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Monday, November 26, 2007

Glittery Goodness


The theme at Inching Artists this week is "All that glitters". I had some Angelina Fiber and was just waiting for the opportunity to try it out. I added the fiber to a piece of peltex, did some machine embroidery, added a couple of sequins and some beads and here you go - glittery goodness!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Coffee Anyone?



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

Gifts


I have made my first Christmas gift. I had no desire whatsoever to go out in the pushing, pulling, mad rush that is the day after Thanksgiving. I stayed home and sewed instead!
This ensemble is for my sister-in-law who is a dedicated Carolina Panther's fan. (You have to be dedicated to keep pulling for them this season. You can count me in with her as well.) At the top is a checkbook holder, center - a pocket tissue holder, and bottom - a wallet.
The tissue holder is from a free pattern here. Very quick and easy. The checkbook and wallet are patterns from Lazy Girl Designs. The wallet is their Wonder Wallet. I have all of these in my purse and I just love them. Doncha think my sister-in-law will too?
What are you making for gifts this Christmas?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Music!

The theme this week at Saturday Postcard Madness is Music. I started with this picture of a metal sculpture my son did for his graduation project.

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

Pretty Mail


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

Monotone Inchies


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.


A Night at the Symphony

Dear Husband and I attended the Greenboro Symphony last night. What a delightful, relaxing evening. We had fantastic seats courtesy of one of my clients at work and the musicians were just fabulous. It is amazing at the level of talent one can find in their own backyard. :o)

On the way home we stopped off at Borders and I couldn't resist this magazine/book. Lots of pretty ideas here.
On another note, there is a new challenge blog in town. Saturday Postcard Madness will have a new challenge posted each Saturday. For those of you who love working in the 4x6 format as I do, this is sure to be a fun one. Head on over there and stretch your imagination and spark your creativity!
I am still working on my pieces for the Inching Artists challenge. Pictures later today. (I hope) And I am also working on something for the Saturday Postcard Madness challenge. Just not enough hours in the day!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like...

A Christmas Quiltie!

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

Inchie Challenge


The theme at Inching Artists this week is Eye Spy. I could only come up with the one idea this week. In case you can't tell, it is supposed to be a magnifying glass. I used a picture of an eye, made the "glass" out of x-ray film (I get the duds from work, makes great template material), used gold dimensional paint for the frame and a bugle bead for the handle.
This was a tough one for me. I had a few other ideas but they would require much more than a one inch canvas. :o)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Pay It Forward and more on housies

I had been thinking of having some sort of giveaway on my blog when I stumbled across a post on Jenclair's blog about a pay it forward exchange. I decided this will be even better than a giveaway as more of us can share and spread some art and goodwill throughout blogland.


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

Come on over to my hous(ies)!

The theme this week at Inching Artists is "Housies". For some reason, these little inchies are like potato chips for me - I can never stop with just one.


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?

Books and Music

Dear Husband and I decided to go out to dinner last night. Afterwards we stopped in Border's because I wanted to get this book that Deb had recommended on her blog a few weeks ago. What an excellent read! I only have about 20 pages left because I couldn't put the darn thing down. I don't usually buy hardcover books for this very reason - I spend $15-$20 on a book and have it read in a few hours. This one is worth it though #1 because it is a good book and #2 because this is a new author and she is from my state. Cool huh? It will definitely be a keeper on my bookshelf.

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

Christmas in November

Well, it is time to start thinking about it - isn't it? I mean, if you don't get started now....

I just finished edging these this morning. They are for a Christmas inchies swap on Fabric in Altered Art.

I started with red cotton lame for the background. Then, I couched a green craft cord, stitched down some gold rick rack trim, added some decorative stitches in white, then stitched on a glass bead. I edged them in various ways - some just a simple zig zag, some using eyelash yarns. On a few I added an eyelet and some ribbon. Can you tell I get bored easily with zig zagging??? I enjoyed making these although they are a bit fiddly. (Is too a word!) Here's a close up of a few if you want to have a better look.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pretty Postal Art


I received a couple of pretties in the mail this week. Both are from swaps on Art We Mail.

The pretty flower on the left is from Bev for the birthday swap. The one on the right is from Lynn for the Autumn Splendor swap. Aren't they pretty? I also received the special issue of Quilting Arts Magazine - Quilting Arts Gifts. So many pretty things in there I would like to make.



<-----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.

With the holidays coming, I am feeling bombarded with ideas of things I want to make. Christmas inchies, ornament swaps, little giftys for the family, a winter tablerunner, a winter wallhanging, and the list goes on. Why wasn't I inspired to make any of these during the summer when I didn't sew much at all???!!! Oh well. Off to the sewing room! :o)