Day 7 Theme & Giveaway: Alice in Wonderland

Day 7 Theme & Giveaway: Alice in Wonderland

It's the final day of the Alpha Stamps Giveaway -just visit their blog and add a comment for your chance to win! Today's theme is Alice in Wonderland - wonderful! You have until midnight PST 1/1/12 to enter! Check it out HERE and happy New Year!

daily giveaway - Alpha Stamps

visit the Alpha Stamps blog for a wonderful daily giveaway that you can enter by leaving a comment with your email address - it does not have to be public - on each day's post through 1/1/12. Simply comment each day by 11:59 PST. Alpha Stamps has a great variety of mixed media supplies and the first giveaway with a "beach" theme is incredible! Check out what's offered and enter today's giveaway by commenting here before midnight, 12/26/11. If you are visiting me on a different day, use the top link to reach the main blog and see what's offered that day - good luck!

family fun

Well, my visiting family has returned home . . . we took everyone to the airport late yesterday afternoon. It was wonderful to spend time with my sister and nephew and to have my son Decklin & his partner Tina stay here with us. Oh! Except for the fact that our AC broke and we had to all live in a very hot house (it's been in the 90's outside) until our landlord could get a replacement unit. Thank goodness for ceiling fans! Unfortunately the AC was out the entire time my family was visiting : (  but we survived! We often went over to my mom & dad's quite a bit to cool off and go swimming. I did not take a lot of photos, but I have a few to share . . .

Tina and Decklin in the sun!

Tina & Deck at our rental house 
Decklin, Lenna, Asia & Chloe!

Decklin will be 29 in September, wow!

Below are my favorite photos from the visit, taken on father's day of my dad and Steven. They spend a lot of time together most every day in the workshop space they are renting. When my mom & dad's house in Avon, CT sold recently, they moved all dad's woodworking tools from CT to this workshop space in Bradenton! The sailboat the two of them are repairing and making sea worthy is almost finished . . . I will catch up with photos on that soon, but the beginning of the project can be seen HERE on flickr.

my dad & husband steven, at dad's house on the bayou

Dad does not like steven too much!!!
We had a great visit!
I was able to get the Tag Book swap completed and mailed out today. Hooray! My swaps are held on a separate blog called creative swaps and the new swap I announced recently already has 41 participants registered!! I am also having a give-away on that blog celebrating the 700 posts I've written: the prize is a chance to win FREE registration to one of my creative swaps! Just head over to the creative swaps blog, visit this post and leave a comment -before June 25th!   : )))) lenna young

give-away on the creative swaps blog!

Amazingly, I hit 700 posts on the creative swaps blog, where I host some fabulous swaps (at least  think so!). To celebrate, I am having  a drawing for free registration to any creative swap -the current one, or any others I announce in the next 3 months!

Edit: June 25th, 2010: This give-away drawing is now closed!! Congratulations to Carmen Marie Hirkala and Jan Korzenaskie!
Just head over to the creative swaps blog and leave a comment on my "700 posts, YES? A give-away!!" -by June 25th. You'll have a chance (or two)) to win!  : ^ ) lenna


This is just a reminder/last chance! Tomorrow evening I will draw names and give away 5 wonderful prizes to celebrate 500 posts on this blog! If you missed reading the post, you can read it and comment on it here to have your chance to win. Just make sure you tell me which prize you'd like and give me a way to contact you. If I can't contact you, I'll have to give the prize to someone else!!

Also, please check out the wonderful retro flower power crafting supplies giveaway my friend Tristan in CT is doing . . . just click on the flower power button on the top right of my blog. Good luck!

500 miles? No, 500 Posts Give-away for YOU!

The post I added this morning about my altered book coming home was my . . .  500th post! The very first post I wrote here on this blog was dated December 8th, 2006 -wow! It is a little hard to believe I have been blogging all this time. I want to thank you for being here, whether you lurk and read, follow and/or comment, email me, join my art swaps . . . really any combination! I am happy that you visit, share my life and art. 

