06 Dec

Nifty Art Swap

A few weeks ago, my blog friend Tia invited me to join an art swap. It works like a chain letter where I send a piece of art to the person who invited Tia and then invite six more creative friends to participate. They each send a piece of art to Tia, and their friends in turn, each send a piece to me. Participants are supposed to receive 36 small pieces of art in all. I knew I wouldn’t be quite that that lucky, but it did look like a fun way to meet other crafty people, and with each person only needing to make one small gift, it seemed very do-able.

Here’s what I sent out:

Lilikoi Mushroom

A mushroom pin cushion made with my Lilikoi fabric in yellow.

And here’s what I’ve received:

Nifty Art Swap

Well worth participating, I thought. Up front is a gouache painting (postcard) from mixed media artist and author  Melanie Testa, and a stitched and presumably monoprinted fabric artist’s trading card (ACEO) from textile artist Marlis Egger. These two will definitely be worked into my wall of blue art. The middle row is, left to right, a quilted “paper cloth” bookmark from  Cindy Green (who was very perceptive in thinking that I might be missing a bit of fall color here in the tropics), a mixed media angel from Connie Akers, a wool and ric rac pincushion from Tonya Littman (who creates some pretty amazing pictorial art quilts), and a mini, mini art quilt from Susan Schrott (who I think is very clever for using images of her large artwork to make little pieces to trade and gift). Finally, in the back is a textile “sketch” from Natalya Aikens, who wasn’t supposed to send me anything, but got carried away!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated. It’s been great fun to make these creative introductions.

30 Nov

Setacolor Weather

I haven’t felt much like blogging in the last week or two. I’m not feeling creative, funny, or even very interesting. That was, until yesterday.

On a whim, I decided that the answer to one of my stumbling blocks was a sun print (don’t hate me because I get perfect Setacolor Transparent weather all year round). I’m really happy with how well the hastily gathered flowers and leaves tuned out, I just had to share.

Ironically, when I went to write this post, I saw that Nadine had nominated me as a Kreativ Blogger (not spelled wrong, just German). Thanks! Now I’m feeling a little better. I know this is a cop-out, but instead of nominating three creative bloggers, I’d rather just direct you to my sidebar where there is a whole list of blogs I follow regularly and they are all creative — every last one. Go check ’em out.