Stacie and Olivia and I all got our birds and we love them all...So many great ideas. Val, I love my scarf. I walk around the house with it wrapped around my neck when I feel bad and need some love. Pathetic I know but I am not doing so great.
My daughter Lisa (the drug addict) came home pregnant again. She is clean but all the behavior is there usually directed at me. I knew something was wrong with her because she just felt terrible and she usually feels really good. (which is why she continues to get pregnant I think and no longer needs drugs until it is over.) I took her in to the er 3 times and they didnt find anything. Treated her like a subhuman, which I understand but is hard on me. Finally they realized at 24 weeks that the baby has no amniotic fluid, and it has been leaking out the whole time. The prognosis is grim at best. She is in the hospital until she has the baby and then I dont know what will happen. They are trying to keep the baby in there as long as they can. I walk around in a stupor when I am not at the hospital. I feel bad for Lisa but mostly I feel bad for the baby. I don't know if the baby will live, be ok, or be profoundly disabled. There are too many scenarios to consider. I struggle so badly with anxiety anyway that this has been a real challenge. I am a fix it' person and everything has just got so big anymore that I cant even fix myself. Just wanted to let you all know why I havent said my thank you's! I hate to be rude. I just am lost. Merry Christmas to all of you and as always, thank you for all your friendship. And the scarf Val! xoxoxo melinda
The birds have all landed in my tree! They are all so unique and beautiful! Val that you so much for hosting this great swap. With children moving away and taking their ornaments from my tree the little birds help fill in the empty spots. What great talent the little group has. I am proud to be part of it.
Little Messy Missy
It seems like I've been making bird for the last month(because I have,) but my birdies are finally done. They're ready to fly south to Louisiana before flying off to their final homes. I'm terrible with sneak peeks so I decided to show you something else I made instead. After finishing my birds for the swap I decided to challenge myself. My challenge was to create a bird themed ornament using several different mediums in the same ornament. Here's what I created. . . .
I used old/somewhat brittle book pages, feathers, a nest, beads and a metal charm. I was pretty happy with the results. I love multimedia crafts but trying to create them scares me. For me it's actually hard to create by mixing medias; I think my brain just doesn't work that way. I don't know how to start or what to mix together. Melinda makes it look easy(check out her blog for her creations and many examples of multimedia art.) Both Val and Melinda inspired me to try creating using multiple mediums. Thanks ladies because I love how it turned out. Now I just need to put up my new little tree and hang all my new ornaments.
I've had birds on my mind lately as I've experimented with creating birdie ornaments. For this ornament swap, I wanted to use a different media than my usual go to. I had lots of ideas like wire and paper mache' or wire with beads. I've tried all of these but nothing has turned out the way I envisioned. The good new is it's a long weekend . . . I'm going to buckle down and get some birdies made for the swap. Until then "Chirp, chirp!" (that's birdie for have a great week!)
I have dropped the ball big time on this one ....... I sent my birdies flying on their way yesterday ....... and this is the only photo I have of them ....... It really is a sneak peek !!!!
I know ... right !!!!
When they're distributed, hopefully some kind friend will take a picture of him :-)
I was really happy with the way they turned out ..... I went with the paper clay option in the end.
Can't wait to see everyone's feathered creations !!!
Stacie, Oliva and I have been working on bird ornaments together...Stacie's are all done and packaged. Here is a little peek........
Olivia's are half done and then we will do mine on Saturday......
I haven't made too many bird ornaments but I can show you a few......
A painted bird gourd.....
Little sewn Bird Magnets, but with a hanger they could be ornaments.
Merry Christmas hooties.
A paper and glittery bird
And a bird in his fabric birdhouse ornament.
I love inspiration. Before I make something, I love to google and see what else other people make. I thought it was really cool how Val showed some past birds. Here is my contribution to the idea pool!
I missed out on Vanessa's Halloween blog hop....so busy this year! I had intended on using my zombie pincushion as a give away....but am giving it away on my regular blog instead. If interested, pop by my blog starting tomorrow and leave a comment!
I am posting using my Mom's blog just in case you get confused. Also sorry for the delay, I have been picking up extra shifts at work and haven't been home much.
Spring, your package came to my Mom's house and she called me at work to tell me it was here! I was so excited I rushed to her house first instead of going home. This was my first swap ever so I was pretty happy to get a "present" in the mail. Mom tried to help me with the tape and I had to tell her to "back off!" hahahaha
Everything is wonderful.....
