Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Monday, August 22, 2011

Knowing when to take advice: Chickadee Painting/Collage only Smaller This Time

Did some mulling over the advice Sande Chase of A Gift Wrapped Life 
gave me on my Iris Post. She along with others suggested I do another painting. 
 I admire her blog so I thought I should take her advice..... 
Ok here we go again....what to paint....
I pulled out this small 5"x7" wrapped canvas.
 I love chickadees and I have wanted to do more with collage so
 I used the little guy again from my friend Jeanne's gift.

I painted the whole canvas gray, mounted a thick textured paper 
with spirals embossed on it.
I painted the chickadee on a snowy looking paper. 
The little guy is perched on a limb. 

I placed a crystal on his wing.
I decided to add the gold shear leaf I found at Michaels. 
It picks up some colors in the paper.

Next came the gray ribbon and vintage olive lace at the corner.

Finally I added the 2 vintage buttons on top of each other.
I really like this little addition and hope to use it again.

I have it displayed on a Michael Aram tray on my coffee table on a small table easel.
It is with some other items representing nature.
This tray is one of my favorite things, a BD gift from Jeanne.

I love putting things from nature in my decorating.
Will have to show you more of that later.

I would love hearing what you think. 
Planning on another one....any subject ideas??
I hope you all have a wonderful day....


  1. I love the nature you put into your art......and the vintage pieces........great work

  2. Love, love, love your Chickadee artwork and of course, the entire tabletop arrangement. Heather