Saturday, January 25, 2014

Growing My Blog

It's that time again! Dear Vicki over at 2 Bags Full is hosting yet another wonderful "Grow Your Blog" party! Because of her, my readership grew by leaps and bounds last year, so how could I NOT participate again? With nearly 600 blogs signed up, it's going to be incredible!


Last year I marked the occasion with a tour of my Studio, but it really hasn't changed much since then (if you haven't visited before, Welcome! and click on the "Peruse The Studio" link at the top of the page if you do want to look around). What HAS changed recently is that I have learned how to add crafting videos to my very own YouTube Channel. They make it so much easier to demonstrate my work with the supplies I used and I hope is more entertaining for you too.

This week's project began after the tragic and sudden loss of a family member; all I could think about was how fleeting and precious Time is. So an idea began to simmer and I dove into a Steampunk-like sculpture featuring some vintage clock and watch parts I had on hand.

I began with a shadowbox I had picked up at Value Village a few weeks ago. It has a glass front, removable back and is made of unfinished wood. I decided I wanted my sculpture to be tactile, so I flipped the box around, chucked the back panel and made the glass the back. This way, my sculpture could break free of the box itself.

Gathering supplies; some were used, some were not
The inside was decorated using Ranger's Foil Tape Sheets after running them through my Cuttlebug with Tim Holtz' Alterations Gears embossing folder. The tape is backed with adhesive, so after laying it around the interior walls, I painted it to match the brass pieces I was going to use - first with Triangle Crafts Blackened Bronze paint and then Tim Holtz' Tarnished Brass Distress Stain. I popped off the stain's foam pad applicator and used a brush and my fingers to apply it, highlighting the pattern even more.

I needed a framework for the gears, so I first painted and then bent a long piece of aluminum wire in half, curved it into an interesting shape and secured it by running it through two holes in the box. Next I began the long process of attaching the clock and watch pieces with E6000 glue; just one at a time so they would set correctly. After they were in place, I snipped some areas of the armature away giving the piece the illusion of floating.

I'm sure Tim Holtz would cringe seeing me use his Tonic snips this way... but they worked like a charm!
I added Tim's Weathered Clock on the right side; I cut two out of chipboard, painted them the same as the rest of the piece and sandwiched clear acetate in between so I could add a gear center and clock hands. I cut it in half, adhering one side inside the box and the other outside the box.


I finished off the outside with Ranger's Crackle Paint, then washed it with watered-down Blackened Bronze paint. I also used Tim's "Mirrored" sheet, cut to size over the glass back, adhered with ScorTape and backed with black cardstock. I like the way the mirror allows you to see the parts from behind as well.

In place over my desk

Done. I've named it "Unwound". I can stick my hand inside and rotate some of the gears or play with the clock and watch springs...


Now if only I could turn back Time for real...



Thank you so much Vicki, for all your incredibly hard work putting together another extremely successful Grow Your Blog Party! Be sure to visit at least some of the nearly 600 blogs participating this year... I'll just bet you find some amazing ideas and new bloggy friends along the way!


88 comments:

  1. I love your work Maureen you are certainly very creative

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  2. Hello Maureen,
    My sincere condolences for your loss.
    What a wonderful creation your time piece is! I love the idea of it all floating. I will certainly have a browse over at Grow Your Blog Party. Thank-you for sharing. Karen.x

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    1. Thank you Karen. Sorry for the delay in responding; just catching up with all the kind comments now!

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    1. Oh Wendy, you are too kind, thanks.

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  4. Thank you so much for a great tutorial -

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    1. You are welcome Deborah! Hope it helps you make something similar!

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  5. I am here from Grow your Blog and I am now a follower and will be back! You have a wonderful blog with stacks of info and I just love the Victorian theme! hettienne

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    1. Welcome Hettienne and thank you so much!

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  6. Your shadow box is amazing- it really gives the illusion of floating and defying gravity- love how it's victorian and modern at the same time- visiting from grow Your Blog
    Cheers!

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    1. Oh thanks Christina, I am so glad it turned out - I never know when I begin these things... ;)

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  7. That is amazing and I am sorry for your loss.

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about your recent loss Maureen. Crafting can be so therapeutic and you really did it once again. Love the 3D gears and the fact that they actually move. Brilliant!

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    1. Thank you Betsy. You are right, it was good to keep busy...

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  9. What a lovely way to honor the sadness of your recent loss. It's a wonderful creation, and I love that you get to interact with it.

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    1. Thanks Deborah - I was lucky to have everything on hand and just create.

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  10. Lovely to meet you. I do remember your space from the 'Where Bloggers Create Event" . I am thinking we would have much in common in real time. You do gorgeous works of art. Keep smiling and creating.

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    1. Welcome back Pam! I just visited your lovely blog as well and will be sure to return. Thank you!

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  11. What an amazing project! And your blog design just blows my mind! :D We appear to share some artsy interests and I am looking forward to future reading of upcoming posts.
    Hugs and enjoy the 2014 blog hop!
    Beth P
    http://elisabetpollockstudio.wordpress.com

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    1. Aw, Beth thank you! Oh I shall stop by your place right now!

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  12. Wow! You are a very talented gal! Love your blog layout. I'll be following you. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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  13. Welcome and Thanks for participating in the GYB event. You have a really beautiful blog.
    Lorena (GYB volunteer)

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    1. Lorena, thank you as well... I too am a GYB volunteer and proud to help Vicki with this awesome party!

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  14. Wow, you make cool artwork. Sorry to hear about your family member, but I think it's a good thing you could use the feelings for art. Thanks for sharing, and great work on getting a youtube channel. It's so fun to post videos, right?

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    1. Thank you - oh yes, posting videos has become rather addictive! Such fun to do!

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  15. Beautiful beautiful site!
    I look forward to exploring more.

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  16. Hi Maureen, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your very lovely comment especially as you are such a talented artist yourself. The steampunk time sculpture is both beautiful and poignant and my condolences to you on the loss of your loved one.

    I am pea green with envy over your studio space, and your own very glamorous snoopervisors! I look forward to following you and being inspired by your beautiful creations.
    Love and best
    RedSetter

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    1. Oh thank YOU! And I have already appropriated "Snoopervisor" in both my last blog post and video ;)

      Welcome!

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  17. Sorry for your loss. Your blog is great you are very creative.

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  18. Wow, I had no idea I was going to find such a treaure of a blog when I hopped over to thank you for your contribution to the GYBP. I was steampunk before it had a name, much to the amusement of my adult children. I so appreciate you giving instructions along with your projects. I'm inspired to try something. So sorry to hear of the sadness in your life. I wish I could give you a hug ooo.

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    1. Ha about being Steampunk before it had a name - awesome! I do hope you try your hand - if you do, be sure to drop me note so I don't miss it! You are too sweet, thank you so much for your condolences.

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  19. So sorry for your loss. Wonderful tutorial. I will be back to see more later. Pleae stop by my blog at www.foxhollowtales.com
    Teresa

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    1. Thank you Teresa, glad you could stop by. I shall be sure to do the same ... although I may have been by already. I shall go check now!

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  20. Hi I'm visiting as I found you through Vicki's GYB party. You have a wonderful blog and I love your pieces of art.

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    1. Thank you Melody! I have to get back to visiting more blogs; if I haven't visited yet, I will be sure to return the favour soon!

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  21. I love your creativity so much fun. I am one of your followers but also in Grow Your Blog Party! Di@ Cottage-Wishes

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    1. Hi again Di! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  22. Maureen, everything you make is pure magic! I was tied up yesterday with packing up the youngest son so move to Pennsylvania {sniff} but plan to spend today "partying" - the perfect distraction.
    XO
    Kathy

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    1. Oh so sad to hear, Kathy... I hope you are feeling better after your eye surgery. So sorry this took so long to reply to - wow, what a lot of comments! Each and every one is so kind.... take care my friend.

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  23. Condolences on your loss. Your Steampunk "Unwound" is truly amazing. I am entranced with your creativity. Thank you for sharing your Grow Your Blog party. Creative Blessings...

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    1. Thank you... I shall be sure to visit you as well!

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  24. I'm sorry for your heartache.

    Thank you for stopping by Plum Hollow yesterday.

    I love your blog and "Unwound" is stunning. I'm a follower with Bloglovin now.

    Wishing you a blessed and beautiful weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much LesleyAnn and welcome!

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  25. Sorry for your loss. Our creativity is often a good therapy for the heart. I love Victorian and steam punk. New Follower. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    1. Yes, just keeping busy and creating did help, thank you. Welcome! I shall pop by your place as well!

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  26. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such kind comments - it means a great deal. I'm so sorry for your family's loss, but I admire the way in which you have chosen to create something beautiful and meaningful. You are very much an inspiration. Best wishes - Shroo:)x
    www.artyshroo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh Shroo, your talent just blows me away, thank you for stopping by too!

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  27. I've just found your blog today or last night. So beautiful and so many things to look at... I am new to blogging, still, but I will try and check it out and I think I'm following you now lol! :)

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    1. Welcome and thank you Angela for this and your other comment on my Studio! I will be sure to pop by your blog too!

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  28. found/followed you from the gyb party. can't believe how amazing that steampunk sculpture is! can't wait to see what else you create!

    hope you'll stop by and visit me as well!

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    1. Thank you, welcome, and I sure will!

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  29. I haven't been for a visit to your blog for a while. Congratulations on figuring out the YouTube thing, it will be valuable for tutorials.
    Have fun at the meet and greet hosted by Vicki.
    Judith

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    1. Thank you Judith! Yes, I am having fun with the new videos and also finding more blogs to read! Busy times! Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. Like the others, I am impressed with your creation. I will be going to check out your youtube videos. I do like that Stempunk lends itself well to one of a kind pieces.
    I will have to take a look at your studio tour.

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    1. Thanks so much; I hope you enjoyed the videos and the tour.

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  31. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Your steampunk pieces are wonderful. I finally have a dedicated space (although right now all the luggage from vacation is sitting there) and create when I feel like it. I like the steampunk look and need to get busy creating some things for me.

    thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Oooh, you are most welcome! I will have to pop by and see what you create! Thank you so much.

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  32. I'm very sorry for your loss, too and love what you've made. It will mean even more to you! Nice to see your beautiful creations!

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  33. I came to visit from sweet Dawn at The Feathered Nest. Love the fact that you learned to do U Tube for your project sharing! So sorry for your loss but, your gear piece is cool!

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    1. Oh Dawn IS so sweet, isn't she? I just love the two items I bought from her - a lavender sachet and peat pot ornament. Both so lovely! Thank you so much for coming by - welcome!

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  34. Maureen, I'm so sorry for your loss. What an amazing project. I'm speechless!

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    1. Thank you so much Janet... I so missed visiting you on a regular basis - glad we hooked back up again!

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  35. Dear Maureen,
    I`m sorry for you loosing a family member,- and hope you and your familyin time , can cope with the sorrow.
    Your fantastic piece is a wonderful display art of steampunk, and I love you can actually rotate some of the gears in there !
    xo, Dorthe

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    1. Thank you so much Dorthe... you are always so kind and dear.

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  36. Hi Maureen. I have been following since last years GYB party. I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy losing anyone. I love the way you use your creativity to help you grieve. This is a truly glorious piece. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks CatieAn. You are very sweet to stop and leave such a nice comment. It is truly overwhelming the response I have received on this post.

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  37. Hi Maureen
    I was sorry to read about the sudden loss of a family member - how sad! but also comes healing in these times such as in the creating of this amazing steam punk shadow box using gears depicting the essence of time.
    I became a follower at the last GYB party and am pleased to read that you have mastered the creating of craft videos on You Tube. Well done!
    You may like to pop over and put your name in my Giveaway too - a collaged brooch from vintage laces and fabrics.
    Enjoy the party!
    Suzy

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    1. Oooh! I shall be sure to stop by, thank you for coming and leaving such a sweet comment. Off to visit you now!

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  38. Oh you have a lovely blog! And wow your Unwound piece is amazing. It was neat to see if before it took shape, really shows how much work you put into it. It has been nice meeting you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. Welcome and thank you Caroline! You are very kind to stop by and leave such a nice comment - what a pleasure to read!

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  39. I am so sorry for your loss. Visiting via Vicki's GYB party.

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  40. Maureen, Thanks for reminding me about the "Grow Your Blog Event". Maybe next year I will be more aware. My deepest condolences on your loss. You are creating great art work. Keep it up! Sylvia

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    1. Oh I do hope you do participate next year! It is wonderful to meet so many bloggers. If you have a blog, I shall pop over now. Thank you!

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  41. Maureen, so sorry for your loss. Your "Unbound" will keep your member close recalling good memories and reminding you of Time. Thanks for helping with GYB and glad to get to meet you through your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much; I do appreciate your stopping by and leaving such a kind comment. Welcome!

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  42. Maureen, I am saddened to read of your loss.

    Visiting from GYB and I have to say your shadow box is awesome and I love how beautiful your blog is so many wonderful projects to explore. Thanks & hugs, Carole

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    1. Thank you and Welcome to my Studio Carole!

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  43. Hi Maureen- I'm so happy to have you joining us here at my GYB party. You've already had lots of visitors to leave comments.!! Your shadow box is lovely- thank you for sharing your tutorial.

    Have a nice Sunday-/
    Vicki

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  44. Enjoyed visiting and reading some of your blog. Great fun. Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know you were by. I appreciate and read with delight each and every comment!

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