Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sew what?

Most people that know me well know that I do not consider myself a seamstress or even a person that sews. I've been known to use a lot of staples, safety pins and duct tape to repair a loose hem, the occasional hole in a pocket or an opened seam. My mother was a phenomenal seamstress so I never had to be!

Therefore, it is with great sense of irony (and a bit of surprise) that I am happy to share that I have a project and accompanying article included in the upcoming issue of  Sew Somerset.

I can't really say it without laughing nervously and didn't want to announce it until I'd actually seen it in print because I still can't quite believe it. But I have now seen it and it's real!

Whoooo knew I would be so excited about sewing?

This owl, unfortunately, did not make the cut but was necessary for the pun. You can see the deer, the rabbit and several others when the magazine hits the news stand (or your favorite book or craft store) on June 1st. 

Thank you to Natalie Way and everyone at Stampington for including me in this issue - as you can see I'm a little excited!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Prayer Flag Update

I was going to post my May prayer flag and realized I skipped posting a few of them along the way so this will be a prayer flag update post.

The theme for March was "Gratitude" with an inclusion of French Knots. For my painted version I made French knots around the edge of the heart. They are not perfect but they are passable enough to count.

I did a fabric version for March as well using bit and pieces of assorted vintage doilies, dresser scarves, lace and ribbon and stamped the word "Gratitude".

For April our theme was "Play" and the inclusion was ribbon. On my first flag I used acrylic paint and made assorted 'playful' marks and sewed several strips of sari ribbon across the bottom.

For my fabric version I used fabric strips from a garland I made for my daughter's bridal shower. I finished it with a mini garland stamped with the word " Play" and strung on a ribbon across the top.

Our May theme is "Imagine" and the inclusion is beads. Once again I started with more of a mixed media version. I used acrylic paint, markers and gel pen on the center piece and then stitched it to the flag with my sewing machine. I made the beads out of Sculpey clay and painted them with acrylic paint.

This brings me up to date with flag posting - thanks for looking!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mix It Monthly May challenge

Piarom has a monthly challenge called Mix-It-Monthly. I had gotten into a fun routine of playing along and then life got busy and I missed it for a few months and before long I forgot to return.

Well, this month I remembered to play along but can see I had a little struggle.

The challenge for May is to create something including a musical instrument, yellow paint and some numbers.

I made a journal page incorporating the 3 challenge items.

When she was done I thought she had the pointiest chin and largest cranium on a non-alien ever so I tweaked her a bit.

There, much better - now she just looks like the humidity has really flattened her otherwise perfectly coiffed hair! 

Face it - sometimes they turn out homely and that's alright. Most of the people you meet on the street are just average looking, So this is my homely average looking woman entry for the Mix It Monthly May challenge.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

21 Secrets Tools & Techniques

This Spring brings yet another amazing season for the 21 Secrets class. I've enjoyed several of the classes already and am only about halfway through.

Today I finished my project from the Susie LaFond class which involved much sewing. A couple years ago I would have skipped right over this class but, alas, I did it because, contrary to my former belief - I can sew!

For the class, Susie taught us to make a portfolio style journal. The videos were great, showed exactly what to do and how to do it. I had to tweak mine a little because I thought it would be a good idea to use sari ribbon instead of fabric.

First of all, my wad of sari ribbon took hours of ironing, which is not my favorite thing. Also the ribbon is very flimsy so after I got the first side stitched I had to add something to the inside to make it a little firmer. Not being savvy about these things I used burlap which worked out alright but in one spot it stretched (oddly) so I had to make a creative pocket to cover that little oops.

For my inside pockets I couldn't decide what kind of fabric to use with the ribbon and ended up deciding on painted muslin. This would all be fine but I don't like the colors I used to paint the fabric so I may change that up a bit yet.

In the video you will see the pocket on the right side that is a fold over of the back cover - that is to hide the spot where the burlap was showing at the top and I'm OK with that.


This was a fun class and I think it would be fun to use this technique to make other things as well. 

Thanks for the lesson, Susie!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Find your tribe...

The prompt in the Colour Me Positive weekly challenge group for this week is by Danielle LaPorte - "Find your tribe. Love them hard".

As I was tossing around ideas of  how I wanted to do my journal page this week I was really moved by the shared mourning and outpouring of love and respect by all of the fans mourning the death of Prince this week.

I don't know how it's been in other parts of the county (or world) but of course here in Minnesota there's been quite a bit of local news coverage and there seems to be a united sense of loss. Along with that has been such gratefulness for the mark he made on the music industry in Minnesota as well as the millions of memories people have shared about him or how he marked an event in someone's life.

Prince's life was a perfect example of the quote. He'd found his tribe of fans and they certainly loved him hard. I would assume he felt the same toward all of them or he wouldn't have been able to keep doing what he spent his life doing.

I sort of incorporated bits of that emotion into my page this week. My original intent was to depict a woman with bright facial markings, jewelry and adornments. I switched it up with a nod to Prince into shades of purple with a few drops of purple rain in the upper corner.

 Find your tribe. Love them hard.

Friday, February 12, 2016

February prayer flag - the fabric version

As I said in the previous post, the theme for our February prayer flags is "Faith" and the inclusion is "hand". This is my fabric version of a prayer flag for the challenge.

I started with an image transfer onto fabric. I printed a cropped section of the Hand of God painting and used Golden gel medium to transfer it to fabric. I was pretty pumped about this - it turned out to be one of the best image transfers I've done.

Next I sewed an assortment of doilies and lace pieces to my muslin flag and machine stitched the image transfer to the center.

I found this interesting item in a box of my Mom's sewing notions. I believe it's half of a frog. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that's what Mom used to call them. I only used the half with a loop on one end and I used the loop to attach ribbons and streamers that will dangle and move when the flag is hung. On one of the ribbons I wrote "Let your faith be bigger than your fears".

To balance the frog with the streamers I stamped the word FAITH and attached it to the bottom left.

This is the completed flag. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February Prayer Flag

The theme for our February prayer flag is Faith and the inclusion is a hand.

As soon as I saw this I knew I wanted to include our favorite Grandchild, Jonah's hands (relax, I'm not playing favorites, he's our only grandchild).

It's been a long time since I've had a toddler in the house. I'd forgotten you don't keep a 1 year old still for very long and the thought of holding his hands on tissue paper so Grandma could trace them was a total foreign concept to him and he wasn't having it for long! So... the hands on my flag are roughly based on Jonah's hands.