Happy New Year!

Hello friends! How are you? Everything ready for the New Year? πŸ™‚

I’ve been working like crazy lately, and although I really really need some time to play in my studio, that’s not going to happen. Maybe next year,LOL! There are so many UFO’s on my desk! Some ATCs, a lovely piece of my handwoven fabric that I started painting and embellishing, a crocheted scarf that needs a few more beads, brooches that need pins…well, as I said, next year….. πŸ™‚ But I have some scarves and ponchos to weave and deliver to customers, and although I love to weave, it’s more like work now and not enough play! Also, a lot of things have been sold lately, and some of them I forgot to photograph (bad me!), which made me want to post photos of some of my pieces that were so hard to sell! I fall in love with almost everything I make (doesn’t that happen to all of us?) and sometimes, even though I am thrilled to sell, it makes me feel kind of sad that I’m never going to see those pieces again. So here are just a few photos of those ‘hard to sell’ creations:

There are many more in this category, but I can’t keep everything in my closet, right? It’s enough that I have so many journals and albums that are just sitting on the shelf. I can’t force my self to sell them. I just look at them and feel happy! Crazy…

Well, it’s time for me to go and weave something beautiful (with ruffles,yay!). Or maybe I could eat some chocolate cake first? Hmmm…decisions, decisions…:)

I also wanted to thank you for visiting my blog, this was my first blogging year and it was absolutely wonderful! Happy New Year, I wish you love, peace and good health! And some cake, of course! πŸ™‚

Late Night Fun

New ATCs! Just for fun! πŸ™‚

First two were made with recycled cardboard.

For the second two I used junk mail on which I “clean” my paint brushes. When I finish painting, there is always a little bit of paint left on the brush, so why waste it? Just smear it on any kind of paper and after some time and a few layers, you’ll end up with a nice background for many projects.

The last one was made with scraps of my hand painted fabric. Nothing complicated, very simple, I just added a little bit of black puff paint, and a touch of white to stamp “truth” on it. I like how it turned out.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

New scarves

That’s how it goes – I start doing something and I can’t stop! I’ve been weaving like crazy lately, and crocheting a bit, which left me with too little time to do anything else. There are so many things on my desk, waiting to be finished, so many things I want to start making but I can’t because all I can think right now are the scarves! Oh well, let’s do what my brain and my hands want to do, because we all know this inspiration will pass eventually and then I will start those paper projects that are waiting for my attention. Not to mention some bottles which I plan to alter. But more on that in the next post. πŸ™‚

And some work in progress, handwoven shawl with colorful mohair crocheted ruffles:

Busy busy busy! Now, I’m off to walk my dog and then to weave some more. It’s going to be a mix of gorgeous browns and a little bit of greens, with a touch of shimmer (yes, I love shimmer!).

Have a great day! πŸ™‚

Not one but two!

The purple scarf from my previous post is finished, and I was clever enough to make a warp for two! So now I have another one, but as you will see they are totally different. The warp was very “open” and it allowed me to play with the weft and to achieve a different end result. But what I like best is that Β both scarves are light and airy, almost weightless. πŸ™‚

Here they are before washing and ironing:

And here is how they look after washing:

There was just a slight “shift” in yarn, another “surprise moment” I told you about in my previous post, but the scarves are still very lacy and I’m very satisfied how they look. Mohair is so lovely to work with, it “sticks” very nicely and gives the fluffy look with (as I said) almost no weight. It did make a mess while I was weaving, leaving lumps of fibers all over my studio, but after washing, it’s pure delight!

Here is a “European knot”:

So, what do you think? πŸ™‚

Oh, I almost forgot! Here is my first try at “Mandala”. I was so inspired by Kalona’s work and had to try it my self, although I’m not sure I should have doodled that much. πŸ™‚ Please check Kalona’s blog, she is unbelievable talented! You will be hooked as I am! πŸ™‚

Late night fun

This is what I like to do in the evenings. Instead of watching TV, I like to relax by playing with paper.

I recycled again, this time it’s Mc Donald’s paper cup (yes, I occasionally eat junk food, hehe).

I wrapped it with masking tape, then added some white glue over that just to keep everything in place. Painted it with acrylics, glued punched flowers, and glued buttons in centers. And that’s it! Now I have a lovely and colorful cup which could be used for so many things.

I also made some ATCs I plan to give to friends instead of classic Christmas cards. Well, I made some cards too, but I wanted to show you these. Nothing too complicated, but I like how they turned out.

Have a great day! πŸ™‚