Monday, January 2, 2017

I Love to Quilt - Crazy Quilt

This is Block Two 
Crazy Quilt - from Sew Crazy Girls Group - Remember each month we get a color package - bring it home - work it - one month later turn it in - at the end we will each get to chose a color grouping to sew together to have our queen size crazy quilt - or a few smaller ones!  



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Apology ...

Sorry about my absence - it's the holiday season and as usual I am swamped with family and friend activities.  No, No, NO  - not at all complaining just explaining why I have not posted. 

Will be back to posting after the New Year!


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I love to Quilt . . .


Colorado Beauty Square


Squint your eyes and you can see a pinwheel in the center of the block.

I had purchased a block of fat quarters last year and couldn't decide what to do with them.  
I saw a quilt with this pattern.

ehh. 

I have pulled out my stitches about 6 times in this one square.  Yeah I am NOT a perfectionist but I had to at least put the square together right. 

I'm happy I did.  

Now that I did one complete square, I am hoping there will be less mistakes. 

Here's a look!


It looks like newspaper but it is not.  Its fabric with lots of love words on it!  I will post more squares as I put them together!

Lots. Of. Fun.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Love to Paint

Flowers in a Vase

Acrylics

All Art Work For Sale

2016



Sew


Of course - 




I Love to Quilt!

Crazy Quilt

I've done two crazy quilts before - maybe you have seen them posted on here.  But I have never embellished one and have collected books for years in an effort to persuade myself to do this. 

Last week at my local quilt shop where my sewing circle meets, the owner told me they were forming a group to put together crazy quilts.  Ears perked up!

"The kits are FREE", she said.
Huh?

The kits are free, but you must add the embellishments.  We will meet once a month and at the end of a year you will have enough squares (13 x 13) to put together a good size quilt. 

Well  . . . . really . . . .  seriously . . . .

Of course I jumped on this.  

So the way it works is every month you recieve a kit with enough fabrics of similar colors and a piece of muslin to use as a foundation for placing the fabics in a scrappy, crazy pattern of your choice.  Your square must be 13 x 13. 

Then you can add hand embellishments ONLY in the colors that are in the fabric pieces. 

Any type embellishments.  Any mixture of embellishments. 

You recieve points for your progress.  The one with the most points at the end of the 12 months chooses the stack of squares in the color (one color only) of her choice!  F.U.N. 

Here is my first block.  I decided to only embellish with embroidery. 


So. Much. Fun!



Friday, October 14, 2016

Sew Easy!

Hand made Bag that I am carrying my
pastel pencils in.  It can be used to carry anything.



I used a pre quilted place mat.  Fold in in thirds.  Sew the each side and down the middle. 



I also sewed a ribbon on the outside flap (top) and the front on the middle in order to tie the case to close


Finally look when closed


Color me Happy!  Sew Easy!



Whoa - So Many Pumpkins!

Seen (scene) on a street in Rice Village, Houston, TX

Very very cool!







Self Portrait - Graphite Pencil

Doing the workbook for "Drawing On 
The Right Side of the Brain"


Very first exercise is to look at yourself in front of a mirror and draw your own self portrait in 30 minutes.  

So here's mine.  



I can hardly wait to complete this workbook and then do another self portrait for comparison purposes!  That should be interesting!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

FLOW Diary . ..

FLOW is a magazine that I subscribe to and is printed in the UK.  

I think that is why they call this a 'diary' and we here in the States call it a 'calendar'. 

I just LOVE this diary/calendar but it is so much more!



Inside pages 


and the back cover has a pocket full of FLOW goodies!





Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sew Easy

Quick and Easy Sewing Project

Step #1

Start with a Pocket Pot Holder
Pretty Button
Needle and Thread 



Step #2
My Pot Holder Had a hook on the tab for purposes of hanging.  Find the right size button that will fit through a hook like this - no worries if you do not have one.  I will tell you what to do if you do not at the end of this project. Sew that chosen button in place. 




Step #3
Because my gray button was so plain and boring for me I decided to add some color with a smaller button that I sewed directly on top of the gray one using the same sewing holes.


Step 4
Check to make sure it actually works!  Yay, it does!


Step #5 

Put your chosen objects in the pocket!  Quick and Easy.


IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A POTHOLDER WITH A HOOK - no problem.  Just find a pretty ribbon and sew the top of it where the tab (and hook) would be.  Wrap that piece of ribbon (once sewn on) around the button to close your pocket!  

Enjoy!







Sunday, October 2, 2016

Addicted to Reading!


THE BIG MAGIC

by Elizabeth Gilbert


Anyone out there who is interested in living a successful and happy creative lifestyle - this book is a MUST READ! 


Product Details


Excellent Read for all of us creative souls!



Monday, September 26, 2016

I AM AN ARTIST. . . .

I love this sign, and although I believe in it, I must admit I do a lot of work for free.  Why you ask?  Because it is in my heart to do things that make other people smile.  So I do portraits on occassion for my friends. 

oh well. 






Sunday, September 25, 2016

Music is Forever . . .

I love music.  It heals my soul.  I am teaching myself to play piano.  I did take lessons for a while but I got tired of the weekly grind of it.  So now I play and practice when I want to.  That's how I like to do things. . . . when I want to!

So this joke is pretty funny to me!





Saturday, September 24, 2016

I've Been Everywhere Man . . . (well, almost)

Kennybunk Port, Maine

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS COUNTRY!

I love Maine.  I have always loved Maine since I was a little girl, and than in my early adult years I would take my kiddo's camping in Maine.  Just love Maine!



This is a small cabin we rented while visiting the Great State!  Just down the road from Kennybunk Port. 



When in Maine you MUST have their wonderful, fresh lobster.  Oh my, there is nothing like it!






View at dusk of Old Orchard Beach.



A little former President Bush humor!




F.U.N.




Since I love lighthouses (because they guided lost ships to safety) oh course we had to visit one.  




That's all folks!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Handmade (Homemade) Purses . . . .

Handmade Purses

These purses are made from a simple purse pattern that you can pick up any place that sells fabric.  I used fabric from Hobby Lobby because they had a selection that most reminded me of Vera Bradley patterns.  

I quilted eash section BEFORE sewing it together with its matching piece.  I also attached magnetic closure snaps that I also got at Hobby Lobby.   Each purse is lined with a funky aminal print. 

These were fun to do!

oh oh oh I even put a cell phone pocket on the inside!  Too cool!





Sunday, September 18, 2016

Black and White Quilt with Orange Sashing

Black and White Quilt

Another favorite to add to my collection. 


This is TV Cuddle Quilt size.


This quilt is very striking in the real!! 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Another Quilt

I just love making quilts.  I am not sure why exactly.
I mean really - honestly - how many quilts can one person have?
But this year I made hmmm maybe about 11 quilts - finished quilts!  I have been 
quilting since 1990 so you do the math!


Some of them I pass on to friends.  Family has definately received more than they ever wanted!  And now my collection continues to grow!

Here's my latest one.  It is a scrappy quilt.  Some quilters call it a crazy quilt.  It has scrap fabrics from many of the quilts and purses I made for my granddaughters, and a few scrapes from just quilts I made for myself.  

Here it is!  


It is very cheerful and colorful!  Another of my quilts that I must say I just love!



Friday, September 16, 2016

Let's Give Them Something to Talk About

My Movie Critique 

5 Stars

Story about Thomas Wilde the famous author.
Jude Law - Thomas
Colin Firth - Thomas' editor
Nicole Kidman - girlfriend to Thomas
Laura Linnie - wife to editor

Excellent movie about the writer and the relationship he has with his editor.