The amazing Elizabeth, of Creative Breathing, invited her readers to participate in a block swap. If we would each decorate a 5-inch cardstock block in our style, and send it to her, she would, in turn, decorate a block for each of us. What fun! She has been posting the blocks she has made and sent so far and they are so adorable. Mine came yesterday and I love it! I have borrowed this photo from Elizabeth because it is so much better than mine, but as nice as this picture is, it doesn't do the original justice. It is much prettier in person.....and the back is just as cute!It will be hanging in my studio soon.....as soon as I reorganize in there. I've been working on it off and on all week and it's like rabbits...the stuff keeps multiplying. I'm sure I'm not the only person who buys too much (come on now, fess up!) but I've put myself on a diet from spending any more on art supplies (for a while...not forever). I have enough scrapbook paper to wallpaper a house!
Anyway...I've gotten off the track...I couldn't decide on my style at first. There are so many things I like to work with. I could do a vintagy, shabby kind of block using ephemera and sheet music and maybe a fairy image, or a block featuring one of my favorite dress form stamps...hmmmmm. I finally decided to do my block in a style to honor my original inspiration, Mary Engelbreit. I guess reading the magazine article in Where Women Create about her studio and her history made me want to create something simple in design, using primary colors.
This is my block.....I am so glad I participated in this swap and I thank you, Elizabeth, for your inspiration to all of us who read your blog. You certainly do create joy!