Friday, May 17, 2013

Baby Steps

If you are visiting me here again, thank you for stopping by, and for your patience! It has been a long time since I did a blog post....I've been in a melancholy funk for a while now, and it became even more pronounced after my mom passed away.  I'm taking baby steps to get back in the swing of things, and one of those steps was to join in on a fun ATC swap.  I hadn't done a swap for a long time, and came upon this one that Kimberly was hosting on her blog, and thought it was the perfect one to get me back in the studio.

The challenge was to create ATCs using fabric, and no paper, for Kimberly's swap, "The Fabric of Nature".  The participants needed to work with the theme "Nature", in any interpretation we wanted, as long as we made the Artist Trading Cards using only fabrics as our substrate. I had just been to the beach, and used that as the nature inspiration for my little art pieces: ...
the view from our hotel:  the boardwalk and Pacific Ocean at Seaside, OR, last month
...the quiet colors of beiges and blues, and peaceful beach-combing when the tide is out (perfect, since we were also instructed to keep our colors "soft, faded, vintage-like").

I'll let my photos show my process...
the back side...

whew!  TWELVE of was a big swap!
ready to ship off to Kimberly!
So I sent off my twelve little creations a couple weeks ago, and yesterday got all of my swaps back in the mail!  They are so wonderful, and I'll share them soon!

It was good to take a little baby step and have some fun!  So glad you stopped by :-)


  1. What utterly lovely ATC's! I know anyone who receives one will be pleased. Glad to see you back again.

    1. Thanks, Lesa! And glad you stopped by :-)

  2. These baby steps actually look like HUGE leaps - they are BEAUTIFUL, Maggie. SO happy to see you back - have been worried! XOXOXO

  3. Hi Maggie,
    Your ATCs are gorgeous, thanks so much for joining the swap!
    enJOY a sweet weekend,

  4. Maggie, I am so happy to see you back and creating. These ATCs are beautiful. I especially love the fringe around the edges. It reminds me of the grass on the beach at our beautiful Oregon coast. Well done!

  5. I love your fabric ATCs and am sad that I did not participate in Kimberly's swap. It is great that you are taking your baby steps back into creating. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

  6. Your 12 wee creations are all truly works of art.. Beautiful created and the sea birds and low tide shell are glorious reflection of the Sea. You are a very talented lady. Hugs Judy

  7. I always like to see your work. I love the use of natural materials!

  8. I am one of the lucky recipients of these amazing pieces of art! The photos cannot do these pieces justice they do not show the subtle way the glitter shimmers like the sun over the water or the wonderful sheen to the blue fibers that have been sewn beneath the birds. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with me!

  9. Hi Maggie, I am so impressed with my amazing atc from you. It was so nice "meeting" you and I look forward to swapping with you again. Becs