Years ago, I learned how to do traditional hand-coloring with pencils or oils on black-and-white photos. It's fun -- like coloring books for grown-ups -- but to do it you have to be prepared by shooting black and white film, then print the chosen photos on fiber paper (the step that never happens for me), then get out all your supplies.... I've done a few for friends as wedding gifts, but otherwise it just never happens because it's such a major production.
But this is so easy! I tried one too and just had to share. In hindsight, a picture with many small bits was not the way to start, but I'm obsessed with cherry blossoms because they're so lovely and only lasted about a week this spring thanks to terrible weather here in DC.
I got a lovely package from the aptly named AmaZing today, all the way from England!
Inside were 4 wrapped gifts, numbered 1 to 4, with notes inside each one. The photos don't quite match up with the package divisions, but inside were:
Beautiful lilac-scented perfume, a happy little stuffed rock made of t-shirt type fabric (similar to something on my wists), headbands (which were also on my wists), and some pretty fabric remnants (not pictured) and a ball of yarn.
The pets are quite happy with the yarn, by the way, and think it's a toy for them. One of the cats knocked the yarn off the table this afternoon, they all ran around the living room with it, and then puppy somehow managed to tie my feet together while I was watching TV...!
Cute blue cards with buttons on them (yes, I have a lot of stationery on my wists!), an adorable peacock drawing because I love peacocks, and little cards from my wists that say "stop talking" (which I wish I had the guts to give out to annoying people in public).
A necklace of felted beads, and extra beads that I can't wait to play with! I love the color combinations....
A Rapunzel scarf that I adore. Note the crocheted butterfly hiding in among the ribbons and yarn... The scarf will come in especially handy this weekend, as the temperature will fall back down below freezing but our apartment is without heat until at least Monday. Time to test out the old advice that you always feel warmer if your next is warm....
Thanks so much, AmaZing. Everything is wonderful!!
Yassmeen and KristyGuna, any more ideas/plans/photos/etc. you care to share of your cherry blossom wedding planning?
I'm in the very earliest stages of "we just decided to get hitched and he hasn't even officially proposed yet but I'm a girl and excited so am already planning the wedding" planning, and I'm thinking of a cherry blossom theme too, so would love to hear your advice!
We live in Washington, DC, which is a great place to live but a place without a whole lot of ... oh ... let's say whimsy. But mysteriously every year, for about 2 magical weeks, out of nowhere the entire town is transformed by lacy pink and white blossoms everywhere. I've only lived here a few years, and I'm still awed every year. Hopefully we can hold the wedding next year during the small window of time when our many out-of-town guests can experience the magic in person. But either way, I'd love to capture a bit of it for the reception itself!
Tenrec and I got together earlier this week to swap items in person! Slightly stressful -- because what if your partner hates something and has to fake enthusiasm?? -- but speaking from my end, at least, everything was just thrilling!
She gave me a tote bag, a little bag full of travel-size apothecary items (love the word "apothecary", it's so chic) and a felted soap, cool picture frames with Scrabble letters that spell out JOURNEY and EXPLORE, a neat travel journal, and a belt with a secret zippered pocket for money.
The tote is exceedingly gorgeous, and when she first pulled it out, I wantedwantedwanted but was worried that it was her own tote that she was just using to transport the items. I blurted out "IS THE TOTE FOR ME!?!??" Luckily it was, and I have immediately made it into my purse-of-the-moment....
Photos of our swap itself may have to wait because Sarah was wielding the digi-cam and is having a busy week, but here's a slightly blurry pic of my puppy enjoying the tote:
Hello, everyone! I received weeks ago but have been remiss at posting pics. Here they are at last!
Here's the wonderful package that I got from Space Cowgirl. As you can see, Cait's a great artist, and I reaped full benefit of her artistic skills:
There's a painted card, a tea-stained journal with a tea-themed pic on the front, and some Tea Time printed cards. And a big blue mug, which I appreciate greatly on a daily basis. I love big mugs that hold lots and lots of beverage (and this one is such a pretty color)! And then of course some boxes of yummy tea flavors -- one decaf for when I'm listening to my migrane doc and avoiding caffeine; one caf for (most of the time) when I'm not.
