Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Received from Donna Cook

I received a gorgeous package from Donna Cook the other day. I'd already seen Donna's carton artwork on her blog, but when I actually held the objects she chose for me in my hands, I was simply awed.

Take a look at this adorable lunchbox/suitcase. Donna included two of the original napkins in her package -- the yellow napkins on the right in the photo -- so it's easy to see how well she has decoupaged and worked on the basic material. Beautiful!

The first surprise when I opened the lunchbox was the scent of lavender that wafted up. It's been a long time since I smelled real lavender, and it was a delight.

The box also contained ATC, a stamp, fibres, letter tiles, a book of sticker, a lovely vintage St. Patrick's Day Postcard, and various items of intriguing ephemera, including several "spectacles" made of card adorned with terrifying eyeballs (that my grandchildren are going to love...).

Thank you for being such a wonderful participant Donna.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Jinxie Goforth

This gorgeous package arrived yesterday. What a wonderful surprise it was to open the carton and find Jinxie's beautiful work inside.

Jinxie's artist's journal is a fantastic addition to my collection. It's made if tabbed pages and bound with fibres and little charms. The fork and spoon blew me away. They are among the most original and delightful pieces of work I've seen this year. The message on the bowl and tines reads, "Feast your heart on hope". Right now, I'm trying to come up with a good idea for displaying them. And I'm truly looking forward to using the goodies contained in the baggie in a work of my own.

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Toni Curtis

Take a look at this fabulous spiral-bound visual journal I received from Toni Curtis. The cover is a relief painted with subtle metallic shimmering colors, which may be Lumiere paints. Inside, the journal contains a sumptuous combination of papers, pockets, tags, art, and ephemera.

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All Sent out!

Last week, I sent out the last of the cartons. I left the Post Office with an incredible sense of achievement and great relief at having kept my self-imposed commitment. But it's not over yet! I'm still waiting for a lot of return cartons and also cartons from the downlines.

So far, I've received return cartons from: Chantal Simon, Gena Lumbroso, Jill Sullivan, Anna Nowicki, Shakti Genaine, Connie Williams, Mika Genaine, Carolyn Price, Renata Fontenelle, Arlee Barr, Sammy Stafney, Marci Glenn, Jan Bartlett, Elizabeth O'Donnell, Jeanette Coate, Robin Krieger, Lynne White, Marilyn Morrison, Barbara St. Jacques, Kathy Rose, Chris Cerutti, Carol Desjarlais, Norma Soulet, Joan Roland, Brittney Young, Mieke Bronckers, Kimberly Miller, Mollye Self, Toni Curtis, and Jinxie Goforth.

I'll be posting a more deteiled summary later this month.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Donna Cook

Donna Cook received her Art in a Carton.
Here's the link to her blog post:

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Received From Kimberly Miller

Last week I received a "reminder" letter from the customs office. Apparently they had notified me some time back that a package was waiting for me, however, I didn't receive the original notice. So, off I trotted to collect my mail, and what I found was this carton from Kimberly Miller.

Inside I found this gorgeous stamped pot holder/oven mitt, which shows that even the things of everyday life can be arty!

Then came a little notebook (which will be extremely useful for my notes during the Xmas season) and a framed photo of a vintage lady. The wonderful thing about the frame is that the stand is made from a fork. If you look closely, you can just make out the tips of two tines at the bottom of the frame.
Kimberly also included a panda bookmark -- very useful for me, as I'm an avid reader and usually have two or three books on the go at the same time. Then I found a tiny gold basket, a miniature plant pot with a little nest and an egg, and a fizzer.

Thank you Kimberly!

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