ferrous, non-ferrous & a little bit of sweetness

spring has sprung in these parts…hope it has for you (if you are in the northern hemisphere, that is) 🙂

just some pix of what i’ve been up to…  going to chi-town for a couple of days to see some family, both sides.  but i wanted to post on the bloggy before i hit the road.

WELDING continues to rock my world.  i’m gearing up for a little show n tell at a local art fair, ART CRAWL, that my friend jean is co-organizing.  it will be next month & i am revvin’ up to fashion some kewl stuff from these>>>

i’m working on a series of sculptural figures using found objects like the ones shown above.  i’ve made a few so far & i hope to have a decent number in time for art crawl, which is april 23rd.  plus, i will also include my non-welded works as well…for a little variety. 

i’m getting more and more proficient at welding, particularly stick & mig.  & i hope to get better at tig welding.  also, i have been having a blast using the plasma cutter…it is soooooooooo cool.  i made some signs the other nite in class

i’ve also been making some mixed media/altered art too…i just finished working on some atcs for a couple of swaps as well as trying my hand at making handmade & repurposed mini journals…plus of course, working on my itty bitty crazy quilt  book swap that i’m hosting  in the facebook group and also the spring fete tag swap in flickr. 

i am definitely not short on any amount of  create-artivity…only lacking the time!  i wish i could create art/weld (full-time) the rest of my live-long days, hehehe!!

wouldn’t that just be a sweet life?


anyway, here are pix of the atcs and mini-journals (no pix yet of my IBB pages or spring fete tags as they are still wips)>>>

this is an atc for the paper whimsy‘s march atc lottery…the theme is whimsies in the clover & we had to incoporate one paper whimsy image and at least one shamrock.  at the end of this month, we find out who wins all the wonderful stash of atcs that were created for this lottery.  i’d be lying if i said i didn’t care who won, hehehe!  universe, i hope you pick me! 🙂

another fun swap going on over at the paper whimsy ning group, is the word journal one hosted by christy l.  we’re supposed to take recycled/found papers and handbound them into a mini-journal.  she hasn’t paired us up yet, i just decided to make mine ahead of time bec. i have so much artivity going on these days!

the next set of pix are for lisa kettell’s sweet shoppe atc swap that she is hosting over in the faerie zine flickr group.  recently, i bought some of her wonderfully adorable charlotte heads that ms. lisa herself handcrafted from her etsy shop & i was immediately inspired to create this darlin’ lil piece:

never really used zetti stripes before, but there’s always a first for everything, right?  well, the zetti stripes seemed to do the trick for these cards.  i loved how they turned out & i am even more pleased that my sweet shoppe swap partner, amanda h. of maygreen fairies, loves them!  we have been emailing back & forth & just oohing & aahhing, respectively.  i have seen what’s she’s created for me & i am excited to receive them IRL!!! 🙂

 since, i found making those sweet lil word journals such a breeze to make, i thought i make one up for mandy.  those lil handmade & repurposed journals are too fun (& highly addictive!) to make!  there’s an article in the current issue of cloth paper scissors (pg. 60) if you want to read more about repurposed journals. 

 & last but not least, i want to give a shout out to my pal cj…today’s her birthday!!  go show her some love & tell her i sent you!

welp, that’s it for now.  i hope i’ve caught you up to speed.

now it’s time to get myself packed & off to chi-town.

have a great weekend! xo mary ann



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