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! 🙂

 

 

 

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! 🙂

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? 🙂

Inchies!

I’m having so much fun at Milliande’s ,I even signed up for another swap, and this time it’s Inchies! The theme is “Fall/Halloween Quilt Swap”, and this is my first time making these. To be honest, I haven’t heard for them until I joined “The Needle Queens” group. And of course I had to give it a try. At first I wasn’t sure I would be able to make them, because they are so small! But as I started, it turned out to be fairly easy. And they are so much fun! So here are my first creations:

Only one inch! Can you believe that? Ok, you probably can, but I am still excited about them. I think I might make some more! Maybe a few for Christmas. Small ornaments! Or a brooch! Or even some to give to my friends! Sooo cute! Ok, ok I’ll calm down. 🙂

Here is another thing I’m working on. It’s a journal/album cover (we’ll see what it will be), and it’s made with recycled cardboard (of course). There is still some work to be done on the cover before I start making pages, but this is how it looks at the moment. I love how sturdy this cardboard is. Great to play with!

So, enough playing, it’s time to do some work! My loom is waiting! 🙂