What I did today

I love days like this. Creating, creating, creating! Although I make all kinds of things, my favorite activity is, of course, weaving. But I don’t blog that much about it. Why? Well, because it’s a slow process and there would be about one post a week if not less! And I want to blog because it’s fun and because it keeps me connected with people around the world, and because once I started doing that, I can’t seem to stop! ,and because I love to make different things, things that are my way of self exploring, exploring art, exploring different mediums, exploring life!  Sooo, that’s why I did everything today! There was some weaving done, then sewing my handwoven fabric, then making some cute ornaments, and it is all still work in progress, but there was huge progress made today, so I’m happy!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

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!).

The last piece of that fabric

Yep, no more, it’s the last piece. It’s the same fabric I used to make a purse from my previous post, and a few more purses. It is handwoven (of course), 100% cotton, and great to play with. So, as I had only a little bit of it left, I made a potholder / mug rug. I’m very pleased how it turned out, and now I can’t wait to make some more with other fabrics.

Here is the back:

This is going to be a gift for a dear friend. Her house is decorated mostly in white and navy blue, so I guess this is the right combination of colors 🙂

And just to show you that I can use other colors also (I’m getting a bit tired of using blue in all my projects lately, to be honest), here is a nice little tag:

Have a nice day everyone! 🙂





Scraps and junk mail

I’ve maid some tags using scraps of paper and fabric, with a bit of paint and some sewing. It’s quick and easy project:

I also used some junk mail to make these bookmarks. First I painted them with acrylic pain, then dipped a leaf into a golden paint and pressed onto them. It adds a nice detail, don’t you think? 🙂

It’s so easy to make these things, and costs almost nothing! I have more to finish, and with this crazy hot weather, it’s a perfect thing to do. 🙂