Friday, August 13, 2010
she's all finished!:-)...and the journey was wonderful!:-)
my grandma ruth was a flower presser too!:-)...when she passed away, my mom sent me grandma's flower stash...i've always felt honored that i inherited her flowers and wanted to put them to good use:-)
while browsing through one of the boxes, i came across some pansies with a wonderful antique feel to them...aha!:-)...a fairy dress!:-)...her skin is made from some lighter pansies found in the same box!:-)
translucent hibiscus blooms form her wings:-)...cornsilk overlaid with a beautiful weed for her hair:-)...batchelor button snippets for eyes and a clip of a red rose petal for her mouth:-)...
queen anne's lace florets fill her arms with a bouquet and she has tucked one of the blooms into her hair!:-)...pansy shoes adorn her feet!:-)
thank you, grandma ruth, for allowing me to continue the tradition of pressed flowerart with your flowers!:-)...i am honored:-)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
flowers + rocks = flowerox!:-)
the story of how it all began...
many moons ago, when my daughter was just a tot, we played flower fairy!:-)
we would mod podge rocks with pressed flowers, covering them carefully to protect the flowers, then hide them wherever we went for someone to find!:-)...a tiny note from the flower fairy would wish them a happy day and hope that they would enjoy their flowerock!:-)
we'd tuck them into phone booth change slots or leave them on a bench along the local nature trail...behind a book in the library or in a tip jar at the bakery...all over town!:-)
we were lucky enough to witness some of the results!:-)...an eight year old girl found one peeking out from under a bush on her birthday...a teenager found one on a ledge at the mall and ran to show all her friends her lucky find...a lady found one in a parking lot and excitedly told her friend that she was going to display it on the bookshelf in her office!:-)
my interest in pressed flowers continued to grow and i began to put flowers on other things!:-)...soap, tiles, bookmarks and cards...and then i began to do framed pieces!...what fun!:-)
many years later with technology at my fingertips, i found a small group of other folks interested in pressed flowers!:-)...yippee!:-)...that small group of about 15 people has grown to be the world wide pressed flower guild!:-)...a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to teaching the art and science of pressed flowers, with members all over the planet!:-)...you can find out more here... www.wwpfg.org ...
and that's how it all began!:-)...from the gifts of the humble rock and flower!:-)...i am still making and hiding flowerox!:-)...maybe you'll find one!:-)
Monday, June 28, 2010
pressed flowers and a renaissance faire!:-)
we have had a wonderful opportunity to travel across the country this summer...working shows and festivals along the way!:-)
our most recent adventure was in washington state at a renaissance faire!:-)...
nestled in a lovely wooded spot with peacocks roaming the property, horses preparing for a jousting tournament and an amazing array of artists, we were welcomed like family by the owner of the property:-)
an invitation to pick wildflowers was gratefully accepted!:-)...and the kissing wench brought me a beautiful red rose which was quickly beheaded and popped into a press!...i will make a pressed flower picture full of memories of a wonderful time!:-)
if any of you are lucky enough to be in the area or visiting in washington state, be sure to check out this magical place!:-)... http://www.nwrf.net/ ...it's a must see!:-)
thank you lady tienne!:-)...it was a terrific experience!:-)
Sunday, February 28, 2010
pressed flowers and find the fairy?!:-)
what a wonderful journey!:-)
this picture is chock full of bits and pieces of memories:-)
the background is corn husk sold in a local shop as tamale wraps...little did they know where these would end up!:-)
the dark mountain in the distance is a leaf snagged from a bush in tennessee...wish i could remember the name of it!...when you iron it, it turns black!...very useful!:-)
the lilypad is actually a lilypad!:-)...plucked straight out of the mississippi river by a dear friend that also loves pressed flowers...thanks, diane!:-)
the waves are tiny pieces of money plant seedpods sent to me from georgia...the ferns from virginia...thank you sarah and barbara!:-)
and the tiny fairy flying across the water...can you see her?:-)...she is made from a silky, tulip petal cut in the shape of a fairy!:-)...thanks, gilda!:-)
the fairy is almost luminescent against the background...you have to look closely to see her...and that's how we got to pressed flowers and find the fairy!:-)
Monday, February 08, 2010
pressed flowers and hearts!:-)
my friends in the world wide pressed flower guild have been playing with ribbon bookmarks and making beautiful pressed flower valentine's day cards!:-)
as always they have inspired me:-)...
i nabbed a heart shaped cookie cutter from the kitchen cupboard and traced around it on cardstock for a template...
then i rummaged in my overflowing flower box to find some likely candidates for my project!:-)...ahhhhhhh!:-)...some beautiful, antique-like pansies, some dusky orange autumn leaves, some camellia petals and queen anne's lace from my grandma ruth and finally some birch bark for a more manly look!:-)
laminated, hole punched and beribboned, they'll make great little valentine bookmarks!:-)
and there's my pressed flowers and hearts project!:-)
oh, and as for the world wide pressed flower guild?...yes, there really is one!:-)...you can find them here...
Sunday, January 31, 2010
inspired by a friend of mine that has been playing with a new product...i dug something similar out of my art room...
it's called color mists...it comes in a variety of colors, including metallics...my favorites!:-)...
here's what happened with a combination of purple haze and 22 karat gold!:-)
you can find all the colors here...
has anybody else tried a spray color?...did you like it?...
Sunday, January 24, 2010
pressed flowers, spring and bling!:-)
we have had quite a cold spell lately and i have been sitting and poring over my seed catalogs dreaming of spring!...action is required!:-)
i found some spring colors and rummaged through my flower stash looking for treasures...always fun and frequently surprising!:-)
sparkle!:-)...i needed sparkle!:-)...a long unopened box in my flower room unearthed some snippets of gold thread and some bling!:-)
here's what happened!:-)...a pile of spring!:-)