Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Winner and A Preview...

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."

-Albert Schweitzer-

Thank you to all who signed up for my give away but more than that, thank you for the precious encouragement you all give and the creativity you inspire. You have helped me to grow in my art and writing through your presence here at Quill Cottage. I think you would be surprised at how often I think of you and how thankful I am for this amazing blog community.

Through my encounters with you in the amazing community my inner fire of creativity that had gone dormant for a while has burst into flame and I am so grateful for that rekindling. The tips, techniques, tutorials, and written musings are just a tiny gift that I can give back to you in return for your friendship. I have said it before and I will say it again, in my book, you are all winners!

Now, for the give away winner, and the Custom Random Number Generator picks.....comment number.....3! Carmen's Cameo Slipper goes to Vickie of Sand Flat Farm. Congrats Vickie, please email me your mailing address.

In my last post I gave you a little sneak peek of a new art kit I have been working on and it is almost complete. This project was inspired by two women that I greatly admire, Dawn of The Feathered Nest, who shared the graphic I used in the project, Laurie of Charming Designs, whose canvas tote in the current issue of Where Women Create (blog) gave me the idea for a portable custom designed art kit.

I very much like the idea of a grab and go art kit that you can have supplies handy for small projects while traveling, while waiting, or for a little TV time crafting. Although incomplete I decided to show you some of the fun features of what I am calling my Take Along Tag. Here it is so far...(I still need to add the handle)
This 12 inch by 9 1/2 sturdy mat board tag in a pink, gray, and cream palette features 7 pockets for holding small paper or fabric supplies as well as embellishments and necessities for small crafting projects such as tags or ATCs. Dawn's sweet tweet embellishes a muslin zippered pocket...
Handy supplies, a pretty pink papered glue stick and speckled egg pin cushion...
A posy topped pencil for sketching...(mini sketch pad in the works)
Mini scissor...(needle threader and thimble to be added to scissor ring)
Supply garland of mini pins and spools of pretty pink petals, creamy dreamy hydrangea blooms, buttons, beads, lace, as well as hand dyed and stamped muslin ribbons...(Still have two spools to fill)
Paper pretties such as lacy stamped paper shapes, sweet tweet circles, shabby little birds, and hand dyed tags...
I am making little pull out folders for the pockets to hold paper goodies and will add some more paper goods. This was such a fun project to design and make. I hope to have it as well as some other new items listed in the shoppe some time next week.

In the meantime if you want to see some totally amazing art, go over and visit my new blog friend, Diane, at Diane Knott's Musings. I have so enjoyed getting to know her and viewing her creations. If you have never visited then you are in for a real treat.

I am off to make myself stay in my studio, so hard when there is snow to play in outside... and so many feathered... and furry friends...
wanting me to come out and play.
Now seriously, could you resist these faces?
Enjoy your day!

Blessings,
Miss Sandy

23 comments:

KathyB. said...

Wow, so much MORE inspiration given in your winning announcement. Miss Vickie is a lucky lady to receive such a treasure, CONGRATULATIONS!

And no, I cannot resist those faces.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Congrats to Vickie, that is a darling gift. I like you art carry all too. It is a work of art in itself. Looks like you have snow, snow too. I am looking forward to spring. Blessings
QMM

Marlene said...

OMG I love your tag along kit. Your creativity is awesome and so inspiring. I wish I had a fraction of your imagination. Keep up the good work.

Lululiz said...

Oh just look at those beautiful animal photos! These lovely creatures play close enough for you to take photos of them?

Your Take Along Tag is a fabulous idea, and a gorgeous work of art in itself. I can only guess how many hours you must have spent on it. It is so incredibly intricate.

The French Bear said...

Beautiful, I am always so inspired when I see your creations!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Lori said...

Miss Sandy, your take along tag is just fantastic...what a wonderful and beautiful idea for packing up all of your supplies...you certainly thought of everything too...there is a place for every little thing that you need...bravo!!!

kathy said...

BE STILL MY HEART __ Sandy this is so so lovely - Oh trying not to covet -- it has all the beautiful thing I love -- now who could ever use such delights -- KAthy -ga♥

Diane said...

