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there were an astounding 215 votes for the next altered bits zine themes and the top four are the winners.

the next altered bits zine will have four themes:

cabinet of curiosities (if you know me, you know this thrills me beyond belief!)
tattered and torn (this one actually surprised me)
an artful retelling of history (this was my choice, so of course i’m quite excited — love the merging of art and history!)
handmade & altered books and pages (you know i love this too!!)

i was a little sad that assemblage and dolls/doll parts didn’t win but then i realized that i could still do assemblage for any of the non-book themes, and of course include dolls or doll parts if i so desire… which i probably do!)

zine theme for mixed media altered art zine

submissions are now open!  deadlines for submissions is october 31, 2011 (that’s halloween so you may not want to wait until the last minute).  limit three submissions per person, with one main shot and up to two detail photographs of each piece.  you can read all of the submission guidelines on the altered bits website on the zine page.  please read the submission guidelines VERY carefully as it  is a huge amount of work to follow up with people if they’ve sent improper files or missing information (and i may not have the time to get back to you, thus you may not have the opportunity to be included, sorry).  i am very open to helping if you have any questions prior to submitting so always feel free to email me if desired.

i am just giddy with bliss right now as i’m holding in my hot little hands the very first ever print version of the altered bits mixed media art zine.  there are 46 pages of detectible goodness greatness!  twenty-one amazing artists have created the pieces in this zine and i am so proud to have been able to design it, despite all the glitches and delays (sorry!!  that won’t happen again).  i spent all of today doing one last iteration of the zine, uploaded it and have made it available for purchase from at

art zine, mixed media art, altered art, art, zine, altered bits, assemblage, collage, jewelry, altered dolls

soon i will be issued an ISBN number so it will also be available on amazon, and at that time i will order up heaps of copies for the altered bits shop too.

just to give you a tiny peek at some of what’s in the zine, i will introduce you to two gentlemen.  well, guys, at least.  first, jesse james.  i created this piece as a gift for my husband as he is a decedent of jesse james (which you can read about in the zine).

jessee james mixed media art, altered art, altered bits zine, alicia caudle

jessee james mixed media art, altered art, altered bits zine, alicia caudle

jessee james mixed media art, altered art, altered bits zine, alicia caudle

next, the storyteller.  he’s a quirky dude made from a wonderful anatomical doll i received from my super friend tracey kraft (actually, i think she sent me about 20!).  he’s the first in a series — wait until you seen the giraffe guy.  🙂

anatomical, altered art, mixed media, altered book, tiny book, deer heads, symbols, altered bits zine, alicia caudle

i did a girl too, but i shall share her with you another time.  i was clearly in a comical state of mind with her (and the guy above).

also in the zine is a wonderful and personal artist interview…

lisa jurist, artist interview, mudhound studio

lisa jurist art, mixed media, mudhouse primitives, mudhound studio

if the revisions i did today look as good as what i got in the mail this morning, i think you will like this zine (they SHOULD — all i did was move one page and alter a name misspelling).  i sure hope you all love it.  thank you, thank you to all who helped to create this first print issue of the zine!  i adore and appreciate each and every one of you!  in alphabetical order by last name: Jay Anderson, Seth Apter, Joanne Archer, Alicia Caudle, Finn Caudle, Katie Cahill, Kym Decker, Patti Edmon, Kerin Gale, Tricia Gillispie Scott, David Hayes, Lisa Jurist, Tracey Kraft, Melissa Majchrzak Buckley, Debi Mattingly, Kim Palmer, Lisa Sarsfield, Renate Starke Krammer, Esther Verschoor, Rachel Whetzel and Jill Zaheer — you are the best!!

the zine is not only available in print, it’s available as a digital download.  almost forgot that:

(i will be adding all participants to my sidebar soon, and send trackbacks for this post, but for now, i have to start getting the little one wound down and ready for bed.)

ohoh, i will also be doing a secret drawing this week — ALL participants names (except mine and finn’s) will be tossed into a hat and whomever i draw will receive a FREE issue of the zine from me.  i wish i could afford to send ALL of you a zine… but i can’t.  starving artist, and such.  xx


i will share the big, exciting (and somewhat frustrating) story later, but i wanted to give you a mini-update on the zine.

