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Sunday, June 26, 2011

"Red Gnome Garden Center" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Gnome.” I was going to skip this one because I had no idea what to do with a Gnome, until I found this oriental one. Most of these images are from vintage match box labels. The background is from oriental paper. The font is Quixley LET Thin.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

"Catch the fantasy" – Postcard

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This week’s Take A Word challenge #34 was “Fantasy.” Many years ago, Chanel No. 5 perfume had these fantastic erotic TV commercials and I loved all of them. The words in this are from one of them.

Friday, June 24, 2011

"Cat" - ATC

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This week’s Think Monday – Think ATC challenge was “Cat.”

Sunday, June 19, 2011

"Insects" – Postcard

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This week’s Take A Word challenge #33 was “Insects.”

Saturday, June 18, 2011

"Postmark Paris" – Postcard

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This week’s Three Muses challenge was “Postmark Paris.”

"Cyclone Express" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Vintage Men.”

"Mushroom" - ATC

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This week’s Think Monday – Think ATC challenge was “Mushroom.”

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"Falling Stars" – Postcard

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This week’s Take A Word challenge #32 was “Stars.” Enya's sad song Fallen Embers was my inspiration for this. The lyrics are:

Once, as my heart remembers,
all the stars were fallen embers.
Once, when night seemed forever
I was with you.

Once, in the care of morning
in the air was all belonging.
Once, when that day was dawning
I was with you.

How far we are from morning,
how far we are
and the stars shining through the darkness,
falling in the air.

Once, as the night was leaving
into us our dreams were weaving.
Once, all dreams were worth keeping.
I was with you.

Once, when our hearts were singing,
I was with you.

"Moroccan Passion" - #64 Exotic - 4x4

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This week’s Theme Thursday challenge was “Lots of Colors.” This is also my entry for Digital Whisper theme #64 Exotic.

I have a master list for all of my Digital Whisper 100 theme entries here.

The Arabic themed images are copyrighted paintings by Wladyslaw Theodor Benda (1873-1948) and Fabbio Fabbi (1861-1946).

"Me" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Me.” I'm a private person, so I almost wasn't going to do this challenge. But then I decided to make a mix of themes that I like, to show me. This postcard has a blend of celestial, astronomical charts, medieval, illuminated manuscript writing, and rhinoceros. Other themes that I like are art deco, art nouveau, vintage, stained glass, the ocean/water, futuristic (science fiction slant), Old World Maps, monsters (sea monsters, dragons), Celtic, Moroccan, Oriental, magical/enchanted, mythology, dark (skeletons, witches, devils, wizards, druids, occult, tarot). I've probably left out some too.

I've been working a lot lately, which has hampered my creative side from coming up with good ideas for challenges. But I'm grateful that I have a job, because I know people who are underemployed and unemployed.

Most of these images are from the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress. Links for those sites and other resources are on the right hand side of my blog.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Artists Guild" - ATC


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This is my second entry for this week’s Think Monday – Think ATC challenge “Black and Red.”

"Black and Red" - ATC


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This week’s Think Monday – Think ATC challenge was “Black and Red.”

Sunday, June 5, 2011

"Sea Explorer" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Boat.” This is my second postcard for it. My first, less conventional postcard, is here.

"Africa" - ATC

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This week’s Think Monday – Think ATC challenge was “Maps.”

Saturday, June 4, 2011

"Boat" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Boat.” I went in an unconventional direction, but this is where my muse took me. If I get time, I might make another entry, because I started another postcard for this theme, but haven't completed it yet. Today is a top 10 day here, so now I need to enjoy the outdoors.

The words are from the poems Inland and Exiled by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Searching my heart for its true sorrow,
This is the thing I find to be:
That I am weary of words and people,
Sick of the city, wanting the sea;
People the waves have not awakened,
Spanking the boats at the harbor's head...

What do they long for, as I long for
One salt smell of the sea once more?

Screaming to God for death by drowning--
One salt taste of the sea once more?

New Kitchen Table - photograph

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This is my new kitchen table. I got it at Ikea about 2 months ago. First I stained it, then I put clear coat on it. I purchased the color coordinating placemats at Walmart.