Monday, August 3, 2020

I heart photography


Creativity is intelligence having fun.  Einstein

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday


Slow stitching indeed.  I am just realizing that I started this piece last summer!  Obviously, I haven't been stitching on it on a regular basis.  Not really the point.  This is just a fun piece to try new stitches, be creative with familiar ones and generally just enjoy myself.  It is a riot of colour and that makes me happy.  I do think it is getting to close to finished.  Doesn't mean it will be finished soon though!

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Art Fresco


My picnic table has been delivered to Grammy's Gift Baskets and More.  That is in Wellesley.  Also, you can see all the beautiful tables created at Explore Waterloo Region.  You can learn more about each artist by clicking on the photos.  This was such a fun project to do and the people from Explore Waterloo Region were great.  So professional and organized.  

Friday, July 31, 2020

A new start


One more vintage quilt block from Aunt Pat started.  I have covered most of it with different laces. I have left Pat's beautifully embroidered flowers to show.  They may get covered in the next step, the paint. They will stand out too much if I don't cover them in the paint.   Embroidery and beading will come after that.  This is the fourth block done this way.  I am really enjoying this process.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday


I think this piece is finished.  It doesn't look remarkably different from the last time I posted about it.  I did add some more green leaves.  I used my own hand-dyed thread.  Using my own thread or fabric always feels so good to me.  For some reason, it feels really special and unique.  It was a complete pleasure to work on this piece.  It was the third done on one of my Aunt Pat's partially stitched blocks.  I have a LOT more of said blocks and being as sentimental as I am I do want to continue to use them.  

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday


I have started a new slow stitching project.  This fabric started out as an experiment.  I liked it but it didn't work out well for  my original idea/intention.  I left the fabric hanging in my studio waiting for inspiration to hit.  It came to me this week and I have added some more colour with Inktense blocks.  I drew in a tree outline and have started stitching inside that outline.  My first problem is that I like the colours of the tree and therefore don't want to cover it completely with stitches.  Having an area that is precious is never good for me. It is inhibiting so I will have to get over that.  My second issue is that I want this to be something.  Again, inhibiting.  

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Finished and complete


I made this mixed media mandala a while back.  It had been sitting in a pile of work that was done to my liking but not totally finished.  In doing some tidying this week I came across a wood panel and realized it was the perfect size for this.  For a long time, I was thinking that my mandala pieces had to be 'quilts'.  Well, why?  Why not finish them off in the manner that best suits them?  If a wood panel works for mounting why not use it?  

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Journal



I moved the large pink bead and think the cover of this journal looks better.  These fabric/beaded covers are so much fun to create!  The inside is a very colourful Gelli-printed journal.  Some of the pages fold out.  There are no words in this journal as yet.  Maybe there never will be, I don't know.  

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

I think my bead journal for July is finished.  I started by painting the fabric and will definitely want to do that again.  I didn't do as much beading on this one because the painted fabric was already pretty busy.  I am having an awful lot of fun with paint lately! I used the fabulous beetle wings that my sister had sent me a number of years back.  I think they look awesome.  I love the iridescence of them.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

I have been hand quilting this painted piece.  I have the perfect shimmery thread for it but it doesn't show up in the photo very well.  There are lovely glints showing that really add to this piece.  Does this remind you of fireworks?  It does me.  I am debating adding beads.  Definitely leaning towards doing that.  Beads are always good.

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Journal Cover



I have made progress on repurposing this into a journal cover.  I cut it down to size and have added lots of beading.  I think it is going to be just right for my journal.  I am thinking I need to remove that large fuschia bead (upper left).  I love the shape of it but I think it might be too big and distracting.  What do you think?

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Picnic Table


I do not consider myself a painter but I do love to use paint.  I play with it in journals a lot and I use it on fabric so I am quite comfortable using paint.  I wasn't intimidated to apply for the Explore Waterloo Region picnic table painting.  So glad that I went for it and was accepted.  I went with a crazy quilt idea as Waterloo Region has a long tradition of quilting.  I went with cheerful and bold colours as is typical of me.  I painted it last week through the sweltering heat.  ugh  The table will be placed at a local restaurant.  I hope it is one that that I like so that I can go there and eat at my table!  The table will be auctioned off in the fall.  I hope it goes to a good home.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday


Is it really work in progress?  Kind of not really.  This just makes me so happy though!  A friend was clearing out her stash and gave me a box of fabric.  So gorgeous!  This is just some of it.  My granddaughter and I had so much fun going through the box.  Juniper loves the glitz just as much as I do.  Not surprising when you consider that the five-year-old inside me was doing a happy dance.  My friend has the best taste in fabric and I am so grateful that she shared her abundance with me.  I have already put some small pieces to good use but definitely need to think of more projects to use up these treasures!

