Friday, November 28, 2014

Experimenting


The other day I was digging through a box of experiments, I was hoping to find somethings to add to my fabric book.  I came across a stencil of trees that I had cut and got distracted from my book.  I had been wanting to use the stencil with spray paint mostly because I had cut it from cardstock.  I thought if I used spray paint it would give it a protective coating and make it more durable.  Anyway, I grabbed a couple of things out of the box to use as a base to spray.  Bottom photo is a stiff fusible interface I had applied transfer foil to.  I sprayed blue paint at the top of the stencil and white at the bottom.  I love the ethereal quality to it.  The top photo is a blue gelli print.  I had a build up of spray paint on the stencil so I printed it on top of the gelli print.  It is a bit hard to see the details but I really like the way it turned out.  It feels so good to be playing and experimenting.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday


I am little late in getting this posted today because I had a very lovely visit with my niece and her beautiful baby girl.  What a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

Top photo is my bead journal for the month of November.  It is truly a mixed media piece.  I started with a piece of shell a friend gave to me.  That set the theme.  I added some small shells, a shell button and some paper clay shells that I had made.  I also added a piece of a silk pod.  I created a crocheted and beaded spiral as well.

Bottom photo is the progress I have made on my fabric book.  I wish I had more time to work it but it is progressing nicely.

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and
http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Take a Stitch Tuesday

This is the Threaded Cable Chain Stitch Sharon B. at http://pintangle.com/ shows us how to do this week.  I believe I have done the Cable Chain Stitch before so that wasn't difficult.  I did however have trouble getting the threaded part to be even.  I was doing okay and then something went wrong and  I couldn't get it back.  I refuse to allow myself to get too bent about out of shape about something not being perfect.  Done is better than perfect.  Moving forward.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I heart Macro

This macro shot is of a glass button.  A whole new world opened up to me with this.  I have so many cool buttons I could really spend sometime photographing them.  I am linking with
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and
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book pages


After posting about my book cover yesterday I decided to look through some of my bits and pieces.  I have so many experiments that are not going to turn into a completed piece.  They are too good to get rid of though.  So I am looking forward to turning these into book pages.  It should be a cool book when finished!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Getting messy

I have been itching to get my hands dirty!  Well, not really.  I hate having dirty hands, that is why I don't garden.  More like, I have been itching to get out some paint.  It feels all too long since I have played with paint and other messy art supplies.
I gutted an old accounting text book.  That felt kind of good!  Sometimes I wonder how I ever found that interesting.  Anyway, with just the cover left I decided to paint, emboss, glitter and sparkle it.  It seems a fitting way to say goodbye to bookkeeping.  Not that I will ever totally say goodbye to that side of me.  Now I need to create some wonderful pages to go into this 'new' book cover.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

My November CQ block is coming along well.  It is really close to being finished.  Wow!  Being done before the end of  the month will be a new trick for me this year!  I hope I can do it!  It would be great to get a jump start on my December block.
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and
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B. shows how to do the beaded barb stitch at http://pintangle.com/2014/11/11/take-a-stitch-tuesday-138-barb-stitch-and-139-beaded-barb-stitch/  It is a cool stitch and has a lot of potential.  I decided to try it on my December bead journal.  Yes, I am jumping a bit ahead as my November bead journal is almost done and this stitch wouldn't work with it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

I heart Macro

My world is blanketed in white today.  As beautiful as it is I find myself thinking it just too soon.  Therefore today I post a macro shot full of color.  I love color!
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blogathon Canada 2014

Oh!  Yay me!  I figured out how to post the blogathon button above!  I am going to post the link as well as I am not fully confident the button will work.  http://sewsisters.blogspot.ca/    This is how it works

LET'S CELEBRATE CANADIAN QUILTING BLOGGERS!

Find new blogs, make new friends and win amazing prizes!

Here's how it works:
Each day host bloggers will introduce themselves and their work on their blogs. They will include links to more blogs from their province so you can visit those blogs as well. The host bloggers will also host a giveaway of some of their favorite goodies from our store so you have a chance to win every day of the week!

Not only can you win prizes from our store on the host bloggers blogs, you can also enter giveaways on our blog during Blogathon week!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

More nature studies



Our mission this past week was to create a hand carved stamp.  Well, I have done that in the past and I am not super excited about it.  I decided to create a stamp using expanding sponge.  It starts off compressed, really thin ( top photo) so that it is easy to cut.  The middle photo I have added water to expand the sponge and ink to stamp it.  Bottom photo is how it looks stamped.  I am pleased with it.  I have to say that I resonate more with the Mixed Media Nature Journal book than the Keeping a Nature Journal book.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Work in progress Wednesday


The top photo is my completed CQ block for October.  Definitely staying consistent with running late this year.  Lower photo is my start on my Nov. block.    The colors in the top photo are fairly true.  The colors in the bottom block are the same as the top but definitely not showing that way.
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and
http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Take a Stitch Tuesday



Sharon B at http://pintangle.com/2014/11/11/take-a-stitch-tuesday-138-barb-stitch-and-139-beaded-barb-stitch/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Pintanglecom+%28pintangle.com%29  teaches us how to do the Barb stitch this week.  It is based on the buttonhole and I quite like it.  The top photo I used a fine metallic thread to whip the buttonhole threads together.  It didn't work all that well.  It was too fine to see it well.  Oddly it shows up the photo quite well.  I took it out and used a Kreinik Very Fine Braid.  You can see that in the bottom photo.  Again, oddly a little hard to see.

Monday, November 10, 2014

I heart Macro



More of nature's lace.  It is some sort of seed pod that I found while walking in the forest a few weeks ago.  It is so cool!
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Nature study from my joy filled studio

Just a simple feather.  I find it best to start small and simple as it has been a long time since I have done any sketching.  I have Stevie Wonder blaring in the background and my spirit is overflowing with joy.  It feels good!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nature Journals


I belong to a number of Yahoo groups.  One of which is Artists of the Roundtable.  The group's purpose is to work through an agreed upon book.  It has been a few years since there was a book that I wanted do with them.  This fall they decided to work through Mixed Media Nature Journals by L.K. Ludwig and Keeping a Nature Journal by Clare Walker Leslie & Charles E.  Roth.  Both of these books I already owned so I jumped in.

Here is the link for Artists of the RoundTable
 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ArtistsOfTheRoundTable/conversations/messages

I am a bit behind in participating with the group.  Life can get in the way of art sometimes.  It is my intention to get caught up quickly.  The top photo is my travel journal supplies.  Bottom photo is the journal I have created to work in for this project.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have been stitching away at this piece for a long time.  I think the last time I posted about it I said I thought it was done.  haha!  Sometimes I wonder if artwork is ever completely finished.  Often times I just get tired of working on it and call it done whether I really think it is or not.  However, this piece I am still enjoying and  want to add more stitching to it.
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and
http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B at http://pintangle.com/ shows how to do the Beaded Knotted Buttonhole Band stitch.  It is such a cool stitch!  I love learning new stitches, especially beaded stitches.

Monday, November 3, 2014

I heart Macro

I love finding lace in nature.  This leaf is just so cool!  I learned a way to recreate this in stitching a while back and really want to do some more of it.
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and
http://macromonday2.blogspot.ca/

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Her Cup Runneth Over


Well, the show ends today.  Hopefully the silent auction sheets are full!  These are two of the gorgeous art bras  that are on display and for sale.  So fun!