Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Secret Project

Last week the hard drive on my laptop died.
What a sad, sad day that was!
No warning, just kaputt!
You never realize what you have on a computer until it dies!
And this isn't exactly the first time the hard drive has crashed so you would think I would know better and have everything BACKED UP. . .but no I'm just NOT that smart!
Yes, really, I like to make the same mistakes over and over!
Crazy, huh?
But there is good news. . .
. . .nothing is lost!
They were able to completely recover everything on my hard drive!!!
Which is fabulous because I was working on a very important project.
Now I just need to LEARN from this mistake and get everything backed up online!
Here is a little peek at my very important, secret project:
Mister is always helping out in the studio.
He is modeling some felt I cut out with my Silhouette Portrait. . .
. . .and here is a close up of the fabric I designed for my secret project.
I guess I should get back to work and finish writing my pattern!
Oops now you know something else about my secret project.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Creating Woodlands

Queen Bee, Carol R. Eaton, chose a Woodlands theme for The Printed Fabric Bee March theme.  She wanted the hive to explore the woodlands around us on fabric.  I live in the high desert country of the Rocky Mountains in Utah.  Most of the woodlands around here are made up of what is "lovingly" called scrub oak.
It's not as pretty as the big oak trees I remember from back east, as it is more a bush than a tree, and it is not my favorite tree. I decided to search for another tree through my "neighborhood woodland."  We have lots of birch, which are lovely, and there are some gorgeous black walnut trees, and some beautiful Mountain Ash but I kept finding myself drawn to the leaves of the maple tree. 

 I created a stencil with my Silhouette Portrait, and painted it onto the fabric with some color magnet, then did a quick, very diluted dye of chartruese procion dye
Once this was dried I stenciled on several more layers of leaves. . . 
. . .some in green and some in red. . .

. . .until I had a lot of depth.
I wanted the illusion of a pile of leaves, ready to be jumped in!

And now it's time for the monthly giveaway!
Jump over to Carol's blog or our brand new blog for The Printed Fabric Bee and leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway to win 9 hand made gorgeous 6" blocks!
You can visit the other hive member's blogs for a look at how they made their blocks too!

Pokey Bolton

Lesley Riley
Come back next month to see
April's Queen, Jackie Lams, theme of Art Nouveau.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wedding Aprons

A young friend is getting married in May and I decided to make her and her fiancé some coordinating aprons as a shower gift.  Their kitchen colors are black, white and red.  I had the fun Alexander Henry Cog Wheel dot in my stash and so I ran down to my local quilt shop and found some Riley Blake polka dot and Shades of Black stripe by Me and My Sister for Moda as coordinates.  I LOVE the black and grey stripe!  I took a photo of my daughter and her friend in the aprons just in case I didn't get one later.  
They had fun modeling.
When my young friend got back home from the shower, she and her fiancé sent me a little surprise.
Don't they look so cute!?!
I think maybe I should have made his bow tie a little bigger.  
He's a bigger boy than I remembered!
What is your favorite gift to give newlyweds?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Scattered and Recovering

I've been a bit scatter brained as of late.
"What?  Only lately?"
True, I am a scatter brain most of the time but more so lately.
Family Stuff mostly.
It happens.
Throws off my game.
But I am trying to reorganize and get busy.
I decided it was time to go through some fabrics and destash.  Too much clutter makes me crazier than usual.  I've listed some fabrics in my Etsy store.  I'm going to make some scrap bags too and list them there as well.  I have a lot of fabrics that I just won't use anymore because I am printing and dyeing my own now.  I know there is someone out there who will have a good use for them!
And while I am trying hard to organize and get rid of things I have several books that are calling my name!  Life stresses sometimes call for some retail therapy.
My friend, Lynn Krawczyk, has written this book that is getting rave reviews!

My friend, Lesley Riley, has this book coming out soon!  
I love Transfer Artist Paper!

And my friend, Jill Berry, has another lovely map book coming out in May!

I guess I better get to work and make more space available for them all!
How do you like to balance your life and art?

P.S. There are still four more days to enter my giveaway for a class on dyeing with guru, Jane Dunnewold, on Craftsy!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


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Now, let's get back to ARTING!