Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our Christmas

I hope that everyone had a happy and safe Christmas/holiday. Christmas Eve was spent at my sisters’ house with most of the family there. Christmas day found just DH and I together. It was a very nice day. I cooked dinner. Our son couldn’t come until Saturday to celebrate with us.

Remember a while back I mentioned a wall hanging I was making. It was for him. I printed on fabric some photos of him and his two dogs. He was very happy with it. This photo of it is not very good. I was in a hurry trying to take pictures of it. Then my computer and photo software started acting up, so this is the best I could get. It measures 32 x 31 inches.







Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mail and Stuff

Look what came in the mail today.













A while back Sandy J over at Focus on Fiber had a giveaway and I was one of the lucky winners. Don’t you just love it, I certainly do. She also sent along a beautiful piece of fabric with it. Blogger won't let me upload anymore pics for some reason. But it is lovely. Thanks so much Sandy.

Not a whole lot to report on. Up until today, I really haven’t been working on anything much. I finally got a start on the wall hanging I mentioned in the last post. Am slowly getting ready for Christmas.

How about you?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanks to All


Happy Thanksgiving to All of You.

And many thanks to all who stop by whether you comment or not. It really is appreciated.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank You and Nothing Special


Do you ever have the feeling that time is just slipping away faster and faster? Three weeks have past since I last posted and it just doesn’t seem like it has really been that long.

I want to once again thank everyone who takes the time to stop by here and especially for leaving comments. It really is so much appreciated.

I don’t really have any thing to show now, but I spent a little time working on a UFO I pulled from the pile. It was something I started years ago, got so far on it then laid it aside to start something else. It is a floral landscape piece that I purchased as a kit. I just need to stitch the binding to the back side and attach a hanging sleeve. And I guess I should make a label too. The thing is I am just not that crazy about it now. You know how your taste changes over time.

Over the weekend I spent time looking through some photos and reworking them in my photo editing software. Monday, I printed a few of them onto fabric. I have a few more to print and I may reprint a couple that I think could look a little better. The plan is to turn these into a wall hanging. It is to be a Christmas present for………….

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lap Quilt Finished

It really hasn’t taken me this long to finish up the lap quilt. I have been waiting for a sunny day to try and get decent photos.

The colors are brighter than they look in this picture.
















The back is one solid piece of fabric. It too looks a little washed out. Sorry.
This one measures 40 inches by 68 inches.



Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Finished Muse Doll

Well I finally managed to get some photos taken of the finished doll. She is from a pattern by Julie McCullough (www.magicthreads.com) called The Muse.

So here she is. She stands 20 inches tall. The doll herself is the original size, but Julie’s pattern called for using a newel post top as the base (I used a shorter one) so she would have been 3 or 4 inches taller.

Click images for closer look.





















































I chose two coordinating fabrics to create her wardrobe. I decided the outer fabric needed a little something more so I added some machine stitching using a couple of the built-in stitches on my machine to give some added texture.














The buttons were originally white. I painted them and finished off with a coat of polyurethane. I also hand stitched beads around the edges.


















I am not totally happy with her face (I never was that great at applying makeup) but I am not unhappy either. I learned a few things with this one and hopefully the next doll will be better.


















I had a little trouble with her headdress, but after a bit of playing around trying one thing then another, I finally got a look that I liked.

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Little Something

Well I haven’t meant for it to take so long in finishing the doll but “life” has been happening and so I had to work on her whenever I got the chance. She is finished but I haven’t any pics yet as the weather has been rainy and gloomy and I am waiting for some sunshine.

However I do have this little piece to show that I made last month and forgot to show it. It measures 6 x 8 inches. I named it August Lollipop Flowers.






















You can click on image for clearer details.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Computer Saga

I have owned one sort or another computer since the mid 80’s. And I was always hearing from one person or another about having major problems with their computers at some point. Well a week ago it finally happened to me, or so I thought. I had been having some little hiccups off and on since last spring, and last week my computer finally decided to not work properly. It didn’t die or anything but when I plugged it back in and turned it on (after we had a thunderstorm) nothing would come up on the monitor. Now I suppose most people would think right there and then that it was the monitor, but not me. Why? Because I had just been on the computer a few hours earlier and no problems then.

As I said before, I thought there must be some sort of problem with the computer such as a conflict with software or some such thing, as it seems every time I install something new little things seem to change and some times cause problems. I knew I wasn’t going to figure this out on my own so I called The Geek Squad and arranged for an agent to come to my house last Friday to run diagnostics on the computer. He came in and sat down. I turned on the computer and told him about the problems I had been having for months (meaning it was taking several minutes for anything to come up on the screen when I “woke the computer up”). He took a quick check of the plug wires on the monitor and promptly told me after about two minutes that I needed a new monitor. I mean I really thought it was any thing but that. His 15 minute visit cost me $130. And then I had to go buy a new monitor!!

