Wednesday, February 24, 2010

sweet baby silhouette

Ah...... Sit for awhile and chat. I like the saying in the picture above, "I have been young, and now am old." Quote from the Ladies' Repository January, 1856. Can you tell I love old books. I just love the stories they tell from the past. I've been working on a sweet baby silhouette for a shop in Australia. The pages are from a vintage fairy tale book. Oh my kids are growing so fast they aren't sweet little babies anymore. They are...... must I say it.......entering the teen years. They are aliens. So yes, I am praying. Blessings to you today.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Dreaming of Paris

A few years ago I went to France and I'm still playing with my photos. I tagged along with my hubby on his business trip. We had some air mileage saved. First, we stayed in Cannes for a few days and then off to Paris for three days. Which is not enough time to see Paris. We spent part of our time riding the open air buses. I felt like such a tourist! I think I saw the entire trip from behind my camera. More Paris photos soon.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Etsy Shop Feature -hjrdDesign -Helen-

All of my sets use recycled materials. My concept in creating my range of magnetic wallscapes was to design them as something halfway between art and play, each set is designed to be interactive and rearranged meaning they're ever-changing decals. The materials I use are dictated by what I have/what I find to recycle or upcycle; I select materials on their aesthetic and tactile value. The real joy in creating my wallscapes from these resources is in liberating them from their former garments and associations and shifting their value by changing their context.The original inspiration came from sewing a bib from a thrifted apple-print T-shirt and looking twice at the oddly-shaped offcuts that were left...This lovebirds set uses scraps of vintage wallpapers, wrapping papers, and fabrics from found garments. This set is 15 separate magnets that are designed to work together in endless arrangements. Customers who have bought this set have used them in a variety of ways; one painted her daughter's bedroom door with magnetic paint and created an interactive magnetic garden from my wallscapes, someone has bought them for a magnetic blackboard in the kitchen, they've been displayed on a claw-foot bath, office filing cabinets. Some display them as wall art, and some are used as functional magnets to hold onto reminders on the fridge.
--Helen--- hjrdDesign

Sunday, February 14, 2010

vintage post cards

Don't you just love vintage post cards. They are fun to read kinda like reading a little memento from the past. Funny, I think the people back then didn't think they would have their cards collected. I kinda feel like I'm snoping. Well, I hope all of you enjoy your Valentines Day. I've always said Valentines Day isn't the only day to show love to those around you. Everyone should show love, kindness and compassion everyday. Well, maybe you should skip the daily box of chocolates. Oh how I love chocolate.
Happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Matilda's Mouse
These pictures are from a sale a few years ago. Such a lovely place with all kinds of vintage recycled, redone, repainted, re-loved items. It's worth the trip. Matilda (the dog) had a kissing booth! Oh so cute.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Some random photos of some places I've been. Oh spring is on it's way.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

wednesday recycled art

I made this about a year ago and pulled it apart now I can't find all the pieces. It's a door hinge dragon fly with a crown silly. Funny. Mary is doing this Wednesday recycled day.
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