Saturday, February 23, 2008

Beauty in the Brokenness

I know I do the "Beauty in the Brokenness" theme often, it must be a soft spot for me. Be it a crazy quilt or a life, I believe there is beauty in the brokenness. We come thru hardships and dark times with wisdom and strength and an understanding of trials others are going thru.
I'm listing it on etsy right after I make my son 2 grilled cheese sandwhiches! :)

Annie's Eyelashes

Sweet Annie has long eyelashes, white on one eye and black on the other.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Family Album (3)

I have struggled to get pictures of this!!!! But here is what I've done this week - picked out a black pre-quilted back fabric (only because I don't have one of those cool quilting machines...) And I'm holding the pictures down with a sequin and bead at each corner. (Not finished yet with that step)

There is no pizzazz to this yet... must come up with something...

Monday, February 18, 2008

Family Album continued (2)

I'm still working on it... Step 3. I ironed paper backed fusable web onto some backing fabric, removed the paper, placed the felt backed picture squares and ironed down. Then cut and trimed the squares.
Step 4. Blanket stitched around the squares. Iron flat. I am using Cotton Pearl #8 but you can use anything that works for you. All so far... I still have a few squares to go around... and shake out the finger cramps from holding such a small piece. A couple of the pictures don't have a lot of contrast to them and I'm giving them a bit of a boost with a light brown or gray colored pencil.

Hopefully I'll have some time during the week to do more on this!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Family Album

New project!
I enjoyed making the 2" squares for Monica's art doll project, and thought that 2" square would be a good size for pieces on an album wall quilt. So far this has been easy, and if anyone wants to give it a try... follow along!
First, I printed 24 pictures (sized to aprox. 2" squares) out onto beigh 100% cotton. When I print I format my pictures into the Word program and adjust the sizes there. I iron the printing fabric onto paper-backed fusable web and cross my fingers and toes hoping that it won't get stuck in my printer. Second, I cut 2" squares of beigh felt out, then iron the pictures onto the felt, then trim the edges.
Here are the 24 pictures laid out on a piece of dark green felt for a sneak preview of what this will turn out like. I am unsure of the fabric yet to mount these on, maybe black, maybe green, I will do some experimenting. Next step? Probably will back each piece and blanket stitch the edges. Gotta figure that out still... stay tuned.
P.S. That's ME in the 5th row on the end.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Fluffy Annie

Miss Annie just had a bath and is all fluffy.
I think she looks like a miniature sheepdog not a Jack Russell Terrier!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Lovely Hearts 2

Lovely Hearts 2
This is an exciting benefit to help breast cancer research.
artstream (the gallery)

lovely hearts charity exhibit

All the art is small and reasonably priced.
I was a bit late,
but able to slide this piece under the proverbial door.

Help fight breast cancer.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Enough Snow?

Just had to post this picture! It's a person I work with and he is shoveling off his garage. And, no, he is not short, but probably about 6 ft tall.
Is that a lot of snow or what! Unbelievable, huh!!!
Ya gotta love it!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Wall of Snow

We woke up to a wall of snow this morning. The following picture is from our garage and shows the depth of the drift that snowed us in - it's almost to my son's waist - and he is over 6 feet tall.

My heart is crying for Harley riding weather...

Projects for Breast Cancer

There are two fundraisers for Breast Cancer going on right now.

Check out her site and links, she is getting terrific response and I am in such suspense to watch the project progress. Here are my little donations (2" squares)

The other is Art Esprit's Annual Benefit.
lovely hearts charity exhibit
It is going on currently!

Friday, February 01, 2008