Creative Block

I’m finally out of it!!! Oh, how I hate when my muse goes away, leaving me uninspired and sad. It’s unbearable! To have ideas, lots of them, and to not be able to do anything, to create one single thing, that is terrible! Thank you my dear muse for coming back! I will make you a cake! 🙂

Or maybe I should thank Deb. She organizes an ATC challenge every month, and this month the theme is “Fish”, which immediately made my fingers itch. 🙂 So thank you Deb! Here are the cards I made:

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Not bad. ? You have no idea how thankful I was when I finished these ATCs. Funny how glue, paint and paper make me happy.

The holidays are to be blamed. They somehow push me out of my normal rhythm, and instead of having more time to make art, I end up being stuck. Strange. (OK, enough about that!)

Anyway, I have to tell you that almost all of my scarves and a poncho have been sold (yay!), along with a wonderful brown crocheted bag which I forgot to photograph! Come on! What is wrong with me?! But I do have another one to show you. Happy, colorful summer bag.

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It was finished a while ago, but I was uninspired to even take photos of it. Poor bag. It didn’t deserve that kind of treatment.

Another thing I must thank Deb for is an inchie fever! Deb committed to making inchies and twinchies every day in 2014, and she already has an amazing collection! You should visit her blog (http://bluetwigstudio.wordpress.com/)and see how lovely they are! It’s been a while since I made inchies, but last night I thought that it could be a great way for me to start making something. They are small so they don’t require too much work (well, you could make them as complex and detailed as you like, but you don’t have to, there are no rules), so it was a perfect thing for me to do! This first batch is a bit simple, but I’m just happy that I played and had fun. And who knows, maybe the fever will continue and I’ll have an inchie for every day of the year! Wouldn’t that be great!

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Thank you Deb once again! 🙂

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Paper Inspiration

The weather here has been pretty sun-less, and I just wasn’t inspired to photograph new shawls and scarves. And to be honest, they need to be ironed and fringe trimmed, which is something I can’t be bothered with right now. I’m just weaving and putting them away, and it’s starting to be a bit unpleasant. My back hurt, and the time that I am able to sit by my loom and weave is getting shorter and shorter. I feel like I’m constantly jumping in and out of my chair, trying to at least do some house work when I don’t weave, but I’m too tired for that too. I mean, I love my work, but sometimes I can’t do anything else buy lie down.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in a good mood, inspired to work, have lots of ideas, and very satisfied with the shawls and scarves that I wove so far. It’s just the pain that gets in the way…But then I received two packages in the last few days that brought smile to my face, so I thought I could share that with you today.

First I received a package from Anne Marie. She was my swap partner at “Paper Swap“. We were supposed to send each other an envelope filled with all kinds of papers to make a Junk Journal. But since Anne Marie likes to work with fabric and beads (as I do), we decided to exchange also some other stuff that we could use in other projects. So, when the package arrived, I was blown away by it’s yummy content!

So many beautiful papers:

And gorgeous fabrics, stitched hearts, inchie, twinchie, colorful art work, oh, so many beautiful things!

I can’t wait to have time to play with these goodies. It’s all so lovely and inspiring.

Another thing that made me happy was a collection of ATCs that I won at Deb‘s blog. Deb organizes ATC Swap every month, where she gives us a theme and at the end of the month she randomly picks one winner who gets all the cards. It’s fun! And the first time I participated was the lucky one for me! 🙂 So I got all of the October cards. The theme was “Pink”. Now I have these works of art as a inspiration and a memory.

Here is Deb’s ATC and a lovely card she sent me:

Then Louise (on the left) and Kerry:

Juli and Patti:

Patricia and – I don’t know the name of the other lady, she didn’t sign the card:

Lynn and Teresa:

Jada sent two:

And the last one on the left that unfortunately I can’t read the name, and mine on the right:

I’m sorry that these ladies didn’t include their blogs on the back of the card so that I could put the link, or maybe they don’t have blogs, but at least you can see the cards which are really gorgeous. If you’d like to participate, go to Deb’s blog ( I added a link ) and join the fun! The theme for December if “Time”.

