Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Never underestimate the value of having some "hand-work" to take with your for holiday family gatherings!
The knotwork is sewn with a simple chain-stitch. The edge of the opening flap is done with a blanket stitch. I even used linen thread for the embroidery. It was kind of nice, but I'll have to see how it like it when I'm doing a more extensive piece.
I'll tell you this though -- marking a design on black fabric? Not so fun. I used white coloured pencil, but some of the design rubbed off halfway through the project, so the end result is not quite as "perfect" as I'd like it to be. I suppose that will just reinforce the handmade look of the piece.
I liked how "cool and refreshing" the linen fabric felt as I was working with it. I'm intending to make up some medieval garb for the summer with some linen that I've been collecting. I know I've got some navy blue and some red somewhere in my fabric stash... the real trick will be having the discipline to pre-wash/shrink the fabric. I'm usually a bit lazy about that part (I dread all the frayed edges) but it will be worth it for peace of mind.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Speaking of toast, I still smell like a campfire from the boiling syrup demos that they were doing all day. I kinda like it! (I'm strange that way.)
Here's a montage that I made up of photos I took of a bunch of the kids I painted today.
I think I'll do one next weekend too. Now I just have to figure out what kind of "weather dance" I need to do to have it turn out as reasonable as it was today. Not terribly warm, but clear and sunny, so we had a good turnout of attendees.
Tomorrow I'm off to see some of my husband Chris' family for Easter. We should probably get ourselves to bed soon! Happy Easter everyone!
Friday, March 21, 2008
I became interested in making felt beads when I worked on the London Beadery competition last summer.
Felt seemed like a good way to tie together the disparate elements of the kit that I'd have to work with. At that point, I couldn't find a source of wool roving in time, so I used commercially produced felt sheets and some wool yarn that I bought at the craft store (Michael's).
There's something that is just so enjoyable about the sensation of a needle passing through felt.
As I worked on that project, I was hooked.
A couple months ago, I was able to pick up some roving online and then in Toronto when I visited one of the coolest wool shop and hang-outs..."The Purple Purl" http://www.thepurplepurl.com/(Thanks Tish!). I also obtained a needle-felting kit for doing dry felting. After reading everything that I could find online about the various processes, I was off to the races! There is so much more to explore. I'm looking forward to really sinking my needle into this portable craft...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Today in my email, I saw that they have a contest to promote a movie called "Shutter" (in theatres March 21 http://www.shutter-movie.com/) where they invited their users to submit their best Ghost photo.
I've had some pics that I took at my friend's wedding that just begged to be used to create a spooky "photoshop wonder"*.
In St.Thomas, we have this historic church which features "the witch's grave". There's this whole spooky story about a witch who was married to the minister and some such villany lead to her death, whereupon her white monument went pitch black overnight. She was supposed to be pregnant too, but I don't remember all the details now. All I know is that when my friend got married and this black cat was strolling around the grave-yard, right by this infamous grave, I had to snap a pic! This little guy was chasing the cat too, and boy! What they say about photographing children and animals it true! It's a real challenge!
Yup, it's a hackneyed, trite pic in the end, but it was fun putting it together.
(*"Photoshop Wonder": what I call the photos that I mess around with on photoshop... Man! I LOVE that program!)
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
(...now one of these days I'm going to figure out how you share musical files!)
In the fall, I had a bicycle accident (see hideous broken toes pic) that tested my resolve to quit working for "D's". I'd had enough of that situation and since my "boss" wasn't interested in compromising at all or recognizing the wisdom of my requests, I had no other choice.
So in 2007, along with some uncomfortable events, some very neat things happened too where I was acknowledged for my artistry and creativity;
1) In May 2007, I won 1st place in an international contest for facepainting for my Tiger make-up job at www.facepaint-uk.com.
2) In August 2007, I won 1st place in the London Beadery's Creative Bead Competition and won a $200 gc for the store! Here's the link: http://www.londonbeadery.com/com2007.html I was particularly pleased with this since the year before, I had bought a kit to enter the contest and then just not gotten around to getting anything done on it!
3) In October 2007 (just as my arm was about back to normal for facepainting again) I was invited to design a step-by-step for the first issue of brushstrokes magazine. http://brushstrokesmag.com/ I created a Halloween face design, and my friend, Anne Marie generously agreed to model for me.
These events made me feel better about changing my work situation. I was hired on by some friends to manage their office for about three months at the end of 2007 and that showed me that I was really capable of so much more than I thought.
Now I'm looking at 2008 and planning for the year and working on giving my creativity more scope.
Inspired by my win in the London Beadery contest, I've been exploring felt-making and embroidery, and I entered a contest with http://www.beadingdaily.com/.
I'm also interested in putting things for sale up in a shop on http://www.etsy.com/ . It's a great site that celebrates creativity and artistry that's devoted to the sale (by the Artist) of hand-made items. I'm working on putting a shop together with my friend Tish, who is really into knitting. She's made a lot of really cool purses, hats and socks that she's planning to sell.