April 19, 2014

springtime memories

One of my favorite things to do when the boys were young was to have an egg hunt. 
 It was fun. 
We'd wait for them to go to sleep, then take out the (tacky) plastic eggs- fill them with coins and treats, then hide them.

 The trickiest part was remembering where they were hidden.  A few always showed up months later with a petrified jelly bean inside or better yet a few coins.  

We don't do egg hunts anymore, but I seem to always put the colored eggs out around this time.  
This year, though - I decided to change them up a little.  
I painted the eggs and wrapped them with twine, decorative paper, vintage fabrics and buttons . . . 

 . . . then put them in a few spring baskets.

And, Mom, you'll recognize this basket!
I'm guessing I got this for my first Easter... I would have been just shy of 5 months.  
We can officially say it's 'vintage' (and then some).

The bunnies, I made out of fabric from a vintage Christening gown.  The shape is perfect, they remind me of the solid chocolate bunnies we used to get in our basket.
First order of business was always to bite off the ears, then the tail...
. . . then it would be taken away and cut into small bite sized pieces because,
"we wouldn't want to wreck our teeth."

 Mom do you remember all those fancy eggs we used to make? We made Bill blow them out, then we used those minuscule scissors, cut them open and decorated the insides.  
Dad and Kelly ate the eggs.  
We made so many, I think Dad even drank some raw eggs
 and that was even before Rocky was doing it.  gag.

So for ole times sake I cut apart some plastic eggs and decorated the insides.  The others were much better, but this was fun nonetheless. 

  More eggs covered with scraps, these not so tedious.

  I'm pretty sure I'm done covering eggs for awhile.  
It's time to just enjoy their bright colors

while we wait for the spring flowers to come up.

Happy Spring!

April 4, 2014

paper krafting

Have you heard of kraft-tex kraft paper fabric?
It's cool stuff.
It sort of feels like leather but it's paper.
You can decorate it anyway you want
and it's washable.

It comes in Natural and I think black and white now.  Mine is natural.
I doodle painted a piece of it with acrylic inks and textile medium.
Then made a bag.
It is like leather as it will perforate with a needle so the inside was quilted instead of the outside.

Another piece was decorated with water pastels,

then cut and glued to the cover of my new sketch journal.  
I sprayed this piece with a sealer because I didn't want to wait for the pastels to cure.

 Awhile ago I needed a folder for some quilting designs so I made one with the kraft paper.  
Water pastels were used here too and they held up fine and the folder has too.  
It's stitched together with stitched in pockets as well.

I'm always looking for cool stuff to use with my art.  
This kraft - tex kraft paper fabric by C&T Publishing didn't disappoint.  

April 1, 2014

jelly belly

There is no secret about it: 
I- Love-Nature.  

Today is the online ArtSquared group reveal and the theme is nature.

The hardest part of this challenge was to decide what part of nature to create.

 I picked the 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
 Or affectionally called - Jelly Belly.
The Grosbeak come around in the thick of summer 
when the days are
and long.

Put out a cup of jelly and soon you will notice him visit.
He will bring his wife 
and kids too.

He lovingly shares his jelly with his family, 
but eats most of it himself.

And if you look closely at him when he is finished, you will notice jelly stains on his beak.
No time to clean as he has to get right to his music. 

The best part of the Grosbeak's visit is his sweet song.
He will sing for you well into the evening.
Happy Nature Watching!
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 And if you've been sleeping all winter, it's time to wake up sleepy head


March 18, 2014

giving inspires giving

Saturday was National Quilting day.  And I was happy to spend the whole day doing just that!

Three quick quilts were made and as soon as I get them quilted they will be donated to my Guild to be given as Comfort Quilts.

Warm and cozy and hopefully will provide much needed comfort to someone in need.

