Friday, January 15, 2021


 I am still playing with this piece.  I am having doubts that it is redeemable.  I think the flowers help, well maybe just a little.  I am waffling.  I think possibly I should just give up on it.  But, I really hate giving up.  What if I can make it better?  I haven't stitched the flowers on yet as I don't want to waste such pretty flowers.  ugh!!!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Work in Progress Wednesday

 I have started a new mandala.  I have done the surface design.  This fabric started white and I have transformed it with a layer of transfer foil, then paint and another layer of transfer foil.  It is so hard to capture the beauty of the transfer foil.  You can see the shimmer of the foil on the piece behind the mandala.  Next, I will start stitching and beading into this.  

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

More Lap Book

I actually did take a photo of the beautiful antique postcards included in this book.  So gorgeous!
These two photos are the inside of two flaps.  Lots of vintage paper collaged together.  

This is inside the middle flap.  I love the file dividers that I found.  They are a perfect size.  The photo above has them all closed.  Next photo some are opened.

The photo below has all the file flaps opened so you can see underneath.  


This last photo shows the small pamphlet that is tucked into the diagonal pocket on the last page.  

Working with so many pretty images was a delight.  It was great to use up some bits and pieces and contain them all in one place.  

Monday, January 11, 2021

Botanical Lap Book

This is the first flap inside the cover.  On the right is a small collage on a file folder that holds three tags.  On the left, I created a belly band with vintage trims.  Is it called a belly band when it is verticle? Not sure about that.  It holds three pieces that are two images glued back to back.

This is also a spread that is flipped out from the first flap.  It is kind of hard to explain and I really wish the video I had tried to do had turned out.  A video makes more sense.

This is also a flip out.

It would have made more sense for this photo come one before.  You can see that it has the back of the blue envelope with collage on it.  

This flip is an envelope and has a tuck spot as well as plenty of collage
This image comes next.  On the left is a collage on an envelop that opens up.  I forgot to photograph the inside and back of it.  Inside I have attached vintage postcards from the early 1900s.  So pretty! On the right is the middle of the book.  You can see it below as well.

 On the right is belly band made with collage.  There is a folded over piece attached and paper clipped.  The paper clip has a small fabric collage attached to it.  I forgot to photography the inside of this as well.  It is more vintage botanical collage.  

I will post the rest of this lap book tomorrow.  I had so much fun working on this.  I love the way it turned out and I would really like to start another one with a vintage sewing theme.  

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Slow Stitching Sunday

 Well, my little girl character is almost complete.  There are some minor little details that I would like to improve.  Her face isn't exactly right.  I love the little sparkly bow in her hair.  I was delighted to find tiny heart buttons to put her shoes.  The embroidered flowers on the dress are a bit wonky.  It is weird because I decided to do that flower as normally I stitch it quite well/evenly.  No matter how hard I tried to get the flowers even on this dress I could not do it.  I suppose that they are meant to be this way and I don't really have a problem with that.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Beaded Mandala

 I made some progress on my beaded mandala.  I like it so much better now that I used Inktense blocks to turn the white background fabric to turquoise.  I stitched with some white sparkly thread and that also helps.  It still needs a little something more, beads of course.  It won't take much to finish this one.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Work in Progress Wednesday

 I have gone a little wild with the glitter on this piece.  Why not?  I wasn't loving it and throwing some glitter on it made me happy.  I will probably find bits of glitter around my house for the rest of my life because of this.  I don't mind that a bit.  Glitter is a balm to my soul and makes me smile. 

I think the glitter made this piece a lot better.  I still don't really love it but that's okay.  Maybe I will take it further.  Again, why not?  It is much easier to take the next step when I don't love a piece.  This could turn into something good and if it doesn't that is okay too.  Not everything has to be a masterpiece.  

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