Tuesday, 3 March 2009

100th Blog Post and Blog Candy






Post has been edited and the rest of the blog candy photos added.





Before I get started, just a reminder that Lisa Volrath at Ten Two Studio is running a St. Patrick's Day countdown so do go check out the free images there after you finish reading my post.
Well this is finally it, my 100th post, well part of it anyway. I've had to keep quiet here for awhile because I wanted the 100th post to be about my latest prizes and they are not quite ready yet but I just can't keep quiet any more and I just can't wait to show you the third place blog candy. I will edit and add the first and 2nd. prize in a day or two. Now how's that for putting pressure or motivation on myself? In the meantime go ahead and post a comment on this post to be in the draw if you don't mind risking what first and 2nd prize will be.
This journal for third place is the third assignment for my course. The project was to use old book paper and a chipboard flower or other shape and paint with stamp pad ink and a wet paint brush. The ink is stamped onto freezer paper used as a palette and then painted on the book paper which is glued to the chipboard;, but instead of a flower, I decided to do the journal covers. This little Zutter bound journal is 4.25 inches by 5 inches with 12 blank watercolour pages just waiting for your art to be added. For the inside covers, I added some green cardstock that I had mono-printed with gold and pearl gel paint. The chipboard and wires are small pieces leftover from the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Journals. I used brads to add a decorated chipboard shape stamped with "Friends" in green Stazon ink. There is also a Quietfire Design quote stamp which was stamped on the blank white sheet from a paper napkin and glued over the old book paper and a bunch of ribbons tied onto the wires. This was a fun project, I hope you like it.

Well the pressure I put on myself worked, the prizes were finished in a few days. It has just taken me more time to get online to post them. Well here they are. Second prize is a 5X5.5 inch knit felted bag. It is bias knit in garter stitch with a self striping wool and soy yarn and then machine felted. This little bag will arrive empty just waiting for you to fill with tresures.
Now for the first prize, a 5.5X6 inch felt bag which I designed with a diaganal flap. This is again bias knit garter stitch from a 100% wool yarn and machine felted. Next I needed just the right button, so I checked out my collection and could not find just the right one, so I went to a jar of vintage buttons my Mom had given me and this one seemed perfect. This little bag comes with a 4X4 inch journal tucked inside and you can read more about it in my next post. Of course you could remove the jouranal and fill the bag with whatever treasures you would like. Now to win one of these prizes leave a comment on this post by March 28, 2009 and I'll draw 3 names on March 29, 2009. Please check back after Mar. 29 to see if you are a winner, I will then have instructions for claiming your prize. Good luck to all of you, I hope you have as much fun as I did.

31 comments:

Lindart said...

I love the journal! Congrats on your 100th post! I enjoy visiting your blog often, you have such great ideas!! I'm sure 1st and 2nd prizes will be awesome too!

Winged said...

WOW! This work is a kind of syle I just adore! I envy the lucky guy who'll win it!

ArtCricket said...

Beautiful journal! 100 posts! Woohoo!
Thanks for the lovely atc, it arrived today.
beth

cpullum said...

Happy 100th!!! I love journals! It's so much fun capturing my day with a pen and paper!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I don't want to be in the draw, but I do want you to know that your journals are lovely to look at.

LindaT.

Wanda H said...

Congrats, Joanne!!! The journal is wonderful and I'm sure your other surprises will be just as fantastic!!!

Anonymous said...

happy 100th blog Joanne!! Love the journals and the lovely holders too. Well done! I always enjoy visiting your blog. Judy

ArtCricket said...

I'm back again, not for another chance, but to comment on the beautiful prizes that were added. You've outdone yourself!

Mary-Beth said...

Joanne, congrats on your 100th post! I don't know if I ever said this but I really love your art and your ideas, so fresh and different!
Love the prizes for the blog candy and would love a chance to win one of them!

Bajabetty said...

Congrats on you 100th post!
You have fantasic art, I'm loving looking at all you ideas. (and the photo of your lilacs!!!!)
I hope I win, the draw's on my Birthday.......

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

wow you are very talented. thanks for stopping by my blog by the way. i love the chipboard book, do you have any tutorials posted on how to do it? I'll keep looking through your blog. ps to the last commenter 'winged' it might just be a lucky girl!!

also, congratulations on reaching 100 posts. now you can shoot for 500 or 1000! keep it up, you have good stuff.

Anonymous said...

.I LOVE your bags Joanne, Exquisite. A need-to-have! Anne

Janet said...

I've always wanted to learn how to this kind of felting. Please count me in your draw.

mrsmouse said...

Congratulations on 100 posts! I'm a new visitor and love your second prize purse. Would you mind sharing the pattern &/or yarn you used? Thanks, and have fun with your next 100 posts!

Lizardknits said...

Congrats on your 100th post! What lovely, lovely things you've made.

Jane said...

Congratulations on your 100 posts! I love the felted bags and journals they are great!

Anonymous said...

I thoroughly enjoy reading over your blog and sharing bits of your life.
I check it for comments every day just in case I might miss something.
Retirement life is very lonely but knitting blogs like yours have become my salation.
How could anyone be depressed reading such great stuff.
chloema

PennyD said...

Hey, Joanne, thanks for the push to check your blog out. Congrats on the 100th post. Love the journal. Envy the felt purse. Have been enjoying rummaging through your blog. Makes me want to get back into the artsy thing. 2008 was the worst for me, hopefully 2009 will bring out the inner kid again. I would like to get LMAAM up and running again. Love your work. Luck in 2009. Happy artsy-ing.

Yellowbug said...

Congratulations on completing the 100th post and the art journal. I have to finish my art journal now.

Kenyetta said...

Congrats! The bags are lovely!

Kathy B. in IN said...

When I grow up I want to be just like you, very creative.
Kathy B. in IN (age 40something)

Always Alice said...

This was my first time visiting your blog.....but it won't be the last!! I love your creations...the things I saw today just brought smiles to my face and memories. I will be back to enjoy again........soon!!

Karen said...

Hi! What lovely work you do! I have not done much other crafting in many years - just knitting and crocheting these days. You are an inspiration!

And running a contest on top of doing all that work - just amazing!

All the best on the occasion of your 100th post - may there be many more!

Heather K said...

Congratulations on your 100th!! LOL!! Have fun, and the bags are lovely. Smiles!

Wendy said...

I hopped over from Holiday Mystery Gifts...Wow! 100 posts!!! Congrats. Your blog is really interesting and fun to read--you're so multi-talented. Of course I hope I win, but if not...whoever does is going to enjoy these prizes so much!

artlover said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!
Love your little handmade bags.
I just finish knitting and felting one recently.

Mariette xox

Anonymous said...

Your little bags are adorable! I really LOVE the colours of the Second prize one (hint, hint!). Thanks for your description of needle felting on Sunday ... still a mystery to me how it works, but looking forward to seeing how you do it. - Penelope :)

Aik said...

Great giveaway! Hope I'm the lucky girl! =)

P/S : Congrats on your 100th post!

aikychien@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I totally love your style! Please count me in.

Evelyn
eggyc@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

OMG...This is so cool! I really want to enter this giveaway. Thanks!

Snow
snowfire_100@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Alice. I found your blog through Google search and I'd like to participate in your contest. Thanks in advance.

aikalice@yahoo.com