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday


I have added some more stitching to this piece.  I think it is pretty close to finished.  There isn't a lot more that I want to add to it.  I have really enjoyed working on this one. I have a LOT more unfinished blocks from dear Aunt Pat.  I don't know that I can do this with all of them but I do want to do some more.  I love the collaboration.  Her beautifully stitched fan is a sweet reminder of her.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Repurposing

This weird little piece isn't what I would call successful.  Not all my experiments are but the wonderful thing about that is I learned something.  Still, this piece doesn't have to be tossed.  I am planning to cut it down to make a journal cover, possibly two.  I also want to continue to add some hand stitch and some beading. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday


This is the start of my bead journal for July.  I started with a pink and white striped fabric.  I added paints and inks to it in a random fashion.  After that was dry I started adding paint to form the mandala design.  It is very loose and free.  I have stitched on some beetle wings in the centre and will continue with the beading.  I have enjoyed playing with paint again.  So fun!

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Monday, July 6, 2020

I heart Photography

It has been a while since I posted one of my kaleidoscope photos.  They were supposed to be beaming from 'The Cube' atop our City Hall in April.  That did not happen.  Obviously, I was disappointed but I was informed that it will still happen.  City Hall has reopened and employees have returned to work.  I hope that means that my photos can be displayed soon. 

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday


This past week has been pretty hot.  Almost too hot to sit outside but I love the sun and the heat.  I love our new deck and that I can stitch out there.  I decided I would do bite-sized bits of time stitching time on my deck as the summer seems far too short and  I don't want to be cooped up in my house!  This piece is fun to stitch upon  I saw some dimensional embroidery that was incredible and I want to try some of that on this piece.  Mainly I have been stitching with simple stitches with which I am familiar.  It certainly wouldn't hurt to try something more challenging though.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Thinking

I did this mixed media mandala a while ago.  I had been thinking that I would do all my mandalas in a 12x 12-inch square but the last one I finished I decided to leave in a round hoop.  I quite like it that way so now I am considering putting more of them in a hoop.  Most of them I have quilted and did my own kind of binding on but that is not the fun part for me.  Is there anything wrong with putting some of them in a hoop and calling them done?  If I ever have a solo show of my mandalas (which is my dream) would they all have to square?  Quilted and bound? 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

My June bead journal is finished.  Usually, I turn my bead journals into small quilted wall hangings but this time I plan to leave this one in the hoop.  I think it works alright.  Why create extra work for me?  This piece is truly mixed media.  I started on fabric that was used as a cleanup cloth so already had imperfection built-in.  No need for me to be concerned about messing it up!  I added some silver leaf in the centre and then started beading and stitching. 

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

I have posted about this piece a number of times.  I was able to add the final stitches to it this week.  I really enjoyed this slow stitching project and rather pleased with it.  It is a bright and cheerful landscape full of stitched love.  I can definitely see myself doing something along this line again. 

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Journal Page


This is not a remarkable piece of art but it was ever so fun to do.  I did a mini-workshop and the instructions were to do a collage with any kind of scrap paper and then add doodles.  In her instructions, she used a plain black pen to do the doodles.  I tried that and enjoyed it but I enjoy using colour more!  I have more journal pages with scraps already glued down just waiting for me to add my doodles.  Working in an art journal is so freeing.  There is no pressure to create something 'good'.  It is time to explore what different materials will do, how the media will react.  Let the colours fly!

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Journal


This little journal is full of joy and strength.  I created it from one large sheet of paper that my granddaughter had painted.  I folded and cut it so that is eight pages that include pockets.  On each page, I adhered one letter to spell the word strength which we all need.  Each pocket also has a page inside.  I haven't pictured them as I haven't done much on them as yet.  The cover is collaged fabric and beading.  I used bright and cheerful colours that make me happy.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday


I have made a little headway on my bead journal for this month.  I better get cracking on it to finish before the end of the month.  I have been a little distracted from my stitching.  I signed up for a couple of online art journal workshops and have been enjoying splashing paint around.  There doesn't seem to be enough time for painting and stitching.  Both are relaxing and enjoyable.  I am not sure if I will post my paintings even though I am happy with the paintings they are not remarkable.  Back to the beading!

