"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Monday, March 9, 2009

Treasures in the Mail

I've received some really lovely things in the mail lately, and I wanted to share them with you. First off, my friend Tracy sent me this unbelievably gorgeous journal. We are in a dyeing group together and on this group they play Bingo (sounds strange but it's lots of fun). The winner receives a "small" gift from the hostess and then gets to host the next round. Well, Tracy was the host and I won! She sent me this wonderful journal. No small gift! The pictures don't do it justice. It is hand dyed bamboo fabric and eyelash yarn. The yarn looks royal blue in these photos, but it is more turquoise. It is stunning.
Tracy has an Etsy shop called Squiggle Chick Designs. She has some amazing things for sale, including some to-dye-for journals ... so check it out!
I also received my second tropical beach cabana for the swap om Textile Challenges. This one is from Marie Nutt (I'm not aware of a blog). Isn't it wonderful? She made a hammock from a piece of vegetable netting. I just love it. It reminds me of Key West.

And finally a while back I joined a black and white charm swap with Amber Dawn.

I made bottlecap charms (mine is in the middle with the dove) and here are the charms I received back. They are wonderful and I can't wait to put them on a bracelet.
I feel so lucky to be connected to so many talented artists and to share in the treasures they make. Hopefully those who receive my work feel the same way.


Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I agree, excellent mail! That tropical hut makes me long for the beach.

Elizabeth said...

We do We Do!!!!!! Love getting things made by YOU!!!!!! What a great set of charms, I think that I like the angel wing and your bottle cap the BEst!! Great Cabana Too!!
Tracy does do such beautiful work!
have a Happy week!!

TracyB said...

Thanks for nice compliment, Elizabeth :)!!

I have to say I like the color of my journal better in your photos, lol!!

studioGypsy said...

beautiful pieces, michelle. really love the journal! ;) thx for sharing your goodies with us! such yummy eye candy!!;) xo

morningDove said...

your charms are wonderful, love the dove one. lol and its exciting to see you expanding your talents.

morningDove said...

thank you so much for my fun little doves and goodie bag. what to make with these!!