Tuesday, November 30, 2010


This is actually three layers and then I embellished with Anika von Holt brushes

Another idea for a Steam Punk Tin Box for my new shop
This one has 4 layers


Jann was my swap partner in October. I received her beautiful card and lots of other goodies.
She made the cutest journal and other ATC's too. Thanks Jann

Don't forget today is the deadline for you to get your ATC's finished and out to your partner.
I will be having another swap for December next week.

Happy Creating !


After 18 hours of labor I became a Great Grandmother today.
Ava June was born at 5:13 pm Nov 29, 2010
She is beautiful and as soon as they send me pictures I will post them. This is a card I made for my Granddaughter for her baby shower. In the right corner is a photo of her. I cannot wait to see her.
I cannot explain the joy I feel .

Friday, November 26, 2010

AND THE WINNER IS ............

After over 40 suggestions and days of thought, I have chosen a name for my new Etsy Shop.

This suggestion came from Lori of Out Of The Mouth Your Heart Speaks.

Thank You Lori, you are the winner so pick the tin you want from the picture of my tins here under "Name That Shop" post and you can go to my current shop before the 1st of December and let me know which handmade greeting card and envelope you want and I will send them to you right away.
Very cleverly thought out. I love it!

Brenda, my friend and and Etsy Team colleague summed it up perfectly.
She said "Altered State of TIN"!!! What a perfect name. The name says to me, unique, quality, altered art, made of metal, artistic collage mind, and it is something I would click on if it was a list of names in a link!

That did it....the words I was waiting to hear. "SOMETHING I WOULD CLICK ON"

I will be opening my new Etsy Shop the first week in December.
I will be posting the link and the opening date soon.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be safe !!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Okay I have narrowed it down to 10 choices. I had planned to just choose 5 but this is hard.
I had over 30 suggestions and they are ALL good. I still need your help.
Please help me by voting for one of these 10. Leave a comment on which one you are voting on and why you voted for it.

Unique Tins

PK Tin Designs
(the pk are my initials)

Altergather Tinfabulous


Tin City

Tin Box Studio

Tin Box Alley

Altered State of Tin

The Altered Tin Box

Tin Box Magic

I will post my final decision the day after Thanksgiving.
Thanks to everyone who is helping me with this.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Just a little steam punk digital collage.

Friday, November 19, 2010


Our Etsy Team Gift Exchange was this week.

I decided to try something out of the ordinary for me, so with "Steam Punk" in mind and an empty chili sauce jar I went a bit crazy.

At first I thought I would just make it a pencil holder.

The more I thought about it the more I added.

There are actually three of my collages on here.
This is the bottom of the piece.

Then I thought of making it a flower pot and adding flowers.......
used copper wiring works really good!

Adding some old washers and bolts....This is what I ended up with.

It was so much fun watching this evolve into an actual bouquet :)

I will be choosing a name for my new Etsy Shop this weekend.
I will pick 5 and then choose 3 out of 5 and post them here for my readers to vote on.
I have many to choose from and I thank all of you for your help.
The winner will be posted the day after Thanksgiving.

I have lots of work to do. A new shop means a new Icon with a new business card and then I have to go set up my shop.

Gotta get busy!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Another Steam Punk Collage
I am addicted !

Within the next couple of weeks I am going to close my current Etsy Shop
and open a new one.

I have had my current shop for over 4 years now.
I have all of my beautiful custom handmade greeting cards and a few collages in there at present.

Currently my Etsy name is pchickki and my shop of course is Treasure Barn which is confusing to most people. Does she sell chicks? What is a pchickki? Where are the barns?
I am sure most of you know where the name pchickki came from as it is posted here in my profile but a shopper usually does not look at your profile. They are drawn to what you have in your shop .

Also with all the time I put into my handmade cards and envelopes, I have to put a price on them that covers time and material making them not so attractive to people who do not understand this and those who do can probably make them their selves.

So my plan is to open a brand new Etsy Shop and have only altered tins in it. The possibilities are endless and I am going to give it a try. HERE IS WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP.

I am taking suggestions for the name for my new Etsy Shop.
Keep in mind I will be selling "Altered Tins Only" such as these.

The winner will be able to choose any tin of her choice and also will receive any one of my beautiful handmade greeting cards with handmade envelope FREE.

Please leave your suggestion here in a comment and if you could pass the word along on your blog that will give me lots of choices.
I will choose three of my favorites and then YOU get to vote on which one YOU like best.
That will be the name of my new Etsy Shop.

You can use the photo above of my first 7 tins when you post about it on your blog.

I will be opening my new blog as soon as I have a name for it.


Monday, November 15, 2010


I am caught up in Steam Punk...what do you think about Steam Punk?


Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" for such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine.

Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk. They have considerable influence on each other and share a similar fan base, but steampunk developed as a separate movement. Apart from time period and level of technology, the main difference is that steampunk settings tend to be less dystopian.

Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Currently our Etsy Team is making decorations for our Victorian Steam Punk Christmas window display.
We will be setting this window display up the day after Thanksgiving.
Here are my decorations. Handmade Victorain Paper Dolls and Ornaments.

The plan for this display created by our team leader Brenda Salzano is going to be so cute. Can't wait to show you when we are all finished with it.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Update on my Son is that he is a tiny bit better. The oral antibiotics will take longer to work than IV antibiotic. It has been 10 day since this started and he is making slow progress towards getting better.
Hang on to your insurance for dear life. This experience has shown us the difference treatment you receive without it.

He is depressed and feels hopeless with each day he cannot work.
Keep DAngelo in your prayers. He by far is not out of the woods.
Thanks everyone.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Remember my son that has the flesh eating disease in his leg? Well it has rared it's ugly head again this year. Seems like every year at this time it flares up. I am worried sick about him this time. It is worse than when it first started over 10 years ago. Swollen and the red mark has traveled to his waist line.

The sad thing is that he lost his job 4 months ago and was out of work for two months. He just got a job 3 weeks ago and now he can't work because of his leg. Being so new on his job his insurance has not kicked in yet so he is without that and his IV's are $1000.00 per bag. That is not counting his hospital stay. You see when this monster flares up he has to be on IV's constantly for at least a week sometimes more. This in the past it was done at home by an in home nurse but because he has no insurance he has to have it done at the hospital so he will be admitted probably tomorrow for the IV treatment.

He left to work with his new job for three days from Anaheim to Oakland on Wednesday and his leg was just starting to bother him so as usual he started his antibiotic which usually stops it from getting really bad. Not this time. By Thursday evening he was in the ER hundreds of miles from home. He spent from Thursday until Sunday in the ER having IV's administered. They finally let him come home Sunday afternoon.

He is depressed and worried. Can't say I blame him, so am I and the rest of the people that love him.
I am asking for your prayers please. It is no better this evening. Tomorrow he will see the doctor again and probably be admitted for treatment.

I wonder what the American Indian would have done to cure this disease? They probably had a better remedy than some of these doctors today.

I am praying for a blessing this first day of November. To take the infection away from my Son's leg and heal him soon both spiritually and physically.

Thank You All