Christmas Craftiness and The Handmade Book of the Week Dec 27, 2008 - Jan 3, 2009

Eat your carrots!
Or maybe I should say "play with your food"... Click here for more pictures or to buy this week's book of the week. You'll see shortly what this week's inspiration was.

I took a break from all of my big ambitious goals last week and chilled out (literally, it was crazy snowy here) by taking a week to make crafty stuff for Christmas. This time of year always makes me want to go craft crazy and I decided to indulge in the craving. Check out this bird I made from recycled old book. The bird's body is from a cover and the wings are made from pages. She's a reading bird. I made a few of these. I think I might sell them next year.I wish I had taken pictures of the cool books I made my sister for Christmas. I made her an awesome dos-a-dos wine journal (different than the ones I sell) and a crazy Christmas stocking altered book that took forever and left me wishing I had made three or four.

Speaking of my sister, she came up for a few days and I taught her how to make felted goodies. Here's the felted goody that started it all. I made him several weeks ago with some crafty buddies of mine.
And here's a picture of me felting last week. My son Oscar was pretending to felt too. I used a needle. He used a pipe-cleaner.I started felting my new slippers:
My son got a play kitchen (we've been calling it kitchen stadium) for Christmas. So my sister felted my son a carrot to go with his kitchen:

Anyway, I gave myself permission to let go of my holly jolly goal so I could play at Christmas time. Play is important when you are an artist. Play leads to important discoveries and breakthroughs. You can't be all work and no play.


P.S. I do have some awesome drawings I'm really excited about. I'm turning them into collages today, so all is not lost for my holly jolly Goal.