Old Family Photos Repurposed

July 22, 2014

By Janet Dodrill

Do you have old family photos? For the past few years I have been scanning images and working on our ancestry lines and family trees. Discovering each relative and piecing together the large family puzzle has been fascinating and fulfilling.

My personal collection includes a large group of unidentified photos. I was considering taking these to a local antique shop to sell. Over time, I have seen a variety of creative uses for old family photos online. Here is a small selection of some of my favorite ideas I have seen.













Picture Frame Memory Wreath
Source: Buzzinspired.com | Infarrantlycreative.net















Source: Buzzinspired.com | Jenneliserose.blogspot.com













Repurposed Watches
Source: Lilacsndreams.com












Clothes Pin Crafts
Source: You Put it Up



Artist’s Quilts

June 27, 2012

By Janet Dodrill


The historic New Union Center for the Arts

A short distance from Cleveland lies Oberlin, Ohio, a charming college town, with a quaint town square filled with shops, restaurants, and museums. I recently visited an exhibit there, “The Artist as Quiltmaker XV” at FAVA (Firelands Association for the Visual Arts) in the historic New Union Center for the Arts, which runs through July 29, 2012.

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The Artist as Quiltmaker XV

The contemporary artist’s quilt exhibit was impressive, and the work diverse in its visual impact and creativity, subject matter, and in technique–using dyes, applique and multimedia, using stitching wizardry both by machine and by hand. The artists represented are from all over the country.

Enjoy these selected artist’s quilt images from the show:


Susan Krueger, Fields, 2011
…inspiration from flying over France and Italy


Sibyl Graber Gerig, Mid-Winter Field, 2011
…capturing afternoon light in mid-winter


May Schonenberger, Dusk, 2011
…using images from my home country, Switzerland


Dusk (Detail)


Mary Ann Weber, Primordial Slime, 2010
…as I meditated, I saw lizards crawling over primordial slime and rocks


Marian Zielinski, 55 Worlds, 2009 (Detail)
…the infinite and undefinable quilt of the universe and my own human perceptual limitations


Marianne R. Willamson, Babbling Brook, 2011 (Detail)
…the movement, and the transparency of the water intrigue me