Sunday, July 23, 2006

"flower girl" collage by artjunkgrl

Thank you all for visiting my blog!

I am taking a summer "blog break" to attend to some other things. I want to devote some time to working on my altered books/art journals and finish my

BookofDreams, (check out ArtsyMama's beautiful project). I enjoy interacting with all of you and will be thinking of you. I just feel it's time for a break so I can spend more time with my family, playing and enjoying the creative process "off-line".
I'll still be posting some of my artwork on my flickr, so you can check what I'm up to there, just click on the above picture and it will take you to my album.

Wishing you all a great rest of the summer--stay cool and follow your heart and your dreams this summer and always!!


Monday, July 17, 2006

junk finds and junk poem

Found this fabulous box of song sheets for $6 on my summer junkin' trails (exits I make my husband veer off some are so pretty I want to frame, others I can use for my art and swaps :)! I love junking!

A Poem for my fellow junkin' queens!*


I love to hunt for treasures
because it's so much fun
I try to ignore my husbands pleas
when I hear, "it's time to go hun!"

I love seeing those big ole billboards
Honey, "Antiques 1 mile ahead!"
my husband rolls his eyes and pretends
he didn't hear what I just said...

But sometimes I get my way
And lure him off the road
He insists on following me inside
To remind me there's "no room to load"

Before he finishes I've left him behind
playing "hide and go seek" in my mind...

I find lots of little nooks and such
with ephemera and photos in mind
Knowing that regular stores
don't offer anything in this kind

I like to rescue what people don't want
and make into something good
I know the people that were left behind
once did that when they could

The vases, jewelry and books bring me back
the nostalgia overwhelms me
as I overfill my sack

"Oh there you are" my husband chides
I can't believe I'm found
But the more I try to leave the past
the closer I am bound.


**click on my sidebar Friday Finds (my inspiration!) we are all codependent junkers! lol!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

"Splendor" by artjunkgrl

"Splendor" by artjunkgrl, originally uploaded by artjunkgrl.

I made this with a beach girl image from Tracy Roos collage image collection that are available through The direct link to her images is

The background is painted newspaper I prepped while in west virginia visiting my sis. when I am having a block, I just do prep work and paint backgrounds for future collages. This is the first time I tried embossing. it's a lot easier than I thought, pretty straightforward. I'm finding that I want more and more layering in my collages. more "tooth" as they say...anyway, I love vintage beach images! Anyhow, the rest are stickers from dollar store and paper on bottom is from michaels collage pack.
I kinda lost my groove while I was away, but I'm back and trying some new stuff. Hope to get more art done and posted soon! --Lia

Thursday, July 13, 2006

"Queen" of the house by artjunkgrl

~"Even the Queen has to Clean!"

I am surely the Queen of this castle, but many times I feel like the Maid! I guess I want to wear the crown, but I often trade it in for the apron!

Well, today I took a break and put on my art, I am out of my groove. It always takes me a few days after being gone to get situated! I've had lots to do, but it's all good, and soon I will be back to my "semi-normal" routine. Thank you to all my blogging friends for encouraging me to keep creating and to have fun. You all mean the world to me! You could never know how much!

My Mom is doing MUCH better as of today and my eye problem is also clearing up! I guess when it rains, it pours, but then there is always the rainbow: family, friends and ofcourse, my collage junk!

I hope to post some more soon! I just got a few new things in the mail and used some of my swap materials for this. The crown and the silver ribbon...I love that stuff!!


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A little something for the trip HOME!

Junk finds...american art feature in antique mag.I came home last night from visiting my Mom. She is out of ICU now. She still feels really yucky. I wish I could have stayed longer. I am back home starting to "dig out" as my sis would say. My hubby and two older kids were on their own for a week....hmmm.....can you guess what my house looks like?? So, I'm a bit busy getting back to "normal" if there is such a thing!

On my way home, I stopped at a fave antique store about an hour out from my sisters on the road home. My girls said, "mommy, we don't mind if you go in there....". Are they total sweethearts or what??!!! Music to my ears. They are SO good in these places. I can't even believe they are since my older 2 would not be "good" now and they are old enough to are my 2 comedians....anyhow, I scored some goodies for under $20 and that included a bag of bracelets for all my girls. they are really liking those colorful bracelets these days...they are back "in". Oh, I feel so old! anyway, I hope to be back to creating and sharing more with my blog "sista's" soon. When the absolute normal chaos pipes down a bit, I will be here more! I have lots of goodies to share with you!! you know that I always have lots going on, even when things are crazy....the creative mind doesn't stop. I can't wait to get in my "studio" (former MUD create!). I plan to do an AB* (Altered Book) for my Mom. I went up to my sisters attic and got some of my mom's old fabrics for it. More on that soon...I see all of you have been a busy bunch too! Life just doesn't stop for a second. I guess Ferris Bueller was right all along....

More to come soon, promise!!! lia (artjunkgrl)