I made a pretty big list of resolutions. One is to try something new each month, really challenge myself.
Am I really up for this each month?
Oh, why not!
I got this book out, The Mary Brooks Picken book, to take pictures on, for this post. Maybe I should have read it, to educate me for my January challenge!?
I posted that one of my resolutions was to challenge myself to one new thing a month. I said in jewelry, but I'm altering that...to anything new related to art.
I met my challenge this month with some sewing challenges!
I wanted to make some pretty packets for my fun rhinestone necklaces that I made for a store. I am hoping that when the ladies buy one of the vintage beauties, and given the sweet envelope of felt, maybe they will store and travel with the necklace inside, to protect it??
And here is the back, each one is different. I dug out all kinds of goodies I've been saving up, and hit a local fabric store for some more goodies. I was inspired by Ruth Rae, and her free form sewing methods, and have her fabulous book. Okay, these are new and challenged me.
But.... I tried something really new for the first time.
I entered a sewing swap! My first ever.
Debbie Hembree organized it over at Mosaic Magpie, one of my favorite artists.
It is a Heart Swap from the Heart. I'm a bit intimidated by this, not being a seamstress!
BUT, I challenged myself, since I put that in writing for the world to see.
This is a picture of the casing for my Heart piece.
I hand died the muslin, into a soft, beautiful blue. I went out and bought Ritz dye, something I've never bought. YEAH!
The rich brown Sari silk attached was purchased from Lisa Jurist, of Mudhound Studio, another one of my favorite artists.
Stop by and visit her blog, she has a contest going on right now!
And this is just a tease of my Heart for the swap.
Of course a spot of bling!
What has happened to me?? Maybe I always loved bling, just didn't let the bling out.
Get the bling out girls, let it out and show it off!
Okay, what have you tried new so far this year??
Lots of love,