Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Pincushion Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Pinterest Board

I've loved making crafts with terrra cotts pots for many years.  Back in 1999 I saw a crafts project in a Crafts magazine for making Pin Pal Pincushons by Mary Ayres.  They looked really cute and I thought they'd make great gifts so I made the five shown above.

Over the years I've seen other adorable pincushion projects that I thought would be fun to make.  I haven't made any more  but decided to set-up a Pinterest board for pincushion projects for when I get the urge.

If you love making pincushions I hope the pincushion tutorials, video's and how-to's on my Pinterest board are helpful..

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Fourteen Years Later I Finally Had Time To Finish The Wood Christmas Ornament Pieces

I often get asked how I manage to make so many things. My answer is always - think kits and assembly line. Whenever I've made something over the years I've always made a  bunch at once in an assembly line fashion creating kits to be done at some later point in time.

For instance when I was in my woodworking phase I would spend days on end outlining the pattern pieces on the wood pieces hubby and I had bought. Then hubby and I would spend days on end cutting the wood. If the projects called for fabric or other embellishments I would spend days on end cutting the fabric and putting all the embellishments together. Then I would put everything together in a kit and store it until I was ready to make it.

When I did make it I would make many at one time painting everything that needed painting first, then sewing everything that needed sewing, gluing everything that needed gluing, etc. Multiple projects were worked on at the same time which, in the end, resulting in my being able to make a lot of things in less time. If I made each item one at a time I would waste a lot of time in the set up and cleaning up of tools and work areas each time. If you do it all at once you only set up and clean that particular area once.

Needless to say since I never do anything in moderation I have a lot of kits waiting to be assembled. So, since I was working on the wood projects for my Tinytopia class I decided to see what other wood kits I had waiting to be finished and found two that could be made at the same time as the projects for my class.

One of the wood kits I had waiting to be made was from a Plum Purdy by Renee Mullins pattern I had bought in 2001. The pattern called for making 6 wood Christmas ornaments painted on one side. I had cut two pieces of wood for each ornament so I would be making 12 ornaments.

I was hoping to show you a picture of the pattern but it is so old it is no longer in circulation - at least I couldn't find a picture of it online.

Since I was now in a mixed media phase I decided to finish the ornaments this way on both sides.  I would be painting, collaging, embellishing, sculpting, stenciling, gluing and sewing the ornaments in various mixed media ways.

Here's my results:

Fronts of the two Santa ornaments.

Backs of the two Santa ornaments.

Fronts of the two mitten ornaments.

Backs of the two mitten ornaments.

Fronts of the two snowman ornaments.

Backs of the two snowman ornaments.

Fronts of the two stocking ornamrns.

Backs of the two stocking ornaments.

Fronts of the two gingerbread ornaments.

Backs of the two gingerbread ornaments.

Fronts of the two angel ornaments.

Backs of the two angel ornaments.

Fourteen years later and this kit was finally finished.  Albeit not like the pattern had called for, but finished the way I wanted to for now.  In looking at the ornaments I was pleased with the way they had all turned out.  I hope you would agree.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Mixed Media Tutu Dress Canvas Pictures Adventure

I have so many different crafting interests that when I find a craft project I want to try I rarely make more than two or three items. That was until took a couple of Artful Gathering mixed media classes. I fell in love with mixed media and, as a result, have been making some ( make that many) different types of mixed media craft items from tutu canvases to tiny houses, to fairy houses, to seasonal and holiday collage pictures. For the last three months I've been totally absorbed in my mixed media projects and have loved every minute of it.

I started this adventure with the 3 mixed media tutu dress canvas picture projects that I made from Debby Anderson's "A Romantic Journey On Canvas" at Artful Gathering.

I knew before taking this class that I would love it so as I was going along I anticipated making more than the number of projects required for the course. After sculpting the tutu for the class I decided to sculpt a few extra's in various sizes. I love giving handmade gifts so making a few extra tutu's was the smart thing to do.

I ended up making five additional tutu's - which resulted in five other mixed media tutu dress canvas pictures being made.

Three of the additional tutu pictures I made are shown in the picture at the beginning of this post and above.

The tutu picture shown above is on an 8" by 8" by 3/4" canvas.

The tutu picture shown above is on a 5" by 7" by 3/4" canvas.

The tutu picture shown above is on a 6" by 6" by 3/4" canvas.