i got the zine in the mail today!!  i LOVE it!  all of the issues i was having were a stupid screen issue and NOTHING was wrong with the print files (only took three point six weeks to figure that one out).  i did have two tweaks: a misspelled name (omg!) and a black last page so literally JUST remedied that and look…

uploading the altered bits zine

at this VERY second, i am uploading the tweaks to lulu and the zine will be available for purchase!  i’ll post when it is, tonight or first thing tomorrow morning.  woots!  the file is over half a gig in size so it will be a long process to get it up there.

want a peek of the cover?  i lovelove it!!  well you get one whether you wanted it or not:

cover for the first altered bits mixed media art zine
that’s the back, spine and the front, but i’m sure you could have figured that out.  pretty, pretty!

more soon!!  AND voting for the next zine themes too!

art zine, mixed media art, altered art, art, submission, zine, get published, altered bits
okay folks, the holidays are over and we’ve gotten passed OWOH and all the lovey valentine stuff so i thought i would put out one last reminder for the next altered bits zine.  above you can see a few tiny peeks at some of the art that has been submitted so far (if you don’t see yours above, don’t fret — only so many could fit).  **oh, i interrupt myself here**  IF YOU SUBMITTED SOMETHING AND I HAVE NOT RESPONDED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP AND RESUBMIT AS I’VE HAD A FUNKY SPAM PROBLEM LATELY. i will be taking submissions though the end of the month for the following categories:

notorious: use your imagination and get creative.  this was a fantastically cool topic suggestion by our lovely friend kerin gale of remnants of olde.

letters and symbols: this seems to be a popular topic indeed!

general gallery: if your piece doesn’t fit in the above categories, please feel free to submit to the general gallery in the middle of the zine.  space here is limited and is filling up.

you will find more info and rules for submission on the altered bits website.  limit three submissions per person, email to hi at altered bits dot com, include piece title(s), artist bio, location, url to blog or website (or both), super hi res, etc. — all the info is on the site under “submission guidelines”.

IF YOU HAVE NOT SUBMITTED A PIECE yet but plan to, please shoot me an email so i can try to save a spot for you as space is somewhat limited, but only if you’re for sure going to submit.  or leave a comment here.  that’s easier maybe.

the previous zines have been digital, but this one will be print.  you can see past issues here if you have not yet seen them:

anatomically alteredodd numbersblack and white

if you have any questions after reading through the site, please let me know.  i’m so excited for this and can’t wait to see our very first art zine in print.  woohooo!  there is also going to be a super extra special artist spotlight in the zine (all zines to come, actually) as well as other fun stuff.

oh, and to answer a question that has been emailed to me a few times, the things i mostly accept for the zine are any mixed media art, altered art, handmade books, assemblages, some jewelry, collage, art dolls, paintings, fiber art — mostly anything mixed media.  i’m not 100% opposed to it but i don’t typically do photography unless it’s quite unique.

potentially offensive off note (please skip if you’re easily bothered by… anything).   i NEVER will publish porn, thank you very much, mister x.  (got a submission saying “i’ll pay you to publish this” but, uh… nope, sorry.  i love vintage erotica and such, no problem, but close-up modern day penetration shots aren’t going to work for me, sorry dude.)

(now i should really go work on my zine piece!!  i always almost forget that part as i get SOOOO into the design aspect of things.)


i think i wasn’t totally clear (based upon a few emails i got last night/this morning).  the deadline for submissions is next friday, february 25th, BUT if you can’t have it done and will let me know by the 25th, i can tentatively save a spot for you and give you a tiny extension to the following friday (3/4).  layout and design takes forever and a half so there will still be a bit of time.  then i’ll give myself a couple of weeks+ to get it all purdy and nice before it’s off to press.  sorry i wasn’t more clear.  i’m sleepy and brain dead a lot lately.

to get over my hump of funk, i created a few happy things this weekend.  i was thinking about the hundreds of frozen charlottes i’ve sold in my shop over the past year or so and the fact that i’ve only created TWO things with those lovely little lassies (and nothing from the charlie lads, yet!).  so i remedied that — because they make me smile and i needed a bit o’ cheer.  of course i had to give them hearts — anatomical art is an alicia thing, ya know.

