New Stuff

I need to work and play. I can’t just think about the floods and disaster. For over a week I have been focused on danger from the water and on helping others, and even though those worries are still present, and helping continues, I also need to work. But equally important is to play and let go of all the worries.

My spring cleaning odyssey is getting close to summer, but a lot of work has been done! First of all, my studio expanded! πŸ™‚ My husband and I decided that we wanted a smaller bedroom and larger studio (for me) so we switched two rooms and man it is amazing! The bedroom is so warm and cozy now, and my studio is airy and less cluttered. I love it all! I will take photos one of these days, we just need to paint the walls first. But that change was a LOT of work! Moving and cleaning every little bottle and jar, finding new place for things to make everything organized, trying to make everything look neat and most of all reachable! I have to say, with the furniture that I have (I didn’t want to buy anything because this apartment is already full) I did a pretty good job. It took me ten days to finish both rooms, or to get close to that, but I am very pleased with how it all looks.

So, until I take those photos and show you the space, here are some of my latest creations.

A shawl made with scrap yarn that needed to be transformed into something beautiful. πŸ™‚

Shawl

Shawl

I used thick yarn, thin yarn, shimmery one, wool, cotton, all kinds of yarn! I love to experiment and this shawl turned out very nice!

Another one is also woven with different kinds of yarn, but this one is way more colorful.

Shawl

I also made an album for a customer who wanted it as a gift from the kids to their teacher, so she said it needs to have thirty blank pages, one for every child to do something on it. I had so much fun making this album. The only thing I knew I had to do is to put IV2 on the cover, but the rest was left to my imagination. So I thought a heart is a must because kinds love their teacher, then a bit of lined paper, a filmstrip frame because there will be photos inside, some crackle and some shimmer and glitter…

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It’s quite big, almost A4 size, but there had to be enough room for the children to draw and glue on. πŸ™‚

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The most important thing is that the customer loves it! Yay!Β  You just have to imagine more ribbon for the binding, because I didn’t want to tie it all now as it would get wrinkled, and also it needs to be all untied so that every child can have it’s own page to work on.

That’s it for now, even though I have more things to show you but they will have to wait. I don’t want to drown you in photos. πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

Waiting for Spring

I’m so not happy with this Winter. We had very little, actually almost no snow, quite a lot of rain and wind, too much gloomy weather, so all in all, it’s been very “unwintery” period. I feel so ready for Spring! But I guess I’ll have to wait. πŸ™‚

Until the Spring comes, I can at least play with bright colors and flowers, and make some Spring atmosphere in my home, right?

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This album was fun to make. It has more pages and tags than I’ve ever made before, and almost every page has a flower on it. I totally went crazy with embellishing this album. But the colors make me happy. πŸ™‚

Lots of sewing. Every page is actually a pocket made by sewing two pages together.

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Now I’ll definitely have to make more flowers. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful day!

All Different

Despite the horribly hot weather (with temperatures up to 50C) I’ve been busy making books, journals and albums. What else could I do? πŸ™‚

Here is another recycling project:

As I was saying in my last post, I have so many papers of all kinds, making it harder and harder to find what I want in my ‘not very well organized’ studio. So why not making a nice book/journal?

It would be great as a travel journal. Ohh, Greece, just one more month and I’m coming to you! LOL!

I also made this mini album:

And my first Art Journal is finished! Filled up with my writing, quotes, splashes of paint, ugly pages and not so ugly ones. πŸ™‚

I have two more journals that I work in from time to time, and a sketch book that needs a bit more attention,lol! And although I am not quite sure any of my journals should be called and Art journal, or maybe a journal/smash/trash book, it doesn’t matter as long as I’m having fun playing in them.

That’s it for today. I hope you are having a great week! xo!

 

Recycling

Hello bloggers!

As I promised in my last post, I made something with junk mail! I seem to work “seriously” over the week, and mostly play on the weekends. Didn’t think of that before, but now I see the pattern. πŸ™‚ And that’s ok, because that’s what weekends are for, right?

