Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is it.  My art bra is finished.  I have enjoyed stitching this so much.  I added the peacock feathers to the straps as well as some more beading and the dragonfly pin on right.  I can't wait to start another one!
I am linking with

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday Buttonhole stitch with Picot

Thanks to Sharon B at for the instructions for this stitch.

I started off trying the first version but quickly gave up.  It wsn't working all that well.  Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my brain around instructions.  The second version, the one that Sharon learned as a child, was easier for me to get.  Here is my attempt at it.  It looks kind of cool.  Maybe I should add another row of it to this block.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Inktense and Gelli plate

I spent a delightful hour messing around with my Derwent Inktense blocks and my Gelli plate.  I produced a lovely lot of pretty prints.  I can so easily get lost in the process that I end up with a big stack of colorful papers and fabrics.  So fun!

Friday, October 25, 2013


It has been a while since I have taught a workshop.  I have had a number of students ask if I will be teaching this fall.  I am teaching at the Royal City Calligraphy guild Inklinks conference on November 2, 2013.  If you would like a copy of the brochure email me and I will send you one.  It should be a fun day.
Life has been pretty full and so making time to teach in my home studio has been difficult.  I really am hoping to make time to do it again in the near future.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have made more progress on my art bra.  It is mainly covered in flowers but I wanted it to have other elements of nature as well.  I added a wire birds nest with little pearl 'eggs'.  There is also a butterfly and a lady bug in there.   I will be adding a dragon fly as well as some feathers.  It is very close to finished. I need a title for it.  Any ideas?
I am linking with

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday Turkman stitch

Here is my attempt at the Turkman stitch from the directions of Sharon B at
My first try doesn't look great but I still like the stitch.  It will show up again in my crazy quilting.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

It isn't looking like much yet

Here is a simple paper cutting I did this morning.  I was listening to a good interview on line and needed to keep my hands busy.  I had seen an absolutely marvelous example of paper cutting here
and I was inspired.  Mine is no where near what this woman has done.  That is okay she has way more years of practice at it and art is not a competitve sport.  In my head I keep thinking there has to be a way of combining my love of paper and fabric.  I know there are others doing that but I need to find my own way.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

work in progress Wednesday

This is my October crazy quilt block.  Even though I haven't posted about it this month I have been working on it.  I still have more flowers to add to it.
I am linking with

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Take a stitch Tuesday Raised Cup

It has been a while since I have participated in Take a stitch Tuesday at
I was thinking I would really like this stitch as it is so dimensional.  I am not too sure if I do like it though. Maybe with practice I could do better.  Well, of course, with practice I would improve.  Practicing isn't my favorite thing to do.  I want to do it well right off the bat, not terribly realistic of me though.

Monday, October 14, 2013

fun finds

I have been getting to do a lot of shopping lately.  Fun!  I do like a good shopping trip.  I found these gorgeous, metallic fabric spray paints this past weekend.  So yummy!  I can't wait to use them.  I am not quite sure when that will be as I have a busy week ahead of me.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Vintages laces

I get so excited when I find vintage lace at the thrift.  Check the beauties that I found last month.  So gorgeous.  Now they just need to find a home in a project or two  or ten!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Work in progress Wednesday

I am very pleased with the progress I have made on my art bra.  It is really coming along.  This is a really special project for me.  My mother is a breast cancer suvivor.  Yay Mom!  I am having so much fun with this creation.  Possibly I can get two made for the auction next year!

I am linking with

Monday, October 7, 2013

Shopping on Queen Street in Toronto

Queen Street in Toronto is such a great place to shop.  I got to go there the other day.  The weather didn't co-operate and I didn't get to do it with my sister but it was still fun.  Mokuba ribbon is always a good place to stop.  The ribbons I picked up will go really well with the art bra I am creating.  The photo isn't quite right for the color though.  I also stopped at a bead store and bought some gorgeous glass pearls.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Treasure Hunt Thursday

It is so much fun for me to scour the thrift stores to treasure.  You just never know what you can find.  I cetainly don't need more stuff but...

I found this gorgeous hankie, place mat and tea cup at thrift stores.  Don't you just want to come over for a tea party?  I think I better invite some girl friends over for a little tea and gab fest!

I am linking with

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Work in progress |Wendesday

My art bra is really coming along.  I am quite please with it so far.  There is still a fair amount to do.  You can see some of the seam binding and lace that I colored.  This whole project really has me excited so now I am thinking I will create two bras if not more!
I am linking with