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If we can get
it to stick
to paper,
it's collage
-- Queen's Motto


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Queen Xina of SkyBluePink has been a crafter ever since Mom showed Her how to make doll clothes from fabric scraps as a small child. At 10, She learned to knit from Grandmama, and after knitting Her way through many a Wisconsin winter, She progressed through crochet, macrame, hooked rugs, and needlepoint.

Then, one magical day in 1978, She came upon a copy of "The Rubber Stamp Album" by Joni K. Miller, and She lost Her crafting heart to rubber stamps. Over the years Her style and materials have evolved from greeting cards made of only paper, ink, and stamps, to found-art collage works made of stamps and anything She can glue down.

Ever frugal, the Queen is a careful saver of Objects That Might Be Useful (TMBU). In dark corners of the Palace, the ugly word "packrat" has been heard of late. Some feared that the huge piles of Objects TMBU might fall and cause injuries. At last Her Majesty has been persuaded to excavate Her mounds of treasure and package them up so that others might find the Objects truly useful.

Queen Xina is quite enjoying this process, finding that She can now justify searching out and buying even more Objects than ever before! Besides exotic, quirky, or unusual Objects, She looks for the more mundane, everyday Objects that are all too often overlooked as art materials.

If you're in need of collage materials, embellishments, doodads, or just plain cool stuff, check out the exciting Objects the Queen has stuffed into our Kitchen Sink collage packs. Or try the individual packs of Joss Paper, Words, Maps, etc. Click here to be transported to the entrance to the goodies room.


The Queen often relates this story about the name of Her Queendom: "When I was a little girl, my sisters and I would ask my Dad what his favorite color was. He always insisted it was 'sky blue pink', and we always protested loudly that it was not a color. When I was searching for a name, I thought about colors, but all the interesting ones were already taken as Web sites. Then one evening, watching the setting sun spread a gorgeous pink over the blue sky, I remembered my Dad's favorite color." Thus was SkyBluePink christened.

Hark! The source of the color SkyBluePink hath been found! In an email newsletter that I've been getting for at many years, the origin of the phrase "sky-blue-pink" was explained. Huzzah! Michael Quinion's "World Wide Words" is both a web site and a weekly newsletter filled with interesting information about words, their meanings and history. Recently he revealed that "sky-blue-pink" originated with Howard R. Garis, an American children's writer who created the Uncle Wiggily stories. Here's part of Michael's explanation:

"The expression sky-blue-pink appears in the first collection of Uncle Wiggily stories, Sammie and Susie Littletail, published in 1910, in which one young rabbit suffers a misfortune: 'He splashed around and scattered the skilligimink color all over the kitchen, and when his mamma and Susie fished him out, if he wasn't dyed the most beautiful sky-blue-pink you ever saw!' [Don't ask me about skilligimink: he seems to have been the only person ever to use the word, and where it comes from is unknown.]"

Here's the whole essay. If you love the English language, you owe it to yourself to subscribe to the World Wide Words free newsletter. It's nearly as entertaining as ours and much more informative.

Web Life

The Queen of SkyBluePink has been entangled in the Web since early 1995, when She was dubbed CyberAngel by a grateful newbie to whom She gave Web assistance. Later She became famous as the Barmaid of the Web & Spider, serving up refreshing Internet Publishing information to one and all on CompuServe's InetPub Forum. Ultimately She took on near-mythic status as "Xina, HTML Warrior Queen." The 21st Century finds Her embarking on the SkyBluePink craft materials business, as well as WebMistressing for several rubber stamp companies and dreaming of writing about Dutch Belted cows.

Copyright ©2014 Christina Gibbs -- Updated 11 July 2014