Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In the mood for winter whites

some of the holiday projects I am making this week
left to right,  folder with pockets and booklet, sewers needle book, card holder plus cards

inside of folder

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thank you for all the visits and comments....

Hello to all, aloha and aroha too.
Want to pop in to say how much I appreciate all of you friends and love to hear from you.
Way out here in the Pacific I am a bit removed from the mainstream so this really helps me connect to other artists.
A big thank-you and I hope you all have a safe and happy Fall with all the food and leaves and colors, my favorite time of year, for sure.

another of my quick little sketches, Autumn scenes from France.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lilla's 30 minute bag

It took longer to write the instructions
This is my last project for a while so hope to receive rave reviews!!

Instructions below


Old fashioned bag in half an hour

Yes really, of course you have to have gathered the supplies and have them organized
My purse is a method I use a lot because the lining is very easy to install and works well for bags with flaps.

I used an old crochet piece cut in half for the flap. 
This decided the bag size so I cut an outer fabric and lining  fabric  the width of the crochet plus extra for seams
the fabric when folded at the bottom was the size of the body of the bag I wanted
My fabric measured 10 inches wide and 19 inches long that included seams.
Fold fabrics and check look. Fold is at lower end so it now is 10 wide x 9.5 inches

Place fabrics flat right sides together
Insert crochet with raw edges even, it will be between lining and outer fabric
 Check the placement of the crochet flap, it should be facing correctly against the right side
Sew both short ends, right sides facing.

Pull the bag into shape by placing lining together and outside together
Make two 5 " tabs, and pin into side seams between right sides of fabric

Sew each side of bag leaving open on part of lining to turn bag.
Turn and push lining down inside bag, sew opening closed in lining

Create bag strap with 4 inch wide fabric 34 inches long, Fold edges to mid-line and fold in half, stitch down strap 4 times
Sew to bag top, keep stitching along edge all around opening this keeps crochet in place on front

Finish bag with more decorations on the lace, I added a lace neckline motif and an old hat flower with some velvet ribbon
To add to one tab I constructed a layered tag and pinned it in place with some more velvet ribbon

Make some in 30 mins and have fun

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gift box for holidays

when I return it will be almost December so I am making some items for holidays.
Hope to bring some things back from France also
This is a small cigar box I decorated
added items to inside.
I lined the box with my crinkled silk technique which looks really smart.


the box with closure

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

La Vie Paris

a diary with all pages from old french books
. I have added decorations to many, left others natural for the owner to add to
Great gift for the traveler,
 I am taking one to France myself next month
The Paris ruler in one of two I have and added a bit of fluff to. 
ruler, Paris


will be away for a while soon

Saturday, October 11, 2014

semi haunted in Provence

having some fun today with my paints and other tools
Did not mean to do a haunted house, but... it sure looks that way to me now it is done
I just let my fingers and mind wander
the birds add to the spooky look and the emptiness seems real
what lies within? 

gothic provence

Friday, October 10, 2014

Collage book cover

If you make books and journals, I am creating a few collage covers that could be used.
They can be framed for the wall  and look good on box tops.
So here is one recently finished