In celebration of writing 500 posts I am going to giveaway 5 prizes
Yes! 500 posts = 5 prizes!

#1. one Free registration to any one of my online workshops -taken at your convenience. I offer 4 workshops: The Mini art Quilt Book, Collage on Canvas, Fabric Stamping/Painting, plus "Open The Door": A mixed media photo/art journal.

#2. one collage package, hand picked by me from my collage boxes. I will gather items from my stash. Here is one of about 5 of the collage boxes I'll choose items from.

#3. This lovely selection of fabric - the whole pile! The piece top left was hand painted by me!

#4. one creative swaps registration for FREE! The registration could be for the current Tag Book swap or the upcoming Garden variety Postcard swap announced in June. 

#5. One hand made piece of art by me! This will be decided upon after the winner has been randomly chosen, based on the winner's likes/dislikes and desires : )) I will give you a few ideas on what I could create & you can tell me what you might like if you win!

How to win any of these wonderful thank you prizes?? 
Please leave a comment on this post with your email and tell me WHICH prize you would love to win! If you do not want to leave your email publicly, you can email me and let me know you have commented. If you don't give me your email I will have to chose someone else, to be fair. 
FIVE winners will be chosen randomly and announced one week from today on Monday the 24th in the evening. What do you think?? Now just for fun, I thought I should have a theme song for my 500 post accomplishment . . . . 

"But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door"
- The Proclaimers

giveaway at Glitter Tart Designs

Just a quick note to let you know my friend Caroline Ouzts Hay is having a wonderful giveaway on her blog: Glitter Tart Designs. This is week one of Caroline's fabulous Altered Pages Collage Sheet Giveaway! Each week for the next 3 weeks you could win a digital collage image from Altered Pages just  by visiting Caroline's blog and leaving a comment. Good luck!

and the winner is . . . . joy meadows!

For my 400th post i created a collage to celebrate that milestone and then offered a chance to win it, to anyone who left a comment on that 400th post! This morning I took all the commenter's names and put them in a hat, the old fashioned way, for the drawing. It is pretty funny (maybe!) that i have been wearing this same hat on our daily walks, in FLORIDA! (see a picture - 2 posts earlier) I brought it with me from CT as kind of a lark; my mom had told me it gets cold here sometimes . . .  i crocheted it myself and liked it too much to leave it, never realizing how much i would need it!! It was down in the 30's again last night and the heater in the cottage is just not equipped to handle the work load; ours has frozen up twice. ANYWAY . . . . .

I wrote everyone's name down and cut them into strips, closed my eyes, reached in and pulled out JOY MEADOWS name!!!! Congratulations, JOY!

Joy always takes time to comment on the art I share, whether it is here on the blog, through the ARTchix Yahoo Group or on my flickr photo account. Gosh, I am so, so happy i picked her name! Joy, I will send this out to you today! Thanks to everyone who commented, that was fun! lenna young andrews - January 12th, 2010

400 posts and a giveaway to celebrate!

Unbelievably, this is my 400th post here! I started writing and sharing my art on this blog in December of 2006. To celebrate 400 posts here I have created a collage that I would like to offer as a giveaway! Just leave a comment below (with your email if i don't know it -so i can contact you) on this post by Tuesday morning 9am Florida-time. I will choose someone randomly from the comments and send the collage above to you if you win! click on the photo for details. lenna young andrews - January 8th, 2009
The winner is: JoY Meadows!

p.s. i forgot to add how i made this collage! It's done on a 9" x 5" water color paper base with scrapbook paper and an old ledger page from 1892 layered on top. The image of the couple is a leftover from an experiment of using my ink jet  printer to print vintage images onto watercolor paper. More description and another ATC here. I ripped hand dyed tissue paper and gold marbled mulberry paper and glued them around the image and the ledger paper. A Pablo Picasso quote was rubber stamped in the corner (an old lennalines stamp) "Love is the greatest refreshment in life." Little bits of gold metallic paper were added, along with a charm that says 'listen'. The quote below the couple "she flew up to the moon" is from ARTchix Studio. I thought the scrapbook paper background was very interesting with these words: "Love is not just a justification of the eyes. Beautiful objects will of course, inspire possessive urges - you need not despise your taste. But when insatiable desire inflames you for a man who is out of fashion, lacking in glamour, plain, in fact - that fire is genuine: that's the authentic passion. Beauty any critic can admire"  wow! It's all there in small scribbles on the scrapbook paper (click for more detail) on the left side.

