Archive for August 29, 2006

Can you hand me a pin?

August 29, 2006

Remember that hand I made out of wool felt that I was supposed to send to some exhibit in Michigan? Well, it never left the house. But it has been put to good use! It’s a pincushion! It makes me laugh every time I walk into my sewing room. Kind of makes me think of Thing from the the Addams Family – remember that TV show?


Fiber Art for a Cause

August 28, 2006

Today I completed two postcards which I will send to Virginia Spiegel who is the heart of Fiber Art for a Cause, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Virginia has raised over $50,000 through the sale of fabric postcards just in the past year. These postcards will be available at the Houston Quilt Show.


Button washing day

August 27, 2006

A few months ago I bought a huge bag of vintage buttons. Enough buttons to fill a 40oz peanut butter jar. The buttons were soooo dirty that I hated to touch them. I spent a couple of hours over the last couple of days cutting off the fabric and threads that were left on some of the buttons and today I washed them. Which was an interesting project all in itself. Some of the mother of pearl buttons are tiny and I couldn’t just wash them in the sink – they would go down the drain. So I ended up sewing a really huge tube out of cheesecloth – put the buttons in it and then soaked them in the sink. Then to really clean them I put them in the dishwasher in a special basket that holds utensils. Worked well – now they just have to dry.
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My first homer

August 25, 2006

I got a great surprise in the mail yesterday – a deco I sent out into the world a year ago. It’s my first homer (that’s the term used when a deco is ready to send back to the owner). It’s really fun to see how everyone interprets a theme.


Art Magnets

August 21, 2006

I needed to make three art magnets for a swap I’m in. They all have to go to the same person so I had to really think to make them different. Have you noticed how everyone is making the same kind of art lately? Vintage photos of people with butterfly wings and party hats? They all look great but they are getting old. I love using the vintage photos too but I’m trying to find a different way to do it.


Vintage Faery

August 19, 2006

I am the Member of the Month for one of my art groups – which means it’s my turn for fabulous, fun presents. It’s like having a birthday all month long! Today I received this Vintage Faery from Kelli Perkins – isn’t this absolutely to die for! The little fairy is sooooo cute! I just love it!

Vintage Fairy

Cowgirl up !

August 17, 2006

Thanks to everyone for their insightful suggestions about fixing the cowgirl. I went to the copy store today and got a couple of color copies to test some ideas out on. Thanks for that tip, Kathy! It was a good one as I was afraid to do ANYTHING to her in case I really messed it up. I probably should have made copies of the flyleaf before I cut it up and used it. Oh well. Too late for that! Here’s what I ended up with …


Help please!

August 15, 2006

My husband reads western novels and a while back one of the pages fell out of his book. He was reading a vintage 1950s book and the page was from the flyleaf and it absolutely captivated me. I’ve been wanting to do something with this page for a while now, but now I’m not happy with what I did.


I’m counter art !

August 11, 2006

My good friend Judy, who lives in Pennsylvania, asked me to send her an Artist Trading Card so she could enter it into an exhibit at the Transit Fine Arts Gallery in Oil City. They were hoping to get one from every state. I sent her one of my favorite fabric ATCs. There are about 1000 ATCs on the wall in 9 pocket displays but mine is in a frame on the counter! I’m so pleased! The gallery director was afraid that the fringe would get damaged in a plastic pocket plus it’s probably one of the only fabric ATCs. Whatever the reason I’m just tickled pink!

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This is the whole display – fun, eh? See the frame on the counter? That’s my ATC.

Oil City #3

Here’s my ATC up close and personal. My friend wrote the little bio blurb for me.

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These are my friend Judy’s watercolor ATCs. Don’t you just love them?

Oil City #2

Plastic Spoon art !

August 10, 2006

My friend Kai has been making art dolls using plastic picnic spoons as the base. I thought I’d give it a whirl myself. I don’t know how she makes hers but this is how I made mine …