Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekly Art Challenge-Gratitude Show and Tell

This week is a busy week for Americans.  On Thursday we celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday.  It's a day when we pay homage to the Pilgrims, who came here to escape religious persecution.   It was a difficult time for those early settlers and Native Americans helped keep them from starving during their first winter.  


The holiday is a time of feasting, visiting with family and friends, and thinking about all that we are grateful for.  (That's the very short, non-political version.)  

Old Design Shop
So, since many of us are going to be busy cooking and eating turkey and all of the delicious foods that helps us celebrate we decided to have a Show and Tell challenge on the subject of Gratitude.  Feel free to share whatever piece of your original artwork that you choose.  It's an opportunity to show off something that you made, simply because you want to.  I know I'm grateful for all of you who participate in our challenges by sharing your work.  Be sure to link up by Sunday, December 1 at noon EST.  Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekly challenge - It's all about myths come and join the fun


                                                      It's all about the myths this week
                                                      World is full with mythologies
                                                      Think about the most famous ones
                                                      The greek, the roman, the skandinavian
                                                       Gods and goddess big, medium and small
                                                       For the mighty mountains for the lake shores

                                                       Artemis with flying arrow
                                                       Athena and the sharp sparrow
                                                       Odin and his runes of wisdom
                                                       Valhalla's mighty rainbow kingdom
                                                       What about those ones you don't know
                                                        Myths of countries far away from home
                                                        Did you know in Finland we have
                                                        Elves taking care of saunas and
                                                         stables and land


What about mythological places?
Wouldn't you like to visit the lost city of Atlantis someday?
Or maybe in a hidden fairy kingdom of Tuatha de Danan?
Wise people of the ancient civilization
Calling you away

Let's not forget the mythological characters.
As a child I saw fairies around me.
Some people do
and I still see.
They are guardians of nature and everything living.

 Don't forget mermaids
Sirens of the sea
They present the unknown
The moon, the sun and how to be free

Unicorns they are mythological animals of beauty and purity 
If you meet an unicorn in your dream
you will be very lucky girl or boy indeed.

Myths we end up telling turn into fairytales
Stories we tell to children
and read from storybooks
with pretty illustrations

Like Hansel and Gretel
it was born already in medeval times
and Red Riding Hood
Clear warning of werewolf tribes

So here is this weeks game
Find a myth that you love
Paint and play

I'm sure you can make up your mind
Just make sure you leave the link on time

Please have your entry before noon
on Sunday  24 (est)

I'll see you soon

and sorry if my grammar is no good
it's not my native language
 I was on a poem writing mood

Thanks for playing


Monday, November 11, 2013

Weekly Challenge November 11 ~ Houses

Think of all the different types of houses we live in throughout the world!
From the grandest castle to the poorest hut nestled on a hillside 
in a third world country, and everything in between . . . 
too many to name or even know about.

Some people live close together in cities or villages.


Others are surrounded for miles by nature instead of other people.
If we're lucky, we live in the settings we find most comfortable.


But hopefully, your house is a refuge
where you can find comfort and sweet dreams!

“If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, 
I should say: 
the house shelters daydreaming, 
the house protects the dreamer,
the house allows one to dream in peace.”
~ Gaston Bachelard


I'm thinking one additional sign is missing from this house:
“No Girls Allowed!”

(Ha! I'm sure the girls have their own treehouse with
curtains in the windows and flowers planted outside!
Altogether a much nicer place.)

And speaking of unwanted visitors . . .

Some houses are a bit unconventional,
but someone has to keep the light turned on
and so must be there all night long.

There are houses in fairy tales (usually inhabited by wicked witches)
that put terror in the hearts of little children.
Baba Yaga's house was one I never heard of as a kid.
A house that can run after you on gigantic chicken legs?
Sounds like my worst nightmare!

Here's a link to the story of Baba Yaga, in case
you haven't read enough Stephen King lately:

So what kind of house takes your fancy?
Show us either your own house, your fantasy house, or
any type of house that intrigues you or that you find pleasing.

So many to choose from: . . . igloos . . . teepees . . . haunted houses . . .
trailers . . . log cabins . . . dog houses . . . bird houses . . .
doll houses . . . apartment houses . . . cottages . . .
greenhouses . . . castles . . . ranches . . . house boats . . .
beach houses . . . farm houses . . . aaagh that's all I've got!

I'm sure you can think of more.

Leave your link below and link back
to Inspiration Avenue in your blog post.
Please have your entry in before noon
on Sunday, November 17 (est).

Thanks so much for playing!
We can't wait to see your House creations!



Monday, November 4, 2013

Weekly Art Challenge-Grandmother's Attic

My grandmother had an attic at her farmhouse in Salem, Oregon.  When I was little, I'd climb up the ladder and play by myself for hours in the attic.  There was a Revlon doll with lots of homemade dresses that had belonged to one of my cousins.  I loved dressing her up in all of the beautiful costumes that had been made by my aunts and my grandma. 

My grandma was from Norway, so she might have had a vintage card like this one.

She made lots of quilts and also crocheted and embroidered.

Wouldn't any child like to come up these stairs and play with all of this stuff?  For that matter, I would love to do it and I'm not a kid!


 This week, I thought it would be fun to think about the things you might find in your grandmother's attic.  People seem to store unwanted items up there, but to future generations the forgotten belongings can seem like valuable treasures.

Fan Cluster by Misplaced Mermaid

Here are some pieces of art I found when I searched for the theme "Grandma's Attic."

I'd like to challenge you to share something that this idea evokes in you.  Perhaps it's a feeling, or a collection of objects.  Maybe it's a collage of vintage ephemera.  It might be a portrait of someone you love.  Does it seem like a fun place to explore, or a scary one?

If you'd like some vintage inspiration, including a copy of this ivy and flower border and the fan cluster posted earlier, you can pick up a free download on my blog here.  It's part of the Pixel Scrapper Vintage blog train.  (There's a link to the entire train as well.)  Just be sure to post your entry no later than Sunday, November 11 at 12:00 noon EST.  Have a great week!


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