The tablerunner I immediately fell in love with. I don't have one so it was perfect. I love the teas and the little journal too. (you cant see it very well in the picture.)
And my VooDoo pincushion? Love it! She is a hipster for sure with all the peace signs.
There was a voodoo doll package waiting for me when I arrived at home today.
Susan sent me this cute voodoo doll. It's on a glass pedestal. I think the idea of putting a voodoo doll pincushion on a pedestal is brilliant. I wish I had thought of that for the one I made.
Susan also included some tea for fall, a potholder, pins and a Halloween themed table runner. Doesn't the runner look nice with my Halloween bowl?! All I need is to buy a few pounds of chocolate bars to fill up the bowl. Thank you Susan I love my voodoo package.
Delivery confirmation says my package was delivered so I'm sharing a picture of the pincushion I sent my partner. I forgot to take pictures of the tuck-ins I made. Thank you Val for satisfying our cravings for zombies and voodoo dolls. It was fun!
Speaking of zombies, this was the tire cover on the car in front of me this morning. I couldn't resist taking a picture. I think it should say don't get bitten, but that's just me. I like zombies but I don't want to become one.
Sarah K, you are one AWESOME swap partner .......
I received a totally fantastic swap package today .... Thank you, Thank you, Thank you .... I LOVE it :-)
Here is my package in its entirety ..... Don't you just LOVE it !!! The little owl tote bag is lined and all super cute .... perfect for keeping a little "on the go" project safe.
My sweet little voodoo pincushion ..... he's a wrist pincushion. I can't wait to use him :-)
I adored the whole package, but THIS beauty is my absolute favorite ....she is phenomenal !!!! Her face is beautifully embroidered, and her hair has beads in it ....... her button eyes are just perfect !!!!
She has taken her rightful place alongside her Halloween friends, under my Halloween tree. My cute table runner, will be taking it's place under the tree pot shortly ..... I just needed to take its picture first.
Thank you SOOOOOO much Sarah for spoiling me like you did. This package was a precious treasure trove to receive :-)
Debbi's artistic endeavors found there way to my door... wow...jaw drop...happy dance...
Isn't she awesome!!! Look at those hands!! Wow!! Debbi also sent some wonderful tuck ins. A lovely Halloween Tin filled with candy corn, a beautiful little orange mercury glass candle, some ouija board mints and some hot cocoa. I feel spoiled! Thanks you Debbi for making my month!!! I need name suggestions for my new little friend here so if you have any please let me know. ;0) xoxoxoxo
little messy miss posted about the Day of the Dead pincushion she made because her swap partner liked DoD. I really hoped it was me she was talking about... and IT WAS!!!!! ((insert happy dance))
I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw her name on the box. It's a DoD dream come true, especially since I'm not spending money on "unnecessaries". Messy Miss made it possible for me to add three new handmade pieces to my collection, a drawer to add small items to, if I can bear to not show off the sides, a felt sewing kit and the most awesome voodoo pincushion e.v.e.r. She was so thoughtful, she even sent me a heart shaped rock because she knew I collect them.
Thank You little messy miss for my box and Thank You Val for hosting. I'm ready for next year!
A big thank you goes out to Melinda! The delay with the post office was a bit tense, but the wait was so worth it! My little doll is too creepy-cute to describe! She made this awesome decoupage box and even added purple glitter to the pins! I love it all Melinda! Thank you thank you thank you!
A few years ago I did my first zombie doll swap right here with Val & Friends. I saw a cartoon about zombie rehabilitation where the zombies were re-trained to do work by hanging a stick with a dangling brain in front of them. You know, dangling the proverbial carrot only in this case they like brains. The idea intrigued me so I created Dead Fred. I was so sad to see him go. I've often thought I'd like to make Dead Fred again for myself. When the zombie challenge was issued, I immediately thought about Fred. I dug up pictures so I could re-make him, but true to myself I had to change it up a bit. This time he's made from recycled wool sweaters and coats, one of my favorite mediums.
Meet Dead Donald the newest zombie in town. Like Fred he's part of the Zombie Rehabilitation program. I have his brain all made I just need to rig it up on the stick. Even though he's not quite finished I couldn't resist sharing him. He's much bigger than I planned but I like how he turned out. I think we'll go sit down on the couch together and read the second book in the Alice in Zombieland series.