It is always such a pleasure to introduce a new guest here at A Vintage Journey and today we have the lovely Bonnie McLain joining us. Bonnie was the winner of the Dies and Distress challenge and she is sharing some amazing ATCs with us.
My Name is Bonnie McLain… and at times I am referred to as Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie.. (that is the way I have signed my name for a long long time now).
I have been in the art field for over 50 years… and have done a lot of different professional art such as; Fashion design, fabric design in New York City Garment district…. art therapy in psychiatric hospitals; designed and manufactured a line of country gifts that my husband and I produced from Aromatic Red Cedar and created a cottage industry for over 40 people. I have designed and also manufactured a line of hand wrapped jewelry. So I have been in the art business and field for a lovingly long time. I love it now more than ever, as it is all fun and games. I presently teach and have a nice studio in my home. What could be more perfect. Doing challenges is a fun and learning experience for me in so many ways… and also meeting people from around the world. I have been on Design Teams, and also had web sites and blogs for over 12 years now… all very exciting… I personally feel that once we stop learning and meeting others, our life will stop pretty soon… so I keep active in that area as much as possible… I do many different kinds of art even now, from knitting, spinning, felting, painting, metal wrapping, book making, Zentangling, sewing, quilting, making our clothes, basket making, journaling, all kinds of health situations, and cooking, along with canning and preserving our foods for the year.
On a more personal note, I have been married to my sweet and adoring soulmate for 45 years now.. and we have a daughter (who is a potter) and a son who is a chain saw carver… and between them we have two grandsons also. My Husband has always been an artist also… but it was never really been developed until he was in his 40’s… now he uses his art in many ways… from building to also sculpting pieces of wood and logs. We presently have an organic farm in the western mountains of North Carolina…. and live a very ‘clean’ life (chemically free) as much as possible.
Okay… now you know a little bit about me… I am very prolific in my art making and love to create also in the kitchen… if you have ever been to my blog (lovelightandpeacebonnie.blogspot.com) you will know what I am saying is the truth. So please go after you see these ATC’s and you will see all kinds of ATC’s that I have just created for this challenge… but also that have been created over the years to trade with others… as I use to trade with over 75 gals on a monthly basis… so I have seen many and traded way too many ATC’s… ATC’s are like tags to me… (a little smaller, but the same) in that you can add an ATC or a tag to a card and send it to someone special… so CREATE AWAY and enjoy making these…
Wow Bonnie, thank you so much for making all these wonderful ATCs, there is just so much to see and so many wonderful details to take in, they really are the most amazing collection.
Well, who is going to be the winner of our last challenge? Chris was our host and along with the other Creative Guides she has chosen a fabulous winner and three new Pinworthy mentions.
Without further ado ……………….
the winner of our Time Flies challenge is
Janna's beautiful piece of art is a creative and original piece of home decor depicting her granddaughter. The passage of time has been demonstrated by the two photo's, from baby to 4 years old. Original, well executed, personal and creative, who wouldn't love a piece of art like this in their home?
Thanks Janna for sharing your fabulous project with us and for taking the time to make it specific to the challenge and congratulations on gaining a Winner’s badge. You will soon receive notification of your prize which is a £10 voucher to spend in-store at Country View Crafts. We hope you will join us for an upcoming challenge as a Guest Designer and create something to share and telling us a bit about yourself and your crafting talents.
So here are the Pinworthies too -
In numerical order they are -
Ingrid has shown clearly how Tim has inspired her and she has used the butterfly wings sprinkled with cogs from various timepieces to convey the theme which I thought was a fab take on it. Another wonderful piece of art.
So much has inspired Sara to create her canvas and she has conveyed the theme in many ways. The use of the (Dr Seuss) poem is was a brilliant addition to emphasize the theme even more.
We have all been in that place without our mojo so I was even more impressed at what came out of Ruth's two old wooden stamp mounts. We've all heard of up-cycling but this is pretty impressive! Grunge, distressing, faux rust and a very creative imagination makes me think that Mr Mojo is back in bucket loads!
Thank you for stopping by to see our blog today of the journey and if you enter our challenges it is such a pleasure to come and visit your blogs and look at your art work in more detail. Don’t forget you have one more week to join in Alison’s ATC’s challenge and we look forward to seeing you hop aboard and share some little bits of Tim with us.
Have a great weekend, see you on Monday with another Guest Creative Guide project.
hugs Brenda and the Team xxx