Saturday, February 24, 2007

Blue Bird's House

I have worked on this piece for over 2 months on and off. I wanted to make it a kind of "journal" birdhouse. Another example of "no rules" art.

After I journaled on both sides of the roof, I let it sit for some time before I could decide if I liked it or not. You know how you just can't seem to finish a piece because it is not going where you want? Well, it has been sitting, unfinished and sad in my studio for some time. I decided this would be a weekend of finishing unfinished projects. Hence, the completion of this "Blue Bird's House".

I journaled on both sides of the roof-first with a simple ink pen-I just pressed extra hard so as to "engrave" the surface, then with gold leaf (I dotted my pen into the gold leaf to fill in the "engraved" areas with gold. Here is the journal entry-not completely exactly as this piece-but close I am sure.
I used to see my mother chewing a blue-green colored gum. When I asked her where she got it, she would reply, "from a little blue bird". I did not understand why she had a special bird that would bring her treats. (Oh, how young minds think). She als0 referred to this "blue bird" whenever she demonstrated that she knew secrets about me or someone else. "A little Blue Bird told Me", she would say.

I was not real happy with this blue bird. He did not bring me gum and he was a tattle tail! I could not understand why he did not come and see me.

Then I grew up, and I finally understood. There are just some things that children should not know. Every mother has a blue bird whether she refers to him or not. He is present. Now I realize that my mother was brilliant!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Journal Artist Organizer Wrap

I created this from an idea for a knitting needle roll up bag. I thought this would be a great way to keep all of our journal art supplies visible and organized in our journal bags. I used a very bright fabric, quilting batting, embroidery thread and the sewing machine. It is 8"X11" and has a pretty purple ribbon to tie it up.

I have it listed on My Etsy. I plan to make more so stay tuned! I'm also working on another funky quilted bag since my other one sold so quickly.

I think this weekend, I need to get a paint fix though. I've been messing with fabric so much that I miss my journals and just getting my hands all messed up with paint! So lookout craft room! Here I come!!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Polk-a-Dot Clutch

I made this little clutch this weekend! I inserted a lovely pink lining. I have always loved this turquoise with brown and then to top it off with pink. Makes me think of ice cream or something fun like that. Anyway, I listed it on Etsy with some other things. Click on the Title above and it will take you to my Etsy site.
My next project is a roll up pencil bag or I will probably call it an art tool bag for visual journalists. I'm using a really funky and vibrant fabric for it. Can't wait to have some time to sew it up and fru-fru it up so you can see it.
Tomorrow is Valentines! Have you made something for your Valentine? I hope you get something sweet and you feel loved, warm and happy! Happy Valentines!!!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Funky Quilted Handbag

I finished this purse last weekend. I thought I already blogged about it...but apparently I did not. I was very pleased with it. It took some time to finish and I decided to call it my "Ten Thousand Stiches Purse" Heehee. It took about that many stiches to put it together and then decorate/embellish it. But, I like doing stiches and embroidery. It is very relaxing to me. It is something very repetitive that does not require much thought.

I was so excited to discover that it had already been purchased from my
Etsy site the other day. Wow! That was quick. So I decided before I send it off to it's new owner, I better share it with you.

On another note, (no pun intended) I find myself obsessed with those cute little matchbox notepads. Have you seen them? They are so cool! Now I'm trying to make a quilted one! I have it cut out and ready to sew. I bought some beautiful pieces of fabric yesterday at Hobby Lobby to use on purses and accessories. I cut out a purse pattern last weekend and hopefully will get to that as well this weekend. My daughter and I are going to Midland to shop and do girl stuff today. I'm looking forward to our time together. We are also going to meet up with our friend Renea and have coffee together. Happy Saturday. Hugs!