After coming home and installing the monitor, I get on the computer and notice there is no sound. I do everything I can think of (which doesn’t say much) to try and get the sound fixed. Finally I gave up and called the store and spoke to another Geek Squad agent only to be told that the monitor I purchased doesn’t have built in speakers and that I could either return the monitor or I could purchase speakers. Now tell me, am I the only one who doesn’t know not ALL monitors have built in speakers? I mean every one I had before had speakers built in. And don’t you think the salesperson could have mentioned this when I asked him if there was anything else I needed to buy. So I went online and did some comparisons and after chatting with customer service to make sure the ones I picked were compatible with my computer, I placed my order. They are supposed to be here by Thursday.

Guess what I am getting/got for my birthday?

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Doll Progress

The past few days here have been gorgeous. We have been having unusually cooler weather than we normally have for the end of August and going into September. It is normally very hot and humid, but the temps have been in the mid to upper 70’s and lower 80’s during the day and lows in the low 60’s or even into the 50’s.

I mentioned before that I have been working some on one of the dolls and so I thought I would give you a little peek at her.





















The things that look like little white beads are pinheads that were holding everything together in this photo. I have everything on her headdress stitched now. I still have to stitch up her robe/dress as it is only pinned on right now and attach her head permanently to her body.

I spent some time today looking through my stash for fabrics for clothing for the second doll. It will be a good while before she is finished, but I hope not too long as there are so many other things I want to get started on.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Announcing the Winners
















And the winners are:

1st place winner of the postcard is Gina from ‘fan my flame’.

2nd place winner of the 2 ATC’s is Raggy (Sandie) from Feltissimo and Rag Rescue.

I want to thank each and everyone of you who took the time to leave your comment and for taking a short bit of time out of your day for stopping by and reading my blog. It really is appreciated by me.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Giveaway Reminder

Here are a couple of photos of Marigolds in the garden.


















Just a reminder, you still have time to put your name in for a chance to win in my blog giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment in the previous post by midnight Sunday and make sure I have your email addy to reach you.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blog Giveaway

It’s been too long in between postings. I have been working on some things during some of the time though. I hope to have pics soon of one of the dolls.

Well I just discovered that this past Sunday was the 4 year anniversary of my blog. And so I am having a little giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment here between now and Sunday Aug. 23rd (midnight EST). I will pick two lucky winners on Monday the 24th. Be sure that you have an e-mail addy so that I can contact you.

And what will you be winning?

First prize is this piece that I started last year in an online class with Dale. I recently finished it up by adding beads, some hand stitching and a postcard backing.















Second prize are these two ATC’s I recently made.







































Good luck and thanks so much to all of you who have visited my blog these past four years. I really do appreciate you all.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What I've Been Up To

I didn’t mean for it to be quite so long in between postings. DS (who is single) had hernia surgery last week and I spent some time with him at his home. He is doing fine and can return to work next week on light duty.

I have been working on several things from time to time the past few weeks. For some reason I took a notion to create more dolls. I still have one that I started 3 years ago in an online class with Michelle Munzone. She is waiting for me to finish the work on her face. I find that the hardest part of all to do. At present she is perched on a reel of fine gold wire. The purple stick is not part of the doll; it is just helping to prop her up.




















Anyway, I now have two others started but am in no big hurry to get back to. As usual, I have several other things that I want to try, besides all the usual life/home things that must be done from time to time.















I took some time the other day to clear most everything off my work counter so that I could get to the front windows and clean them. I replaced the mini blinds at the same time. My room is still a big mess but I can walk around and find most anything that I might want. :-)

** Update on Lap Quilt**
After ironing the backing fabric and cutting and pressing the batting Tuesday, I finally was able to get the quilt top sandwich spray basted together with the help of DH. I have to choose threads and then I should be able to get started quilting. As I don’t own a mid-arm or long-arm machine, again it will be a fairly simple pattern stitched on this one.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Latest Creation

A short while back I decided to make myself a summer purse. I pretty much just played it by ear designing and sewing it. I didn’t want a purse that was soft and floppy, so I used firm flex to create a stiffer body that would hold up to repeated use. I got the body finished and then made the flap separately. It took me a little longer to make the lining than I thought it would, because I wanted a partition in it, creating two sections. I also made a large pocket for the back section.

After the lining was made and pinned in place along with the flap and strap, I discovered it was going to be very tricky sewing it all together because of the stiffness of the purse. I didn’t think I was going to be able to sew it, so I let it lay for a week or so. I finally decided to take the plunge and give it a shot and hoped that I wouldn’t make a mess of stitching it together.

