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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

this isn’t going to be a pretty post as i haven’t any arty imagery to share today.  sorry.  too busy trying not to stress on the little one starting first grade at a new school AND riding a big huge bus all by himself (can you feel the butterflies in my tummy?).  plus zine.  plus trying to finish six plus two assemblages.  plus crazy order week.  plus about 78 other things.  to make up for it, i have found this fun little site for you while drinking a chilled bottle of their organic iced green (the inside of the cap commanded me to visit their site for a tea leaf reading).  go have your tea leaves read at tazo.com.  my experience was somewhat scaring but i’m sure yours will be quite thrilling.

tazo has a cool tea reading thing on their site

(apparently sir tazo thinks i would not look good in harem pants.  i think that’s mean.  but at the same time, probably true.)

so first order of biz… i was offered space at the alberta street fair (9/19, 11-6pm) .  if you’re in the portland area and want to share a spot, let me know — great opportunity but bad timing for me as i don’t have much available due to a few recent sales.  if you’re from anywhere near here, you know it’s a big, fun art extravaganza (WAY bigger and better than last thursday events).  if you’re not familiar: this is the 12th annual alberta street fair.  they close the whole dang street down and jam pack the entire area to the brim with art, music, food and drink.  there is even a parade.

okay, so i warned you before and i’m shameless… i’m sponsoring the “alicia needs a sewing machine” fund.  not only do i need a sewing machine, but september is national sewing month (i learned that while drooling over my 300ish stitch machine so figured i’d share the tidbit that i was previously unaware of).  as such, i’m offering four digital collage sheets from my site for $10 for an unspecified duration of time (probably a week).  to a lot of you this means nothing, which is totally fine and dandy so please just skip ahead to the next paragraph, but since i sell dozens most weeks, this is a cool deal to some (i’m guessing).  free shipping (they are digital) and any sheets qualify, even those that don’t claim to be digital.  just paypal me the ten bucks (or request an invoice) and i’ll send to you PNGs, PDFs, JPGs, flattened PSDs — whatever you want.  just specify what sheets and what format and i’ll email them within a day.  they were designed for my zero margin printer so if yours isn’t that fancy i can shrink them a smidge so nothing gets cut off — just let me know that too.  email: hi at altered bits dot com.  shameless, i know… but i need the ability to sew for KC’s workshop and my 1907 singer is a tad too antiquated to get anything other than a boring ol’ straight line out of it and even then it’s sometimes iffy.  (and i reiterate, boring. straight.)

this paragraph exists only for those i ordered to skip head.

oh wait.  i do have a photo to share.  micro peek at a side view of one of my newest books i’ve been playing with this week between bouts of stress and mad zine designing.  there are lots of pockets and doors and secret little holes.  (shh!)

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