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Wednesday
Aug052009

Kooky Mailbox...

After dinner one evening with some friends, we drove around, exploring some back roads in the New Smyrna Beach, Florida area.  We passed by this house with one of the most unique mailboxes I have ever seen.  I also like how the evening sun reflected in the photo.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Digital Frame @ Paperbag Studios.

Sunday
Aug022009

Vintage Things...

Antiques stores are perfect places to take photos!  Once again, these were taken in downtown DeLand, Florida.

I've been especially inspired by the art of Lisa Kaus!  Stop by her blog to see her lovely artwork!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

TTV Frame Credit: leahleaf

Friday
Jul312009

Love the Light...

Sometimes the photos I like best are the ones that aren't totally in focus. I took these photos inside a vintage restoration store in downtown DeLand and applied a Toy Camera Photoshop Action to them.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~Og Mandino

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Wednesday
Jul292009

Pretty in the Window...

Spent a couple of hours this afternoon taking pictures around DeLand, FL. I took around 250 pictures, so I have much to share. This was the first photo I took, so I share this image today! This is one of the windows in a salon I happened to pass by.

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity." ~John Ruskin

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Texture credits: leahleaf and milesdscott.

Tuesday
Jul282009

An Award and Two RAKs...

I feel very blessed today as I just received two RAK's in the mail. Thank-you so very much, Dawn and Diane for the lovely treasures! I truly appreciate it!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

This lovely fabric piece came from Dawn in New York! She sewed a card to the back on which to write a message and don't you just love the stitched envelope with the cool label!? Love 'em!

This beautiful journal was made by Diane from Florida! It is made of fabric with quilted pieces sewn on. The spiral journal on the inside tucks into the covers of the fabric cover! The mail art packaging looks like a stenciled folder!! Yum!

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Thanks so much, Lula for this Blog Award!

The rules for this award is to pass it on to four other blogs and leave them a comment to let them know. My choices are all new artitst that I recently discovered:

1. Kelly: I love her photography!

2. Wyanne: super cute paintings!

3. Carmen: awesome mixed media!

4. Martha: multi-talented and love those stitched flowers!

Ladies, pass the award on to four other blogs you love!

Friday
Jul242009

A List and Some Freebies...

I've added a new category to my Free Goods section called Letters & Numbers. Keep checking back as I will be adding more free images for your personal use! Enjoy!

Make your own here

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I also want to offer a freebie.  It is a printable sheet of paper pieces that can be cut and used in your altered art, journals or whatever!!!  Download good through July 25.  Enjoy!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Image is in JPG format and approximately 4.2MB and is for Personal Use.

Thursday
Jul232009

Digging Deeper...

Today I am participating in Buried Treasure: an online, collaborative project that invites art bloggers to go into the depths of their blogs and dig for buried treasure. Each participant was asked to repost one (or more) of their favorite posts from their own blog. Please see the complete list of participants on The Altered Page blog!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

This blog post originally appeared on August 26, 2007 and was titled: "Every Life Has a Story."  I chose this post because I really liked this journal page and how happy I was when this picture was taken. 

In addition, I really like the quotes from the book I mention in this post and I wanted to share them again!

I just finished reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.  This book inspired me to think about the fact that every life has a story.  Here are a couple quotes from her book to ponder:

"Human lives are not pieces of string that can be separated out from a knot of others and laid out straight.  Families are webs. Impossible to touch one part of it without setting the rest vibrating.  Impossible to understand one part without having a sense of the whole."

"A birth is not really the beginning. Our lives at the start are not really our own but only the continuation of someone else's story."

Monday
Jul202009

For the Love of Stenciling...

I'm still at the spraying stage in my stencil class.  I have yet to cut any of my own stencils as I have been having too much fun with the spraying!  Here are several more "cover" pieces that will end up as journal covers!  It appears that I like circles!  LOL!

I used spray paints, spray inks, gesso, stencils and a black pen on cardboard for all of these.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Saturday
Jul182009

I Love Numbers...

I love numbers as they are the perfect art element!  I took these images in Knoxville a few months ago while in the Old City.  I especially like the second one which is a photo of a street post.  I am not sure what all the numbers mean, but I thought is was cool!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Thursday
Jul162009

Hooked on Mail Art...

I am so hooked on mail art!  I've been stenciling envelopes and stitching others with scrapbook papers, file folders and ribbons.  What fun!  I created a video showing a very simple way to create envelopes of your own!  Grab those scrapping papers, ribbons and get busy!  If you would like to see the video in a larger format and higher quality, click HERE! I don't know why, but when videos are embedded, they tend to jump on the audio side.  If that drives you nuts, click the previous link or click on the Vimeo logo to go right to the video.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Viewing tip: click play and then pause and wait for video to load before hitting play again.

This envelope was made from an old LP folder. I stitched around the edges and added the ribbon at the closure like in the video.

The above envelope and the rest that follow are white catalog envelopes that have been stenciled with spray paint.  I folded the flap down and then stitched up the sides!

Wednesday
Jul152009

Assorted Stuff...

I want to thank, Deb for contacting me a few weeks ago about being featured at Digiscrap News!  The article runs today and if you have not checked out her blog, be sure to make a visit over there!

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I've been bitten by the "mail art" bug and have some things to show in the next few days, including a video!  I also finished working on some mini stencil journals. They are approximately 6 x 6 in size with an elastic cord and button closure.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Tuesday
Jul142009

Blog Give-away...

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My new "affirmation postcards" have arrived!  I am so excited to offer these first in a blog give-away!  Each pack contains two each of the four designs!  The postcards are glossy on the art side and blank on the back so they can be used for a variety of things!  Leave a comment here and I will select four winners in a few days! Good luck!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Monday
Jul132009

Well, at Least They Care...

Received this "empty" envelop in the mail today from a purchase I made on E-Bay, but I find comfort in knowing that the post office cares! LOL!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Saturday
Jul112009

Where I Stencil...

I've been taking a stencil class with Mary Ann Moss and since it involves using spray paint, I set up shop on my back porch.  I spent the morning stenciling and thought I would show you where I work! I know I will like this better during the winter months when it isn't so humid.

The video can also be viewed HERE in a little better quality and bigger format.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 

Video watching tip: press play and then pause it until the whole video has loaded and then press play again to watch.

Thursday
Jul092009

Thanks, Audrey...

I am a lucky girl today!  My friend, Audrey sent me a piece of her artwork!  It is gorgeous and I love it!  Thanks, Audrey!!

Artist: Audrey Hernandez.  Published in Sew Somerset, Summer '09.