As an Etsy seller, I belong to a couple of 'street teams' one of which requires me to be over 40 years of age. No problems there! We are the Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team, or BBEST for short. Though most of the team is from the USA, there are half a dozen of us holding out on this side of the water! Besides all the daily chatter (and boy can Boomers chat) we have regular 'swaps' and competitions so that we can get to know each other better.
This month, we were asked to make an ACEO (2.5" x 3.5" in any medium) illustrating 'Spring'.
Well, in between hospital admissions and daily out-patient treatment, I found it hard to concentrate and had one or two failed attempts. As I sat disconsolate at my very messy worktable, my eye fell on a cardboard template I've had for about 18 years, which I made when I did a papier mache workshop with my sister in Gloucester. It's a little birdie, which we made brooches from.
So, after a rummage in the fabric stash, I decided to make a Spring Chicken for my swap, using the template for the chicken shape and machine-sewing some legs and tail feathers. There's a little bit of embroidered grass and buttercups decorating the base. I hope my swap partner will be happy with it, but I'm going to enclose a little something extra as an insurance policy!