Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekly Challenge Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

This is our last challenge for 2011.
Since it is the busiest time of the year,
this challenge will run for 2 weeks.
The deadline will be Sunday, January 1, 2012 at noon.

I wanted this theme to be extra special and meaningful...

something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

The original saying is from the Victorian Era:

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
and a silver sixpence in her shoe."

Traditionally, we think of this as a wedding custom for brides,
but I realized I often used all of these components in my art. 

As I share the meaning of each item,
let's use the word Artist in place of Bride.

* Something old symbolizes the artist's connection with her family and her past.

Eyes from the Past

*Something new represents the new life she (the Artist) will soon begin.

New Life
New Life

*Borrowing an item reminds the Artist that her friends and family are there for her should she ever need their help.

Best Borrowed
Best Borrowed

*The color blue symbolizes faithfulness and loyalty.
Love and purity.

Blue Veil

As for the sixpence...
A sixpence was a silver coin worth six pennies in England between 1551 and 1967.
The custom was to place it in the left shoe to attract wealth.
(I know this what will be in my left shoe NewYear's Eve:))

sixpence Art Print
Song of Sixpence

I hope I have inspired you to reflect on the past year,
to imagine the possibilities of the new year,
and to bond with the artist within you.

you have 2 weeks to complete your artwork
and post the link in Mr. Linky below.
Please link the post for this challenge
and not your blog's home page.

May all of your celebrations be merry and bright,
and thank you all for being a part of our challenges
 and our lives♥

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Challenge Results December 12-18

A Festive Gallery
What a lovely and varied collection
of festive activities and decorations we have to show you!
I feel like we are invited to each of your holiday celebrations
and what an amazing time we are going to have!
*I feel the exhaustion creeping in already, but it's a warm and fuzzy
exhaustion brought on by sharing wonderful 
traditions and festivities with hospitable friends :) *

So without hesitating any longer, here is our Holiday Festive Gallery:

Be sure to visit each blog to read about the
inspiration behind these holiday creations!

Come back Monday the 19th for our two-week Holiday Challenge!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Art Challenge December 12


There are many days of celebration during the month of December. 
Some are religious holy days. Many of them celebrate the winter solstice.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Festivus,
or many others, the common thread is lighting the dark days of winter.


What better way to buoy our spirits during these too-short days
than with warm gatherings of friends and family?

The challenge this week is to take 
any of the words above for inspiration
(or come up with your own) 
and create something festive.

What do holiday gatherings mean to you?
How do you keep your spirits up when the stresses of the season
make you feel like doing anything but celebrating?

Any kind of creation whether it is digital, painted, fiber art,
jewelry, cards or tags, photography, assemblage,
or anything else, is welcome.

(Our friends in the Southern hemisphere will have 
a little extra challenge to imagine the days are short and dark 
even though you are going into high summer!
So sorry to make you work harder, but of course we are envious too :)

So, Happy Creating, and we will gather the results on 
Sunday the 18th to display in our little gallery!


A note about our weekly challenge during the 
two weeks of Christmas and New Year:

The Christmas challenge will be a two-week challenge
(December 19 - January 1)
so we hope it will give you plenty of time during 
the busy days to continue to play with us. 
Stay tuned for the topic . . . I think it will be a fun one! 

We will be playing with Mr. Linky during those two weeks,
so you will leave the info for your entry via the Mr. Linky method
which many of you have done on other blogs already.
There will be another post to explain everything, so don't worry!

And this will only be for the weeks of December 19-January 1,
after which we will go back to posting the normal way,
i.e. leaving a comment and having your entry posted
in our results gallery the following Sunday.

So stay tuned for more info on that, and remember that
today's challenge will take place the normal way!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

"What is in your Christmas Ball?" Gallery

Come one come all
To the Gallery
of the amazing

There is also a great tutorial from
our very own

Grannie Annie

little tree 001


Thank you all for Playing with us!!
And Welcome to new Artists!

Check back with us tomorrow
For a new Fun

Monday, December 5, 2011

What is in your Christmas Ball? This weeks Challenge

Welcome to Inspiration Avenue weekly Challenge

So in thinking
what to do...
what to do
I thought
Christmas Balls
So many works of art can be
 in this array of art

Here are some fun ideas

Mixing Christmas Balls with everyday stuff to make art


Personal reflection
Join in the fun this week!  The directions are in the right sidebar
have fun and all will be posted this coming Sunday at 12:00 noon EST!

Happy Creating
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