Another Mini

This one is a custom order for a lovely young lady, and it’s going to the Post Office today. Simple style, neutral colors, as requested.I hope you like it. 🙂

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Have a great day! 🙂

 

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A Book for Mary

I am feeling gooood! 🙂 Not only that I finished these lovelies you are going to see here, but I’m also working on at least three new pieces and I have many many ideas for more, so YES I feel great!

So, here is what I made for a swap with Mary. She received the package, so I can show you what I made for her.

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I used some of the lovely fabric and lace she sent me to make this journal, but I also added my handwoven fabric, lace, tea dyed doilies that my Grandmother crocheted many years ago, watercolor paper, etc.

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I made a pocket on the inside of the cover and added a couple of stitched tags, and every page is also stitched and embellished with lace and fabric.

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Mary is a very talented artist and a wonderful friend, and it was a joy making this for her. I also made a small bag out of the old table cloth that my Great Grandmother embroidered I have no idea how many years ago! The flowers are so beautiful, and with all the history they hold, I just had to incorporate them into this swap to add a bit more love to it. 🙂

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Inside there is a tiny book and a bracelet (also made by me). I know that Mary loves purple, so that’s what I used here. 🙂

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I hope you like it. Have a great time! 🙂

 

 

 

Making Embellishments

I’ve been making these things a lot lately, and I’m pretty much addicted right now. It seems like I do things in “phases”, so this time it’s “embellishment making phase”. Sometimes it’s “art journal phase”, then there is “mini album phase”, although “tag making and ATC phase” is missing for a long time(?). Of course, weaving is something else, it’s always present. 🙂

So here is what I did. I’m sorry about the bad colors in these photos, but the weather was horrible, without sunshine.

Fabric flowers:

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Pearl and bead sprays:

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Stick pins:

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Crochet flowers, of course:

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These plastic flowers were very fun to make, and I will have to make more, just because. 🙂

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You can make them curled or flat, or just how ever you like:

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Then some paper roses:

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And some tiny ones:

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As well as some other types of flowers:

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You can find tutorials for these pretties on YouTube, as well as on these blogs:

http://what-a-beautiful-mess.blogspot.com/

http://simplypaperandcreativity.blogspot.com/

If you have any questions about making these, feel free to ask. 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Day

It’s been almost a month since my last blog post, but I have been busy with holiday things, and at the same time my muse went probably skiing or who knows, maybe to some warmer climate. I can only tell for sure that she wasn’t here! And I almost started freaking out! I feel terrible when I can’t create. I just don’t know what to do with my self! But I couldn’t make anything, I couldn’t do anything in my art journal, I couldn’t even doodle. Nothing, except my first ever try at Amigurumi, which ended up in one sad little toy, LOL!

Meet my new friend who is leaning on an orange so that you can see him better. 🙂

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It’s very badly done, but for a first time crocheting something like this, I must say it’s ok. And we love him. My dog already tried to steal him. 🙂

But enough of that, I actually wanted to tell you about two lovely gifts I received today! I came home from shopping (nothing fancy, just supplies), and found TWO packages in my mail box! The first one was from Deb who recently celebrated her second blogaversary, and very generously picked eight people (!) to send a Happy Mail to! And I was lucky to be one of those eight people, so I got some gorgeous papers, fabrics, all kinds of inspirational things to be used in my art, some beads and sequins, buttons, puzzle pieces etc.

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I already have lots of ideas for how I will use these goodies. Some will go into my art journal, some in my diary, some will be altered and used in a mini album that I plan to start making, etc. Thank you so much Deb!!!

Another package came from Mary. We exchanged some materials a while ago, and the plan was to make something for each other using those materials. But Mary was so thoughtful and so generous as always, she sent me so many things! A lovely rabbit doll with a handmade dress, along with a handmade book and a brooch, some die cuts, etc.

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She also sent me some clear stamps which I LOVE!

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I’m all into butterflies lately, and these stamps are just what I needed! This is actually a second set that I got from Mary, but I’m using the first one right now for a project that I’m working on, so I can’t show you those. 🙂

And then, ta-daaa! 🙂 A prayer flag or a banner, I’m sorry I don’t know how it’s called in English, but I love love love it!!!

It has three layers, this is the first one:

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There is a beautiful little book tucked in the pocket on the front:

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I love all the details

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Here is the second layer:

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And the third:

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It is absolutely beautiful and I’m afraid that my photos are not good enough. Thank you so much Mary! I will keep this flag in my studio and look at it every day.

And another great thing is that my muse came back! I am finally able to spread my wings and create! 🙂 It feels sooo good!