Alright, I know my blog has been neglected lately. I've had a million and one things going on (who doesn't, right?). But I have some exciting new projects planned and will be dedicated to getting them up over the next couple of weeks.
First, I was lucky enough to get a spot in the "Scrappiest Scrapper Challenge Contest" hosted by a talented etsyan, sewphisticate. The premise was to see what 20 different artists would do with the same basic raw materials.
So she provided us all with mini, and I do mean mini (they measure approximately 2.1" x 2.4"), scrapbooks that she created herself using one piece of 12x12 scrapbooking paper. That's right, she is an origami guru! Here's my book before I started:
Because sewphisticate was generous enough to allow us to offer our books for sale in our shops after we decorated them, I decided to leave every other page blank for personalization by my buyer.
So I went with a simple, clean-lined flower theme in my book (my typical style), starting with the front inside cover, and ending with a sweet little quote on the back inside cover. Here are the results:
If I decide that I can part with this mini book of art, you can find it for sale in my etsy shop. If you want to make your own, you can get yours at http://sewphisticate.etsy.com/.
To see what the other artists have done with their mini's (I have seen a few and they are awesomely creative!) you can check sewphisticate's blog here: http://sewphisticate.blogspot.com/. She will be featuring a new mini every two days, and will eventually be choosing her top three.
After completing this challenge, I am now ready to start working with my clay that I received from happylake. This is part of a "Summer Bead Party" that she is graciously hosting. She sent each participant one pound of clay, to be made into beads or pendants, and sent back to her to fire for us.
My clay has been sitting here teasing me for several days and I absolutely must start working with it tomorrow!
I will be blogging about not only my own creations with the clay, but every participants' creations. Again, I cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with!
In addition to that, I have determined to take on soldering. For those of you who personally know me, you know that this could very well be a dangerous endeavor, as I am known as quite the klutz. But it is something that has been intriguing to me, and I have ordered all of the supplies and am waiting for them to arrive in my mailbox.
Oh yes! Blogs to come about that, assuming I don't burn all of my fingers off, lol.
Tonight I found out that I was the recipient of a very special award, called the Arte y Pico Award & Appreciation. Rhonda, a gifted etsyan , a fellow CAKE member and friend chose me along with four others for the award. You can read about it here:
This week, I will be choosing five very special people to give the award to and blogging about it here as well. Thank you dearly, Rhonda.
And lastly, I would love to host my own challenge in August. As you very well know, I am a bit of a paper fanatic, so something papery would suit me well. But I am taking ideas and suggestions. So please comment and let me know what it is that you would love to do if you could participate in a challenge.