The years I spent traveling for work, I had lots of free time on airplanes and in airports. The easiest project for me to carry was needlework. As a result everyone close to me has received some sort of cross stitch project of mine...sadly I did not take photos of those. But I thought today I would post a few of the projects I have finished.
This project took about four years to complete. I kept putting it down to do something different, but FINALLY finished. I chose this one for my banner, because I just love all the colors.
This one of the rabbits is a baby gift for a dear friend. I just need to make it into a pillow...but YIKES!!! I can't sew!! (maybe a frame will do).
...and some other things I finished, but haven't decided what to do with yet.
And then sadly...I have more unfinshed pieces just sitting around. I have a terrible habit of getting bored with one cross-stitch, so I just pick up a new one. What I need to do is commit myself to finishing them up. As April has now been dedicated as the "use what you have month" by many in the crafting community, I think I'll join in as "finish what I started month". Here are two unfinished projects I WILL complete.
And I'm happy to say that postcards for the postcard swap are done and in the mail.
Some good scores while thrifting today: a dress, a sweater and an apron. I would never had considered an apron, but after seeing Claire's post about the beauties she found, I searched until I found one. Oh, happy thrift day. :)
One of my main reasons for starting this blog was a desire to connect with the crafty community out there. Jen and I met through a swap and hit it off immediately. I didn't expect to make a blogger friend so quickly but am thrilled that I did. Jen does incredible things with paper and I look forward to seeing more of her artwork. She suggested we do an art trade after I showed interest in one she was doing. It goes like this: we each send eachother three things, we create something with it, then send it back. I am so excited for this challenge and can't wait to begin...I got my package from her today.
From Jen: buttons, papers, card stock with circle cut-outs, cool floral fabric, and I LOVE the bird paper.
Here's what I sent to Jen: floral paper cut-outs from China, paper wrap from a Sacher Torte, and a page from a magazine that says "Spring Fever" (and I've got it in a bad way). I'm not sure when we'll finish, but I can't wait to get started. I be sure and post the final results.
Postcrossing has been so good to me. I haved loved Postcrossing since the very beginning. Getting to know people from all over the world, and learning of their interests and cultures through the postcards they send, has been an invaluable experience for me. Not to mention how fun it is to get mail, and all the cool stamps that come with the cards. Today was a HUGE Postcrossing day for me. I got two postcards in the mail, one from Portugal and one from Slovenia. And when Michael and his family from Switzerland received my postcard, he emailed me and asked if I'd like some chocolate. "SURE!!" I'd NEVER say NO to chocolate. I thought maybe he'd send a truffle or two, but JUST LOOK what came today!!! I am in chocolate heaven!! Thank you Michael!!!! And thank you Postcrossing.
A girlfriend recently asked if I had ever tried stamping with bleach. I had never even HEARD of it. But I'm always ready to try something new. As I'm participating in a postcard swap, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Bleach, paper and these things:
thrift store cookie cutters, a couple stamps, a glass and a cork.
We went to see German-American Artist Kiki Smith's exhibit, called A Gathering. I couldn't locate a picture of one of my favorite sculptures called Fairy Houses. About 50 three inch silver plated bronze mushrooms that were hanging scattered all over a wall... I could just imagine fairies living there.
Searching through some old boxes of things from my childhood I came across a book made by my dearest friend. When we were little we lived across the street from one another, then sadly, in sixth grade she moved to a town two hours away. She made me this "Memories and Stuff" book as a way of saying "good-bye". Tonight we are celebrating her birthday and I'm wrapping the book as a surprise for her to open. Who knew our friendship would continue to grow even today. Happy Birthday :)!!
I love the blue jeans that make the letter M...and how about that finger in one of the F's (yikes!!)