I have been quivering to use this piece of "quilted" puffy cardstock Nina gave me. The person I'm giving it to is into quilting so this is perfect. I decided to get all experimenty.
I really want to find unique uses for pattern papers because they are plentiful and I think they are so interesting. At the thrift store they cost pennies - why, for a while the ladies were using them to wrap dishes in when they sold. I fear that one day we will all be very sad because the vintage designs would have been fun to actually use to sew clothes. Are we tossing away treasures just because they are plentiful? At any rate, I snipped a square section, stamped it with the Happy Birthday Sentiment - it did not turn out dark enough so drew around it with a black fine tipped marker, then colored it in with felts. Then I inked up the edges, stamped color on the white rick rack to match.
The flower is Wild Saffron from K&Company. Plain twine, touched with ink. Stamp is TPC celebration series. Yeh, I had fun making this. And Louise (FREE Easter Card here), yes, one day when I find my hands idle (I think that happened a few years ago one time) I will do a tut on the pattern flower I made last week. It was a pretty messy process as I recall.
Life is pressin' and squeezin' me at the moment, all GOOD like I mentioned above. You only see about 10% of whats going on my life at any one time, but bits will shine through here over the next months. One thing is I will be teaching digital art and painting part time for the local school district to grade students - I'm SO excited about this! I'll keep you posted on that.
And so, this might sound like an extra thing, but its not... I've begun to take part in a "series" - workshop, whatever one might care to call it all to do along the lines of spring cleaning etc. Because I've got so many varied things on the cooker I need to get organized. My Mother in Law visits in a month and its always my goal to have all that stuff taken care of so that we can simply enjoy our time together. So I decided to take part in the "Simply Your Life" workshop series, available for FREE at middayconnection.org
This series is hosted by Marcia Ramsland who is a well known professional organiser and the Moody/Midday gals - Anita and Melinda. The workshop is available by looking at the "past programs" archive, beginning in January. So far there are 7 parts... I'm still on the first. You can listen to each of the 1 hour sessions as the ladies discuss what you are to do in each one. You just tune into the session you want, click the LISTEN button and thats it, you can work away while you listen to the free audio podcasts! AND bonus, there are free worksheets/information checklist. They are based in scripture - a great way to marry bible study with everyday chores! Also, if you belong to facebook then you can go and look at the pictures posted of befores/afters by others who have taken this challenge.
I'm loving it, so far its only doing a few, managable cupboards a day - I do it while I listen to the news, or right after I do the dishes, and it takes less than 1/2 hour to do each cupboard. I've been using my iphone to take before/after pics which I'm putting in a (private) web album, but if you were to take part I might be bribed for an invite. The photos are pretty dramatic and give me a great sense of satisfaction. Here's a sneak peek of ... the dreaded junk drawer. ( how does it get this way???)