So, last night was our craft swap. And, again, it was goooood!
First, I'll share what I did.
I made Scrabble pieces into necklaces. Full disclosure, I had seen my niece wearing one a couple of months ago, and I just knew that I had to make them.
They were remarkably simple. I found tiny little screws with a loop on the top at a local jewelry supply store. After I perfected making a lead-hole into the Scrabble piece without splitting it in half, I inserted the screw, added a jump ring, and then attached it to a chain.
I thought they turned out really well, considering jewelry is not my medium. Although, I'm not really sure what my medium IS.
There were some great things last night.
These gift bags that Kelly made out of newspapers and magazines are really clever. I will be making more to use after these are gone.
I think she folded close to 500 pieces of paper to make this craft. They are spectacular.
Rosalie made fish brooches out of coffee bags. Yes coffee bags. And they are delightful.
YES, I said. Coffee bags!
Marcia is one of the most organized women I have ever known in my life. We tease her about it, and she TRIES to help us. Or me. She made these great organizers. It is a clip-board, with a cork pad, and a key hook. It's so darn cute, that I may even try to get organized!
Brenda made these great polymer based mosaic necklaces.
Which came in an origami box that she made. Nifty, huh?
Lisa did monogrammed glass trays, that she made using an etching cream. I love monogrammed glass. I have lots of ideas where to use this one!
It was incredibly hard to tear into the packaging that Erin made. But I managed.
And sure was glad I did. A Gocco'd-then-appliqued Moleskine journal and pencil pouch were waiting inside.
With, you guessed it, Ticonderogas and a Pink Pearl.
With this swap over, we're already looking ahead to our next swap in May. It's going to be a doozy. To shake things up a bit, we'll be making one important piece based on a questionnaire that the to-be recipient has filled out anonymously. Then we'll have to guess who we created the piece for. You know, just to see how well we know each other. Or not.
And here's a little something that's moving me. Although, I prefer the studio version, the lyrics are phenomenal.
I had given her scads of mediums to work with. Gorgeous buttons, ribbons, acrylics, watercolors, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, semi-hard pastels, fabric, piles of tissue paper in every imaginable color.
She took one look at my folder of scrap-booking paper, and it was love at first sight. The watery paper in particular. I watched as her mind clicked into place. Water=fish.
After drawing them on the backside of the paper, she meticulously cut them out. "Because," she said, "the lips are the most important part." Then, their little brad eyes went in. I loved watching the progression of the fish, from the first one she did and cut out, to the last.
Then, she discovered my pop-ups. "Look Mama, it looks like they are swimming!"
She's awfully proud of these. And I'm awfully inspired by her. See all the other budding artists work here.
I hope I have that same confidence Wednesday night at the Ladies Arty Crafty Swap! (be sure to check in on Thursday for pics of the goods!)
I found these at the grocery. Spring in a pot, I like to call them.
They are right next to my work space in the kitchen, so their fragrance wafts around my head as I potter. At 5:30 this morning, with the smell and the robins singing outside my window, a was completely transported. It was quite a shock when I walked out into the 19 degree air!
Thank you SO MUCH Erin, for suggesting Yellow Week. And thanks to everyone who played for posting such awesome stuff!
I had a different picture entirely planned for today. But then I looked down, and realized that what was lying before me was far more satisfying. Real. Wholesome. NOW.
My breakfast. Bread right out of the oven with butter and orange blossom honey. Isn't my honey pot the most adorable thing you have ever seen? It was a completely unexpected present from Erin. Melissa made it. And you can see more of her stuffhere.
And don't forget to click here to see everyones yellow week shots. I can't believe how many people are playing. And if you're not yet, you still have a couple of days. Come on!
And while you're clicking, here is a song for you that's moving me today:
So, to get into the spring spirit a bit, Erin is hosting YELLOW WEEK this week. Now, we all know that I'm a girl who needs an assignment. Just not a deadline. But that's another story!
I just love pastels. These are semi-hard, so they're nice and chalky. And super-saturated. Yummy. They just HAPPENED to be sitting out on my counter partaking in the Kids Artist Trading Card Swap festivities.
It's beautiful here today. The wind has died down. Sunshine has reclaimed the sky. Warm air has blown in from the south, and it's supposed to stay above freezing for at least the next week. Ah, February.
I've been in the garden today, spring cleaning. Reminding everyone that I am still the commanding officer, and I'll be taking roll call soon.
See, around here, days like this in February are what get me through until April. Around here, a gorgeous day in February means it's time to plant the peas.
Which is exactly what I did.
My outlook suddenly just got a whole lot brighter.