Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Recycled cardboard and flowers

While grabbing some supplies on my front porch,

I noticed two

colorful visitors.

This one even stared at me awhile.

I just loved the feathers and markings.  And I don't have to remind you how much I love this camera, either!  EDIT: My friend Valerie asked the name of these birds and they are red-breasted American robins.  Since these robins are indigenous to North America, it's no wonder Valerie, who lives in Europe, has never seen one.

But it was time to get back on task.  I was on my front porch to retrieve a piece or two of corrugated cardboard that I had used all winter to help insulate and shelter my garden hose, as well as a large box of magazines I was given several months ago that was too heavy to move inside because of my still sore wrist.

After I cut the cardboard,

I got completely distracted and decided to pound some irises, since I realized this was the most efficient way to transfer the color to the fabric.

I picked several fabric pieces I had already dyed, including those I had dyed using black beans and grape juice.

I had already pounded irises on one of the black bean dyed fabrics.  I thought it "overdyed" quite nicely.  Then the wind picked up and blew my fabric onto the ground.

Since it was too windy outside to continue pounding irises, I adjourned to my craft room where I cut a heart out of the cardboard, stripped the top layer, and painted it white.

Then I continued pounding inside.  I was having one of those days when my art was as scattered as my thoughts!

I decided I had "sacrificed" enough old iris blooms

and was ready to move on.
I used a tiny piece of one of the "overdyed" flower pounded fabrics in this assemblage.  As I was uploading this, I saw the Moo-Mania and More challenge about floral, and decided this entire post could be considered floral.  But the heart was most assuredly floral in nature.

The crocheted floral piece was made by my grandmother and it was one of three crocheted squares I had removed from an old pillowcase years ago.  It looks like I got some of the iris "juice" on the square, too.

My grandmother was a genuine angel, so I will dedicate this heart to her.

I included some cheese cloth

that I dyed using green tea.

I used green coated copper wire to match the green in the crocheted leaves.  My mind is still racing with all kinds of ways to make and decorate these hearts, because I see this as a series that I want to pursue sometime in May.

This is Day 20 and I recycled corrugated cardboard and pounded some dead iris blooms to create a heart assemblage dedicated to my Grandmother who, along with my Grandfather, raised me from birth.

And because the crocheted flower is floral, and the flower pounded fabric is floral, I decided to add this to Moo-Mania and More's FLORAL challenge.  Thanks for visiting because your support of my projects means the world to me.  And don't forget to drop by Moo-Mania and More possibly with your own floral entry.

21 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Love the pretty heart with the crocheted flowers, really beautiful, and thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More. You must have done something for your arm muscles pounding away on those flowers, my neighbours would not like it if I did something like that in my apartment, perhaps I should try? Glad you had fun, and the finished piece is really GREAT! Have a nice day, hugs, Valerie

Helen said...

the irises have pounded beautifully!

Valerie-Jael said...

Forgot to say, love the shots of those birds - what are they? Not ones we have here!

pearshapedcrafting said...

What brilliant results your pounding achieved! I adore your heart - a wonderful tribute to your Grandmother -and a great entry for Moo Mania and more! That Robin looks a lot bigger than European Robins but so bright! Hugs, Chrisx

My name is Erika. said...

Who knew you could pound flowers to get their color onto fabric? Not me. That is really cool.Is the color washable? Love this. :)

Gibby Frogett said...

Fabulous and interesting post.
Loved seeing the great photos of your Robin, I think its a bit bigger than our European one.
Gill x

Sandra Cox said...

Aww, look at that robin! What a cutie.
Love the heart. I had a sweatshirt with that angel face on it or one similar.

Krisha said...

Your thoughts, and art, may have started in a scattered way, but they both came together is a magnificent piece of art!
I like the idea of a series of should but the challenge "out there" with a linky..........I would join in and I bet a lot more would too........just an idea *grin*

Jeanie said...

The pounded flower result is terrific! I love the corregated cardboard heart, too -- painted white it has a wonderful feel to it. Very nice.

And thanks for all your comments at the Gypsy! I'd tell you in person if I could how much they mean to me and how much I enjoy your visits!

Divers and Sundry said...

I love robins! We had a baby robin from a nearby nest end up on our patio the other day, and it's so much fun watching them learn to fly. They've discovered they can navigate our suet feeder, and they are funny to watch doing that.

I love your use of that heirloom crocheted square. And _pounding_ the flowers? I'd never have thought of that, but it worked beautifully :)

Corrine at said...

Lovely heart. Does the hair dryer heat set those pounded flowers permanently. Never done it and wondered if the color would stick around. xox

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What a lovely heart and amazing coloring on the fabric with the irises! Lovely bird!!!
Thank you so much for joining us at Moo Mania & More Elizabeth!
You made me happy!

oxo Susi

Meggymay said...

Fantastic results, it is a beautiful hanging, I can imagine the noise you made with the hammering. Its a wonderful tribute to your grandparents.
Yvonne xx

Dianne said...

Oh my, this heart with the crocheted rose is breathtaking! Love that it was your Grandmother' sweet.

Dianne said...

Oh my, this heart with the crocheted rose is breathtaking! Love that it was your Grandmother' sweet.

Dianne said...

You got quite a lot of color from the irises too...

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Gorgeous photos and artwork.

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

AiyanaKalyna said...

I didn't know robins were only found in North America. Learn something new every day. I love Robins. The one ia quite the cute chubby. Your neighborhood must spoil the birds rotten. I love to spoil birds and make them all chubby. I am trying to make my large backyard a big bird area. If my silly dog won't keep bugging them. I love your Grandmother's crochet. She was very talented. I love what you did with the irises. I love your new piece.

Carol said...

Lovely heart ♥ Your Robins look very healthy and they are always so curious around here. Thanks for sharing.

sheila 77 said...

I was very interested in your photos of the robins, they are quite unlike our little fat robins.
What a story about how you made your floral artwork, which is terrific.
I once tried the pounding of flowers, they were pansies, but I felt so sorry for the flowers that I had to stop.
I love the way you go about making your art and how you are using recycled materials (even old irises). The corrugated cardboard heart looks great.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow. Gorgeous end result. I liked the robin photos too.