a part of you and a part of me...Camelia-The Garden Fairy

“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.”

~Leo F. Buscaglia

Camelia-The Garden Fairy.....Created By: Amy Maisel (and Friends)....Beaded Art Doll

This Art Doll started as 6 doll parts from 6 fantastic artists. Each doll part was created as a fun art challenge in my Art Group "Dollie Mama and The Fabric Floozies" During our meeting we mixed all the doll parts together in 6 different bags and chose one of each (head, body, right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg). Obviously, the challenge was to create a doll using all the random parts. My parts were pretty similar in size, however, I had to nip and tuck a few to make them match up a little better. I starteed with a large hand and beaded it into a tree branch with flowers and I couldn't stop beading!!!!!!!! I worked on this doll for a whole month. I used it as a stress reliever from a very hectic month!!! She really turned out amazing and is so different from anything I have ever made on my own. So, thank you my dear artist friends for all those inspirational parts of you. I used them to make something that was from a deep part of me.

Camelia...means Giveness....appropriate for the giving nature of all of you whose parts I have!!!! XOXO

SEE ME-Steampunk Assemblage

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

SEE ME...........Created By Amy Maisel.......Mixed Media Assemblage with bought and found, new and old objects!!!

I found this box at Goodwill and couldn't wait to do a mixed media shadowbox piece with it. I then found these funny little glasses at the dollar store....and well the wheels started a-turning. I used a lot of Tim Holtz stickers and other scrapbook papers I had and decoupaged them to the box. The inside of the box is paper towels dyed with Walnut inks and decoupaged! I used microbeads, varnish and acrylics, gel medium to give the piece an older look. I also added a lot tidbits I have been collecting over the last 15 years. This piece was really fun to make in the midst of the Steampunk craze right now...I thought I would jump in and give it a try!!!!