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actually it’s two give-aways.  but one is now and one is in a week or two.  it’s been awhile and since i’ve been trying to hoard stuff to put on my newly redesigned website (that i haven’t finished redesigning) i feel like i should get some stuff out the door… and what better way to do that than for free!?

vintage paper give away: 50+ book pages

first up, a big, fat bundle of 50+ vintage book pages (in english and other languages), a few collage sheet images (designed by moi) and little bits of hand-made papers (some even made by me)… and other pretty goodness.  all you have to do is comment for a chance to win.  like altered bits on facebook and have two chances to win.

vintage paper give away: 50+ book pages

vintage paper give away: 50+ book pages

next week: a 3d giveaway.  i’m not totally sure what it will be yet, but it won’t be paperly or flat, and it will probably be rusty, old and/or bonetastic (i don’t mean that in a naughty way — i just mean it may have bones it in).  ((well, i suppose to some that could be one and the same though, eh?))

the winner will be announced on wednesday, august 29th.

happy day and good luck, paper lovers!  xx


i’m totally cheating right now… writing this at 2:40 PM on the 17th, to be posted sometime in the morning of the 18th (didn’t want to compete with my winners post, plus am not going to be home tomorrow).  i’m probably out to breakfast at the big egg right now — it’s so yummy that you should be quite envious of me.  it’s not even a block to paxton gate from there either, and omg, you know how i love that place!!  (if not, scroll down a few posts.)  shall i buy myself a birthday jackalope?  hmmm.

i’ve been working on a series of new mini-books for a little gallery that’s interested in having them.  to me, they are “little objects of affection books” in that i’m putting all of my favorite things into hand-made little wooden boxes and frames on the front.  this is the first, and isn’t done (though the 3rd, 4th and 6th are complete), but soon.  victorian doll parts, glass vials, dried flower petals from my garden, porcupine quills, vintage medical book text.  (you can barely make out “delirium and insanity” inside the top of the box i made, and “a disturbance of the mental processes” on the paper underneath.  didn’t plan that, but it makes me smile.)

handmade book, binding, victorian doll, doll parts, frozen charlotte, porqupine quills, glass vials, dried flowers

of course it has a funky alicia-style rustic-woven and tangly binding too:

handmade book, binding, victorian doll, doll parts, frozen charlotte, porqupine quills, glass vials, dried flowers

but way better than a silly little book — i received a WONDERFUL package the other day from the generous (and extremely talented) donna watson.  i share her affinity for rocks, and she shares mine for frozen charlottes, so we swapped.  how perfect that i had plenty of room in my new printer tray from miss lisa!  for now, this is a little collection on my coffee table, “objects of my affection”.  i’ll probably relocate it all later to do an assemblage in the box, but for now, this pleases me to no end.  though i think i’ll take the red “mars” marbles out.

vintage printers tray, rocks, stones, crystals, bones, collection

aren’t these just divine!  look at the top two-toned, smooth and gorgeous oblong stone!  and the one with the white ring!  and the speckled one.  donna has a real knack for rock finding for sure!!

vintage printers tray, rocks, stones, crystals, bones, collection

the following six are perfectly round and absolutely lovely.  they look like marbles — which i also have a huge thing for so these are double-perfect!

vintage printers tray, rocks, stones, crystals, bones, collection

vintage printers tray, rocks, stones, crystals, bones, collection

thank you so much, donna!  i LOVE these wonderful stones!

speaking of “objects of my affection”, i keep forgetting to post this fantastically sweet shirley temple doll i found at the flea market a few weeks ago.  look how crackled she is!!  she came that way naturally (imagine my surprise to have found her!).  she’s missing an arm and it looks like a creature chewed off half of her opposing foot, but she’s divine none the less.  i’m guessing about 15″ tall or so… maybe more.  i want to create a creepy motorized piece out of her, maybe motion detection style so she waves when you walk by or something.  i wonder how hard that would be.  (oh, just hollered to the husb and he said it would NOT be hard a’tall.  rad.)

shirley temple doll, vintage doll, crackled doll, antique, flea market find

right now she’s just hanging on the wall in the hall, greeting people as they pass.

happy february 18th to you all!

the amazing seth apter of the altered page has started an annual event entitled “buried treasure”.  as busy artists and humans, we don’t always have the time to keep up with ever person’s blog and all of their posts, so this is a time to repost an oldie for those who may have missed it.  (i’m a day late to post, sorry!!)


once upon a time…

…there was a lovely young couple who fell fast in love and were quickly married. he was a kind chap, though very forgetful, so just before their first anniversary he pre-purchased a lavish bouquet to be delivered to his lady every year on their special day for the following ten years. he spent hours hand-writing little love notes to accompany the bouquets, trying hard to make it sound recently written…

love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors

she adored the bouquet and his heart-felt words…

love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors
soon after their first wedding anniversary, he was tragically killed in a car accident, leaving behind his new wife. her heart broke and she felt she could not live without him.

