Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
It seems I am always losing my bookmark. Now keep in mind that my bookmark is either one of those postcards that fall out of magazines or a paper sales tag cut from clothing or whatever piece of paper I can find lying around at the time. It also seems that I always have long, thin scraps of Peltex left over from making postcards. So, I decided to use up some of the Peltex and make myself a couple of bookmarks.
I used the same blue fabric I am using for the blue postcards I am currently making. I used one of the decorative stitches on my machine then couched some yarns onto each side. Zigzag stitched the edges, added some more yarns, a few beads and called them done. The one on the right is reminiscent of a vintage couture dress. (Is too, doncha see the bustline and the hips?) :o) Or maybe I have a vivid imagination.
I hope I will be able to find one of these when it comes time to mark my place. I am currently reading Janet Evanovich's Ten Big Ones. What are you reading today?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I am always looking for some quick handwork that I can do while watching TV. I don't watch all that much TV, just the important shows like Lost, American Idol, and Project Runway. :o) The idea of all that unproductive time just isn't me so I try to have something handy to justify all that sitting. I saw these Dorset buttons on JenClaire's blog and just had to give them a try. They are fun to make even if it did take me 3 tries to get the spokes to turn out correctly. I can see these as the "star" on some postcards in my future.
My dear friend Sheila surprised me with this mug hugger in the mail this week. She has a new embroidery machine and I just love what she is creating with it. Aren't these coffee cups with the steam the cutest? Oh, and it certainly doesn't hurt that it IS my favorite color - purple! Thank you so much Sheila!
And last but not least, the 2nd row of the Roosting Round Robin that Debi is facilitating. Of course this is just one block in the row. I am not sewing my blocks into rows just yet. Debi may beat me but I have an idea of mixing the blocks within the rows. I am going to wait until they are all done, put them up on my design wall as I have it pictured in my mind, and then see how it looks. I may end up sewing them into the original rows. Since it is a mystery, I won't know or be able to decide until all the blocks have been presented.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Everyone seemed to like the shaker cards from a recent swap and I wanted to try another technique with those. The framing is something I picked up for $1 in the kitchen clearance at walmart. It is a rubberized mat that is supposed to go in your refrigerator. The lines of fabric are actually chenille that has been smashed a bit by the scanner. I picked up a packet of that presewn chenille stuff several months ago for 25 cents. Had no idea what I was going to do with it at the time but it seems perfect for these cards.
I gathered up some yellow bits and beads and make the shaker top of netting.
The frames went a little wonky as I was sewing them down. The rubber stuck to the foot on my machine and distorted it a bit. The wonkiness just seems right to me for these happy cards so I am not going to worry about them being a bit off kilter. Also, in the spirit of Sesame Street, several of these have letters that spell something that is yellow.
I am in the postcard "zone" it seems and don't want to stop while the ideas are coming. Next, I believe I will make some blue cards with the same sort of design as my Pretty In Pink cards.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I finished these birthday cards last week and completely forgot to post a picture of them. This was an experiment with Photo Shop Elements and printing on fabric. I played around with backgrounds and text in Photo Shop and printed the image on plain white fabric. I used a few beads for embellishment and a varigated thread edgeing to finish them up.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend!
Friday, February 15, 2008
I have been wanting to use this orange swirl fabric in a project for quite some time. I ran across the pretty ombre ribbon last week and immediately thought of this fabric.
I quickly pieced a few small pinwheels (the smaller ones are 2 inches square), added some beads and buttons, and voila!
I think these will work well for putting a bit of cheer in a friend's mailbox - don't you? :o)
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The winner of my Pretty In Pink postcard is Sandi at Victorian Gypsy! Congratulations Sandi.
Thank you one and all for visiting my blog. I do hope you will come back often and leave a comment. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting all the blogs involved and have added quite a few to my blog subscriptions. Another big thank you to Lisa for organizing this event.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The exhibition is only 3 hours from where I live so I have already made plans to attend. There will be an open trade of postcards with other visitors and I think that would be so much fun! It makes me a little nervous that my little postcard will be hanging amongst those of well known, published fiber artists but I decided just to go for it. Look for lots of pictures next January! LOL
Monday, February 11, 2008
1- I work at an animal hospital.
2- I was the drum major of our high school marching band my senior year. My uniform consisted of a white satin shirt, white hot pants, knee high white boots, red cummerbund, white cape, and a white aussie with a big blue plume covering my big '80's hair!
3- My transportation of choice in the late '80's, early '90's was a Harley Davidson Sportster.
4- I abhor the sound of someone crunching ice, or smacking chewing gum in their mouth. (It drives me absolutely nuts!)
5- My bulldog mix sleeps in the bed with me every night.
6- I am the mother of twin boys.
7- I have been married once (still am) to the same man for 25 years!
Now, I am supposed to tag 7 other people but I have decided to leave this as self serve. If you would like to play along, please do. Make sure you leave me a link in the comments section so I can visit your blog and giggle at your answers. :o)
And here is a picture of my #1 helper. LOL I can hardly believe he was able to fit himself in that box. Those strips are the ones I am using for my scrappy bargello. Yes, I am slowly but surely working on it but will come no where near getting it finished in a day.
Yesterday, I worked a bit more on my St. Patrick's cards and then had a brainstorm for another postcard so started pulling fabrics and bits for it. I really need to write all these ideas down as it seems I just keep thinking of more things to incorporate into that 4x6 space.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Okay, off to see if I can sneak in a bit of stitching today. I have so much I want to do and so little time. Isn't that a big complaint for all of us who love to be creative?!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I wasn't quite sure how to quilt this so I just winged it. I quilted straight lines in the thin sashings, put a heart motif in the wider sashings, made a simple criss cross in the windows, and meandered the outer border. Again, I didn't want to try anything fancy as the postcards are the stars here.
I want to thank everyone who visited my blog today as a result of the One World - One Heart event. I have accumulated quite a few names for my drawing and hope to see many more before the 14th. I browsed a few blogs of the participants and wowsa!, there are some talented artists here in blogland.
Today I worked on the beginning of some St. Patrick's Day postcards for a swap on Art We Mail. I wanted to get the machine sewing done so I can do the beading and handwork while watching the Superbowl tomorrow.
Tonight I plan to start sewing on Bonnie's scrappy bargello. Doncha just love the weekend? Time to sew!
Friday, February 1, 2008
I have closed this post for comments. Wow! 104 of you entered my giveaway - thank you so much! I will draw a winner later this evening (2/14) and get your postcard in the mail by Monday. Happy Valentine's Day!
I am participating in the One World - One Heart blog giveaway event.
You can click on the badge to the left to learn more about it and to see the blogs of the other participants.
I will be giving away one of my Valentine fiber postcards. It will be sent to you without an address, in a clear sleeve so you may send it on to a friend if you choose. Now I am not one to make a little postcard travel all by itself so I am sure I will find a few other goodies to come along for the ride. :o)
If you would like to own this pretty pink postcard, just leave a comment on this post. Please make sure you leave your email address if you do not have a blog so I can contact you if you are the winner. I will draw a name on February 14th and get your prize in the mail within a couple of days after that.
I am looking forward to "meeting" lots of new bloggers through this event. If you are not participating, it's not too late to join in!