I got RougeRaven's art journal zine, and I love it. It really resonates with me because like you, RougeRaven, I'm constantly examining the meaning and purpose of art in my life, struggling with my resistance, my fears, wondering if it's worth the time and money...and I love love love to see snippets, like you say, of another artist's psychological process.
So, I really love the cover. I am trying so hard not to be all, "Oh, she has one so I need one," about art supplies, but man...I gotta get a label maker.
And I love this spread the best for many reasons. I love that you said 'shit', even though it was going to be shared, I love that you shared one of your art playlists, and of course I love that I got goodies.
And another spread I love, this one for the honest sharing and introspection. I have been art journaling all day today myself, so I thought I'd hold the spread open with my 'art journaling manicure'.
Thanks, RougeRaven! You've inspired me to do an art journal all just about my creative process.
I got my cute copy of heyleylujah's vegan zine, too, and by now, you've all seen the glimmery-eyed pig cover that persuades you away from meat:
And my favorite page is the end, with the most adorable little pictures. I mean, look at that cow! I think it's the cutest cow I've ever seen. And that little creature biting the celery makes me want celery soooo bad. LOL!
I just LOVED buying all this little stuff to put this together, and other than the potholder itself, now I have everything I need to make lots more of them. Hope you get lots of use out of it! Now I need to make one for myself, and I'm offering it as a craft kit for $5 to my local crafting group!
I have received a couple amazing packages this last week, unfortunately my camera decided to go MIA....rawr! i will describe them, and how awesome they are, and if my partners have any pics, they would be greatly apreciated!
From goddessgarb I recieved an amazing women's emergency kit. It's made out of a red potholder with a button closure, and inside are plastic zipper bags with just about anything you could ever need to be carrying. It's got matches, and cough drops, and tissues, and a mini sewing kit! I love how prepared I am now! I also recieved a pincushin for my sewing machine, which is a beautiful blossom, on a black ribbon, and it is filled with steel wool so my pins and needles will stay nice and sharp!
I love it, and was super excited about opening it! Oh, and I got a couple extra pieces of chocolate too!
Found it! Okay, that means I get to post first and spoil the surprise for the others getting this zine! LOL! I got my zine from Yoopidou today! It's all about what to do in Hawaii.
As if anyone ever needed MORE incentive to go. LOL! It's hand-drawn and written (mostly) and full of cute little drawings, and my favorite page is the one on her garden, which says what she planted and how it turned out. I can't even wrap my head around planting your own pineapple, bananas, and coconuts!!!
And she included a gorgeous post card.
Thank you Yoopidou! I'll tuck this into my bag when I finally make that dream trip to Hawaii!
I got my freakin' amazing box of supplies from Giddiup222 today! WOW. I literally YELLED that when I opened the box. I cannot WAIT to play with this stuff. Okay, so here's the box, freshly opened, PACKED to the breaking point:
Here is SOME of the stuff. Look at all the laces and bias tapes still on the cards! OLD cards, which I'd totally buy the bias tape just to get! And that lovely bunch of cream lace? Just a tiny bit compared to the HUGE WADS of wide, white lace not in this shot! I swear there's enough here to do a wedding dress. I can just see it with a little running stitch along one side, gathering the lace and making it a ruffle...
Here's a shot of everything, with that lace on the side:
And here MORE stuff, including some awesome strings of fun beads, some cut-off black buckles that are just my style, and some totally RAD iron on rhinestuds. Rhinestuds! I even like the name. And they're stars! I love stars!
I just realized the hook and eye fasteners pkg is on top of the three kitty applique, which is a bummer, cuz it's so cute. And my new local craft friend's etsy shop of handmade cat toys is called, "3 Cat Limit," so I hope you don't mind that I HAVE to gift this applique to her.
This pkg. blew my mind, Giddiup222. Thank you so much. I will *never* have to buy lace again! From now on, when people ask why everything I make has lace on it, I'll tell them it's your doing!
