Having more time during this period of housewife life known as "empty nest" while The Chief is at work -especially during the time of my Dad's illness and passing at the start of this year- I've had a bit more time to once again dig back into the Native American ties in my ancestry. It takes quite a bit of time to research. But, the biggest thrill was our trip to Glacier National Park in July where I got just a glimpse into life now of NAI - their vast lands of Montana. The views on trips we make up to Minnesota (to see the ygr set of cpl kids) always takes our breath away, but the reservations are sparse in the lower section. The NAI we have met in the Red Wing area are always welcoming, and there is an awesome hand-made items shop in the downtown where you can browse the awesome talented authentic beading. While our kids have ventured further north and seen how beautiful the land and its Native tribespeople, is; we have yet to go further than the line from Minneapolis & due west. But we plan to accompany them on a rural hiking/kayaking/camping trip sometime soon. Only in our heart-buried desires to keep this land pristine and save it for future generations, do we have a huge volume of learning to do from America's REAL "first settlers".
Thus; my take on Tim's November Tag for 2016. I'd gotten the "Feathers Set" of Tim Holtz's Alterations earlier in the summer from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and hoped to somehow use it for my November Tag. Tim's choice of Remix did not disappoint for my plan! But, first, I wanted to get some real meaning behind feathers in general just for inspiration....
Then, inspiration having taken its hold... I was armed & ready!
Tim used his stamps, and while I did NOT have a matching stamp to this set, I DID have an idea to use the embossing folder WITHOUT running it through my BigShot: I simply used it -on the raised side- as a stamp. And I got better with a bit of practice on how hard or soft to press. I wanted a crisp, clean image, but at the same time; a "feathery-soft" image. Worked!!!
You can see how I was trying to figure out if I wanted to follow the Feather Meanings info on the designs of my three feathers for each tag, but I ultimately opted to go with Color Meaning since USA Americana and the 'first' people (moho: aka the NAI peoples) match together very well. I am a Peacemaker at heart...ALWAYS.
I tried my hand at making a similar set of trinkets to the NAI DreamCatcher. Several of our group purchased one during our trip to Montana, & I'd already fallen in love with them many years ago.
Left: my hand-made trinkets for the November Tags and; Right: the pair of earrings that caught my eye during one of pur shopping excursions to the GNP shops. These are NOT authentically made, tho. Real hand-woven beading is much, MUCH more beautiful, sturdy. and LASTING! Certainly worth MUCH more than these shops bring in for factory-generated tokens. But, they DO give me the general design and inspiration to follow! FYI: The tribesppl we met/chatted/askedQsOf were from the Blackfeet Nation. A very proud, yet totally humble, people indeed. We learned quite a bit abt them and my ChiefHubby quipped "Aha!! That's how I need to keep you from talking too much: take away yer 'Talking Stick'...PERMANENTLY!"
Hey, can I help it? I LOVE to TALK!! (And I type like I talk: A LOT!) lol
So these are what I ended up with. These are the FRONT SIDES...and some closeups follow:
I used some Silver Distress Spray as well as the Spritzer w Black Soot Distress Marker to give a little pop matching the metal colors of the IdeaOlogy. On my Gift tag, I used the same colors, but w the exception of a different Compass color... just to make each Tag a bit different from the other.
You see the layers?! I used two layers of thinner cork and stacked them...like the layers of rock we hiked over. And the awesome depth of the sky, tree-covered mountains, layers of green grass and flowers sticking out of - and growing BENEATH!- the still-melting foot of snow left in July, ....the deeply running clear rivers... it was like living in a TENTH dimension of sight, sound, and color!
These are the BACK SIDES of the November takes on Tim's Tag.
My Bestie in Florida (whose Family was the entire reason we ended up making plans for the Montana trip) who made FREEZING on JULY FOURTH worth the trip! She attacks anything put in front of her with gusto...and a GENUINELY -FELT smile on her face. She and her Husband, John, changed our lives in so many ways, and they continue to help us see possibilities in life: even when it seems so far out of reach. Christie shares my love of getting to know other people and knowing that we are all made with love, and in the Image of Our CREATOR!
I guess I could say I was 'tickled' by the final result of my NOVEMBER TAG! lol
Thanks so much for checking in this time, and hang on for another Tag I worked on this month that was a 2nd take on October Tag for my 51st Birthday on the 18th that I'd been a bit behind getting done. But, the time spent was worth it: in time for GIVING THANKS!!!
Stay safe, and...