December birthday musings

1detailtalkingenvelopeI can’t believe how many of my friends and family sent me sweet birthday wishes this week. It’s good to be loved! 

It’s hard to be a December baby. Lots and Lots of things going on this time of year. Usually busy lives get kicked into high gear with all the extra shopping and holiday parties and gift wrapping and decorating — all added to already full plates.

My Godmother was born on Christmas Day. Now, you think that would be special, sharing Baby Jesus’ birthday and all, but, as she says, “Who can compete?”

I make a point of wrapping her present every year in colorful birthday wrapping paper. She once told me that as a child, she never received a birthday present that wasn’t wrapped in holiday paper.

Apparently, its a running theme. My fellow Sagittarius friends and I were commenting on Facebook about the bummers of being December babies. Holiday wrapping paper is bad enough, but it really bites when people give you a present and say this is for your birthday and Christmas. Blech!

I’m an adult, so you think I wouldn’t mind. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say it sticks in my craw a little bit.

DetailtalkingenevelopeSpeaking of gifts, I wanted to share a cute little 15-minute craft project I did yesterday. I asked for a sample of the talking envelope from the PR lady of Unibind. The dinotalk envelope is from their Naked Collection (as in blank canvas to work with).

I opened the package, did a direct-to-paper technique with Ranger’s Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo for the edges and used a makeup sponge to really work the ink into the glossy envelope finish.

I added some goodies — resin paper, a textured copper ring, and some gorgeous silk sari ribbon (it’s hard to use anything else lately, I love this ribbon soooo much). Viola! A quick and easy gift for my sister with very little work.

It’s fun to be crafty.

Wearable Journal Samples



I finished my class samples for the Wearable Art Journal workshop I’m teaching in February at my favorite hometown store, Paper and Metal Scrappers in Payson, AZ.

Any store owners out there looking for a dynamic new Designer to teach classes? I’m available!

JenWearableJournalClass2webI’ll also be teaching this workshop (different elements, but same techniques) at the Craft and Hobby Association’s Winter 2010 trade show. If you happen to be going and want to learn some very simple yet effective cold join and mixed media jewelry techniques sign up now. We’re only teaching one class, so sign up early.

That’s it for now. I hope you have and artful day!