I am catching up on a super amazing gallery here. You gals have some serious inchie talent!
I am also very slowly getting caught up on my photo taking and posting of inchies -- I received these AWESOME inchies from faemystique! I love them all, but I've got to say, that little cat one is just adorable.
I finally have photos of the AMAZING package silentblair sent to me -- put your sunglasses on ladies! She spoiled me rotten. I had so much fun going through everything. Among the incredibleness was the most beautiful infinity scarf ever, a fabric basket that I love to smithereens, rubber gloves with fabric cuffs (for my diva dishpan hands -- I love these!), tons of crocheted gorgeousness (flowers, granny square trivets, a crocheted sun), a tea wallet (I am obsessed with this), the cutest bee hoopla on the planet, tons of sunny stuff for my cubicle at work and chocolate that disappeared a long time ago. Also, an delicious citrus candle, gourmet lollipops, a yo-yo, an awesome ATC, lip balm, play doh, a MINION (oh yeah), minion tattoos, ephemera, rick rack, a Batman eraser, glitter glue, and all around general happiness. Feast your eyes!
silentblair, thank you so very, very much for the best swap ever! I love everything to smithereens. This package certainly did an awful lot to bring some much-needed sunshine to an overly-snowy winter!
I have a New Year's resolution to actually use up some of the many, many, many craft supplies I have been hoarding over the years. I was lucky enough to score a bunch of canvases last summer, and have set out on a mission to make myself some art. Here are two mixed media pieces that I recently completed.
The black flower started out as a doodle that got very involved -- I was playing with gel pens. Then I figured I put so much time into the doodle, I should make it into something more permanent. (I should note though -- gel pens did not appreciate the gel medium that I put on top to seal things. They smeared a little. Ah well.) To make the background, I layered on some old sewing patterns, slopped on some purple paint and had a bunch of fun stenciling some stars all around. (They go over on the edges too.) Then I used a black pen to just make some random dots here and there.
I'm a writer by profession and wanted something to spruce up my cubicle -- I have had this typewriter image for at least two years, so it was definitely time to put it to use. The background of this canvas is scrapbook paper, and I used a section of the dictionary (the "writer" section) to add some more interest. I had some paper circles with German text on them that I received in a paper swap a few years ago that I have been "saving" for just the right project, so they got added in too. (They really juxtapose the circles with English writing on them from the scrapbook paper.) Then there's lots of paint, more star stenciling, some washi tape wiht French writing, and some water color pencils for interest.
It was really fun trying to use up some of my stash... though I have enough stuff to make about a thousand more of these. They're so fun to make though!
I received from the uber-talented Onyxnox at the end of last week, and have been having a knock-down-drag-out fight with my photos to try to get them to appear in the correct orientation ever since. So first off, I have to apologize if these are sideways. I am currently on a PC and they look correct to me, but if they look messed up, please let me know!
Onyxnox chose my owl theme, and I cannot express how much I love this block! First, there's a tag. And this is one of my favorite poems from childhood, which she did not know beforehand. (I love when that happens!)
Then, comes the absolutely stunning, beautiful, incredibly crafted block! The poem is stamped onto the ribbons, and part of it appears on the block itself. All the leaves are glass beads and she has hand wired everything on there to look like branches... amazing. And the moons! I love the moons.
Sorry for all the pics, but there is just so much to look at here -- I wanted everyone to get a good view! Thank you so much Onyxnox -- I keep looking at this and thinking, "I can't believe that is mine! Someone made me that!" You pretty much made my January.
I also received from Blasphemy -- these are so awesome! Thanks very much! She went with my celestiala and cat themes. (I just realized that one of the toes came off of the paw -- I will glue that back on!)
(I am hoping that this pic is appearing in the correct direction. I tried it on one thing and the pic was sideways... now it's right side up again. Sigh. Anyway, my apologies if it looks wonky!)
grasshopper asked me to post pics of the piece that I sent to her -- so here are my best photos. (If these look wonky to anyone, could you let me know? I took them with my iPad but saved them on a PC... sometimes I have issues.)
It's a tribute to crafting, in technicolor, evidently. The background paper is one of my favorite scrapbook papers I have been hoarding that I stenciled on with some gesso, and the rest are bits and bobs that that I have been saving for something special. I altered the little shrine at the top that is in the bird nest with some music paper that I painted. The key next to it was jazzed up with some alcohol inks, glossy accents and some bling. The two purple buttons and the green/purple button were accented with alcohol inks and bling. The crown next to it has buttons sewn all over it, and was going to be a pin but I changed my mind. A bit to the left is a rabbit that I stamped onto paper clay, and below that is a milinary themed tag that I made with a sewing pattern and some ephemera. To the right of that is a Tim Holtz clear square thingy that I also used alcohol inks and music paper on. The little girl at the bottom is a cake decoration, as are the swirly bits on the corners of the box. The rest are goodies that I have had in my stash.
It was super fun to make! I hope you like it grasshopper! Thank you for being such an awesome swap buddy.
I received from grasshopper last week, and have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off lately -- so photos are horribly late! But check out what she sent -- I love this piece so much.
Using some awesome floor samplings from the HD, grasshopper also incorporated some of my favorite things -- including a PEZ! ha! How awesome is that? And the E is my initial, I love butterflies, ephemera, the crafty bits -- it's just too fun!
And a more upright view:
Thank you so much grasshopper! This piece will have a place of honor in my craft room!
I received from beth8144 at the end of last week, and am very delinquent in getting my photos up. We decided to go with more than one ornament, as we both had too many ideas to narrow things down. She sent me the cutest package -- I love it all!
Here's a pic of all the loot! She sent an adorable Christmas tree that is just covered with buttons (on both sides!), one of those circle ornaments that look incredibly complicated to make that is also beaded (gorgeous), and a counted cross stitch owl santa that I believe is on my Pinterest page! Also, she sent along the cutest Christmas tree triangle pouch -- so awesome!
And a close up of Mr. Santa Hootie:
Thank you so much beth8144 for a wonderful swap! I hope you enjoy your ornaments as much as I do!