Monday, January 30, 2012

Flygirls ATC's one's received and one's to send

I received my wonder ATC's from my Flygirls... Our theme for January was Dream...

This wonderful card is by Helen Naylor

This wonderful card is by Melissa Combs

This wonderful card is by Deborah Eaton

I am working on my February ones... the theme is Love...

And a couple of photos....

For my February ATC's I am painting on cotton fabric. The first one I finished I did some embroidery work on it. I used my watercolor crayons to paint the background. On the finished on I have also used my Inktense pencils... more to come on the ATC's.  Everyday I drive by this tree at the top of my road and finally I stopped and took a picture.... it looks like a heart to me. I also then have to mess around with it with an adjustment layer playing with the "curves". I like how it turned out.

More updates to come later this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

here is another project....

Oh yes, you can never have one project at a time and here is another one I have going...

What is this you ask... well this is going to turn into a screen to block the entrance to my downstairs. I have a dog name Emmett who sometimes has '"accidents" downstairs and I don't want him to go down there anymore without me. I have this ugly old gate thing across there now and he is petrified of it because it has fallen down. I don't what a child's gate so, I decided I am going to make a screen, paint it with artwork (maybe a zentangle or paisley or two or both haven't decided). Now I like to use power tools so I got out the skill saw, measured and cut on the back of my truck. Now the next steps are to gesso the boards. More to come on this project.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

new project (along with unfinished ones)

I have started a couple of new projects and this is one of them...

I know it doesn't look like much right now but what it is... is my favorite shirt and I have taken it apart to make a pattern. I love this shirt in fact I need to get busy on creating a new one. Now this is just one way to make a pattern out of a garment that you seriously love... there are other methods and maybe I will do a series on that method too but, for this one you actually take apart the garment. Of course this being a shirt I only need one front and the back I cut in half because I will place it on the fold. My next steps are to transfer this shirt on to pattern paper or the pattern "interfacing" I will call it that you can get at the fabric store. I went to fashion design school many many years ago and they had the pattern paper which I cannot find anywhere... it is great stuff. So this week end I am going to start turning this into a pattern so I will take more photos on the process so you can see.

Well thanks for stopping by, off to work I go now. Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Flygirls ATC's and snow....

I got my ATC done for a January trade a bit late.... here they are:

and then there was snow...

The theme for our group this month was Dream... Doing ATC's are new for me, I love the challenge it makes you stretch. This next month is Love and I need to get busy on them because they are due here in a few weeks, can you believe in a few weeks it is going to be February. 

We finally got our first snow fall. Typically it doesn't snow down here in the valley but in the mountains close buy it does but even the mountains have not had any snow. The ski resort might get to open in a few days now....  I know it wasn't a lot of snow to move but, to have my driveway cleared off is nice. This is the first year we have had a tractor and for 19 years we have shoveled this driveway by hand, I am now doing the happy dance because I didn't have to do that! Yippy! 

In a few days I am hoping to post about a couple new projects I am starting... one is making a screen (sort of speak) to block the downstairs entrance from the dogs and I am making a pattern out of an old button down shirt I love and hope to show you how you can take a garment you love and make a pattern out of it. 

For now, it's time to close and go to bed... thanks for stopping by and looking...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

my word for 2012.... Embrace

My word for 2012 is Embrace

My Flytribe from by Kelly Rae Roberts course this past summer is having a Word Hop. We have each chosen a word for the year 2012 and mine is EMBRACE. I chose this word for many reasons... I was getting ready for work one morning thinking about the word I wanted to choose, I was listening to Pandora. The song The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel came on (live version) and when I heard this verse:

Now the years are rolling by me
They are rockn' evenly
I am older than I once was
And younger I'll be and that's not unusual.
No it isn't strange
After changes upon changes
We are more or less the same
After changes we are more or less the same

I realized that you cannot change things out of your control that you must embrace them, that you and others have different ideas and you must embrace them and you are who you are and your personality really can't change... "We are more or less the same, after changes we are more or less the same..." as the song says and so, this year I will try to embrace things that change that are out of my control, embrace who I am and embrace decisions that are made by others that I may be fearful of.

As the year progresses, I will have embraced more only time will tell. I will ad more to my journal and more posts as the year carries on. 

Come visit our blog and explore the links of my Flytribe members: Flytribe Word Hop and enjoy reading about my friends. I will also have a button on my page that you can always click on to follow the Flytribe Word Hop.

Hope your New Year has started off well and thanks for stopping by....

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! The past few weeks have been very busy as I am sure it has been for all... My youngest daughter graduated from college a week before Christmas and it was on her birthday too... We had family visit, Christmas and then we put her on a plane to Cambodia on 12/30 for a YWAM mission and with flight cancelations she arrived there today. I did try and make a couple of gifts. Here are a couple of pictures of graduation and a fabric bracelet I made....

got the idea for the bracelet from an email I get daily from Cloth, Paper, Scissors... I need to perfect it a bit. I gave my girls each one and it was quite funny... I also made them aprons (forgot to take a photo). Today I am cleaning my sewing room and I am going to brew a batch of beer with my daughter's boyfriend. We are trying a stout this time... I hope everyone has a wonderful new year! Thanks for stopping by. Karen - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad


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