Sunday, May 3, 2015

Doodling with fabric

Some time ago I assembled a packet of like-colored vintage fabric scraps for a future project. The other day I took it out and started to "doodle."  I just laid the fabrics out haphazardly on top of a linen napkin, and kept moving them around until I was happy with how they looked.
When I was satisfied, I stitched them all together and this was the result.
It was so relaxing and fun to do this project and I love how it turned out.
The thing is, I don't know what I will do with it.  And it's probably not finished yet -- although all the pieces have been sewn down.  Sewing it and seeing it all come together harmoniously was such a joy.  And to think: I almost didn't make it because I didn't know what it would become!  I am so glad I listened to my muse and just sewed.
Maybe I'll edge it with trims and add some fancy stitches on the fabric's borders.  What would you do with it?
Other things I've made lately: another simple cuff; this one is just a muslin wrapped metal cuff onto which I glued pretty rose trim in a soft beige.
And -- something I've been stitching in free moments at work: a heart-shaped button design on a tea towel.
I was so excited to finish it.  I always feel so enthusiastic when I start an embroidery project but by the end I'm usually chomping at the bit for it to be over.

Friday, May 1, 2015

First day of May

For my birthday last year, Karla gifted me with a blank Natures Blessing Journal to create with.
I've been saving it and just began some work in it.  Wanna see?
Included with the ;journal were some pages to color; I used watercolor pencils and had the most relaxing afternoon at work coloring in between phone calls!  It is therapeutic.
On these pages I made a simple background and glued on some lovely postcards I've collected.
This one of Paris...
and this one by the wonderful Hope from Paper Relics.
Another layout...
with the second doodle page I colored...
and this simple page with embellishments of ribbon, buttons, a feather, and some birds, of course.  I was inspired to write the title of a song I was listening to one one side.
This page is a collage I made years ago -- I glued it into the book's last page.
I love the little calling card's sentiment: May your life be peace.
Thinking of Spring and nature's blessings today, on the first day of May.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Stitching, life inspiration and Christmas planning

 Remember when I stitched these little squares from vintage transferred fabric?  Well I spent some time mounting them last week.
 One of them ended up shaped like a heart and mounted on this fabulous fabric that was once a paisley tie -- vintage of course.
 The other two I simply stitched to a scrap of white with black thread; eventually they will end up on a sampler.
 I free handed this basket of irises, in silk ribbon embroidery on some simple muslin fabric.  Then I turned it into a little stuffed heart.  I think it's very cheery.
 Remember the little tag book I bought from Terri?
 I searched out some graduation quotes and then sat and cut them out and glued them onto the tags to create a graduation card for a friend.
 The quotes are aimed at graduates but they apply to all of us, don't they?

On the last page/tag I'm planning to seek out a gift card from a restaurant near her new college campus to complete the little gift.
 I stopped in to a favorite quilting fabric store the other day; one of the things I love about that place is that it gets you thinking of the next holiday season because they are always planning ahead.  So of course in April they had Christmas fabrics out.
 I treated myself to some fat quarters that inspired me!
 I could just gush over these ornament fabrics...but you already know how I feel about vintage ornaments.
This one was so much fun, with the mixed media look of print behind the flowers and the ornaments from music paper!  It got me in the mood for thinking of holiday crafts and since I'm planning (another) reorganization of my crafting and art supplies, I might just gather materials for them now.  (Happy sigh.)
For your amusement: a little doll arrangement I saw at a thrift shop the other day.  A girl, barefooted, in a strawberry basket.  The best part is her little ladybug companion!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


The weather in Colorado has been very flaky.
As in, snow flakes; here is the scene on my patio early this morning.
Yesterday's grey sky while I was out for a walk.
The snow melt from that morning caused little rushing rivers.
I guess more precipitation is on the way this weekend and early next week along with chilly temperatures.
 I made a pretty white cuff bracelet the other night.
Very simple -- just wrap a metal cuff with muslin and glue on a row of pretty white rose trim!
I also glued down the roses on that wreath and got it listed on Etsy.
Yes -- there are a few things in my Etsy shop as of a couple of days ago!
Also, I got a hair cut.  Lots of hairs, actually.
It was sort of a snap decision and, as it was just in time for the snow, I am feeling some regret.
Oh, well.
We spent the morning yesterday at Ben's Senior Breakfast, or Capping Ceremony.  This whole concept was new to me, and it was quite a big to-do.  Ben with his sweet girlfriend, above.  Both are graduating seniors.
Ben looked handsome in his cap and gown and I we are now officially in count-down-to-graduation mode.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Family photos at Fox Run

We had a wonderful experience having our photos taken by J. Leigh Photography a few weeks ago; we did the photos at Fox Run Regional park here in Colorado.
It was a fun family event and the bonus was ending up with 50 beautiful photos of our family.
One of which will be going out with Ben's graduation announcements -- and, yes, I am freaking out as the clock clicks closer to that life-changing day.
Soon it will just be Dennis and I at home.  With that in mind, here's a little monogram I stitched on a vintage damask napkin; it's cheerily hanging in our master bath now.  Much more cheerily than I am at the prospect of our empty nest I must say!
Another little project: I covered a pillow with some beautiful antique bark cloth fabric; it's always hard to make a cut into old fabric but I'm always pleased with the results. 
More heart stitching while at work...
 I added three buttons (finally!) to the little heart I made a few months ago, above.
And I used some Moda sampler fabric to stitch two more hearts -- on the one above I added cross stitch to the A, L and M -- my pre-marriage initials -- and on the one below I stitched some pretty border stitches in matching green on one curve of the heart, just for fun.
I also created another Downton Abbey tag; this time, I selected buttons that made me think of Mary and Matthew as he was going off to war. The photo is from the scene of her saying goodbye at the train station.  Train station platform goodbyes are so poignant, aren't they?   I added a frame from an antique album as well as a bower of flowers from a piece of antique scrap.  And some washi tape and blue velvet trim.
At home, I've been rearranging my dining room.  I'll show you when it's finished (Spring fever!) Above, I mounted that cage "doll" I created on top of a silver toned candlestick for extra height.  I like the way it shows off the danglies.
So, that's some of what I've been up to, creatively, lately.  With my husband traveling a lot for work lately I'm lucky to make it to work and back and hold down the fort at home, much less get anything creative done.  Nevermind the aforementioned empty nest anticipation which is really hitting hard for some reason right now (whimper.)