first, i made a wonky little wishes and dreams tin.  wonky because it doesn’t hang entirely straight.  personally, i think that just adds to the charm, but that is probably not the general consensus.  there are two little scrolls in a pocket, one to write wishes on, the other for dreams.  charlottes are magical girls you know and can make things come true if you share them with her.

frozen charlotte, tin, assemblage, heart, anatomy, wishes, dreams, pocket

detail of her face, heart and one of the scrolls:

frozen charlotte assemblage tin detail, heart, anatomy, wishes, dreams
side view:

frozen charlotte, tin, assemblage, wishes, dreams, pockets, altered art, heart, anatomy
available for purchase in my shop

next i created a small fabric collage: charlotte’s song (i just made that up on the fly).  somehow, while creating her i got “charlotte sometimes” by the cure stuck in my head and here it remains.  how do we remember such things so vividly after 20 odd years?

because of this, i had to add the vintage sheet music to the top:

altered art, frozen charlotte, music, vintage sheet music
the bottom (recycled silk ribbon and crocheted bits created by moi), with a tarnished little embellishment:

frozen charlotte, altered art, fabric collage, vintage sheet music, recycled silk, anatomical art
her crackle cracks me up (no pun intended).  the eye cracks remind me of childhood star-eyed cartoons for some reason.  it just happened that way and was by no means intentional.  because the piece as a whole is so light, i made her heart a bit more dark.

anatomical art, heart, vintage bisque doll, frozen charlotte, doll art, altered art
i wish i had a better photo of her as a whole.  i’ll have to snap some new ones tomorrow.

mixed media art, fabric collage, recycled silk ribbon, human heart, anatomy, anatomical art, altered art

available for purchase in my shop

lastly (though i actually started her second), on a 5″ x 5″ canvas, i created this piece.  it is, as of yet, untitled as she hasn’t told me what she wishes to be called.  maybe just “charlotte sometimes”.  but that is neither here nor there.

vintage doll, bisque, human heart, anatomy, frozen charlotte, mixed media art, altered art, crackle paint

the sides of the canvas are covered with painted vintage lace and have taxidermy tacks holding the recycled sari silk ribbon down.  i learned how to use the drill press today.  woohoooo!

crackle paint, assemblage, vintage lace, taxidermy tacks, canvas, altered art

crackle paint, assemblage, vintage lace, taxidermy tacks, canvas, altered art

at the top of the canvas, it says “monument to the memory of the” (the what?  the charlotte?  the thought?  her head is in the way so that is where that ends — you decide to the memory of what) and in the mid-left, it reads “a harmonising companion – a genial friend.”  i didn’t actually pick any of the verbiage out.  i have more of a propensity to grab and glue.  just so happens that it worked out, at least in my opinion.  i think the sentiment is sweet enough indeed.

vintage book text, words, altered art, frozen charlotte, crackle paint, recycled sari silk ribbon
this charlotte, as a whole:

altered art, collage, assemblage, frozen charlotte, anatomy, anatomical heart, mixed media art
from the bottom hangs a pretty and rusted piece i received as a gift during the art exchange last year.  i had it on my new journal that was somehow left outside and fell into the garden bed.  i couldn’t find it for days and when i did, the journal was ruined and the “tassel” was gorgeously aged.  i’ve had it sitting on my desk ever since and while assembling this piece, it got stuck to one of the papers i was using in the collage.  to me, that indicated that it needed to be a part of the piece.

heart, anatomy, frozen charlotte, mixed media art, collage, altered art, canvas
available for purchase in my shop

all three of these are available in my shop.  i’m trying to recoup a bit from last month’s income thieving incident, but i will not complain about that again.  work has been ultra slow since i put three projects off to work on that stupid eco-travel site, so i’ve had lots of time to get organized around here and create.  a clear studio makes for a clearer mind and THAT is worth a lot!

peeks at some of my other week’s creative starts:

tomorrow i’m getting my bum in gear and finishing a bunch of ATCs and ACEOs i’m doing for a swap with the ever so talented miss gaby.  i should have done those this weekend but i was sidetracked with charlottes and family time.

happy week, friends!  i’m off to catch up on YOUR blogs — that is always a highlight for me and the past several weeks have been too crazy for me to do all that i wished.  what a blessing it is to have time to start catching up more.

numerologically, i think that 2010 will be an infinitely better year than 2009.  2009 is a number two:

