chocolate and coffee

Doesn't that combination sound good??? Yum! I could use some of both right now. Those were the March colors for our ATCs and the Color Groupies exchange. I meant to get this post up sooner but it seems between teaching altered books in 4 artists 4 ways, setting up and writing a lesson for my Little Book swap, re-opening my private yahoo group for any online student of mine for easier sharing of class work, taking photographs every day, visiting with my parents and helping out as we can . . . I've been busy. If you did not know, my dad has been fighting colorectal cancer that spread to his liver for 3 years -the colon cancer was removed 3 years ago. The good news is the CT scan he recently had showed the original lesions on his liver are diminished (wow!) and there are no new growths. This is amazing for liver cancer. Unfortunately, the chemotherapy has made him feel really, really terrible sometimes; not able to eat and he has lost weight. But he is probably the strongest man I know and damn it, he is still up for the fight! He feels better now most days and is getting stronger. I try to lift his spirits and support my mom by visiting as much as I can - and Steven, bless him, drives Dad to appointments and they have some good guy time together. So that's where I am, when you don't hear from me. I still have other creative things to share so . .. after I share these yummy ATCs, I'll get back here as I can with some other things!

Coffee & Chocolate ATCs - a photo diary:

I took this photo while shopping in the grocery store -
thought I could use it for this project.
I seem to always have my camera with me these days! 

First step.
I took some tan fabric I had and making it darker by dying it in leftover coffee.
Obviously, I through the leftover grounds in too! 

I let it sit and dry on top of freezer paper in the sun after soaking it a few hours. 

It added depth to the color, delicious fragrance and some grungy-ness! 

I printed my photo of the chocolates onto vellum paper. 

I made little "sandwiches" of a coordinating fabric, the dyed fabric & cotton batting.

I cut out images from a  piece of coffee themed fabric I had.

I sewed a wavy pattern to mimic steam and zigzagged around the edges.

Finished!  For Caryl Hoobler & Frieda Oxenham

For Debby Harriettha and Tristan Robin Blakeman.

One for me and my Color Groupies binder!

happy coffee and chocolate!!