Monday, January 27, 2014

“Hearts and Flowers” Weekly Challenge


It's almost February! 
Perhaps I'm rushing the week a bit, 
but I'm in the mood for some 
Hearts and Flowers


Here in the north, we've had the coldest winter in decades.
I won't be sorry to say goodbye to January this year!
When the calendar was set up, “they” must have known we'd be
ready for a short month and longing for Spring.
February is full of warm and fuzzy holidays.
Of course you know about Valentine's Day (February 14).
And most of us have heard of Phil the groundhog 
who predicts the coming of Spring (February 2).

But did you know February 11 is Make a Friend Day?
The 15th is National Gumdrop Day 
and the 20th is Cherry Pie Day. :-D Yum!

And don't forget Love Your Pet Day also on February 20.

Are you in the mood for romance when February rolls around?
Or maybe just a bit of fun and games...
These circus clown cutouts would be perfect to decorate your party table.

What sort of flowery art can you create for this week's challenge?

Bleeding hearts are some of the first flowers to bloom in the Spring.
They will be popping up in a few short months.

I hope you'll be inspired by some of these examples.


Let's see your Reds, Pinks, Flowers, and Hearts!
(Frills and Swirls are optional but most welcome.)


I fell in love with the lampwork beads in this bracelet above
and the necklace below. They look good enough to eat!


Leave a link to your Hearts and Flowers here by February 2 at noon (est).
Link back to Inspiration Avenue in your blog post,
and whether you enter the challenge or not we hope you'll visit
each blog and leave some love!

Thanks for playing! Happy February!

~ Maggie


Monday, January 20, 2014

Mouse, Mice, Meese Challenge

Theme: MICE (the cute kind)

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Write a poem, draw a mouse, paint a mouse house, or just make a mouse; come up with something whimsical relating to mice. 

To start you off and get your creativity in gear, here are a few mice related pictures/poems/objects to start you off.
Beatrix Potter

Mice - by Rose Fyleman

I think mice
are rather nice.
Their tails are long,
Their faces small,
They haven't any
Chins at all.

Their ears are pink,
Their teeth are white.
They run around
The house at night.

They nibble things
They shouldn't touch
And no one seems
To like them much.

But I think mice
are nice.

Show us Your Mice!

Link Below so we all can see your mouse/mice/meeses!



Monday, January 13, 2014

Around the world



Hello everyone:)

This weeks challenge was inspired By one of my childhood favorite "travelling books". Jules Verne's  "Around the world in eighty days".

I often used to read it while travelling around Finland and in Europe.

There is always exitement finding new places, meeting new people, trying new foods, learning new languages...

and if you can't travel in reality you can always do it in your daydreams.

So what is the Place you've always wanted to visit but never have (yet:)?

Maybe to India to see painted festive elephants

how about London?

Let's have a walk in the streets of  Paris.

Welcome to Finland. I can be your guide :)

Exotic Japan is calling

Flamenco dance lessons in Spain

What about sunset in Hawaiji :)

So this week's challenge is to create image of the Place you've always wanted to visit or maybe a Place you've already visited and dream of returning.

If you would travel around the world which places/countries you would like to visit?

Play and share with us your travel stories!

(p.s Do you want to challenge yourself bit more? visit my blog for "around the world-game")



Monday, January 6, 2014

Altered Ancestors-Actual or Instant

Happy New Year everyone!  I'm pleased to share our newest challenge for this week.  It's called "Altered Ancestors-Actual or Instant."    I feel like a little clarification might be needed on this one.

First of all, an ancestor by our terms means any relative of yours, living or dead.  The word "altered" refers to the idea of somehow changing the look of your ancestor.  By "actual" I mean a real relative of yours. "Instant" means that you borrow, or even steal, someone else's relative.  Is that as clear as mud?  Let me show an example.

This lovely lady is someone's ancestor.  I really don't know if she was an actual one or an instant one.  The artist felt that the hairstyle looked like it would be a good host for a bird's nest and so that's one thing she did to alter the portrait.  I love the addition of lace to form the lady's collar and the border on the image.  I'm sure this artist has a great sense of humor too.

I absolutely love this one!  Talk about a sense of humor!  Uncle Fido has a lovely vintage portrait of a child altered with the head of a cute little hairy dog, topped off with a beautiful blue hat.  

This artist made some alterations to a portrait of a man for a special Altered Ancestor Halloween Swap.  There are some more fun examples on her blog. 
At Deviant Scrap, one of my favorite sites for purchasing fabulous digital art pieces, there's an entire kit called Altered Ancestors.  I love the colorful mohawk with the purple suit on this man.  

This collage came from a site I frequent.  The artist hosts fun art swaps and runs an online shop selling collage materials at really great prices.  I've joined lots of her swaps and have always appreciated the images I receive.  If you check out her blog, you've got to visit her store too.

I hardly need to even comment on this.  I doubt that this gentleman ever imagined that his shirtless pose would end up in a fabulous collage about a Drama Queen.  

It looks like this artist drew on a photo and I really love what they did with the feathers.
I selected this one for all of you painters, who amaze me with your skills and creativity.  I also love the text.  Wouldn't we all like to make art all day and eat cookies for breakfast?
I chose this one because of the unique things added to the image, like the tiny padlock and key.
This artist's work surprised me.  When I first looked at this photo, I thought it was a simple family portrait.  Upon close inspection, I realized he replaced all of the faces with his own.  He did an entire series this way and it really intrigued me.

Let's dig out our box of photos, or find on on the internet to play with.  (If you use an actual photo of an ancestor, you might want to copy it and use the copy for your art.)  Alter it up with whatever you like to create art with.  Paint it, bedazzle it, collage it, cut and paste it... the sky's the limit!   Post your image by Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:00 noon EST.  Please leave a comment when you post.  And be sure to visit the blogs of the other entries.  I'm pretty sure this one will be fun!

See you soon.

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