Nest Feathers and Twine - Formally Artist's Block Studio

The things that make a house a home and the stuff that holds is all together.

Years ago I started this blog with a mindset and goals that I have found have changed direction over time. I am excited to say that this blog has a new name.....Nest Feathers and Twine. I hope you come by and visit often. Feel free to get comfortable and kick off your shoes and join me on this journey of metamorphosis.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Valentine ATC for swaps

this atc resulted from inspiration from the heart i completed earlier.... Posted by Picasa

we are each of us angels.....

.....with only one wing. and we can only fly embracing each other. luciano de crescenzo.

can't get a clear picture on this one......i have taken so many photos of this one i am going to see spots well into my next life......... Posted by Picasa

altered bottles.......

well, and you can't the the photo of the couple copies on transparency inside....hmmmm well, the dried hydrangeas from my garden look nice....

i did these 2 altered bottles last year. i am still finding things all over the house that i have not yet put on my blog or picture trail. i so love having this digital camera! Posted by Picasa

another little bottle.....

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troo luv

still not sure about the ribbon coming through the heart.....i keep giving myself the giggles thinking it looks like the heart has ponytails......i will let it hang around the house for a day or two to see if the ribbon needs a 'hair cut'..... Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 30, 2006

is it done yet........?

i will have to look at it in the morning.....later in the morning....

working toward the february challenge for my yahoo group......working outside your comfort zone. for me that would be grunge. is this grungy enought to be considered grunge? i don't know. working with red is also a challenge for me. the january challenge for my yahoo group was working with colors you don't like or normally work with. i have never been a huge fan of red....don't know why, can not come up with a good reason. i have always opted for pinks when celebrating valentines, making the excuse that there was no place for the color red in the color scheme of my home.....i am now finding red is fitting in just fine. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 29, 2006

a closer view

it is 2 am, my brain function is on the 'barely there' setting right now......after looking at this photo i can see i need to do some adjusting and fluffing.......tomorrow........i am off to bed!

this swag was inspired by becky and denise. i bought a 'wish' christmas swag from them at the saturday monday sale. i loved that swag so much, and this hall tree looked naked without one there so i just had to make one...........hmmmmm now should i make one for spring....summer........we will have to see what time brings. Posted by Picasa

love swag......

and a bit more picasa playtime......... Posted by Picasa

fixed the link to my picture trail

wow.....that was very strange......i decided to go to my picturetrail from my blog and ended up on someone elses picturetrail.....yikes! don't know what that was all about but i fixed it....just wish i knew how it got broken!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

art dolls

okay, okay, okay i am done playing with picasa........

this is pretty exciting for me.....i am totally modern day equipment challenged! allergic to technology and then add blonde to that and yikes...... Posted by Picasa

me, 38 1/2 years ago........

playing some more with picasa Posted by Picasa

studio friday....part 3

playing with another fun thingy ma bob! Posted by Picasa

studio friday.....part 2

playing with picasa........yehaaaa...this is fun! Posted by Picasa

Studio Friday....on Saturday

playing in paint.....i am left handed in most i played with the right hand which came in 'hand'y so i could use my left to snap the picture....working on painting a canvas for a valentine collage. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

~SPT~ Personal History

Photos of my family.....The largest is from my wedding, on either side of us are our baby pictures and parents photos and the photos of our children....

To the very right is the centerpiece and the dried flowers from the arrangement from my dad's funeral.

self portrait tuesday artists

an estate sale salvage hoosier cabinet that i painted .....

the part i forgot about.....

the inside of the art doll i put added here a couple of days ago.


when i need to take a break in the studio, when my muse has packed a ham sandwich and a road map and left without notice.......

another art doll from a round robin i forgot about, and the journal that i painted that went with it.

Moan-uh the cat

yup that is her name, moan-uh......she is very vocal and very camera shy. she does not like madalyn at all, she is a weird like all of us here in our household, she will only drink water in a dixie cup on the bathroom floor even though her food bowl is in the kitchen. she loves yogurt and as soon as she sees you with the container in hand she will drive you crazy until you share......

Sunday, January 22, 2006

melvyn and molly........the che-wah-wahs. melvyn is the tan and white one. molly tan and black. both are sweeties, molly can be a cranky little ms thang though.....melvyn......lets just say he is not the brightest crayon in the box....the sharpest tool in the shed....the wheel is turnin' but the hampster is dead....he is the blonde of the dog world, but that makes him special

another art doll....this one

was done as part of a round robin.......her body is a cigar box, her head a glass jar that i put a piece of paper with a stamped face on inside, her arms antique forks, legs antique spoons, the rest was added by other artists......i forgot to take a pic of her inside.....there was neat stuff added in their too.....oh, and one artist filled her head with inspirational quotes.......

my angel.......

i did this piece a couple of months ago......and i love her. she sits on an antique plant stand in my living room.

these are the cattails i painted for my hubby on each side of the foyer.

antique music cabinet

these are pics of an antique music cabinet i painted a couple of years ago.

art doll

this art doll was done only by me. my other art doll was the result of a round robin...( the dust all over should have been undone by me! oops.....).

the face on the doll is my great (maybe great great) grandmothers.....she and i looked identical as kids.

ohhh......and eye spy a little drumming angel that should have been put away with the christmas decorations.......

one of my many antique bird cages..... good reason to take a pic of this other than......i could!

welcome to our home.......

this is the greeting on the typewriter that welcomes everyone as they come into our home.....

madalyn......the worlds biggest wimp

madalyn rose, our 150 + pound half lab half mastif wimp! she is a huge sweetie pie, and who could resist that face! she is cross-eyed.....and tried to get a photo of her looking at the camera....but she is afraid of everything else!

Quote for the moment

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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