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Painted Rocks

2 Aug

I often get asked what I am working on, well this summer it is painted rocks.  It is so much fun to find rocks (free no less), paint them, then hide them for others to find.  My husband wonders why my purse weighs so much.  I invite family and friends over for coffee and a little painting.  Not sure how long the fad will last, but I am truly enjoying it will it last.rocks to huntrocks to hunt 2

Thread Sketching and Fabric Paint

25 Jun

Thread sketching is a method of free motion stitching to create a drawing on fabric with thread and your sewing machine.  I wasn’t sure how to go about it, I knew doing it free form was not going to work for me.  But I found the idea of working from a paper sketch.  Here is a tutorial from On Point.  The only thing I did different is I worked from the back.  In doing so you may want to make a mirror copy on your image and the thread that will show on the finished work should be in your bobbin.  That way you don’t have to worry about getting every little bit of paper off your project

I used Derwent Inktense Blocks on fabric to create a watercolor effect.  I love these paints, they work on many different surfaces.  They are solid so they travel well.  I have not put they through the wash yet, but with the fabric medium I used it should be washable. Something you would want to test before painting if the piece is going to be washed.
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Letter Quilt

14 Jun

I enjoy paper piecing and came across these great letters designed by Kelly from kelbysews.  She has kindly shared the four letters of LOVE with Sew Mama Sew.   I took the letters and made a table runner for a friends anniversary present. The whole alphabet is available through Kelly’s Esty shop.

Here is Kelly’s quilt

 

And here is my table runner.
love quilt

Back to working on my blog

15 May

Hi: Sorry it has been so long since I have posted any new information.  It has been a crazy time in my life. We had to move my parents into an assisted living home and sell their house of 58 years. Dad (who was 93) passed away in October.  While all that was going on my husband and I got our house ready to sell, sold it, bought a new one and have been in the state of remodel for six months.  We have the kitchen done, I have added pictures so you can see what we have done. Put new flooring in the main floor living area. Now we are ready to work on the yard. It is a wonderful house built in 1964.  The people we bought it from were the original owners.  Not much had been done to it in the last 20 years.  We are up for the challenge.

Merry Christmas

24 Dec

Christmas reindeer graphicsWishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.
I hope you get time to visit with family and friends.  We are having a white Christmas and it is very beautiful.
After the holidays it’s clean the craft room and start new projects.
My sons are helping me with some videos, hope to have those up and running soon.
Nice to have live-in technical support.

It’s Been Awhile

2 Nov

Sorry I have not posted anything for a while.  My sisters and I have been working on finding assisted living for our parents.  My dad got sick in June and now needs to use a wheelchair to move around.  We tried making their home of 57 years work, but he needs more help than what can be provided at home.  So we found a nice assisted living apartment…but three days after mom and dad moved in, dad came down with pneumonia.  So he is in the nursing home trying to build his strength back up and mom is in the assisted living home by herself.  We emptied the house of their belongs and have it ready to sell so they can pay for all of this, which is very expensive. This is all so hard and not planned for very well. Both parents are in their 90’s and thought they would just live their days out in their home.  And we blindly went along with it. I have empathy for anyone going through this with their family.

But I am home now (I live 200 miles from my parents home) at least for a little while and trying to get life back on track.  More art post to follow.

White Page

9 Sep

Sometimes you sit down to write or do a little art work and that white page just stares back at you.  I always have ideas, but sometimes I have a hard time getting it on paper.  Or I start and it doesn’t come out the way I see it in my head.  Time for a little inspiration.  I love Pinterest for this, of course the down side to that is you can spend a lot of time looking at all those pictures.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.  Coloring books can give you great ideas for filling in around a verse or quote.  Use bits and pieces from magazines or news papers as a collage background.  Sheet music and maps make great backgrounds.  Recycle that watercolor or painting that didn’t turn out as planned by cutting them into shapes to fill in empty spaces.   To add distressed edges run them across an ink pad.  I have posted a few ideas with their source pages.

map
Craft Critique

music
The Imagination Box

newspaper
Art Journal Club Quebec

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