Here it is. It measures roughly 12 inches wide by 8 inches tall by 3 inches deep.
















The fabric I used is a mid-weight decorator one. For the lining I chose from my stash this script fabric, partially for the color and more so, because I had two yards of it!



































I am debating whether or not to add some kind of decorative item to the flap. I have a couple of jewelry pieces to choose from, but I also am considering something textile or fiber.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Update

Here’s an update from my last posting. The old Canon printer will print colors but not black. I removed the print head and cleaned it as best I could but I think the black inkjet is hopelessly clogged. The newer Epson printer is working, but I’ve only printed text so far. Haven’t tried any photos as yet.

My camera returned home and seems to be working fine. I must say I was very happy with the short time it took for the repair. The Olympus repair shop received it on a Thursday and it was back home to me the following Wednesday.

I have replaced my bath scales and guess what? I lost 40 pounds (if only that were true). The first time I stepped on it I had it sitting on the bedroom carpet. Not a good way to get an accurate reading, but it was great to see those 40 pounds gone. I had to take it out into the hallway and place it on the hardwood floor for the true weighing. It then said I had lost 2 pounds, but then again that could just be the difference between the old scale and this new one.

I also bought a new cordless shaver and now have smooooth legs!

As for the BBQ, I just bought a new burner and cooking grid for the old one and I am calling it happy for now.

To everyone here in the USA,


Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

If It's Not One Thing It's Another




















Thought I would first start you off with something pretty to look at.

Let me see…..what has been going on since my last posting. Well, both of my printers are on the fritz. I have tinkered with them some but need to try a couple more things before giving up. My Canon printer is around 13 years old and I am thinking that maybe the print head has finally given out. But my Epson printer is fairly new. I was in a hurry last week to print something and caused a paper jam, and one of the cartridges needed replacing. So hopefully I can solve that problem.

On the other hand, however, my new camera had been acting up and I finally had to ship it out for repair last week. Hopefully it will be back in a week or two. Then maybe I can post a photo or two of something new (the rose photo is an old one).

What else? Oh, my digital scales died (or maybe I just killed it). I thought the thing had a battery, but I ended up tearing it apart (literally) only to discover there was no battery to replace. It went in the garbage.

Saturday I grabbed my cordless shaver to shave my legs only to get my leg scratched up to s#%&. I took a good look at the shaver head to discover the mesh screen had broken and little bits of wire where sticking up in several places. Guess where the shaver ended up!

I bought a new BBQ grill last week and spent 5 hours putting it together. I used it Saturday, decided I hated it and returned it Monday for a refund!?!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Yard Work, Sewing and a Journal Cover

I have been helping DH with some heavy yard work over the past few days, but I have finally gotten the borders sewn onto the lap quilt. I will try to get a photo or two the next bright sunny day we have.

I worked on this little journal cover on and off over the past week or so. I just finished adding the 2009 on the cover. I scanned this, that’s why it is so closely cropped.





















It looks kind of Christmasy, but when I went looking through my stash I saw that red wool and had no idea why I bought it so I thought what the heck might as well use it for this.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Look See

Okay, I still don’t have the borders on this, but here is a peek at the lap quilt top. The colors are more vibrant than they look in this photo.
















I was in need of a new eyeglasses holder and made this last week. Nothing fancy but it is sturdier than the old one, which was really quite floppy.


Monday, May 11, 2009

I'm Here

Once again more time has passed since my last posting than I would like. I have worked on and off on the lap quilt and have the top minus the borders sewn together. No photo yet.

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day (those of us who celebrate at this time). DS came for a visit. It was nice to see him. Was planning to grill out, turned the gas on to preheat and when I went back to put the steaks on no heat. OUT of gas!! So cooking was moved indoors. Everything turned out fine.

Hope to have something to show soon. Take care everyone.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Catching You Up

I’m sorry that it has been so long since my last posting. I can’t believe that it is already the middle of April. The weather here can’t make up its mind if it is spring or still winter. We have had some great days and some not so great days. I’ve done lots of weeding in the flower beds and some transplanting, but I have not bought any flowers yet to pretty things up. There is still the chance we could have frosty weather between now and the first week or so of May.

I want to take this time to say thank you to all who have stuck around and still visit my blog. I know I don’t post as often as I would like, but I find it hard to post when I don’t have anything to show. I do want you all to know that I still make the rounds to all the blogs (not just the ones listed in the sidebar). But I still cannot leave comments on a big part of the blogs. If your comments open up in a new window, I cannot comment without getting kicked off the internet. I think it must have something to do with pop-ups, but I am not going to disable my pop-up blocker. If your comments go to a new screen/page, I have no trouble leaving comments for you. I wish I knew exactly how to fix this because I really hate not being to comment on all the wonderful things I have been seeing/reading on your blogs.

