“We ❤ Mail Art” is a small group of friends consisting of Jo Urbani, Julie Welsh & me. Since 2013, the three of us have exchanged art on a theme or technique a few times a year, placing an emphasis on Mail Art -see some examples via that link. It’s a lot of fun . . . This time we tried Image Resist Gel Prints!Read More
For the "We ❤ Mail Art" group (that's me, plus my friends Julie Welch & Jo Urbani) - our October mail art theme was Song Lyrics. It took me some time to decided which song to pick for my inspiration, because there are so many to choose from. I listened to a lot of Pandora while driving and auditioned many a song . . .Read More
A look behind the scenes at creative lenna via a virtual blog tour. I'm not sure when this 'blog tour' got started on the web, but I learned of it from my friend Joanna Urbani. How absolutely lovely that she wanted to nominate me for inspiring her! :-DRead More
Jewels picked the French Willow and a corresponding quote that I really like . . .
Who so loves believes the impossible.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
So guess who wrote back to her? That's right, me! I figured I would need a break from that tedious job of packing, so I went ahead and agreed to a trade. I knew Jan loved "shabby chic", so I took some fabric I had found and plunged in. These flags are small, around 5" x 8" - so it didn't take long and was a treat for me after a morning of squishing things into boxes and going through oodles of packing tape. While packing up some of my fabric I found a really old piece of cotton print that I made something out of 20 or 25 years ago!!! I also purposely chose one of my grandmother's old linen pieces with cherries on it, very small in size -not sure what it was used for, some type of napkin? I also chose a lace doily & trim for a shabby look. If you click on this first photo, you can view them all in the lightbox . . . . I made 2 layers for this flag, one muslin and one the old cotton print and only sewed them together at the top so they could move freely.
(ATCs I created for another swap)
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
~ Chinese proverb
Inside the yummy envelope was a photo card produced by a fellow blipfoto journaler whom we both subscribe to. What a treat!
My good friend, Frieda Oxenham and I have been exchanging our art and our thoughts since 2005. We've never met in person yet because we live across the ocean, but we've developed a good friendship through our many exchanges. Two of the groups we were exchanging small works of art with recently wrapped up their exchanges. I felt bereft in not having Frieda's art and her snail mail letters in my hands on a regular basis. She is very busy and involved with both her award winning art quilting and her mixed media art but we figured a loose, open exchange with a long response time might work for us. I decided to start with an ATC for her and made myself one as well (similar, but different) as a mirror of what I created for her that I would keep. Frieda has received her ATC now, so I will share both with you! Click for details.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
~ Vincent van Gogh