"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Friday, April 4, 2008

Grocery Bags - Who Knew?

Carol T., owner of the Textile Challenges group, created a lovely cuff bracelet out of plastic grocery bags (Carrier Sacks to Carol, who lives in Wales UK). Pop on over to her blog and check it out in her March 31st post. She challenge the Textile Challenges group to create something using the bags.

Here is my postcard, which will go to Susan Lenz for the Cyber Fyber exhibit. I had a hard time finding bags in pleasing colors - but managed to find a variety of greens and blues. I melted them all together, then fused some gold chocolate wrapper pieces on top. I thread painted the flowers - a technique that I've always struggled with but turned out to be incredibly easy on my new machine. I hope Susan likes it. I've got enough of the background left to do something else for myself. The postcare I received from Susan is beautiful. I'll post of photo of it soon - I thought I had already taken a photo, but apparently not.
Oh - here's another picture! I keep forgetting to post this. Remember those bright yellow sneakers? The show was a huge success and the kids did great! Our school did the selection "Beethoven's Day" from "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown". They were all dressed as "Peanuts" characters. Here's a photo of my daughter, as "Woodstock" and her friend as "Sally". We bought solid colored t-shirts, each character a different color, and adapted them for the costumes. I made the Sally dresses by adding the skirt material to the bottom of the t-shirt and stitching on the sash. I painted Woodstock's sneakers, and dyed the pants and socks. The art teacher added the feathers and the dots on Sally's dress. Look at Sally's saddle shoes - white canvas sneakers with duct tape! The art teacher is so clever. I had to do costumes for 6 Woodstocks, 7 Sallys and 1 Lucy (same as Sally but royal blue). I am GLAD to be done. Sewing costumes is NOT my thing.

I really want to thank all of you who visit my blog regularly - even when I don't post anything exciting for nearly a month. I really appreciate you all so very much!!!


TracyB said...

Look at you!! The thread painting turned out wonderfully!! NICE PC!!

Carol said...

Thanks treasure, so supportive! Love the postcard, it is lovely and a great addition to Cyber fyber. Love carol T

Clevelandgirlie said...

Look at little woodstock! So cute all in yellow. Amazing what you can do with some feathers, a t-shirt and yellow paint!!! Awesome work mommy!!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Love the postcard. What kind of machine did you get?

The Peanuts costumes are perfect. Jennifer makes a glowing Woodstock! I think I would have enjoyed making one costume, but probably not multiple...but you must have a great feeling of accomplishment!

Anonymous said...

Two lovely little girls. What smiles.


morningDove said...

the girls are precious. And as always your work wonderful to see. You are a busy girl.

Karen said...

The costumes are so cute and the card really lovely.

Cyber Fyber said...

Thank you ever so much for the wonderful fabric postcard. It has arrived here in South Carolina. I adore it. It is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry I didn'y get to see Jennifer in the play :(. Give her and Joseph a hug for me.


Judy Rys said...

Hi Michelle:
I've given you the Arte y Pico award for your inspiring blog. Please see this link for the info http://judyrys.blogspot.com/2008/04/arte-y-pico-award.html