Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Mail Call....and Some Art

This is going to be a busy post....I have lots to share with you today. First of all, I got a surprise in the mail from Kathy. Several years ago HB gave me knitting lessons for Christmas and Kathy was my teacher. She is a whiz at knitting and crochet and beading and well, just about anything. Recently she wrote a book about loom knitting and it was published by Leisure Arts. Kathy sent me a copy!!

I love that tote bag on the cover, and just so you don't think this is just all easy hats take a look at this cool hooded vest she designed and made on a loom!!!!

I love this vest! I have a set of round looms and I'm sure I'll be getting some of the other ones so I can try a few of Kathy's patterns. Besides the vest there are hats, scarves, an afghan, a baby blanket, a lace shawl, fingerless gloves and even a Christmas stocking. This book is great! Thank you, Kathy!!!

And if that wasn't enough, the mailman also brought the collages from my swap partner, Mridula....

This one has the words gypsy woman spinning yarn and then the little snippet says daydreams, castles in the air, utopia, airy hopes, fool's paradise, fond hope.

The words written on this one are "welcome to beautiful dreams"....if you recall the collages I sent to Mridula were the Fortune Teller and Golden Daydreams! Isn't it interesting that without either of us knowing what the other was making we both used a gypsy woman and had something relating to daydreams!! I love these collages! Aren't they fantastic???

Mridula also sent me this beautiful photograph of a temple near where she lives. I can't get over all the wonderful colors!!! She also included a couple of pretty tags but I forgot to take a picture of them. Thank you, Mridula. I'm so glad you joined the swap and I'm glad you were my partner.

And then the UPS guy showed up with this package for me....

My old guillotine cutter was getting dull and it wasn't heavy enough to sit without me holding it down when I cut so I ordered this new one along with a tape dispenser for double sided tape. I got both of these at and the shipping that day was only $1.00! I got a deal! I didn't know they had artsy/crafty stuff but they do. And their prices are pretty good especially when you consider that their normal shipping is only $2.95 no matter how big or how small the order is.

And after all that fun mail all I have to show you is another little painting of mine....

This is Penelope....she reminded me of Penelope Cruz for some reason.

I thought I wasn't going to paint any more faces but there she was!

Now I'm going to go play with my new paper cutter and do something fun. I hope you get some time to play today.


  1. love that guillotine!

  2. Oh, I love your pretty girl! She is beautiful! And I love to knit and crochet! You always stay busy creating....and inspire me! ♥

  3. Janet,
    We must be on the same zone...I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Overstock too! I didn't realize the same until this past weekend.
    I usually buy sheets there! Neat stuff and great shipping!
    Your girl does look like Penelope!

  4. Janet, You just had Christmas in July!!! Lucky you!! Wonderful assortment of all kinds of goodies I'd say. And I think Penelope is one Gorgeous girl! Sometimes you just got to do what the muse tells you to :D

  5. Great gifts I want an ATG gun after watching Mystele use one. She does look like Penelope Cruze. Have fun with your new toys.

  6. I'm loving your little canvases. Now I have to checkout Overstocks!!!!

  7. I think I am up and running again Janet. Thanks for the tip. I am on my way to Overstock, hope I don't run over Snap! LOL

  8. I have a guillotine like that and it sure makes life a lot easier.

  9. she does remind me of penelope she has the same lips and eyes, good job, lucky you the 6x6 are great. Knitting, loom , painting drawing is there anything you cant do.

  10. Great post Janet. The girl does look like Penelope C! Hey I love that vest...would really like to make that. I have a bunch of those looms that I bought, and of course they never got used. I need to dig them out! Nice collages you got in the swap, and yes interesting serendipity on the themes.

  11. WOW I didn't know overstock had that sort of stuff either..I bought 2 dining room chairs and had them shipped to me for $3..I don't know how they do it!

    Your painting looks like Penelope, I agree..great mail too!

  12. This post sure was full of goodies, Janet.....all magnificent!

    My sons, Bradley and Aaron, do a lot of loom knitting and we have one of the afghan looms on order. They are fun to work with. Kudos to your friend and her new book!

    Oh, and I can see why you named your painting - Penelope. She's lovely!

  13. What a mailriffic day you had today. Happy times!!

  14. what a busy and interesting post!

  15. Lovely painting, fun mail, and the postcards you received are wonderful. All in all I would say you had a very good day.

  16. Your canvas is simply gorgeous Janet! And what fun treasures you got in the mail. Fun day!

  17. aren't happy mail boxes just the best thing?!

  18. Anonymous10:15 AM

    Hi...I like all the sewing arts, I used to crochet and embroidery but I never could get the hang of knitting. Mridula's collages are great and the temple picture..oh my! I'll have to check out Overstock, I used to go there all the time...let us know how you like the double sided tape.

  19. I'll have to look for that book. You know how I love loom knitting!
    The collages you received are beautiful. That swap was a real success in my opinion.

  20. Such lovely treasures Jan! I agree that your painting looks like PC. I cannot wait to see what you will create next! Have a wonderful weekend! Creative blessings ~ kt


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