11 April 2014

Swapping a skill for a skill

I love the idea of being able to trade for things, no money exchanging hands. Swapping your time for a skill, or a skill for some baking, exchanging expertise for objects...

I have admired the work of Snowdon Design & Craft for some time. Lovely hand drawn text, making beautiful bold images. A year ago I filed for divorce and am facing a new life alone with my two boys. It's been a very, very tough year, and it's all not done with yet. Most likely we will lose our home, but I am confident where ever we end up, we will make a warm and loving home for the three of us. Because the year has been so tough, I had been thinking about something that I wanted to have on the wall that we could look at every day, a little mantra for our new lives. I couldn't find exactly what I wanted, so somehow, one day I was brave enough to ask Alex of Snowdon Design & Craft if she could help me with my quest.

Now I know it can be tough being asked to do something if you feel the work is 'not quite you', so I was a little worried about what Alex would think of the words I wanted. Luckily, she was happy to go ahead. Best of all, we agreed on a swap. Alex liked the aquamarine rings I make, so a trade was arranged, a skill for a skill.

We were both rather busy, so things didn't happen instantly, but one day Alex sent me some rough sketches, and I knew the finished piece was going to be great. First she drew the design in pencil. Then she hand inked it in. 

A screen was exposed and Mr S was dispatched to the garden to clean it down. Suddenly I was picking a colour (the most perfect blue), and the print was made and waiting to dry. I was so excited waiting for it to arrive.

I haven't got it in a frame yet, so this little snap I took doesn't really do it justice, but it really is just perfect, and I know it will make me smile everyday, and remind me to find a little fun, a little laughter and a lot of love every single day.

Thank you Alex. It's perfect.

Here's what I made for Alex in return.

You can find Alex's wonderful work on her website at Snowdon Design and Craft
Her facebook page is here.
And you can even buy your own copy of the Fun Love & Laughter print here.

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