Sandy, this is unbelievable!!! My eyes just popped when I saw it! And to think it's not even finished yet!

Thank you so much for sending people over to my blog! I'm honored that you did this for my humble little blogging spot. YOU are an inspiration to me always.

Will answer your email later. Quite a bit to tell!

Diane

Holly Knott said...

This is so gorgeous!! I love the salmon colored lace and salmon colored tags! Your blog is such an inspiration to me. :-)

vikki said...

HI MS SANDY ~♥~
LOVE.LOVE.LOVE. YOUR LIL'TAG ALONG KIT... I MAY HAVE TO STOP BACK AND ORDER ONE... IT IS JUST ADORABLE... WONDERFUL JOB... LEMME KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE ONE AVAILABLE... YOU DO THINGS WITH SUCH LOVE & THE BEAUTY OF GOD SHINES THRU... THANKS, ALSO FOR ALL YOUR TUTORIALS... I PRAY I WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO TRY SOME... TAKE CARE SWEET FRIEND, WITH HUGS & BLESSINGS, VIKKI ♥

vikki said...

p.s. sucha blessing to see all the furry friends... yep, i would love to play... still snowy here & more on the way in ioway.... hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

daysease said...

OH, Be still my heart!!! What a gorgeous, stupendous, amazingingly creative, whimsical, and thought inspiring "Take Along Tag". It is... too lovely for words. Really. I love every thought-filled addition. It makes me smile with sweet pleasure. and those "Paper pretties such as lacy stamped paper shapes, sweet tweet circles, shabby little birds"... Oh to have a mini vacation just touching such lovelies. Wonderful and inspirational work, Miss Sandy. Just... a breath of creative fresh air. Needed that, thank you.

daysease said...

I am linking to your lovely Take Along Tag at my blog...

blessings...

LiLi M. said...

Congrats to Miss Vickie!

Your Take Along Tag is wonderful, inspiring and perfect! As always I love your colorscheme, but this is not only beautiful, this is so handy too! A rare combination of beauty and cleverness!
Did you think of sending this to Somerset Life? They have an ongoing challenge of making art kits and I think this would be perfect for them. Just trust my word! If you need any information on this I would be happy to give it to you, just let me know.

Thanks for your very sweet words you mailed me. I just want you to know that I consider you as one of the best people I have met throught the internet too. Here is to our friendship (holds cup of 'good night tea')!.

Laurie said...

Oh my gosh, your take along tag is amazing. Just, jaw-dropping! I am officially blown away!

And that little jay with the fluffy head is just too. cute!!!

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet Sandy, you. are. amazing!!!! I've been meaning to email you all day and here is this gorgeous creation on your blog!! I just love it sweet friend, and the details...they are all so beautiful and of course the chubby bird!! I always love seeing you create and what you make always thrills me ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Charlene said...

LOVE the spools. And the bird/animal photos spoke to my heart! Stay warm & safe. I learned some amazing new soldering techniques this weekend at an Art Event I went to. Opened up a whole new world of possiblities. And it's not done with a soldering iron but with a torch! Watch out world I'm moving into BIG GIRLS TOYS! Hugs! Charlene

Linda said...

A grab and go art kit is a fantastic idea and it's all so lovely!

Your pictures are fantastic. :)

Congratulations to Miss Vickie!

~Linda

Vee said...

Eeek...I'm so glad that Vickie won! Your new project is marvelously clever in itself, but that it is also marvelously beautiful is that age-old marriage of art and function. Love it!

And my goodness, you really do have a lot of wildlife in your corner. Enjoy that snow now...we missed it again.

Colleen said...

That is the MOST wOnDerFul tote imaginable! You need to do an on-line class for that, for sure! And, loved all you sewwt "snow-friends" photos :-) Lovely visit- thank you !

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh Miss Sandy!

What a beautiful piece of happy art. I love the garland of spools.

The fashionista will graduate with her AA degree soon and she would adore this.

Terri Conrad said...

Hi Sandy,

another opportunity to stop in and take a bit more time visiting - your wooded animals are enchanting, and of course your designs, lovely.

p.s. your playlist is so peaceful

Warmly,
Terri Conrad

kanishk said...

Congrats to Vickie, that is a darling gift.
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