update 2/23: no time for a post today, but i wanted to let you know the winners, courtesy of the random number generator (based on the order in which you commented.) and since i have SO many of these to give away, and i like to change my mind, i chose six winners instead of four. so: lori anderson designs, stampmaiden, vantiani, valentina, veja cecilia, and sharon - please send me your addresses at artsyville (at) gmail.com and i'll send your little clothespins packages to you this week! :)
well, OK, i'm not going to air my dirty laundry here, but i certainly could if i wanted to, because i just collaged 300 clothespins - the pictures above just show a few of them. i've been very scattered in artsyville this week (sorry, i haven't done many blog visits either) and the time was ripe for a creative explosion to put things back into order. and one happened. ricё sent me a stack of random magazine pages a few weeks ago, and while i was cutting them up, a hazy shot of some simply adorned clothespins in somerset life caught my eye. i couldn't find the photo credit or otherwise i'd mention it here.
anyway, i'm not sure how that artist did it, but here's what i did. i had a glass of wine, grabbed a stack of magazines, and went scavenging. this is my favorite part of collage - finding those little details that have the chance to shine on their own once they're liberated from their sources. i glued the pieces on cardstock to firm them up a bit, trimmed them to 1/2" x 3/4" with a paper cutter, and then glued the pieces to the top of the clothespin. the process was so simple and relaxing - just what i needed to get realigned. of course, for me, no project involving a paper cutter is complete until i've sustained an injury, and now my left thumb is under wraps. it got a little too close to the paper cutter. poor clumsy thing just wanted to be involved in the fun.
but never mind that, now i have lots of little pins to hang my memories and bits of inspiration, including some awesome tags from jess and a few beautiful tiny red drawings that arrived with thereza's zine a few months ago. and, with over three hundred of these things, i have more than i can possibly use for myself, so if you'd like a set of six pins, please leave a comment over the weekend and i'll draw four names on monday. this could be your lucky day! don't delay - enter now!