Monday, January 25, 2010



I am gearing up for the journey on this magic carpet ride.......... One World One Heart!
I love found objects! A&E's Hoarder Show on TV frightens me a bit........because I think I might qualify as a case study on one of their episodes. I would dare say that I make very little eye contact most places I go because I am always searching for great finds. When I go on an outing, or on vacation I take pictures of cracks in walls,

and sidewalks.......junk piles etc. etc.
and if I invite people up to see my etchings.......that's what they really see. I am a hopeless collector of stuff......that may not have a purpose at the moment, but will someday. My husband would like to slide some of my trash stash inside these piles of grapevines on our vineyard, for a new pagan cleanliness ceremony.
However, I have found a kindred spirit in Michael deMeng and his wonderful vision of found transformations.
Some of you might have met him and had the pleasure of having a class session with him. I did so this past October. Finally, confirmation that you can never have too many finds. He loves junk too. My give away this year is this piece below that I created while in his class.
After looking through my loads of junk this is what evolved. My First Crush...... Lots of opportunities to think with this piece, which started with an orange crush soda can I found on the road one day. Who is the crush.....the girl or the cat......could it be the rock had a part in this too........I'll leave that up to you.
If you would like to participate in my

give away please leave a comment on my blog. You may leave a comment up until midnight February 14th California time. I will select a winner on February 15th. I create only one of a kind pieces, so there will never be another one like this. Make sure I can contact you at your blog address. I hope the one who wants this the "mostess" wins! Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to meeting all of you, and viewing your blogs, as well.

Although, my Reluctant Juggler shown above is not a giveaway, I may need him to help me draw the number of the lucky OWOH winner!


Sandy said...

Fantastic giveaway! I love it.
Your work is brilliant.

Please enter my name! Pop over to my blog (#59 on the magic carpet) for a chance to win, too! :D

Hermine said...

Absolutelu gorgeous give away

Valeriote Design said...

Oh Susan you are too funny! Turn that pile of found objects into a gold mine with that uber creative mind of yours or host a Stuff Swap. Wouldn't that be a hoot! Let's plan a get together soon...if it ever stops raining :}

Stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

Thespa said...

That guy is THE MAN! I hope to someday take one of his classes. I have his book "Secrets of Rusty Things" it was so inspiring to go through it. I enjoyed it so much I promoted it on my site. I'm glad to have found a kindred spirit today, I'm a lover of "junk" myself, at least that what my husband calls it. I call it "supplies". You are my kind of people! Hope you have a great day! I will be back to visit you again real soon.

It's good to meet you!

Sanja said...

Your posting make me smile.:-)
Wonderful piece.Please enter my name in your drawing. I invite you to visit my blog to enter my drawing.

Threadhead said...

This piece is just wonderful!
I would love it!
Greetings from Ohio

Elizabeth Golden said...

I think we artists are all hoarder at heart. So glad to meet another kindred soul. Please enter me in your giveaway i would love to have a piece by you.

Karin said...

What a fantastic piece of artwork.

Malisa said...

I have followed your blog for a year now. I love your new creation...My First Crush! How dang unique! Come visit me now...I am number 333 on the Magic Carpet! Don't forget to put my name in the drawing!

Wienermaedl said...

How I envy them, which they could work with Michael De Meng, but I also love your blog that I visit again, I am also an old hunter and collector of antique pieces. I hope I´m win.

Wienermaedl Vienna/Austria

Moriah said...

Wow, lovely piece! Now I'm off to have a look at your blog!

Mary-Beth said...

Oh my!! Your giveaway is fabulous!! Love the De Meng aspect, would really love to take a class from him!!!Oh please put my name into you hat, I would love a chance to win this!

Please pop over to my blog for a chance, if you'd like! #396 on the Magic Carpet Ride!


Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Well this is a cool piece! I love found objects and assemblage work - though if I find any more objects, I think my husband is going to rent a dumpster and put ME in it...

The picture of you made me laugh out loud. Thanks for brightening up my day - and for entering me in your drawing. I'd be happy to own a piece of your wonderful work!

Shelly said...

Fun giveaway! But I loved your comment about being a candidate for the hoarding show best! I'm right there with you girlfriend!!!!

Stop on by my little blog and enter if you'd like!!

Washington State

silvia said...

Total cool project!! LOVE your photos!! My hubby wants me to get rid of my "junk" (treasures!!!) also

Pam Aries said...

Very clever! Love your sense of humor as well !! I think I 'll have to come back and visit again. Please come on ove ton My OWOH if you wish!

