I became an immediate fan of Carol’s “The Answer is Chocolate” [Does the Question Really Matter?] blog from its name alone. You don’t have to call me twice when there’s chocolate in the room. And when there’s chocolate and crafts together? You got me on hello.
After 25 years, fate [a job and a boyfriend] brought me to So Cal, where it’s sunny practically every day.
Crafting in Laguna Beach
"If we knew grandchildren were so much fun, we would've had them first!"
My Dad, Mom, Elysa & Kaylee
I am a passionate crafter. My Mom taught me how to sew and knit, and I dabbled in what is now called altered art. My first projects included covering cigar boxes (when the tobacco stores gave them away) with wallpaper samples and decoupaging jigsaw puzzles into wall art. Fast forward to today. After many years of creating handmade gifts, I sold my altered art at local craft boutiques. However, I quickly realized that instead of selling my work, I wanted to share my love for the actual process with others. Thus, Altered Artworks was created
If you’re a fan of the inspiring magazine, “Where Women Create,” you might appreciate my teeny-tiny craft room. It measures 8 ft. x 10 ft. This is a photo of it on a good day. I am not at liberty to share what it looks like on a not-so-good day.
My craft stash must-haves include ribbon, Mod Podge, buttons, acrylic paint, beautiful paper, metal ephemera and more ribbon. My altered art “transforms the mundane, one embellishment at a time.” Here are a few of my favorite projects. [Just click on photo to view specific post.]
|Two panel canvas photo frame|
|Coffee-theme Ensemble: tile coasters, notepad/pen holder and clipboard|
|Mother-Daughter Altered Wall
(Top canvas: Me in 1956. Bottom: Me now.)
|Love, love, love altered clipboards|
To see additional altered art and a few tutorials, please visit my Altered Artworks blog. And if you live in Southern California, please join me at one of my Creative Therapy workshops.
And thanks, Carol, for letting me share my story and love for altered art with your blogger friends.