A couple of weeks ago my friend Mary gave all of us in our creativity group (we call our group Stitch 'n Bitch, or S&B in polite company) a cigar box and issued a challenge to alter it any way we wanted. We all revealed our creations at our weekly meeting on Tuesday. You can see the other boxes on our group blog Fox on the Run Arts
I'm going to show you my box here. I forgot to take pictures of my process, dumb me. First I collaged colored tissue papers and some music sheets on the box, and painted a glaze over all. I glued some colored cheesecloth around the sides and brushed a little gold paint on it. I made all the mosaic pieces out of polymer clay by stamping into it with rubber stamps, then painting the pieces after they were baked.
I used painted wooden beads for the feet. I am quite happy with the results and want to do more of this type of construction. I have more boxes and some cans that would be fun to alter. Maybe they would be good Christmas gifts. Hummmm, that is an idea.
This week I received in the mail an ATC from my friend Audrey at http://magicmiraclesjoy.blogspot.com/. Isn't it beautiful? She painted it and added little seed beads around and stitched faceted bugle beads for the eyes. They glimmer rather like real dragonfly eyes might. Sorry the photo doesn't do justice to this piece, too many shadows. It is lovely, thanks Audrey! She also gifted me with a cute framed vintage postcard that shows little sunbonnet type children raking in a hay field. She said it reminded her of me after she read my Making Hay blog post last summer. It is very nice, sorry I forgot to take a picture, maybe I will show it later. I feel very special that Audrey thought enough of me to gift me spontaneously with these gifts. Thank you, Audrey! I'm so glad we have gotten to know each other. I believe Audrey was my first follower.
I was very fortunate to win a fabulous giveaway from Cameron at http://cameronsthreads-tammy.blogspot.com/
She gifted me with this stunning nuno felted scarf! It is large enough to be a shawl on me. I am in awe of it! It is a very beautiful and generous gift. She asked for a picture of me wearing it. I was so shy to honor that request that I put off blogging about this gift. I finally realized that was why I wasn't blogging so I bit the bullet and snapped this photo in front of my studio.
After receiving these generous and lovely gifts, and several other wonderful gifts I have previously blogged about, I am feeling a desire to have another giveaway myself. Stay tuned for that, it will be for one of my beaded hearts. Until then, be well.