Some Updates

Hello lovely people!

First of all, I want to apologize to my blogging friends for not commenting on their blog posts enough (if at all). My Internet activities came down to my Etsy shop and a bit of Facebook. That is all I can do right now. It’s because I have no patience for long reads, or any reading except books, because I am ill. I have Cervical Cancer. I found about that around Christmas and since then my life has turned up side down. There have been days of despair and sobbing, but most of the time I have been and I am ok. Right now I am waiting for the treatment to start, Chemo and Radiation therapy, which should be in about a week. Yay. 😦

But, I have to do what I have to do and life goes on. I, thankfully, have a ton of things to do and a ton of things to make, I have been busy with my shop, and most importantly, I have my wonderful supporting husband and our two dogs to make me smile every day.

So that is why I wanted to apologize to you my friends, I am thinking of you, I hope you won’t forget me, I just need to go through all this the best way I can and know how, and hopefully I will be able to welcome Spring Cancer free and with a smile on my face.

But enough about that crap. Here is what I’ve been doing lately.

My studio is jam packed with all kinds of materials and supplies! I have been hording things for years, and even though I work and create and make all kinds of things, I still buy yarn and fabrics and paint, I still get things from people, things they don’t want and I DO want, I still recycle (even more), and I simply don’t have enough space for all those fabulous materials. That is why I decided to offer some of my treasures to other people so that they can use them and make fabulous creations with them. πŸ™‚ Here are the kits that are in my shop (and I have many more prepared ).

The Black and White kit:

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You have the link above in the name of the kit, so I won’t explain the contents here, I will just say that I construct all my kits with great care, I try to make them big and filled with different things that buyers can use in several projects.

I also have a Blue and Green Kit in the shop:

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Again, a ton of things to play with!

There is also a Valentines Kit:

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Then this great Masculine Kit:

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You can’t see very well in these photos, but there are so many vintage pieces in these kits, some great papers, old or vintage embellishments, book pages, fabrics, yarn, I mean, I love them! I already decided that if they don’t sell for some reason, I will use them as they are and make some fabulous journals and small bags, tags, oh so many things!

Ok. I got a bit distracted. πŸ™‚

There are also some smaller supplies/kits:

My Handmade Paper:

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Then another type of Handmade Paper:

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A small Blue/Green Embellishment kit:

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Small Red Embellishment Kit:

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And this lovely Pink and White Small Kit:

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This one was recently sold:

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As well as this kit:

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But there is so much more! I have more kits to add to my shop, but let me show you this gorgeous, (mostly) White Kit that I will hopefully add to the shop in a day or two:

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What I especially love to do is to use my handmade unfinished tags and book page bags to pack all these small pieces and yarns into. That way a buyer can use them in a project also, and I get a chance to recycle and help this planet a bit.

Anyway, I have been in and out of the hospital for the past twenty days or so, and I have a week before the treatment starts, so I am trying to work as much as I can and to stock up my shop. I will (hopefully) be home for the weekends in the next couple of months, and my husband will also help me with shipping the packages to buyers, so the shop will work normally. I do need that type of work/fun/amusement/thought distraction now. πŸ™‚

I wish you all great day/night!

 

Something New

Actually, all I wanted to do is organize and clean my studio! But then some of my souvenir journals sold and I had to make new journals for the shop. Then a friend called me to say that her friends wanted to buy shawls from me , so I had to weave. And then my dog had some health problems, which as usual made me go insane with worry, so to calm my self down, I made beads. Lots of beads. That way I could be in the same room with him, and it kept my hands busy and my mind occupied. It helped.

Luckily, he feels better now.

So here are the shawls:

Variegated yarn with a touch of sparkling mohair,Β  very warm and soft.

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The next one looks completely different than in this photo, but my camera didn’t want to cooperate. It’s a shame it looks so ugly here when in real life it’s lovely and sparkly and violet…

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Shades of green:

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This shawl was finished about a monthΒ  ago, but I forgot to photograph it, so here it is now.

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I hope ladies will like them. πŸ™‚

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Masculine journal:

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Coptic binding, mixed media journal.

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And a feminine one:

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Altered book. Handmade paper, coffee stained paper, lace, paint.

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And beads, of course!

Beaded beads

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Yarn beads

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Sequin beads

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Painted beads

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Denim beads

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Suede beads

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Leather beads

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Paper beads

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Crazy giant bead

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And now I want to make even more beads! They are SO addictive! I’ll have to buy more storage containers because I have no idea where to put them. πŸ™‚ But it is so relaxing and fun to take all those fabric scraps, bits of yarn, all kinds of paper, and while watching (well, actually listening to) TV, make these beauties. And yes, my living room is a mess again, but who cares. I have gorgeous beads now! πŸ™‚

Oh, and I almost finished organizing and cleaning my studio, although it will soon be a complete chaos there, as it usually is, but never mind. πŸ™‚

And Two More…

While I was writing my last blog post these two pretties were almost complete. So now that I finished them I can show you how they look.

