The 12 Tags of Christmas (a crafting/art event!) is off and running. T!m (yes, that's how he signs his name on the blog: http://www.timholtz.typepad.com/ ) Holtz designs the Christmas tags (a "tag" is a standard #8 13 pt. manila shipping tag, slightly smaller than a 4x6 photo -- a nice size and texture as a "canvas" for creating a little art gem) and teaches a variety of new techniques with each tag, uploading step-by-step photos. We're on Tag #2 today, but I'll post a picture of Tag #1 (December 1) also.
I am finishing a "memory quilt" for my mom -- with photos of our core family (sibs in formal sittings) printed on fabric and sewn into the squares. Once I am done with that project (whew!) -- I'll start making these tags. T!m archives the 12 Tags on his blog. In fact, the last 4 years' tags are available. I enjoy tweaking the designs by using whatever products and junk on hand in my studio.
I recently bought his die-cutting machine (because his is very cool and makes sense -- it's a suitcase... clever, huh? Maybe we need a little product placement? "The Vagabond" die-cutting machine by Sizzix. This machine can cut all kinds of paper AND even material (like felt!). Exciting days ahead in my studio!
Now for the Wish List. Is it too early for World Peace? Or does that go at the bottom of the list? Well, today I'm craving a new organization system for my studio. I need to re-org the shelving for my stash of fabric and art materials. I can't put my finger on an exact system, but I am ready to do something new in the studio!
We had a MAJOR wind/rain storm yesterday. And we lost a HUGE tree, which fell away from the house, over a rock wall, and into the neighbor's backyard. I guess we'll be hearing the lovely whirr of the chain saw most of the day. In fact, Steve is already among the trees, assessing damage and rolling up his sleeves. I guess I better join him!