Have fun everybody! 🙂

This and That and I’m going to Rome!

When you get the chance to travel to one of your dream destinations, what else could be interesting? That’s probably the reason why I took only three photos of my shawls, even though I have a lot finished. I’ve been weaving like crazy, and my back is very painful, but hey, I should be in Rome in a couple of days, so I’ll have a much needed break. 🙂

I’m sorry about the poor photos, but hubby went to Rome a week ago and took the good camera with him.

These shawls look much better than the photos show, they are very soft and warm, and the colors are much more vibrant.

So, the thing is that my husband is currently in Rome on business, and will be there till November 10th. And I got the chance to join him for ten days! I wish I could stay longer, but I have too much work to do. But ten days is great! I am thankful for the opportunity to see Rome. So, I made my self a journal (of course), although a bit in a hurry, but I like how it turned out.

I used different papers for the inside, envelopes, cereal boxes and scrap paper. So there is lots of room for writing, drawing, and pockets for all kinds of things.

I also wanted to show you an ATC I made for the swap at Blue Twig Studio. The theme was “Pink” in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Late Night Fun

New ATCs! Just for fun! 🙂

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! 🙂

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! 🙂

Beautiful things

I wanted to share with you some gorgeous things I received in the last couple of days. And  I wanted to explain how grateful I am for Milliande, and for the new friends, for the swaps and all that lovely art, but tonight is a bit hard to find the right words. It would be easier in Serbian, but then most of you wouldn’t understand me. 🙂  So no more trying for me. I’ll just say THANK YOU!

Patty’s gorgeous twinchie box:

“Windows ATC Swap” – Dawna’s and Christine’s lovely cards:

“Halloween in Wonderland ATC Swap” – Marie Austen, Laurie Damer, Mel-made and T.Koorey:

Another great swap is the “Prayer Fl-Inchie swap” hosted by Kalona. I’m waiting for Mary‘s Flinchie to arrive and I know it’s going to be wonderful!! I finished my Flinchie which is going to be mailed tomorrow to Letizia. I hope she will like it. I don’t want to show the whole thing until she receives it, but here is a part of it:

It was made with tea bags, plastic mesh, chains, stamps, liquid pearls, markers, charms, beads, bling, etc.

I also had wonderful time this weekend with my family, it was my mother’s birthday.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day / evening! 🙂

Don’t throw away your plastic bags

Hi friends! I have been asked so many times about the things I make with plastic bags, and finally I managed to photograph the process and show it to you. But be aware, this post is photo heavy!!! 🙂

First thing you’ll need are plastic bags (well, of course), which you will cut like this:

You don’t need the handles and the bottom.

Next, lay your bags flat ( I used three here, but if you want a thicker final product, use more) :

Now we can iron them. Take two pieces of baking (parchment) paper and put your bags in between so that you don’t destroy the iron with melted plastic! 🙂

Keep your iron moving non-stop!

The temperature of your iron must be low. I use the “silk/wool” mark, but I still have to check the whole time to see if it’s ok. If the temp is too high, you’ll end up with shrinkage and “too much” texture, like this:

Although, it might be exactly what you want. I do like it for certain projects. But if your iron is not too warm, then you’ll get smoother texture like this:

Check on your bags while you iron, but be careful, it’s very hot! An also, every few moments you should turn your bags (with the paper) upside down so that you iron both sides.

And when everything is nicely melted and fused, you are done! Then it’s up to you what you’ll do with it. You could leave your plastic as is, especially if you had some nice and colorful bags.

Or you could paint them, which is what I like to do.

Paint gives them different “feel”, like it’s a different material, and it gives so many possibilities for use in all kinds of projects.

Isn’t this texture great?

You could draw on it:

But remember, always apply a protective coat of some kind, to prevent damaging the paint. It is plastic you are painting after all, and it doesn’t soak up the paint. 🙂

And there you have it! So nice and textural, durable, and cheap! You can have fun and help saving the planet at the same time. 🙂 I used it for making bookmarks:

ATCs:

One-inch boxes:

You could make journal pages, or just embellish your journal with it:

You could even use it in your sewing:

The possibilities are endless!

