- Where have I been? I evacuated to get away from Hurricane Michael, what a journey!
- Scroll down to learn a little bit about this Mixed Media Tag. Yep, I said it – that scary word – mixed media….
- Could stencils, background treatments and texture paste be in your comfort zone? Comments, please :-)
- Also included in this post, a Winner for the What Becca Wore Giveaway.
- Lastly, a couple of words about a new toy (click to peek) that I’ve permanently added to my stash.
This post has been ready to go for some time, I started to put it together while waiting in the airport in London and almost finished when I got home and then the evacuation order came. Little did I know that less than 24 hours after getting back from the UK, that I’d be in a mandatory evacuation zone for Hurricane Michael. You could say that I’ve aged 10 years in the last week. I’ve come face to face with how easily life can change in the blink of an eye and so very grateful to have beautiful friends that keep a watch out for me. I’m safe, but my town was devastated and I don’t think it’s actually sunk in how much life will change in the future. In fact, I think writing about it makes it a little bit better and I hope you’ll indulge me. So many things that existed two weeks ago are suddenly gone and I found myself staring at a landscape that I simply couldn’t recognize. A whole region is dazed wondering what happened and how could it have happened so quickly.
Thank you for those who have reached out to find out how I’m doing. When things get serious, I tend to get quiet. I did evacuate and found myself very lucky to have a place to evacuate. With an order to be out by Tuesday at 6am, a day before the hurricane hit, I found myself scrambling to snatch things to take with me. Luckily I had just walked in the door with two packed suitcases from my trip, so I put them in the car with some other important things to head out. I watched as the reports of destruction came in and was numb with fear not knowing how bad my house may have fared. I’m happy to report that I have a house standing – many were not as fortunate. Mine has a tree on the roof, the tree has put a hole in the roof and there was flooding inside. The force of the winds moved a 13000 pound RV – and my detached studio sustained roof damage where the shingles were torn off, all the way down to the substrate.
The infrastructure of the area was hit hard and the first things to go were gas, water, ice and food. They expect power to come back on in my area around the last week of October. The storm knocked out all the cell phone towers in the area and because landlines have become all but obsolete – communication ground to a halt. The blow to electricity left so many with no way to bank, no way to process credit cards and no way to shop on Amazon. As I said, I’m so fortunate to even have a house that is standing. The road back will be long and I find it’s a comfort to know you are still out there with encouragement after this disaster. Speaking of road – I’ve driven 600 miles – three times in the last week – I go absolutely stir crazy in a car!!
Please note: If you have won dies, I haven’t been home to send your winnings – I didn’t even have access to the winners’ emails to set expectations. Please bear with me while I’m evacuated – your winnings will come :-)
My Original Post: Mixed Media Tag
I’m home! It’s good to be home! I actually rolled in at 1:00 am this morning and have learned that we are about a day away from a hurricane. Yikes! In the meantime, now that I’m basking in good internet connectivity and wanted to go ahead and outline the winners from What Becca Wore. I had a magnificent time at Hochanda and several upcoming collections sold out. I’ll keep you up to date on availability – in the next month or so, many things are coming.
There I also showed the new Spellbinders Glimmer Machine. Please put this on your radar! I’ll begin to show samples soon and you will love the effects you can get using delicate foil. I’m not new to foil and started out with a Minc machine but this is so much better as it allows you to foil on many surfaces without a toner printer. Get ready to get techniquey!!
Also, while away I attended a mixed media retreat and in my playtime made this mixed media tag. I fell in love with some of the applications I got to try and will be using them in the near future. Yes, mixed media can still be elegant and it doesn’t have to totally obliterate the piece – the wonderful thing is that it’s up to the maker on how far to go. I made a lot of things at the mixed media retreat – many were way outside of my comfort zone but I’m finding so much potential as I reel in the techniques in to fit my style. These are MDF tags and I used a Gel Medium to attach the paper to the tag. Using a stencil and stencil paste, added the raised script to the bottom of the tag as well as the swirl. The lady is from a piece of designer paper. I tore the edges of the paper and rouged up her cheeks for a more sultry look. Lastly, I just happened to have one of my older quote stamps and it just felt like “Be who you are and be that well” fit the occasion.
What Becca Wore Winners
Here are the two winners, each picked from a pool of submissions who correctly guessed my attire on recent Hochanda shows. First of all, thank you so much for the sweet words of encouragement and to those who watched. Please note, because of the lateness of this notice, I will reach out to the winners by email.
Suzzette G. Yandle – October 3rd Show
Hettie Hogan – October 4th Show
Life is a little bit scattered for me right now and a little bit scary. I’m exhausted. I allowed myself to sit on the sofa and reflect for one day to let the events of the last week soak in. As much as I can without all my “stuff”, I’m embarking on a little craft therapy. It feels good. I have new things coming and ask that you please hang in there with me. It has been very quiet here but the wheels of inspiration have been churning along all the while and I hope to share some of that very soon!