Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Sharon B.'s theme for March is: "Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details. Sometimes the small things become emblematic for something larger."

I did a lot of thinking about this month's theme. I would have loved to notice the little things in my garden, but my garden is still in a winter mess, and needs to be sorted out.

The thing that I see on a day to day basis, is this starfish, that occupies a place in a shadow box filled with shells in my home office where I work each day.

Throughout the past couple of weeks, I thought about what I was going to do. I decided to make a paper collage incorporating this starfish.

I have to explain that I have always loved the ocean, lighthouses, sea life, and my husband and I have a mutual love of sailing and old sailing ships.
Almost every room in our house reflects this.

This shows my completed collage. The piece at the time is a copy of the border that is in my bathroom that I just had to have several years ago when we remodeled our bathroom, with the sailing ships, lighthouse and whale.

I also stamped a row of starfish, and added a metallic placard (I collect a lot of scrapbooking items and stamps too). I cut out the picture of my starfish after I had enlarged it.

I also came across a quote of William Shakespeare that
I loved, "my bounty is as boundless as the sea.
my love as deep; the more to give to thee
the more I have, for both are infinite". It is from Romeo and Juliet, act II, scene 2 in Capulet's garden.

This is the back of the piece, I included some images of the many starfish I found online. I did not realize they came in so many shapes and colors.

I also thought I would show one of our nautical quilts. I did bluework squares of nautical motifs, or quotes and set them in a crazy setting.

I even incorporated in this 27' sailboat DH built.

And this 25' houseboat he built, that was our last boat.


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Pati said...

Wow, that's really cool!!!

Lisa Renéa said...

Karrin, thank you for your visit to my blog today. Your blog and art is amazing! Love the sea theme! Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your art!!

Karen said...

What a good idea for the blue work blocks. The quilt is so interesting.

Kim said...

Your collage and quilt are great! I love "sea stuff" too--I have a lighthouse wallpaper border in my son's former room and that's sort of the "theme" in there. Of course I have a collection of nautical fabrics, but I haven't made a quilt from them yet--something I was thinking about the other day in fact!

Lea said...

Your collage is beautiful. I love that star fish!
and your nautical quilt is fantastic! I love those setting with your bluework blocks. This quilt is so much fun to see.Thank you for sharing your pictures.*S*

Doris said...

amazing collage!

Susan said...

I love your challenge piece. That's beautiful. There's a starfish pool, or used to be, at Seaworld in San Diego. I was astonished at the variety there are in sea stars, as they call them now.

I love your crazy quilt, too. It's fun to personalize things like this. Did you quilt it?

jay paul said...

Your post really cool and interesting. Thanks very much.

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