A lovely friend of mine gave me this last week while I was in Canberra, but I was under strict instructions not to open it until my birthday. What a nice surprise. Thanks, Donna! The brooch that you made me looks great on my black jumper, too. I'll have to get a photo of that to share later.
My favourite present has been a new book - "Finding your Own Visual Language" by Jane Dunnewold, Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan. It contains lots of exercises to do, so I'll share some of them over the next few weeks as I start to play. I'm really looking forward to doing this.
Meanwhile, I'm getting organised for my mother-in-law's birthday. She loves blue, so I'm sending her one of my covered books. I've also made her a birthday card. The little motif on this card was cut from a find in the local OpShop. It was a linen jacket covered randomly with beaded motifs and must have been rather expensive when it was originally bought. It was damaged, and far too small for me, but a bargain, so I bought it for the beading. I didn't quite know what I was going to do with it, and it was hard to bring myself to cut into all that workmanship, but I'll be cutting up the rest to play with now that I've made that first slash into the fabric!