Monday, March 17, 2008
Well, I have to say that for the most part, St. Patrick's Day got passed me - just zipped right by. I didn't wear green or go to a parade. Pretty bad for someone who is half Irish. My Irish ancestors, the Carnahans, were a grand group - most of them passed on now. So I will just tip my hat and smile remembering the twinkle in their eyes and their rosy cheeks - nice memories. I suppose that is what St. Patty's Day is all about - good memories and cheer!
I stayed pretty busy in my sewing room today. My DH has been putting together two chest of drawers we purchased. (I helped put on the knobs at least!) They have six drawers each (that's the REALLY important part - drawers/storage!) and I intend to put them back-to-back with a top across the whole thing - leaving a space between them so that I can get my knees in for sitting to sew or paint. As you can see we are still working on this and the sewing room itself...little by little. We don't have the backs on the chests, but you get the idea...a new top will be put across the whole thing, but there will be spaces on each side where I can sit and have room for my knees. The piece will also be on casters so I can move it to the side when needed. It will be kind of a movable work island. So....my studio is a mess as you can see, but it has given me an opportunity to start re-organizing some things - yet again (seems to be a recurring activity especially in my sewing room).
I made my very first ATC today. It was for the challenge for Anna Nowicki and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can see where these might become addictive. The theme for this one is "saucy lady"..... a french dress mannequin figure with chili peppers, french writing and a touch of some musical note fabric. I did some free-motion stitching in red (this is definitely not my forte, but I tried) and then I couched down some copper/metallic yarn that I dribbled around. I added the buttons and washers that were mandatory and some beads for fun. I backed it with the chili pepper fabric and just made a small name tag that I fused on. Sorry the colors aren't the best in this picture....the background has more golden browns.
I finished painting all my cabs - that took a while, but was a lot of fun. I added art glitter to some and pearlX powders and then a clear matt coat finish. These will be fun to use on journal covers and other projects. These were so easy to do using the Crayola Model Magic. I am going to try some sculpy clay next.
I got all my lace around the inner pages, fronts and backs. I also did a decorative gold metallic stitch around the outside edges of all my memory pages. That took quite a while - stitching will gold metallic thread and getting the "happiest" tension setting for a decorative stitch - OMG. I haven't gotten brave enough yet to put in the grommets, but that is coming! I want to add some more color or something to the pages to give them all a more vintage appearance - paint? - stitched vines and roses? - beads? I am waiting for inspiration to wrap its arms around me on that one. I also have yet to design the front cover...that's on the "to do" list.
Tomorrow is Sewing Bee day and I will keep you apprised - there is always something cooking!
For now, take a gander at these beautiful blocks that will comprise the Breast Cancer Wallhanging the online group I am involved with is putting together this year. They are not all in yet, but those that are, are just amazing. The wallhanging will surely give encouragement, hope, and joy to all who see it at the hospital where it will reside.