Sunday, January 14, 2007

getting my crafty back on

I've been in a creative slump lately. No crafting, no scrapbooking, no writing, not even any photography. But I spent the afternoon with Phin and another one of our mutal friends, Mary and her friend Chandi. We sat around Mary's living room and made jewelry and chatted by the fire. It was a lot of fun working with my hands again and being in a room with very creative women. I'm feeling inspired. Chandi had purchased a necklace that Mary wanted to reproduce and Phin and I were along for the ride. Both Mary and Phin made necklaces. Phin finished hers and it turned out awesome! Mary still had to finish another strand by the time we had to leave. I didn't account for enough thread to make a necklace, so mine ended up being a bracelet. It still turned out pretty cool. Love the randomness of it and the various textures with the glass, ceramic, stone and wooden beads and shell buttons.

Phin's also been challenging me to get my crafty back on by motivating me with specific weekly challenges from a book I gave her for Christmas. Week #2 was something about B&W photography. I sort of cheated, but I finished this page Friday night:
I cheated because aside from figuring out what photos to put on this, the layout was finished. It had been sitting on my desk for about 3 months.

The next challenge is to create a ribbon border. Phin - I actually have an idea brewing in my head. Let's see if I can actually execute it now.


Ginnie said...

Since you are so top-of-the-world creative, Mad, I'm guessing you can allow yourself down time! I see you have great friends to motivate and inspire you. So, you go, Girl!

Glad to see you again. :)

Ragged Around the Edges said...

I think sometimes the best work is that which is inspired and motivated by either being with or watching other creative souls.

Love the bracelet and the page. As always, beautiful work.

paris parfait said...

The bracelet is beautiful, as is the page! Keep creating.

Jodi said...

It's so great that you have creative friends who inspire you!

susan d said...

i love the scrapbook page just the way it is. I would like to see more of your pages. i would love to photograph and post some as well.

Nan said...

I'm glad you shared the picture of the bracelet (love it!) and the scrapbook page (lovely!). I've missed seeing your work!