boxed in

Boxing day, don’t box me in, a box of tricks, opening Pandora’s box, thinking outside the box–i got a million of ’em….sss sss boom bah.

And wow, 10 days since i posted last–not like the old times when there’d be 4 excited ecstatic posts a day ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still purging the house (so there are a lot of boxes to be got rid of now..), have been sick with a lung infection, and of course, the usual January Black Dog pounce.ย  However, i’m also starting this year with a few “self directed workshops”: in other words, learning to use scissors and paste again ๐Ÿ˜„ย ย  (It’s all in how you hold your mouth, remember? ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Sometimes we get so locked into one approach, that we forget there are other paths to a familiar place, and that some new paths will lead to new destinations.

Grabbed an idea:

I remember making a ton of little boxes at one point, but can’t remember if it was before my college days, or during, though i suspect it was during, as i had no previous access to a community that was immersed in textiles. (And we certainly didn’t have universal internet access in the early 90’s!) I haven’t photos of those boxes either, though i know i had at least 3 in the bathroom for my lipsticks ๐Ÿ™‚ (Being a single Mom then also meant that a dollar spent on a new shade of “wet n wild” was a real, affordable, no guilt attached treat.) (I own ONE lipstick now.)

I enjoyed playing with colour on the left side one—-this really shows how vivid natural dyes can be, when done correctly. These two are prototypes, with boo-boo’s, so they’re mine. I’m hoping to list a few in the shop by the week’s end–possibly Sunday. They may be small, but they’re intense, and the construction is a bit fiddly.

For/because of the self directed workshops, and the colour explosions, i’ve also got the paints out again. Maybe i’ll show you some of that the next time i post. I have more ideas than you can poke a snake at!


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