Monday, December 28, 2009

Making Yarn

My Christmas has been full of work. Or would I rather call it pleasure? As you can see, I have been making yarn, That is spinning and dyeing!
Spinning some seawool from Creatively Dyed.

Dyeing four skeins of sock yarn for future projects.

And dyeing the last portion of bluefaced leicester wool in oriental colors. These colors really give me strength to cope the dark winter days.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!

A page for the deco "Black And White"

Saturday, December 12, 2009

What Is Scrapbooking?

I have wanted to be a scrapbooker for years. My problem has been that I have never really realized what is is all about. First I thought it is about making a photo album with words and stories. I had no desire for photo albums but I tried. No, did not work for me. Then I thought it is all about fancy papers and embellishments which I do love. But many times I felt more tempted to use the papers elsewhere.

This autumn it hit me. Some photos are just more special than the others. It would be so wrong to just keep them on the hard drive or hidden in plastic pockets. It would be so wrong not to spend time with them and play with them. And, it would be so wrong not to photograph everything that is important and special.

I assume the idea of scrapbooking is more obvious if you have children. My first little scrapbooking album is about my first dog, passed away many years ago, but still on my mind constantly.

I really enjoyed making this small album!

I have also had difficulties understanding digital scrapbooking even if I use Photoshop at my day job. Why would anyone skip the pretty papers part? Now I realize it is so much fun to combine the digital processing and the papers. All the pictures in this album are processed so that their colors match with the papers.

I love the little windows this album is filled with!

What next? Soon after finishing this album I remembered that my husband has taken pictures about butterflies over the years. There are not many good shots but just enough for another mini album! I am going to enjoy making that during the holidays.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

First Beeswax Projects

Tags using beeswax.

I purchased Rangers Utee Melting Pot last week as I wanted to try beeswax in my collage work. My first trials were inspired by this week's Theme Thursday challenge: bookmarks. Beeswax makes the surface a bit sticky so these are more gift tags than bookmarks. I did not have quilting iron to smooth the surface so the surface became a bit uneven. I have ordered one though so I am looking forward my next beeswax projects.

The poem in the right side tag is: "Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower." I found it on the net and it's so beautifully said!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dotty Oriental

A page for the deco "Oriental"

I love dots. And white gel pen. And markers that I purchased during my designer studies!