Number 2 – Duality, Division, Polarity, Choice, Gestation, Cooperation, Service, Support, Waiting, Diplomacy, Patience, Psychic, Intuition, Adaptable, Empathic, Partnership, Mediator, Comparison, Receptive, Helper, Collecting, Reproduction, Balancer of Opposites, Subconscious Memory, Positive and Negative.

reproduction?  must be why i did so many uterine and fetus pieces.

anatomny of motherhood, anatomical art, fetus

anatomy of motherhood

2010 is a number three:

Number 3 – Trinity, Union of Divine plus Human, Manifestation, Positive, Expression, Subconscious Mind/Imagination, Creative, Optimistic, Enthusiasm, Expressive, Charming, Humour, Fun, Attractive, Friendly.

all in all, i look forward to 2010 being an infinitely better year… and i’m going to focus on making several changes to facilitate that.

buy used or handmade for a year
the other day, i noticed the dottie angel challenge on jo (of the crow road)’s blog.  i have always been quite mindful of my purchases with the exception of art supplies.  i always, otherwise, buy recycled or post-consumer products, used when i can, or things made from renewable materials. i pack my son’s lunches in reusable containers and send him with bamboo “silverware” and a cloth napkin, etc.  i refuse to buy plastic garbage bags and things like that, will not ever knowingly buy anything from anyone who uses styrofoam, take my own cloth bags when going shopping, recycle EVERYTHING that can no longer be reused, compost, etc.  i love the earth… but i digress.  the dottie angel challenge is a year-long pledge to purchase ONLY handmade or second-hand items.  i am going to do this.  i am a bit scared about the fact that i’m quite low on tacky glue which i’ve started using heaps of since taking KC’s fantastic workshops, black thread and… well, that’s it ’cause i’m a hoarder of things i love to use art-wise.

friday kahlo, human hearts, fabric collage

what is the name of this painting? i call it two hearts. close-up of a fabric/paper collage i finished yesterday.

i will take this a bit farther, and see about bartering things as i need them if i cannot purchase them used.  so i’ll just put this out there…. anyone want to swap some tacky glue and/or black spools of thread for anything?  i have heaps of things i can trade.  any manner of paper/paper-products, other glues/adhesives, paints, metal/glass/etc. embellishments, etc.  let me know if you do.  other than that, i will have to get QUITE creative as a) our vacuum cleaner belt just broke and b) my husby melted my favorite rubber spatula.  but we shall survive.  i will likely be a horrible person and neglect this pledge for my son’s birthday and next solstice/christmas but otherwise i’m quite on board.

debs, two words for you in response to your post: glad rags. 🙂

frida kahlo fabric collage, two human hearts

second, and just as important to me, is to catch up some of the commitments i’ve made to myself, i.e. finishing projects i’ve started once and for all.  at the same time, i refuse to put myself under the same pressures i found myself under last year even if it was by my own doing — if i don’t like a project or no longer feel connected to it, it goes into my “art recycling pile”.  i’m not going to stress on finishing something i don’t love anymore.  art is fun and i always want to ensure i enjoy myself fully — i had some holiday commissions this year and thought i was going to die trying to keep up with getting them done in an assembly line fashion.  not fun.  so i’m not going to do that anymore.

fabric collage, vintage photo, grandfather

i made this for my dad for a new year's gift: this is his father who died when he was three. he was so handsome! i look a lot like him. 🙂

at the same time, i’m going to focus on some alicia things i’ve neglected.  i haven’t touched my books i’ve started for myself or my art journals in months.  that ends now and i will commit to taking “me” time — we should all always remember to do this even if it means making less things to sell or skipping a day of blogging, or at least i think so.  in general i’m quite a busy girl with a husband and kiddo, two point five businesses, being a member of the PTA (long story) and the school’s “green team” (i do the monthly newsletters, etc.), school and community volunteering, etc., but i will still take a few minutes per day for myself.

