I receved my package last night from lady4feet! She made me a lovely necklace with Alice-themed charms and the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. She picked the book based on my interest in the genres: "extremely competent characters", "jerks who get away with it because they're competent", and "beautiful writing". I have read it before (good try though!) but I liked it and I'm glad to have a copy. It's my own fault for working in a bookstore so long.
The charm necklace has three teardrops, a pocket watch, a teapot, a potion vial, and a lock&key clasp. But the real star of the show is the pendant, which is hand-stamped to say "we're all mad here" and has a pretty queen of hearts charm - just in time for Valentine's day. The picture doesn't do justice to the color, it really is a nice deep cherry-red.
Thanks lady4feet! It's always a pleasure to swap with you.
So many lovely cards in the last couple of days! It seems like texture is a kind of unofficial theme for this round... I especially love those skulls by Mostly Harmless. The loose, kind of goofy line and color is an unexpected treatment for skulls. So cool.
My lovely card from Helcura actually arrived on Tuesday, but I didn't see it until this morning (oops, teach me to put the mail on the desk and never look at it again...). It's titled "The Owl Flies Softly," for my natural science theme. It's so simple and clean, even with so much detail:
It'll make a great set with the apeiron card I got from kosmicgirl earlier in the month. The back of the ATC, and in the card it came in, say that she was inspired by how the design of owl wings makes their flight nearly silent.
Also, a bonus - the card the ATC came in is so pretty it could almost be an ATC itself, with a little judicious trimming! The picture doesn't really do the colors justice, in real life the blue doesn't clash with the orange/green collage in the middle.
I love the colorful layers combined with the shiny snowflakes. So cheerful!
I received my gorgeous ATC on the theme of "pre-socratic philosophers" from kosmicgirl:
The card is based around apeiron (ἄπειρον), which is a word that literally means "infinite" or "unlimited." It was brought into Greek philosophy by Anaximander ca. 600BC as a term for a sort of vital, non-elemental "background" that allows opposites to arise and serves as the wellspring of existence.
Kosmicgirl represented that here with the four classic Greek elements emerging from apeiron, but unified in style and color. So much meaning in such a simple card!
Plus, just look at these clean lines:
Thanks kosmicgirl, it's perfect!
Mini-lesson for the curious:
Anaximander (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaximander) was one of the very earliest Greek philosophers. Very little of his writing remains, but he was very influential; everything we know about him comes from later philosophers still arguing about his ideas. He was part of the first group of Greek thinkers trying to find a way to discuss and describe the world - especially the beginning of the world - without bringing gods into it. From a modern perspective, they were groping towards science, without any idea what that would look like. One of my favorite periods in the history of philosophy.
I received from lady4feet a couple of days ago, but it's been a crazy couple of days in between. She sent me a cute little card, a lovely bit of embroidery with one of my favorite quotes from the Tiffany Aching books, and my very own Ank-Morpork City Watch badge.
"Taint what a horse looks like, it's what a horse be." And look how cute the little horse charm is!
The badge is a transformer - it has a cord to wear it as a necklace, or I can flip up the ribbon and wear it as a pin.
The embroidery is already hanging on my gallery wall, and the badge is hanging on a keyhook by the front door in case any sudden crimes occur during important state dinners.
My cubicle-neighbor gave me an empty, tiny Altoids tin a while back because she knows how much I like tiny things. Lately she's been having a really rough time in both her personal and professional life, and I've been trying to think of something I could do to cheer her up. When I saw this challenge go up, something clicked and I knew exactly what I could do for her.
(And so I finally took the plunge to make an account, too.)
This is the tin - my hands are pretty small; I think the tin dimensions are around 1.75" x 2.5" x.75". I intentionally left the outside nondescript so she could actually carry it around in her purse without worrying about damaging it.
Here is a view from a little above so you can see the drawing in the bottom of the tin a little better:
And finally a view from the side, showing the construction:
I made this entirely at work so it's all stuff I had at my desk; black pen, blue and yellow highlighters, copy paper, and white glue. The sunflower stem on the big flower is a piece of yarn off of a scarf that I use as a wrist support for my mousepad. I <3 free crafts!
She wasn't at work today but I can't wait to see what she thinks of it tomorrow.
If anyone is interested in a tute, let me know and I will write one up.