Saturday, October 29, 2011

ballerina clothes peg

Here's is the latest in my design of clothes peg people. You can see the others here
I present... the ballerina(s)!

Here she is with her hair in a bun...

in her hot pink tulle tutu

Her criss cross in the back leotard..

And her pointe shoes.

They come in brown hair

or blonde

Maybe they'll get invited to a dance!

I hope those pirates are light on their feet and have good manners!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Ogee ornament in many styles

Hello folks!
It's been a while. I've been in a little creative funk. Well, i've been trying some things, but not so successful yet. I think instead of a funk, it's a process of trying and experimenting. So, not much to show.
Anyhow, a few weeks ago, I made these ogee ornaments from felt and heat embossed overhead projector paper. (what's that called again?)

I first got the idea from Betz White a few years ago. Check out her post. It is a most excellent tutorial.

But it was before I delved into the world of good felt. Here's my original post here

This time, I also used Stampin' Up! stamps and heat embossed on the transparency. (there, I remembered). Here's the music one.

And here is the french script one.

I originally wanted to used eyelets to join them together, but I couldn't fit my crop-a-dile in the littlest spot, so I used brads instead.

I experimented with the stitching on the felt ones to make it decorative.

A few french knots. Love french knots.

These beads came from my uncle's stash. He used to make very ornate jester stockings for Christmas with silks and velvet and these beads on the tips. Gorgeous. I claimed the beads from his stash. Looking forward to using these up.

And here they are, swaying in the breeze.

thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

treasures at madrinha's

We got to visit Dh's godmother this weekend. There is always something to be learned, good food to be et, and hand crafted treasures to be looked at.
Here is a typical Portuguese style embroidered bag. it is just so bright, consistent and beautiful.

notice the inside of the heart? You achieve that effect by separating the threads in the weave of the linen and sewing them in this pattern. You don't cut any threads, as it would compromise the fabric. Instead, you pull them to create the holes. Incredible. I'm still in awe of it.

And here is a little hanging that was on the wall. I love the details from the direction of the threads to get the creases in the clothes to the french knots in the boy's top to add texture. I could look at this all day.

you can click on the pictures for a larger, somewhat blurrier view.

thanks for looking,

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you've had enough Turkey! I had 2 lots and looking forward to my hot turkey sandwich with gravy and fries tonight!

Gobble, gobble,

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Teapot Bunting

This was whipped up for a little party decoration. It was a tea party, hence, the teapot.

I searched for a teapot on Google image and pasted it into InDesign. There may be other ways to enlarge it, but this was the easiest I could think of. Can't waste precious time trying to figure such things out when there is sewing to be done! The original teapot was more wide than tall, so I rotated it to be on the paper sideways and stretched it out. Just right for a triangle bunting.

Instead of cutting the triangles with my straight edged rotary cutter, I used a scalloped edge blade. Softens it up a bit.

The doilies came from Ikea. I knew I would find a use for them.

It was a warm, sunny day. 25 degrees Celsius. A gift really. It was enjoyed.


Friday, October 7, 2011

He did it!

He did it! he did it! He got his 100 kilometer ribbon! He ran over 100K in the past month, just 4 days a week. he is so proud. I'm so proud. we are all so proud! But he's not willing to stop. There are 2 more running days and then he will be going to the area cross country meet. See, he got 15th place in the last area run..

there are only 7 kids from the school attending the next level. yep, so proud.
And check out his new hair!

I did finish up something yesterday. Just have to take pics. I've been cleaning my crap, I mean craft room. Long overdue. Maybe I'll be productive after it's done.