Linda Elbourne said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance to win :0)
I am also taking part ... please pop by here for a chance to win my prize :0)

mitz said...

you are the ** hostess with da
mostess ** thanks for the
opportunity. tc

she dreams big! said...

So creative! Lovin it! Thanks for the chance to win! said...

Great giveaway! Please enter me!

I am #252 on the OWOH list, come by for a chance to win a custom tutu or home-made oatmeal soaps!

Lynn said...

Hoarder? Scavenger? Picker? Whose to say what label fits...its all good :) Found objects made the best art! I would love to win Crush :D

William Bezek said...

Junk good...Junk friend...arrrr!

Donna said...


Jingle said...

Oh, this is wonderful! I love that you created such beauty of something most would consider trash! LOVE. THAT!!! Thanks for offering such a fantastic giveaway!

Maron said...

count me in and visit me at #220

Denise said...

love your story of junk finding. i can totally relate! I found your writing and blog nice to read! and I wouldlove to be included in your giveaway! WOw, all the amazing people I am meeting on my rounds. i tend to type and read alot when I visit all the participating blogs. Therefore, I am way behind on my entries. LOL. but i don't want to miss a thing on my travels to find each and every one of you glorious artist people out there! :-) stop by mine to enter too! #30 on the list!

Kelly said...

Great giveaway! Please enter my name! Pop over to my blog (#92 on the magic carpet) for a chance to win, too! :)

vintagepaletteart said...

Hi there silly lady! Love your pic with Mr. Bones! =o)

Please sign me up for your amazing giveaway!


Femmy said...

fantastic giveaway!!

craftychick said...

Great giveaway~~
Sign me up and ride your carpet over to my blog #189 to sign up for mine too!

Anonymous said...

Hopping from the bottom up today to give some love to the new arrivals.
Wonderful giveaway that I would love to have; your work is brilliant! Please enter me!
eyeleeeen at optonline dot net
I am #156 on the Magic Carpet Ride:
PS I'll be out of the country and away from the internet from the 14th-20th. If I am lucky enough to win, PLEASE hold that prize for me until I return to claim it!!! LOL!

Athena said...

Great giveaway! Thanks so much for having this- please put my name into the hat. And don't forget to pop by my blog for a chance to win, too! :) #318 on the magic carpet...

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

Neat giveaway. Love the rock.

Dorthe said...

Oh how beautifull, so fanbtastic, I love to hang it here on my wall. Please count me in.
And please visit me on # 625

Jasmine said...

I had to start following your log before I even read the article. Your header picture is interesting, and that picture of you impersonating the dinasaur made me laugh (out loud!). I love that you collect junk and give it a new life. Very eco art...

Count me in. And I think I will definitely be back for another visit :)

geni said...

Nice meeting you here in the blogosphere.
Love your blog and giveaway!
Visit my OWOH blog (#7) at Loose Ends and take a chance on winnning my giveaway too!

danit said...

From junk to art. I love it.

Lynn Stevens said...

I'm trash to treasure art so I can relate! LOL sign me up please then come see me #86

Sabii Wabii said...

Pick me, pick me, oh mememe! You know I want your art the mostest!!! Especially when it's not scarey! "Pagan Cleanliness Ritual" in the Vineyards...sounds like it could give the Mustard festival a run for it's money.

You know who I am and where I am...wait til I tell you what hubbies new pt job is!

Debby said...

What a fabulous post, I have enjoyed reading your blog. Your giveaway is absolutely fabulous and I would love to be entered in your draw. Fun, fun....

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That piece is just too cool for words--I love it! Please include me in your giveaway!

I'm participating for the first time, so stop by my blog & enter my giveaway, too! #344

Candy said...

Thank you for a chance to win such a great offering!!
OWOH #473

Linda said...

What a lovely giveaway and such a treat to visit your blog. Be sure to stop by #633 and enter my drawing too!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You are a woman after my own heart. I love junk, too. Like you, I collect minutia, hoping to add it to something one day. This piece really speaks to me and I love the back story and presentation. I'll be back!!

OWOH #79

carylsrealm said...

Totally Fabulous! Would love to be included!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I love your giveaway of art and your blog, they are both very beautiful! Please take a moment to "ride the carpet with me" ticket number 194- Dragonfly Design Studios.

Designs By CK said...

Popping in 4 a belated howdy. :-)

SpOOky CK (-:


SALLY said...

Hey, that hoarder show scares the crap out of me. I see myself in 10 years, no make that 5 years, with my kids lamenting that their Mother is loonie, come and take it all away!!!

Jennifer R.D. said...

