Monday, December 31, 2007
I didn't get into my studio today like I'd hoped, so here's a pic of the earrings I made on commission. They are a little brighter (background is orange) in person, but it was hard to get a good pic. Thanks for all who gave me feedback on my first pair - I appreciate it very much! I was glad to get these in the mail today. I hope they make their new owner happy when she wears them!
So, I'm not really planning to make any resolutions for next year because it always seems like that is just setting myself up to fail, but I'm not beyond having a few goals, so here they are:
*To read a book, for pleasure, every month.
*To exercise more and eat local when I can (Dominos is local right? They do deliver, after all!)
*To visit the Farmer's Market once a week (see above)
*To set regular studio hours to create my art and KEEP THEM
*To continue to work towards my goals of publication and possibly enter some shows
*To produce at least one piece for Ami Simms' Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative (I've wanted to do this for a while and just never have)
*To strive to finish the projects that are worth finishing, and re-work those that are not.
*To end 2008 with less debt than I started with
Gee, those all sure sound like resolutions! So here's a final one:
*I will not beat myself up for any of the above that I do not accomplish, but I promise to TRY!
I can't believe the month of December has come and gone ... hopefully I will blog more than in previous months (but not every day!!!) ... be sure to check back tomorrow for the drawing. You can still get in on it if you leave me a comment! :o)
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tomorrow is New Year's Eve - wow! Another year has come and gone. It's really unbelievable. I'm really hoping to make some progress on my gold and gray piece tomorrow, so hopefully I'll have something to show. I've got a few other ideas brewing, too. So many ideas, so little time! Isn't that the way it always goes?
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
I haven't had a dog since I was a kid. I have always had cats. Cats are so simple. You throw them in the litter box once and voil'a! they are house trained! Not so with dogs, but this little gal is so sweet, that we'll surely forgive her all that! We met her mom, who is a Wheaton Terrier mix (maybe part golden retriever - we're not sure - but she looks just like the dog from "Because of Winn Dixie"). She had the sweetest personality. Hopefully Rosi will be just like her. One thing is for sure - life is going to get interesting!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I added some curls of lavender cheesecloth strips, which seem to be standing out a little more than I'd like, but hopefully as I move on with the piece, they will become just an accent. Then I stitched the black organza to the stop and blasted it with a heat gun. Watching the organza disappear in the blast of the heat gun is so much fun, it's hard to know when to stop! I grazed the surface with a little more gold paint and next I will begin to work on embellishments to grace the surface. At least it is not so brown now, so the organza has served its purpose!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I've signed up for a monthly challenge called "Take It Further" - which can be seen here:
I like creative challenges, as they can really get me thinking and creating out of my comfort zone, and that is always a good thing.
Don't forget my blog-a-thon - I've only missed one day so far! Leave a comment and I'll have a drawing to celebrate the New Year.
I think we'll all sleep well tonight ...
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
So - remember those gingko leaves? The beautiful gold and green ones that I did not manage to use until they were completely dried out? I traced them onto some craft foam, cut them out and glued them to cardboard to make my own stamp.
I painted the stamp with gold Lumiere and pressed it onto the piece (since I couldn't find my breyer - but I know where it is now). Then I did the same with pewter Lumiere, but only painted a few select leaves. This is the result. The next step will be to free-motion some black crystal organza over the whole piece and then melt some of it away. I've got some lavender cheesecloth, which I'd like to add to the piece, and I'm trying to decide if I should add it underneath the organza, or wait until later. I'm a little nervous to add too much purple back in at this point, but my head is telling me to do it, so maybe I will.
I guess you'll just have to stay tuned!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I splurged (a little) and bought some MOO cards from
Friday, December 21, 2007
If you missed the article, it has now been archived on the Quilting Arts website and you can see if by viewing CPS Embellishments Issue #60 at this link:
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
*my Moo cards!
*my Paper Towel Pendants!
*Progress on my gold and gray piece!
Until then ...
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Now for the exciting news - a project that I've been working on was accepted by the magazine Cloth Paper Scissors (one of my favorites and a part of Quilting Arts) . Periodically they publish and online newsletter called "Embellishments" and today my project was published in that - so my name and idea have now gone out to over 30,000 people. That is just too fun. I wanted to post a photo of the project, but alas ... computer issues again. Durn computer! I'll share a photo as soon as I can, or you can go to the Quilting Arts (.com) website and sign up to receive "Embellishments" for free!!!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave me a comment - I'll draw a name from those who have commented Saturday, Sunday, and today and post a winner tomorrow!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I was going to share a photo of a really wonderful piece of art that I received in the mail, but those computer issues have reared their head again, so you will have to wait. Hopefully tomorrow!!!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
And here are 3 of the valances, draped across my dining room table. Isn't that fabric gorgeous? I finished the 4th one today and I'm off to Lowes to pick up some boards so I can mount them. I will be glad when they're finished. Hopefully I'll be able to take a photo after they've been installed.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I picked up these Gingko leaves at a park a few weeks ago. I was hoping to work with them while they were still fresh, but no such luck. They are all dry now, but well pressed and I will still work with them when I have some time - just have to handle more carefully I guess. I might trace some of them to make some stencil patterns or something. Not sure yet.