speaking of blogging, i hereby semi-contradict what i just said by putting one additional big expectation upon myself.  i have met so many wonderful and amazing people this last year and formed great friendships and aquaintanceships along the way, gained heaps of inspiration, shared lots of techniques and laughs and did many swaps.  i want to keep this up while trying to spend more time letting the people know that i admire and respect them by taking more time to visit their blogs, etc.  i feel like a shit-head for not keeping up on what everyone has been up to for the past month, though i know i shouldn’t as i have had a lot going on.  i just like and/or love you guys though and want you to know it.  🙂

i’m totally not trying to copy debrina — we just have much in common so it shouldn’t be surprising that some of our lives and interests and desires overlap a bit.  one thing i really want to do this year is get a new bike and ride the hell out of it.  i miss wind and nature and movement.  it’s not that i don’t go outside anymore or anything, but generally when i have “free time” i want to put art first 100% of the time.  i think i’ll just knock that down to 94.7% and get my arse out there a bit more.  drive less and all that.  the grocery store i frequent most is only 4.7 miles.  a nice 9.4 mile round trip.  so, my huge goal is to find one of these used (a tristar trike!):

red tristar trike with basketit’s my dream bike for just puttering around town.  i could easily fit several days’ worth of groceries into the back with a six-pack for the husby.  🙂  or ride to the library and bring home a heap of books.  i love this thing!!  i MUST find one used as i’ve been dreaming of this dang bike for months now… except i want the back chrome fenders and little streamers on the handlebars and a bell.  but shhhhh.

i love the heck out of my new sewing machine and the fact that i haven’t gotten my long locks caught in it like i used to when i attempted machine sewing.  it’s been so much fun!  i’m horrible at it though, still, or at least nowhere near as good as i wish to be, so i vow to keep practicing.  my goal for next year at this time is to be able to make myself a bonnet just like this (copyright gibbous fashions):

gibbous treasure bonnet, copyright gibbous fashions

the one i really loved and have been spying was removed from the site, sadly, but i adore this one too.  and the roxy bonnet!  oooh… these are handmade!  i can buy one!!  🙂

last but not least, i must get 100% organized.  i will get one room to perfection, and the rest are crap.  then it alternates.  but no more.  this year is a year for removing the old crap and organizing what remains.  i mean seriously, who needs four desks??  three dressers?  so yeps, downgrading and organizing.  love the idea of this and will love it even more when we’ve completed our mission.

vintage photo of grandma, fabric collage

i made this for my dad to go with the other one. this is his mum. she was such a pretty lady. had to make this not too fancy 'cause... well, pops doesn't like fancy.

ohoh, this should be 7 but i already said “last but not least” so 6.5: while we are downgrading our home’s interior, we are upgrading the exterior.  in short, converting our garage (which is currently not a garage inside — it is filled in it’s entirity with a skate ramp.  half pipe, really.) to a studio.  inside will be my office for my web design business, outside the art studio.  we are cutting windows into the garage to overlook our gardens, having it wired for internet, etc. so we can have another computer out there (we have lots — not buying one, don’t worry), building work benches down each side with the wood we will recycle from the half pipe, building shelves along the whole back wall, etc.  it’s going to be gorgeous.

flowers in my gardens

as a final note, i want to let you all know how much i have enjoyed meeting you this year and getting to know you.  some of you have become very dear friends.  thank you so much for all of the great inspiration: debrina, lisa j., kim, lisa s., jo and simon, kerin and charlie, seth, jill, donna, patti, all the debbies and debis, rainey, gaby, natasha, kc, johnna, joanna, sam, tracey, laura, etc.  ❤ to you all!  and everyone else (rushing off to make dinner so don’t fret if i didn’t type your name — i’m just flighty and in a rush but i still dig ya!!).

now… go look at the pulp redux blog again… deb’s has posted some magnificent additions to my book!!!!

vintage photo of my grandmother and great grandmother

i feel as if i’ve been in a coma for the past two weeks.  three weeks?  maybe four.  i have no sense of time and started this post almost a week ago.  everything in life was put on hold while trying to assist in the care of my sweet gramma, trying to find her the “perfect” home, etc.  and omg, we DID find her a home that is beyond perfect.  wouldn’t have asked for half as much as where she is now, but now i know.  she’s great — went from not being able to lift a fork to feed herself to walking from her room to the living room, which is quite far in her large new home.  i’m beyond thrilled. thank you all for your wonderful thoughts and good wishes.

absinthe fabric collage, hanging aceo

this will be for sale on my site when i remember where i put it - thank you for the image, jo!!!

