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January 07, 2010

Her backs are as good as her fronts: Stitched treasures from my sister


Here are the latest creations made by my seamstress extraordinaire sister, Marti.  I exagerate from time to time, but this is NO exaggeration.  This is a knitted purse she made for our 9 yr old daughter, it's bands of moss stitch and garter, ribbing top and a cording made by double pointed knitting needles, no stitching involved.  Makes me want to take up knitting, after disasterous results when I was 12. 

The crocheted heart necklace with embroidery is for our younger daughter, 7.  It goes lovely with the crocheted shirt she made her for her birthday...didn't upload a picture of that yet 

She made each a tatted star ornament that she designed herself, with iridescent bugle beads for the star arms.  So lovely. 

If you'd like to see more photos of her work , click on the link at the bottom to see Santas, hardanger ornaments and box tops, needlepoint, etc. she's made me over the years. 

From Marti's work

September 28, 2009

is this me?

Your rainbow is shaded brown.

What is says about you: You are a deep thinking person. You appreciate the roughness of nature. You feel closer to people when you understand their imperfections.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

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April 04, 2009

Swirls of color

Here are two views of the surface of the veggie juice I made last night. It's a combo of beet, carrot, spinach, apple and parsnip, and wow, was it yummy! And artsy too!

From Cool Things

From Cool Things

July 18, 2008

Lana's latest Art Doll

Don't you love the quizzical expression of her mouth?

My second grader made a wonderful art doll last night. On her own. And I love it. I asked her if I could have it, when she was ready to give it up, and she was so tickled. She gave it to me. It’s in a place of honor on my shelves in my room, near Wendy’s journal and Diane’s philodendron leaf book, and my sister’s goodies.

It might be because I’m nostalgic, that I love it so. it's hat is a sock they wore when they were little, and I’ve always ADORED those socks…want to stretch them to fit me…and they know it, I’ve told them many times. the body/head is a wooden game board, for pegs, from Cracker Barrel restaurants (garage sale), the glasses are cut coin holders, held on with a pipe cleaner with feathers for ears/hair. and she drew the little mouth and eyes/nose with colored pencils darkened with water. The same technique she was using to "paint" her fingernails earlier in the day! and her sister was painting HERS a midnight blue. Here's the back. Handy, it doesn't even need an doll stand or anything!

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June 12, 2008

Interesting curtains

Isn't this an interesting reuse of jeans? Curtains at a local rib restaurant.

May 23, 2008

New Viking Quilter's Edition

My new (to me) Husqvarna Viking Quilter's Edition. 10-15 yr old model, loved before me, that's so much better than my 40+ yr old Singer. I'm SO psyched about this machine, so fun to use and easy to figure out what's wrong.

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May 03, 2008

OMAR -- "Our Mountain Art Retreat"

Well, the day finally arrived for Wendy and Diane to arrive, and all too soon, they had to fly back home. It's been two weeks now, and it seems like much longer ago. We rented a cabin in the mts of New Mexico and spent three days/four nights laughing, playing, arting around, organizing, show and telling, exchanging, having fun! Here's some of what I got done;

Organizing my seed beads/small beads for embroidery/sequins. Wendy brought me these way cool bags, heavy plastic with zippers, from England and I spent nice time fondling, er I mean, sorting my beads into colors and bags:

and the envelopes all lined up in their hand painted Mexican suitcase:

My almost finished "The Mommy Glove" is in the top pocket.

I also learned needle felting, by hand, and loved it. Felting with bead embellishment. Now I'm thinking it might be part of a purse I got carried away and it became too big to be a pin, as intended.:
Wendy's wild woman pin is in progress, and Diane's is, of course, finished. :) Wendy got the needle felting kits from Sarah at CraftyNotions as well, and copies of her book Wild Women. Sarah sent along extra goodies for us, which was very nice of her!

I haven't been participating in many swaps on ClothpaperStudio, but I did this one, at OMAR, and it was fun! the object was to draw portraits onto tickets, a la http://snipurl.com/portaits [www_independent_co_uk]


The "man" at the end started out being Oprah, from a picture in her magazine O, but then the shading under her neck was too dark and turned into a beard...all on its own!

And then we made silk fusion paper:
From the extra stuff from silk cocoons (that has its own adhesive naturally occuring), ribbons, roving, spray dyes from CraftyNotions in the UK, and bits of copper foil. FUN!

Also tried my hand at free motion embroidery, and bead weaving, and liked them both. I'm pursueing the FME right now, and considering treating myself to a newer machine. We'll see.

We also each altered six pieces of a 9 piece puzzle, and I still have the other three left to do. Pics of that coming when it's finished. Wendy's pictures from OMAR are here

All in all, it was a fun trip, and so lovely to have it end wishing it were longer!

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