If you are interested in more free images, here's a link to another holiday countdown:
It's awfully generous of these folks to share these images ... now if I could just find the time to save them somewhere. Another project, I guess!
Don't forget to leave me a comment! See 12/1 post for details. I'm going to have a give-away in a couple of days. See if you can figure out why.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Yesterday, Franciose in Belgium posted her results for the challenge. Click on her name and it will take you to her blog so you can see the results. I absolutely LOVE the way that she interpreted this photo! It's a gorgeous abstraction.
I haven't made any more progress on the gold and gray idea. Karen left a comment suggesting I add some lavender to the piece. I thought that was a great idea and I'm going to try to work some into it. I'm always amazed when people see colors like that in unlikely places. Thanks, Karen. Today I am going to tie dye some more socks. And grocery shop, start the laundry, try to get the Christmas decorations up, wrap some gifts, attempt to locate my countertops, get to the bank, and the post office ... fun fun!
Until tomorrow ...
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I thought I would share with you one of my favorite photos from our trip to the beach last August. I just love the sandpipers, and watched this guy fish for quite a while.
I started picking out fabrics for my gold and gray quilt. Here's what I pulled from my stash. I need a dark fabric, and I think I will proceed by painting up some dryer sheets in the colors that I need. I really love the ways these look together, so think I'm on the right creative path at the moment.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
This autumn I have been captivated with the golden leaves against the gray tree bark ~ that last vestige of color before the leaves are swept away in the tide of the seasons. I've noticed it lately in the Bradford Pear trees that are so prevalent here. The leaves are golden, with a touch of orange, and simply glow against the gray/brown of the tree. In looking over the snapshots I have taken this fall, apparently the appeal of these colors has been with me through the season. No photos of bright red trees (though there were some this year that were simply stunning) - just "that" gold and "that" gray over and over again... in my fading balloon flowers (now gone and cut back, awaiting spring), and in the laden branches (now bare) of my hickory tree.
I want to capture these colors in fabric and make an art quilt from their inspiration. I do think the batik I bought a few days ago (the one on the right in the photo) would be a good one to use. I'll have to see what else I have, and what I can make. It's hard to find time to create this time of year, but these colors are calling me and I might have to find a way to listen.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Strawberry Fudge Balls
8 oz cream cheese, softened
6 oz semisweet chocolate chips, melted
3/4 c vanilla wafer crumbs
1/4 c strawberry preserves
1/2 c toasted almonds.
Beat cream cheese, with mixer, until fluffy. Add melted chocolate and beat until smooth. Stir in wafer crumbs and preserves. Cover and refrigerate one hour. Shape into 1" balls and roll in chopped almonds. Store in refrigerator, or freeze up to 2 months. YUM!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
There must have been a blip in the earth's magnetic pull yesterday, because I went to the post office and then my car seemed to be pulled unexplainably into the parking lot of a nearby quilt shop. Hmmm. That hasn't happened for quite some time. They were having a sale on batiks and I picked up 1/2 yard of these 3. They are wonderful and I'm excited to use them. I especially love the one in the middle, it really caught my eye. I might have to go back and see what else I can find on their shelves ...
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I've received two wonderful gifts this week ... my friend Carolyn, knitter extraordinaire, knitted these funky wool slipper boots - don't my tootsies look toasty?!
And my friend Tracy sent me, among other things, a boatload of really cool bottlecaps and this amazing pendant that her husband made. It is absolutely stunning. It's made from three types of wood, small (about 1" x .5"), seamless and smooth as a baby's, well, you know! It is an amazing piece of art and I'm thrilled to have it. Visit Tracy's blog (click on her name a few lines back) and take a look at the amazing scarves she's made for Christmas presents!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I sent this journal off to my cyber-friend Elizabeth. She makes amazing use of recycled materials. Check out her birds - Wing Dings - aren't they wonderful? The background is a fabric I dyed this past summer, which didn't turn out so well, so I overdyed it. It's pretty interesting now! And here's the promised photo of my dried paper towels.
Someone recently shared with me a link to a free online art zine called "Whatever ... Whenever". There's some really great projects in there - especially if you are into paper arts (stamping, scrapbooking, etc).
And don't forget about the free collage photos that I posted about a few posts back. If you are looking for images, give her a link and she will give you 46 of them over the next few weeks.