Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #24--Windows

Taken July 18, 2008, in Kelowna, BC.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #23--Pears

Taken July 19, 2008, in Kelowna, BC.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Giveaway winners

I've drawn four winners for my very small giveaway.

But first, a question: Whose bright idea was it to schedule a dentist's appointment for 7:00 this morning?

The winners are Hanna, Jess, Eva, and Jean. I've emailed all of you for your addresses.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #22--Driftwood frame

Taken November 21, 2oo7, in West Vancouver, BC.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

A very small giveaway

I've been thinking lately that I would love to find more craft supplies that are environmentally friendly and/or fairly traded. Well, Child Two and I were in Ten Thousand Villages recently and we saw these packages of skeletal leaves, from Salay Handmade Paper Industries, that are made by women in the Philippines who are paid a fair price for their work. I've seen these types of leaves in craft stores, but not fair-trade ones.

It's hard to tell just what they look like from these stunning photos (it's not easy to take pictures of a stack of paper-thin leaves in a plastic envelope on a sunny day). They're very, very thin and you can see all the veins in the leaves. They're used in collages, scrapbooking, cardmaking, and decoupage (on the second page of Salay's "gifts and novelties" section, there's a picture frame decorated with them). The guy who sold them to me told me about a woman who made a mobile out of them. I have four packages: green, dark blue, teal blue, and red. It looks like there are eight or ten leaves in each package.

If you'd like to win a package, leave a comment here. If there's one color you desperately want, please say so. I'll leave this contest open for a week or so and then draw one or more winners randomly and contact them for their addresses. This is open to anyone, anywhere. Cat not included.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Crafts using old magazines

On Always an Editor today, I posted about reusing magazines. I thought I would post some links to projects here. But first I'd like to give a plug to Laura of Little Orange Kitchen, who makes wonderful things from reused paper. I'm eagerly awaiting a wallet I recently ordered from her Etsy shop.

Here are some projects that use magazine pages:
Woven purse
Bowls
And more bowls
Boxes
Coiled baskets
Coasters
Paper beads
Decoupage Easter eggs
Handmade postcards
Homemade stickers
Envelopes

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #21--Jellyfish

Taken October 7, 2007, in Vancouver, BC.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Thematic Photographic: Sky

Taken December 28, 2006, in Vancouver, BC.

I'm posting this photo for Carmi's weekly Thematic Photographic project. The theme this week is "sky."

This picture, like my other entry this week, was taken on a sunny winter's day.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #20--Through the padeye

Taken June 21, 2008, aboard the Ecuadorian tall ship Buque Escuela Guayas, docked in North Vancouver, BC. Another picture from this ship can be seen in last week's WW post on my other blog, here.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Calendar journal

I recently bought the book Journal Revolution and I’ve been eagerly waiting for a new month so I could start a calendar journal. Basically, you start with a blank calendar page and fill in a square every day in whatever way you want.

I’ve got several ideas for themes, but being a word person that’s what I’m starting with. For a while I’ve been collecting words from magazines, catalogues, and junk mail to use in collages and other craft projects. For each day in July, I will find a word that has something to do with my day and glue that into the square.

Child Two is joining me this month. She’s chosen a flower theme. She’s planning to fill each square with a flower image—cut and glued, stamped, or hand drawn. If she enjoys it and decides to keep going, I’m sure we’ll see a cat theme sooner or later.

I’ll post some pictures once we’re further along.