Thursday, August 31, 2017

Journal Prompt #35

The prompt this week was to use a silhouette.  I was being a bit lazy and googled silhouette images.  When I saw this one it really grabbed me to so I printed it and added some watercolor for the background.  Not sure why I added that big strip of pink.  The quote I used says 'When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness - all good things.'

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I think it is done.  The waterfall is beaded to my liking.  Possibly there could be some beads added into the blue water part.  If  I do decide to add beads there it won't be a lot.  Moving onto the binding and backing.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Triple Chain Stitch is the featured stitch on Sharon B's  web site this week.  I decided that I want to try the Take a Stitch Tuesday stitches with beads.  It turned out okay, not great.  I only did one set as I was hoping it would look like a flower.  It sort of does.

Monday, August 28, 2017

I heart Macro

Always be a little kinder than necessary.   James M. Barrie

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Photo Cards

I am so pleased with the way my photo cards have turned out!  They will be available for sale at the New Hamburg Studio Tour  I will be sharing space with three other artists.  Come see us on September 23, 2017.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Journal Week #34

The prompt this week was friendship.  At first, I was a bit stuck.  I have some wonderful friends.  What could I say about them?  But then I thought about man's best friend.  I know cliche but I am nuts about dogs.  Doing a journal page about the best dog ever, Farley, was a pleasure.  He took a piece of my heart when he passed almost two years ago.  I still miss him.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Last week I posted this butterfly for the green 'sinchie' challenge our guild is doing.  I received some terrific ideas and was encouraged to not give up on it.  I made a color copy of it and added some black, which is allowed according to the challenge rules.  So glad I made a copy of it to try this idea out!  I will definitely add some black details to the fabric piece.  I will also be adding some beads and sequins!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B challenges us to stitch the Feather and Chain this week.  What a great combination.  Love it!  I decided to add beads to the Feather part.

Monday, August 21, 2017

I heart Macro

'Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.' Madeline Bridges
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Stitch a day project for August

Yummy!  The goal is to stitch with only silk on this project.  Silk thread, silk ribbon, and silk fabric are so lovely to use!  Even the sound of the threads passing through the fabric is pleasing to me.

Also, I have a delightful announcement to make.  I have been accepted as the Artist in Residence at the Ayr Library for 2018!  I am over the moon excited!  It is going to be so much fun!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Journal Prompt #33

The prompt this week was to be inspired by Morocco.  I created this page featuring a photo of my sweet husband and myself in Morocco (our honeymoon).  The photo was originally black and white but has deteriorated over time.  What a shame I put it into a frame that did not protect it properly, still I do like the sepia quality to it now.  We purchased the photo from a young photographer who made his living photographing tourists.  The background I created years ago by stitching together some interesting papers.  It is high time I used it!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Grand Guild of Fibre Artists is doing the six-inch block challenge again this year.  We call them 'sinchies' because they are quick and easy to create.  Well, really they are not all that quick!  Some of us put a great deal of work into them.  This year we are working with one color per month but we are allowed to add black or white.  This is what I have created so far.  Unfortunately, the background looks grey, it is green but I did capture the shine of the transfer foil on the butterfly.  The transfer foil looks rather patchy because of the glitter.  Honestly, I am not very happy with it so far.  More needs to be done to make it presentable.  Or I may need to start over.  We shall see.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Reversed Buttonhole Bar is the stitch Sharon B challenges us with this week.  I love this stitch.  I decided to try it with beads.  No surprise to anyone I am sure.

Monday, August 14, 2017

I heart Macro

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within.  Emerson
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bead Journal and such

My bead journal for July is rather different for me.  I wrapped beads around a piece of driftwood that I found.  Eventually, it will be attached to an altered book.  The top photo is a mixed media fibre piece I created.  Lots of texture on this one!  I believe I will attach it to the cover of the same altered book.  I just haven't found the right book to alter as yet.  Eventually, this will all come together.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Journal Week #32

The prompt this week was to create a page with hearts.  I wasn't particularly inspired.  The background is paper that I dyed a number of years ago.  I like the way the paper turned out but just never got around to using it so it was about time!  I used Gelatos to create the heart.  The quote I used says 'Follow your passion, listen to your heart, make every day a celebration of your vision and soul.' R. Pickens

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

It is now August and my July crazy quilt project is not quite finished. I definitely had some lazy days in July.  I like the way this is coming along and I just don't feel like rushing it.  Not rushing is a big lesson for me to learn. 
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

It feels good to be stitching with Sharon B again.  Life has been busy this summer!  This is my first attempt at Zig Zag Coral stitch.  I probably should have practiced first but it seemed the perfect stitch for adding beads!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Enjoying the challenge

This small quilt had its origin in a workshop.  Rarely, do I choose to finish a quilt started in a workshop.  I don't like leaving things undone but I have given myself permission to do so with workshop pieces.  However, I think this one has potential and I am enjoying the challenge of making it right.  I am going to consider it my bead journal for this month.  The waterfall is going to come to life with sparkly beads!  Fun!
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Journal prompt #31

This week Nina challenges us to use only a credit card and our fingers to create our page.  You can see the video here.  I invited a friend over to get messy with me.  We had a lovely afternoon together and this is the page I created.  I used found poetry again.  It says,
 'Beauty: Opening our eye to
where creativity dwells
a reassuring ritual
comfortable and relaxed'

I haven't played with my acrylic paints much lately.  It felt really good to get them out and have a messy play!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Another quilt finished.  This quilt is all silk, including the batting and thread.  What a delight to stitch it!  I painted and printed the silk and hand quilted it.   I am thinking of titling it "Monet Visits Ontario".
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017


I honestly never tire of being published.  It is such a thrill to me that other people like my work.  I have an article about my process of creating beaded trees.   Pop over and pick up a copy.