Ours was busy with birthday planning and celebrating. My daughter's Jungle-themed Birthday Party was great fun (once the stress subsided)! We held it at a park near a lake and playground, had a craft and scavenger hunt for the kids, treat bags filled with inflatable animal shaped balls, stickers, stampers, etc...... but, by far, the hit of the event was the ....
My daughter's best friend has this really amazing Grandma (she has 3, actually, but I'm just talking about one of them today :)....Lilly. Remember Lilly? I've mentioned her before in this former blog post. She offered her services to us as a gift.... and, boy, was it ever!
Can you tell she matched the make-up to this little girl's shirt?!
After all the birthday hoopla....I needed to decompress a little...
I got those Gypsy Girls matted and put in my shop....
I added rub-ons to the corners of the outer mat....
Here I used sturdy patterned paper to create inner mats to allow it to fit an 11 x 14 mat with an 8 x 10 opening. I love the marrakeshy feel to the pattern. In person, the green really compliments her eyes!
I also found a swapping site called http://www.swap-bot.com/
Anyone out there participated in any swaps hosted here? I'm in such a swappy/tradey mood these days after the great experience I had with Lauren at Fair Rosamund. I decided to look for more opportunities to create and keep fun things coming in the mail! So, I signed up for a few swaps....
One is for a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch Artist Trading Card (ATC) featuring a Mermaid Theme..... I've never painted ATC's before, but since working in a smaller format worked so well with the Gypsies, I decided to give going even smaller a try....
....And I worked on 3 at the same time!
"Starfish are a Girls' Best Friend"
...and "See Siren"
All watercolor and ink with irridescent pigmnets added here and there and white gel pen to highlight.
I don't know if I'll do more of these.....they are a bit too small for my liking. My hands have gotten a bit more shakey since going into massage 6 years ago, so some of the detail work was challenging :)
I definately want to offer the 2 that I don't choose for the swap, in my Shop...any requests?
As always, thank you for stopping by....Your visits make me smile! (much like the thrill of eating the last bit of cake right out of the box!)
Be talkin to you again soon ;-P