i also knocked tons of items off my 46 item long to do list and added some new ones… and finished those too.  i made my wee man a blanket with skulls on it (below), a painting/collage for my husby, a painting for my son, a book for my husby with a fabric collaged little pouch i made for it (can’t post all of the photos of that one as it’s got some naughtiness to it — peek below for the non-naughties though), finished another journal or two (alice in wonderland one that debs mentioned is below), made a crap-load of ornaments (well, ten isn’t really a crap-load — some beaded, some fabric, a couple resin clay), designed and framed a small handful of prints for various family members and fell utterly behind in all else (blogging, reading blogs, marketing the businesses… hell, there were two days there that i didn’t even shower.  tmi, i know!).

i also made a genius set of double layer curtains with a little pocket under the bottom layer (you know me and pockets!) to hide my wedding ring in when i’m cooking so my jerky husby doesn’t hide it and pretend it fell down the drain. 😉  yeah, he did that once.

alice in wonderland journal, fabric collage, sketchbook

journal: available in my shop

oh wait.  i also made lots of new collage sheets that i have yet to post, a few scarves, a couple of cuff bracelets, some small fabric collages thanks to the magnificent KC Willis’ genius collage camp workshop, and started two large ones.  i totally forgot to photograph most of it though ’cause i’m a jackass.  (a couple of the things are being sent to the wonderful debrina though so with any luck she will photograph them for me with her new fabulous camera, hint, hint!)

speaking of KC and collage camp, it is only $75 instead of the regular $98 this week.  go sign up and join in the fun!! i was the queen of not knowing how to sew, not that that has changed, but she makes things so easy and so, so much fun!

i haven't taken a photo of the completed piece, but i made this for my husby for solstice

detail of the 3d skull just below — that part was complete in this shot.  the fabric above ended up way more dark and grungy and there is a frame of black crackle paste and other textural goodness around the piece, more collage and painting, etc.  this photo is crap… but what else is new, eh?

i have been so busy and sick with worry about my gram, taking time to visit her, and inundated with company and travel and such that i have missed out on thanking some of you for the amazingly wonderful things i’ve received for the art exchange.  i’ll post some now and some later due to the length of this post.

first big thing i sewed with my new machine: finn’s snuggly blanket (skull flannel on one side, fleece on the other — basic, i know, but i sewed it straight which was a challenge for me!!!):

from the fabulously talented rainey of the josie bagley company, i received one of her magnificent white rabbits (she knows me well, clearly, and i LOVE this!):

from the talented debra of dryadart, i received this fabulous altered book page — i LOVE plants and gardening so as i’m sure you can imagine, i adore this:

from jacky in austrailia of art4moi, i received this super sweet and fun stuffed owl.  i love her!  she is perched upon my “favorite shelf” as i call it, right in front of me so i can look at it all day.  she even stands up on her own!

this one makes me sad.  i got a super sweet book, an ATC and a note from this person — if you see this PLEASE email me!!  the sad part was that the package was damaged and the note was half wet and smeared.  the rest of it was totally fine.  the return address on the envelope is where it ripped, and the signing of the note was totally illegible, as well as part of the past two sentences.  i love this book!  and i’m sorry it’s a horrible photo.  i have it on my bookshelf next to all of my favorite books and journals.  please help me find who made this so i may thank her.  there was no contact info in there (actually, i received three other peices with no contact info too, sadly).

happy new year everyone!  some of you are already there — like debs, lisa s, kim, etc.  how’s 2010 so far?  i’m suffering from a hang-over a day early, stupidly, so want to go to bed at 6… but i won’t.  how dumb is that?  the ONE time i get my drink on (with three whole beers), i do it new years eve-eve!?  sheesh.  anyway, i hope you all have a very creative and prosperous new year and i thank you all for so much inspiration and eye candy in ’09, and feel so thankful for all of the friendships i’ve made this year.


New Zine Cover


I am proud to announce that the newest issue of the Altered Bits Zine, “Odd Numbers” is now published and ready for review.  You can view the huge (122 MB) PDF on the Altered Bits site, or you can view it on Yudu here.

