Friday, December 04, 2009

Copper Mirror

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Experiment!

When I was setting up for last night's workshop, I decided to play a little.  A few people were coming to make the butterfly mirror that I posted on my blog a few weeks ago and as I set out the mirror for the class I was inspired to create.  I pulled out the Big Shot and some dies and some copper and went to town!!!!  Here is the creation that resulted from my experimenting!  I love it!!!!  Wish you could see it in person - it has a ton of dimension.  I realized that the copper was probably 9 years old and had been following me around from creative space to creative space waiting to be used.  Yesterday the day came and I'm so happy I decided to experiment a little.  What can you experiment with today?  You might LOVE the results!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Holiday Gift Class - Stamped Coasters and Trivets

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  You Never Know What You Can Achieve Until You Try It!

Tonight was the first Gift Giving Workshop.  My favorite part of these workshops is when people who have never come to a class, or have never really explored their creativity, come to the workshop.  They show up and say things like, "I'm not really creative" or "I've never done anything like this before so I'm sure I won't do it well."  I begin to smile inside because I know the transformation I am about to experience!  It happened again tonight - watching someone move from nervous and uncertain to proud and excited!  It's like watching the butterfly burst out of the cocoon!  Yes, these are my favorite workshop moments!  These are some of the coasters and trivets created by tonight's workshop participants!  Just looking at the color and the creative exploration makes me smile :)  You never know what you can achieve until you try it!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Holiday Tags

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  The Tortoise Went At His Own Pace And So Must We

I have been engaged in a mental battle lately.  It's not one that others can see, but it's one I am very acutely aware of.  I feel like I "should" be doing a lot in each day.  I feel like taking it easy and lounging and enjoying is not what I'm "supposed" to be doing.  Maybe my body is trying to tell my mind something - that the tortoise was smart - he went at his own pace - and my body is trying to go at its own pace as well.  I think I'm scared that if I lounge I will not step up the pace again.  That a body at rest will stay at rest - and that scares me.  At the same time, without rest, I can't rejuvenate and listen to the inner voice that seems to be most wise.  I have a feeling this mental battle might continue for a bit...I'm hoping the tortoise wins! :)

This tag and tag container (made from a cd tin) are experiments for my upcoming Holiday Tag workshop.  It's been fun doing a bit of playing in the craft room today...not sure which tags will "win" and get to be on the menu for the workshop...I'll be posting some more the rest of this week and we'll see which turn out to be the finalists!  Hope you like it!!!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Footsteps on the Moon - Greetings Earthling Stamp Set

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Don't Tell Me The Sky's The Limit When There Are Footsteps On The Moon!

I saw this quote on a t-shirt when I was traveling over Thanksgiving.  I had never seen the quote before and, after a bit of research, came up with "anonymous" as the author.  That "anonymous" sure does come up with a lot of great quotes!  These little aliens from the Greetings Earthling stamp set make the cutest companions for this computer-generated greeting.  Hope you like it!