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Needlebook Swap: My Contribution

My friend, Laurie, hosted a needlebook swap. Now, I like needlebooks and I like swapping and I like the thought of a lot of embroidery on a swap project. So, why was I so conflicted about participating that I joined the swap at the last possible moment? Well, Take a Stitch Tuesday had been occupying a lot of my time every week and I didn’t want to let anyone down by not having enough time to fully participate in the swap. THEN, we unexpectedly had a week’s break from TAST and I jumped on my chance to make a needlebook for someone.

I knew that getting this project done in a week (because I’m still a homeschooling, homemaking, etc., etc., etc. mom all week, every week, too) would require some concentration and immediate action. I was so happy to quickly find Goosie Girl’s heart-shaped needlebook pattern. Eeps! I was overwhelmed by the overall awesomeness of this pattern. Then, I set to work. I cannot even describe how delightful it was to make this needlebook. I enjoyed everything from the wool felt to the heart-shaped awesomeness to the functionality to the jewel-tone colors to the opportunity to embroider my little heart out. I had a hard time parting with it, to tell the truth. SO…I took a ton of photos so I could re-create one someday for myself. And I mean a ton of photos. Get ready.

This is the inside, unfolded.

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Aren’t these pockets so sweet?

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This is backside of all of that…unfolded.

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Connecting stitches held the panels together.

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All folded up, tied shut and ready to go.

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I hope Kim enjoys it!

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Twelve Days of Christmas Swap

Well, my friend, Laurie, has done all of the work photographing this FUN swap, so I’m going to send you over to her groovy blog to see what goodies we participants received:

Check out our Twelve Days of Christmas swap!

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Thanksgiving Fabric Banner Swap, Anyone?

Anyone interested in a Thanksgiving banner swap?

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If you are, let me know!

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My idea is for each participant to create ONE letter of a Thanksgiving-inspired phrase (to be determined by the number of participants, but, generally something like “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Give Thanks”) on a triangle of FELT.

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And embellish as your heart desires.

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And I’m envisioning WAY more embellishment than these banners have: embroidery, buttons, lace, ribbon, fabric. Just as long as the letter is easy to read.

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I’m thinking of an early October deadline so I could assemble them and get them to you by the beginning of November. What do you think?

Let me know! Leave me a comment!

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Some Recent Art

Despite–or, maybe, because of–being in survival mode, I’ve had the opportunity to complete some art the last few days. First, I got to participate in a quick, fun Artist Trading Card swap hosted by the lovely Lauren. I got to send an ATC to Karen.

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Because I like the Bible, calligraphy, crayon and embroidery, that’s what I used to make my card. Plus, I added some glitter. Clara had the brilliant idea of using the pattern of a tin ceiling tile as the inspiration for my design.

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The card I received in the swap is from Lauren.

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It totally made me smile.

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The next piece of “art” I completed was something I had on my “to-do” list for several weeks. It is a thank-you card to my dad. It’s nothing special to see. It’s not very beautiful or artistic.

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It’s not even intended for public viewing. In fact, it is, by its nature, quite personal. So I hesitated to put it on my blog.

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But I hoped that if I included it here, someone might be inspired to write a big thank-you card to someone in his or her life. Before it is too late.

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Then, I actually completed my first SheArt piece! Oh, my! I was so thrilled!

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I have been waiting and waiting to use the ideas I learned in Christy Tomlinson’s class. (Which, btw, I highly recommend…take it if you have the least inclination!)

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Everything she presented in the course was so foreign to me–from the layers and texturing to the quick pace. I mean, to think that I completed this in about an hour blows my mind.

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It’s almost like stream-of-consciousness art.

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I was determined to use every basic technique she taught in this first piece I attempted. I used paper, acrylics, spray washes, stamps, stencils, rub-ons. You name it.

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And I love, love, LOVE the finished product. I mean, I LOVE it. I could not be more satisfied with it.

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Now, I’m working on some ideas for more SheArt. Stay tuned!

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Little Books

A little while ago, Michelle hosted a Little Book Swap and I got to participate! I really spent a lot of time thinking about my Little Book. I wanted it to reflect what I have been contemplating and learning lately. So…

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my Little Book was called The Gardener and featured a poem I wrote:

In the frosty heart of winter,
Bleak and dead and cold,
The Gardener begins to prune
With knowing strokes and bold.

So that in Spring tendrils appear
And soon new branches grow.
The vines extend, develop, spread.
Then buds and flowers show.

At last, once-pruned branches flourish
To abundantly bear
Sweet fruit the Gardener harvests
With tender, loving care.

(copyright 2011, Lisa Hajda)

I also wanted my Little Book to reflect the media I enjoy the most, so I used felt, embroidery floss, crayon and paper to illustrate it. Before it was folded into its cute little self, the book looked like this:

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Amelia had the grand idea of adding a bunch of glittered felt grapes to the wrapped up books. She’s so clever.

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I sent off a bunch of them to Michelle and eagerly awaited all of the Little Books I would receive from her.

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It was a like Christmas opening up the package!

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Michelle had thought of everything.

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I took my time opening each Little Book’s packaging. Hope’s was the first package I opened. And, at first, I thought, “What a BIG Little Book.” Ha! The Little Book was inside.

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Along with Journaling Supplies!

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Rachel’s book was next, with a sweet birthday theme.

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I “recognized” the packaging on the next book.

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I knew it had to be Lynn’s! (And we’ve been Jazzercising to that song lately, too.)

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Wanda contributed TWO books.

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Ilene’s was next.

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Then Michelle’s Little Book.

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Next came Wendy’s book.

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Jill’s Little Book featured Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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I recognized Laurie’s “style,” too, when I saw her book. Isn’t it fun to be able to recognize your friends’ work?

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Speaking of recognizing friends…I knew I had seen this before.

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Yep, it was Karla’s.

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Julie’s “Journey” was next.

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“She Knew” was by Cristina.

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Terri’s contribution was next.

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And Cassie’s.

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I have to admit, after watching the royal wedding this summer, I got a kick out of Maureen’s book.

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Julie’s book had a sweet Christmas theme.

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I love hearts, so Jessica’s cover really caught my eye.

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Catherine’s book came out of the package next.

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Stephanie’s book was “Old Fashioned Elegance.”

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Up next…Terri’s.

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Then Cassondra’s.

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And Heather’s.

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Marlene created this Little Book.

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And last, but not least, Stevie’s Little Book.

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Thanks, again, Michelle, for hosting this fun, fun swap. So much inspiration. So much fun!

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