human heart, anatomy, love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors

every day she felt him near, and that was the only way she made it though the first year following his passing.

then one day, while already heart-broken that it would be their second anniversary that day, the doorbell rang. there, on her front steps, lay a bouquet a bit larger and more magnificent than the one she had received on her anniversary the year before. her heart stopped as she lifted the flowers to her chest, wondering who could be so cruel. then she saw her husband’s handwriting on the envelope of the accompanying card…

love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors

i will be posting this off to a poor, unsuspecting friend next week. hope she likes it!

i dried the rosebuds myself about 10 years ago and have been using them FOREVER. these were my last couple. the flower in the lower left is from my valentine bouquet from my husband last year. the wee crystal and bead on the right were given to me about twenty years ago from two of the children i used to nanny, the older saying “someday make something gorgeous with this”. the rose thorns are from my garden, harvested and dried last summer and all of the metal bits are rusted by me (though my camera is a jerk and generally removes rust hues — what’s up with that?)… except the mesh stuff which doesn’t rust. it just disolves.

happy mother’s day, mamas!!

mother's day card, handmade card, i love you mama
today has been such a blast!  i was awoken with breakfast in bed of turkey bacon, an egg, a lovely piece of gluten free toast and strawberries along with a hot cuppa coffee and a lovely bouquet of dandelions that the little man hand picked fresh from our ever-growing yard.

upon coming downstairs, i was showered with lots of wonderful gifts.  my boys are the best!  the first was a nice bottle of arrogant bastard ale, one of my favorite beers (this is an annual tradition — see last year’s mother’s day post).  then finn brought me my first gifts — a head massager (i’ve seen them at the store several times and apparently he sensed my fascination):

head massager
and three magnets that he purchased at his school art fair last week.  i’ll post on that soon.  i saw these magnets and fell in love — they are part of a huge recycled border that three generations of family members drew on, and the dad/grandpa painted.  how sweet!!

art magnets, recycled art
next, i was given the cutest and tiniest little box of japanese fortune pencils.  translation please?  they forgot to get the accompanying hand-out that had them in english.  if anyone knows japanese and wants to enlighten me, i would be ever so grateful, and would trade you some collage sheets or goodies from my shop.  these are so tiny!  maybe four inches tall, and ever so precious!

japanese fortune pencils

then my little bugsy made me cry.  he gave me the sweetest card!!  the front can be seen above.  inside, this is what it said and yes, he wrote the whole thing himself!  he’s going to be a damn lady killer when he grows up, that boy!

inside of mother's day card
he said he made sure to write it in his very best handwriting.  and then told me that my arms are beautiful because the give the best hugs in the world.  i cried again.  (just typing this is nearing me to weepiness.)

such wonderful boys i have!  boys = husby and son.  half the time people think i’m the mother of two, whoops.  anyway, they clearly went shopping at uwajimaya, which i adore.  they always have the funnest things in their gift/non-food department and the yummiest pho supplies.  the boys love their sushi but i don’t go there.  anyway, the gift giving wasn’t done yet…

i have a “thing” when it comes to coffee cups.  i like MY cup.  and i don’t like anyone to touch said cup.  i had six of these but my husband tainted a few by taking them to work so now i just have two.  while at uwajimaya, they happened upon a big dude named banaru.  banaru is a banana drinking a cocktail on a couch with a fluffy little dog on his lap.  funny as hell!  so they picked out this fantastically funny banaru coffee cup for me.  no one can get away with using this one!

banaru coffee cup
oh wait, here is a photo of the box.  it cracks me up:

banaru banana
look at this tape!  it’s japanese vellum tape.  the husby picked out the package of the pretty red ones and the little man picked out the yellow illustrated one.

japanese vellum tape
and last but not least, they got me this ever so sweet little girl!  i’ve made an animated image of the box and how it opens.  japanese packaging is the best in the world!  check this out!!  AND she was the ONLY red-head and the ONLY one with pigtails… she’s just like me.  and has a dragonfly on her kimono!  so alicia-mama-wife-esque! she is a momiji and her name is laughter.

laughing momiji for mother's day
the packaging is the same stuff they make water wings out of and practically the same shape.  i will be hording it, of course.  there is a little space in her bum, or base, for a mini note.  and the note inside was ever so sweet!  after all of this my lovely ones took me to get this cute little shelf i wanted (and a huge new basket i wanted for fabric so i can have shelf space again) and of course she will live there, right atop the sweet new shelf.  i’ll take photos.  THEN, if you can believe this, they took me to the fabric store.  i took them out to lunch for that one.  so sweet!  got stuff for 3 or 5 new journals (lots of new ones to post) and more snaps and other closures for more cuff bracelets which i’ll also soon share.

anyway, the momiji is so me — she likes integral calculus and scavenger hunts.  if you didn’t catch the quote on the box that makes me laugh, you can see it here:

momiji laughing quote
i love my boys and feel like the luckiest mum in the world today.  i hope you do too!

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