Saturday, 31 October 2015

Art drool....

...is currently very deep in the studio, because I got a fabulous package this week, all the way from Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith in the UK.  We've been connected on Google+ for a while now, and I admire her wonderful style and colour sense so much.


 As you can see, both sides of the package were a feast for the eyes


 and the contents even more so.  Our 'tag exchange' for the month was themed Gelli prints  (yup, I LOVE 'em), and Zsuzsa sent me four full sheets of them!


I'm a great fan of paper napkins as well, and the ones that Zsuzsa included in her gift were a delight. I know that Alice Saltiel will love the bottom right one especially!


 The tags themselves were so rich and colourful (apt, too, I might add)!




I can't thank you enough, Zsuzsa - I could see that you'd had me in mind the whole time you were putting this together.  It had me even more excited to tear into the Gelli print playshop I'm doing at Puffin this week!


Speaking of learning, John and I both did some of that this week.  We took a 3 hour Illuminating workshop by Bart Bjorkman at Puffin  and I was stunned to actually complete a lamp in that time.  If I can do it, so can you, and Bart's running another one on November 25.  Do register (at Puffin) if you're free that evening.  John's lamp (below) is gorgeous, and mine, not shown, is pretty amazing too.  I'm thinking about making another for a Christmas gift.



Do tell me in your comments how you're gearing up for the holiday season.  Are you making your gifts this year?  Are you creating new things?  I'd love to hear about your forays - do feel free to add a link to your post about it!

20 comments:

  1. Fabulous package. Yes, I love the peacock napkin but I admire the map one just as much!
    The tags are something else, eh? KEEP CALM and GELLI PRINT indeed! Love her Gelli prints as well.
    How come we don't get to see your lamp? Oh wait I just figured it out!

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    1. Fabulous package indeed, and I love the map one too...I'm afraid to show it to John (Bill,too!). You know it would disappear! LOVE your last line...:D

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  2. "Keep Calm and Gelli Print" I love it!

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    1. I KNOW...Gelli print and adult colouring books - it's how we remain sane! :D

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  3. What a wonderful gift. I have trouble seeing you, gelli print and calm in the same room - have fun!

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    1. Oh Val - I roared with laughter at your comment...too true. That would be the ultimate oxymoronic thing!

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  4. Oh dear....I think I may need to trek across the lake to take that lamp-making workshop!

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    1. I highly recommend it, Suzee - it's an extraordinary one, and you'll love whatever you take home, I promise! I was agog at the lamps that were done in this workshop - all different, all amazing.

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  5. Your lamp is fantastic, love it Win. Hope you enjoy using your gifts too.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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    1. Thanks, Angela - Bart's doing another class on November 25 - I might have to attend another one it was so much fun! xo

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  6. LOL, I can just now see the oxymoron in the keep calm and gelli print slogan! You're so right Win, I had you in mind all the way while creating these - I'm over the moon that it has arrived safe and sound and it made you happy! Noticed the little oopsie with the envelope? I wrote the address upside down, but hey, who's to know it was supposed to be the other way around? Love the lamp - looks very rustic and very useful at this time of year! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for the mention in your blog post!

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    1. Such a fabulous package, Zsuzsa - thank you again and again. And how could you tell the address was upside down - it's beautiful in every direction! xo

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  7. Wow what an amazing package of goodies starting with the beautiful package and then all the beautiful artwork inside. Your lamp is amazing. Happy Sunday xx

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    1. I agree, Shirley - fabulous play things and tags! The lamp workshop was terrific...I can hardly wait to make some more.

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  8. Wowsza Win!! Such a most fabulous package and the contents as well! I love that elephant ZsuZsa painted- incredible!!
    Great swap! xo

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    1. It's all such beautiful work, isn't it Jackie - such a lucky lady am I! xo

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  9. WOW beautiful artwork. Love the envelope and that elephant, gorgeous.

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    1. Truly amazing work, isn't it Karenliz? Such a lucky puppy I am!

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  10. First of all - your lamp is FABULOUS Winn - wow - and so fast too! HIGH FIVE!!! Secondly - that envelope is sooooooo wonderful... can you imagine how many people along the way admired it as it came to you???!!!! And the things you received are lovely. GREAT HAPPY MAIL package!!! Thanks bunches for sharing - so enjoyed this. j.

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    1. I agree, Joi - I love the way artists are so enthusiastic about sending happy mail - decorated to the nth degree, and beautiful in spades as it journeys across oceans. Imagine the gift to those posties along the way!

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