Friday, July 3, 2015

Market Tote Bags

Hi Friends,

Hope you are all doing well and being creative.

Well my Birthday came and went (it was on June 27th) but I can't complain , it was very nice.  I received some lovely cards and gifts from friends and family! :)
You know who you are, so I won't list your names.

Today you will see the cards on display in my studio and two Market Totes that I made. The First Market Tote in the Funky Fabric ....I love. When I saw the fabric it made me happy so, I bought it.
Happy that when my friend, Pam C. received it, she loved it too. :)
The second tote in the  Newspaper Print Cat fabric, I bought online . It was too cute to pass up. My daughter is now the owner of that one. :) The articles that are written on it are so funny!

Hope you like them.
Hugs and Happy Fourth of July  tomorrow,  to All my Friends in the USA.





Thursday, May 28, 2015

AMATE (BARK PAPER) PAINTING!

Hi Friends,

Hope you are all doing well and enjoying a lovely day! :)

A while back when I was re-organizing my studio, I came across a rolled up brown object. Long and behold, it was the Amate (Bark Paper) I bought probably 8 years ago when I visited Mexico on vacation. I quickly unrolled it and ironed it out. I put it aside on my clean desk so I wouldn't forget it AGAIN! :)
So yesterday I finally worked on it.

Before I post the photos of the Amate (Bark Paper) Painting that I finished yesterday, here is some information I found on Wikipedia about Amate Bark Paper:

Amate paper has a long history. This history is not only because the raw materials for its manufacture have persisted but also that the manufacture, distribution and uses have adapted to the needs and restrictions of various epochs. This history can be roughly divided into three periods: the pre Hispanic period, the Spanish colonial period to the 20th century and from the latter 20th century to the present, marked by the paper's use as a commodity.[1]

Pre-Hispanic Period


The development of paper in Mesoamerica parallels that of China and Egypt, which used rice and papyrus respectively.[2] It is not known exactly where or when paper making began in Mesoamerica. Some researchers put the date between 500 and 1000 CE while others place it earlier to at least 300 CE.[3][4] Iconography (in stone) dating from the period contains depictions of items thought to be paper. For example, Monument 52 from the Olmec site of San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán illustrates a personage adorned with ear pennants of folded paper.[5] Arguments from the 1940s to the 1970s have centered on a time of 300 CE of the use of bark clothing by the Mayans. Ethnolinguistic studies lead to the names of two villages in Mayan territory that relate the use of bark paper, Excachaché (place where white bark trusses are smoothed) and Yokzachuún (over the white paper) Anthropologist Marion mentions that in Lacandones, in Chiapas, the Mayans were still manufacturing and using bark clothing in the 1980s. For these reason it was probably the Maya to first propagate knowledge about the making of bark paper, spreading it through southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador when it was at its height in the pre Classic period.[6][7] However, according researcher Hans Lenz, this Mayan paper was likely not the amate paper known in later Mesoamerica.[4] The Mayan word for book is hun [hun].[8]
Amate paper was used most extensively during the Aztec Empire.[9] This paper was manufactured in over forty villages in territory controlled by the Aztecs and then handed over as tribute by the conquered peoples. This amounted to about 480,000 sheets annually. Most of the production was concentrated in the modern state of Morelos, where Ficus trees are abundant because of the climate.[4][7][10] This paper was assigned to the royal sector, to be used as gifts on special occasions or as rewards for warriors. It was also sent to the religious elites for ritual purposes. The last share was allotted to royal scribes for the writing of codices and other records.[11]
Almost nothing is known about the paper's manufacture in the pre-Hispanic period. Stone beaters dating from the 6th century CE have been found, and these tools are most often found where amate trees grow. Most are made of volcanic stone with some made of marble and granite. They are usually rectangular or circular with grooves on one or both sides to macerate the fibers. These beaters are still used by Otomi artisans, and almost all are volcanic, with an additional groove added on the side to help hold the stone. According to some early Spanish accounts, the bark was left overnight in water to soak, after which the finer inner fibers were separated from coarser outer fibers and pounded into flat sheets. But it is not known who did the work, or how the labor was divided.[12]
As a tribute item, amate was assigned to the royal sector because it was not considered to be a commodity. This paper was related to power and religion, the way through which the Aztecs imposed and justified their dominance in Mesoamerica. As tribute, it represented a transaction between the dominant groups and the dominated villages. In the second phase, the paper used by the royal authorities and priests for sacred and political purposes was a way to empower and frequently register all the other sumptuary exclusive things.[13]
Amate paper was created as part of a line of technologies to satisfy the human need to express and communicate. It was preceded by stone, clay and leather to transmit knowledge first in the form of pictures, and later with the Olmecs and Maya through a form of hieroglyphic writing.[6] Bark paper had important advantages as it is easier to obtain than animal skins and was easier to work than other fibers. It could be bent, shirred, glued and melded for specific finishing touches and for decoration. Two more advantages stimulated the extensive use of bark paper: its light weight and its ease of transport, which translated into great savings in time, space and labor when compared with other raw materials.[14] In the Aztec era, paper retained its importance as a writing surface, especially in the production of chronicles and the keeping of records such as inventories and accounting. Codices were converted into "books" by folding into an accordion pattern. Of the approximately five hundred surviving codices, about sixteen date to before the Conquest and are made of bark paper. These include the Dresden Codex from the Yucatán, the Fejérváry-Mayer Codex from the Mixteca region and the Borgia Codex from Oaxaca.[15]
However, paper also had a sacred aspect and was used in rituals along with other items such as incense, copal, maguey thorns and rubber.[15] For ceremonial and religious events, bark paper was used in various ways: as decorations used in fertility rituals, yiataztli, a kind of bag, and as an amatetéuitl, a badge used to symbolize a prisoner's soul after sacrifice. It was also used to dress idols, priests and sacrifice victims in forms of crowns, stoles, plumes, wigs, trusses and bracelets. Paper items such as flags, skeletons and very long papers, up to the length of a man, were used as offerings, often by burning them.[16] Another important paper item for rituals was paper cut in the form of long flags or trapezoids and painted with black rubber spots to depict the characteristic of the god being honored. At a certain time of year, these were also used to ask for rain. At this time, the papers were colored blue with plumage at the spearhead.[17]

