Saturday, October 31, 2015

Winter white wall hanging quilt

This project  began last year, when I had an urge to create something for winter in whites and non-traditional Christmas colors.  I was inspired by the cool tones of blue and pink, plus some wonderful textile pieces I'd received from friends.  I chose some printed muslin scenes of old fashioned winter moments and laid them out this white barkcloth decorated with roses that I've been hoarding for years now.
Last year I created the four "squares", sewed them to the fabric and began to embellish it.  But at some point I became tired of it, and then put it away.  It looked like this at that point:
So, the other day I was restless after work and I pulled it out and got re-inspired.  I went through my newly organized embellishments -- fabric, lace, millinery flowers, trims and buttons -- and made a pile.  It was so much fun!  And, can I gush again about how much easier it is to be creative when your things are all in their proper place?  From that point, I was able to finish it very quickly.
I think my favorite part of the quilt is this soft white, silver and pink section.  I sewed the angel image onto a pretty, old doily with blue-ish, lavender crocheted trim around it.  The doily sits over piece of a white and silver handkerchief, and all of it is over a piece of sheer white fabric.  One side is adorned with part of a pink doily.
I wanted to accent more of the pink, so I finished it by sewing bright pink beads over the flowers on the branch on the base fabric.
Below it is where I really got going with this cool toned shade of blue.  The base is a vintage silk man's tie...
I edged it with trim and laces, and filled in the bare spots with delicate fabric flowers in beige.  The winter scene of a man and woman walking in the snowy woods is stitched over lace and decorated with more trim.
That fabulous blue button is made of celluloid and is quite old.  I love it's chunkiness, and the embossed flowers on it.  That blue/grey/red edged ribbon is special to me because it came from French General!
 This quilt was an especially great "bed" on which to "plant" millinery flowers!
 Old...
and new!
The base of this square is another lovely piece of wintry bark cloth gifted by a friend; the muslin print is of a woman in soft blue carrying a holly branch.  I edged her with more greenish-blue hued trim and a clear, lavender button.  I started building around it all with laces; the final touch was some silver gimp and old embroidered flower trim.
I also used some fabulous old tinsel running down one side, and ending in a heart shape.

The final square is a mix of neutral fabrics and lots of texture, with a little bit of blue thrown in to balance it with the rest of the quilt.
The muslin image I used on this square shows two women walking together on a cold winter's day.  They are cozy in their coats and hats.  I edged the square on one side with a favorite gathered fabric, and on the other with a sheer lacy embellishment; under all of that is a lovely vintage square cut from an embroidered tablecloth.
I was given this BEAUTIFUL piece of beaded fabric and wanted to do something special with it -- so it became the topper of this design.  I think the lush beading echoes the women's warm winter clothes.  And, did you notice the sparkly plastic and paste-embedded button?

The final touch was edging the entire quilt with this vintage white trim.
I'm satisfied with this little work of art for so many reasons:
first, because it feels great to finish an unfinished project; second, because it contains so many elements I love and have been saving for something special; and third because of the way the pink "pops" on it!  I love that it's Christmas-y, but not too -- so I can keep it up after the holidays!  I hope this INSPIRES you to get out some of your lovely things and start to stitch!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Mysterious and spooky...

Mysterious and spooky?  Not so much at my house.  I didn't used to decorate much for Halloween, but over the last few years I have collected some fun stuff.  I think you've seen it all before, but I did try to mix it up a bit this year.
For example, I hung the Autumn banner over a coffee filter flower wreath, on a picket fence.
The tags I made, and some that I got in a swap a few years ago, are resting in this pottery holder with three owls.
My Puss in Boots black cat stands among some wire-y, texture-ful items like owls and pumpkins.
Including these teeny tiny wire brush trees dyed in Halloween colors!

Halloween in low color.

I also got out the Halloween card "album" I made last year and I love it just as well as I did when I first made it!
It's full of Halloween family memories from over the years; you can read about it and see more here.
This one always makes me giggle: Lady Wanted.
What we want around here, now, is a job for my husband.  Two weeks ago he was laid off unceremoniously, along with 19 other people at his company.  It was a complete (and awful) surprise.  He's keeping his chin up but we are both nervous, and I especially am dreading heading into the holiday season with him unemployed.  Makes me want to cry.  I'm so thankful to be working, and also that we switched over to my company's health benefits last month when we became eligible.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Halloween paper art

I am so happy with my newly organized crafting space.  A few nights ago I did some late-night art therapy.  Two hours went by in a flash, and this is what I ended up with:
The moon is from some Graphics 45 paper.
I think this one is my favorite:


A trio of tags...


I just used what I had on hand, and was completely satisfied to create these little collages!
I played with the combination of stripes and dots on this one; I used a piece of Halloween clip art and some vintage ribbon.  The strip of numbers came from a slide storage box -- they were intended to label the slides.  You can't see it in the photo, but I edged the witch's hat and fabulous cape with silver sparkle.
Are you ready for Fall and the spooky holiday?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fun and family reunited

I had a chance to return to the Horseshoe Market in Denver yesterday, for the first time in a few years!  It is an Indie Craft vintage market that takes place near a park in North Denver.  In the years since I was last there, it has it grown -- so happy to see that!  Dennis came with me because we were off to see Ben afterwards.
Fall has arrived here, so it was a cloudy day but the sun did peek out from time to time as we walked around and visited the booths.
Besides booths, there were some mobile shops and food trucks, too.
Lots of jewelry, art, textiles, and antiques.  There were lots of city people with their dogs and baby carriages in this young and hip neighborhood.  I came home with some craft supplies and greeting cards.
This is my friend Amy's booth, full of vintage Halloween fun!
(That's her, above, laughing with a customer!)
At lunchtime, we decided to try some of the food truck fare...above, The Elvis: a grilled peanut butter, nutella, banana, honey and BACON sandwich!  It was DELICIOUS -- from the purple food truck Hey PB&J.  Wow.
Of course, the best part of the day was after the market, when we drove another hour north and visited Ben at his university.  It was so good to see him!
We visited and had dinner...
got caught up, heard lots of stories, and laughed.  He seems to be doing very well.
Seeing him again did this mom's heart GOOD.
How was your weekend?