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I have been reorganizing my apartment a lot since I have so much free time.  It is maddening the length of days and weeks when you don’t have a job to go to.  There are sometimes 2-3 days I am not sure what day it is.  I have to sit and think what TV show I watched the previous night to recall the day of the week. 

Part of the reorg involved clearing off my sewing machine table.  The table and my sewing chair seem to be the catch all for the stuff I bring into that room.  It piles up quickly and prevents me from using it as I hate to move it all to move it all back.  Sad, huh?

Since the sewing machine and the chair are now all clear I have been using it a bit more and creating fabric ATCs for the latest MAMMA challenges.  This week’s challenge was to use a Mona Lisa image for your creation.  I decided to use an image via gel medium transfer.  Since I never know how it will work and I don’t put all of my eggs in a single image basket I normally start with 3.  Usually, I end up with one that I can use.  This time, perhaps because I am getting better at the technique or I just lucked out I ended up with 3. 

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This card is entitled Mona’s Heart.

The Mona image is transferred onto white muslin material.  That is sewn onto another piece of fabric.  The heart image is from a dictionary page that is sewn onto the card.  A bit of yarn and some beading complete the card.

 

 

 

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I made two other cards with the extra images, but didn’t enter them in the swap.  These will be used for Kate’s Birthday ATC swap for some upcoming birthdays.  I added polka dot bias tape , vintage lace, a vintage flower image, and some vintage buttons to complete the cards. 

DSC01622 I received a couple of great cards in trade this week.  The first is from Fidgetrainbowtree and is for the bird swap. 

The second is from Nancy for the India swap.  She drew the lovely image by hand. 

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What have you been up to? 

I participated in Cyber Fyber’s World ATC day which was held on January 17th.  I sent 3 ATCs for the swap and received 3 in return. 

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There is this lovely water color Sleeper by David Yaghjian.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Nordic Runes I by Shirley Whitlock.  The description indicates it is acrylic and mixed medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And this lovely and vibrant piggy card by Ingrid Dijkers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The second week of 2009 challenge for MAMMA was birds.  This is the card I created for that swap.  The quotation on the card is from Sadako Sasaki.  You can read more about her and her story here

The background is scrapbook paper with a thick layer of gesso to give it texture.  The bird image is from a thrifted birding book, the text is printed on vellum paper.  I added a few soft pink blossoms as a nod to Sadako and the Japanese gift of Cherry trees to the US. 

If you have never been to the tidal basin in DC when the Cherry trees are blooming in the spring you have missed out on quite a sight. 

 

 

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I also created a second ATC using the same quote that is available for trade if you are interested. 

 

 

Have you been in any great swaps lately?

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