Monday, March 24

Where did the time go?

Well I just realized I'd not been back in blogville in ages.
I've been busy doing this and that as normal. 

We celebrated Ian's 5th birthday weekend before last - I just can't cope with him being 5 now! Wow seems like it was just yesterday that the little cutie was in his little footed pjs. I made him this little shirt to wear to his party. I helped Angel and we made about 20 red capes for the other kids to wear. It was a superman theme party. 


This past weekend we had hubby's birthday - no cute shirt required. 

The book I have been working on for a good bit is now at the printer and
will be available very soon. The author Sarah wrote the most precious story
and even if I say so myself the drawings are so cute.




Isn't this fabric sweet. My friend Pam gave this to me and I love
the print and the colors. Not sure what it will become but for
now it's laying on the machine so I can just look at it and give it
that little pat and rub like I do all my fabrics. 



Here are my 3 latest jewelry projects. The top left is my 
very first soldering project! I was so proud. It's far from being
a good job and I'll keep this cuff for myself but it was fun to learn
(hubby taught me) and I could tell I was getting better as I went along. 
Another use for my torch! yea!



I have started a new series of zen doodle note cards and
this one The Music City Series will be selling at 
Fontanel Gift shop as soon as it is completed. 
This is the guitar one with just the outline prior to
the doodling being done. They are all in the pick shape. 
There is also a banjo and fiddle and of course cowboy boots with
the Nashville skyline in the background.  
These will be in black and white. 

Well I need to get back to my doodles, but first
a quick lunch. 



Tuesday, March 4

Wonderful Saturday

This past Saturday I had nothing planned, which means play time! So I was working on learning how to quilt feathers. As I mentioned these don't come easy for me so I'm trying different versions (with echoing, with open spines etc.) This practice of feathers is being done on a small lap quilt. In the past I practiced new patterns on a smaller section - a little mini quilt. Then I found out that once I moved onto a larger quilt it kind of changes everything. So now I do even learning curve practice on a larger quilt. It's just different than that small 14x14 square. Moving the small lap quilt around and quilting the feathers on it is harder but gives me a better practice session. I also started off with really big feathers. 


I also received a wonderful package on Saturday with
2 beautiful 1950's vintage Japanese kimonos.
When Char told me she had these and asked if I wanted them of course I said yes! Not knowing the condition they were in I had planned on taking them apart and using the fabric for creating other projects. They were going to become a hat and a hip pouch for me to use at craft shows. Then I saw them...they will NOT be taken apart. They are beautifully hand sewed and in really good condition. The top one has hand embroidery. 



These will be traditionally displayed from a long pole so the sleeves hang out. The photo above is just a quickie on a regular hanger. It was hard to get back to quilting after opening these. 

Then I remembered I'd seen a drill press for sale on FaceBook. It was at our local bead shop Red Dog Beads - the owner was upgrading the one in her shop and selling her old one. So I mention it to my hubby and he gets all excited and pops into FB to give it a look. He wants it! Needless to say so did I. 
So we call to see if it's sold yet and believe it or not it's still available. So we tell her we want it and are down there in under an hour to pick it up. I of course did a little shopping while I was there - huge surprise that is.

Hubby has drilled holes into the top of my tool box (eeek) and the 2" long bolts have been purchased and hopefully this coming weekend it will be mounted and ready to play with. It's a metal drill so perfect for my jewelry making.

So it was a day of surprises! 
I was pulled back to my jewelry bench to play with a few things I'd started.
Two pendants that were made from the sawed metal I'd done last week. 


And of course the Zen Doodling habit continues. The other night as I was getting ready for bed a memory popped into my head from many years ago of a drawing I did. (sometimes my brain scares me) I just knew it would become a great outline for a doodle. Did I still have it? Yes - I'd kept it all these years. It had been done for a T-shirt design back in the 70's. 

So using this as a base for my new design I came up with this. 
I finished the ink work this morning and just had to do part
of the color. So here it is so far. 

I will be having classes on Zen Doodles at
JoAnn on March 12th and May 10th. 


I use a fine tip Sharpie for the bolder lines and a 0.5 Micron pen for the fine line. The color is done with water color pencils. It was hard to pull away from this but I knew I had paying work on the computer to do - digital drawing is fun too. 

I have a pile of show applications sitting here on the desk and will soon be sending them in and will get the list of shows for spring/summer posted on my Craft Show tab shortly. 

Have a creative day