31 March 2008

Putting my "TWIST"

...on an Altered Postcard.

"Save This Dance"

I'm not saying who the recipient is, (it goes postal tomorrow) but she inspired me to make my very first attempt!

5.5" x 3.5"

The process:
I first layered two pieces of heavy cardstock, placing a print of a vintage postcard on the back and layering the front with torn pages from a phone book that were covered with distrss ink. I made the label here. Added images of a dance ticket, my favorite actress, Olive Thomas as well as the vintage keyboard diagram. Lastly, I added 2 Prima flowers with a brad, touches of goldleaf and a high gloss glaze.... with more to come!

Frozen Grand Central

Thanks to Sadie, for sharing this ULTRA cool video in her 3/26 post on Artsy, Etc.

For more about the latest mission.

29 March 2008



to learn why we should ALL turn our lights off for one hour from 8-9PM, no matter what time zone you are in, on Saturday 29th!

I thank you and our precious MOTHER EARTH thanks you!

19 March 2008

Irish Heritage

A very special
Saint Patrick's Day Tribute
to my dear, sweet Irish ancestors!

laura adella murphy 1859-1911
(And a very early ATC made in Sept 2006 for a swap about Ireland! )

(Husband below) Laura's father, Samuel T. Murphy was the Mayor of Gloucester City, NJ in 1872, when she was 13 years old. There's no doubt that she's Irish... I am still tracing her origins!

joseph edward farquhar 1856-1926

(my maiden name) This branch of my father's family tree, has been traced 6 generations (I am the 7th) to 1777 in Ballinahinch, County Down, Northern Ireland. Joseph's father, Thomas, was born in Ireland in 1811 and along with his wife, Elizabeth, three daughters and two sons, sailed to this country from Glasgow on the ship "Ticonderoga, of the Cape." They eventually had 17 children, sadly, many of them did not survive. His first residence was in Philadelphia where he established a distillery and a shawl weaving mill. He later had a bakery across the street from his home. Next he moved his family to Gloucester, NJ as the Civil War began, purchasing a double lot & frame house where he conducted a bakery & carpet weaving mill.

My lovely aunt Laura, our family historian and matriarch, has just turned a robust 91 years old this month! Happy Birthday, dear aunt and fellow Piscean! She is her grandmother, Laura Adella Murphy Farquhar's namesake and I mention her here for two reasons. Through tireless research, she has provided our family with all of the historical data for these two individuals AND because she recently presented me with a Farquhar-family heirloom: a 71" x 68
wool paisley shawl beige, red, black & grey)
that belonged to Thomas. It may have been made in his weaving mill or it may have accompanied him on his voyage to America approximately 140 years ago! Not knowing it's age or origin, it could be from his parents in Ireland or more distant ancestors from Scotland, where this family of Farquhars are documented weavers. I will soon begin the search for a textile historian to help me uncover the truth!

EDIT: great-grandfather had a rebellious streak!
An excerpt from a booklet commemorating the 125th anniversary of the First Methodist Church, Gloucester City, NJ (1839-1964)
"From old records: Leaders in 1854 - Samuel T. Murphy. Admitted to Membership: Susanna Murphy in 1854 (joseph's future mother & father-in-law, laura's parents). JOSEPH FARQUHAR in 1859 (age 3)."
And the best part: "At Leaders and Stewards meeting December 28th, 1873, JOSEPH FARQUHAR (at age 17) was allowed to withdraw from the church, he being determined to attend a dancing school."
My rebellious streak has been traced!!

rebecca brown 1866-1941

From my mother's branch of the family tree, Rebecca was born in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. I have inherited a gorgeous,

white linen tablecloth
that Rebecca brought with her to America. It's covered with shamrocks and celtic harps!

An Irish Blessing

"May the rains sweep gentle across your fields,
May the sun warm the land,
May every good seed you have planted bear fruit,
And late summer find you standing in fields of plenty."

14 March 2008

little old cardmaker..

...that's me! It's hard to believe that 12 years have passed since I discovered the wonderful world of Rubber Stamping & Cardmaking! Paper Art was, and still is, my very first love.

In 1996, one of my co-workers was fairly excited to tell me about a new hobby she'd discovered after attending a Creative Memories party. I have to admit, I became curious when she said her dad had to build a special set of shelves to house her growing stamp collection!

A few days later, she arrived at the office with two HUGE plastic tubs that were filled to the brim with markers, ink, scissors, paper and stamps galore! It was truly love-at-first-sight and marked the beginning of a very special journey!

Since then I have discovered more art than I've ever dreamed of including but not limited to: fat books, skinny books, round robins, swaps, trades, journals, altered playing cards, tins, matchboxes, books, CDs and cabinet cards, bookbinding, assemblage, mail art, ATCs, and mixed media collage. But, more important than all of this combined ~ I discovered YOU! The warm, generous people who have filled my life and my heart to o.v.e.r.f.l.o.w.i.n.g! I am richer for it. I am blessed. Thank you! - xo

"one fine morning" 02/08

print made from an original ATC, glazed, matted and 3-D mounted over mesh,
silk ribbon, vellum and cardstock, edged in gold-leaf