Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Quick Project

LMW will be 8 months old on the 4th of January. Where does the time go? I find myself agonizing over his progress, because I want him to stay a baby. He's just growing up too too fast. But, each little thing he learns and adds to his activity is exciting to watch. 

In honor of his next monthly birthday, here is the latest number shirt. He even watched me sew it. (while sitting in his walker, pulling out drawers in the dresser)

It was a rush job, as I have another very involved project going, but it turned out ok.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bird Canvases

Now that Christmas is over, I can also post the canvas project I finished a while back. It was a gift for LeLe, so I had to wait until after Christmas to share.

These two canvases were inspired by this fabric.

The process went something like this....

Using simple acrylic craft paint, I first coated the two canvases with a combination of yellow and white. I wanted a streaked effect so I started with yellow, then while it was still wet, added some white to the brush and wiped it up and down on the yellow. A sponge brush works best for this.

 Next I sketched out the design using a watercolor pencil. This makes it extremely easy to "undo" a line or mark, and the paint dissolves into the acrylic paint, and doesn't show in the finished painting.  I normally sketch by hand, and not by tracing or using a template and that makes it my least favorite, but most important part of the process.

 I placed the canvases side by side, to make sure I was continuing the sketch in the correct place on both sides. Then began filling in with the first layer of color.

Adding the next layer of color, I again made sure the design carried over to the second canvas in the correct place, and was the correct size to look as though it was the same branch.

 The final layer was added, and was made a bit darker than the design on the fabric as requested by LeLe.

I enjoyed painting these canvases, and already have an idea in my head for another one when I can find a bit of time to actually create it.

The Reveal

Since all gifts have been opened, I can finally show you the quilt I made for LMW. It's been hard not to post it, but I wanted it to be a surprise for LeLe. And it was... :P

I found coloring pages on the web, and used those as templates for the objects in the squares. I wanted to do something a little more elaborate, but decided on something a little simpler for now. In the future, I may take my time and do something more upscale, but for now, I'm happy with it.

The backing is a simple print that I thought worked well with the green binding. The binding is the same fabric as the sashing, because I wanted more green than it eventually wound up with.

I did straight line quilting on the machine, and went around the pictures with embroidery floss by hand. I hope he will enjoy it, and remember his Nanna in the years ahead, when he looks at it. It was a true labor of love, one I enjoyed every second of.

Merry Christmas Little Man Win.

P.S. LMW and parents....getting their quilt on.....

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Small Christmas Post

It's not a picture in a magazine by any stretch of the imagination, but it will do. I wanted all that neat stuff you stick in the top and the wide ribbon to go around it, but the money was better spend on presents I'm pleased with the ornaments I made, and the tree is small anyway, so all that designer stuff might wear it down.

You know, if it wasn't for the Christmas shops, and HGTV, I'd probably be really happy with this tree. Compared to what I've done in years past, it looks pretty good.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Candy Ornament

In keeping with my new obsession, I've made another peppermint candy ornament. This one was much less time consuming and much easier. It was also larger so it will show up on the tree very well.

You will need:

White tissue paper
Peppermint striped scrapbook paper
Thin red  and white ribbon
Styrofoam disks

First, you will cut your tissue paper into a rectangle that will cover the disk,
(I used two layers of tissue paper.) Then, cut your scrapbook paper in the size of your disk.

 Fold one short side of your tissue paper over the center of the disk and glue.

Then fold the other side over and glue.

Pinch and twist the ends to resemble the ends of the actual candy.

Tie red ribbon around the twisted parts to hold them, then glue the scrapbook paper to the disk, making sure to add a white ribbon loop to the back for hanging. You could use fabric as well as paper and you could print out a picture of an actual peppermint candy disk to use. The stripes here aren't exactly what one looks like, but it works well enough.

And Wha Lah VOILA!! You have larger peppermint candies on the tree.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Peppermint Christmas

As I stated in my last post, I fell in love with the peppermint tree at our local Christmas shop. I decided to try my hand at salt dough ornaments again. When the children were small, I did some, and they turned out pretty well, but they didn't stand the test of time.

This time I decided to do all I could to make them hardy enough to last a while.
I started with a basic salt dough recipe you can find easily online. And I rolled out the dough in strips for the candy canes, wrapping two around each other then shaping them into a cane. The others I rolled flat, and learned that I really need to poke little holes in the dough before cooking, so they will stay flat and not rise in the middle. I didn't think AP flour would do that, but I was wrong.

Here we have three candy canes, two wrapped peppermints and two peppermint snowmen. You can pretty much tell by the shapes. I inserted floral wire in the tops to hang them.  I baked them until they were hard as rocks. About 2 hours or more in a slow oven.

When they were cooled, I began the painting process. I have to say, I got a little worried when the plain acrylic craft paint made them smell as if they were not well done. But when the paint dried, all were fine. To make sure they last, I coated them with oil based polyurethane. It also made them super shiny.

