A Whale and some Dirty Papers

First up, a pink whale for a co-worker. She was attending her cousin’s whale themed birthday party.

and “Grunge” themed ATC.


This was really fun to do. I love distressing papers and photos. It was different from the art I usually do. I love the steampunk grunge Tim Holtz style ATCs floating around. something about them is just so awesome.

Enjoy the rest of your week. Hope you’ve got some nice projects or just relaxation planned. :)

For all who love cute things:

For all who get their inspiration from the cuteness all around, feast your eyes on this!

oh, you can’t see what I’m talking about?

BABY BUNNIES!
I love them! :)

They’ve been living in/under Ian’s front yard for quite a while, and finally poked their heads out of the hole! (I think i disturbed a feeding session hehe.)

That’s mommy, Cecilia, in the top picture. Yes, I named them. This is Maxwell, Doris and Henry. (Henry is hiding, he’s real shy).

These bunnies have since grown up and moved away. Cecilia comes by to visit now and again. Anywhoo, since I’ve finally uploaded the pics to my computer, they must be shared!

I hope they made you smile. :) Feel free to pass the cute along.

Plush Buzzard! and Thrifty Finds

So as my last post stated, I was commissioned to make a stuffed Buzzard for a friend of a friend. Here’s how it came out!


Concept drawing by yours truly. :)

Ian and I took a trip to the local thrift store the other day, here is my loot!


I am wearing this tie today as a headband, and I have better plans for it eventually.


Aren’t these coasters super sweet?? They are for my future craft room.


And last but not least, I had bought the same egg beater from a garage sale while on vacation in MA, but mine was so rusted it probably isn’t safe to touch food. Therefore, i got a new one to actually use.. and maybe I’ll hang the old up in my craft room with all my other antiques. :)

Keep an Eye out for some cool finds. :) I was mainly hunting for fabric and came home with those items a big storage container. I think I’m addicted to storage, but I barely have any! We’ll see what happens when I actually get my craft room. :)

My First ATCs!

(Originally Posted on my Art blog “A Tweed Fox” since ATCs are more art-ish)

From Wikipedia:
Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or cloth. The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold.

A few months ago I joined the website Swap-bot. It’s a crafting/ art website devoted to snail mail. For example: sending handmade postcards, quilting blocks, ATCs, buttons and tons of things that fellow crafters may need. I participated in a few. (Posted on my Craft Blog)

Most recently I sent out a handmade Coin Purse and Yarn Earrings, and also a Potholder and I did a few email swaps too. This was my first real drawing, artwork swap. Which is why I am also posting it here on my Art Blog!

Most ATCs have themes, These two were alphabet themed ones. “I is for…” and ” H is for…”


I picked the word “Hats” for H. I sketched out some fancy Kentucky Derby-inspired hats and colored them with markers and colored pencils.

And for i, I chose “invincible”! I drew a little bunny in my sketchbook (Super Bunn, to be exact) . Cut him out and pasted him on yellow paper, and then pasted that yellow paper on some gold foil. Then I drew some little lines and wrote the theme up top.

Both are attached to thick card stock similar to baseball cards that I got at Michael’s craft store.

For the back, you must add your name, location and other info on the back. I decided to make mine on the computer. I was going for a Comic-book-y theme. :) I am really happy with how they came out.

Since my partners have since received them, I decided to post them up! (I didn’t want to spoil the surprise).

I encourage everyone to join swap-bot, or just trade things and art with fellow bloggers. It’s fun to get mail and make things for others.

Take Care!
Dara