Family Tree Memory Journal

"Remember me in the family tree My name, my days, my strife; Then I'll ride upon the wings of time And live an endless life."
~Linda Goetsch

My Family Tree Memory Amy Maisel.......altered book, paper art

I took a class on altered books and this is what came of my first attempt.....I had an idea of writing down my memories of relatives I love so much and want to keep them tucked into a special book, so this is a book with little nooks and crannies to put little cards and photos in! I made it from a 1970s stitch-bound book. I also used a packet of K&Company scrapbook paper to embellish the pages. The designs reminded me of most of the decor that my aunts and grandmothers had when I was brought back memories just looking at them. I love using bright colored prints that have been aged and distressed (looks a bit like me and my house)! Anyway, usually I recycle everything from around my house to make something new, but I love buying all those beautiful papers, and tiddles and bits! Then, of course I had to use all my new stuff (paper, buttons, ribbons and cardboard letters) right away!

Happy Floral Painting

A Prayer in Spring
Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

Happy Amy Maisel.....Acrylics on Assembled Wooden Canvas

I love to look at Home magazines for inspiration. I found a gorgeous living room with a vintage floral painting on wood. Well, I had to make something similar. I love how it turned out. I distressed the wood and used Happy colors to make the painting pop! It looks great on my upstairs hallway, you can see it from the front door!

Art For a Friend

"Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness..."
~ Richard Bach

Birds.....Made by Amy Maisel....Cut wooden boards painted with Acrylics and distressed.

My Friend moved into a new home recently and she wanted me to paint something for her office. She gave me some cool postcards for inspiration, and this is what I came up with! I love them....I just need to get a pic of her office with it hanging up!!!!!