Okay, so I was seeing some ideas on YouTube about making your own washi tapes, but they were laying them out on craft mats, making cardboard rolls to roll them up on, having the sticky part stick to itself like regular tape, making elaborate nonstick spools to store them on...and I just thought, why not spread out a piece of parchment paper, lay tape out, paint it, then cut the strips apart and roll or fold them up...done! I tried it today to see if it works...and it does!
What you need:
Parchment paper (waxed might work too, but I don't have any right now to try) Masking tape Acrylic paint
You could do this whole thing as a dollar store craft, as I've seen packets of parchment paper there lately. Anyway...
I laid out a sheet of parchment paper the width of my work surface and stuck tape down to it. I had two kinds, a narrow blue painter's tape that ended up too sticky to use for that, and a dollar store roll of regular masking tape. When I took the picture, I had already painted two strips with gold and copper acrylic craft paint...couldn't help myself. I left an inch or so between strips for messiness and to give room to cut them apart after.
So then I just painted. Messy, no plan, doing whatever. You could have your kids sit down and make you some. Or you could paint or stamp very precise designs on it. Whatever you want. I think it would come out awesome either way, because deco tape is just awesome all by itself, ya know? Here's what I ended up with, just playing:
Then when it was dry, I cut the strips between the tape and rolled up three and folded three, then secured each with a paperclip for storage. Folding will probably be the way I go for storage, as I store everything in ziploc bags.
The tape comes off the parchment paper REALLY easily, and it sticks to paper as great as it ever did.
Success! Have fun! And please let me know what you think, and try it and come back and show what you did!!!
Here is what I rec'd from ifallthraindrops, which I posted about in the discussion forum already, but which I will now take down! A lovely wool scarf in wonderful neutral grays to match my cape (displayed):
And a bunch of vintage buttons, with a great card that's going right into my journal.
I received from Nilmerg today! I got 2 extra ones, too. I have to guess at what themes, since she chose several and didn't tell me which was which, but I'm pretty sure most are color themed, and then there are the two moveable parts ones.
They're wonderful! I love the bright, crisp lines and colors, the indigo one is so clever, and those moveable ones are awesome. My favorite is that one in the lower corner, the paisley-like moveable gears. I love the subtle black edging which will make them look wonderful on a black mat. Thanks Nilmerg! And what cute extra-extra recycled inchies on the card, too!
I haven't made anything in months. I set up my work area in my new home (comandeered the entire dining room, should say) weeks ago, but have been too chicken to actually turn on the machine. Well, last night I kicked myself in the butt (and so did my partner) and I sat myself down. And though I had some very silly mistakes, once I got going, only exhaustion made me stop. I was rusty and not following any pattern, so these all took me so much longer than they should...or ever would again! They're simple designs now that they're worked out. I know you sewists know what I mean. Anyway, here's what I made last night:
Needlebook and matching wrist pin cushion:
The cushion is velcro'd o so I can detach it. I want to make a strap for my sewing machine with a square of velcro to attach it to, I think. My scrap of this fabric, which I love, isn't big enough for the sewing machine strap, alas. It wasn't even big enough for a wrist strap, I had to put elastic in it, like a headband.
A removable cover for my hardback sketchbook, made from a drop cloth:
I call it, "Overcomplicated Primitive," because I took a simple design I've made before with light cotton and made it more complicated by wanting those raw edges. Which only got a bit tricky when I added the loops. See, I needed a way to keep it closed and keep my pencil (and maybe a pen, too...the loops are big enough for two things) with it, so I put on a double ribbon loop closure that does both:
Then I needed...yes, needed...LOL...a matching bookmark.
I got my last bookmark last night, from MeganCrafts, and my whole family burst out laughing when I opened it because it's so perfect for me. I had expressed that I liked the 'dirty word' cross-stitches, and she made me one! I LOVE it. I even had to start reading a >gasp< novel last night so I could use it. LOL!