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday


I have started hand quilting this piece.  I have the perfect thread for it in my stash.  That makes me so happy when that happens.  Not that I am against buying more thread mind you! Hand quilting on my deck, in the sunshine, is an absolutely delightful pastime.   I want to start adding beads to this piece but haven't quite figured that part out.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Fabric/Paper Collage

I have had a lot of pleasure creating my little collages.  They are fairly quick to create and I enjoy that as a lot of my pieces can involve a fair amount of time.  At least, by my standards.  I think this is the last one.  I now need to put my thinking cap on as to how to bind all my pages together into one book form.  Nothing has sprung immediately to mind so I may have to let this percolate.  No rush.  I am confident the idea will come.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday


I have added more beads to this piece.  There is a lot going on in this piece and yet I still feel more is needed.  I will keep stitching on it.  The weather is good and I can sit outside and enjoy my new deck while stitching.  

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Photography

I think street art is so great.  It is amazing to me that artists can think so big.  It seems overwhelming to me.  Possibly I could paint a giant mandala but not something like this.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday


I made some progress on my bead journal for June.  I managed to sit outside and enjoy some stitching and some sunshine yesterday.    That is complete and utter bliss for me.  I really do count myself as blessed to be to that.  

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Collage

I while ago I did an embroidery challenge and created the background for this.  It was not remarkable but I am not one to waste something.  It wasn't intended for a background but I think it works for this collage.  I covered most of it and that makes it better.  I love the wool fabric base and it will work in my collage book perfectly.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

Can you see any resemblance to the fabric I posted last week?  I really liked that fabric but knew I had to take it further.  I got out my paints and just had so much fun adding colour.  It is so much more interesting.  What will I do with it now?  Quilt it?  Bead it?

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Photography


I am still enjoying looking at the beautiful street art that we saw in Mexico. I so enjoy seeing all the talent of artists.  I can appreciate the creativity of all artists.  I don't always like the art of all artists but that's okay.  

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday


This piece is coming along slowly but enjoyably.  I have started adding beads and that is a favourite thing to do.  I am hoping that I can sit outside and do some more beading/stitching today.  Oh, how I love enjoying the sunshine and stitching.  Actually, I have been taking my journal outside and enjoying that as well.  Making art of any kind outside is very satisfying.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Fabric and Paper Collage

These little collages are quick and fun to create.  They will all come together to make an interesting journal of this crazy time.  I would say they are not particularly reflective of this COVID time which is fine with me.  I don't need my art to be that.  My art-making is solace for my soul.  My art-making is something I HAVE to do and that is enough.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

This piece of fabric jumped out at me today.  I am not sure that it is a work in progress.  I am not totally sure about it at all but I do like the stencilled gear pattern.  I am pondering cutting it up for collage or stitching into it.  Or both.  Or adding more paint.  I just got excited about adding more paint so I think that is the answer.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Photography

If we choose to look for it we can always find beauty.  We can always find something for which to be grateful.  We can always find good and caring people.  I know many artists feel they need to call attention to the dark and ugly.  That is their choice and I applaud them for making a statement.  I choose to concentrate on what brings me joy.  I think we need more joy and light in the world.

I saw this gorgeous street art in Mexico when we were there earlier this year.  I am grateful we got to have a warm holiday before all of the craziness started.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am still doing my little stitched collages.  Combining fabric, paper and stitch really makes me happy.  I was excited to find a way to use this tiny carpet that a friend gifted me.  She always brings back the most enticing things from her travels.  I turned it into a pocket to hold another small collage and the label from the package that it was in.  I want to remember everything about where this tiny carpet came from. 

I am still not sure how I will bind all these pages into a fabric book.  I will continue to do the collages and trust that the right way to bind them will come to me.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Journal Cover

I made some progress on this journal cover this week.  I am having so much fun adding beads to this.  I think it is getting pretty close to finished but  I do want to add more beads.  Why stop having fun!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am completely in love with my bead journal for May.  It is a kaleidoscope/mandala hybrid, mixed media and beaded piece of beauty.  At least it is to me and that is enough.  The weather has been cooperating and I have been able to stitch on this outside.  Oh, that feels so good.  The natural light for beading is also lovely.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Photography

Our weather has been beautifully warm and sunny.  It takes me back to our trip to Mexico where we saw the most magnificent street art.  This turtle is stunning.  It kind of makes me think of a crazy quilt.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Bead Journal

I am really enjoying this one.  It is quite close to being finished. Yesterday was a beautiful day and I was able to sit outside to stitch.  OH!  That felt so good.  It truly is one of my favourite things to do.

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