Monday, December 24, 2012

All stitched up and ready to wrap!



At last!!  Yea!  I have wanted to do this for several months but other projects got in the way.  More on those later.  My dad loves to play music, primarily bluegrass but he also plays hymns.  When I was at my parents home for Thanksgiving, Mom got the mandolin out for me and I took some pics.  So here it is finished with some detail photos, as well.  I had a lot of fun putting it together.  I hope he will enjoy it.  What do you think?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Stitching more.....

Progress as promised.  Now I am stitching the frets  and have more to add, I don't know the names of all the parts.  But there will be more.....stay tuned!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shhh....Christmas Secrets


When I was a kid that was the thing we would say when the intended receipent walked in on a conversation about their gift.  That meant turn around, you cannot hear this!  So don't tell my Dad everyone, but I am working on a project for him for Christmas.  He has played musical instruments since before I was born.  In fact, if you look at my profile photo here on my blog, you will find a photo of my Dad and me with a couple of his instruments.  Anyway, this is the start of his gift and I hope it works out as I planned it on paper.  I will post another photo of the finished product soon since it IS part of his Christmas presents and I have to get busy to finish it!  More soon, in the meantime, remember, shhh....Christmas Secrets!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Falling Leaves

Recently I had lunch with some very creative women and we exchanged handmade gifts.  I wanted to do something for them that was unique, I had not seen and had not made before.  After giving it some thought, I decided to come up with these stylized leaves.  And I personalized them for the recipients.  Starting at the bottom, Rosiland always puts a flower in her quilts, so I gave her a flower.  Next, counter clockwise the orange and gold was for Jereena who is from India.  Then Barb hand dyes a lot of fabric so hers was made with a batik with the look of one of Barb's hand dyed fabrics.  Then there is Billie, and she is new to our group.  And lastly (but not least) is Carole, a fabulous quilter and all who know her know she has a very distictive look using her signature colors so the one I made for her was in celebration of that. 

Thank you to all my Creative Friends.  I look forward to a new year of creating together.  Sharing laughter, sharing techniques, encouragement and love with my sisters of the cloth!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My new series

I call them Journey Guides.  Who will you choose to travel with?  And they come with different characteristics.  Joy, Fierceness and Grace are a few of the characteristics I attribute to them.  They are reminders of what you may want more of in your life.  Of this group, only the one on the far right, Skye, remains.  The others have all found good homes.  Currently you can find them at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center in the Holiday show, but after December is over, I will have them home again.  If you are interested in more information, or think you are interested in bringing one home with you, post a comment and I will contact you.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

rings, Rings, RINGS!!

Do you love rings like I do? Oh here is something great for you! I am a fiber artist, but like most artists, I also enjoy other forms of creativity. And one thing I like to do outside of fiber art is making these great "scrunchy" rings on a stretchy cord. They look more expensive than they are. I sell them for just $29 apiece. One of my girlfriends told me she doesn't travel with her good jewels anymore. She travels with my rings and then if she should lose one, she won't lose any sleep over it, she will just call me and get another "scrunchy" ring. And another friend bought one for her Mother-in-law who loves rings but now has arthritic fingers and by the time a ring is large enough to slip over the enlarged knuckles, it spins around on her finger. Not fun!! My stretchy rings easily glide over the large knuckle and then shrinks back to original size and NO MORE SPINNING RINGS! YEA!!!! My rings are for sale in Eula Boutique, 7337 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Eula is just one mile south of the Kenwood Towne Center on Montgomery Rd.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tribute to Casey


My quilt guild is sad right now.  We have lost Casey.  I posted this pic on an earlier post when I was making my name tag for the art quilting and fiber art guild.  She was a special woman and in the short time that I had the pleasure of knowing her, I could see she was a talented woman and strong.  She had fought serious illness for many years, yet cancer did not have her, she had cancer.  She had a lot more art to get out and nothing was going to stop that.  She could always make a suggestion on a project that had you stumped.  She was very curious and explored new techniques all the time and shared them with the group through workshops.  She was always encouraging to those around her.  She was just one of those people that made me glad I had the pleasure of knowing her.  Talented, insightful, thoughtful, interested.....amazing.  These are some of the words that come to mind when I think about Casey.   We miss you Casey, but we will carry on and you will be in the middle of everything we do as a guild, because you will always be in our hearts.