Back in November when my friend Sharon and I made 100s of pink ornaments for our Trees for Hope donation tree, we asked members for pink scrap fabrics.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think an entire bag of pink fabric would appear! 
(I really should have known though, quilters are the most generous people...)
  Well, I pledged to use up the scraps and make a comfort quilt, maybe two.
 I'm three quilts in and have fabrics for one more comfort project, maybe two!

So, thank you ladies- your pink fabric is the gift that will keep on giving.

  I never showed a picture of our pink donation tree so it is pictured below, it came out really sweet.  The Trees for Hope event raised $3,000 and was donated to Oliva Fund for Cancer Care.

--- giving inspires giving ---

March 6, 2014

I'm baaaaaaack

Well, I wasn't really anywhere, just here.  
It's been busy.
It's quilt show weekend!

Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild is hosting it's biennial Quilt Show.
March 8-9, 2014 10-4
Blackstone Valley Tech High School in Upton, MA

. . . There will be lots to see . . .

. . .  pretty quilts . . .

Above is Sandy's,
below is Dorlores'.

 . . . groups of Round Robin quilts . . .
Below is mine, it's a row robin.

 . . .Youth Quilt Exibit . . .
Which is one of my personal favorites. 
I was delighted to mentor my little friend this year.

 There will be plenty of shopping with 17 vendors. 
 Silent Auction items.  
And the boutique with handcrafted items, gently used tools, books, patterns plus more.

I had fun making up some hand painted kid's artist totes to put in the boutique.

The raffle basket table is always a fun table to visit.  
Take a chance, I hope you win!

And our Special Exhibit this year is
Sweet Dreams.
 In support of a few of our members and friends who have lost a child 
over the past few years we are supporting
Bereaved Parents of USA.

As a measure of solidarity members have crafted pillow cases to be sold in pairs.
You are not alone.

Proceeds from the sale of the pillow cases will be donated to Bereaved Parents of USA.  A non profit self-help group which offers support, education, encouragement and hope.

And last but not least don't forget your tickets for the Raffle Quilt Pictured at the top!
"A Quilter's Garden-Where Friendship Grows"
(winning ticket pulled Sunday March,9)

Hope to see you there!
Thimble Pleasures Quilt Show
March 8-9, 2014 10-4
Blackstone Valley Tech High School
Upton, MA

December 19, 2013

Imitating nature

We had our first snow this week.
The first day was good for making snow people.

The second day was crisp and cold. 

If you looked carefully you could
see the actual flakes.

Like tiny little crystals.

 Sugar frosted trees.

And an already fun game is so much better in the snow.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are enjoying the season.

December 6, 2013

In the pink-

More pink for our 'Breast Friend's donation tree.

It was nice to use the donated pink fabrics from our generous quilting friends.  
We asked for scraps and got so much more.
Sort of like the story - "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"
I'll use the remaining pinks to make a comfort quilt for donation, maybe two.  

We used some felt.

And made a few bucks for the tree . . .   
. . .  he supports her when she gets 'it'.  
And she supports him,
because he can get 'it' too.  

 Every tree needs a simple skirt.
Pink corduroy with fused snowflakes.

Laura made us this pretty lady for our tree.
Our topper didn't work out as planned, so maybe she'll sit the top.  
I think she'll work perfectly.

 The workshop has been busy and fun.  
One last thing to do . . . 

My friend Donna gave me this pretty swatch and asked if I could make something special with it.
I will.

Tonight we set up our tree and the festival starts tomorrow.
If you are in and around the Blackstone Valley I hope you will attend.
You can find it on Facebook (which I don't have, but I think you can search)

Trees for Hope Festival
40 lighted, decorated trees will be raffled by ticket raffle.
All proceeds from the event go directly to the 
Oliva Fund for Cancer at Milford Regional Medical Center.
The Fund provides support to individuals and families undergoing treatment for cancer.

Trees for Hope Festival 
December 7, 9am-7pm
December 8, 9am-1pm

Saint Gabriel's Church 
151 Mendon Street
Upton, MA