The remaining two aren't quite done so I can't show you those as of yet.  You'll just have to stay tuned for those when they're finished in the next few months.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fall Just Puts My Creative Juices In Overdrive

In thinking about the Fall and my desire to create, sew, and design and all the blog posts I had written about the Fall (and there were A LOT) I remembered the story I had written about this in November of 2006 and thought you might enjoy reading it again.

In the 9 years since I wrote that post I would have to say that this has happened to me many (well, make that many, many, many) times and, as a result, I've made many (well, make that many, many, many) Fall related dolls, crafts, and floral arrangements for my home.

Here's what I wrote:

What Is It About This Season That Drives My Creativity?

It's almost like clockwork. Like some internal drive. Some innate driving force. For sure, it's something!

By now I'm sure you must be wondering what I'm talking about.

Well, I'm talking about my "creativity drive" and the Fall/Christmas season. What is it about this season that drives my creativity?

Every year around the end of August I can start to feel it. This urge to create starts to show itself. It starts slowly and builds gradually until it reaches a full-blown crescendo in November. But, I can feel it starting and I know that I won't have any control over it, once again.

Every year it just takes over my body. And, then I just have to either sew, create floral arrangements or craft something.

Or, I have to design patterns and sew some more dolls. Like I need any more dolls! But, that's a subject for another article! The point is, I just have to create - SOMETHING! ANYTHING!

Of course, my husband would say; "Why don't you create doing the housework!" Nah! That's no fun.

This inner force, whatever it is has got a creative mind all its own. And, it definitely has a hold on me. Look out, anyone or anything that gets in its way.

Forget the housework - what's a little dirt and dust!

Forget the shopping - who needs to eat!

Forget the bills - YIKES!!!

Forget the family! Oh, boy! That's a no-no!

Forget eating - that's okay - it's called creativity dieting!

Even forget to take the dog out to do his business! Come on now that's something you have to do! Well, maybe not. He can hold it.

So, what is it that takes over? I'm not sure but I know that I'm not alone with this. Many crafters that I've talked to tell me that they also experience this. It might be at different times of the year, but they know when it's starting. Maybe it's a crafting thing? When you're in the "crafting", "creating" mode you are "IN THE MODE."

And, when I'm in the mode, I'll sew hundreds of dolls or design hundreds of patterns. I might put together multiple numbers of floral arrangements, or anything else that I seem to want to create.

I don't know about you, but I'm a little obsessive when it comes to my sewing and crafting. I have to cut everything out first, then sew everything, then put everything together. That means if I have 100 items to cut out I cut all one hundred before I start to sew anything.

The same holds true with sewing. I'll sit there and sew all one hundred dolls and then I'll put all one hundred dolls together. Of course, this means that I have to write-up 100 patterns all at once - which is really a chore. All the pattern designers will know what I mean by that statement.

In any event, I never said my way was the way to go about it. It's just my way of feeding my "hungry" inner creativity drive. Maybe I should call it my "hungry" inner obsessive creativity drive?

Sometimes I don't know what's worse. My inner creativity drive or living with over 1,000 handmade dolls. Hmmmm.....? Definitely, living with over 1,000 handmade dolls is worse. They talk back to me.

So, what is this creative drive and where does it come from? Why in late August? Why the Fall/Christmas season?

Maybe it relates back to the fact that as a child I loved to sew all my Christmas presents? I come from a large family so there were quite a few presents to make. Maybe it's the act of making presents to give to my loved ones? Generosity drives it? Hmmm..... Probably not.

Or, maybe there's just something about the bright, cheery, vibrant colors of the Fall season?

Maybe it's feeling the cool, brisk, New England climate while raking leaves and then going inside to a cinnamon candle burning and a cup of tea or cocoa? Hmmm...... Probably not.

Maybe it's because for every holiday as a child I would scour the woods for materials to make a centerpiece? Or, every holiday season the family would gather together to make a new Christmas decoration? Hmmm.... Probably not.

Maybe it's just because I come from a family of crafters and sewers? It's just plain in my genes - in my DNA. Hmmm.......

Is that possible? Can a person have "creative" DNA? Hmmmm.... I wonder. Creative DNA!

I don't know. I just know that I'm not alone with this. Other crafters have told me they, too, have an inner driving force. Maybe we all have "creative" DNA?

I don't know if I'll ever find out why I have this drive or what it is about this season that enhances my creativity?

Maybe, however, I should I should stop worrying about it and just enjoy the "creative" moments? Tis the season - the "creative" season that is!

Since Fall is my favorite season for crafting I set-up a Fall tutorialds, video's, patterns, and how-to's Pinterest board filled with all sort of wonderful Fall crafts for you to make.

