July 21, 2016

Talk About A Barn Quilt

Check out this wonderful barn quilt!
It's from the 
page on Facebook.
Cool stuff!
The quilt is painted on.
I love it!
Do you think that maybe 
quilting goes on inside the barn?

May Your Day Be Blessed With Creativity,

June 9, 2016

Line and Repitition

On a recent trip to Indiana,
line and repetition caught my eye.

Legends Restaurant

French Lick, Indiana

The Overlook Restaurant
(It overlooks the Ohio River)
Leavenworth, Indiana

Antique cars on a downtown 
street in French Lick

The historic West Baden Hotel Steps
West Baden Springs, Indiana

Entrance to the West Baden Hotel

A second-floor patio 
at the West Baden Hotel

I guess I'm drawn to line and repetition.
They were all really cool places!

Peace, Line & Repitition,


March 21, 2016

Easter Cross

When my Mom passed away in July, my sister Sue bought this cross. I want to call it a wreath but I guess technically it's not since it's not a circle. Anyway, Sue told me that after the funeral, she wanted me to have it. Thanks Sue!

I made it into this Easter cross for the front door. You can't tell but there's a tad bit of red on some of the edges of the word Jesus 
which, of course, represents His shed blood.

Maybe it needs more on it.
Maybe not.
But this is the "wreath" for 
now because it's on the door.
I see that I need to fix the right side of it.

Nevertheless, I wish you all a very Happy Easter!

February 8, 2016

Pillow Power

My dear friend, Faye, just had a birthday. A few weeks ago, she mentioned that she wanted to add a yellow pillow and some yellow and white daisies to her living room.

With that in mind, 
I made this pillow for her.
She loved it!
Mission accomplished.

I had a little leftover fabric and a 
travel pillow that needed a new 
pillowcase so I made one. 
Ms. Travel Pillow will be right at 
home in Wander Woman (our RV).

May your day be Blessed with Creativity
and more!

February 1, 2016

Chair Recovering~Another Before and After

See these chairs?

With the old, ugly, beat-up fabric?

They go with this table.
It's the worktable where I paint, etc.
They were long overdue for a makeover.

Here are the NEW and IMPROVED
chairs covered in a pretty batik.
They're vibrant and happy now.
The pictures don't do them justice!

Wonderful hubby did 95% of the work.  
He's awesome, don't you agree?
If I were to spill paint on them, it'd 
blend right in! Hopefully, I won't 
do any spilling though.
I love them!

May Your Day Be Blessed With Creativity!

January 28, 2016

Before & After Studio

In my last post, I was beginning to sort through and re-arrange the studio. I'm pleased to say that the job is now complete.

Let's take a before and after tour.

The Sewing Corner

The two layers of tubs atop the left shelves are mostly full of yarn with the exception of a few. They need to be moved. All that fabric on the four shelves on the right will be moved as well. I'll show you where they end up later.
A closer look at the sewing corner

Sewing Corner
All the shelves were sorted through, and some 
items were relocated, others were tossed.

With the yarn relocated, this shelf 
mostly houses ribbon and fat quarters--mostly!
My wonderful hubby made this peg board so I could hang all of those embroidery hoops (and more). They have been begging for a home ever since I got my embroidery machine and now they have one. I heard them whisper a happy sigh when they were gently placed on their designated pegs!

Drawing and journaling corner.
Hubby extended the bottom two shelves 
so that the electronics could be moved
and for more space in general.

The electronics are directly under the TV now
and out of the way. There's a lot more space.

The painting area next to the door.

And the messy worktable!

The worktable was moved out from in front 
of the window, turned, and moved to the corner.
It's much cleaner too.
Take a good gander because it 
may not stay that way for long!

We moved these white shelves to the right to 
make room for the table on that corner wall. 
It made the entire area more spacious.
Oh, and that's sweet Chewy passing through!
The tubs of yarn I mentioned earlier 
are on top the white cabinets.

Inside the cabinets.
The paint & collage cabinet.
 That paint caddy on the 
second shelf has got to go!

The sewing cabinet.
The containers on the top shelves are out of 
there and so is everything on the second shelf!

Both cabinets.

I love the change!
The paint caddy (left) is gone and everything 
has been rearranged and pared down. 
The fabric I showed you earlier in the sewing area was moved to the top two shelves in the sewing cabinet (right). Those fabrics are all bigger than fat quarters. The containers that were on those shelves are now on top next to the yarn.

