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Felt, Quilting, Painting, Flowers and Fun, Mostly Fun

July 23, 2012

Saturday the  14th, and I’m still working with flowers. I used my die cut felt shapes to make these little pretties. Eventually they’ll be purse embellishments, pins, maybe a pillow applique.

Five days, five flowers. I drew the pictures of these and then made them into applique quilt blocks to go into a patchwork shower curtain I have planned. I used my hand dyed fabrics, giving them amazing depth.

Now we’re up to Friday the 20th. I took out these beautiful floral fabrics to put together with the appliqued blocks and spent the day with my rotary cutter.

Needle felting is something I’ve been wanting to do and I had the equipment for it right in my studio, along with some wool roving  that I had dyed with simple kitchen food color.  Here’s my needle punch bouquet punched into a piece of felted crochet. The picture isn’t fuzzy, that’s just the texture of the felt. I don’t know what it will be yet. I also made a couple of tiny little mushrooms, about 1 inch each, just for fun. For a tutorial on dyeing wool roving with food color and koolaid (yes, koolaid!) check out Mom’s Crafty Space. It’s very much like dyeing Easter eggs and just as much fun.

On Saturday, I felt like painting again, so I found a t-shirt, changed it up a little by shortening the hems and changing the neckline,  and painted two of my favorite flowers on it, daisies and pansies. To find out how to change the neckline on a t-shirt , visit Laura’s Sewing Studio.

On Sunday it was finally time to try some yo yos.  I had to, I’m a quilter after all. I found some tiny little clay pots while I was looking for something else so I made these tiny yo yos and a few other fabric flowers in miniature form with teeny tiny buttons. This little plant is about three inches tall.

Now, what’s next?


Why I Hoard and How I Stay Young

July 14, 2012

It’s been a week and I’m still working on my daily flower projects. Some of them will carry over into larger things later on. I’m having fun using some of the yarn, paper, buttons, thread, fabric, paints, books, ribbon and you name its that I’ve been collecting for years.

Sunday July8th, I made this frame with some paper die cuts.  It adds a nice bit of color to my cluttered studio.

Monday, I made some fabric flowers. White wedding roses and a pretty pink plaid posy. Now I know why I picked up that bag of buttons at that quilt show. There were perfect little rose centers in there.














Tuesday, I just had enough time to make two pansies out of wired ribbon. Pansies are one of my favorite flowers.




Wednesday, I used the pretty posy on a denim purse and then got a little carried away and embellished it with some more crocheted flowers and  bird and birdhouse beads, more of those little things I’ve collected over the years.

Thursday, I took out my felt drawer and made some flowers with simple shapes and running stitches. Then I discovered that my die cutting machine will cut felt! So I made flower parts in every color of felt I have.

On Friday, I finally took the time to do something I have planned to do for years. I put a flower on my kitchen garbage can. I was going to paint it on but I really like this sunflower picture so I used decoupage instead.

Yarn, Beads, Paper, Flowers, Fun in July

July 9, 2012

Here are my flowers for the fifth of July as part of my  365 Day Challenge I took some of the flowers that I made on the second of July and designed a flirty little purse around them. You can find this one in my etsy shop.

On the sixth day I felt like painting so I found this piece of white on white checkerboard fabric and a transfer from the book “Floral Transfers”  by Huguette and Clemence Kirby.  The checkerboard pattern just begged for some fresh blue and yellow flowers. Some day soon this will be a welcome wall hanging.


The seventh day found me rooting in my bead drawer and looking through the book “The Beaded Garden” by Diane Fitzgerald. I made this little pin for myself using some of the tiny flowers in the book.  Beading is something I could get hooked on.  After all, it starts with a needle and thread, two of my favorite tools.  I have a beautiful yellow lily in mind to do later in the month.











Today is the eighth day and my paper stock and sizzix big shot were calling to me so I cut up some flower parts. I’ll play around with them and see what they’d like to be. I see at least one butterfly in there ready to enjoy the flowers I create.


July 3 and 4 So Many Flowers, So Little Time

July 6, 2012

July 3rd, not much time, but a lovely day, so I chose to pick and photograph my flowers. These are going to be a jumping off point for a more time consuming project later on. I haven’t decided if it’s quilting or embroidery.

July 4th and I have to work. How to keep up with this daily challenge with limited time? Well, given about 2 minutes before I had to leave for work, this is the best I could come up with.  Grab a couple of napkins, a paper towel and a tissue and voila,  a pretty white rose. It may not look like much, but it brought me back to happy youthful days, so it may be one of the best flowers I make this month. The next couple of days will have to wait until I get a new camera battery.

July 1 and 2 Crocheting flowers

July 3, 2012

On Monday  I tested 3 different yarns, one with a gold thread through it, one very bulky boucle and a soft shimmery thing called Amazing. All the same flower. The Amazing won, so on Tuesday I made many more. I love the way the variegated yarn softly switches color.

4 Weeks of Polymer Clay and Where I Went With It

July 2, 2012

I spent the month of June learning about polymer clay. Here is my second try at making characters for my son’s wedding cake.

These lacrosse sticks are what started me using polymer clay. I needed a stick for a doll I made and couldn’t find one, so I made it myself. The first one uses a pencil for the stick and the second one is a  charm made with a toothpick encased in clay. It would just about fit into the head of the larger one.

I seem to keep coming back to my quilting roots.

Lessons learned in this clay adventure.

1. Clay changes color when you bake it. My white became transparent in these blocks, but for some reason, the wedding dress I made stayed opaque. Usually though, the color is darker after baking.

2. Soft clay is easy to work with and blend, but I think I’ll try a harder clay for things like miniature furniture.

3. I definitely want to stick to my fiber arts. Clay is fun, and it’s a nice break in my routine, but I’ll usually choose fabric or yarn if  that’s a choice.

4. Two really good books for  beginning clay artists. Both have tons of information, pictures and inspiration.

“Making Doll’s House Miniatures With Polymer Clay” by Sue Heaser

“How to Make Clay Characters” by Maureen Carlson

And here are some amazing works I found on artfire and etsy. These people are truly artists. Click on the pictures to find even more wonderful clay art.

I am even more in awe of Mayvar’s work than I was before I started this adventure.

How clever is this idea from Starlessclay on etsy?

Look at the size of this character from Magicbyleah on artfire.

I want this flower garden for the doll house I some day hope to have. It was made by Creativecritters on artfire.

And here is a good place to announce my theme for the month of July.  “Flowers Every Day”  In the spirit of the 365 Days of Creativity challenge that inspired this whole thing, I plan on making some kind of flower every day in July.  I can think of  so many ways to create flowers, beads, fabric, yarn, feathers, clay, pencils and paper, food. Now I can’t promise that I’ll get to posting here every day, but I’ll try. And since today is the first day of July, I’d better get going on its flower.

Playing With Clay

June 15, 2012

It’s been two weeks and I’ve enjoyed playing with polymer clay for my yearly challenge. Here are some of the things I’ve come up with so far.

My first attempt at a cane. Very simple and a little sloppy, but I used it in a table cloth for this little gem, so the sloppiness kind of       gave it a more fabriccy sort of look.

I had to include a couple of red solo cups and some wine and cheese and bread. If I ever have a doll house, this is going to go on the lawn.