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the amazing and brilliant seth apter of  the altered page is hosting paper stacks, an online collaboration, starting this very day.  you can see how stacked he is here:

to be totally honest, i’ve been so sucked into  “the first two weeks of home school mode” while also getting our house painted (HUGE drama there) that i didn’t even know about this until today when dave of clearer reflections emailed to to ask “hey, where’s your stack!?”  whoops!  but of course i could never ever pass this up so here are some of my stacks.

first, a stack of journal pages, waiting to be completed and bound into book form along with a small handful of collages:

stack of art journal pages, alicia caudle, altered bits

aerial journal page stack view:

stack of art journal pages, alicia caudle, altered bits

this is a book i started last year, with stacks of ghostly pages.  someday i will complete this book and share it with you — all true “ghost stories” and other creepy facts:

ghost book pages, alicia caudle, altered bits

and lastly, a stack of fabric covered journals i made last year that i have since sold (except for the top one, which i gave to my dear, sweet friend jilly of jazworks — i love that girl!):

stack of journals, alicia caudle, altered bits

how stacked are you?  (i’m off to find out now!)  go to seth’s blog (linked above) and you can see bazillions of other gorgeous stacks too!


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.


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i was speaking with the great and lovely ms. kerin gale the other day (what else is new) and she brought something to my attention.  i paraphrase: girl, you are great at starting projects but suck at finishing them.  how right she is!  after we got off the phone, a mere seven hours later (i exaggerate), i made a list of pending projects.  omfg.  i will hereby start NO new art projects until at least 68% of these are completed or thrown away.  between random art tangents and holiday gifts, i have 48 pieces in the works.  48!  who the hell starts and does not finish 48 things!?  wait, after this weekend it’s actually only 47.  THAT’s how ADD i am.

one of the things on my list was a journal project assigned to me by the gorgeous and ever so talented debbie of debrina’s diary.  the short version: we are each starting a blank journal (or rather “decorating” an existing one) and sending them back and forth to write things to each other, draw, doodle, paint, embellish, etc.  just a sweet sisterly-friend thing.  she is sweet and flowery and i think it rubbed off on me… my very first ever sewing attempt:

fabric collage blank art journal, bird, vintage flower fabric
i coffee stained the floral fabric which is a left over swatch of 50s fabric from a fashion designer web client… somehow i missed returning this little piece to them, whoops!  i swear it was not on purpose.  the sari silk on top is from the bundle patti sent me the other day and the left side lace and bottom trim is from debs.  thanks girls.  🙂  reminder: this is my FIRST sewing project so don’t make fun of me.

i cheated and started a second one (please muffle your laughs).  on the top little x-stitched on fabric piece, i will stamp “chapter two” or “part two” or something.  dunno yet.  i was going to sell it but the back few pages got ever so slightly water damaged in a dime-sized area, and, well, it’s wonky.

handmade journal, fabric collage, pocket, sewing

both of the front pieces (the red and the light blue) are pockets.  i always lose my pens so this way there is no excuse for my flightiness.  the blue fabric that i used in both is from a doll skirt from when i was little, and the red ribbon atop this one is from my favorite porcelain doll’s hat (again, from childhood — i shoved her in a box by the time i was 9 and too tough for dolls).  the gorgeous red fabric in the center is from the great and amazing lisa of mudhound primitives, as are the larger buttons on both pieces.  the whole thing is totally crooked because i sewed it while on the phone with my neck all cricked and looking at it cock-eyed.  it makes me giggle — it’s perfectly quirky, just like me.

vine and leaf stitching, journal binding, fabric collage

debs liked the vine stitching and sharpie-colored-in leaves on the other one, so i added it to the binding of this one.

we also got our tree up and decorated, which was nice.  i started celebrating christmas for my little guy ’cause how fun christmas is for a child!  we also celebrate winter solstice and have a feast and give each other hand-made gifts (i have a fuzzy skull blanket, a painting, a collage and a book to complete in one week PLUS we now have family coming for 5 days to celebrate the solstice with us, etc. so i think that means i have to make more things?!  and clean house!).

thanks to my sweet and gorgeous friend jo of the crow road, our tree is infinitely better than years previous.  she sent us three ornaments from england then sent another three she made herself!

hand made christmas ornaments, ornaments from england

i love these all so very much!  even my boys were quite excited.  thank you, sweet friend!

every year since his birth, my mum has gotten my little bug a frog ornament, AND my husby’s uncle brought us a box of husby’s grandma’s vintage glass ball ornaments last spring when he came up after her passing.  i think we need a taller tree next year.  little bug won’t let me not get one.  i’m so humbug.

frog ornament, christmas decoration, yule tree

today i only have one order to ship out (so far) and three invoices to send to web clients. the rest of the day i’m going to spend catching up on everyone’s blogs as i know i have missed so very much in the past 2+ weeks that i’ve been not really here.  plus, i’m going to be SO busy the rest of the week with 47 projects, helping to move my gram to a nursing home and having company arrive for five days on thursday, etc.  what are YOU doing this week?

more soon.  🙂  off to seth’s blog first because i’ve missed TWO secret sundays and that just kills me.  if you haven’t read it yet, go NOW!  it’s brilliant!!  (and then go peek at pulp redux again!)  ((yes, i will likely bring both of those up in every post for the next several months.  it should just be a blog post signature.))

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