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January class with Gloria – white on white and embroidery treatments

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Gloria McKinnon – she has been teaching at Piecemakers in Costa Mesa for maybe two decades now?  I should take a picture of the first project I ever did with Gloria.  She made me do 8mm and 11mm rolled roses – oh did I mention they were two ribbons (an organza with the silk ribbon)?  So yes I can roll a rose like its nothing now.

Its so true that if you start with the difficult version it all gets easier (refer to my class with Robin for why I mention this!).

Anyway – examples of the project we were doing with Gloria are below.  First she came with a 24 inch block we could either work with or subdivide into 4 12 inch blocks.  Some people were making the Christmas stocking, some of us wanted the “table runner” (4 blocks in a row).  I voted for the tablerunner.  The whole project is pretty much white on white.  In block one you can see the transfer in the middle, the edging on the seams and the beadwork (green flowers) and ribbon work(pink roses and also leaves behind green flowers.

The second block pictured has a wonderful MOP (mother of Pearl) poker style chip (vintage) peyoted stitched onto the surface, some daisies in SRE, a handpainted MOP button, a great old hankerchief corner, a lace bird dyed a pale pink or cream and the wonderful tree stitched on as well as great seam treatments that are hard to see on white, lol.  

 Now the question is – how much of mine is done?  NOT ENOUGH!!!!  (Like the tree and peyote work I still need to START!!!)



Gloria also sells great blocks of the month and I have to admitI love the soap labels from Paris in this one:





Then there was this great pansie example in SRE work – well I had to get this one:


Oh and a quick look into a Piecemakers classroom, see all the items on the walls?  And lots of room to spread out.  I can’t thank them enough for that.  Some classrooms I am in are super small – still workable but ah to have SPACE is great.


Art and Soul – Las Vegas 2010

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Woohoo!!! Art and Soul in LAS VEGAS.   Can I say dream come true?  Too fun and next year Glenny has expanded the conference.  Thank you!  Now I do live in Vegas so it was interesting from several perspectives, the first being – I NEVER get to casinos.  Strange but true.  So it was fun to go through two casinos to get to classes, sometimes a long walk, but still fun/interesting.  And it was great being able to dash home to get supplies during the lunch hour.   And to sleep in rather than get up at 4 am for work, lol.  Too nice.  Very relaxing.

So, did I take photos?  NO, I carried the camera every day and did not take photos except the last day.  So for now I am just going to post about my last class – it was with Stephanie Lee and I finally got here Junkdrawer metalsmithing.  WOW!!!

The first shot – one is stephanies and one is mine.  I think we can figure that one out.  But in my defense I converted a mistake into my house thus the scorching and I kind of like the drunk roog.  Its in the next photo also of my work area and some of my items.  Hey it looks way better when NOT next to a great one!   Now on my work pile there you see a blue button (with lots of round dots like on it) and next to it you see the impression results I made.  Too fun.

The last photo is of my tablemate’s work.     Notice the hand – its actually the impression of a brass victorian hand piece I have.  Amazing how different these items look when we do Stephanie’s method of recreating them.  I think we both got addicted to doing those!


Adorn me – day 1 for me!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Day 1 of conference (for me) – first day of classes
also.  I took Diane Cook of Rosa & Josies blog.  Diane is the nicest person as is her husband.  They make quite a team!  And I so appreciated they came stocked from a local antique store with pieces/parts for us to use.  I was thinking I would not  NEED anything.  A true statement and yet I still BOUGHT things.   However the results are worth it I think.   And I have enough crystals and rhinestones to do a few more pieces.

Diane sets up her display so beautifully!

part of Diane’s display


 I would tell you her trick/technique, but its so good you need to take a class from her.  Its like a lightbulb EXPLODING in your brain, lol.
I took photos of other classmates work – and a lady named Andi (I think with the i) was so funny – she is the one posing with the necklace over her shoulder (wrong style shirt to wear it in front for a photo so we thought we would improvise for the shot).  Anyway, she kept saying thewhole time about “how do you know what to put together”.  Well she finished FIRST and her INSTICT was perfect.   The necklace tells the story.  Oh and I finished a project in class (kind of cheated with the chain – I want to replace that, but at least the necklace was wearable).

First picture – mine!!!  Second picture – my tablemates – WOW.  She has the height too that just makes this piece PERFECT.  Final picture – Andi and her great necklace.


my workanother excellent classmate’s workAndi and her work

2010 Word – GIFT and some goals

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Its hard to pick one word for a year.  Not sure how well I did with last year’s word, but the word GIFT can mean so many things.  Appreciate the gift of life, the gift of family.  Treasure each day as a gift.  Treasure the ability to create things with my hands.  Treasure that I have a job I enjoy (actually thats two gifts isn’t it?)