Anyway, I wanted to make something with all those envelopes I have been collecting, and a ton of papers from all kinds of sources – junk mail, catalogs etc. But the most important thing was that I had some photos from about ten years ago, photos that are not very good but still they are a memory of that particular moment, and even though some of them are blurry or maybe boring, I couldn’t throw them away. And finally I found a place for them!

A simple album that cost me no money at all, and was fast to make. It needs a few more embellishments, but I will do that later, because I will be adding more photos to it. It was so fun, and I’m glad I helped our Earth at least a tiny bit. πŸ™‚

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Not bad, eh? πŸ™‚

New Creations

Even though it’s extremely hot here in my little corner of the world with temperatures going up to 39 C, I have been “in the mood” for creating, and I love it! There is nothing better than making pretty things. πŸ™‚ So here are some of my creations.

A very light and slightly sparkly scarf:

It took me some time to finish it because I chose a very fine yarn to work with, but it was worth the pain. πŸ™‚

I also made an album in brown and gold tones.

And a Birthday card, made with recycled cardboard, acrylic paint, handmade paper and old lace:

And there is more, but I think it’s enough for this post. πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful day!

 

I’m still here :)

Yes, I am. I’ve been neglecting my blog lately, and I feel guilty, but it’s just that kind of period I guess, when it seems like nothing is happening. But first my hubby was sick, then me, and in the meantime I just felt kinda lazy. πŸ™‚

The only thing I did was playing in my Art Journal and Smash/Trash/Scrapbook Journal. So that’s all I have to share now, but tomorrow I plan to be more productive!Β  Oh well, we’ll see about that. πŸ™‚

I made some leaf stamps:

And then just relaxed with a good book. Well, you can’t see the book, only my happy socks,LOL!

 

It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect!

Hello my lovelies!

I’ve been reading about Art Journaling, and how it doesn’t have to be perfect or done “by the rules”, and to tell you the truth, I found out that it is absolutely true! Well of course it’s true,Β  people who are doing it for a long time surely know what they are talking about, but since I’m new in that area, it took me some time to figure it out. But now I know, and now I can have so much fun playing with my journals and albums.

As I told you before, I can’t draw or paint. And it’s true. But I don’t have a problem with that, because I know that I can’t be good in everything. I weave and I make books and journals, and that’s “my thing”. But I sure can have fun with paint and express my feelings in the way I like. I also found over the time that my scrapbooking and art journaling are connected, which is probably absolutely normal for other people, but as I said, I have been learning and exploring over the past few years, and it makes me happy to finally find my way through all that.

I started making an album over a year ago, and I had a theme – black,Β  white and purple. Then, I kinda stopped, like I didn’t know what to do next. And it may be strange because I have made so many albums for other people since then, but my album was just sitting there, waiting for me to continue working on it. Then, I heard about Art Journal, so I wanted to see what that is. I started to draw, it was horrible, I got frustrated and didn’t want to do it any more. And that story continued for some time – trying, not liking it, and so on.

But then, it came to me that I should let my self (or my journal, or both) be imperfect, messy, or what ever, and that’s when I began to really enjoy it. I am certain that it is good for me, as I always seek perfection in my work, especially in pieces I sell, but we all have to let go of those expectations and rules and perfection, and just have fun!

I also love to recycle, reuse, I like to find a way to make something out of nothing, and now I can do that in my journals.

So here are a few pages from my (still unfinished) scrapbook/journal/junk journal:

Some pages are finished, some still need finishing touches, or some journaling, and not to mention how I don’t care about the color scheme anymore, and I love it! I feel so happy that I’ve let my self make an imperfect album! πŸ™‚

And my Art Journal is like that too! Here are some pages I did lately:

And it also made me more confident to show you all this, because I am my worst critic and I used to be very shy in showing my imperfectΒ  journals. But I am not anymore! πŸ™‚