Hi everybody, hope you are enjoying your weekend, whatever you are up to.
I got some nice post this week, a parcel from Mexico and another one from Canada.
Christine in Canada sent me a wonderful surprise - 2 beautiful blocks of card-stock, with wonderful colours and patterns, some fantastic embellishments, and a lovely card and an ACEO which she painted herself. The ACEO shows a moose in silhouette, just beautiful.
Thanks a lot Christine, I will have great fun playing with my new stash, and the picture will be hung in my arty kitchen, so I can see it when I work.
Donna, a very dear friend, sent me a parcel of Mexican cotton remnants, with typical, and very colourful Mexican motives. I admired the ones she was using some time back, and now I have my own! Some have Day of the Dead motives, some with Frida pictures, and others just colourful and fun motives. Aren't they gorgeous???
I know I am going to have lots of fun with them, in fact, I have already started having fun!
This beautiful postcard showing one of Donna's paintings came too, and it will also be hung in my arty kitchen. Thanks a lot Donna, you have given me lots of happy hours here!
Last week I started a journal page with Frida Kahlo, an artist whom I much admire for her energy and wonderful work, and all the magic she put into her paintings, in spite of being so ill. I was looking for some ideas to fill the space at the bottom of both pages, and then my Mexican parcel arrived. I used some of the Frida scraps, and fussy cut some of the motives, which were from the same painting I had used for my Journal pages - Self portrait with monkey. The background for the journal spread was another smear and wipe sheet, to which I added some stamping. I painted the leaves behind Frida's head - which was cut from a postcard - and covered them with some netting, to look like vines. I added the flowers and the leaves, and the quote. The other images are all cut from the fabric.
I had fun making this spread, and it was such a happy coincidence that the parcel arrived just on time. I am linking to Artists in Blogland 'colour this quote':
"The sun is shining...That is the Magic. The flowers are growing--the roots are stirring. That is the Magic. Being alive is the Magic--being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me--the Magic is in me. ...It's in every one of us."
For me, Frida was a person who showed so much magic, and growth, and was so unbelievably alive in spite of all her problems, and I think this quote from the Secret Garden fits her very well.
Thanks for coming by, take care, and have a great day!