I have always wanted to take a class with Michael.
So I would be delighted to have this piece of art in my home. Please visit my giveaway at # 585 on the carpet ride.

Cal said...

I really liked the photographs your included in your post, particularly the one with the skeleton!


Shazza said...

count me in please

WondrousStrange said...

Lovely,lovely! I would love to be entered to win your wonderful gift!

Please stop by and enter my give away as well! I'm number 290

Alice Stroppel said...

I think I need the orange crush masterpiece. I live in Fl in the middle of the orange groves. You see.. it fits. I'm giving something away too
ticket holder # 807

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Cute post! Please count me in!!!

Creager Studios said...

Love Your Giveaway... please add my name to your hat of choices!

WOW...we met in Vallejo!! That was many moons ago...those were some of our very first doll shows...back in the late 80's Well it's great to see you again and I do so very much enjoy your art...and mind!!!

Lisa said...

I love it, and I love junk. Please add me in.

Pearl Avenue Studios

Anonymous said...

This is a great piece,count me in!

baglady said...

I love junk too- I admire those minimilist people who can get rid of their junk but that's not me. I'm sure as soon as you get rid of something, you will find you need it. Please add my name to your drawing- have fun blog hopping!

Heather Robinson said...

What a spectacularly creative piece. Hmmm...I'll have to think about the crush question. I'm always attracted to pieces that have a story to tell. THanks for the opportunity to win this one.

Sugar and Spice Art Confections said...

Love your evocative art and your raw hoarder honesty! I am a hoarder stuff!

KV said...

Delightful post and wonderful giveaway! Come visit my blog for a giveaway prize, too.

Kathy V in NM
Artful Muse (#513 OWOH)

Holly said...

Fabulous! So unique! Thank you for the chance to win! (I'm #811)

Flipsi said...

Oh wow, it's a wonderful giveaway. Please count me in. Thanks.

Beadwright said...

Hello this is a great giveaway. Please count me in.

#350 on the magic carpet ride

Sue said...

LOL...I so hear you on the hoarder
complex! You 'never' know when you might need that particular item, right?!

I LOVE your giveaway piece! Definitely add me to the draw - I would be thrilled to win this. It is fabulous!


#162 on OWOH list

OliveraPlants said...

Dumpster Divers/Hoarders UNITE! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. Twyla marti

martha brown said...

Your assemblage is wonderful! Please enter my name in your draw -- thank you!!
~martha (#180)

I love the dolls on your banner -- did you make them??? Do you sell them????
Email me at
oohmorepaper (at) yahoo (dot) ca

Cindy McMath said...

Oh wow, I can hardly believe you can part with this wonderful piece! Please enter my name in your fantastic draw. Thanks so much!

I can relate to your comments about Hoarders. I think I should watch it weekly as "shock therapy". Every time I see it I get rid of something. Of course I steadfastly avoid seeing it - LOL

Cindy :)

Donna said...

Nice to meet you and visit your blog! Love this giveaway! I am having so much fun looking at all the wonderful blogs. I don't have a blog, due to arthritis I cannot type much at all but I enjoy surfing the net. Thank you for a chance to win.

Karen from A`Musements said...

Ahhhh, bestowing the virtues of ravishing rust. Who better to create Magic from Mayhem but you, dahling??? (Of course).

Glad to see that you have met your artful soulmate...crushes DO come true! A match made in DivineJunkArt Heaven.


Barbara Olivo Cagle said...

Hi Tinsell & Whimsy, what a lovely idea and post you have. I love the gorgeous juggler. I'd love to win. I absolutely love your gifts. Please take time to visit my blog, too, for a chance to win my book, 16 x MOM: A Mastery of Motherhood. I'm working on getting all the country flags. I promise to revisit your's too.


Anonymous said...

How Marvelous!

Please count me in!


Gina Luna

gretchen said...

What fun...
Always nice to find another person that can see art hiding in anothers cast-offs.

Colleen said...

I LOVE that picture of you. So Sue. Michael would have an absolute heart attack if he were to visit your "land". The amazing possibilities with all he could create with those treasures of yours. Fabulous.

Cheryl said...

What a fantastic giveaway, I'd love to win it! I’m also participating in One World One Heart. Please come by my blog and leave a comment to have a chance to win what I'm giving away.

Joy said...

Please add my name to the hat :o)

Anonymous said...

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Please count me in!


Rich Witch

Please visit me for a chance to win a Most Magical Prize at:

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PEA said...

Oh yes, please enter me in your lovely giveaway, I would so love to win your delightful art piece !! If you haven't already, make sure you come by and enter mine as well, I'm #116. Thank you:-) xox

Laume said...

