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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Crafting Days

the stress and inconvenient details of my accident are almost behind me. i have a new car (2000 toyota camry le) and have signed the settlement with the insurance company and now await the check. thankfully their 1st offer was a reasonable one. thanks to all for their well wishes.

i haven't been doing as much art as i'd like to. i have been tired when i get home from work and seem to space the hours away. can anyone relate? but i'd best get my ass in gear as i have several looming projects. over at illustratedATC's i am involved in a secret santa swap. i have signed up for a large package and for a small one. their definitions are:

Example of LARGE package contents (all items on list):

1. 1 large homemade gift (like an 8 x 10 canvas, tote bag, journal pages, a necklace, hat & mitts)
2. 2 smaller homemade gifts (like an altered book, bracelet, chunky page or ornament)
3. A couple of ATCs or a bookmark
4. Ephemera and candies or small store bought items (like art supplies, or notecards)



Example of SMALL package contents (all items on list):

1. You have a choice between 1 large homemade gift (like an 8 x 10 canvas, tote bag, 2 8x8 journal pages, a necklace, hat & mitts) OR 2 smaller homemade gifts (like an altered book, bracelet, chunky page or ornament)
2. A couple of ATCs or a bookmark
3. Ephemera and candies or small store bought items.

yikes, right? well if that's not enough i am also involved in another swap where i have to give (and get) a grand total of 21 gifts. 7 large, 7 small, and 7 store bought goody types. yes, i am flipping out. i have figured out my large gift over at iATC's and have some ideas for my small. but i must admit to being completely flummoxed about the 21 gifts. if anyone has any brilliant ideas for me please pass them on! i want to make things that are beautiful and special, but that don't break the bank and don't sap all of my free time. some ideas so far:
large:
canvas's of art
journal's made of watercolor paper
altered board books
small:
bracelets
smaller canvas
altered cabinet cards
can you see i am at a loss? help!

to close out i leave you with a pic of my new car:

6 comments:

annie/curbsidetreasure said...

yeah, i am kind of trying to figure out what to make for the secret santa swap too...i better get on it soon!

roc said...

love your new car! i bet you will love it too. wow...i've overwhelmed just reading your list for the secret santa swap! that is a lot of things to do. what about charms? pendants? note cards? christmas tags?

Jenn Klee said...

Oh man...21 gifts plus the Secret Santas! That's a lot of gifts hon, from the top of my head I can only think in altered CDs, you can add some magnets to the back of these.

katilady said...

thanks you guys! hard work but it'll worth it!

Serenity said...

Kati, it's EdensRainbow, also sometimes known as Laurie. I so know what you mean about the 21 present swap. I'm keeping my panic to a dull roar, mostly through avoidance and beer. But, I know that I absolutely loved your altered altoid tin. I'm not sure how long it took you, but I think it would be really neat, if feasible. There, my two cents. Don't spend it all in one place. ;) And no stress! Only fun. (If only it were that easy, right?)

Evangeline said...

Wow, you do keep busy! How fun would it be to get one of those secret Santa packages!

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