Thursday, May 15, 2008
Next is a fabric portrait of my two children made with applique and embroidery. I saw a demonstration on Martha of how to do this by Lori Marie Johnson (she & Martha did their dogs) and really wanted to try it. It's kind of an involved process, but not a difficult one. I like the way it turned out, but now I have to figure out how to finish it. Frame it? Stretch it on canvas? Stitch a fabric border around it? I just can't decide.
Last is another fabric wall hanging that remains unfinished. I like how colorful this one is, with all the mis-matched fabric patterns and happy red buttons. It just looks fun and silly. I need to finish embroidering the word "song" on the tree branch, and also figure out how to finish off the edges. Why do I have such a hard time finishing a project?? I mean, I spend so much time and energy on getting sooo close to being done, and then just put it away. Geez.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The Frogs Who Wished For a King
The Lion and the Gnat
The Owl and the Grasshopper
The Owl and the Grasshopper
The Rose and the Butterfly
The Town Mouse and the City Mouse
The Vain Jackdaw and His Borrowed Feathers
Someday I'll figure out how to get these images enlarged and framed for my kids' bedroom walls. You can see the entire book here and view all the pretty pictures as well, but I'd really recommend getting your very own copy to moon over.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
These cute number stamps by WillsArt are perfect for the size tags that I make for my shoes. They came unmounted, but all I had to do was glue them to these wooden circles that I found at a craft store. They're awesome, aren't they??
This is a custom stamp made just for me by craftpudding. I just e-mailed in a drawing of what I wanted, along with my specifications for dimensions and voila! - my very own birdie stamp!!
Made from a little bowl in my favorite color, this pincushion by natalierensink was just what I needed to corral my various needles and odd little sewing bits. And, yes, that is a mountain of unfinished shoes waiting patiently behind it.
I couldn't resist this poster by BluLima. It gives me encouragement every time I look at it and is currently sitting on my desk behind my postage scale, just needing to be nailed to the wall.
These brass floral bookmarks from DownToTheWireDesigns came to my rescue when searching for an inexpensive yet personal Mother's Day gift. I got one for my Mom and one for my Mom-in-law. I made the tassels myself and etched a little message to my mother on the back of one.
These two pairs of sterling silver earrings were made by silverbeadsandclay and are some of my most often worn pieces of jewelry. I absolutely LOVE them! The tear-drop pair was actually somewhat of a custom request, which makes them even more special to me.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I've been spending some (okay a lot) of time lately browsing craft blogs to get a feel for what people write about, what kinds of photos to post, where to draw the line between public and private, etc. One that I found recently is One More Moore, written by Morgan Moore. I really like her writing style. She kind of writes the way I'd imagine she talks, which makes her blog all the moore (get it?) enjoyable. I also like how varied her posts are, ranging from family experiences, art projects, crafts, cooking, whatever. Anyway, I was scrolling through her blog and found the most darling little project that I can't wait to try. Check it out- a "book cozy"!
I actually saw a pattern for something like this a while back and thought it was such a good idea. But what I really like about Morgan's is how she's embellished it to make it look more fun with the nice big letters and fun colorful prints. And I should just tell you now, I LOVE polka dots. Like, it's bordering on obsession, so I really really like her choices in fabrics here. Yes, I think I'm going to have to try this one.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Here's a look at something new that I've been trying. I found these canvas totes at a local craft store and just couldn't resist the urge to fancy them up a bit. They are so painfully plain, but are a good size and are very well made. For a long time now I have been totally smitten with embroidery and find myself drawn to anything that incorporates it. The sort of old fashioned, handmade quality it lends to an item really appeals to me.
busy bee...with fabric pen still on :)
I'm not loving the bee design yet, but it's a start. I do love the idea of these bags being used by little kids as they carry books home from the library, or for bringing all of their favorite toys and treasures with them on a long car trip. Hopefully someone will find them useful.