Sunday, July 20, 2008

From Small Acorns Do Tall Trees Grow

I have a new and wonderful hobby! And its all Janell aka Dancing Mooney's fault ♥

So some back story would be appropriate here... awhile back I contributed to some of Janell's giveaways for her blog - which I'm a huge fan of and a daily reader of. And being the wonderful person that she is, she sent me a thank you card and tucked inside was a beautiful little collaged owl card that I just so happened to have had in my favorites list on etsy. --- the owl on the left if you'd all like to be nosy and take a peek!

Now at that point I wasn't really familiar with ACEO's. I don't live under a rock - and as an etsy addict I knew what they were, but never really had an interest in collecting them, much left making them.

That little owl flipped a switch in my head.

With a little friendly coaxing via convo my brain, as per norm, started swirling. I wanted to try my hand at collage art, and those little ACEO's seemed the best place to begin. They are, after all, so small and unintimidating - should be easy right??

Now if you follow my blog - then you know all about my dilemma here thanks to this post. The inspiration just wasn't there. Journals I'm awesome at. Jewelry I can do. But when it comes to actual art - well, Brayden out shined me by about a mile. I was discouraged and just chalked it up to me not really needing yet another creative focus - I mean, with 2 kids, 1 husband, 2 etsy shops I DO have alot on my plate. And that was that.

Then, out of the blue I got a wonderful package from Janell in the mail - which is always a delight when the only thing you are expecting is a fist full of bills and random junk mail. I was pleasantly surprised with oodles of embellishments, ephemera, and sweet little goodies along with another wonderful ACEO (the one on the right this time! She's so talented!!) tucked inside of a sweet and inspirational note saying that I should give it another go.

And so I did. And this time I struck creative gold. I got on an ACEO roll and just can't stop now.
The train is a-movin' - The wheels are in motion - Theres no turning back now!

I've been bitten by the bug and have made a bunch of fun little ACEO's - and I'm making them for me. Not in the style that I think others will like, and will sell, but rather what I like.

I haven't decided what I want to do with them yet - I'm so proud of them that part of me wants to keep them. I want to make some to trade too, and maybe, just maybe some time in the future maybe add them to my etsy shop. But for now I'm having fun, enjoying a new hobby, and unleashing a wonderful new creative part of my brain!

Thank You Janell ♥


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, and they are amazing too!!

Look at that! I love them!!

You SO need to put some in your shop... or, can we trade a piece or two? I love them!!!

Yay! So glad I could get those wheels turning for you love!


idyll hands said...

They are spectacular! I'm glad she told you to give it another go, because they are wonderful.

windycindy said...

What wonderful ATC's! I love them!
You are very talented. Cindi

Denise Felton said...

These totally rock! Are you sure you're new at this?

ppdesigns said...

wow! they look awesome!

Simply Sentimental said...

Those are so beautiful...I bought some picture magnet sile-in holders at Rite Aid or Walgreens and they are the perfect size for ACEO's and I use them as fridge magnets...My dirty fridge never looked so better...

esque said...

Hey, you look like a pro doing these! Very nice!

casserole said...

Those are fabulous!!!

ElegantSnobbery said...

Wow, I LOVE them! Aren't ACEOs so much fun? I've definitely been bitten with the ACEO bug. I love those little things!!