Sunday, December 27, 2009

The pairs are picked!!!!

The emails have been sent..... letting you all know who your partner is, but I thought that I would include a list of the pairs here on the blog as well...

Believe is no easy task to match up all of you crafty, inspiring girlies.  Really, it seems like we all have had a knitting, crocheting, sewing, paper crafting,or felting iron in the fire at some point in our creative lives!

Any way.... I tried to pair us up as best as I could .  Taking into account anything from interests to crafting trends to lifestyle ideals.

Following is the master list of pairings

 Heather and Mary

 And finally....there was an uneven number of participants (nineteen in all) so.... 

Imene, and Suzanne are paired with Julia.

And just a reminder of the rules...

*You must exchange at least ONE, but no more than THREE books.

*All books must be intact and clean.....earmarks are acceptable but please make sure that there are no torn or written on pages.

*All photos should also be posted to the Flickr Group Creative Book Exchange.

*You need to have communicated with your partner by New Years Day 2010.

*Packages must be postmarked with a tracking # by January 10th 2010.

Thanks to all of you, for making this Exchange as fun as I anticipate it being.

Hugs, Julia

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas giveaway!!!

First, let me tell all of you how excited i am about this book exchange! i am sort of new to this online crafting community and i feel so blessed to have discovered that so many other people are passionate about similar things as me. I thought it would be a good introduction to invite you all to my Christmas giveaway! The holidays are a time where i feel blessed to have so much, and to be surrounded by such amazing people. In this spirit i decided to have a giveaway, i took pottery classes in the fall and i finally received my pieces!  If you like hand made pottery, please visit my  blog. You can see  the results of my first attempt at pottery and you can leave a comment to tell me what you want to learn in the new year. I will randomly draw a name on December 31rst and send the lucky winner this mini tea cup! Thank you and happy holidays!!!

A reminder....

I know that you are all up to your ears with thing to do, but I just wanted to put a bug in your ear that there are still openings for any friends that you think might be interested in signing up.

The deadline is fast approaching.

Christmas Day is the last day to sign up.

If you think of anyone else, just send them the following link for instructions

Link to the instructions and info

I can't wait to match up everyone and see the goodies that we have all made from the books that we are exchanging.  And don't be shy... I'd love to see some of us post some pictures of some of our projects from books that we are exchanging here on the blog or over in the Flickr group.

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying getting to know all of you gals.

So thank you Imene, Mary, Tracee, Annie, Stephinie, Breanna, Heather, Camille, Heather, Lily, Adrie, Martha, Vanessa, Lindsey, Valarie,and Laura.for joining.

Hugs to you all.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


So Julia asked us if we paint. color

Hi, I'm Vanessa. I usually blog over here at 2ndspring and can also be found over on Flickr . Nice to meet you all!
And I do paint, though I don't do it nearly as often as I would like.
I usually reserve my brushes and color for a very special
week during the summer.
colorful rinse
This is when my mom and I load up the car and drive to the middle of nowhere Nevada. After almost 6 hours of driving south from Reno we turn onto a dirt road and bump our way past more sage brush then you can count. With a trail of dust following our car we arrive in Belmont, NV. This is where we will spend the next five days painting, catching up with fellow artist/friends and enjoy shared meals and laughter. I also sneak off to take photos since I am usually full of inspiration when I am there!
above, the church where we gather to paint and learn
below, down town Belmont
Downtown Belmont
Belmont used to be a booming mining town and was once the county seat for Nye County. If you are interested in finding it on a map just look about half way between Reno and Las Vegas. I doubt it is on any map but if you find Tonopah you are close. There is no electricity in this town (unless you have a generator-wind solar or gas will do) and the horses probably out number the humans.
Belmont Sunset Pink
It is a sweet little spot away from everything, completely and wonderfully unplugged. There is a b&b, restaurant and a bar or two (depending on the day of the week different places are open) and a packing service for hunters who come into town. There are a few ranches in the area and great hot springs if you care for a soak. In the evenings, if we are lucky, the clouds and the sun get their turn painting as the sun sets. I have never seen such amazing colors in the sky.

Here are a few of my results from previous years.


Thanks for joining me today!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Do you paint????

Do you paint?
.....Show us some of your work in a post here!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Thrifted Craft Books

December 5, 2009

Thrifted Craft Books

Thanks Julia for hosting a book swap.

Below are some of my favorite craft books I've found recently.

If only I had all the time in the world.......

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Creative Book Exchange....

A bit about this space:
The idea for this exchange came as a result of my own bookshelves bursting at the seams... I was going to bring my stash to the local used book store in order to trade them in for some other books.  But then it occurred to me that I must not be alone in this book obsession.  There must be other crafty ladies out there that would like to trade out some of the books that they have already been inspired by. 

Ideally this blog will be a place of inspiration and friendship (much like the Vintage Swap that Heather orchestrated).  A place where we can show photos of the things that we have made from our favorite books; trade stories of favorite authors and projects; or just talk about all of the coveted books that we wish that we had.  Maybe even a place to get the much needed nudge to try out a new craft.

Exchange Guidelines

*You must exchange at least ONE, but no more than THREE books.

*All books must be intact and clean.....earmarks are acceptable but please make sure that there are no torn or written on pages.

*All photos should also be posted to the Flickr Group Creative Book Exchange.

*You need to have communicated with your partner by New Years Day 2010.

*Packages must be postmarked with a tracking # by January 10th 2010.

*Lastly, once you have signed up, if you like, you could link your blog to the Exchange Blog; either by linking with the button (found in this sidebar) on your own Blog, Or a post mentioning the Exchange.  Hopefully this will lead to more crafters getting involved as well as more books to trade.... you know, the more the merrier.

Signing up!

 Sign-ups for the exchange are limited to 50 participants and will start on Thanksgiving Day and will run through Christmas Day.

AND it's easy!.....Just email me the following information at...

* Your name:
*Your e-mail:
*Your blog name or website:

*And finally what sort of creative books that you already have and the type that you might be interested in.

Once I get your info... I will add you to the list of participating bloggers as well as the list of authors for this blog which will allow you to write posts and comment on the Creative Books Exchange Blog.

After the sign ups are will receive an email with your exchange partner's information.  There will be a small survey to fill out and email to your partner in which YOU will include your mailing address.  

I am so happy to get this blog up and running. 
Please don't hesitate to email me with questions or suggestions...I can be reached at either

or at my Blog

I really can't wait to meet everyone.