Sunday, February 28, 2010

New book that I can't wait to read...

Doesn't it just look inspiring?  It has always been important to me to define myself as an artist,  and one wonderful thing that shows me I've succeeded is that my children say, "My mom is an artist."  It used to be "My mommy makes good art." LOVE THAT!

But one thing that has been difficult for me to do is to incorporate my kids into my creativity.  Not to yell "I'm working..."  "Just let me finish this: stitch, background, cutting, whatever."  "Isn't there a new Ben 10 on the DVR?"  (I know I am so bad, TV as babysitter, rotting their brains...)  Now that Aeryn is 8 and Ethan will be 10 in May, their patience and skill level have improved enough that some collaboration might be possible.

Hopefully, Shona Cole's  The Artistic Mother will point my in that direction.  If you've picked it a copy already, let me know what you think. If you'd like turn learn more about the book, and upcoming chances to win your own copy check out her  blog  An artful Life.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A little more on OWOH...

I was so happy with my experience during One World One Heart that I wanted to make something extra special to go along with the necklace and earrings.  And as with many of my projects I had to use my existing stash (no hoarding).  And I wanted it to be functional... so a jewelry folder seemed like a useful, fun project, especially since one of my favorite books A Charming Exchange has a gorgeous example designed by Ruth Rae.




I can post this now 'cause Geni received it... and she liked it.  The jewelry holder is made of pink felt embellished with machine stitched fabric scraps of gold, browns, and a touch of red.  The buttons, name letters and ribbons were hand-stitched. The jewelry is tied in place with brown lace and ribbon.

I am so happy with how this project turned out.  I can't wait to make another one.

Hopefully my giveaway prize will arrive soon!

Monday, February 15, 2010

And the winner is...


No. 7 on the Magic Carpet ride.
Comment no. 17 selected with the random number generator. 

I will give a whole week for Geni to claim her prize.  If it's not claimed by Feb. 22, I will select another winner.

This week is busy, busy, busy!  My baby girl is turning 8 years old and part of her present is a bedroom makeover.  Purple, silver, and rock 'n' roll!

And I have this in my hallway...

My gram's old garment rack with a few things I've altered (a few = 3!) and many more waiting their turn for some special attention. 

Friday, February 12, 2010

A mini-update

I've held off doing a new post until OWOH is over... cause I don't know how to make that post stay on top.  Silly!  But I have lots of new projects to share... AND... I am actually taking some before photos of clothing to alter.  Off to sew now!!! 

have a great day