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27 Nov 2009

No, the title of this post is not spelled improperly.

It is always a good thing when I delve deeply into working my journals. It means that I will have fodder for working in cloth and that I am staying actively engaged in my creative process. Nothing wrong with that.
As I have been posting, I am actively seeking new and improved journaling supplies, Roz Stendahl has helped and encouraged me in this. I went and bought a new set of gouache, cleaned out an old watercolor palette and created a new palette of gouache to travel with me. I made a pencil case to travel to figure drawing sessions. But really, who wants to carry a huge pencil case every day?
For years I had been using a plastic case that came with a set of pens bought from an office supply store. When it started to come apart, I asked my Man to tape it and he got fancy with some colorful duct tapes. But this week, I looked at the plastic case and saw a hole forming at the bottom of the case. This small case has been good to me. It carried three nice pens, tucks nicely into my purse and is neat and orderly.
So I recreated it in cloth.

I love to make and design bags (there are three links in this sentence-click, but please do come back).

And soon another free bag pattern of mine will be released at the Sewing Republic web site! I am very excited about that bag! I will blog about it when it happens.

So anyway. This small pencil case still fits three pens quite nicely, has a ribbon loop closure sewn into the side seams (I think the ribbon is thanks to Jeannie E VH). and has whipped stitch hand dyed edging. There are small tucks in the bottom of the pouch to allow for the depth of the pens.

So, anyway.

A few weeks ago I was asked to participate in an artistic ponzi scheme where I make one piece of art, mail it to the person at the top of the list and replace my name with theirs... and it's complicated in detail. I sent a piece of art out, late (of course). I am supposed to get 36 pieces in response to this.

This is the one I sent out, I think it went to Hawaii and I don't know how long that takes.

These two pieces were one, when I originally made them. I cut them so that I could send out two postcards. Although I didn't need to send it out as a result of the exchange, I sent this postcard to the scheme's organizer. I bet she has already received it but I have not heard. But if you pop over to her site, you will see that she is quite busy, she just got a book deal, you see. I am so happy for her.

I know that two of the people I emailed to participate in this exchange are unable to participate so if you would like the details please leave a comment. I would love to get some art in exchange!

And because this is Thanksgiving weekend, I would like to give thanks to you good reader. Thank you for reading this blog, leaving comments, being my friend and supporting me in my creative pursuits. My virtual community has really been a support to me in the last year and I have to acknowledge that! Thanks to you.


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Laura54 wrote
on 27 Nov 2009 11:57 AM

And Thanks to you for your inspiring work!

I made as a gift for an italian forum's friend of mine one of your pretty purse and she has always it with her!

I look forward next one!

MellyT wrote
on 27 Nov 2009 3:04 PM

Thanks Laura! Did you upload a photo to this site? I would love to see what you have done with it.