Monday, December 17, 2012

Nostalgia Treasures ~ Art by Karrlin Bain

Nostalgia Treasures ~ Art by Karrlin Bain
Blooming Artist Report
I decided to check out The Art Garage whose mission is as follows:
The mission of The Art Garage is to encourage an appreciation for
and participation in the visual, performing and literary arts.
I emailed my friend and let her know I wanted to surprise her with a mysterious outing that she would love.  She (being a brave soul and great friend) said YES!  It was fun to surprise her.  She is wonderful and we had a good time creating mini art pieces to be included in the Art Garage's Art meets Heart community mosaic project.  
The Art meets Heart community mosaic project will be a large heart made up of many mini side-by-side works of art.  There is a picture of one such heart from a previous year on the bottom of this page:  In February they are having a fundraiser for the Art Garage where they will unveil the heart and show our Artist Statements along with our art.  After that they will move the Art Meets Heart community mosaic project to Austin Straubel Airport to be on display for the rest of the year.  Scroll to the end of this to see THE HEART in it's completion!!!

While working on my mosaic at home I learned:
I am a clutterbug (a.k.a. nostalgic, sentimental) ~ I save EVERYTHING because I  am sentimental or I want to use it for art projects someday.  This is a GREAT quality for me... and drives everyone else nuts!
I am a glue over~user ~ I love glue ~ Glue ROCKS!  (Use Less Karrlin!!!)  You can peel dried glue off around items... but may have to re-glue smaller pieces.
I have art tools here (sort of) because this is what I used...

  • toothpicks
  • paper towels
  • Chicago cutlery paring knife
  • Elmer's All Purpose Craft Glue
* I want a mosaic toolkit.  Just putting that out there.  I want a bunch of artist tweezers thingys... obviously have to research this... do they make those or do I use my eyebrow one? ; ) I want a million dollars worth of assorted art supplies. : )
I call this little first piece:
Nostalgia Treasures
by Karrlin Bain
My Mosaic is made up of mini memories...

Pearls ~ The pearl items on here all fell off my wedding necklace.  Right now we are at 16 years.
Letters that spell out "Faith" and "In Love" ~ these letters are from one of the kid's fun little word games that broke.

Lace Circles with Bows ~ Our good friend gave me these... they have little "zip-lock" backings on them and are for a fine baby girl's hair.  Her daughter wore them in her hair when she was a baby and then she gave them to me for my baby girl..  Now my daughter is eleven.
Gold "Broken" Heart Pieces ~ These earrings were given to me as a gift back in the 80's by a wonderful friend.  
Boy Charm with Blue Stone ~ This was a cutsie necklace I got when my boy was a baby.  The chain broke  early on and now he is 14.
Lovely Little Diary Key ~ The key to one of my past diaries.  I mostly toss my old diaries because I used to only write a ton when I was sad, and who wants to re-read that?  Not me!  I don't want my kids to ever read it either.
Purple Gemstone ~ This gemstone came from one of my daughter's princess necklaces or crowns.  I never throw ANYTHING away. : )  My girl will always be a princess inside!
Sparkly Heart in Uppermost Right Corner ~ Another gem from a princess necklace.
Lady Bug ~ I got this cutie and a bunch more one time and glued a bunch of them to my coffee pot clock... this little guy either fell off or did not make the cut.  He probably felt bad... but he got to go in the treasure jar with all the other treasures... and NOW look at his adventure... (are you seeing the life lesson in this????)
Heart Charm ~ Honestly... no associated memory... but it sure is cute.  Love it!
Mood Ring (without the ring part) ~ Who doesn't love a mood ring???
Sparkly Butterflies ~ These came off bobby pins that both my daughter and I wore in our hair.
Crystal Stone ~ My father's giant Crystal Stone now belongs to me.  This piece came off of it.
 Gold Horse Charm ~ This has to have been one of my daughter trinkets or maybe one of mine.  We both  L ~ O ~ V ~ E  horses with all our hearts so it is fitting that this made it's way here.
Seven Round Stones (Color & Texture of sea glass) ~ I got these at the Art Garage when I went to do this art with my good friend.
Mini shapes with words on them ~ I got the plastic shapes at the Art Garage when I went to do this art with my good friend.  I painted them and then wrote on them.
Thanks for stopping in!

p.s. I love love love this word...

Main Entry:
nostalgia [no-stal-juh, -jee-uh, nuh-]
Part of Speech:noun
Definition:pleasant remembrances
Synonyms:fond memories, hearts and flowers,
homesickness, longingpining, reminiscence,remorseschmaltz,
sentimentality, tear-jerker,wistfulness, yearning

Facebook is fun! ~ Poemify Me by Karrlin Bain

Here it IS!!!!!  My piece is on the lower right... of course
you can see it, right?  :D


  1. What a wonderful project! I love these Nostalgia treasures cause each one of them has a sweet story and a great memory. XXX

    1. Dear Tineke ~ Thank you so much for stopping by and for the wonderful compliment! Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Karrlin

  2. I love your mosaic of mini-memories. What a neat idea to go back and think about each one and what it has meant to you or where it has come from. Lovely.

    1. Thank you so much Suzanne for stopping in to see my mosaic and for the compliment. I sure appreciate your friendship!
      ~ Karrlin

  3. Wow, what a lovely project... I love it! xx

    1. Thanks Caroline! I appreciate your stopping in and also thank you for the compliment!
      ~ Karrlin

  4. What a great story + what a wonderful way to keep those sentimental treasures, Karrlin! How special!

    1. Thank you Becky! I appreciate your popping in to check out my mosaic! Have a wonderful weekend!
      ~ Karrlin

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    1. Thanks so much Leah! : ) Have a blessed day!
      ~ Karrlin

  6. I love this! You continue to be magnificent, Karrlin!

    1. Mary Kaye you are SO SWEET!! I am so happy for your friendship and thank you for your enthusiasm! You are the BEST!
      ~ Karrlin

  7. Oh I like this! I think you should get a mosaic kit and there are many types of tweezers around. I have a great big metal one made for jewelry melting so it's long. How fun to gather all these items into an art piece! I used to do that until I used a broken mirror with words written on them. It wasn't too safe with the children around all sharp and such so I took it apart and put the glass pieces in a box. Now my children are older so I can bring them back out. In fact my daughter is 11 too! She just turned yesterday! Thanks for sharing this with me 😃Chandra

    1. Chandra thanks so much popping in! I WILL get a kit!! I was at Hobby Lobby last week and saw a bunch of stuff I want! : )

  8. Gosh that's lovely. I like that everything has a back story. Thanks for linking up at the Get Inspired Weekend Blog Hop :)


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