It is time to present to you my latest obsession and creation..."Junque Jarz". My idea was inspired my 9 year old daughter Katie bug's addiction to Vlasic dill pickles (in the one gallon jar). Let me explain. Over the years I have accumalated lots of "little treasures for my calendars. I am a visual person and I am always more inspired to create something if I can see my "stuff"such as; buttons, vintage tin molds, cupcake toppers, cracker jack and vintage gumball machine prizes, metal found objects, sewing notions, game pieces and bottle caps. I think you get the idea! I emptied my storage bins and drawers and loaded my shelves with giant pickle jars loaded with stuff. After the task was completed I thought about a creative and fun way of using all of the empty jars of various shapes and sizes that I would see at Estate Sales. A few years ago I took a soldering glass so I combined the both together! I sold some at the last art walk that I attended. Check them out! The prices range from $17.00 and up.
This is the logo of my up and coming non-profit called Art Around my Heart. I asked my daughter Allie to draw me something with a heart. I was racking my brains trying to come up with a name using the word "heart" and "art". I was pleased to see her picture of an arrow around the heart...so I said "this is it, Art around My Heart" perfect!! My dream for 2013 is to move forward with my on going dream and desire to start a non-profit organization for art therapy for special needs, developmentally disabled and troubled children and adults. They will create "one of a kind" art and crafts using a wide range of materials which include "up cycled" material. I have been collecting art and craft supplies for the past three years. My mind is bursting with ideas. The legal process of starting a non-profit is very lengthly and overwhelming for me. I plan to start one step at a time. I will began by marketing my idea to local agency's and began teaching on site. All supplies for the projects will be provided at no charge to the student by Art around My Heart. Wish me luck and much success! Hugs, Shirley