first 7 pages this morning but already found myself sucked in.  i am very much looking forward to reading this tonight when the house is finally quiet again and i’m the only one awake — that is “me time”!  i know i will love this and imagine it will remind me of all of my small solo trips i used to take pre-mamahood.  happy memories indeed!

thank you so very much, sweet, sweet gina!!  i will treasure this book always!

you can find this book available for purchase on amazon, here >>

my sweet friend karyn, whom i’ve known for more years that i’d like to admit (i mean because it makes us sound almost old!), gave me the most magnificent gift last week: an album of photos from the 1890s to 1920s, with a few things as “new” as the 40s.  omg — i have been turning these pages over and over, falling in love with each and every one.  karyn is a dear, sweet friend and an amazing illustrator.  we were pregnant together, her son being born just five weeks before mine, and one day we were sitting together having tea and scones and our boys kept kicking each other while still in utero.  was pretty funny and sweet.  you can check our her blog here or her illustration website here.


her parents had found this album and additional photos at an estate sale or antique store, she wasn’t sure which, and after having it sit in her home for a long time she decided that i, in her opinion, could put them to better use than her.  that is of course debatable, but i am ever so grateful!  i am starting a big new series of collages and assemblages called “people i’ve never met and places i’ve never been”… or something.  it’s just so inspirational to have these zillion gorgeous vintage photos and cabinet cards!  one of the coolest things about it, as if it COULD get cooler than having the photos in the first place, is that there are lots of individuals in the book with the surname “finn”.  as most of you know, my wee man’s name is finn.  so it was particularly meant to be, karyn said.  and, one of the houses looks almost exactly like ours, which too is an ironic little tidbit.  remove a window, and add a couple of steps and it’s practically our house.

fertile mind, fertile body, fertile spirit
other than that, i’ve been a busy little bee.  my son’s school has an art fair coming up, called create.  all parents, friends and family who are artists or crafters will be selling their wares there, on cinco de mayo.  i’m helping out by making the flyers and things — you know me, the volunteer girl.  i’ll also have a table there so i’ve been making so much stuff.  check list so far: three new journals, a heap of art prints, two assemblages, four collages, three paintings, six frozen charlotte hanging thingies like the ones in a previous post, a handful of fabric collages, art cards of my son’s magnificent bird art (below), bunches of girly headbands, lots o’ wrist cuffs, and about 6 other pieces i’m not exactly sure how i would categorize but they are pretty and hang on a wall.  oh, and fabric collage art cards.

kid art, child art, birds, crackle
speaking of the magnificent finn, he has asked me that i post this… next week is run for the arts at his school.  100% of the money raised goes to funding art programs at their school.  last year they raised enough to rent a kiln and make a heap-load of fantastic clay garden art pieces and also enough to make HUGE mosaic mural for the school entrance, thanks to being able to afford these wonderful visiting artists.  it’s so fantastic to see all of the inspiring art these 1st through 8th graders created.  anyway, i am volunteering that day (surprise, surprise) AND i’m on a mission to help my son get a run for the arts t-shirt.  you have to have 15 sponsors to get a shirt.  i’m not sure why it’s so important to him, but it is — which makes it important to me.  so far we have 7 sponsors (i count as three of those having used each of my businesses as a sponsor) so i need 8 more.  people can sponsor per lap, or a flat dollar amount (minimum one dollar).  so, if anyone is interested in or willing to sponsor my little bug for a buck, i would be ever so grateful, and so would he.  he covets his last year’s run for the arts shirt and i want to help him qualify for it again this year.  if interested, email me your mailing address or at least city, state, zip and phone number (it’s a requirement to qualify) and either paypal the buck or i’ll just cover it for you — it’s the amount of names that matter.  either can be sent to: hi at altered bits dot com.  thank you so very much.  please don’t feel obligated though — it’s just a silly shirt.  of course that puts him closer to winning the first prize of a t-shirt, a pencil pouch, a ruler, a backpack full of art supplies and tickets to the children’s theater.  i should start 8 more businesses just to get him closer.  🙂

gold and green, leaf, fabric collage, framable art card, ooak

the one world one heart giveaway was so much fun… i didn’t get to make it to even a quarter of the blogs, sadly, but i enjoyed the ones i got to visit and the several people i was able to meet along the way.  i am still going to visit each of the participants’ blogs — it is important to me to say hello to all who participated.  thank you everyone for such a wonderful experience!

it will take me a bit to get a hold of everyone directly so if you see this before i email you, congrats!  i will need some of your mailing addresses but don’t fret — i’ll be contacting you by tomorrow.

free digital collage sheets, give away
WINNERS OF A DIGITAL COLLAGE SHEET OF YOUR CHOICE

each of you get to pick a digital collage sheet from my site (http://alteredbits.com) and i will email the sheet of your choice to you (the little red * means that i have contacted you and sent your sheet — this will help me from getting too confused):

1. Marie of Art From My Heart in California, USA *

2. Constance of Rochambeau in Texas, USA *

3. Karen of Paper Fanatic in Ireland *

4. Janny of Tricolore Mixed Media in The Netherlands *

5. Katie of Katie’s Strange World in the UK (sadly i didn’t see your blog until now as you didn’t leave your link — your offerings were fantastic!!) *

6. Danit of The Letter Project in New Zealand *

7. Carapace of Cara Makes in the US

8.  Donna of Creative Journaling My Way in Georgia

9. Lynda of Taylor Made in Oz in Australia *

10. Abigail of Rusted Wings in Montana, USA

cracled window effect PDF tutorial

WINNERS OF THE CRACKLED WINDOW TUTORIAL

i will send you a link so you can download it from my server — it’s a huge print-quality file, sorry.