I'll take a chance at that giveaway! You had me giggling with your photos of cracked walls and piles - uhm, are you me!? Cuz you seem to have the same weird perspective on things! I'll be back to visit, oh yes I will! I don't have my OWOH post up yet (I still hope to but I was busy dancing with the faeries all weekend - honest!) but I hope you'll stop by and say hello sometime soon.

Designs By CK said...

Popping in 2 say HELLO to one of my FAVOURITE ladies!!! '-)

Hope you are having a great & creative week!

mE (-:


Marie S said...

A wonderful crush, please count em in.
When you get some time, fly by my blog on your magic carpet. I am OWOH #907.
Thank you so much for participating in OWOH.
I am so very, very, pleased to meet you.

WW said...

I’d love to be entered in your drawing. Stop by my blogs to be entered in mine.


Ellen said...

wonderful introduction to one world one heart .it makes you laugh staright away.
I love your magpie tendencies and what you turn the loot into.
great give away

please count me in
my magic carpet number is #397

Rusted Wings said...

such a lovely offering!
drop by my blog #774!

Tamara C said...

I loved your posting about this event! Made me giggle! :) Please enter me to win your AMAZING piece of art! I want it awfully bad, but I know the Universe will choose whomever it finds most worthy of possessing such a treasure, and I'm good with that! Heh Heh! Hugs, tamara :)

Dschrader said...

Your work is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kerin said...

It's definitely a "mostess" for me so we'll see whose most is *really* the mostess!! Thanks for a great giveaway! I don't think you've been by to register for mine yet. There are three free passes to an online workshop which I really think you'd like after seeing your work. It is using one of Michael's fav art supplies-- epoxy clay. : )

Janice said...

What a fabulous giveaway. Please enter my name, thank you.

Triannas Treasures said...

Thanks for the chance to win, its lovely. Trianna from Victoria Canada.

Triannas Treasures said...

Thanks for the chance to win, its lovely. Trianna from Victoria Canada.

Jenea said...

Hi dear!!! I like your idea! It’s very Awesome! I wish to ALL who will participate in this wondefull give-away, Big Good Luck! Yohooooo! ;)

baukje said...

I love to win, please enter me .

Glassgrrl Studios said...

You're my kind of lady; if you're ever in the 'hood, do stop by. We'll push cats off the sofa and the desk, brew up a cup of tea to drink in chipped, mismatched cups (after blowing the dust out of them of course), and compare treasure piles. ;)

Red said...

Thats so cool!
___________xo ____ xo






angelandspot said...

Lovely! I like found objects also. angelandspot(at)

Peggy said...

Charming and a beautiful blog with a stunning treasure!
My first year with OWOH and I love visiting all the amazing blogs! I am flying on my magic carpet ,visiting from Connecticut.
Thanks for the lovely giveaway.
I am blog #937

Ria said...

Dear your art!
And surely someone will happily receive them (hopefully it's me!):)
Please count me in!
And do pop in my home to see what I put on my magic carpet!*wink
I am no.950

Have a safe's quite far!

Micki said...

Your work is amazing! Please enter me!

Kathy L said...

I have never taken one of MIchael's clases but I hear they are wonderful. Someday....Please count me in your giveaway. It is really cool!

SALLY said...

Love the chick on a stick on your blog header. Too cute!

ozlynda said...

Hello from Victoria,Australia
Very nice work. And from one hoarder to another, it is all good stuff. Never throw anything out.
Please enter me into the draw.
Thanks Lynda

s hyler said...

I would love to be included in your wonderful drawing.

Melissa said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

donnaj said...

great giveaway! count me in and be sure to stop by my blog if you haven't ~#820

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Your giveaway is terrific! I would love a chance to win. Please add my name to your drawing! I am sure the juggler will be honored to help you draw the winning number. Thanks for participating in the OWOH event.

visionquest2020 (at) msn (dot) com

spindelmaker said...

Your creatures are wonderful, and I´d love to win. I´m attending Michael´s class at Artfest, and am really looking forward to it. :-) You are most welcome to visit my blog and giveaway. Have a nice day!

Top Floor T said...

Beautiful! Please enter my name, thank you :)

Please visit my blog at #711 on the magic carpet to win a designer Cath Kidston bag, handmade by me!

VintageCrafter said...

Your giveaway is amazing! I love your "hoarding" mentality! In fact...we must be twins separated at birth! LOL! Please count me in as I would love to add to my PILE :)

Deborah Ann said...

Your giveaway is heavenly! Please enter me in your giveaway, and don't forget to fly my way (#922)!