I really enjoyed this crafting project, and will probably do a few more as soon as Thanksgiving is over. Not much time for crafting till then. I would like to make them larger, but fear the weight of them would bend the tree branches too much, not to mention the cooking time involved. I don't know  if the center would get done before the outside burned. I may give it a try though.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

No Projects to Post

Right now, I don't have any project pictures to post. Most of what I'm working on is for Christmas and we wouldn't want to let the cat out of the bag, now would we?

I do have to say that yesterday LeLe, my future daughter-in-law K, and I went to a Christmas shop in town. OH. MY. WORD. We were drooling more than LMW when we left that place. And it got my creative juices flowing fully. I want to make everything in there. Problems 1: the local Walmart has NOTHING to use. Problem 2: Some of the items we saw, I just don't know how in the world I could make them. So, I have to do some figuring and thinking. And probably take a trip to Hobby Lobby for supplies and inspiration. Gee, I just hate that.... :D

This place has a different Christmas tree everywhere you look. Green ones, pink ones, teal ones, white ones, harlequin ones, peppermint ones....I can't even
list all they had.

K liked the peacock tree,

LeLe liked the owl and harlequin tree,

and I liked the peppermint tree. 

It will really be challenging to figure out if I can actually make anything comparable to the ornaments on those trees. And the cost of the ribbons and fru fru things would be astronomical. So, this will probably be a very long process. But, I always need a goal....

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fabric Tuesday


It's time for Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story!!! I actually have something new to add there. Run on over and take a look at all the cool fabric creations!

Friday, November 5, 2010

And One More

The white long sleeved onesies came in a package of here's the third one.

I used the same technique as the yellow shirt. I'm really digging the color too.

I can hardly believe these shirts were 6-12 month, and they fit! He's getting too big. I can't stand it.

Two New Shirts

LMW is outgrowing all his clothes, so Nanna bought him some new ones. I also bought three white long sleeved onesies to decorate. Can't resist doing that.

The first one I did was a simple tie dye job. As you can see, he's pretty pumped about it.

The second one was a bit more involved. I filled a spray bottle with water and acrylic craft paint, and sprayed the shirt. I like the way it is darker in spots and lighter in others. But I couldn't  let it go at just I added some fall leaves.

I spent a little time adding some detail on the leaves, simply by stitching a regular running stitch on the sewing machine. I'm happy with how it turned out.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bye Bye Birdies

I love chickadees and have them scattered throughout my kitchen. For the past five years, I've even had them on my kitchen curtains. (Along with a few cardinals.)

I decided I'd like to get away from all the chickadees, regardless of how much I adore them, and I began looking for some fabric to replace the old vallance. While browsing through Walmart last week, I spotted something that I liked very much, but didn't purchase it because I just wasn't sure.

Skip ahead to yesterday, when I made my decision to purchase, and on to today when I created a new window covering.

I had the checked fabric in my stash, and something just told me to add it as an accent. I LOVE how it turned out.



Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sunrise Sunset

I'm posting this believing the recipient of this gift does not read my blog. I seriously doubt it, but just in case, I will not disclose her name or for what occasion.

I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. The person who commissioned this painting, wanted it antiqued and I of course complied. These photos are pre-glaze, but you really can't tell much difference due to the dark colors, so I didn't see the need to take more photos.

I used simple water based craft paint, and glazed it with watered down modge podge. I added a little drop of burnt sienna to give the glaze an antique color. I considered this a sunset... but my friend "Y" automatically felt it was a sunrise.  What do you think?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I know It's Early, But...

Considering I don't have anything else to post yet in the way of sewing or painting, I thought I'd go ahead and show you LMW's seventh month shirt. He will be six months old on November 4. Of course, the seventh month has to be a Christmas theme.

For some reason, the photos weren't very good. I don't know if it was the time of day, or operator error. But you can see it clearly enough I think.

Christmas is going to be fun around here this year!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Warm Fuzzy.....Frog?

Yes, even frogs can be warm and fuzzy, when Nanna makes it for LMW.

I used old fashioned bias tape to bind this fleece blankee, and was not totally happy with it. I will go back to making my own binding thank you very much.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Owl Blanket

During the last cool snap, I realized that I don't have any blankets for LMW except thin little receiving blankets. Soo, Nanna had to remedy that right away!

I just got some inexpensive fleece from Walmart, bound the edges with fabric already in my stash, and then had the brainstorm about the owl. I love how it turned out.

Now, Little Man Win can be all warm and cosy at Nanna's house when the weather gets cool for good. Sure hope that is soon, because we've broken a record here in Arkansas with our days of 90 degree weather. And unfortunately, we are still experiencing a drought. I wonder if we just aren't praying hard enough.....

I'm linking up to Fabric Tuesday on QuiltStory!