GIFT.  Oh and the joy and hope of the wrapped present.  My sis and I sent each other pretty much the same thing for Christmas.  I unfortunately had also ordered one for myself at the same time so I now have an extra scale.  (Hopefully the 3rd party vendor of Amazon will take it back.)  But the joy we both got from ordering this for each other was immersurable I think.  To find something each could USE sometimes is so nice!

GOAL – that was my other choice of a word for this year, but I went with Gift.  However I do need to set up some goals for this year.

1 – 12 quilts this year

2 – 12 pieces of jewelry this year for presents

3 – 12 embriodered projects this year

4 – 12 soldered items this year

5 – 12 pincushions this year

6 – 12 blogs a year – would really like it to be once a week though!

So  my goals this year are always 12 items of each type!   Off to work on the first 5 of 12 (got the blog entry done for once!)

Anyone listening – you have to try this

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Threads magazine has this fun game up on their website – I am like addicted.  It took a couple times to get a few of the pages.  Remember those

games that are still in the newspaper for kids – what is different or Spot the differences between two pictures that look identical upon first glance!!


So much for the best laid plans

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Ok – so blogging everyday – not going to work for me.  Maybe I need to try to blog once a week for a goal for the month of September.  Well actually I think I best blog every day this WEEK and then for September/October I better try blogging once a week.

August was a great month!  First Art Unraveled in Phoenix and then a week with my nieces in L.A.  So lets start with my most recent adventures.

Los Angeles Garment District- been forever since I have done this.  I took three teenagers clothes shopping in downtown L.A.   I will need to put up a few of the outfits we found.

Oh and the FIDSA Scholorship store in their complex (which is a few blocks outside of the fashion district) was great.  I wish I had a photo of Laura in the to die for red raincoat – a steal at $8.  Emily is after my own heart – when she found the cutest dance dress for $5 – well who could not buy it?   Even Suzanne found things there.

Oh and this is the building where Project Runway is being done this year!!!!  Woohoo!!!!!  Wish that 1) I had known that and 2) that they put the poor designers from the show in a glass enclosed design studio so we could all watch when we were there.

It seems I will be writing in weird order on this.  Comes with when I have photos to go with the stories (excluding this one).  Thus the shopping day in Phoenix is posted and a trip to Dairy Queen in L.A. also.

Because I am so close to my goal…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Ok – I have been able to AVERAGE one post a day since Feb 1!   Never thought I could keep up this pace, whew!  Of course many other things are not done.  Hmm….ah well.

First there is this great little took for these candy hearts:

check it out!



On one of my favorite bloggers just did this:

after painting

So I want to try it on this piece that has been sitting in the garage for 4 or 5 months that I found at Savers:

basic carrier

Mine has a cool second tray…see it in this shot

.carrier 2nd shelf

Now to decide what color scheme…I can’t copy EXACTLY GeorigiaPeachez, lol.   She is so nice – said to hit the local Lowes or Home Depot and look at the abandoned colors in the paint area.

Heart pockets

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I had signed up for a great ezine this time – Cupids workshop by Lisa Pace.  Its done but such good ideas.  This is just one of them!

This is my interpretation of the heart pockets.   Lisa’s is beautiful but since I am shipping mine I left off the paper flowers she glued on.  Also I want mine to last a LONG time so no glue in the process for me (although there are some really good fabric glues out there that should work too) so I hand embroidered (did the big letters with chain stitch, the little with split stitch) the words and machine sewed my hearts together.  For the machine sewing I used a double stitch and I used another Superior Thread that is varigated.


These are STUFFED now with candy hearts (ok dove chocolate and Reeces hearts) and iTune cards.  (Teenage girls are very easy to shop for I think – they ALWAYS want itune cards for instance.)  So – that is why they are somewhat odd shaped?  And hopefully you can see the HEART shaped button on Suzanne’s heart (for sweet HEART, get it?).

Also I lucked out at some point and found a victorican scroll rotary blade by Fiskers.  I used that to cut the inside heart.  I didn’t ant to try to work the outside heart to match so I just cut those plain.  Lisa used pinking shears on both hers – and its beautiful but I like rotary cutters and can’t figure out where my pinking blade is at the moment.  So this worked out well I think.

