I've been having a lot of fun with the Paper Smooches cross stitch die. Being inspired by crafting guru, Jennifer Mcguire, I made this background using up the bag full of leftovers threads. Years ago (maybe 25+ years) a friend would send me all her left overs. Yes, I asked her to send me the leftovers. She and her daughter crossed stitched some amazing things! During my divorce I purged 90% of what I owned but the box of thread survived. It's so relaxing to just play with color and stitch away while binge listening, (because I don't really watch)what's on the T.V. The cards turn out colorful and happy. So glad the threads made it through the purge of 2011. :)
Flat Fish Paper Arts was born many years ago when blogging first started. My family did a lot of camping and diving along the California coast. California halibut are huge fish that start out as any normal fish. As they age, one eye will start to move to the other side and the halibut will become flat so it can lay on the bottom of the ocean with both eyes facing up.
I always like the idea that we all start out the same but life experiences slowly changes us. In my case, my creative talents went the way of paper arts. Flatfish are always looking up when they mature and as with any artist, we see inspiration in everything around us - always looking up.
Evan and her flatfish
Years ago a local dive shop had a photo of a diver who caught a halibut so big he had to throw it over his jeep to take the picture. Our little spoof with our daughter sitting in her toy jeep with dad's halibut on the hood. 1987