Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Are one of these for you?

I've been sending out so many letters lately that I decided to fancy up a batch of four (plain white) envelopes all at once.  The colours are a bit off (they are bright in real life, but not as gaudy as they look here!) but I still think they'd be fun to get in the mail. 

These were a ton of fun to make, although I think I might add a little bit of detail here and there before I actually send them out.  I tried something completely different on the back of one that got me all excited to make a brand-new batch.  One thing really leads to another when you're playing with paper!

I'll keep you "posted".  Get it?  (boooooooo)  HAHA!  The only person who would appreciate that joke is my brother John.  Sorry, everybody else.  : )

Love Shelley!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

You Asked For It.

A couple of weeks ago, someone asked if I would share a photo of my desk.  The place where I create, where the muse visits me, where THE MAGIC HAPPENS.  Well, she didn't put it quite that way, but I'm feeling dramatic.

Anyway, here it is.  I've highlighted the exact, actual spot where THE MAGIC HAPPENS.   **jazz hands**

So... now you know. 

I'm kind of sorry you had to see that.  But I'm just keepin' it real.  HA!

Have a great day, everybody.  Love Shelley!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Where you get a glimpse of just how dumb I am.

So I was cruising a used book store earlier this week and among other things, I found this little treasure.  There was no dust cover on the book but it did have some really nice debossed letters on the fabric cover.  Not that I can read them; they're in Russian.

Inside the front cover is this inscription: "Purchased at the Montreal World's Fair Oct 10 - 1967 by Albert Pitz."  At least I THINK it says Albert Pitz.  Could be Litz.  Albert didn't have the greatest penmanship.

As I was flipping through, I glanced at all the old black and white photos inside, thinking they would be perfect to make envelopes out of, or use to decorate other works of art.

A riveting game of chess...

Aw!  This guy loves his kitty.


The whole FAMILY loves their kitty!  I haven't seen too many family portraits with the cat included before.  Interesting!

This one reminds me of our sponge hockey team photos.

See?  They just have a bigger roster.


Those other guys seem a little more, um, RESERVED than we ever were.

But I digress.

Here are two gentlemen enjoying a nice visit together.

Hey!  Is that the same guy again?

Huh.  He looks kind of snooty here.


Wow, this guy AGAIN?! 

Mr. Serious Pants

Geez, you'd think this guy thought the whole book was about HIM.

So each photo has a nice descriptive caption underneath; sadly they're all in Russian so I really don't have a clue what's going on in this long book but I'm thinking that worst case scenario I can just cut out the entire text block and use those lovely covers to make a completely different book!

THEN... I flip to the back to see what kind of shape the inside back cover is in, and THIS falls out.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A page! Yes, really!

I know, it's been far too long.  But our internet has been down, blah blah blah.  I'm sure you don't care about my excuses, just SHOW THE PAGE ALREADY, WOMAN!

Okay, fine, you don't have to yell.

Here it is:

It's okay, it's true.  Also, I have other pages in progress.  Yes, really! 

Also, tomorrow: I'm not the smartest person you know.  Find out why.

On this page: Golden fluid acrylics; old dictionary bits; stickers, stamping; india ink; charcoal pencil.