It has been beautiful weather around here. School is almost out for the kids, and that means I will have more time with the kids, and less time with myself. Will I be able to keep making mixed media pieces?
I sure hope so. I have a ton of other things to do on my list, however.
Summer projects. You know how it is....
I had made a sketch of this design some years ago. I came upon it again a few days ago as I was "organizing" my craft room. I was glad to see it again and got to work. It was fun to make. It took me a few days, as I waited for things to dry and for inspiration to hit....
I used lots of torn up paper of all sorts, monopoly money (on of my favorites), a library check-out card (another one of my favorites), paint, scrabble pieces, etc.
These bright and cheerful houses represent my three fun kids.
What do you think?
I have three kids (three houses, three kids - makes sense, right?)
Our oldest is quite a bit older than the other two, so she is already off doing her own thing. Plus she is one of those people who is what-we-call "non-conforming." In a good way. She is her own person. I love it. Who wants to be like everyone else? So the house on the side represents her.
the other two are closer together and on good days they are also good friends.
It was fun to make this piece. I have really good kids. I am really lucky.
Last week our dog passed on. I know she was just a dog, but just-the-same, she took a piece of my heart with her. She was such a sweet dog, after all....
Annie was a big dog (88 lbs). She never had accidents in the house (even as a puppy it only happened a few times). She never licked people or jumped up on people. She scared away would-be-robbers in the form of raccoons, squirrels and skunks.
She was loving and kind to the family, greeting us and keeping us company. She loved to go running and for rides in the car. She will be greatly missed.
In memory of her I made this picture. It is called "Stop and Sniff the Flowers." It is happy and cheerful like Annie was.
In memory of Annie
29 December 2006 - 24 May 2017
In honor of the Idaho Falls Temple Re-dedication, I dove into my "sewing room" and produced these two little mixed media pieces.
I love the Idaho Falls Temple. It is where I got married, it is the temple that is closest to us. It is where I feel at home.
The Idaho Falls Temple has been closed for the last two years for major renovations. It was so hard to be without "my" temple. Of course we have the Rexburg Temple just down the road, but still....
During the Open House I got to volunteer as an usher twice. My kids also got to help out with the shoe covers. I am so glad they got to have this experience. Of course we also got to tour the temple and see all of its beautiful changes. The murals have been restored and are so bright. I love it. I love them.
Now that the Open House is over, we look forward to the re-dedication which is to take place on June 4th. And our kids get to participate with the Cultural Celebration the day before. It is so exciting to take part in this. The original dedication of this temple was 70 years ago. Our taking part in this is truly a chance of a lifetime.
Well, we had another litter of puppies around here. Puppies seem to multiply.
Pink puppies this time.
All made of vintage sheets. All of them pink, and ready for Valentine's day.
These puppies like Valentines day in childlike fashion. With homemade Valentines for all their classmates.
Which is good, because that is the way I like Valentines Day as well. And having their company here around the house makes it extra Valentines day-ish special.
And, as it turns out, these puppies are acrobats.
Without much practice at all they can balance in a small pyramid!
Can you believe the talent?
What about you?
Do you like puppies?
Do you like vintage sheets?
Do you like pink?
Do you like Valentine's Day?
I try to make Jesus the focus of Christmas.
And I had the urge to play with my mixed media stuff.
So I got out my vintage prints, some glue, some paint.
Scissors, brushes, the works.
While listening to Christmas music, and singing loudly along (in the privacy of my sewing room, I might add), these two pictures came to be. These pictures make me smile. I love the Chrismtas season. I love the lights, the music., the traditions (of thinking of others, and not ourselves). I love the Christ-centered focus.
I am grateful that we have one season every year where we dedicate ourselves to being more Christlike. Being more like Jesus who lived every day in order to serve the people around Him. He dedicated his life to us. In the service of us He lived and died.
Christmas is a good time to remind ourselves to be more like Him. We should be like Him year-round, but I believe that Christmas is a great reminder.
I hope all of you have a fabulous Christmas.
May the spirit of the Christchild bring you peace and love now and throughout the new year.
Yes, the truth has been out for a while now. The truth is that I have a new passion:
I love the vintage prints. I love the flower power. I love the bright colors. I love the era they represent.
I love vintage sheets.
So I have been busy sewing with my vintage sheets. I started out with cutting 5 inch squares and making a random-patterned vintage sheet quilt. I love the way it turned out It is shown in the picture above, but more (better) pictures are to come.
This is what I came up with after I finished the quilt: vintage puppies.
Well, the puppies are new, but they have that vintage looking shape, and the sheets (fabric) is vintage.
I love the vintage prints and the shapes of the puppies brings out their vintage personailties so well!
I can't get enough of these puppies and ended up witha whole litter of them in my house.
So if you are looking for me I might just be in my sewing room, cutting out the pattern. Or sitting on the couch stuffing them with fiber-fill.
Which reminds me: I need to go lickety split back to the store to get some more fiber-fill. I go throught that stuff fast.
Enjoy my puppies. I have a feeelign we will be getting a whole new litter here again pretty quickly...
So yesterday I played in my "Sewing Room" for a couple of hours to make some cards. My daughter's birthday (no.1) is coming up and she deserves a home-made card, don't you think?
I love using the stitching. and the gesso background gives it such a fabulous workable texture, both in color and workabilitiy.
Some of my cards have English, and some have Dutch words on them.
Four birthday cards, and three everyday occasions (I always seem to need those!)
This was my daughter's favorite (no. 3) of the collection.
I believe she liked the way the curve of the stamp emphasized the word "Love".
And this is my favorite card today. It will go off in the mail pretty quick soon to Maine where she is serving a mission at the moment for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormons). And a package with goodies included of course. It is hard to be apart on special occasions. I hope she feels loved by this card and the box of things we have prepared for her.... We love her and we miss her, but we are glad she is serving the Lord.
Well, it was a fabulous Sunday afternoon activity for me to make these cards.
I feel completely renewed and energized. I love creating things, don't you?
I love vintage sheets right now. They are so fun to create with....!
I love their colors and their colors and their cotton and their designs....
And then I found this vintage lamp. I HAD to add a homemade sheet lampshade to it to make it perfect for my sewing room.
You wanna make your own lampshade using strips of fabric?
Alrigthy then. Just follow along. It is super easy.
You will need an old lampshades with spokes and a lamp.
(Do you love this vintage lamp I found?
The colors are so yummy! The brown base is actually made of turned wood. I was thinking about painting it white, but then I can't decide... What do you think?)
You will need a collection of fabric (such as these yummy vintage sheets...!)
Rip and tare the fabric off the lampshade and scrub it clean.
Wrap a 1 inch strip of fabric around the bottom and top circles of the lampshade. Glue into place (I used hot glue)
Cut your fabric into 1.5 inch strips.
Tie the end of a strip with a simple single knot to one of the bars at the bottom of the shade.
Pull the strip over to the next bar and tie a knot. Repeat with the next bar and so on.
When you get to the end of your strip trim fabric with scissors.
Start the next strip on the same bar as the last knot was tied.
Keep going around.
And keep adding new strips.
And add more strips.
And add more strips.
Until it's all done!
I really have a passion for vintage sheets right now!
They are so exciting to play with!
Here is the finished product. Do you like it?