Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
I can't believe how fast time is passing and how long it has been since I've posted...sorry about that! Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging! :)
Over the past few weeks I have completed some small projects, not really "artsy," but fun, none the less!
Here's what I've been up to:
I love Valentine's Day!
Over the past year and half, I've taught myself how to tat and I'm experimenting with ways to incorporate what I make into more than just doilies. For this decoration I used fabric scraps, 4 tatted hearts, ribbons, rick rack, beads, decorative threads, and stencils. I made it free standing by using a very stiff, fusible stabilizer in the middle. Fun!
A spunky sunflower pincushion!
You know the plastic caps from laundry detergent, I used one for the base! It gives the cushion a nice flat bottom and some stability. I first used my pinking shears on a green square of felt and then glued it into the cap. The square folded and twisted a bit during the process which gives the impression of leaves. :)
Next, I free cut petals out of scrap lemon yellow and light orange felt. Then I layered and glued them to the inside edges for the petals.
For some weight, I poured in some crushed walnut shells to the bottom of the felt lined cap.
I made the center by hand stitching a brown felt tube. I gathered one end, turned it right side out and then stuffed it with polyester fiber fill. I stitched it closed and then glued it into the center of the petals and down into the cap. I love how it turned out!
It seemed like a "tablet" kind of Christmas at our house!
To protect these little tech gizmos, I started making covers. To begin, I took some measurements, made a freezer paper pattern and used stiff fusible stabilizer in between two pieces of fabric. I free-motioned random squiggle designs and then added elastic straps to hold the tablets in at the corners and across the top. I finished them off by binding them just like quilts and adding a hook and loop tape closure.
After I finished the first one, I decided to make quick, coordinating draw-string bags that are large enough to hold the tablet, a stylus and the charger so it would be easy to grab and go! Fun and useful!
And I think this might almost be the best part of every project I've shown you.....I didn't have to buy a single thing! Yes! You read that right! Not one thing! I used bits and pieces, scraps and tidbits from my stash and you'd never know it. I even managed a little recycling! :)
I'd love to see what you've been up to with your stash of supplies! Send me some pictures! :)
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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