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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap

When participating in this year's One World One Heart Event, I stumbled onto a neat little blog that was promoting the "Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap".   This is the third year of this event, and people from 14 countries signed up to participate; this year's theme was "LOVE".   I've been wanting to try my hand at making fabric postcards for some time now, so I took the plunge and signed up. 

I utilized some of my depression-themed quilting fabric, a vintage hankie, a fabric printout of an old romance magazine, silk flowers, sequins and beads to complete my creation, which was sent to Gina in the United Kingdom.   Here's my little creation:

Back of card

I received an awesome fabric postcard from Nicola in London.  This features a detachable fabric brooch, which I absolutely love.  Here is what I received:

If you'd like to check out some of the other fabric postcards that were created this year and in the past, please see the FLICKR group for this event.

As always, I couldn't stop at just one postcard; I have 3 others in various stages of completion which I will share with you in the near future.  :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Published - Three Times This Month!

I don't know what it is, but I really am starting to think March is a lucky month for me.  I'm not kidding - all kinds of cool things always seem to happen to me in the month of March.  This month is no exception.

Today, on my lunch hour, I wandered into the local Hancock Fabric store in my area, and browsed through Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine while I was there.  And - what do you know -  one of my wire and glass necklaces is featured in the Boutique section.  I really had no idea this was going to be published, as Stampington hasn't contacted me yet.  But in any case, this was a really nice surprise today.

A few days ago, I found that my article in Polymer Cafe magazine is now on the newsstands.  They ended up publishing an alternate project I sent them (for the "how to" step-by-step details) instead of the original Victorian necklace and earrings design I submitted.  But that's alright - I love both necklace designs and I'm thrilled that they chose to publish one of them.

Last, I also just received information from Heather Skowood, author of Jewelry From Found Objects, that the book will be released by the publisher on March 11, 2011 (which is this Friday).  Amazon.com is currently taking pre-orders on this book; it features one of my repurposed statement necklaces made from vintage enamel brooches and earrings.  My complimentary copy of the book is on it's way to me.  I'm really looking forward to seeing all of the repurposed items being featured.  I love that sort of thing. :) 

Wow - what a whirlwind of a month it's proven to be - and we're only into the first week of the month.    Believe me - I can definitely handle the excitement.  :)
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