Sunday 17 January 2010

A Pocket Full of Sunshine

This week's Inspiration Avenue team challenge was an interesting phrase - "a pocketful of sunshine".

I made this little ACEO for the challenge. It's a new experience for me to have finished it yesterday - usually my submission is completed about 5 minutes before the cut-off time!

ACEOs are little collectible artworks that measure just 3.5 x 2.5", so appropriately, this would actually probably fit into your pocket!  The butterfly is hand-sewn onto a spare scrap of decorative paper, and the warm yellow background is painted in acrylics.

If you'd like to see the other interpretations of this week's theme you can find them all here later today. You'd also be more than welcome to take part in the next challenge - we love having new participants!


  1. This is really lovely! and where did you get such a small little easel, I love that too!

  2. Oh this is so neat I love it. Brigt sunny colors and wonderful for pocket fu;l of sunshine! Good question about the isle????

  3. Thanks Yvonne! They sell the little mini easels at my local art shop, but I'm sure you can get them in the US too. If you want one let me know, I'd be happy to get one for you if you can't find one :)

    Thanks Shel! Yes, it was a lovely challenge for January this, wasn't it, it's nice to use some bright colours!

  4. I get really nervous when I read the phrase 'hand sewn' - me and sewing was never a great match! This is really cute and yes, it does make a great little pocket of sunshine - just remember to take it out before the clothes go in the wash!

  5. This is wonderful Angie, and the stitching is SO cool - I love the added texture!!

  6. Ahhhhhhhhh, I love the colors!

    I am back up and running since my old Gateway Notebook caught that nasty "Storm Worm Virus" last week and it ate my entire hard drive. I lost everything. I now have a new Dell Studio 17 laptop, new Internet Security and a huge supply of data sticks to put my work on so this never happens again. If you don't have your work backed up, please get some data sticks and do so. I would hate to have this happen to anyone.

    I am back in the saddle and catching up on Blog visits this morning!


  7. Oh how fun! Your stitching work is beautiful! Wonderful idea and great entry for this weeks challenge.
    A little bit of art for your pocket.

  8. I love this! What's more cheerful and sunny than a flitting butterfly? Makes me long for summer!

  9. Ah I so love Butterflies, its so dinky and very sweet. Beautiful work!

  10. Oh I love this sweets! It is so pretty. Hey, I just realized we both used butterflies in our submissions this week. Great minds think alike. ;D

  11. Angie, I LOVE this! What a great idea to use stitching for the lines, so clever!

  12. Sew pretty! Yellow IS the happiest of colors, isn't it? Great submission.

  13. omg!! that really represent sunshine alright! love the cheerful colors and hmmm.... looking with envious eyes on the sewing :))))))

  14. Lisa thanks, and good tip to check my pockets before washing! ;)

    Thanks Sharon - I love textures of all sorts too!

    LuLu thank you and sooo glad to see you back!

    Thanks for your sweet comments Charlie, Maggie and Elaine!

    Tammy yes I noticed that too. I LOVE your butterflies, and obviously we're on the same wavelength! :)

    Stephanie thank you, it's good to try something a bit different now and again!

    Lisa and Luthien - yep, I agree - yellow is the definitive colour of summer! Luthien, I'm not sure my sewing is worthy of your envious (or too close) a glance! ;)

  15. such a sweet little pocket full of sunshine!

  16. This is so lovely Angie! I love butterflies!