"Featherin' Our Nests"

Today I completed my birdhouse for the Habitat for Humanity NW CT Birdhouse Auction.  On 5/30/10 the entire collection will be auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  Wooden birdhouses were available to be embellished by local craftsmen, artists and architects to share their imagination and talent for this fundraiser!  The birdhouses could be functional or fantasy.  What fun I had gathering materials inspired by nature to "feather" my birdhouse!
First I covered the birdhouse with birch bark and then I gathered all types of moss, tree trunk growths and lichen as well as young spring sprounts coming up that looked like little mushrooms to create a woodland inspired birdhouse.
This should be a fun event to benefit a worthy cause!

Nature's Relique

Last Sunday I treated myself to a wonderful pendant & chain class given by Terrie Lightfoot at a great stamp store, Beautiful Impressions in Westbrook, CT.  Terrie is so incredibly creative I jumped at the opportunity to spend part of the day making art with her and meeting some great gals who were there as well.  All the necklaces came out fantastic!  Terrie did a great job leading this two part class so that by the end we completed a comprehensive book and chain - what fun!

The book has oodles of interesting bits.  We started by distressing, metal stamping and coloring a piece of copper for our front and back covers.
       Then we stamped and colored the pages of our book, which included resin paper that we made with old text and broke into bits and pieces as well as mica chips and card stock that we stamped, colored and distressed.  
These were all bound into our book.  Then for the second part of this workshop, we created the chain.  For the chain we made a number of rosary links of our fancy and connected pieces of chain and included embellishments of our choice and finished it off with seed beads to go around the back of the neck.
When you have beautiful material to work with you can create a piece that you will love and Terrie's mixed media supplies were perfect for this project.  Thanks Terrie!  I had a blast and lots of compliments on this piece and I'm sure there will be more to come!
Now I'm off to work on a piece I'm donating to Habitat for Humanity - a mixed media birdhouse that will be auctioned off along with many others end of May to support the work of Habitat!  Will post a picture of  it once I've completed it!  Thanks for visiting!