I hope you enjoy some of the Fall seasonal crafts tutorials, video's and how-to's I have found.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Tiny Houses Mixed Media Mini Canvas Pictures

One of the projects from the Tinytopia & The Magic of Little Things online class being taught by Mary Jane Chadbourne at Artful Gathering that I took this summer was to make a mini mixed media tiny house canvas picture.  Mine weren't done when I posted about the other mixed media Tinytopia houses I had made here so I thought you'd like to see them.

I, of course, couldn't just make 1 - I had to make three.

In total I made seventeen mixed media items from that class.  The class called for making three different types of projects - a Tinytopia street village, fairy houses, and a tiny house canvas.

Given my new name is "lack of moderation, Linda" I had to make more.  Looking at the number of items I made you'd have to say I loved that class.  Wouldn't you agree?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Tinytopia Mixed Media House Canvases

I finally finished the last two projects I will be making from the Tinytopia & The Magic of Little Things online class being taught by Mary Jane Chadbourne class at Artful Gathering this summer.

The project was to create a small, simple design mixed media canvas from the miniature houses.

Well, given that I never do anything in moderation my canvases were small (6" x 6" and 8" x 8") but not a simple design.  Mine ended up being dense collage clusters of sorts. I started out trying to make them simple, but they just wouldn't cooperate.    So, dense they became.

The one shown in the picture at the beginning of this post is a seasonal Spring and Summer garden collage.

Given that we're almost to my favorite season - Fall and given that I always make something for every Fall season I decided to make something for the upcoming Fall season and Halloween holiday. My Fall and Halloween mixed media canvas dense collage is shown below.

I totally enjoyed the 3 online classes that I took at Artful Gathering this summer and learned a LOT but have to say that they were a LOT of work - especially two classes in one session. I don't think I'll be taking two classes in one session again as they took a lot of time and time, for me, is of the essence. So next year I'll be back to one each session.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

New Bunny Custom Fabric Designs - What's Not To Like?

We're just a few weeks away from one of my favorite seasons and favorite holidays - Fall and Christmas.  So, of course, I was thinking about that and my creative juices got a hold of me.

Now I know you're probably wondering what new designs for Fall and Christmas I have.  Well, I've got a surprise for you as my creative juices took me in an entirely opposite direction - to bunnies and Easter.


Bunnies and Easter - that's a whole different spectrum than Fall and Christmas.  I know.

It's just once I got started the adorable nature of bunnies took over.  Cute, adorable, colorful, pastel colored bunnies - what's not to love?

I hope you like my new bunny and Easter designs.

Bunny Fabric 1

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Friday, August 14, 2015

New Seasonal Flower Designs Custom Fabric

When it comes to flowers I can never have enough.  When it comes to flower crafts or silk floral arrangements the more the merrier.  So, of course, when it comes to custom flower fabrics designs the same holds true.  The more the merrier.  Especially if they're filled with delightful and colorful designs.

I hope you like my new seasonal custiom fabric flower designs.

Flower Arrangement Fabric 1

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Leave It To An Adorable Little Boy To Ruin The Summer Of White Faced Girls!

It was supposed to be the summer of white faced girls.  Sunflower's baby was to be the 4th cria born this summer and was supposed to be a girl!  At least that's what my sister was hoping for.

Well, leave it to a male to screw things up.  Rock Garden Alpacas 4th and final cria for the 2015 season was a little boy.  An adorable little boy.

Look at his adorable face.  How could you be mad at him for being a boy when he's the epitome of cuteness!  So, my sister named him Stachys.

Here's what my sister had to say about him:  "Here he is! Our 4th and final cria for the 2015 season. Introducing Rock Garden's Stachys a very fine, crimpy bright white full accoyo. Mom is our girl Sunflower and sire is Ideuma Creek Alpacas Accoyo Truman co-owned with Gentle Breeze Alpacas. Very exciting!!"

So Stachys joins his 3 cousins:  Gladiola, Peony, and Marigold.




So now my sister has three adorable female alpacas with beautiful white faces and one "cute as a button" little boy..

If you get a chance please visit my sister's two websites - Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My New Birds and Birdhouses Custom Fabric Designs

There's something so charming about colorful birds and birdhouses.  So I'm sure you can understand how much fun I had while designing my new custom fabric birds and birdhouses.  There are 15 colorful birds and birdhouse designs in my new collection.

I hope you like them and find them as charming as I do.

Canary Birdhouse Fabric 1

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