Thank you so much to all of the participating artists (Seth Apter, Debi Lynn, Kerin Gale, Alicia Caudle*, Rachel Whetzel, Jo Archer, Debbie Price-Ewan, Sally Turlington, Meg Reinhart, Karen Ouellette, Tonya Ashe, Pam Sanders, Lee Anne “Nikki” Ghilain and Mary Vogel-Lozinak) — you are all so talented and I am proud to have you as a part of my little publication.

* that’s me.  🙂

I hope you all enjoy!  This has been such a fabulously fun project!  Oh, and issue three’s theme has been set:  Black and White.  Read details and submission information here.

Happy creating, friends!

oh wowz. the husby and i were busy doing some much needed clearing out of crap today as we still have boxes upon boxes of way too much stuff in our cluttered basement. i mean heck, i only moved in here… hmmm… about two years ago. you’d think that’d be ample time to get organized but apparently we’re slackers (i get too busy arting, he gets too busy making music and building electronic coolnesses and poof, there are still boxes everywhere). but enough prattle. i was excited to find many forgotten items:

necklaces, pendents, a lace thing, a rusty bell, some weird doll thing that needs to be altered or tossed, neat wing things with crystals hanging from them, cemetery photos, a dragon with a crystal (not really my “thing” but he looks cool enough), etc.

found objects, altered art, mixed media, altered bits

i also happened upon about a half billion wooden boxes and ceramic pots/raku pottery pieces. what can i do with all of them? in one of them was a little leather pouch my pops had made me years ago and inside was the best of all…

found objects, altered art, mixed media, altered bits

can you guess the best? the bear claw is pretty dang cool but i’m really diggin’ the teeth! i have no idea where they came from but my assumption is that the cute little pristine one was mine, the cavity filling one was my younger half-sister’s and the big ol’ gnarly one was my fathers. see them closer:

found objects, altered art, mixed media, altered bits

i can think of way too many things at once that i could do with those teeth. hey, i have a “thing” for anatomical stuff. i’m sure that’s overly obvious to everyone by now, but here is a sneak peek at something i’m working on today to further prove my point:

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back to the found objects…. some things were not quite as exciting. like a box of letters from an old boyfriend (recycling material!) and some other things i’m going to try to find homes for before giving to goodwill as a last resort like beads that aren’t my style, charms and angle cards. i’ll post photos soon but i promise it’s nothing too exciting. i did find some quote cards from a lady did i site for once named mary anne radmacher who did a lot of inspirational pieces with her quotes as the central focus. i’ve used and shared several over the years so will definitely need to find a new home for what i have left of those.

happy day!


holy cow. right after i posted this i hit the mother load of forgotten stuff. mmmm…. i have so many plans for these rusty little pretties! i only “misplaced” them about 3 months ago but am so glad to have re-found them. i thought someone tossed them and was a tad bit on the pissy side.

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finally! after mucho ado and two quite busy weeks, i have created and placed my disintegration piece outside. i opted to go with a limb (most who know me know of my penchant for doll parts). i wrapped her in chicken wire, weird old paper, cheese cloth, old thread, hemp twine and a piece of vintage lace that was waaay, way too pristine and white to look at.  oh, and a little rose that has sat around here for about two years (it will be prettier after being out in the elements, i think). i topped her with a little nest and wired in an image of a fetus (penchant for anatomy too, si!).  then, made a nest-like bracelet for her out of more chicken wire, curly willow and a little round metal thingy. a washer, i think it is.  i like her.  but i shall shush so you may peek:

disintegration fetal arm nest

disintegration fetal arm nest

here are some close up shots to make this post a tad more colorful:

top of arm

top of arm

bottom of arm

bottom of arm

because we have mean-ass cats (as in the will gladly attack any or all of my stuff), i hunted out a spot i didn’t think they would be as likely to go as if i had put it in one of our gardens (i wanted it with the flowers or veggies, but oh well) — i put it on an old over-grown stack of wood pallets (told my husband he had no need for them but he insisted on keeping them last summer — see the result!?).  hopefully the cats stay away.  just in case, i wrapped “her” in some of the vines to keep her cozy:

arm all cozy in vines

arm all cozy in vines

as a reminder (not that anyone other than kerin currently knows of my blog), this is seth apter of the altered page‘s super fun disintegration collaboration.

happy day!  it’s just now starting to rain.  can’t wait to see how our little babies turn out after weeks and weeks of this lovely-awful weather.

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