Friday, March 21, 2014

Adventures and abandonments

First thing's first.

My friend is moving away to become the event coordinator for a polar bear habitat. I know. Isn't that the craziest dream job title ever? Anyway, I made her this little brooch to send her off with a sweet 'goodbye and good luck!' as she embarks on her new adventure.

The supplies come from Alpha Stamps... go... look at all the pretty things... make stuff!

The quote is her favourite, from a poem by J. R. R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings. Here is the full text:
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
Now on to the abandonments. If you aren't familiar with art abandonment, the nitty gritty is this: make something then leave it for a stranger to find. It can be a lot of fun and a very freeing experience. The group I belong to is HERE on facebook.

I haven't participated in a while but I picked up this bunch of frames from the thrift shop, gussied them up and filled them with little collages. This weekend they'll be hidden here and there with a tag, waiting for lovely curious people to pick them up and take them home. Here's the finished pieces...

Hopefully they'll each find a nice home.


  1. Nichola- I love them all!!! Fabulous art!

  2. love everything ... the gift for your friend is darling.. inspiring! hugs wendy

  3. Lucky is the person who finds such a treasure. Your brooch is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  4. jolie broche et de beaux cadres

  5. The brooch is so lovely...she will love it every times she looks at it. What a nice thing to do!

    Beautiful collages...lucky the ones who find them. You are bringing magic to a lot of lives! :-)

  6. Nichola this is such a wonderful idea and an inspiration to follow. Here, in the incredibly wooded and mossy land of enchantment that is Oregon's coast range, I have always wanted to make a few Mushroom elves and little magical creations to leave in the woods, just off path, during the summer for some adventuresome traveler to our world to find. Perhaps little elves with luggage. . . hmmm. . .

    thank you for always being such a strong reminder of the many beautiful facets of creativity! Psst, how's the Tardis coming??


  7. Thanks so much everyone! I've left two of the three already. One was picked up within' an hour at the local rec centre. I do hope that they write to the art abandonment group because it is SO much fun to hear from the finders.

    Nicholas: No more work on the TARDIS just yet (stupid deadlines) but in a week or two we should be totally gussied and done. P.S. We left some miniature books, crowns and gnome hats in our local provincial park! So much fun and will absolutely do it again :) That post is here

  8. What an idea! I've done this with books I've finished reading <3
    Have a great week~

  9. Where do you get the tags? Do you print them out? I stopped by the FB group- looks fun!