Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Giving people have Big Hearts

Here's my little lace and felted heart inchie for this week's theme: Giving.
Also, I must say my husband was very giving when he got me a sewing machine for Christmas a couple years ago. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving and has lead me down a whole new creative path.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


The Take A Word theme this week is " Home". I made this little ornament from a Christmas Carol book I found recently. Best dollar I've ever spent- I've been using this for many projects.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Wreck of the Hesperus

The Take A Word prompt this week was MEN. I love doing these challenges because it really gets my mind going in ways I may not have expected.  It somehow brought me to one of my favorite poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which then lead me to my favorite poem, The Wreck of the Hesperus. I started out attemping to make a fabric book cover but ended up making a fabric book that contains my beloved poem instead. Now I can easily open up my book and read it often.
The image of Longfellow was taken from online and printed on Lutradur Mixed Media Sheets. I bought these a while back but wasn't exactly sure for what use. They worked perfect for the photo and printing the poem. I used Peltex to stiffen the pages, and just played around with how to bind my little book.
I am really happy with the way it turned out and my favorite nautical button found a good home.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Faith and a Moon

dance by the light of the moon

This week's Take A Word is Moon -for which I did a drawing. I am in love with my new Pebbles, Inc chalks. I'm not sure if this picture is really doing it justice- can't really see all the shading- why do some things just look so much better in person?

And the Inchy By Inch theme was Faith. I used a picture of my Mom from 1959 at her Catholic Confirmation. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

At last, the quilt is complete

My Mom and I have been working on this quilt for my brother and his wife for nearly a year. We each did 22 squares, all different fabrics and blocks. We also wanted to try out the long arm machines and do all the quilting ourselves. Some of those loopty loops have run a muck, but it all worked out in the end. And thankfully, Mom is a pro at binding, so I let her take on that big job!
We gave it to them this weekend for an early holiday get together and they loved it. Now I just need to get back to work on mine.

The quilters

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

A friendlier kind of "bomb"

I'd yarnbomb you but I can't knit

Hurray! Until I possibly learn to knit... I "quiltbombed" my favorite local bookstore's restroom.
 Hope they like it!
I need to quilt up some more to leave around the Pacific Northwest!

Monday, November 8, 2010


Take A Word this week is Angels. I haven't really drawn angels...but what better time to start since my sketchbook arrived this weekend! I had been thinking about doing The Sketchbook Project since the beginning of the year, but it wasn't until I started blogging in August that I really started drawing and doodling all the time. And I mean All the time. I also want to give some journal pages a try as well. This new little book presents endless possibilities!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Domino Domination

When I saw the theme at Alter It Monthly was 'domino domination' I had to join in! This challenge is a lot of firsts for me: First time trying this challenge, using Paperclay, and experimenting with altered art. The body of my art doll is a domino box I found at an antique store. I added some charms I was given by a fun woman I met at Portland's Art and Soul retreat, and metal flowers from ArtChix Studios. The Domino box is layered with found items, like old Christmas music, fortunes from restaurants I always save in my wallet, and the domino directions themselves.  Her hair is this lucious silk/wool blend I get at a local Seattle shop.
Thank you for checking out my little art gal.
Here's a little bit more detail of the domino box.

Progress on my first Mixed media doll

Working with Paperclay is wonderful! This is the top part of the doll I've been working on for an altered art piece. Hoping to finish today and post her.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Inchy by Inch: Patience

I am many things, but patient isn't one of them ( ask my Mom). However, quilting and sewing have forced me to find the patience within. I used some of that new found gift to make a 1'' quilted pillow. First, let me say, my Mom was right, you can't really turn a pillow this small. In the end it looks kind of shabby chic from my attempts at turning it. I had just bought some of these little crystals and decided to iron those on too. Now, I just need a dollhouse chair to set it on.