Art Quilt Received : ^ )

This is another gift that I made and sent out for my generosity project, and this is definitely a special one. I was so pleased and so happy that my very good friend in Scotland, Frieda Oxenham, responded to my original post. That meant I had my chance to be extra generous, and create a special gift, just for her!

Frieda was picked as one of the 'winners' for this particular project I blogged about, and so soon afterwords I set out to think of what to create, especially for her. This was a bit of a challenge for me because I respect her so much as an artist, and I found it was a little intimidating. She has won so many awards for her art quilts and she is also such a generous and prolific artist in the mixed media world! I festered about what to do for just a bit . . . but I knew I wanted to do something with FABRIC for her and something that had meaning for her and also for me . . . and definitely something she would like!

Finally, I started by simply choosing bright batik fabrics that I imagined Frieda would like - as she has mentioned her love of bright fabrics before. I ripped out a 12"x12" section of two different fabrics; pink & purple! Then somehow, I got the idea of doing something related to her garden. Probably because Frieda has been sharing so many beautiful and appreciated photos of the flowers in her garden in Scotland as of late on her blog, which I have so enjoyed. Occasionally, if a larger version of a photo was available, I would copy it and save it to my own computer for reference or possible use later. While creating this art quilt I remembered I had a very lovely photo of what I believed to be one of Frieda's gardens when the daffodils were in full bloom. I got the idea to print that photo out onto fabric and incorporate it into the art quilt I wanted to make for her.

I ripped out another rectangle of the pink hued batik fabric, gathered some batting, and also the Alpha Stamps floral and leaf beads I had on hand. This made very much sense too, as Frieda still is, and I was, an Alpha Stamps design Team member! I took the top two pieces of fabric with the batting behind them and sewed them together. Then with a decorative leaf stitch from my sewing machine, I added the garden photo printed on fabric. To the top right corner, I added a small bird image from ARTchix Studio's garden sheet collection. I could not resist hand-beading some teeny tiny beads around this image, mimicking the beautiful work Frieda does on ATCs and her larger quilts.

It still needed something! So, I sewed the Alpha Stamps jeweled flowers, leaf beads, and added the pearlized stick pins from Alpha Stamps .... I knew I also wanted to add words and had to think for a while before I knew what I wanted to say. Finally! Meet you in the garden! I decided to rubber stamp this, as Frieda says she learned how to stamp on fabric from ME! I practiced a little and then went to the main fabric. because the batting was already in place it was a little tricky, but it worked. I was happy because what I wrote/stamped could be interpreted in more than one way. It could be the little bird saying, "meet you in the garden" or it could be Frieda saying to her husband John, 'Meet you in the garden', or it could be ME in CT, USA ---saying one day, Frieda, I will meet you in your Garden!! : ^ )))

I got an email from Frieda today, a week after I sent the art quilt out, and I will share with you what she said:

"Oh wow, I could barely believe the wonderful package which was handed over by my postie today. What a beautiful gift and I so love the picture you've used of our garden and how you combined it with the gorgeous batik fabrics. And I do so hope that one day we will meet each other in the garden as your text suggest!! Saying thank you, really does not seem adequate, but at the moment it's the best I can do!! Thanks again so much, from the bottom of my heart!"

: ) she need say no more! I am smiling. What a fantastic project I 'larked' into! Here is a close-up scan, click on any photo for more detail: