Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Mini Calendars - yea! I am finishing up a sample but haven't decided whether it will go in the shop or not. I might just use it as an example of a finished calendar, I don't know. These are such a cute size - good for a cubicle or little office area.
Wedding invitations :). These are for my twin sister who is getting married in September. I was really hoping she would let me help out with the invitations and she was nice enough to humor me and throw me that bone. They are having an outdoor wedding in a nature preserve so I thought trees would be fitting. Oh, and also I love trees so then there's that as well :). I made this stamp and had a blast with it. I can't wait to make another one. Carving through that rubber is so much fun and I have to shoo away all the other family members who want to get their hands on my tools and try it out as well. I think I might have to make myself a little set of notecards with this stamp too - I am a little in love with these trees.
Then there is the "beast in the basement". (sorry for the awful photo - can anyone take a good photo in their unfinished basement??) . This gigantic project is a 2 x 16 (yes, 16) foot sign for my in-laws. It's for the outside of their business. I have never made anything like this before and frankly, it's kind of the opposite of the kind of work I usually do. I like small. Anything larger than a sheet of paper intimidates me. But this is good for me and is forcing me to try something new. It's not exactly the most creative thing I have ever taken on but I hope they like it and that they will be proud to hang it on their building.
I also had a bid accepted through alchemy on Etsy so I am finishing that up. I don't check alchemy that often but there are some fun opportunities out there. This one is just a wee little quilt label (a project that's just my size you know) but it's been really fun to work on. I'll have to post that when it's all done.
Now I'm off to check up on everyone else's projects!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Next cut out your pieces. Fold each piece in half like this:
stack up your folded pages and place them inside the card. Staple along the spine and your booklet is almost complete. Just fill out the specifications for your machine then tuck into your pocketbook for your next trip to the fabric store.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I don't know about you all but here at my house we are huge fuse bead fans. We only get them out once in awhile though. It helps preserve what little sanity I have left if I don't have to pick up those teeny beads from the all over the floor ever single day. This is an activity that Peter will sit and work on for sometimes up to an hour. He has inherited both his father's and his mother's attraction to precision work so this suits him just fine.
What amazing things have you stumbled upon recently?
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Oh what could it be?? what could it be??
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I'm getting ready to list this pattern trio in the shop and I'm excited but maybe a little nervous about it. This design is so special to me and I feel a wee bit weird about sharing it with the rest of the world. These designs originated from artwork I made for Peter's nursery. I knew as I was sweating away in my third trimester in the middle of a Nebraska Summer in 2003, that I wanted to make something myself for the nursery. We didn't have a theme chosen for the room so I had a lot of artistic license. I didn't really want something that was "cute" exactly or anything that was gender specific (we didn't find out what we were having ahead of time). So, I came up with this.
The original artwork was done in colored pencil and watercolor so these patterns have a slightly different look. The monogram pattern I added into the set just because I love embroidered monograms!
This small tree was part of a piece I made for the nursery that featured a poem I originally found on a greeting card of all things but LOVED it. I have tried to find out who wrote it but haven't had any luck so I can't give proper credit unfortunately. It goes like this:
A child who's taught to smile at life is one who laughs and sings
A child who lives with patience learns a way to wait for things
A child who lives with gentleness will touch with gentle hands
A child who is understood becomes someone who understands
When children find acceptance that's another trait they learn
And children who are loved a lot will give love in returna photo of the artwork that inspired these patterns
So that's that. I'll be posting again soon. I've had lots of 'blog fodder' buzzing around in my head lately and I need to sit down and turn it into some real posts. Until then I'm off to see what everyone else is up to in blogland!