Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mixed Media Collage Expressions


Dear All:

First of all -- Happy Veterans' Day!  Thanks to all of the troops who have fought for our country and sacrificed to keep us safe!



Here are some of my latest pieces.  


I've been making mixed media collages from antique bits, lace pieces, buttons, photos transferred to fabric and tinted with walnut ink, antique jewelry and bling.  The hanging piece is antique linen ribbon.  This has a denim pocket attachment, with an antique "Rules for Daily Life" pamphlet inside the pocket.    


The edge of the piece is trimmed in lace which matches the pocket as it's the color of dark navy ink. The bottom of the pocket has an antique rhinestone necklace attached and there is a piece of polka dot antique ribbon with the word "Blessings" printed onto fabric and affixed to the ribbon.







This piece hangs with an antique costume beaded necklace.  There is an antique hanky as the background, a vintage postcard printed onto fabric, delicate lace doily, and rhinestone broach.  There are antique buttons and a dainty pearl necklace piece at the top.





 I'm not sure why I made these, but it's definitely a creative expression from within!  It's fun to do too!


This is one of my favorites!  This photo is a tin-type photo and the imprint shows NYC.  The backing has antique sheet music, a very old doily, antique buttons, and an antique pearl bracelet at the bottom with a fancy one-of-a-kind clasp.  It is hung with antique linen ribbon.





 They must have been a wealthy mother and daughter to be able to afford a photo back at that time.





Au devoir!  I promise I will post more often!

Best regards,
Susan

Monday, May 26, 2014

New Growth



Dear All,

Time is flying by very quickly and I had taken spring photos a few weeks ago, but have not had the time to post them.  We have some apple trees that have finally blossomed and it looks like I will be able to make some pies!  



This is our white dogwood, when it was just beginning to have some blossoms.


 

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser."
John 15:1


This is our grapevine.  Every year it produces dark purple grapes.  The birds enjoy them in the Fall.



"I am the vine, you are the branches.  
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; 
for without Me you can do nothing."

John 15:5




Here's a pink dogwood near our property.


New leaves on the Japanese Maple tree.



Here's Mr. Bee below, can you see him?







 I will post more photos soon!

Take care.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!


Dear All,

I wish everyone a Happy Easter!  Reflect on what He has done for us!

Blessings,

Susan


Monday, April 7, 2014

Blessings, Favor, and Grace

Dear All,

I want to share my first image taken using my new zoom lens (Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 with image stabilizer).  The photo was altered using Photoshop Elements 12.


This image was taken during lunch today, looking out of the kitchen window, while home for my lunch break.  Mrs. Bluebird likes to sit on top of our Purple Martin bird house in the back yard.  She rested there for a while and looked so peaceful and calm.  She is very cute and fluffy.

Little things make a big difference to remind us of God's many blessings.

Have a Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Susan

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bread and Olives - Blog that inspires!

Dear All,

I've been having lots of stress in my life lately. If you are going through the same thing and need some inspiration, please go to this link!  This blog has gorgeous images to help you rest from the stress of the world!

Click here:  --> Bread and Olives

Take care!
Susan

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snow and Ice Storms in Pennsylvania


Dear All,

In the last few weeks in Eastern PA, we have had two large snowstorms, followed by a nasty ice storm!  The first two photos show the cold front that came through.


 


We could tell that a storm was coming because the backyard birds were at the 
bird feeder most of the day!



We have 5 sets of Cardinals!





There are many birds in our yard, including cardinals, wrens, sparrows, giant woodpeckers, nut hatches, chickadees, and other varieties.





There was no wind, so the snow stayed pretty much in the same position on the trees.





Here's one of the deer behind our house searching for food.




More snow-covered trees in the yard.









Little Mr. Wren!



Then a few days later came the ice storm.  It covered the snow and started to bend the trees.   Here are some ice covered wires peeking through two Leland Cyprus trees!  It looks heart shaped!



These trees bent forward.



Our tall grasses fell down with ice.


Icy deck, chairs, and bird feeder.




The small Japanese Maple was covered without any damage!



Icy branches bending over our stone barn wall.



Finally, shiny branches and blue sky!



We didn't have power for 2 days!  Thank God my husband installed a generator last year!

Take care and be safe.

S.