Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag

Things haven’t been going quite as planned. I had hoped to have a few more projects done by now. As it turns out I only have completed one of them.

I started with a rectangle of felt and used the single needle attachment on the Xpressions to punch acrylic yarn in place.





















The back after that initial punching:




















I then placed the five needle unit on and continued to punch all over. This is the back afterwards:




















And the finished front:

















As you can see, after all that punching the shape is distorted from the original rectangular shape. Because of this distortion, it negated the original intention I had for it. So I decided to use it as the decorative front piece of this little denim shoulder bag. It measures 8 inches across the top, 7 inches at the bottom, 9 inches tall and 1 inch deep.


















The inside features a pocket and has a magnetic closure.














Hopefully I am now off to complete a couple more things on the list.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

2 Years and Still Going

Tomorrow will be my blog two year anniversary. It took me a long time to jump into blogging. I was a reader/lurker for a good while, but finally decided to give it a go.

I want to thank each and every one of you who have visited and left your wonderful comments. I have “met” so many wonderful people over these past couple of years. I hope we can continue these friendships for a long, long time.

There were two FAF ladies who have birthdays this month. I mentioned in my last post that I had done a couple of things using my Xpression. It was their birthday postcards.


This one I made for Sue:















I used wool rovings and punched into a piece of light color denim. I added a little hand stitching.

Angelcat is the other recipient, (I hope you received it).















For hers I used “fancy fabrics and ribbons” and punched into a piece of craft felt. I then couched down some glitzy YLI thread.

I worked in my studio yesterday, but not the way I intended. I had hoped to get out the polymer clay and make a few pieces for current and upcoming projects. As it turned out, when I went in there I decided I really needed a little more working room than the small area my work table had dwindled down to, so instead of playing with the clay I ended cleaning and decluttering the countertop. Hopefully I can play today. We will see.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Nature

Another month gone. Where does the time go? I have been working on five different projects over the past month or so. Some are finished, others are not.

The two finished pieces involved using my Janome Xpression. I had fun doing these small pieces. I can’t show pics yet as I don’t want to spoil the surprise for the recipients. Number three is a small art quilt I am working on, number four involves weaving and number five involves crocheting. I am holding off on photos of these also as I am not quite sure where I am going with numbers three and four.

So how about some nature photos instead?

This is my one and only clematis in bloom.















Here are a couple of pics of the fish pond and the hardy water lilies in bloom:


















These guys dropped by for a little visit last week. They are actually across the road at the neighbors. These were taken with the old 3 megapixel camera and are not as clear as I would have liked. Click on pic to see larger.















They had made a quick run through our own property just a few days before, but I didn’t have the camera at hand then. This is the first time in the twelve years we have lived here that I have seen a doe with three babies; usually it is just one or two.