Through Katy’s Corner Yahoo Group I have made several friends, some of who I swap with. One such friend is Mel. Mel creates the most amazing art and periodically will host Bookie Joint Swaps at KCUK. In the past Mel and I have swapped A.T.C.s but we were looking for something a bit different and Mel was the one who had the idea of swapping flags. Recently I showed you (post “So Many Dreams”) one side of the flag I made for Mel (that is the image used in my new header).
Here is the most adorable flag that Mel created for me
I’d love to provide a link to her Blog but Mel doesn’t have one 😦 I like how Mel used a map for the background which she has distressed in parts and such a cute image.
As I said before, the flag I made for Mel is double sided, purely because I was in an indecisive mood as to what image to select. I wanted to use images that meant something to me. For the front of the flag I used the image which is my Gravatar.
When I laid eyes on this image I knew it would become my Gravatar. She represents my favourite era in history, love the colours and her style. I tore up pieces from a French novel and layered to the mat board then overstamped with “Paris” in large and small format. Onto painted cardstock I stamped labels.
The image was printed onto canvas paper, embellished with lace and gems. Added a Paris cancellation mark to the tip of the flag. The hanging was created with vintage velvet.
As I drafted this post it dawned on me that this side of the Flag fits in perfectly with the theme over at Dezinaworld this week. June has set the theme “Your Favourite Era”. For me the 1920’s (also into the 1930’s) is an era which fascinates me on so many levels. The shift in attitude, especially women who started to lead a more independent life, the fashion, music, dance (oh how I would love to be able to dance the Charleston), books (F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby” in particular), travel, etc. Imagine being a fly on the wall in Paris, or even better yet, to actually be on the dance floor, dancing the Charleston with a dapper gent, with my Flapper’s dress and newly bobbed hair.