First an altered book:

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I used fabric, gel medium, modelling paste and acrylic paint to make the cover look like this, and I’m very happy with the result.

I sewed and distressed the pages and added lace and other bits to them:

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The other one is a fabric journal, with a heart (of course). πŸ™‚

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Lots and lots of stitching:

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The back:

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And the inside:

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Have a great day! πŸ™‚

Hand Stitched

I bet many of you have the same “problem” as I do – I can’t even watch TV without doing something. I always have two baskets with me in the living room, one with ‘work in progress’ crochet, and one with yarn and crochet hooks. But I often bring more stuff, like thread and fabric scraps and beads, so it gets a bit messy. πŸ™‚ And now it’s like a bomb site! But I have two books to show that it was worth it! πŸ™‚

This one is about 6×9 inches, and it’s made with cotton fabric, silk, crocheted lace, pearls etc. And of course, my handmade paper.

A handstitched detail

Paper and yarn mixed together

A bit of poetry

And the back

I also made another twinchie book. Couldn’t throw away even the tiniest pieces of silk and lace, so I decided to make this:

Lovely little thing. πŸ™‚ I sold quite a few of them, people seem to understand what they are, and that makes me happy.

I hope to finish another book over the weekend, a recycling project. There were too many papers in my craft room that I seemed to have no use for. Well, I do now! πŸ™‚ It’s a great feeling to make something with unwanted things, or just junk. Which reminds me, I also have some envelopes from bills and stuff like that, and next time hopefully I will show you what I did with them. πŸ™‚

Have fun! xo!

Books books books!

I’ve had a wonderful week! And the reason for that was – inspiration! A ton of it! I was so in the bookmaking zone, that everything else seemed irrelevant. And everything was so easy to do! Well, my hands and fingers hurt, and my butt feels numb from all that sitting, but who cares! I have so many gorgeous little books to look at, to sell, to give, to own! I can’t explain how good I feel! But I have a feeling you kinda noticed by now, and I promise, I am not drunk or on drugs, it’s just “bookmaking high” thing,LOL!

Anyway, the only thing that bothers me are the photos, which for some reason didn’t turn out quite right, no matter how many times I photographed, or if it was it inside or outside, they just are not good enough. But, I can’t help it now, so here are some of the photos, and yes, there are a couple of pendants that are not books, but I just felt like trying some new things. πŸ™‚

Those were the necklaces, and here are some tiny books made into earrings:

Then some slightly bigger books:

And another great thing this week was that I found two bags full of books by the entrance of my building, and they are all hard cover, so now I have fourteen books to play with! Some are quite large, about 30cm nigh, and I can see them becoming great art journals. Apparently, someone didn’t want them anymore, and to be honest, who would want a book about installing heating in commercial buildings! πŸ™‚ But they are all in excellent condition! More fun for me! Yay! πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! πŸ™‚

Makeup Bags

As you can see, I have been very busy lately, and I hope I’ll stay like that for a long time. But, every time I get into this “crazy” state, I seem to “burn out” after a while, and then loose my muse, or energy, or how ever you might call it. But, I intend to enjoy it while it lasts.

Sooo, I have something small and cute to share with you. I have been playing with my handwoven fabric again, and made these makeup bags, or small purses, or just something to put whatever you’d like in. πŸ™‚

Two smaller ones are about 6.5 inches by 5.5 inches, and the bigger one is 8.5 x 5.5 so that one could be used as a lovely clutch, maybe with a Summer dress or jeans…

Two of these are going to my friends as birthday gifts, and I am seriously tempted to keep one for my self, even though I already have quite a few. But I just love them!

The flowers are suede that was cut with Sizzix. Fast and easy.

The next clutch was actually made a long time ago, it just needed some finishing touches, and I finally finished it! I guess some things have to wait for the right moment. But you should put your sunglasses on, because this one is very bright!

Crazy, huh? I call it “Neon”. I am so clever, right? LOL!

Have a wonderful day everyone! xo!

Weekend Fun

Spending time with my hubby, enjoying a warm weather, making waffles and salads, taking a nap…Great weekend! But I also made a bunch of flowers while watching TV in the evening. It’s Spring, so it’s flower time! πŸ™‚

Organza and satin:

Crocheted flowers:

They will look great in my journals and albums, maybe on a poncho or a scarf, or I could make a brooch with them. I love making my own embellishments, and to tell you the truth, I just learned how to crochet these! Thank you YouTube (and my patience)! lol!

I also made some fabric tags a few days ago, and I love them! πŸ™‚

Can you see the crochet flower in the top right? πŸ™‚

Have a great day everyone!