I have been playing around some and created a couple of small non-textile pieces, haven’t taken any photos though. I intend to make a few more with the same theme. I just am waiting for my muse to nudge me along again. In the meantime, I have started on another lap quilt. A few months ago I went through my stash and picked several fabrics and then scanned them into EQ6 and played around with a number of different designs and color schemes. It took me forever before I chose one. Then it took me awhile to get around to actually start working on it. Over the past week I cut all the fabric, stitched up the 45 blocks and have 7 of the 9 rows stitched.

These are the two blocks in the quilt.


























Pretty wild I know but I am sticking with trying to use what I have in my stash. I used the center piece of the first block to pull my colors. I pulled fabrics that came the closest in color and by the amount of yardage each piece was.

This is going to be one bright quilt when finished.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Using It Up

I seem to be experiencing a bit of a creative block major project wise but I’ve had a little bit of a play on and off the last couple of weeks creating these ATC’s. The background was created using strips of fabrics just as they came out of the scrap box. The wire is something I’ve had forever and had never used. I also have several rolls of colored foil that I have barely touched. The flowers are samples that were created some time last year and were just lying around. The leaf shapes were cut out of a piece of painted dryer sheet.









Sunday, March 01, 2009

Project Contribution

Last fall I was asked by Lise Pederson if I would be interested in contributing to a project that she and her friend Evelyn are putting together for a show this fall that her club (The Medicine Hat Fiber Club, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada) will be having. Their theme is “Secret Garden” and I had the choice of making from 1 to 4 pieces representing the four seasons.

These are my four pieces, Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Each one is 3 square inches.
(click photo for a larger image).


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Two More Bowls

I don’t have any real recent work, but I thought I would share photos of two more bowls I made last month before the ice storm.

This one is round.



















This one is oval shaped. The sides dip down a little lower than the ends.



Monday, February 16, 2009

After the Storm

Sorry it took so long to post again. We were without power from Wednesday, January 28 until Sunday evening February 1 and then we lost power again on Thursday the 5th through Saturday morning, the 7th. This storm caused outages across several states. I found it nearly impossible to read by candle light, and was only able to work crossword puzzles for about one hour or so at a time. We just got the generator on Friday, January 30th, and didn’t get it running until the next day. We only used it a few hours at a time until the power came back on the first time. And because it was so cold outside we were able to put all the food into coolers and place them out in the cold, so we didn’t need to power the fridge. Everything here is electric (stove, water heater etc.) meaning cold showers and no way to cook. (I did get to use the microwave with the generator). We do have a gas fireplace in the basement however, and that was our only heat during the outage.

When the power came on the first time, DH put the generator in the garage. When the power went off the second time (due to electricians working next door) guess what? We couldn’t get to the generator because the garage door is electric and the smaller entrance was bolted on the inside. The temps were a little too warm to use the coolers again and this second outage caused us to have to throw everything in the refrigerator in the trash.

But everything is better now. Thought I’d show a few photos.
















Icicles were hanging everywhere. It snowed for awhile first, and then we had freezing rain. You can see in the photo below how it turned the deck into a skating rink.
















We had more snow on top of the ice.

















You can see in this next photo how the weight of the ice broke many branches off of these pines. The one that is circled was damaged so badly that the county tree trimmers cut it down for us because the neighbors’ power line got damaged from the broken branches.















I forgot to take photos of the tree afterwards. It was really huge and there was an enormous mess to be cleaned up. DH did most of the work, but I did help and this area is almost all cleaned up now. Hey look, there's the neighbors' house!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Freezing

Thought I’d do a quick post while generator running to let you know we have been without electric since Wednesday Jan. 28. Have been freezing, however we are going to get in the upper 40’s today. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer, but really have no idea when the electric will come back on. Try to check in again soon. Hope you all are staying warm.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fabric Bowls

Last fall Susan Lenz was showing some of the incredible work she was creating during her six week artist residency at the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation in Maine. After seeing her series of acorn cap pots/bowls I decided I must give a try at creating one of these soft fiber pots, minus the acorn caps.

I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about this so I pulled out this book that I’ve had for ages (but hadn’t tried anything yet from it).





















It turned out to be easier than I thought, but somewhat time consuming i.e. making the yarn rope to create the bowl.














As usual, I had to stray a little from the directions and do my own thing, hence the somewhat wonky shape. This one measures 2 ½ inches tall by 4 ½ inches across.

Since I had the book out, I figured I might as well have a go at creating one of the clothesline wrapped bowls from the book, especially after seeing all of the ones that Terry and Vicki made recently.




















This one measures 2 ¾ inches tall and 7 ¾ inches across. DH named it Lava.