Monday, March 9, 2009

Trash to Treasure


Well there are two things that let me know IT IS SPRING finally in Central Ohio. The first thing is that on the way to work yesterday, I heard the frogs "singing" at Sharon Woods Park. They were at it last night too, so it isn't very long until all this nasty cold Winter weather is gone. Saturday and Sunday it was so warm that we #1 opened the windows, and #2 gave the dogs a bath in preparation for their Spring Cut. I'm going to have to do a before photo as all three are pretty fuzzy.

Next to make me know it is Spring is the arrival of the May issue of Doll Crafter & Costuming with my article on recycled thrift store rejects. It is called Trash to Treasure. If you've been reading my blog, you know that my whole theme this year is to recycle & to use recycled objects in every project I'm working on. Originally I had found some beanie animals stashed away in a tub of my junk & I had the idea to bead them. DUH! Like what else would I want to do with anything? LOL! So that started the whole thing. I sent a picture of some of my beaded animals to Sarah the editor of DC&C & she loved them. Asked me to write an article. I was challenged! It was fun writing it up. I wrote my statement about rescuing items on their way to further over fill our City Dump and turning them into pieces of Art. I think everyone is in love with the Hippo. I've had several people want to buy him, but he's not going to be for sale. Some things I just have to keep. The photographer did such a wonderful job with my group of misfits. Chris said we are going to have to get a little trunk to put them all on. Also, for those who live in Ohio area, I'm going to be teaching this class at Byzantium later this Summer/Fall.

14 comments:

Gammie said...

Congrats, Dot. These critters are fun!

AJ said...

I like the octopus the best. It looks so alien!

Diana said...

I'm so proud of you...they're all wonderful!

Night Beader said...

Congratulations Dot!

I love what you've done with the recycled babies. They are each a treasure indeed. I'll see if I can get the magazine to read your article.

Beadily yours
Susan Feldkamp
Night Beader

Robin said...

Great, Dot!!! This is a big WOW, isn't it! I think your husband is right about getting a trunk, only it will have to be big enough to seat 12 animals! Fun to be published, isn't it?! Yay! Robin A.

Cyn ~ The Wingedneedle said...

woo-hoo! they look fantastic!! gee maybe I'll have to get a private class while I'm at your house for AFIC! which is soon, very soon! can't pick a fav....but really like the blue jay! Bead on Queenie ot the Beanies!!

Beadwoman3 said...

Congrats! They make a beautiful cover picture! I like the bird the best, but they are all cute.

Lynn said...

Geez, do I feel like a slug. I've got a beanie baby (Twigs) that I have been beading forever and the poor thing still isn't done. Thank goodness he doesn't read, so he'll never now how you've finished his friends, and he's still half bald.

Camilla La Mer-Art Dolls said...

No, it's the octopus that I want!!!

Congratulations on your article and lovely recycled treasures! I am going to look for that magazine. I have not seen it before. I just had a disappointing experience with the new editor of Art Doll Quarterly so I am happy to discover some new avenues of exploration!

Thanks for sharing.

Camilla

Kiwi Ellen said...

Congratulations Dot!!!

flyingbeader said...

Thanks all. It is so much fun to do these. I've got 4 more finished & am almost finished with my March BJP. Cynthia sent me a box with a stuffed dog toy in it & YEPPERS...it is beaded now too. I was lucky to not damage the squeaker & when I squeeze it, Arwen goes crazy wanting it.

dot

KV said...

Congratulations on both the article and having survived most of winter in Ohio!

Your adorable beasties are awesome . . .


Kathy V in NM

Julz said...

Congratulations Dot. Very creative use of color and texture. I love the octopus best, but then I have a special place in my heart for them. Do you have any more articles coming out? Hugs, Julz

Wabbit said...

I like the hippo but I do like the octopus best. And I LOVE your banner! Plus the oreo photo further down the blog. What great work you do! (I'm not a beader but just ended up here while blog-surfing!)