Mar 18, 2010

March Madness

Things have been hoppin' around here! First, besides refrigerator on back porch quitting and food spoiling and shopping for new fridge for kitchen so old kitchen fridge can be on the porch, I have also gone through 2 hard drive crashes in two weeks. First, the hard drive crashed in my desk top. Son got a new one and saved all of my files somehow (I hadn't put everything on to the external drive). Then big external hard drive that had EVERYTHING crashed yesterday. I had all of my family pix and every single image I have ever purchased or made for art on it. I about came unglued. But, brilliant son, got a new one again and by very cleverly freezing (yes, in the freezer of the new refrigerator in the kitchen), freezing the crashed drive was able to keep it cool enough to keep it working just long enough to pull all the files off onto the new one. Evidently, Seagate hard drives have a tendency to overheat and quit working - both of mine were about a year old. One came with my Dell computer and the other we bought to keep my images safe. Uhuh - that worked well. Oh my . . .

But, good news too. I'm so excited. I was just asked to be on the Creative Team for a brand new image shop that will be opening soon that will cater to altered artists as much as scrapbook artists! Woohoo! I've been working on a couple of pieces for it and can't wait 'til it's open so I can share everything with you. I think you're gonna love, love, love this shop!

I finished another piece in my little faux scrapbook series (not for the shop - just for me). I left it unlinked so you can see it a little closer (thus, the watermark).

April


copyright Marsha Jorgensen 3/19/2010. All rights reserved.

This is an 8 x 10 mixed media collage using a face and a separate body from flickr's picassoswoman, an umbrella and rain from designer Nicole Young at DigitalScrapbookPlace.com, wings are from Itkupilli.etsy.com, doc martens scanned an altered from a catalog, bucket and most border pieces from designer Christina at ChristinaReneeDesigns.com, blue wall and texture over lined background from Distressed Textures, floor from flickr's rubyblossom, cloud from designer Jeanette Bolinger. All designer pieces were used with commercial licenses.


(detail)





Speaking of linking pictures.
Had a few ask how to do that. If you just upload your picture and do nothing else, people can click on it and copy and paste and print and download your nice big crisp image in another window. If you link it back to your blog, they can't open it larger. So, all you have to do is . . . after you upload it and before you publish your post, just click on the picture, a box/frame will appear around it. Once that box/frame appears hit the link button in your tool bar (the earth with the chain link on it) and type in your blog's url/address. That's it! Easy as pie.

Other Links to share . . .
I have a friend going skydiving for the second time soon. I was there when he went for the first time last year. I wanted to go but didn't have the guts - still really afraid of flying at the time. I'm almost more afraid of flying than falling out of the plane. So, he's going again and I really thought hard about going too this time. That made me think of my own "bucket list". I have one. I've had it going a few years now, even before the movie came out. I have things marked off but it keeps growing too. Anyway, I was looking up the concept of a bucket list (which is going to be the subject of an art piece for me soon) and found two great links to share.

This site has a ton of suggestions for things you should think about doing before you die . . . I was really inspired by it. It added a few things to my list I hadn't though of.
http://www.squidoo.com/100things

And this site, is from an incredibly sharp life coaching/inspiration site. I agree with this list of things women should do . . .
http://abundance-blog.marelisa-online.com/2008/05/15/75-skills-every-woman-should-master-the-first-25/

I was tagged! This is a fun game. You just go to your 10th picture in your picture file and post it and tag 5 other people! I was tagged by Theresa of http://msartisttheresahuse.blogspot.com/

So, the tenth picture in my art picture file was this. It's one of my first collage attmepts. I think it was the second, actually. I called it Coping Queen at the time. Oh, it makes you really see things differently when you go wwwaaaayyyy back to an old piece.



And, I tag . . .
Sarah Haslam aka Muckypup
Tracey of Glitterbug Studios
Melissa of Honey Girl Studio
Pam of Yoborobo
Susi of SusiCreates
You're It!
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18 comments:

Jill said...

So glad your son was able to save your work. Makes me think I'd better get a back-up for my back-up for my back-up for my .........

Diva Kreszl said...

love this new piece, it definitely conveys April showers!!!

Joy said...

Marsha, thanks for sharing the older piece with us.

susi said...

Wow-what fun! I too have had so many issues with my computer and now I'm on a business trip to Hartford CT until Friday, so I will definately play (when I get home)since all my stuff is in NJ. Love your art and congrats on the new affiliation! Soon as you can, please share more!

Melissa said...

Ok Sugar! Thanks for tagging me!
I like both your new piece and your old piece. Now let me go find the 10th picture in my collage file!
Smiles-
Melissa

Tracey@glitterbugstudios said...

Wow marsha, you always have something going on! I appreciate you thinking of me & tagging me for your game. I rose to the challenge & posted an entry about it. You're a good friend! xoxo Tracey

Shannon said...

Marsha you sound like your getting back into the swing of things and everything is going okay. I'm so glad to know that you are back in full creative mode and that your onto a new venture with a new company. You sound good and that warms my heart. Hugs to ya!

Anji Johnston said...

It's so nice to see that your spirit is lifted and you are back creating things of beauty! Thank yo for the 'bucket list' links - I need to do a few of these before the inevitable! And thank you for letting us know about seagate drives - EVERYTHING I have created is stored on it- not for much longer! Take care Marsha

Sandy said...

Oh wow Marha your April creation is amazing. So wonderful idea and design and work. Facinating.

Janny said...

Super your son could save your stuff. Congrats with being a member at the Creative Team. I love the April collage and thank you again for you great gift!

Andrea said...

Love the artwork!

yoborobo said...

Thanks for tagging me, I think. LOL! I am SO glad your son knew what to do to save your pics. Boy, that could have ended differently! Can't wait to see what you are up to with this new shop. You are a busy bee!!! xoxo Pam

Marit said...

What an exiting post!!! Crashed - and saved - and crashed - and saved again. Hooray for clever sons!!!! And congrats on the DT-spot!!! I'm curious about that shop... and your art looks awesome!!! (eventho it is "old")... Have a lovely and sunny weekend!

WingingIt said...

as usual...your artwork stops me in my tracks...you are amazing!!! although i am not doing mixed media right now...my heart aches to do it when i see your work....i am knee deep in mini monsters right now....thanks for continuing to inspire me!
lorri-marie

julie Haymaker thompson said...

Freezing the hard drive WOW!! AND BIG WOOO HOOOO to the creative team invite !!!!!! YIPEEE for you !!!!!!!!!!

vintagesusie said...

Hi Miss Tumbley Fish...
Thanks so much for stopping by & chatting! We too have a compulsion for vintage trailers, this current one is particularly sweet I must say. My Hubby is working for a co. called Lime Foto that takes photos of the stars. He's doing a room addition for them, adding offices. It's been fun getting off the mountain & coming to the city for some excursions & I would adore to meet up with you sometime when I come down. Pasadena would be lovely...I love to go to the Barnes & Noble there to pick up my Stampington magazines! & lunch & shopping....Sounds yummy friend! My email is:
vintagesusie_2@msn.com
Get me yours so we can connect & have a fabulous day! {although if you read my Pom Pom post you'll know things don't always work out as I plan...lol}
Hugs,
Susie

Michele said...

Congrats to you for being chosen as part of a creative team, how exciting!! Can't wait to see this new shop. :)

And thank you so much for posting how easy it is to link photos to your blog, I've been wondering about that for ages. Now I have a lot of work to do fixing all my blog photos. :)

Elizabeth Golden said...

Bummer about the fridge, yea for being picked for the design team, but most of all thanks for sharing all your beautiful art! Have a wonderful Holiday Weekend!