Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Whew! I managed to get both of the boys back to college today. I loved having them both at home for Thanksgiving. I made sure to stop at the grocery store and stock them up on those oh so nutritional items like Pop Tarts, Peanut Butter, and sodas. :o)
I stopped at a grocery store at the last minute to pick up some milk for the son who is at NC State and saw these bracelets near the checkout. I thought they were really neat. Now, I will not be wearing it as a bracelet. I saw it as some really cool beads to use on postcards! LOL I have already planned a postcard in browns and naturals with a cup of coffee and a few of these coffee bean beads scattered around. Amazing where you can find inspiration.
Oh, and if you sniff really close to it you can even smell the coffee.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I did a little manipulating (okay a lot of manipulating) with my photo editing program and printed the picture onto fabric. A little stitching and a bead (the bead doesn't show so well in the photo but it is black faceted and really sparkles) and here you are - MUSIC!
Monday, November 19, 2007
These pretties arrived in the mail today. They are from a Christmas Inchies swap with my Fabric in Altered Art group. They are so intricate and have lots of different techniques and embellishments. I plan to purchase a wreath and wire these onto it to hang on my door. :o)
This postcard is from Miriam in Ireland from an Anything Goes swap on Art We Mail. She calls it "Shadow of Blue" and I just think it is gorgeous. Lots of different blue fabrics, with fibers, embroidery, and couching.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
The theme at Inching Artists this week is "Monotone".
I chose two of my favorite colors to play with and selected buttons, beads, floss, and sequins in the same colors. This would be an easy theme with which to go crazy as there are many colors in the rainbow. :o)
The red didn't photograph as well as the purple. The background fabric has monotone hearts. I can see this little inchie reappearing in a Valentine card.
Can't wait to see what the next theme will be. I rather enjoy making these tiny things.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I completed this one for a swap on Fabric in Altered Art. It is 6" square. The little present was made by wrapping a piece of peltex and tying on the bow then sewing it to the quiltie so it is more dimensional. The fur on Santa's boots is eyelash yarn, details were added to the puppy using gel and pigma pens, then I added lots of beads for the snow and finally a paw print stamp in silver. I made a postcard using this same theme last year and I liked it so much I decided to use it for this exchange.
Next on the agenda: Giving some of these a try with my own little twist. Aren't they cute? This project was one of the features in the Nov/Dec issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.
Have a great Sunday everyone!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Here are the details:
I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
So, if you want to play along with me just leave a comment and say so. It will be fun deciding what to send to you. :o)
I was so surprised to come home from a yukky day at work to see this on the Inching Artists challenge blog today? Yep! I feel special, surprised, and honored that Linda put my little cottages on her blog. Really made a special ending to a not so special day. (Thanks Linda!) Oh, and check out the latest challenge - it is another fun one too.
So? Anyone want to PIF with me?
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I just love purple so I thought a purple background with little yellow houses would be fun.
I have had this brick fabric for quite some time just waiting for the right project to come along. It seemed perfect for the house theme.
A few beads for flowers, machine embroidered blades of grass, and a rick rack cardinal keeping watch from the roof.
And with Halloween just a few days past, a slightly spooky scene seemed in order. What kind of birds are those? Sparrows? Crows?
Vultures?! I have no idea, but I "needed" to add them. :o)
Now I think it is time to work on something a bit larger. After making the Christmas inchies and then these, I feel the need to work with a piece of fabric more than an inch in size. Postcard size perhaps?
It was a bonus night because Aura3, a local band was playing in the cafe at Borders. They were delightful. I was able to peruse the latest copies of magazines I thought I might buy while being entertained at the same time. It was a very enjoyable, relaxing evening. Good food, good music, and a good book. Ahhhhhhhhh.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
<-----Gratuitous Kitty Photo. This is Glitter lying on my son's laundry bag. He (my son) came home from college for the weekend and I think Glitter decided if she slept on his laundry bag, he couldn't leave. She still misses him - walks the floor going into his bedroom, meowing and searching for him.