Lisa did the hand embroidery on hers – in the same color tone as the heart itself so it was hard to see the word.  I did my embroidery floss to match the back heart instead (did the big letters with chain stitch, the little with split stitch).  Also rather than just the word LOVE on mine I chose to pick a word with the same first letter as each niece.  Easy for Laura – Love.  Came up with Sweetheart for Suzanne and by replacing the heart word with a button heart I figure it works.  For Emily – well thats a tough one so I went with Enjoy!

The backs have a similar button on them for each.   Can’t have those plain right?

Heart pockets – round 2!

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Have you seen the new blog by Moda designers?  Ok so I have resisted the Moda pre-cut strips and squares.  Well with this they have hooked me!  Its nice to see these ideas PUBLISHED.  and I love things that hook over door handles – reminds me of May Day baskets we used to hang when I was very young on neighbor’s doors.

So this is how my latest batch came out:

pockets for Jackson and Sela with their soldered charm photos

I used the heart yo yo from Clover instead of a regular round yo-yo…just liked it better.

Also I bought valentine ribbon with words on it at Michaels and either doubled it or lined it with a satin ribbon.  Sela’s is a cute pink and brown ribbon that says Happy Valentines Day.  Jackson’s says hugs & kisses.  Eli’s says Love.

And rather than have the 3 pearl drops I went with photos in soldered glass for the bottom of the holders – just in case their parents (my B and SIL) don’t know who’s is whose.

soldered charms as dangles

The link to the project is at the beginning of this entry.  Here are the earlier ones I sent Wanda for her sons…

first penny pockets

And then I did a heart game of tic tac toe!  So cute and SIMPLE.  Found this idea at Make and Takes.    But I cut my heart out of felt and used a great rotary cutting blade that is called victorian edge.

heart game of tic-tac-toe

Year of Color Valentine Swap

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

The package arrived today so I can release this write up!!!!

So, my partner was Wanda!  This time I actually PHOTO’d what I sent.  I never do and I ask for photos but never seem to get them from my swap partners.  I try always to post what I get (at least part) so they can get photos if they need them.    But I know I don’t always remember either so I thought this time I would actually PHOTO them myself!photo 1

I made two things in this photo – can you tell which?  Well actually 3 things – two are the “same”.  I mad the valentines day door hangers…aren’t they cute?  And I made the bird!  I am in the process of making a few more of each of these so I will explain them later except to say Wanda has two sons so thus the two bags and the bird has wire so can be attached to say a curtain rod for SPRING!  Now the ribbons in the photos – those velvets DO gradate…isn’t it beautiful?  They are vintage…very vintage.  And the cake and candy ribbons – those are not vintage but hard to come by.  I will have to post the designer’s blog here – she does GREAT work!  Piecemakers now has the cake ribbon but with a pink background – Renaissance Ribbons carries this line now.  Oh please notice I did hearty yo-yos on the boy’s door hangers (which can be stuffed with fun items for valentines!).  The final item in the photo are the heart and cupid sticks.  (No the red fabric was NOT part of the present – it was my background for the package items.)

photo 2

Items in this photo – two fabric pieces – I went patriotic since Wanda’s husband is in the US Army!  The left fabric is a repro of an 1800 type fabric, although I thin the modern designers/printers chose different colors!  The second fabric is now, while not vintage, getting there?  Its probably 20 years old.  Isn’t that boy cute on it?  Next to it is a bell shaped candle holder…there is a battery operated light down in there (see the red?)  and its covered with creme and pink heart shaped macaroni!  Looks pretty cool in person, lol.  Its sitting on a home made doillie (not by me).  Next to that is a silicone heart cake pan – love those things…the cake pops right out so you can frost the sides even!  In it is the scrap from sequin punching (silver roll), and two baseball cap pencil sharpeners and a “make two bouncing balls” kit.  The later tow items are meant for the boys’ door hangers.

photo 3

The additions to this photo are the crayon erasers, and the three heart tins.  I just love crayons in odd shapes!  And to get six different colors, well I could not pass those up!  In the heart tins – the bottom one has three vintage buttons, including two great face buttons (like betty boop), and a yellow rose.  The upper left tin has some spring type buttons/beads in the shapes of flowers, fruit, leaves – these are modern and plastic.  The upper right tin has some plastic modern pieces that might be in a cracker box?

photo 4

The final three items (minus the chocolate packing material – for the boys door hangers again) are the t-shirt for the youngest (I silkscreened that one!), the button wreath/frame (I made that also!), and the crepe paper letters and number packs on the left side.

And I wrote an explanation and included it in the BOX!!!  Can you imagine?  I can’t – I normally write it up afterwards and email it with a header like – don’t read until package arrives!  Of course I forgot to mention that I painted the airplane, or the valentine picks at all.  Ah well – overall I did pretty good on this one!