Hop on over to Lark Crafts and get in on this great giveaway!
I have never done a giveaway here on my blog, but thought that today ... the day that my book Stash Happy Applique (Lark Books) is officially out and about in the book stores, was the perfect day to start a giveaway! Right?
So here it is ... a copy of my book, and this adorable house pillow! So fun don't you think?
The book is packed with super cute applique items from wearable, home decor and gifty things as well.
Check out these happy woodsy Gnomes ... so cute don't you think?
Anyways ... here's what you need to do if you want to win that house pillow and a copy of my book. Starting right now ... Tuesday April 3rd, leave me a comment here on my blog, anything really ... I love funny animal stories, and then on Monday April 9th I'll pick the winners name randomly from a basket!
Good Luck ... Oh and if you'd like to purchase the book, you can find it here.
After a little bit of brainstorming, I was off and running, searching for the perfect black/dark gray fabric to make our uniforms from.
We decided on the middle fabric that I found at Fabric Land, my local high-end fabric store. Here's a couple reasons why we loved this fabric ... First we all liked the deep dark color and secondly, the fiber content is a polyester and rayon blend. Easy to wash and wear, and that poly will make the dress industrial strength and the rayon adds a little bit of fluidity and swing.
After taking Jenny's measurements, I then drafted a pattern for her, referring to a little sketch I had drawn and shared with everyone. OH how I love to draft patterns. It had been a while since I had really drafted a pattern and had to use my skills from my days in the garment industry. I loved it then and love it now. There's a bit of creativity in drafting a pattern ... your brain needs to be able to think in 3D terms and there is also a certain amount of math and science involved, which I also love!
After cutting all the pieces out, I then over-locked or serged all the edges and did a quick stay stitch around the neck front and back and marked the center front with a long hand sewn basting stitch.
Next, I pinned all the pieces together and then basted all the seams together, yes, I run over the pins with my sewing machine!
This dress can be worn forwards or backwards and the insertion of this little pleat in the back or front, depending on how you are wearing it, really gives the dress that extra little flare.
After fitting the dress to Jenny, little to no alterations were needed, so I sewed over all the seams and then pressed them open, set the sleeves, dropped in the facings, marked the buttonhole placement and then stitched the 10 buttonholes! Yes, 10 ... count them. Oh, then came the buttons ... I decided to just use a random assortment of vintage and not so vintage black and gray buttons that I found in my black button mason jar.
And then to finish the dress ... the hem!
Check out Jenny's blog today and check out how many people are receiving fresh clean water!
She's got this dress all dolled up and ready for a day out!
My Husband just called to inform that he will be traveling in the upcoming months ... It's Japan again ... my favorite place!
He travels there often and always returns home with some very interesting candy for my kids. We never know what it will be and I have to tell you, I have only actually tried a few of the 'sweets' he has brought back.
Why you might ask ... well here's why ... I learned early on in his traveling days that a lot of the Japanese candies are made from bean paste ... and I love beans, but here's where I have an issue ... I can not wrap my brain around the idea that beans are a sweet treat. To me the are salty, savory and are often slathered with onions and cilantro. So ... do you understand my problem?
Here's a funny story ... so my mother had a Japanese foreign exchange student named Yoshiko come to live her for a year. We introduced her to all of our favorite foods, including refried beans ... she tried them and nearly spit them out on her plate ... she could not wrap her brain around the idea that they were not sweet!
Japanese Candy Collage and Doodles
The wrapping and presentation is a feast for my eyes ... I love all the color and love the attention to details.
Japanese Candy Wrapper Collage:
Unwrap and flatten colorful candy wrappers ... feed the candy to your children!
Cut out random shapes and swirls from the wrappers.
Using a glue stick, randomly adhere the pieces to a panel of watercolor paper.
Free motion stitch the wrappers in place and then onto the card in swirls and loop patterns.
Add some color with watercolor pencils and doodle shapes with a black marker.
Here's to Japanese candy, happy and safe travels for my husband and crafting and doodling!
Trying some new techniques here.
Remembering just how much I love to sew.
Machine stitching, hand sewing and couching ... I love it all.
I love the small little details ...
I love to move fast while I'm creating, not thinking much, just doing ...
Just doing and remembering ... remembering just how much I love to craft and create!
Want to know more about these inky paper towels? Check out this earlier post HERE!
OMG ... Check out my calendar for the New Year; a duet with Danita!
I bought this adorable calendar a few weeks ago on Danita's etsy shop, and I love the calendar just the way it is, stacked and resting on the mini baby block ...
But the truth is, I kept flipping through all the months to see all the different paintings and it was constantly getting out of order. At one point, I even thought I lost September and turned my studio upside down looking for it!
Since taking Danita's on-line class, I can not stop making fabric paper. For this duet I think I made just the perfect background for her calendar. With the months now stitched to this art quilt, I can see all of Danita's little paintings every day of every month and I couldn't be happier.
