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the stack of 50+ vintage book pages, collage sheet images, ephemera and hand-made papers are all bundled up and ready to go.  i even have to make a make-shift envelope as i realized that i’m totally out.  whoops!

vintage book page giveaway

and the winner is: Patty Szymkowicz of Magpie’s Nest!

vintage book page winner, magpie's nest

congratulations, lady!  🙂  send me your mailing address and this shall be on its way to you within the week.

xx

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oooh, what a magnificent week!  2012 is turning out to be quite a special year indeed!  my prediction: the best ever!  what do you think?

the week started out by me registering “little bug studio” as an official domestic non-profit corporation.  after many, many minutes on hold with the IRS (57 of them, to be precise), i discovered that filing my  501(c)(3) for official tax exempt status costs roughly $5-700.  that wasn’t part of “the good part”.  however, with my EIN (which i’m getting next week) i can accept tax-deductible donations AND there is a 27 month grace period for having to file the paperwork for 501(c)(3) status.  woots!  buying time is my kind of process indeed!

little bug studio

i recently purchased both littlebugstudio.org and bugsartshack.org and will soon (depending upon your definition of the word “soon”) have websites up for each.  then back to creating more art with the kiddos for fun and fund raising to finish their brand spankin’ new studio.  even if we have to keep arting it up at our 1960s diner restaurant booth though, i’ll be happy because having 2-3 kids over every week is WAY better than zero.  my dear and wonderful friend katie cahill did a blog post about little bug studio which you should check out here: Call to All My Handy, Arty, and Bighearted Friends!  katie and i have been friends for almost 20 years (practically fresh from the womb — we are very, very young!)  😉 she gives a little peek into my life as the mama of an aspie boy, my plans for the kids’ art studio, and even posted the most precious shot of my little man’s bug-fingers from the last time we were out to breakfast.

neighborhood center for the arts

copyright neighborhood center for the arts

from her post, wonderful things have happened… the best being my introduction to my new friend, mixed media artist susan lobb-porter. check out susan’s website, oo la la! living the arty life.  susan is a wildly creative lady with an enormous heart.  she works at a non-profit art center called neighborhood center for the arts (in grass valley, california) where she teaches art to adults with developmental disabilities.  every day, up to 50 artists between the ages of 21 and 75 attend their studio and create paintings, weavings, ceramics, drawings, woodwork and computer arts.  many of the artists have had their works exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including european galleries.  i’ve seen photos of the amazing work they are doing (you can too — check out the above-linked website) and you must check it out now too!  i am in love!

neighborhood center for the arts

copyright neighborhood center for the arts

while perusing susan’s blog, i read the most magnificent post and implore you to read it (actually two posts).  please go read them both, then come back and finish mine as it will make sense.  PLEASE MAKE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. i cried.  but in a good way.  soooo very touching!

artside out: http://www.oolalatheartylife.com/2648/artside-out/

yellow bird: http://www.oolalatheartylife.com/2735/yellow-bird/

lalalalala.  <— this depicts a jaunty tune, like “hold music” but actually good.

neighborhood center for the arts

copyright neighborhood center for the arts

okay, so as you read, susan is trying to raise funds for an iPad for her students, such as the one she wrote of.  what an amazing gift!  i’m going to help because that is just the kind of girl i am.  some time in the next week or so, i’m going to list a new digital collage sheet and 100% of the sales of that sheet will go towards her cause.  i have lots of ideas for her but because today has been a day chock full of utter insanity, errands and unexpected fiascoes, i haven’t gotten to tell her yet (and this post was supposed to be up yesterday which proves that i’m miss slow motion this week).  (this is where my ADD kicks in and says “even though you’ve been typing this post for 36 hours, you should stop and email susan your ideas)…

i am super-crossing my fingers that they will be able to raise the funds for a new iPad so these amazing moments of transformation, expression and creativity will continue.  no, they WILL raise the funds.  this is 2012.  people are good.  art saves lives and those of us who are smart know it.

AND, please read her latest blog post (she so graciously wrote about my bug and me, and our wonderful art group): http://www.oolalatheartylife.com/2848/eunice-traded-her-right-arm/

          

another magnificent and magically kind and big-hearted event that has transpired is that TWO gorgeous and lovely friends have contacted me wishing to provide donations for the mum and finn etsy shop (100% of all proceeds go to little bug studio).  what a wonderful and kind gift!  jo archer has donated several of her wonderful wooden brooches.  these are $5 each and she has even offered free shipping!  go snatch them up — we are the proud owners of two ourselves and these rock!  (i have a doll head and finn has a robot)  all five of the bucks go to our art group charity.

joanne archer brooches for asperger's charity

you can also check out jo’s etsy shop here, with more wooden brooches and gorgeous art.