I hope this was helpful and inspiring. Have fun! 🙂

ATCs!

I’m happy! I found this in my mail box today:

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” ATCs

From upper left: Lynn Kelman, Dawna, Lois Lugg, Beth Gould and Monika Schmid. These cards are so beautiful, I am amazed by everyone’s talent and interpretation of the theme. Thank you ladies, and thank you Monika for organizing this swap and for sending extra goodies! I love the papers, the tag, and the ribbon! You made my day!

I also wanted to show you some of my creations. First, here are two cards I made for “Layers” ATC Swap:

Then “Trees” ATC Swap:

And here is a peek into my “Windows” and “Halloween Wonderland” ATCs. Work in progress:

Am I having too much fun? 🙂

Weekend fun

Sunday. Not my favorite day. Weekend is almost over, but there is one great thing waiting for me, and that is to go to Beer Fest with my hubby and our friends tonight for some good rock music and fun. Well, and beer, but just a little bit! 🙂

I’ve been working on “Trees” and “Layers” ATCs but can’t show them to you yet, because I will have to wait for Anna and Yvette to get them. I don’t want to ruin the surprise. But here’s how I wrapped them 🙂 This way you could wrap just about anything, and it so simple! Just some papers and a piece of ribbon.

I also made a Journal, and this one is just for me. Tea dyed fabric, handmade paper, some fabric scraps and beads.

Work in progress…

And here is another work in progress:

So, that’s what I’ve been doing this weekend. How about you? Did you have fun these past two days? 🙂

What made me happy today

Do you have those days when nothing goes right? That was the case with me this weekend. I started making a purse with some of my handwoven fabric, and it just didn’t want to cooperate. My seams weren’t straight, the fabric was stretching, it was a disaster. Then, I started making a cake using a recipe from the Internet, and again, no success. It will be eaten, no worries there, but it’s not as it should be. I also wanted to make some blueberry jam, and I burned it. Well, that’s because I was struggling with the purse, so I forgot to check on the jam! 🙂 Also, I tried sewing some velvet for a lady who wanted small velvet bags, and it was as if it was alive, wiggling under the needle and making my job a torture! I did finish them but after so much trouble that I don’t want to do that again! The only thing that turned out ok is this little loveliness:

Here is the back, open so you can see the leaves better. I used handwoven fabric, my hand carved stamp, fabric paint and stitching:

It perfectly accommodates a passport, or a bigger cell phone, but I’m going to use it for hankies. A lady should always keep her hankies in something beautiful, right? 🙂

This morning I stitched some velcro to it for closure, and that means it was finished today, so I will count that as a first thing that made me happy.

The second thing was a message I received from Monika – http://storiesofpearlsandplunder.blogspot.com/, who said that I am one of the few ladies (randomly picked) that will receive a bonus ATC in the “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” ATC Swap at Milliande’s. That was so nice to hear! I’ve never “won” anything before, so for my name to be drawn amongst six, was great! Thank you Monika!

And another thing that made me happy today was an envelope from Ireland! Helen Goulty hosted an ATC Swap themed “Unusual shaped ATC’s” also at Milliande’s, and two gorgeous cards have arrived!

Aren’t they lovely? The one on the right was made by Anne Trudell from Canada, and it opens up to show some beautiful flowers!

The other card was made by Deedee Forrester and it’s very shimmery. I loooove shimmer!

Both are very colorful and show so much creativity. Love them!

Helen Also sent me some postage stamps and lovely ribbons and papers that are so gorgeous! Thank you so much Helen! I didn’t expect extra goodies, and that was another surprise for me today! I will use them in my projects; actually, I already have a few ideas.

So, after a “not very successful crafting” weekend, some lovely things happened and now I’m smiling! To show you how happy I am, here is an embarrassing “cookie smile” photo of me (it’s never too late to go completely nuts!).