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Thursday, December 11, 2014


I've posted some of these on Facebook (find me as Coleen Franks Ukraine to get the right "me"), but decided to post all here together.  I must admit to like the shabby look.  The leaves were collected from our street in central Ukraine this past autumn.  I love things from nature and when we travel I always have a book so I can slip some leaves or flowers in to dry from distant places.
The papers are from a 1947 Webster's Dictionary we've moved from place to place for eons.  It's a monster and I won't use it up in my lifetime, but the paper is very thin and perfect for applying with glue for mixed-media work.  It's really my preferred choice for a background. Hoping one of my grand kids will like to craft so I can pass it on.  A legacy, huh!
This beautiful fern actually is the only piece that came right from my yard.  The foreign words over my dictionary page say "Jesus Christ" in Russian.  The shabby/dirty looking trim below was died with raspberries over the summer.  And I have so many seed beads I decided one day they'd make a good glitter decoration.  I applied them with Glossy Accents.
A little bit of music paper here too.  Someone sent me this curly doll hair.  Maybe someday I'll make dolls with the kids I work with, but in the meantime I thought it was pretty here.
I believe these little gold things are called micro-balls.  I found them in Germany last year and I can't read German so you probably know better than I what to call them.  Compliments nature nicely.
So that is most of my collection from the fall.  Found this cool yarn right here in Ukraine.   Thanks for stopping by and I love when you leave comments.  Blessings to you all.


Roz Willoughby said...

I love your tag! The yarn looks very cool and I like how you used the seed beads.

Pattie McClimans said...

As always, beautiful work. I love your tags and agree with the other comment about the beads. Keeping you in my prayers always. Merry Christmas.

Sanda Reynolds said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog!!! So happy i found it!
Much love, Sanda xxx

Coleen said...

Thank you sweet ladies for your comments. I so appreciate hearing what you have to say. The use of seed beads came from the fact that I had so many tiny ones and I didn't want to use them to string. Too small so I thought how pretty they'd be this way. Wait 'til you see my next project with them.

Christina Frost Clayton said...

They're beautiful. I like the way you use the dictionary snd dyeing with raspberries.

Janine Smith said...

Your tags are stunning Coleen! Love how you use what is about and how you collect leaves etc.

Linda Simpson said...

These are lovely, love the textures and different materials you have used.
Linda xxx

Mihaela said...

I love your tags! They would look amazing as book marks

cf chai said...

Nice craft u made! And I like the fern which reminded me of myself :P (the F in my name -cf is actually 'fern'). I remembered when I was in primary school we also get to learn such craft, of course unlike yours we did with cheapo paper and materials. Bring back my fond memories.

-- cfchai (Comment and follow #38)

Rebecca Ednie said...

These are gorgeous! And I love the Fibres you used, especially the crazy doll hair! To prevent cracking, you might consider a layer of matte gel medium over them. I get mine at a craft store but any art store should have it. It's a pretty basic supply. Comment 38 SB thebragal

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