And, to save Space Cowgirl from the trouble of posting, here's what I sent her way:
The invitations are to a Tea Party, the candles (which are technically in coffee cups, shhhh) are Vanilla Chai scented, and the rings are supposed to be on a Green Tea and Black Tea / White Tea theme.
Aren't couch pillows a great way to change up your decor quickly and easily? Especially if you use velcro backs -- you can even change them as your mood strikes. I have to learn how to make those removable covers too ... so much more practical.
Also, I saw your avatar and just had to point out -- we have practically the same cats!!! (The one in my avatar is my boyfriend's.) Here are my two boys. They like to snuggle, too:
Here at last are pics of my pretties from lamamarco!
Here's the whole pile. As you can see, my orange cat (One-Eyed Jack) was as fond of it all as I was. I had to pry him away in order to lay it all out for photos....
Here are the darker-colored fabrics. For some reason, my first thought on seeing the black pleather was to make little leather chaps for Jack. You'd have to know him, but they would really suit his personality. (And as any Get Fuzzy readers know, the orange fleece will come in handy when the cats try to take over the world -- they have no defense if you throw it in front of them; they must lie down and nap.) I adore the big florals.
Here are lots of vintage-y prints. I love vintage! The one with the big flowers is a pillowcase, so I may try one of those pillowcase skirts that I remember seeing around somewhere on Craftster.... And the one with the three flowers and little crescent is a sheet, and my parents had the exact same sheets in the early 90s. But I can't think too much about anything related to my parents' bed (ew!), so moving on....
Last are some of my favorites, a few pastel prints. Love the poodles! Once again, Jack couldn't resist getting in on the action. If I'm taking fabric photos, he's always there in an instant. Though I can never figure out whether it's because he loves lying on the fabric or because he wants his picture taken.
I've been slow to post, thanks to the Cold From Hades, but last week I received not one but TWO S.C. packages! My NOVEMBER package from my always-amazingly-fast current S.C., and a slightly belated September package that was well worth the wait.
For November, I got a crocheted cup for "stuff" and a cute wristcuff made of jeans with stamped-on letters:
And for September, our lovely organizer sent a WONDERFUL relaxation package -- incredibly thoughtful and as always, given my constant illnesses. Included were some Tazo Lotus tea that smells heavenly -- I'll be taking it to work to aid my attempts to wean off coffee! -- and the following:
A journal made out of an old record cover (Something about the lady's picture has really grown on me ...she's my new best friend) (Or maybe not, because that sounds sad. But I do really like her!)
Some heavenly-smelling (lilac?) handmade soap
And a rice pillow for microwaving or freezing and laying on sore muscles, with some of the prettiest flannel fabric I've ever seen!
Thanks to you both for being so wonderful. I'm a lucky, lucky S.C. recipient! Tara
After the FedEx guy and I played tag for a couple of days, I finally got my hands on the latest package of goodness from my S.C.!
She sent a very cute tote bag in a palm pattern on black (sadly, my photo's too dark to show it off to its full potential), two pairs of elegant green earings, a "rainy day" CD full of great music (and around here almost all the past 3 weeks has been rainy, sigh), and a how-to-sew book with very specific instructions (particularly thoughtful because she knows I've been trying to learn). Also a few highlights from The Sampler -- some adorable little zines, a tiny ball of fluffy yarn that was immediately claimed by my kitten (probably not the lofty use for which it was intended), and an AMAZING smelling little pear soap that had the entire package smelling like fresh pears. Yum.
Well, to my own great surprise I managed to hold out till my birthday to open the Secret Craftster package. There was a pillow made of vintage kimono fabric, to match the attempted vintage-meets-Asian vibe of my living room, a CD to make me a little less clueless about recent music, a set of papers to aid my recent attempts at paper crafts, and a set of craft pins.
My new kitten kept getting in the photo, and I'm charmed by everything he does so had to keep him even though his head was blocking the pins. You can't quite tell from the photo colors, but the pillow is a perfect match for my couch! It's also just the right size and amount of fluff for using as a head pillow while watching DVDs on the couch....