Sunday, July 5, 2009

Weekend crafts, naughty books and a few words about comments

This weekend I made my first artist trading card! Of course, I have no one to trade with, but that's okay. The card, which is 2.5" by 3.5", seems gigantic compared to the teeny canvases I've been working on.

My art might not be improving, but it is certainly getting more sparkly :-) The flowers in the above collage are sequins with adhesive "gems" in the middle. I also used my glitter paint around the edges of the butterfly.

The other thing I did this weekend was read what I have come to affectionately call my "naughty books." For the record, I used to only read good literature, the kind that deals with profound themes and wins prestigious awards. Now I read Harlequin romances from the 1980's.

Actually, I only read this author, who also writes as Amanda Quick and does historical romances, too. I'm confessing my newfound love of her books because this one really tickled me. As you might know, I recently went to Mendocino on vacation. Since I've been back, I've been dreaming about what it would be like to live there and be an artist rather than work at a high-tech company in Silicon Valley. I didn't know it when I bought this book at a thrift shop a few weeks ago, but it is about an artist who lives in Mendocino and falls in love with a man who runs a high-tech company in Silicon Valley. Isn't that funny? I did a whole lot of giggling as I read the book out on my lounge chair on the patio this weekend. It really delighted me.

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On a different subject, yesterday I received an email from a friend saying she'd been leaving comments on my blog for a while now, but just discovered they have not been showing up. If this has happened to you, please know it is a Blogger issue; I have never moderated comments. Last night I changed the settings so that the comments show up as a new page rather than embedded, and I'm hoping that will fix it. (I've also decided that if not for this issue, I would have had hundreds more comments on my posts. Please just go with me on this.)

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Linda at Natural Suburbia is having a giveaway! She's offering the gorgeous sock yarn shown above, and although she is located in South Africa, she will ship anywhere. Please check out her blog!



Rachel said...

Harlequin romances? Harlequin... romances? I'm just giggling away here. I used to work in a library (booorrriiinnnggg) and all these Mennonite ladies with their dresses and headscarves would come in and borrow piles of Harlequins. One day I decided to find out what all the fuss was about so I read one of them. I pretty near gagged. Bleah. I'll stick to my fine (snobby) literature, thank you. Or maybe a chick lit read in the summer. But I'll never read another Harlequin Romance. Not that I'm judging you haha.

You really are getting lots of 'creating' done lately. Your little card is so cute! I need to find me an old dictionary so I can cut out definitions and do something with them... I don't know what yet. I just like the idea of all those words and I like the way you incorporate sayings into your art.

Love that sock yarn... too bad I don't know how to make socks. But I am going to check out her blog.

Dogwood said...

Oh dear, a new way to do this. I hope I can figure it out.

I love youf collage creations. You are moving ahead nicely with your collage art work. I like the sparkles! Forrest will have my art area in the garage ready for tomorrow. I can't wait.
I am currently reading THE BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN by Wallace Stegner. Great book. I have a huge stack of books to read but will try a Harlequin romance one of these days. Enjoy your day. Dogwood


Hi Stacy,
Love your new little collage with the butterfly!!
I'll swap ATC cards with you. I already to that with some gals and I can make one more to send to you!Email me if you want to do that! Maybe we can get a few more gals along the way.

Can't say that I've ever read one of those...I seem to be on the computer and don't have time to read books...just blogs!!! LOL

I hope your package arrives tomorrow...please let me know when it arrives..Thanks!
Deb :)

Linda said...

Your artwork is so beautiful! Thanks so much for blogging about the giveaway, I really appreciate it!

woollywotnots said...

Hi Stacy, sounds like a lovely weekend. I love your ATC. I'll be trading with you soon, once I make my next batch! :-)

Stacy said...

Thank you everyone for your comments!