edina tien: November 2006

November 17, 2006

diet? what diet?

It's been a busy week as we get ready to go out of town to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving. Since the deadline is during our trip, I spent a lot of time finishing another swap hosted by The Creative Underground called Divine Definitions: An Artistic Vessel of Inspiration and Enlightenment. Isn't that a fabulous name for a swap? We each had to pick a word and make things to embody that word. The hostess plans to create for each of us a decorated container in which to house all our new treasures, and I can't wait to see it. Unfortunately, I can't post a photo of my own creations until after the swap is complete, since they want it to be a surprise when everyone opens their package.

So instead I offer you this box of cookies I got at Trader Joe's yesterday...sooooo yummy and they don't have any trans fats in them (too bad they're not low-fat also). They're a limited edition for the holiday season, so if you have a store in your neighborhood and you're a mint and chocolate lover like me, don't miss 'em!

November 14, 2006

shrine and soldering

Whew! Been working on this shrine for what seems like forever. Finally finished today and am glad to send it off to its new home. The theme was Alphabetica and meant to honor the alphabet, a letter, or word in whatever way each participant wanted. I chose the letter "P" which had many possibilities (groan, I know). After waffling back and forth on several words to put in the shrine, I opted for the single letter which is also my recipient's initial. Then I decided to make the pendant and chose the word "play" which seemed to fit the image of the two girls.

As you can see, the pendant is very Sally Jean-esque. More so than I intended, but oh well. I finally got her book recently, and even though several blogs have already mentioned it, I've been wanting to offer my two cents. I LOVE the projects that are featured in the book and thought it was extremely gracious and generous of Sally to provide so many, especially since she teaches several in her classes. I highly recommend the book for all of its beautiful eye candy and creative ideas, including a fun way to make collages. My only caveat is for people who have never picked up a soldering iron before - you will need to refer to a friend, class, or some other book for the fundamentals including detailed supplies, step-by-step instructions, and safety considerations. That last one is especially important because you're dealing with chemicals, fumes, and extremely hot tools. But once you've got the basics down, you will be off and running with Sally Jean's book!

On a related subject, I recently made a purchase from an online company called I.S.G.S. and was very pleased with their prices and customer service (which is so rare these days). I've had a few people ask me where to get soldering supplies and this is my new favorite. I've ordered from other places before but this one happened to have everything that I needed this time around and is on the West Coast which made the shipment much faster than usual. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, just a satisfied customer. If you ever order from them, let me know if things go well for you, too.

please join us

Remember the Portals Fatbook I mentioned a few days ago? We need a few more players to make the book nice and fat! Please go to either Joleen's blog or the Portals Zine blog for more information about this fatbook and how to sign up (go to the post on October 8 for either blog and click on the photo to enlarge). The new due date is January 13, 2007 so there's plenty of time for you to participate. Hope you can join us for this fun collaborative project!

November 12, 2006

charity auction

Please check out this ATC "book" which is up for eBay auction benefiting the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. I'm not the one hosting the auction, but I was part of the swap that took place earlier this year - that's my silver ATC in the lower right corner (the "envision" one with the eye inside the heart). Although I'm not normally a fan of people selling ATCs, I'm OK with it if it's for charity. Even if you're not interested, please spread the word for a good cause. Thanks!

November 11, 2006

surf's up

OK, instead of being good and getting back to work, I started blog surfing and came across the coolest video via Anahata Katkin's blog. Of course this led me to more videos, and I just had to share another one by the same group of Japanese artists: click here

portals page

In between tending to a husband who was home sick for much of this week, I've been trying to get several art projects finished...such as these pages for Joleen's Portals Fatbook. The excerpt is from Burnt Norton by T.S. Eliot. As you can see, I went hog wild with more of Michelle Ward's stamps. Since I used an image of a hand and it happens to be the theme this week, I'm also going to participate in Wednesday Stamper. How's that for multi-tasking!

November 08, 2006

check out this artist

Look at this great British artist, Cathy Miles that I came across on the Oh Joy! blog. Aren't her bird sculptures wonderful?

Is anyone else having trouble viewing my blog on your computer screen? I made some changes and some people aren't able to see all the content anymore. Please let me know by leaving a comment. I may have to go back and tweak things. Thanks!

November 07, 2006

macy's giftwrap department, here i come

I should get a job wrapping gifts during the holidays now that I've gotten so much practice with these twelve presents! They are for a 12 Days of Christmas swap, so I can't show you what's inside until they are opened by all the recipients next month. Check out the blog created for the swap by hostess extraordinaire, Lelainia Lloyd - click here or the button in the right column.