Artist Trading Cards

I have been thinking of trying this project for a while, but much more so lately.
I have been in a bit of a creative rut lately. Working and cleaning the house, all of the school is almost out kind of stuff such as concerts and graduations, so forth.

I ordered a book yesterday that I am excited to get called the Artist’s Way. I have heard wonderful things about it and I need some inspiration.

I would love to know if anyone is interested in this project? Do you make them? Do you trade them? I think it would be wonderful to send and receive trading cards from all over the place.

If you make these and trade them or are interested let me know. I would love to know more about them.

Making pillowcases to help kids with cancer

ImageI haven’t posted anything for a while and it’s because I have been so busy working on gifts, currently a cross stitched baby quilt. Today however, I just could not bring myself to make one more X. I have to admit that I am kind of tired of it and just needed a break. 

Well, a while ago on a tv show called Sewing with Nancy, I saw a segment about making pillowcases for children in the hospital. I looked up their website and was really inspired by how such a small thing like a pillowcase can help make the kids a bit more comfortable and give them something special. By the way, their website is….   http://www.conkerrcancer.org

  So, today I needed to try something new and I went to their site and got instructions for a pillowcase. I have to admit, it looked incredibly complicated and confusing and I decided it was beyond my sewing abilities. All day long I kept thinking about it and finally, about an hour ago actually, I decided to go for it. What was the worse thing that could happen. I read the directions carefully, measured carefully and took each of the 9 steps one at a time and guess what! Within 15 minutes I had a beautiful pillowcase! I was shocked at how simple it really is to do! 

My problem is all my fabric is from what my mother left me and there is very little fabric for children in bright colors and characters. We live off of one income and my spending money is very limited but then it dawned on me. With any luck, I will make a bunch of these in pairs and put them for sell on my ETSY site and for every pair that I sell, I will have enough money to buy kids fabrics. So, once I get a few pair sewing and I will start on that in the morning, for every pair of pillowcases I sell, I will donate 1 pair to this excellent charity. 

The big problem is their is not a chapter in my area, so perhaps I am will look into getting one started. The pillowcases are fun and easy to make and can make a big difference in those kids’ life.