Friday, June 10, 2016

My house is a very fine house


This is the first day this month I've had time to create something for Art Journal Journey where this month's challenge is Maps and the host is Mary C. Nasser.  It stands to reason because reading her bio, Mary loves making mixed media art using maps.

I thought I would start this monthly journey with a map of my home town, showing the actual location of my home.  Those of you who follow along and often visit my blog may remember I used the other half of this square in a spread I made for my friend Annette in our International Players swap.  Originally, I had planned to show my house location on the map, but I realized after I had the other half in place, it didn't show where my house was, but the east side of town, instead.  Yes, I live in the northwest side of town, less than two miles north of downtown.

As I was trying to come up with a clever way to use this map, the Crosby, Stills, and Nash song "Our House" kept playing in my head.  The back story is that Graham Nash wrote the song when he was living with Joni Mitchell and her two cats.  I admit my two cats don't go outside,

but this is an approximation of where I (along with Bleubeard and Squiggles) live in my city.

My garden may not be filled with lots of flowers like in the song, but my house is filled with love.

Materials used include a portion of a map of my city, a paint chip sample sewed to part of the map, and stickers.  The "jouraling" was created on a square using a Micron ink pen.  I created this in my Coll-AH-ge 2 altered book.

Thanks for visiting today.  It means the world to me.  Be sure to check out Art Journal Journey for even more incredible map inspired journal or altered book pages.

18 thoughtful remarks:

My name is Erika. said...

I love that song (I'm a big CSN fan) and I think its a cool idea using a map of your hometown (or should I say city) on your page. I didn't know there were so many sights to see in Wichita, and so many things by you. I think it would be interesting to live in so close to things like that- seeing I've lived here in the woods for so many years and all those cultural type of things are a bit of a drive. Still, I'm used to driving places-its what happens when you live in the country I guess. Anyhow, love your page. have a great day and weekend if I don't post...Hugs-Erika

Valerie-Jael said...

Love the song, love the journal page, and that you have made it personal by showing us your corner of the world. Nice to see how near you are to the zoo and museums, too. Thanks so much for joining us at AJJ, and have a wonderful day, hugs, Valerie

Darla said...

Humming the song now. You met the journal challenge so well. I like the use of the paint chip.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a fabulous page! I am in love with it Elizabeth!
You live very central ... that's a good thing I guess.
Thank you so much for sharing your home filled with love with us at Art Journal Journey - the song is super I found it on you tube!

Happy weekend dear friend - thanks a lot for joining us at Art Journal Joureny even though you are so busy right now!

oxo Susi

Nancy said...

Again with the stitching- a very nice accent. I like your page!

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Great idea to use home as the map. Want to visit the Cowtown Museum, botanical gardens and it all. Love this page, give me an insight a bit more into where you live. xox

~*~Patty S said...

Big CSN and Joni Mitchell fans here too.
The song played immediately in my head when I saw your lovely creation E.
Lovely way to represent the L♥VE this is most certainly in your home!
I have a home theme in my latest pages too and used our local part of the map as well.
Happy beginning of the weekend.
oxo

sheila 77 said...

Good to use your home map and I like the song quote. Two Cats at Home helps to make an ideal home. I like your original (as always) take on Map Journalling.
Best wishes to Bleubeard and Squiqqles.

Cindy McMath said...

This is great - I sure remember that song and actually almost used that lyric awhile ago - for what I can't remember but it ended up not working out for whatever reason - I'm glad you put it to good use though! Love the roof of the house especially.

Jeanie said...

That's a fun idea, Elizabeth, and you did it well! Happy weekend!

Meggymay said...

Thank you for showing the map of your home town with is awesome journal page.
I can see you live close to a number of very interesting places and of course the Zoo. I can relate to your home being filled with love with your two very special cats.
Yvonne xx

Dianne said...

I love that song...and the 'two cats' phrase just makes me smile! quite appropriate for your household. A fun spread in your AB...and always love your stitched collages!

Let's Art Journal said...

Lovely page! I love the song lyrics and the map of your home town; you can feel the love and happiness! Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a Happy Weekend! :-)

Rita said...

Now I have that song in my head--LOL! Nice pages! :)

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

Love your page and the song you chose to represent it. Yes, that is a very good song and does get you humming. Maps make such beautiful backgrounds and subject matter don't they. Hugs, Donna

Sami said...

Love that little sticker about the cats in the yard. So cute.
Lovely song too, it's been ages since I heard the song.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love that you are exploring your own hometown in this map art journal page! Great layers, too!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I love that CSN song so have been singing it as I tried to read your post - realise now that I can't do that very well so had to go back!!! I loVe this page Elizabeth - (although I think I now have to look at another map to be super nosy about what Wichita has around it!!) You really have quite a lot within a reasonable distance to your house don't you? I love hoe some streets have numbers and others have names! I may have almost caught up now - having started out of order!!! Hugs, Chrisx