Sunday, October 19, 2008

Where have I been?

I have been swamped for the past several weeks working on projects with definite deadlines. I wish I could do frequent posts while I'm working on other projects but I haven't been able to squeeze everything in.

Before I show you what has been occupying my time, I want to mention that the beautiful paper-pieced picture shown in my last post, made by Elizabeth (based on a vintage postcard in my collection), is now in my possession. I was so touched when she wrote that she was inspired by seeing the postcard on my blog and created her depiction of the image. When it came to me in the mail.....I was a screaming banshee!!!!!! You cannot see in any picture the fine detail in this piece. When you hold it in your hands, you notice immediately that this was not done with punches and dies. It is all cut and trimmed by hand. I need to get just the right frame for it and then it will be displayed in my craft room. I love it! Thank you again Elizabeth. Go to her blog and view her Flickr pictures and you will be in awe of the art that she creates...and, she is a gifted writer as well.

On to the projects! I was asked to make a framed layout using a wedding invitation. This would be given to the bride and groom by a friend who was in the wedding party. I've only done a few of these but I agreed to take the assignment. When I was given the invitation, I was surprised that it was black. I had never seen a black wedding invitation before . This project was a challenge to find just the right paper and embellishment as to not take away from the drama of the invitation itself. I agonized over it for weeks and finally decided on this.

I hope the bridal couple is pleased.

I also put two gift baskets together for my former employer to be used as prizes for two local schools at fundraisers.
Gift bags for a wedding tea.
While working on the previous projects, I have also been amassing items for 2 one-on-one swaps with blogging friends. The first one is with Marie ,who I have come to discover, shares many common interests with me. She asked that we do a swap based on what we know about each other. This was so much fun! I received my package from Marie on Friday and am enjoying everything she sent. Everything from vintage cotton gloves to a darling jar of buttons, a sweet bear in a lace collar, a fat white birdie, one of Marie's lovely ATC cards and many other goodies, was packed in a shabby chic white wire basket. I took a picture of the basket before I dismantled it so you could see how cute it looked. Thank you Marie for choosing just the right items that I will treasure for a long time. Here's a peek at the packages I sent to Marie.
The other swap is with Viv. We too, share some common interests and she makes the most beautiful cards and layouts. Viv is on the Design Team for Crafty Secrets, a company whose products I love!!!

On November 1st, three other friends and I are participating in a Craft Show at a local church. That's 2 weeks away friends, and I hardly have anything made yet. YIKES!!! I'll try to post pictures of some things as I get them made but I have to really put my nose to the grindstone. (boy, that phrase shows my age!!)
Have a good week!

I haven't gotten any new pictures of Charlie in a few weeks so today, I will leave you with a picture of my husband's "other" girl.....Edith! She comes when he calls and he's so well trained he immediately gives her what she wants...peanuts!!!!


mimi said...

Being one of those three friends who is participating with you in the craft show, I should be creating. I just had to stop and take a break for some computer time. You did such a great job on all your projects. I know everyone will love their packages and baskets. You are so talented.
I better get back to work :)

Anonymous said...

WOW! You have been one busy lady! I think everything turned out lovely and your swap was great! I'd better get busy with our swap. I have a few things but need to find more. I love the pic of your husband's *other lady*...what a cutie!! Too funny!

marie said...

Hi Joyce ~ Wow, I'll say you've been busy! I love the wedding invitation layout! It's very classy.

Your gift baskets look great ~ whoever wins them will be so lucky. That Steelers basket looks good!
My son Joe is a Steelers fan - his wife Johanna is a Ravens fan. Poor little Elijah doesn't know who to root for!

I really like the gift bags ~ the leaves on the end of the ribbon is a wonderful look!

Good luck with getting crafts done for your show ~ can't wait to see what you make! I need to get busy with crafting myself ~ the show I'm in starts on the 13th of November.

We have a relative of Edith's living in our yard ~ we call him The General. He likes to crawl along around our fence combat style! But he doesn't come when he's called. he's like my cats ~ he comes when he's ready.

I'm glad you liked the goodies I sent ~ and thanks for the peek at what's heading my way! Can't wait to see it.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

Edith...she's stealing your show. LOL :)

Wow, you HAVE been very busy...creating and opening mail! Love your sweet swaps received!

So, what's Charlie going to be for Halloween? My little John Mark will be a giraffe, I think. And little Ellie will maybe be chickie!!!

Have a good week and tell Edith gather more nuts...winter is coming!!!


The Burp Cloth Babe said...

Your projects are great! Love Edith...too funny!

LaurieStar said...

Hi Joyce - just putting off my obligations for some computer time too. I'm doing a craft show this weekend with Deb and I sure hope I have my act together! I know exactly how you feel! I usually get a lot done in the last week.

Keep at it! :)

Trish said...

You have been one busy lady!! Your work, as usual, is stunning!! Marie and Viv are two lucky ladies. Have fun this weekend at your craft show!


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