Here are some close up shots of what I did.
After making the fabric paper, I painted some small circles in a few different colors, then added some free motion stitching, oh, and a free motion flower.
Next, came the layers of backing. First there's a layer of cream felt that I painted with gesso and then a panel of burlap. As you probably know, burlap unravels way too easily, and so I brushed the edges with a little white glue. And then I stitched on a few little strips of painted felt.
To hang the quilt I added a few burlap loops and an old painted yardstick.
Want to learn more about making fabric paper and Danita's art quilts? There's still time to take her on-line class. Trust me, you will not go away from that class wanting. Danita put so much of herself in this class - it's so full of new info and ideas that I'm sure you will want to incorporate it all into your own collages, journals and art quilts.
Happy New Calendar!
The weather has definitely taken a turn around here and in fact it is down right cold out, all the time it seems ... well, not Minnesota cold, but cold for California. And, when the wind picks up a bit, and I'm outside watching a baseball game ... a wool scarf is about the only thing that really warms me up to the core.
Here's what I did to make this quick scrappy scarf:
Ok so, as you can see these are pretty darn cute and so simple to make and makes really cute Christmas gifts! Needless to say, the cost was minimal as well ... let's see, I think each sweater was $1.90 and I still have lots of the brown sweater left to make a second one in a different color way ...
Enjoy and Stay Warm!
While I'm on a roll here, making these infinity scarves from old tee-shirt, thought I'd show you my version made from a tee-shirt my husband tossed in the Goodwill bag!
The funny part to the tee-shirt story ... there's a part of this tee-shirt that I cut off and am saving for a later project that says ... "I'm probably not" ... Soooo my husband ... kind of surprised he was tossing this tee-shirt out.
Another infinity scarf, this time made from thrift store finds, then cut into strips and the tied together. This could be a no-sew project, although for this scarf, I did do a little hand sewing to add a little stitched interest.
Needless to say, the rolled roses are super addicting, and make that perfect little something to pull the scrappy look of the scarf altogether.
Oh, and these would make the best little decorations for ballet flats, headband, or just to clip on the outside of your purse!
Happy Thrifting ... Happy Crafting!
The room was set and ready ...
After everyone had arrived, Jenny gave a little welcome and housekeeping speech ...
Then a quick ice breaker with lots of laughter ...
And in no time we were doing a little embroidery ...
Doing a little planning, cutting and sewing of our neck cozies ...
And making these beautiful rolled roses, all from recycled thrift store finds ...
Here's Wendy and Lynn ... showing off their finished neck cozies ... so fun ...
And Amber arranging her neck cozy to show off the super fun screen printed words she loved ...
Even Baby Zsa Zsa was sporting a neck cozy by the end of our day ...
Here's Tracy Schultz demonstrating a few skills needed for Lorrie Spotts to finish up her cup cozy ...
And Jenny helping out Lynn as she dives into the world of crochet ...
In hopes of creating one of these Oh So Cute ... apple cozies ...
And best of all ... connecting with old friends and making some new firends all while crafting and creating during this Oh So busy time of year!
There's 3 very cute gift-giving projects being taught, just in time for the Christmas. This scarf is what I will be teaching ... Rolled Rose Brooch instructions included.
And in case anyone wants to purchase a cute gift for that crafty friend,I've put together a few rolled rose brooch kits with pre-cut strips, ready for crafting!
There's still a little time to sign up ... so hop on over here and check it out!
Hope to see you on Saturday!
Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Just in time for the holidays ... Come join Jenny Doh, Tracy Schultz and me in this fun and cozy workshop where you learn how to crochet this adorable apple cozy, an infinity scarf or a no-sew scarf including these rolled roses and then a few cup cozies ... all for this perfect gift giving season! Instructions will be given all day, with a small break for lunch and at the end of our time together you'll be able to mark a few of those gifts off your Christmas list!
Come join us won't you?
Sign-ups are happening right now, and space is limited so click on over to Studio Crescendoh and we hope to see you on the 10th.
Look what I made!
Just playing with some thrift store finds. Sometimes I get an idea and I just have to act on it right now!
A week ago or so, my car was in the shop and so I was without a car. I had to go to the thrift store that day so my husband kindly dropped me off on his way to work ... I than walked home.
Well, little did I know that I would be walking home with bags of wool sweaters and suits!
Plant pouches ... so fun, super simple and look how cute they are on a chain linked fence!
Here's What You Do:
Hop on over to Lark Crafts and check out other felt projects, as they continue to celebrate the release of their latest book, Stash Happy Felt! Flip through the book and see a couple of my projects in there.
Oh and ... I had the good furtune of photographing that book as well!
Now go pot some plants in those felted old wool sweaters!
