I took a trip up to Grand Rapids today to Fred Meijer Gardens for thier annual butterfly exhibit. I thought I would share a few photos I took today. I’m so ready for spring to come!
Here are some orchids they had on the way into the exhibit. These are probably my favorite type of flower to photograph.
I brought along my mitten pin from Handmade Detroit. They are having a contest for the next Detroit Urban Craft Fair poster. This is not my submission photo, just a practice shot.
Last but not least are some butterflies! There were thousands flying free in the large tropical conservatory. This one paused for a moment to take a rest.
This one was hanging out upside down. I thought it would be more striking in black and white.
I took about 300 photos today! Which is a little low for me, but overall I got some pretty good shots. Look for some new prints in my shop soon!
I have been working on lots of things the past couple of weeks for both my shop and for swaps.
A few projects I made for my Etsy shop sold fairly quickly, but I didn’t get a chance to write about them when they were new!
I have had an obsession for lamps lately, so I knew I had to try and paint on one. I found these little table lamps at a local store, which came in a rainbow of different colors. Right away I fell in love with the teal blue and wanted to paint a bird on it. I was also curious about how lamps would do online. I have a few more of these lamps to paint on in lime green, banana yellow and red. Here is my “On a Limb” mini lamp. Total height with base and shade is 7.75 inches.
I also introduced a new forest friend, Oakley the Owl. I had this cool retro handbag waiting around for the right thing to paint on it. I’m happy that owls are starting to come back in style! I thought Oakley went well with the wood handles.
Lastly, I felt was due for a painting, as its been ages since I had done one. Sometimes its just refreshing to paint on plain canvas rather than a purse. I had this 5 x 7 canvas and some ribbon I was saving for something special. I decided on painting a geisha, with a modern feel. I love bright colors and lime and pink seemed like a nice combination to use for her kimono. The sides of the painting were covered with grey and pink polka dot ribbon, to match the accents on the kimono.
I have been having a blast creating and trading artist trading cards on Craftster , ATCards, and on Flickr.
Here are a few cards I have made recently:
Sumo With Wings
From left to right: Metamorphiline, Lunar Lunch Break, Elephus Maximus, Peeping Tom
Ms Owl on the Prowl
I also tried my hand at decorating a matchbox, and then stuffing it full of tiny craft supplies. This was great fun! Its amazing how much stuff you can fit in a matchbox…
I have found that paper crafts are just as addicting as painting! If you’ve never tried making an artist trading card, its a great way to get your creative juices flowing. You can find out more information about ATCs at the Craftopedia at Craftster.
Thanks for reading!
Sorry for the lack of posts everyone! I have been super busy at work and crafting. I wanted to get a new featured shop up here for the weekend though 🙂
I hope you all get a chance to check out This Little Bird
I have had the opportunity to swap with her several times at Craftster. The last time I swapped with her, she sent this utterly beautiful wire wrapped pendant to me.
She also has similar pendants for sale at her Etsy shop.
Besides jewelry, she also sews wonderful handbags, pouches and wallets. She uses an array of different fabrics. I love the fabric on this wristlet purse!
If that’s not enough, she also has these very cool multipurpose holders! They can hold a cell phone, iPod, or small digital camera. Each one is lined with fleece and has a snap closure.
This Little Bird is run by Vanessa, who lives in Waterloo, Ontario. She’s been crafting for as long as she can remember. She welcomes custom order and trades!
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