Wow. Thank you so much to all of you for commenting or emailing me with such kind sentiments about my crafting and blog, especially the house project. I can not tell you how nice it is to share with people who "get" me and understand me and are even interested in looking at what I'm making. This blog thing is a wonderful way to connect with others. I highly recommend it if you are debating whether to blog or not like I was (for about a year). I have discovered so many great artists and met new friends already and I've only been blogging for two months. I truly appreciate it. Isn't it wild? People that have never actually met have found an appreciation for each other all through the computer. I know that people say that we lose personal contact with others due to computers, but we certainly also make connections that way as well. It is a joy, I am grateful. A wish come true. (The wish box above is something I'm working on for artfest).
Just today I received this wonderful treasure from Corey Moortgat, someone who's work I've always loved, but never really knew her, the artist, until blogs. Isn't this "visionary" piece beautiful? So is her adorable business card, and what clever wrapping. Love the embossed wallpaper and love that cool little number tag...don't think I would have ever thought to use it as she did...so love being inspired by others. Thank you Corey, I LOVE little "visionary" child.
I spent some time today working on my self-portrait collaborative page. This month I received Anne Bagby's submittal. She created a really cool book by making all sorts of papers and attaching them with big rings. Everyone has picked a page that they want to work on from the incredible selection offered. The page I choose was made by layering patterns and textures in small squares with an overall pink feel.
I have to admit that when I was first invited to participate in the self-portrait collaborative I was of course thrilled and honored, but also scared...self-portraits?!?... Colors? Yes! Alphabet? Sure, I love letters! Self-portraits? Gulp. I have been so happy to find that I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. I am surprised each month by what arrives in the mail. Since I have no idea what's coming, I can't plan anything...that seems to go a long way to keeping my head out of the way. Sometimes I am stumped and think that I'll not be able to fit into their style, their art. I am always surprised by what "shows up" when I sit down to work on my entry. Something always does appear, and no, it's not always my favorite creation, or even something that I know that they will love (although of course I aim to please), but there is always a little piece of me (my page), incorporated into a piece of them (their submittal), that appears none the less. Here's my double-sided page for this month. Neither page is done, more embellishing needed, more artsy, messy stuff, but at least you can see what I was up to today. I'll show them again when finished.(photo of me taken by Tara Whitney, printed on a transparency here over a piece of Peculiar Pair Press note card)
After playing around for a few more hours: