Here I am saying hello to all my friends. I hope this finds you well and not suffering too much in this heat.
Since I have been blogging, I have noticed that in blog land the 100th post is a milestone of sorts. I have so enjoyed posting. It's scary, sometimes, putting yourself out there on the information highway. Not knowing who is stepping into your world... you open your door just a bit, to look out into this new land. I think being cautious is a good thing sometimes, but you can't be scared of all new things, either. So, I did a little research (mostly starting with Tricia's blog) and decided blogging was something I really wanted to try. I started my blog in November and I have enjoyed it immensely. There have been times when I wasn't sure of what I was doing, but I muddled through it. I gained confidence from reading the blogs and visiting sites suggested by your blogs. I even started an Etsy shop. I actually sold one of my pillow dolls (Thanks, Jenn), and have added handmade jewelry to my shop.
I probably would not have done any of this without the support of my friends. Friends that I can hug in person, and friends that I send hugs via the Web. As a thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives, I am having a little giveaway.
One of my recent posts was about paper casting. My first attempts at this wonderfully fun art were well received and the encouragement that I got from everyone has prompted me to make paper casting my very first giveaway.
After playing with paper pulp and wet facial tissue, and learning several techniques, I decided to make a paper casting mold using polymer clay and rubber stamps. I used three relatively inexpensive, generic holiday rubber stamps, but the results were fabulous. I pressed the rubber stamps into hand conditioned clay. I baked the clay according to manufacturer's instructions, allowing for the fact that my toaster oven is a little on the "hot" side. After making my cast, the easy way, with tissues, I let it dry, removed it and sprayed it lightly with matte sealer.
This mold and the resulting cast really have to be seen in person to be appreciated. For this reason, I am offering the mold and the single cast made from it, as my giveaway. To be included in the giveaway, please leave me a comment. By either mentioning the giveaway, or posting one of your favorite art, sewing or craft tips you will be included.
I hope you like this little giveaway- and once again, I want to say thanks to everyone that reads my blog. I love reading yours and hopefully will continue blogging for quite some time.
So basically, drop me a comment and you're entered. I'll keep you updated on the drawing and the winner. Until then, take care and we'll talk soon.