You Wanna See Wedding Photos??

I’m sorry i’ve been M.I.A. lately… it’s pretty obvious what i’ve been up to!!  I’m the new member of my husbands family haha. Not sharing new last name. you understand right??  I’m a wife though! How crazy is that?? Anyway.. onto the pics! Some are professional, some are guest photos!

i made all of the decor, programs, and the cake topper! :) We DJ-ed the reception ourselves and everyone pitched in to help us make it such a great day!

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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

I just created my own Button swap!

Swap-bot swap: Buttons Buttons Buttons!
BUTTONS BUTTONS BUTTONS swap!

If you aren’t a member of swap-bot.. maybe you should move your buns. :)

This is Buttons swap!
I realized that my stash was full of buttons that didn’t suit my taste, and I wanted to trade for some cute & cool ones. So I decided to create a button swap! Everyone loves (and needs) buttons! For sewing projects, card making, and any embellishments!


Details:
Swap Coordinator: ravenastoria
Swap categories: Craft Supplies Crafts Sewing
Location: Regional – usa
Type: Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop: July 5, 2011
Date items must be sent by: July 15, 2011
Number of swap partners: 1
Description:

This swap is to expand our button stashes!

I have not found a swap like this yet, I decided to create my own.
You will send to your partner 20 MEDIUM to LARGE Buttons.
(if you send teeny tiny buttons, smaller than 1/4 inch, please send 2 tiny ones for each regular sized button. example: 10 medium and 20 tiny ones). Note: Very large buttons still count as 1 button!

This is a good opportunity to get rid of some buttons that we do not like, and to gain some awesome new ones for crafts and sewing projects. Send vintage, wood, leather, hand painted, metal, shaped, or plastic. Flat back or shanks. Bubble wrap if you plan to send delicate or glass buttons. Please no toggles or snaps. ONLY BUTTONS please. :)

Any question, feel free to Message me. This is my first swap. I will angel if need be, but please please try to send out your items. It’s great to get things on time. Let your partner know if you’ll be late. Everyone is very sympathetic. We’ve all got other swaps too! This isn’t a very long swap because it doesn’t require any real crafting. You have til July 15th to send out your buttons. :)

Come join in!

Wally the Walrus

After making a quilt for baby Jakob, and a bear for him as well, i thought that out of fairness Jakobs older brother Eli should get something too!

So with a design from Ian, I created this Walrus!
(later named Wally by Eli and Grandma.)

Extreme Close up!

He’s made of brown knit, embroidery thread, and some flannel scraps. :) He’s about 11 inches high. A good size for hugging too!

I thought this was a neat picture.. The lighting is more dramatic than i thought!

Digital Plush Plans

I always thought it’d be neat to be an architect, and work on blue prints all day. I like to plan things out before i do them 50% of the time. Most of those times, i choose to do it with my sketchbook, or digitally, that way i can see what works, and what might look really really awful, haha.

Here are some of my square plushies drawn out in adobe illustrator. Until i think of better names, say hello to Mr. Bear and Mr. Lion. Front, side and back view, haha.

This is what i do at work mostly, except there are child safety warnings, and a lot of measurements all over the place. This is more fun to make anyway!

As soon as i get my hands on some fleece, IT. IS.ON! :)

* Keep a lookout for more designs in the upcoming weeks! Feedback is always appreciated. I want to know what you like, or what you’d change. You are all my customers! You are always right. ;) *

Hoboken & More Etsy Updates!

I really need to work on the next Illustration Friday theme “dessert”. I have too many ideas!
While I was stalling, I updated my etsy once again to include these pretty little treasures:

A cute little Tea Pot necklace:

& two pairs of rainbow earrings.. cool and warm colors. :)

I also added a photo of my gift wrapping to each listing. All Jewelry comes in a 100 % Recycled Kraft paper box with tissue and ribbons. :)

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In other news, Ian took me to see Mary Poppins on Broadway for my birthday! I’ve never been to Broadway show. It was awesome. :) We took the PATH train from Hoboken. I’ve also never been to Hoboken. It’s beautiful! You don’t even need to be an artist to appreciate all the details on these buildings!


Me outside the gorgeous station. Did you know that the whole station was copper, and after time it turned this green color? Like the Statue of Liberty! What a sight to see back in the day. Photo credit & Fun Fact by: Ian Hopkins. :)

The ceiling is ALL Tiffany glass! GORGEOUS!



Photo credit: Ian Hopkins. :)

Sleep to Live

So, Ian is still in the process of purchasing a house. The deal has been dragging since Jan, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel, with a closing as early as Sept 9th! (VERY wishful thinking though)

So armed with happy thoughts, we decided to go out-and-about looking for ideas on furniture. Window shopping, sort of. :) We stopped at Home Goods, Home Depot, Wal-mart, K-mart, and SLEEPY’S. While at sleepy’s they put us on a machine bed type thing that measures your body weight and how you sleep and where your joints hit and where you need the support. It was awesome. After watching a mini-movie, and having a mini massage by this giant bed, we got our results.

It turns out my current bed is too firm for me, and his current bed is too soft for him. Thus the aches and pains. Long story short, we tried out a ton of beds! Huge beds, tall beds. I have a twin bed, so everything was huge! (enter Sleep-to-Live bed) It was big, and soft and nice and perfect and you can customize it! They had a huge sale that was worth hanging on to that idea. I want it! Everyone NEEDS this bed. :) Haha, I sound like an infomercial, don’t I? Sorry.

It was huge! Done with Prismacolor Markers and Pencil. :)

This is Ian and I sitting on a huge mattress and box spring in the middle of nowhere. I liked the simplicity. :) I haven’t drawn a picture of us in almost a year. It was fun. :)