It's been cold and snowy in Chicago (we got about 9" Tuesday). I took advantage to stay in and play a bit. I'm trying to finish up things that have been hanging around (or get rid of them). A couple of years ago friends and I organized the programs for Homewood Embroidery Guild and we had a theme of fun and games. Our last project was Artist Trade Cards (ATCs) using playing-card themed fabric. Ummm, I finally finished mine.
In my defense, I had made one as a sample before the class.
That got me into a playing mode. I'd had some fabric prints of collaged children hanging about. At some point I had fused them to background fabric (some of which I had painted). I also had some post card "blanks"--post cards with an attached clear sticky-back front. They were made to attach your photograph to send, but I decided if I was careful, and flat, I could use my children to make cards. It was fun and I used up the few I had. I remember I found them in a closeout many (many) years ago. I'm pleased I finally used them.
This one is still in progress here.
And I spent some early-morning time working on my Three Happiness Japanese Embroidery design. I've now finished all of the bamboo leaves, plum blossoms and pine needles. Today, at our monthly Japanese embroidery meeting, I stitched the plum branches. I now need to stitch the vein in the bamboo leaves (you can just barely see the gold thread where I started before realizing I'll have to find some couching thread) and the bamboo itself. I'm really excited.