Monday, November 28, 2016

Family week

This has been family week, lots of eating ,creating, games, turkey trot and more. My three children, their spouses and six grandchildren ages 7 to 24 makes for a full and busy house. We did the annual 5k turkey trot in Ontario, OR on Thanksgiving morning, then made the stop for our after race coffee and smoothies before going back to Weiser to cook dinner.

My daughter brought bags of yarn and wool roving for needle felting. My husband and son in law were the only ones that didn't participate in the creating, the most popular item was coasters. I had two made for me.

My daughter made the one on the left because I do a lot of black and white circles.
The oldest grand daughter made the one on the right because we both love trees.

Unfortunately I was too busy to take pictures of everything else.

I made pouches for each of the grand kids before their arrival.

The oldest is still here, I'll take her to the airport tomorrow for her flight back to Virginia. This is the first time in about five years that she has been able to join us, the last three years she was in Rome, Morocco and Indonesia . She has spent the past two days playing in my studio, the needle felting has moved to a new level using my Embellisher and my pile of scraps has been greatly diminished.
She has been making gifts for her close friends. Jade has lived in Morocco and Palestine and is involved with the Syrian refugees, she gets this. It symbolizes hope.

Rachel gets a little purse with images from the Northwest since she plans on moving there.

She's still working away so there will be more, and I didn't get a picture of all the coasters she has done.

The Weekly Leaf
This week I printed a few of my favorite maple leaves from this fall onto cotton with my inkjet printer.
After putting misty fuse on the back I cut out the leaf on the upper left. That was rather tedious! It was then fused to hand dyed fabric and stitched.

Week #48

Daily Stitching updates

Gelli prints #327-333

Shades of Orange #254-260

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching" later in the week.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Another rejection

This past week I received my thanks, but no thanks letter from the SAQA exhibition committee, all three of my voice pieces were rejected. Now I need to find another show that they would fit in to enter. I also have to roll them up and find a place to store them.

I've had a busy week trying to get everything ready for company. I took my first trip of several trips to the airport this morning so one grand daughter is here, by Wednesday there will be thirteen of us. A few of them have "projects" they need help with, plus I have some projects set up for them too.

The Weekly Leaf

I used an oak leaf and SolarFast for this one, here they are ready to go out into the sunshine for ten minutes.


Daily Stitching updates

Gelli prints #320-326

Shades of Orange #247-253

I'll be linking up to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

Monday, November 14, 2016

Back to sewing

This week I started going thru my pile of stalled projects, started cutting up one, decided to quilt another and added a piece to a third one. The third one is actually a long piece of cotton duck fabric that was dipped in indigo. Cut about 20inches off one end and added a pale moon.

Next step will be to quilt it, my plan is to keep it very simple and serene. The finished size will be about 20"H x 48"W, so far it even has a title "Pale Moon Rising".

The second one is black and white squares that were meant for something else that didn't work. I had pieced them together earlier this year and then never did anything else with them. This one is about 40"H x 20"W and doesn't have a name.

The white part has been quilted.

The one that I started to cut up has gone back into the pile.

SAQA has a trunk show every year and the deadline is Nov. 30, so I made a piece for it while I was doing this weeks leaf. I had picked up some ginkgo leaves while walking and put them to work. I used my usual 6"x6"gelli plate for the weekly and my larger 10"x8" plate for the trunk show piece.

SAQA trunk show
Ginko Leaves
Week #46

Daily Stitching updates

Gelli Prints #313-#319

Shades of Orange #240-246

Later in the week I'll be linking up with "Off theWall Friday" and Slow Sunday Stitching"

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mosaic ball done and a new toy

I finished up the glueing on the mosaic bowling ball and the input that I asked for last week was overwhelmingly leaning toward black grout, so that's what I did. Here's a picture of the grout being rubbed in.

After it dried some then was cleanup time and here is the finished ball.

The pots on my front porch were looking naked without their summer plants, so for now it has a home.

I was doing some online Christmas shopping for grandchildren and found a deal ($7) for a clip on macro lens for my iPhone. So I bought myself a new toy and it came this afternoon. I've taken a couple of shots of some of my stuff and this one is my favorite so far.
The package also included a fisheye lens and a wide angle lens, so I have some playing to do. I was good and also ordered presents for the grandkids.

The Weekly Leaf

This week I revisited the paper I had used in weeks 8,10 and 31, there's still some left. i added a bit more color to it this time with colored pencil.

Week #45

Daily Stitching updates

Gelli prints #306-312

Shades of orange #233-239

I'll be linking to "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching"