Friday, November 1, 2013

The Wrap-up

 Although I've been a member of Creative Every Day (CED) since 2009, this is only my second year to join Art Every Day Month (AEDM).  Since I meet so many new bloggers during this time of year, I like to show some of what my blog is all about.  Granted, it started as a blog about altered books and altered art, but it has morphed into far more than that.  Please join me each day in November as I experiment with new techniques or play around with old ones.

BTW, I want to add, although I clicked on EVERY link yesterday, if you are on Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram, I am NOT, so I can't leave comments, no matter how much your art inspires me.  Keeping up with a blog (and my art) takes all my time and energy, so I apologize in advance if you don't see a comment from me.  

Additionally, one Typepad account wanted me to hand over sensitive information, like my Google password, gender, and other info.  If I have to give all that out, I won't be leaving many comments on Typepad.

I'm also not able to post on most Google + blogs.  I can only see and leave comments on those blogs who are listed on my left sidebar that were added before they became blogs I can no longer visit without a membership, which, like many others who refuse to switch, I won't either.  And finally, I couldn't find the comment box on some Google accounts.  It led me to believe they were Google +, but the header showed them being  Blogger.  So, any help along those lines would be greatly appreciated.

I admit that from the sound of the subject of this post, it should come at the end of the month.  But, it would never have waited that long, so I'll show what I mean.

Some of you who are frequent visitors may remember a few days ago I transplanted my Mexican Sage.  When I did, I broke most of the branches.  To salvage them, I placed them in a pot of water and left them on my front porch.


The branches were beginning to look a bit more than a little scraggly, so, instead of adding more water, I decided it was time to harvest the lovely flowers, and turn the sage into smudge wands.  You can see I've started cutting the flowers which I then pressed about half, and dried the other half in silica sand (which is an oxymoron if you ask me!).

Next it was time to bind the stalks so they could dry further in order to burn at a slow rate.  I used my bookbinders thread I got a few years ago.  You can see I don't use it to bind books! 


Today is Day 2 of AEDM where I wrapped my decorative Mexican sage to make smudge wands, and pressed a few of the flowers from it.

27 thoughtful remarks:

Krisha said...

I remember when I first saw your blog and it was about Altered Books, and I followed then. Now seems you can't be rid of me ...LOL I'm here for T, WOYWW, Mandala Monday (even though I don't play) Friday smiles and even on Silent Sundays. I'm glad to see the Mexican Sage is getting an extended life span.

Susan Schiller said...

I love sage, and yours looks so pretty! I used to live with the Lakota and that is when I first learned about smudging. I can just smell it now - it's one of my favorite things about living out West!

I love your photos here - this is a special place :)

Julie Jordan Scott said...

The colors of Mexican sage draw me in every time. I introduced my Godson to it this past week and now, here I see it again via your eyes.

So generous of you to visit every blog yesterday. I visited many but not each and every one... and I am active on instagram, too - no fears, all are getting love... I hope hope hope!

Always enjoy reading you!

janice smith said...

I am intrigued by the idea of smudge wands...must look them up to learn more. What a happy place your blog is. So glad to be a part of AEDM with you! xo, janice

Anoeska said...

Nice to see you again in AEDM. Love those little mexican sage flowers!

my heart's love songs said...

lovely how you got so many uses out of your Mexican Sage plant!
dani

Serena Lewis said...

I love smudge wands and it's so cool that you make your own! Great post!

Serena Lewis said...

Btw, you commented on my blog yesterday so, even though I have my Blogger blog linked with Google+, it appears you can still comment on it. There is a new option out where Google+ users can add a Google+ comment box/system to their Blogger blogs. The only problem with that particular option is that they can't have their Blogger comment boxes too therefore anyone who wants to comment is encouraged to sign up to a Google+ account if they don't already have one. Is that what you mean?

Sandy said...

I am doing art every day as well and am really enjoying the challenge.. the Mexican sage looks so pretty.. will be back to visit again soon..
Sandy :)

dawn said...

Hello and happy day 2 of AEDM!! We won't miss each other much this month will we, how lucky for us or at least me!
I had the same issues with comments too but did my best. WOW, there is a lot of us, enjoyed seeing others there.
I'm happy to say the link I gave today was the correct one, thanks for your help.
Can't wait to see what your doing with this beautiful sage. Have never head of these wands before so it will be nice to find out.
Hope your day goes well and see you tomorrow!

Kathleen Scott said...

Thanks for visiting me through AEDM! I stopped by to return the visit and found I couldn't leave. I really love the Halloween cards mostly - even though it is not a part of AEDM. Then I started wandering further, and I leave my comment now to continue - love it!

linda said...

Elizabeth, you are just too cool for words. Smudge wands!!!
This is why I love visiting here, there's always something unexpected, something interesting, and something new to learn about!

Snap said...

Sage wands! yes! recycling at it's best.

Karla B aka Lady Skyclad said...

Love what you did!

Michellem said...

Makes sense for a mixed media artist to use her twine for more than just books! Gorgeous flowers!

Indigo Janson said...

Thank you for stopping by at my place, it gave me the perfect excuse to discover your talents here. :) I enjoyed your photos of your Mexican Sage. Can't wait to see what you add through the month.

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Beautiful Mexican sage; love seeing it the vase - would make a great still photo painting.

Also love your calendar pages below. xxoo

Jo Murray said...

The whole social media is getting too complicated I agree. I leave comments where I can (time permitting) and everyone else just has to believe that I'm looking. Mexican sage looks lovely...wonder how it would go with Eco-printing?

Carol said...

I love smudge wands and used to burn them regularly.... need to do that again and a great use for the abundance of sage I have in the garden that wouldn't get used otherwise. Thanks so much for the visit yesterday :)

Halle said...

I read that dried sage bundles thrown into a fire....such as your chiminea...will help to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Certainly worth a try. :)

Maron said...

always love visiting here to see what you're up to!

Rita said...

I've never seen someone make their own sage wands. Cool! I use smudge sticks every so often. Looking forward to November and seeing what you are up to.

I agree with you about all the "following" and "leaving comments" issues. And I also only follow by email anymore, as you know. Not enough time. ;)

Nan G said...

Hi Elizabeth, I'm one of your fairly new followers. And I wholeheartedly know what you mean...just keeping up with my art and the blog is enough for me too. I'm not on any of the other sites and won't comment on google+ blogs. I love learning what you're about. And am fascinated with your working with cloth! Hugs

Leah said...

How lovely!! And so cool that you really made them yourself!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Mmmmm sage. I can almost smell it now. xox

see you there! said...

I can almost smell the sage burning. Lovely wands. I don't comment on blogs that require me to sign up for some other program for much of the reasons you listed. Don't know why it has to be so complicated.

Darla

~Rasz~ said...

Great post! I deal with the same frustrations and confusion as to why I have to join so many social medias to connect with others. I am wobbling on the FB however...As for AEDM I wonder if it's too late to join in?
I love your beautiful sage that will become awesome bundles to cleanse with and buds to use later. Have a wonderful week!