Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Aunt Peaches Valentine Swap

I participated in a few Valentines swaps this year.
Aunt Peaches organized this one. I had to send 3 Valentines out to people across the world. Mine all went to the US :)

These are the cards that I sent:

 Over the past 10 years, we have made many heart prints. I hate to throw them out! So I've recycled them into cards. The actual prints were made by 3-7 year olds :)

I also added in some other goodies:

I sent Lynn in New York a garland made of old french book pages:

I sent Joanna in Ohio a fabric tag with some free motion stitching:

I sent Cyndi in Maryland a paper based tag with some fibres and stitching:

I did a partner swap with Hope in the UK -- but I can't show you what I sent yet, because she doesn't have it yet. Soon, I hope!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Creative Kick in the Pants :) and missing Art Unraveled :(

I've been feeling  a bit un-creative lately. I needed some inspiration.
I've decided to take Kelly Kilmer's  Making My Mark: Session Two: Text 

In January, Kelly started a series of online classes -- Making My Mark. January's class was "Collage". Each month is price separately, and you can start them whenever you like, but I decided to jump in at "Text". Because I like text. I may go back and do collage though.

 (this is Kelly's montage of how she uses text -- click to get info re: the class)

I *think* that I might make mini collages that I can work into my Project life Albums.
4x6 -- maybe....
Yes, albumS -- I am making a Project Life style album of Lauren's life (The lovely Miss L)
And I am making a mini album of Mr. B and Me.
And I am making a Christmas one, lol.

I also may do these as stand alone collages to be postcards or to frame. I like my journaling to be "in your face", not in a book. I find that I don't work in books, that I abandon them.... then I get annoyed at myself for abandoning them.... I do so much better with making individual pages. I took a class from Kelly years ago , and we made post cards. I have one on my wall, and I sent away the rest. Win-win, for me.

I will decide today however. Because I am a procrastinator, and indecisive, the choosing of the journal could take me years, lol. That's why I don't do so well at online classes. My "One Little Word" for this year should have been "begin". Because that is what holds me back most of the time. The beginning.

Anyway... the info re: Kelly's class is here. Care to join me?

I miss Kelly! I used to see her (very briefly) every year at Art Unraveled in Phoenix. But I don't go to Phoenix now that I have my summer house. I miss my other friends too. sigh.... I can't have it all.... Anyway, I have taken many classes from Kelly (online and in person) and I would highly recommend her classes!
If you have time, try to go to Art Unraveled this year! August 3-11, 2015. It is looks like a fabulous line up!!!!!! The website just went live today!

If I was going, these would be what I would choose (lots of these are at the same time - this is my dream line up, lol, and only at first glance:
Mugshot by Laura Fraedrich (ceramic painting)
Cuttlefish Bone by April Bower (jewelry)
Getting your camera off auto by Marie Otero (photography)
Cigar Box Guitar by Chuck Mills (Making your own guitar -- seriously!!!)
Are you a Good Witch? by Olivia Thomas (I couldn't go to AU without a class by Olivia!!)
The Bangle Angle by Jen Cushman (Jewelry)
Hammered Cuff by Riki Schumacher (Jewelry)
Upcycled Felted and Fused by Linda Swindle  (Fibers)
Frock of Ages by Lorri Scott
 Love Your Lettering by Kelly Kilmer
Becoming by Kelly Kilmer (journaling)
The Essence of Me by Kelly Kilmer ( tape! using tape! -- I've taken this one :)
Torch Firing by Mary Hettmansperger (jewelry)

(I tend to take classes that are jewelry or fabric. If I take other classes, they have to have most supplies included. I am tired of traveling with paints, lol. Kelly Kilmer brings a gazillion supplies with her, so, I'm pretty sure that you could show up empty handed at one of her classes, and be fine :)

There are so many other classes that I could have chosen (many that I have already taken-- Jane LaFazio, Thomas Ashman, Laurie Mika, Michael deMeng, Diane Cook)

I would also like to take classes from Jesse Reno and Ingrid Djiker and Lesley Riley some day.