Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I just have to vent...

Ok, so I need to vent just a little.  I am in the process of trying to clean up my office and optimize my storage. What inspired me to do this ridiculous task is two things: 1) there were some ladies I discovered during my blog hopping that had an on-line event where they all posted before and after photos of their crafting areas. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the name of this event - perhaps someone reading this can?  It was truly tremendous. The women that participated really have some truly amazing ... just a cotton picking minute. Why is it when I sit down to write, the only freaking fly my husband has let in the house is landing on me every 10 seconds??!!!! brb...

Murder Accomplished!  Now then, :::smoothing my skirt and pulling up my elbow length opera gloves::: as I was saying...  The women that participated in that event started out with very nice craft spaces but ended up with crafting spaces that were sublime. We are talking "Where Women Create" worthy. I saw a common trend of "white on white." (Something I admire, think is absolutely fabulous, but somehow cannot master even in an 5 x 7 challenge (see photo below)).  This may be, perhaps, because I am a person drawn to the various hues of pink in a cabbage rose and the silver of German Glitter.  (We would not want to say it is simply because I lack talent, that would be utterly discouraging.)  So, I am not to the venting part yet (in case you were wondering).

In my on again, lazy again, attempt to organize my office, I have an issue with a very large, quite old banker's desk that I sit at. It was a gift from a friend who had to move and she kindly gave it to me because it was her father's and it was quite sentimental to her. It is one of those lovely old wooden desks that has slide pull-outs on both the left- and right-hand side.  I am limited to using the one on the right side for work space because I have a very large bookshelf at my left side.  What tends to happen is that... perhaps you can foresee this... the right slider serves as a crafting workspace and then turns in to, shall we say, storage for projects, ephemera, and currently a fly swatter. This stack, which would be deemed hazardous to by-standers by a visiting team from OSHA, has in fact leapt out and and grabbed me by the buttocks when I have squeezed between it and the stand that holds my Tim-Holtz Vagabond machine, a dress mannequin, an assorted stack of ephemera, and other sundry items.  While my husband does not feel so, I believe it is entirely reasonable to walk between two warring towers of ephemera with a space of approximately 24 inches of clearance. So my vent here, perhaps, is that I hate it when my husband thinks it funny that paper attacks me.  Today, I cleaned off the stack on the right slide-out.

Do you know that required me to actually open the very large storage drawer under the slide-out!  In that large file drawer I actually found ephemera I bought more than three years ago (before I started my graduate degree).  It was neatly separated by holiday, subject, etc., and placed in fancy file folders, who could have known? Additionally, I apparently used to travel abroad and bring home things like tickets, brochures, photographs, little bits of this and that, and all of that is stored in this file drawer as well?  Absolute insanity!!

I said I had two rants. In fact, I do.  I believe I have shared enough today, however. I encourage you to take a look at the website ATCSforAll.com.  They have an active ATC trading forum if you are looking to join swaps and there is no cost for this site!

Have a great day... and never ever let your ephemera stacks grab you in an inappropriate place!

Best always,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sewing Technique Challenge at Paper Traders

Paper Traders is having yet another swap - this time it needs to be 5" x 7" and include some type of sewing technique.  I, alas, am not a girl who sews.  Yes, I can stitch a random button on but actually remember how to set up my brand new sewing machine that's been in the box for 10 years? Not a chance!  What to do, what to do?

My solution to the "sewing" requirement? A hole punch and ribbon that I hand stamped! ;)  Sadly, my ability to photograph this piece is right up there with my sewing techniques.  That's ok, at least I'm creating.

Until next time...
Best wishes,

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pinterest... absolutely fascinating!

So, you may (or may not) know that I am a visual person - I like to see pictures of other people's art, I subscribe to certain magazines for the dreamy photos and advertisements, and find inspiration in images.  This week, while struggling with my 5 x 7 Paper Traders challenge (which meant I started blog hopping), I discovered Pinterest.  Can I get a "yeah, baby?!?"  Amazing images there and all kinds of gadgets I do not know how to work yet because... well... I rarely read the "how to" included on web pages. 

Having shared all that... until I manage to create something worthy of sharing (because trust me when I tell you I have three totally unrelated, unfinished projects on my desk), check out things I've pinned on Pinterest.  Some great images there!  I think you can view what I like by clicking on: http://pinterest.com/mistiroses (but I'm not sure... it's that researching the directions issue again).  In any case, check it out!

Best wishes,

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Colored Zentangles Challenge at Paper Traders

I have finally found the time to quit lurking on the Paper Traders list and start participating!  Fortunately, I had time to sign up for the Colored Zentangles swap hosted by Beckie (thanks, Beckie!).  Zentangles, I learned, is simply a fancy name for the random doodling that I already do.  Who knew it was an art form?

The challenge was to prepare four 3.5 x 3.5 Zentangles using original art.  Lucky me! This meant doodling in my Gratitude Journal and cutting the pages down to size.  I am including pictures of what I will be forwarding for the swap. 

Best Wishes,