Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
In the meantime, I've gotten a couple requests for items. Another doll quilt a la Barbie was commissioned. My mother asked for three scarves for gifts. A good friend asked for some wall hangings - she has the materials but some arrangements and logistics (mounting plans). There may be one other larger commission but I won't talk about it any further until it's confirmed.
With the holidays approaching, hours to create are scarce but I'll find the time. Yes I'll take photos. Stay tuned. Please?
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Well here is part of my private collection which consists of handbags, beaded key chains and hand knitted scarves. Some of my handbags are knitted, some are felted wool with needle felted designs and others are old purses salvaged and re purposed. I had an opportunity yesterday, 11/20, to share my private collection at a Craft Fair at Rotary Intl in Evanston, Il.
Friday, November 20, 2009
We appreciate everyone stopping by and ooohing and aaahing. We love sharing with others the tangible aspects of our creativity!
For those who chose to take one of our favorite things home with you a HUGE and sincere thank you to you all!
We had a blast today!
P.S. for those that we said we'd touch base next week -- we will!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
But I have had ALL weekend! My husband has been gone all weekend on a business trip Saturday - Monday so some my best cohort and friend and I have had some quality time on Twisted Fiber Studio and our stashes as well as the sewing machine.
Here are some photos. Keychains are Sue's. LOVE THEM! She's also working with a new product, Omni Gel, which when brushed on to photos, magazine photos, photocopies, etc, it will pull the image on the gel and you can wash the paper off, yes off and be left with the gel with the image. You can even get brush marks on the image making it look a bit like an oil painting.
She called me this morning to let me know that it worked! She has a lovely gel of the image here and will be adding it to the front of a handbag! Cannot wait to see it.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Pillow 1 is all cream colored linen with striped silk borders, with the same silk as the back fabric of the pilow. The center pinwheel is a "liberated" pinwheel of batik and linen fabrics.
It needs a good pressing yet... I'm getting to it....My least favorite thing to do!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I was designing most of yesterday and last night had some great breakthroughs. I'll post photos then get with my cohort to do the same of what she's working on!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Then I looked at some "vintage" post cards from Cavalli papers, selected one with the right color tone and style I wanted and added a fusible post card back (from ribbonsmyth.com) that is also vintage in style......
Choosing embellishments is not easy! Too many to choose from... but I narrowed it down to so hand dyed silk ribbon, paper clips to hold the paper post card on, and charms that symbolize some of the ab fab culture of Paris -- perfume bottle, shows, and bejeweled handbag!
So I got to use the stamps I bought (see my post on 1 June) :) Loved them!!
The Finished Project! --- all of about 3 hours but could have done it faster IF I hadn't taken so much time picking the embellishments... but isn't that most of the fun!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Then I just got a glimpse of Lyric Kinard's new book coming out in September "Art+Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises". It is EXACTLY what I need to see right now! I've missed quilting severely -- actually creating! I have my creativity journal with me.
I've combined my regular journal with the creativity one -- just too many books to carry. And my colored pencils are with me too!
A few days of R&R the home to my new hubbie!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
It was gorgeous and fun and full of twirling little girls! The cross town feud was alive and well with the groom's cake (we're Chicago Cubs baseball fans -- Mike's family favors the Chicago White Sox) and all in good fun!
The florist did amazing work as did the hotel! WOW! I loved it and it was exactly what I had always wanted (not sure about Mike).
Work has me travelling 5 weeks out of 8 until the end of May (off tomorrow for the UK) but then I'm back in to the art work.... I really want to be doing it!! Keep grabbing my design journal to add things in or tweak a design or glue fabric or test paint or a stamp or or or. All is waiting for my time!!!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
In the midst of this I'm getting mini brainstorms for more things to make and really wanting to sit down and do some sewing or designing or finishing or or or. Well you all know the drill!
Really I'm not truly stressed out. It's more about finding the time to satisfy everyone's demands on my time!
Ciao for now....
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I find that right now I'm stretched a bit thin (oh were that true) with my full-time job and it's demanding travel schedule (just returned from two weeks abroad in Australia and Thailand) and planning my wedding in late April. Yes too much to do but I can't stop thinking about the quilt I have in progress and my creativity journal keeps calling me -- so much that I'm going to have to start carrying it with me daily.
That seems to be a common topic among artists yet we crave this time in our schedules as is feeds our souls! I know it feeds mine significantly. More later... hopefully some time to work on stuff this week!....
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Here's the photo I promised.... A vibrant start to 2009! I'm really liking this one with the more elegant pinwheels and the varying sizes. But the one thing that pops for me is the ORANGE with the tiffany blue accents. I've trimmed it but am leaving on a 2.5 week business trip (for the job that pays the bills) and won't have time to assemble the quilt.
Between the business trip, the holidays and social occasions ...and my fiance's weeklong headcold, I'm almost amazed I got this much done!