Finally, the desk.
There's no before and after 
because they look similar!

When I finished with getting the room together, 
I was still faced with this mess!
 This pile consists of unfinished projects, new projects and some completed projects. It all amounts to sewing, mending, sanding, painting, collaging, a little of everything.

Here's a broader view.
Some of the items in those plastic 
drawers should be in that pile!

I did get all that stuff sorted.
Here's the evidence--a clean sewing table!
 When I said the room was completed, I lied! 
Can you ever forgive me?
I do have to work on projects 
from the sewing table pile.
In addition, see the file cabinets 
below the sewing table?
They need to be cleaned out.
 So do these top two drawers below!
I'm in no rush to do the file cabinets and 
these drawers but I won't put it off too long.
These plastic drawers are going away too!

As you might imagine, I'm a happy woman! 

May Your Day Be Blessed with Creativity,

January 18, 2016

Mixed Media Monday #2

This is a bit of a non-traditional Mixed Media Monday because on a whim (sort of), I decided to tear apart my studio yesterday. The goal is to clean, re-arrange, and go through every single item! And let me tell you, my friend, there is one big, fat MIX of all kinds of STUFF in there so in my book, it qualifies for Mixed Media Monday. 

I will share some pics in a minute but first, I must tell you that it all started because my friend Suzette gave me a delightful sun catcher for Christmas. She made it and I love it!  In fact, she gave sun catchers to two of our other friends too and here's a pic of us with them.  

Cindi, Me, Faye and pretty sun catchers.

I wanted to hang the sun catcher but I didn't have an S hook to fit over the curtain rod that I want to put it on, nor would it fit through the jewelry clasp. I liked the idea of braiding some yarn and hanging the sun catcher off the end. 

Sounds easy enough, right?
Not exactly.

The problem was that I could not get to the yarn! It's all stored in little, plastic tubs, high up on a shelf. I would have to climb on top of the sewing table and embroidery machine to access it. A contortionist, I am not. I also have breakable body parts.

So really, what's a woman to do?
Tear the entire room apart
and start over, right?

See the little shelves on the left 
with the tub on the very top? 
That's where yarn can be found too. 

 You can see it here, top right.
Below it are spools of 
ribbon and fat quarters.
I don't have to go through all the fabric and ribbon because I did that about a year ago but I think that's about the only thing I don't need to go through. 

See the sewing machine 
table in the foreground? 
It's pulled out from the wall in this pic
but, of course, it was pushed up against it.

These bigger shelves house mostly 
larger cuts of fabric and the like.

Now bear in mind as you look at these pics, 
I've already started tearing the room 
apart so everything is in disarray.
Here's another corner.

 Lots of pencils, pens, markers, 
papers, and the like. Every marker 
and pen will be given a written test.
To pass the test, they must write.  
Some will go, some will stay!

Below is stuff to go through, 
stuff to finish, 
and some stuff that needs fixin'.

There are shelves above 
every window and the door. 
That stuff will be sorted through as well.

A look at the main worktable.
Lots of paintbrushes and 
other stuff to go through.

The doors look innocent enough but...
They're not!
Paint & collage stuff, stamps, 
stencils and so much more.
The paint holder on the second shelf rotates 
and the other side is full of paint too.
Some will go, some will stay.
I might even get rid of that paint holder!

 Sewing stuff.
A Dallas Cowboys flag?
Why is that in there?
 Oh yes, lots of stuff to sort here too.

Those little plastic cases on the top shelf have lots of little compartments in them which are full of stuff like buttons, jewelry, baubles, etc. I see Mitsuhiki and Angelina fibers. Yikes, lots of stuff!

Do I really need to go through them?
Probably not.

Also, a brown basket full of computer boards and other metal stuff for assemblage or steam punk pieces which I have never ever done in my life but would really like to do someday. 

Oh, someday--heavy sigh!

The big cabinet picture.

Then, last but not least, the desk.
Plenty of stuff to go through there, and in 
those two matching file cabinets, front right.

So what do you think?
It's a mixed up, mixed around, 
mixed media mess, right?

And here's Suzette, 
the troublemaker that started it all!
And boy am I thankful that she did.
Well... I will be when the job is done.
Thank you Suzette!
Love you dear friend!

May Your Day Be Creative and Bright, 
My Blogland Friends!