This little primrose plant has been the best forty-nine cents investment I've made so far this year. I provide water, indirect sun and pruning (I deadhead the old flowers), and it just keeps blooming its little heart out. So far there has been no end to the new flowers to take the place of the spent ones.
The old ones? I dried them and dropped them into a vat of recycled paper to make into pulp later today. I'll see what surprises I find when I make new handmade paper from what it has given to me. February has had no end of surprises in weather this year. Tune in to see what it has to offer in this department.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Later we can add a nylon thread or ribbon for hanging. They turn a Christmas tree into a winter wonderland, or they can hang in a window. Some may tuck them into cards as gifts, others may tie them onto gifts.
These hand-made paper snowflakes are such a fun time to make. You can call The Center now to sign up for the class on Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 pm in Log Cabin 1. The Center is at 12700 Southwest Hwy., Palos Park, IL. Phone: 708.361.3650.
When December rolls around, you'll be so glad you did this!
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Continuing my "Glimpse" series, "Glimpse 8 - one of these things..." studies open and closed spaces, light and shadow, and celebrates variety in color, shape, texture and kind. The title invites the viewer to keep it simple by remembering a song from early Sesame Street days.
Stay tuned, there will be more.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Ideas for my "Glimpse" series come to mind every so often, but the execution of the idea has to wait for the right time. Yesterday I found conversing to be too much effort, and this morning I awoke with this thought: words are flopping around in my head like fish in a boat (a memory from childhood vacations at a lake cottage and fishing with bamboo poles in a rowboat). I realized an idea had been percolating and it was time to act today. Frame is waitinbg, corn flowers pressed, pulps being made for the necessary layers. Ready or not....
Saturday, April 23, 2016
On Friday, May 20, I will be leading an afternoon workshop from 12:30-2:30 at The Center, 12700 Southwest Hwy, Palos Hills, IL, where we will do projects like this, and many others. The special feature of this class is the invitation to bring fresh flowers from your garden or bouquet. We will press and dry them in my microfleur to use in our art projects. Beautiful results guaranteed.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
But that's not all. Sunday, November 24, 12 noon - 4pm is the annual Christmas Art Show at The Center, 12700 Southwest Hwy, Palos Park, IL 60464. If you visit, you will find Marilyn's display in a new place. No longer in the back room looking over the woods, instead turn left when you enter the front door. You'll find art to enrich your soul and gifts for the holidays. Be there or be square.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Rich has beautiful ceramic pieces, some prints, and even a tissue paper painting. My display of handmade papers includes cards, jewelry, pulp paintings, and botanical pieces suitable for framing.
What a great opportunity to see what's going on in town.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
|"Twenty-one Ground Hog Salute" MV|
In one of those post-midnight conversations famous to college dorm rooms, I announced that I was going to adopt Groundhog Day as my personal holiday to celebrate. I didn't even know when it was, so I had to look it up on a calendar. Since then, I have made editions of prints for Ground Hog Day cards, sent Ground Hog Day presents when Christmas got too busy, and even did a pencil drawing of "Twenty-one Ground Hog Salute." This was not my original vision of the picture, but my 1970s upstairs neighbor NellaJean inspired me with the military accoutrement. It's fun to know that old friends around the country are thinking of me today, and I am thinking good thoughts of them too.
I've not yet found the orginial short story that inspired Harold Ramis to make Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, but it's time to start searching again. Of course I've watched the movie on my CD, updated from my former VCR tape. We've had hopes of visiting Woodstock, IL, for the occasion, but weather has not been favorable in February. But we have made several pilgrimages to Woodstock at other times of the year.
So have a happy Groundhog Day. I'm having a snowed-in celebration day today.