1. Tammy of Country Folk Art in New York

2. Gaby of Colorful Adventures in Germany

WINNER OF THE FRIDA KAHLO FABRIC COLLAGE ATC

Kirsten of Fleur De Boheme in Denmark

WINNER OF THE TIN OF FROZEN CHARLOTTES

Jacqui of OddDollz by Jacqui in Canada

WINNER OF THE FRAMED BLACK AND WHITE PRINT (of your choosing)

Tristan of Enchanted Revelry in Connecticut
(please let me know if you want the man or the woman)

black and white man and woman, mixed media art, collage


And…

because my finger twitched at the end there and i had a little guilt (double clicked the random generator just before the number displayed so it COULD have potentially thrown something off), i asked my son to come in and do me a wee favor.  i said “pick a number between one and one hundred eighty-eight”.  he said “twenty-nine”.

so…. miss sarah.  my dear sweet que sera, sarah of Hen Fruit, you win a non-framed 4×6 print of the black and white man.  it’s is perfect, too — i was so trilled that my little man picked your number because one of the projects next on my list to finish is that “house of fertility” piece that you said you loved and i said i would finish and send to you.  so you get two fetile pieces of art, my friend.  hope that’s not too many!

sarah and kerin — you have the same birthday.
it’s frida’s birthday too, right?

on a side note, i think next year i’ll keep it to two or three winners.  🙂  this took me almost four hours to post.  i say this with giggles and am sooooo not complaining — this has been fantastic and fun, and so great to meet so many new, wonderful people.  thank you, lisa!

it will take me a week or three to get everything out so please bear with me.

lastly, and on a pretty weird note, there was something eerily cool going on when i used the random generator to pick winners.  for every category i was choosing, the winner had specifically stated that they wanted that item.  it was pretty thrilling.

still no new glasses but art and soul portland was fantastically fun despite only being able to half-see the beauty of it all.  i was blessed with the opportunity to hang out with kerin and charley, which was much fun indeed!  additionally, i was able to meet many people i had previously only known through blogs and ning groups, and new people i hadn’t met before.  i procured soooo many new treasures and wish i had photographed them before intermixing them into my pre-established treasure trove of art goodies so i could share.

i was very kind to myself and purchased a gift for the art-needy side of alicia… a piece entitled “mind’s eye” by michael demeng.  it was a pleasure to meet him and to see his amazing piece, lilith, in person.

i am a horrible photographer and this piece is much more alluring in person. you know my adoration of hearts!  love this man.

backing up a bit, i have been so busy and side-tracked lately that i have not had the opportunity to publically thank the amazing, talented and beautiful lisa jurist (whom i love and adore!) of mudhound primatives. she has bestowed upon me the most amazing piece of art!  miraculously, she has included my very favorite edgar alan poe quote in it, which she of course had no way of knowing (or did she?).  look at this amazing masterpiece (and again, please forgive my horrible photography skills):

both lisa’s piece and michael’s are just above my monitor on the wall so i can adore them with constant ease.  thank you so much, lisa!  this piece is so amazing and beautiful and i am so very honored to own a piece of your magnificent art!  i am still working on my piece for her, and feel horrible for not getting my arse more in gear sooner.

speaking of gifts, and kerin for that matter, holy crap!  look what that talented beauty made for me:

you can purchase one on their etsy shop (when they get it back up), though not with a 13 because that is MINE. 😉  you can also sign up for their under my wing workshop here to learn how to make TWO winged journals complete with a fabulous bird!  she is so sweet to have made this for me.  all i did was create some banner ads and advertising “junk” for her mixed media art ning.

my boys seem to have jumped onto the “gifting alicia/wifel/mama” bandwagon too.  how sweet is this!

husby burned a heart-shaped hole into this leaf while at work the other day and had it sitting on my desk when i got home with a pretty bouquet of hand-picked flowers:

my little boy is the sweetest little thing too.  he likes to collect things from nature for me.  check out the neatest stash from that cute little monster:

i love those poky ball thingies.  why can’t i remember what they are called?!!  and the moss, and lichen, and crow feathers and leaves… he’s so sweet.  🙂

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whoops.  this was saved as a draft and never published due to yet another big scare from aforementioned “little boy”.  i got a call from his school with a lady on the other end saying “we need you to get down here right away.  your little guy has hurt his neck on the playground and apparently can’t move.  i’m going out there now to see if it’s a 911 emergency.”  she had no idea at that point what had happened but i thought of him falling head first off the play structure and being paralyzed.  thank goddess i was wrong!  he was fine later, as he was able to walk to the office to wait for me.  we haven’t heard back about his xray but there doesn’t appear to be a fracture, but rather lots of sore muscles and a potential rotated vertebrae.  he fell down while playing dodge ball and some other kid tripped over him, landing on his wee neck!  so it’s been a crazy few days around here… again.  they gave us another dvd with his bones on it but i can’t find it right now so i’ll post them later.  that boy is accident prone and expensive!  but he’s okay and that is the biggest blessing of all.

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