Heavenly Humor

CathyH said...

Hello! I love your art and humour! I watch hoarders too and am always thinking..hmmm..wait..don't throw that away! It's art just ready to happen!
With lots of love from Tennessee USA #1035

AngieHallHaviland said...

FABULOUS Offering!! Please enter my name in your drawing :) What a FUN event...enjoy the ride!!

Angie--Southeast, Texas #57

WindandHoney said...

Very creative. Very imaginative ... said by a woman that washed a sardine can yesterday. Great minds...... #291
(and my word verification code is strangr. Are you trying to tell me something? ) : )

Leslie said...

Your giveaway is fabulous. I would love a chance to win! I really love your juggler too!

Deirdra Doan said...

Michael deMeng classes are the best! I would really like your crush. I have a doll giveaway.

Nanc said...

I love this piece you have done. Would love for it to be in my studio.

Caitlin said...

Your contribution to OWOH is awesome! :)


CreativSpirit said...

Wow, this is so generous of you to give away this lovely piece. Lucky you doing a class with Michael, I love assemblages and totally understand your hoard of treasures. Thanks for the chance. Please stop by my place #70, have a look around and enter into my draw. Great meeting you.


Daydream Studios said...

What an awesome giveaway! I would love to win.

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

greetings from isle lamotte, vermont
please add me to the hat.
thanks for sharing

Monica said...

It's nice to meet you! Thank you for a chance to win one of your wonderful creations! Don't forget to visit all 3 of my blogs as I am giving away something at all of them!
giddygreetings at yahoo dot com

maya said...

What a great give-away event, please count me in!

Greetings from the Netherlands.

Lolly said...

What a neat piece of art. Please count me in! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed here in snowy Virginia!

LYNDY WARD said...

Greetings & Salutations,
Enchanting OWOH Giveaway!
Lovely Work & Blog.

THANK GOD ~ There is another kindred sister that is a fine artistic hoarder. My house is a maze of boxes that if your lucky enough to find your way, you might see the light at the end of the tunnel...

For a little Hollywood Glitter & Magic fly by my
blog #242 On The List @:

Cosmic Blessings´¨)
¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´Lyndy Ward

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Junk it is not! Priceless!

Lola said...

Love your blog & post -- I, too, have been picking up crap, I mean treasures, since I was 12. I, also, love the show Hoarders - kind of scary tho -- after watching it, I always feel I'd better clean out my craft room before they do a show on me! Visit me (#874) for an Angel Card Reading giveaway.

Bev Coffaro said...

Love your blog and give away. Good luck in all the drawings. stop by

Pixiewinkle said...

Fantastic creation! Love that you use found objects in your art. Please count me in. Enjoy your magic carpet ride. #276

Birgit said...

Hi there,

Lovely artwork -- thanks for the chance to win something so pretty. :)

If a glass bead necklace sounds good, you might want to visit my blog. It would be a pleasure to welcome you there. :)

Greetings from Munich,
# 849

Anji Gallanos said...

Fantastic giveaway. I would love a chance to win. Please enter me.


Kathy Eddy said...

This is just yoo cool. Please add my name!

Chelle said...

How pretty. I would love to be entered into you drawing. So glad OWOH brought me to your blog. :-)


Lisa W. said...

Please enter my name. :0) I also have a giveaway and would love for you to stop by. #1025

Gaby Bee said...

Thanks for offering this great gift and thanks so much for a chance to win!

janil said...

Wow!!!!!Wonderful!Pick me up please!
cal_rubies at yahoo dot es
Greetings from Spain!

La Petite Maison Blanche said...

Yep! You're a kindred spirit! Love your piece! Count me in!

Kells said...

Wonderful giveaway! Thank you. Yes, please enter my in your drawing.

You can enter my drawing here:

Thanks again and Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm off to explore your blog more!


Us said...

What a wonderful giveaway. Please include us in your drawing and stop by our spot for your chance to win. ~elisha~

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

Please count me in. Happy Valentine's Day! Warmly, Cathy in New York. #1061 xo xo

Deborah said...

Oh my love your blog and love your spirit. I am running out of time so I have to post and run but will be back! Please enter me in your giveaway. I am no. 26 on the Magic Carpet Ride.

Missy said...

How Generous of you ! I'd love to be entered ♥

I hadn't heard of Michael deMeng , I looked him up and LOVE his work so I guess I owe you a big thanks for showing it to me !

Missy ~ Winnipeg , Canada
seksi_missy at hotmail dot com

AJ said...

Greetings from Manila, Philippines! Thanks for the giveaway ( :


A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

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