I love finding great supplies for art-making. I’ve stopped being a complete raven, bringing home all the shiny bits and bobs that make me squeal (or caw, if we keep the metaphor). Now I look specifically for flatter objects and materials—all kinds of paper, fabric, seed beads, flat charms and too-dads.
What I love most are fibers and ribbons. I order a lot of specialty ribbon and fibers from Flights of Fancy, but my all-time favorite source for ribbon and silk cord is the Etsy shop, Color Kissed Silk. Tammy always helps me find exactly what I need—or makes makes special arrangements for me. Because all the ribbons are hand-dyed, nothing in stock stays in stock. It just morphs into an even more delicious combination of colors.
A couple of weeks ago, the design for my 2015 holiday card came to me (I love when that happens). I started ordering my supplies—card stock from Stampin’Up (because their paper is rich, heavier weight, and worth the money), metallic paint spray from Lindy’s (for my required level of grunge and mess), and ribbons from Tammy.
It’s a simple card (not like last year’s major production), but I expect to make about 100 cards this year. The list of people I love and admire keeps growing, which is only as it should be. Making my Solstice cards is Christmas for me—sending out all that attention, beauty and love into the world. Ahh.
Anyway, I told Tammy I needed yardage this year. And like always, she had everything I needed. I also planned on making a lot of cards between now and ArtFest in March (I hope to be part of the Artists’ Fair and show off a little), so I ordered a gob of new ribbon and silk cord. When my order arrived on Saturday, I went into beauty overload. For two days, I played with my ribbons, laying them out, sorting, figuring out a new way to store them so I can see and feel them all as I pull a card together. Aren’t they gorgeous?
As I sorted my old stuff in with the new, I found snippets of silk cord that Tammy doesn’t make anymore. I kept them to remind me to ask if she had any of these old colors stuffed in a drawer somewhere, but always forgot. So I contacted her yesterday to find out. Here’s what she said:
I have a bag of scraps. I don’t know what is what … I don’t have any of the originals to compare so I can’t identify any of them… I will send it to you and you may find some use for this mess… keep in mind this is just end pieces thrown in a bucket so they are not at all organized, labeled , or pressed…..I am not even sure what length they are… Put it to use if you can… they will go out tomorrow.
Holy Jackpot, Batman! I asked what she wanted in the way of payment.
Nothing, they are just scraps… that I should have thrown away long ago, not sure why I ever kept them…
Oh, I know why. It’s called Synchronisity. And Abundance. And the fact that the Universe abhors a void, so while its taken away my compulsive eating, my Beauty Glutton still gets to binge on a Bucket of Ribbons!
Somedays, it’s really good to be on An Adventure.