Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kabloom! Pincushion Pattern Now Available

Just a little shout out to say that  the Kabloom!  pincushion pattern is now available!

KaBloom! Pincushion Pattern

Show off this juicy pincushion on your sewing table or give it as a gift!
Another great take along project.  Three embellishment options included in the pattern to take your pincushion from modern simple to over the top retro-style!

Available in my etsy shop (see sidebar at right)  in both the printed and pdf versions.

Have a great day!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Another quilt from grandma's fabrics

Here's another quilt made from Red Grandma's dresses.  The four-patch rectangles are from gram's tropical print dresses:

The four-patch rectangles are from gram's tropical print dresses.  The secondary design that the blocks create is interesting, I think.  Always something to look out for when designing a quilt...:

  The colorful border inset is Kaffe:

Friday, August 27, 2010

Philippians 4:8

Put your seat belts on- I'm about to get deep!

Wanted to share one of my favorite passages from the Bible.  It speaks to me about keeping one's mind focused on positive stuff.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

As an artist, the words "whatsoever things are lovely" confirms what we all suspected:  that making and admiring beautiful things is vital and good for our spirit!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jewelry Mirror

My mom visited this past weekend, and here's the project we did- a 'jewelry mirror.'

We had so much fun picking through the jewelry we collected and trying out different layouts.

If you'd like to make your own,

  • collect more jewelry that you think you'll ever need from every garage sale and thrift store in your area
  • the more colored rhinestone pieces the better
  • get lots of colored pearl strings for the base layer
  • also, get several tubes of E6000 glue (Michaels and Joann carry it)
  • I like beveled mirrors with gold and silver frames for a base

Here you can see we started covering the base mirror with colored pearl strings.

The inspiration was a mirror that my grandma (my mom's mom)  had hanging in her dining room.  It was the first thing I would run to see (after my grandparents, of course!)  when we arrived to their house in Madison, Wisconsin.  The mirror was made by my grandma's friend, Mrs. Fenski.  Over the years, the jewelry dropped off.  A few years ago, I inherited the mirror and restored it with jewelry from my Aunt Doris, and it proudly hangs in my entryway:

If you do one, please send me pictures!!