You'll have to hop on over to the Lark Crafts site and check out today's post on some super cute Mason Jar cozies I made for their month long felt party!
Here's another quick project a whipped up to help celebrate their felt month. A Mug Rug! What great gifts these make!
Here's what you do:
Gather a few skeins of leftover 100% wool and knitting needles to match. Cast on about 45 stitches and just start knitting. Change colors now and then to stripe your piece, but don't think too much. Cast off when the piece measure about 13 x 9 inches (This will vary depending on your yarn and how big you want your mug rug to be). Do not take the time to weave the ends in, but do trim them down to about 4 inches. After the piece is felted, the ends can be snipped off.
Toss the knitted panel into a lingerie bag and then into the washer. Set the washer on HOT water and add a little laundry detergent and start the washer.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and run and check the felting as soon as the time goes off.
Be careful to not over felt the piece. There's a point of no return, when the piece could get super stiff and bulky. If more felting is needed, toss the piece back in the washer and continue washing, again for just 10 minutes at a time. Wash the panel until it measure about 6 x 10 inches.
Rinse the panel with cool water to get rid of the soap, and stretch or block the piece to the size and shape you desire. Dry on towels ... for what will seem like forever ... maybe a few days! Or, to speed up this process ... roll the mug rug in a towel and squeeze the heck out of it.
Bind the outer edge with a raw-edge binding in a bright patterned fabric.
Embellish with a few scrappy hearts and words.
ENJOY your coffee and whatever else you want ...
There's plenty of room for a slice of apple or blueberry scone!
Just a little something I whipped up a few nights ago.
So cute don't you think? And let me tell you ... it's super easy to make and the fabric came from an old suit I bought at the second hand store. But not just any suit, it was a Pendleton wool suit in a black and white herringbone! Thankfully is wasn't my size, so I had no qualms about cutting up the skirt to get a nice chunk of fabric to play with.
Here's what I did:
I recently enrolled in a super fun on-line class taught by Roben-Marie Smith. Her class is called Mixed Media Mayhem. You may have already heard about her class but in case you have not ... let me tell you ... it is GREAT!
While I was waiting for some of the sprays and paints I ordered to arrive, I decided to dive in and watch the first few videos. Her technique is loose and uncomplicated ... don't think too much and just start. I love that! And the one thing that I found myself totally in awe with ... the movement and motion of her hands ... very inspiring!
Here's a glimpse of what I've been working on since watching Roben-Marie's videos. This is not exactly what she is teaching in the on-line class, but this what I was inspired to make on my own. I'll post my work from her class at a later post.
Here's what I did:
After I have a bunch of these panels collaged and painted I'll be stitching them into an art journal ...
As I continue my art journaling experiments, I have found that what's lacking in this whole process for me ... texture. I'm a texture and color kind of girl and as most of you know ... a minimalist I am not ... more is more!
After playing a bit with masking tape, painting, pleating and stitching it ... I think I found some really fun ways to manipulate it to add just that little bit of interest and focus to my journal pages.
Just that little bit of texture ... so needed.
Feels so right to me.
I pray that I will know when enough is enough.
Ok, so ... it's not rocket science, but here's a glimps at what I did.
First I torn off strips of making tape in a couple of different widths, then I stuck them to the shiny side of freezer paper. Next I painted and dripped acrylic paints on the tape and set them aside to dry.
While the paint was drying on the tape, I started playing with a few of my new found favorite art supplies, Grumbracher Opaque watercolors and these fab wax oil pastels made by Caran d'Ache.
What's so fabulous about these wax pastels? It's like coloring with butter, super saturated in color and they resist the watercolors! Oh the possibilities are endless!
Happy Art Journaling!
Still more chalkboard paint art quilts ...
This piece actually has a few fabric squares sewn to the top left corner. The heart was painted separately, then chalked up and free motion stitched over the patchwork panel.
Just when I thought I was finished, I slathered a page of old sheet music with gesso then chalked up the outer boarder and added some pencil marks here and there.
This panel is the first one I worked on. I just quick like wrote out the words Sweet Dreams, not really knowing where I was headed with this whole process. I only got this far, then set it aside and moved on to another panel. Looking at it again here, I kind of like it just the way it is. Oh well ...
And here it is again, with a few leaves swiped off and a bit more color added, then stitched to a panel of batting with lots of free motion stitching, added a wire loop and there you have it, resting against husband's pillow.
This is one of my favorite ... Oh how I love the mix of all the blues and greens and the stitchy, scrappy fabric and loose thread everywhere.
If you look close you can see faint words on this black panel. I started this quilt by first writing an entire peom, that my son Cameron had written, all over the black chalkboard painted panel, then swiped it off with a wet cloth.
Then I got busy doodling with the chalk and adding scraps of paper and knots of perle cotton, just becasue I can!
Happy Chalkboard Paint Art Quilts ... More to come!