Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you an evening of happy hauntings!
Micron pens, Derwent watercolor pencils, Loew Cornell oil pastels
Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Papercrafter for Hire!

A woman from another state reached out to me recently after seeing the library card pockets I posted on my blog back in 2012.  She asked if I could make 100 pockets to serve as place cards for her daughter's bat mitzvah, to match the girl's book donation service project. 

How could I resist!
I have had an opportunity over the past month to work with this woman and her party planner to select colors and patterns that coordinate with the event's place settings, and we upped the number to 110 just to be on the safe side. 
The party planning company will create library cards for the pockets with each guest's name, along with their table number, written in the form of the Dewey Decimal System.  How clever is that?!
I'll be heading to the post office tomorrow to get the order shipped out to her.  I am hoping that the library card pockets offer a welcome handmade touch to her daughter's special day!
I am thinking that Papercrafter for Hire might be just the role for me.  So many of the things I enjoy creating are suitable for gifts, favors, party accompaniments and desk accessories, that it makes sense to connect my passion for paper with other folks' desire for handmade components for their events.

A business is born?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Collage for a Cause

My friend Sue volunteers in the Handwork Group of the Hagley Museum in Delaware.  As a member of this group, she uses donated materials to create items to sell at their October Craft Fair.  She asked me to make some framed collages using donated Christmas cards, which could be sold at the fair. 
All earnings are given back to the museum for scholarships that allow students to experience Hagley's programming when they would not otherwise be able to afford to participate. 
I've been working on the collages over the past month, digging into the bag of Christmas cards and stack of frames that Sue dropped off at Studio 791.  My finished work is pictured here. 
I'll tell you, though, it's not easy to photograph framed artwork behind glass.  Please bear with me when it comes to strange flash reflections!
So, as the leaves outside are turning the loveliest autumn shades, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!
For more ideas of how to re-use your holiday cards, check out this post from January of last year: