Monday, March 31, 2008
I made a journal using the picture.
Aged the photo and collaged the cover with lace, paper scraps, stamping and trims.
The pages are made from watercolor paper, stained on the edges, each has a small vintage motif added.
I created a sewn binding and tied my journal with vintage ribbon accented with glitter.
Thanks to Beachys Cape Cod Cupboard for this. I did enjoy the challenge.
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Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
The doll is called a half doll and is a pincushion. I created this for my oldest daughter. I also painted the half doll. Bought it from a lady in Australia.
Box one of many I make, this one is from a class I taught.
Also in Oz. Judith and Kathryn were the hosts.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The purses are sold but are for your perusal.
I usually have a theme in mind when I make some art.
La vie en rose, was inspired by the movie of Edith Piaf's life.
The lace purse was a Marie picture captured on silk, that I bought in NZ. Used old laces, it was used as a Bridal bag.
The doll is a Parlor doll, the idea came from Australia where I taught some classes and we created dolls and purses.
She sits on a sofa or bed, is large, about 24" long.
She was made for Flights of Fancy.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
I enjoy silk and use it almost always for stitchery.
The best I find is Dupionni silk, love the shimmer and the slubs. You can dye it, fray it for ruffles and crinkle it up. Lots more.
The ruffle edge on the valentine is frayed silk.
These pouches are still being created so there is a way to go yet. Anyway here they are so far.
One uses my crinkle technique. The dark green one.
Here is the way I do it. Wet the silk and twist it tightly. Undo it carefully and put on an old sheet and press with a hot iron till dry. Keep wrinkled. Then iron onto some woven interfacing.
Words are used a lot in my work as you may notice.
I like the way they set a feeling or mood.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
We do have a very lovely array
of buildings and trees in the city.
The Iolani palace is the only true one in America, the royals are long gone.
Friday at noon the Royal Hawaiian band plays for an hour under the trees on the lawn and we can take a lunch and listen and enjoy some beautiful Hula.
It is one of the beautiful things about Hawaii.
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I have 3 of these bags as a feature in Somerset Haute handbags so watch for them out soon I think.
I took 3 differing shapes and collaged fabrics and trims on top. Then I embroidered them in an exotic fashion and added lots of beads and shoulder cords to tie and put on your camel's saddle or tie on your own waist.
They are fairly small so could double for cell phones too.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Filled with Lavender, a special scent for me.
So easy, just a small pillow with a doily wrapped around and sewn in place. The I added pink tulle threaded through a buckle and tucked an old postcard under it.
I have seen these used as a brooch cushion too.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Lilla’s Bread cottage style. Picture below.
Bread flour 3 cups
1 tsp. salt
1 Tablespoon yeast
½ stick soft marg.
1 cup or more tepid water.
Put it all in a large bowl and mix well, add more water if needed to make a softish dough.
Knead 5 mins. Replace in bowl, cover and rise till double.
Cookie sheet with parchment lining it.
Flatten dough on floured surface.
Divide into 1/3 and 2/3
Put bigger piece on cookie pan, make dent in center and add smaller piece dough. They should be both in a round shape.
Dust with flour.
Dust fingers well and poke a hole in bread till you reach bottom of dough.
Slash the sides of the loaf cutting all way to the pan. It will start to spread out so put into the oven at once and bake for 30 mins.
Cool on wire rack, you know how to eat it right? Pull it into chunks and slather with butter. Yumm.
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Friday, March 7, 2008
Another easy craft. Love this flower. A bunch look pretty in a vase for Mother's day giving.
Spray with her favorite scent.
Bias silky fabric cut 3 x 20". Fold it in half and gather on the machine again.
No need to pull up too tightly.
Wrap around a stamen stitching as you go. Add a velvet leaf on a wire for a bit of elegance.
The wire part of the stamen can be re-inforced with more florists wire and then wrapped with something green. I used seam binding.
Make a little ruff of more binding to glue around the top of the wire to cover everything neatly.
Quick and pretty , don't you think?
Thought I could show you how I do a couple of ideas.
Both involve ruching, I do it by machine so it is easy.
Gather a strip of organza, 3 x 12". Pull threads tightly.
It will become a flower shape.
Add a circle of felt sewn to the back and a center of some sort.
Center ruff, I wrapped a 1" curtain ring with threads. Sewed the center to hold it together. Cut around edge and popped it out.
Add beads or buttons inside the circle.
For the version here I added silk leaves and I cut into the ruffle for petals.