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Working on the fireplace

9 Oct

We are still working on the house.  Here is what we did to the gas fireplace.  We wrapped the original pink stone fireplace with sheet rock.  And went over the original hearth with tile.  Still need to change out the brass trim, but we are really close to done.

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Inktense blocks coloring fabric

18 Sep

I got out my Derwent Inktense blocks again and made a lunch bag for my sister-in-law’s birthday.  I stitched the hummingbird first, using the free-motion attachment on my machine and then came back in with the Inktense blocks and fabric medium to paint the bird.  I really like this method.lunchbag

Paint Party

30 Aug

Have you ever been to a paint party?  I thought I would give it a try, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon. I am not sure what I am going to do with the painting. Not really my decorating style. I would probably not do this again unless a friend talked me into going. They talk you through the painting process, so if you aren’t a painter you still get a finished project. It’s something fun to do with friends. The company that lead the painting party had discounts on class prices, pays to check.paint nite

 

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

More rocks

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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.
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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.

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