           

and now for the winner of my drawing for vintage foreign book pages…

(random number generator picked #22)

AJ’s Art Journaling: http://ajsartjournal.wordpress.com/

congrats!  email me your mailing address and i shall have this out to you this week.

have a fantastic week, my friends, and check back soon for more books and giveaways.

free skeleton key image

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

i am pleased to announced that i placed all zine participant’s names into a hat (a really, true life hat from my sweet friend rainey in dublin) and this is the name that popped out:

jill zaheer is the winner of a free altered bits mixed media art zine
i sure wish i thought about photographing the paper before hand — i would have written nicely.  sorry!  and i guess you get a peek at yet another project in the works under your paper. 

woohoo, miss jill, you are the winner of a free issue of the altered bits zine!  i shall order it up and have it sent directly to you around mid-week, and you should have it in about a week’s time from then.  i sure hope you like it!  here is a secret sneak peek of your page and a half:

jill zaheer's pages in the altered bits mixed media art zine

i LOVE the brightness and vibrancy of your art, lady and am sooooo honored to have it in “my” little zine.  (the monster is my son’s, but that is not the focus of this post — i shall share that stuff another day.)

also, i wanted to share that the altered bits zine can be found not only on lulu.com, but now it’s also on amazon!  how cool are we!?!!  🙂

if you haven’t done so and wish to, take a sec to vote for the next zine themes in the post just before this one (last i checked there were already 130 votes!!).  i shall snag the results mid-week and post the top choices as our next zine themes.

wowz!  the “inspired remnants, curious dreams” blog tour was an amazing hit and ever so much fun!  the winners are SUPPOSED to be announced in two day’s time, but i’m going to be super busy that day so i am posting them now (i’m not the first!).  without further ado, the winners of the fantabulistic blog tour prizes are….

book tour giveaways for inspired remnants, curious dreams blog tour

The winner of A) The book: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams by Kerin Gale.
Lisa Gatz of her self-titled blog Lisa Gatz

The Winner of B) One Aves Power Pack
Katie Cahill of Evil Seamstress

The Winner of C) Fluid Chalks Online Workshop by Lesley Venable at http://theartofaltering.ning.com/
Patti Edmon of Altered Attic
(Ironically, I was the first winner as my comment’s number came up, but that would hardly be fair now would it!?  I was sad though — this looks fun!)

Winner of D) Two Digital Collage Sheets of your choice by Alicia Caudle (aka “me”) of Altered Bits at http://alteredbits.com/digital-collage-sheets.php
Renate of Put a Little Magic In Your Life

Winner of E) Sample pack of Silputty 40 silicone putty mold mix from Silpak.
Barbe Saint John of http://www.barbesaintjohn.com

Winner of F) 1 OZ ICE Resin and a mixed metal bezel from http://www.iceresin.com/
Sharon of Live Wire Jewelry

All of these prizes will be shipped directly do you by the manufacturer/publisher/etc. except he collage sheets which I will email to you and the online workshop.  PLEASE SEND ME YOUR ADDRESSES and I will forward to the proper peeps so you can get you your goods.

And, there are MORE!  I did an additional drawing for just my readers (whom I love and adore).

free digital collage sheet giveaway
The Winner of 5 digital collage sheets of your choice is Sharon Rowland of Alice’s Secret Door

And last but not least, the Winner of the “How to Crackle Charlottes” PDF tutorial and three un-crackled Frozen Charlotte dolls is Lisa of Vintage Glimmers

Huge congratulations to all of you lovely ladies!! (I like that there are two Sharons and two Lisas)  🙂

Contact me ASAP with your contact info and I shall get the ball rollin’ so you can get your goodies.  I will try to contact each of you via email today too, of course.

sadly, the final year of one world one heart is coming to an end, but happily, i have three winners.  congratulations!

the winner of the frozen charlotte doll and recycled sari silk is:
Dawne Shaw

the winner of the “collaged bits” digital collage sheet pack is:
Fiona of My Artful Muse

and the winner of my “still” anatomical collage is:
Aimee Jeffries of Misty Moon Creations

i’ll be contacting you three ASAP to get your addresses.  well, except for the digital sheets… but i’ll mail those out soon.  tomorrow is my birthday and although that’s not exciting by the time you’re in your 30s, apparently there are many festive things planned around here for the next few days.  but it’s a secret and i have no clue what it is.  everything will be off to you lovely ladies by saturday at the latest.

thank you so much, all who entered, and thank you random.org for picking!  it’s been such a pleasure to meet so many wonderful and talented people.

xx

huge lot of frozen charlotte dolls, bathing dolls, victorian bisque dolls

my oh my!  i am a lucky girl and a half!!  i’ve just obtained about… oh… 450 new frozen charlottes, 50 charlies or so, and roughly 200 victorian era (a bit pre-charlotte) dolls as well as some other fantastic things for both personal consumption and for sale on my site (doll heads, bodies, cuckoo clock movements, watch parts, etc.).  i’m going to have a little charlotte giveaway one of these days too, but i’m suddenly busy again so give me a sec.  🙂  i must get these babies organized, sorted and listed on the altered bits website.  woohoo!  the above image is part of box #1 of five… (will share more when i open the others) over the weekend/next week.  you will die when you see one thing i have to soon share!  well, i really do hope you DON’T die, but you may gasp a little… i promise it’s cool and quite rare.

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free image for you:

free vintage photo, dancer, lady, antique, altered art, mixed media art, altered book

also, i have three winners to announce from my little give-away… drum roll please….

first, for the cdv photograph bundle: comment #6, jill zaheer

second, for the coin charms: comment #3, tracey (and will)

and third, for the little mermaid doll: commenter #12, cyndi neumann

congrats!!

please email your addresses to me (hi at altered bits dot com) and i will get these mailed out to you early next week… at the latest.  if i don’t hear from you i’ll email you in a few days (going to me MIA for a few minutes first, so sorry!!).

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i have a fun story to share that you will really enjoy if you liked the history behind this really old post about the shanghai tunnels in portland… but it will have to wait as i have a new commission piece that i have to get done by tuesday the 25th!!  (i’m insane to agree to such commitments, but oh how i love custom work AND creating under pressure!!). it’s not directly tied into that story, btw, but… it’s hauntingly cool and shares some historically entwined paths.

back to “work” for me… even though it’s after midnight.  love working in the middle of the night sometimes…

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