                                This is how the Amate (Bark Paper) looks like
                                     Drawing of the Bird I wanted to Paint
                                     How design looked when I traced it onto the Bark Paper
                                   How my finished painting  looks.
Hope you like it. :)
Hugs

Friday, May 22, 2015

SPRING TULIP POSTCARDS!

Hi Friends,

I have fallen a bit behind again on my postings but here are THREE Spring Tulips Fabric Postcards that I recently made and sent out to friends.
Thought, I should post them before SUMMER gets here! LOL
Hope you like them.

Hugs




Sunday, May 17, 2015

QUIET SUNDAY!!!!!!

                                        Tortellini, Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Pesto
                                                               Confetti Potatoes

Did I make you hungry! :)
Hugs

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NEW LOOK OF MY STUDIO

Hi Friends,

Hope you are all doing well. Sorry I have been absent from my blog but I have been really busy!
I wasn't very happy with the way my studio looked , so after a few months of thinking of how to change it, I finally did!
Before the re-organizing, every time I went into my studio, I felt as though everything was caving in on me! :(  Not a good feeling and very depressing.When I moved into this home (5 years ago) I just wanted to get all the boxes out of the way , so I thought , I had done a good job of setting it up, but didn't!
So after a month of working every day in my studio, I finally can say" I love the way it looks!"
If you go back to the Old Photos of my studio (post January 9th of 2012) you will see the before pictures and you will agree, NOW it looks more organized and with lots more space.
I had some many books  and really hated to get rid of many of them(215 to be exact) but deep down I know, it was the right thing to do. I did donate them to our local library and the ladies there were very happy!
I also reupholstered and painted my studio chair.....Love it!
Hope you like the way my studio looks now!

                                             View coming into my Studio
                                         
                                                          Paper storage in Corner
                                               3 New Storage Cabinets
                                              Before View of My Studio Chair
                                                       New View of my Studio Chair

                                                Side View of my Chair..............Love it!


Hugs,

Monday, April 13, 2015

HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO ALL!

Hi Friends,

Hope you are all doing well and enjoying Spring weather. :)

This week is Friendship week and wanted to share something with all of you that was sent to me by email. These are NOT my words but I agree with them.


I've learned ....
That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I've learned ....
That when you're in love, it shows.
I've learned ....
That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' Makes my day.
I've learned ....
That having a child (or a puppy) fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I've learned ....
That being kind is more important than being right.
I've learned ....
That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I've learned ....
That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.
I've learned ....
That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I've learned ....
That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I've learned ....
That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I've learned ....
That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I've learned ....
That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
I've learned ....
That money doesn't buy class.
I've learned ....
That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I've learned ...
That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I've learned ....
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I've learned ....
That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I've learned ....
That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I've learned ....
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I've learned ....
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I've learned ....
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I've learned ...
That life is tough, but I'm tougher.
I've learned ....
That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I've learned ....
That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I've learned ....
That I wish I could have told my Mom and Dad that I love them one more time before they passed away.
I've learned ....
That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I've learned ....
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I've learned ....
That when your newly born child holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
I've learned ....
That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
I've learned ....
That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done. 

Hugs and Thank You for your Friendship!