Monthly Archives: May 2011

New Matted Minnies

Happy Memorial day Vets

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In this mini painting, we have a sailor having some down time with his pipe and Annual Magazine.  The source is one of many of my dad’s photos taken between 1954 to 1959 while in the U.S. Navy.  I think this guy’s name is “Rip”.

Available at the Quilt & Fiber Arts Shop on Etsy.

  Enter coupon code:  smilesunshine for 20% off

 

 

 

 

A new way to own some art that is also affordable.

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Why not order a grouping?

These little quilts feature actual paper parasols that I painstakingly deconstructed to make them lie flat. Inside I found these strips from a Chinese (guessing…) newspaper that were used to wrap the little plunger and the top of the umbrella, which were covered by another material. You would laugh to see me hunched over dozens of paper parasols, Xacto knife in hand and tiny strips of paper being rescued for this project!

The center, where there was only a hole left, is covered with a sequin.

5” x 7”, matted and ready for framing. Comes in a protective cellophane envelope.  Just pick up an inexpensive frame and you’re done!

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  Coming up next is a baby boy quilt that just needs to be photographed.

Thanks for checking these out.  Leave a comment!  What do you think of this idea?  What would you like to see?

Sew-4-Ever!

    

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New Look. You like?

Ever since I was a girl I had to change my environment at least 4 times a year.  I’d find a used cardboard box and suddenly I’d have an idea to make a wall unit or a side table in my room.  This would lead to me moving the furniture around and revamping the whole darn thing!  The vision of a box could inspire so much!

I’m still that way.

  Not as bad as before though…  When my son was an infant and I became a stay at home mom I would get bored very quickly during his long naps.  I had been away from my art for a number of years.  So, I would express my creativity in my home.  It became normal to my husband to come home to see a room completely repainted and reorganized.  The first couple of times were very funny.  The look on his face was priceless!

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The old banner.  Kinda cute…   but…

I began this blogging journey and upgrading my home business starting back in February and with so much to do, I had to make all of my blog images rather quickly.  I was happy with it for a little while but it didn’t feel like “me”.

The heart with wings image is actually a photograph of a thread painting I made for a workshop I taught last summer.  It kept coming back to me as an important image.  I’m so glad I finally got to work with it.

Needing a change and a diversion, I decided to revamp my blog’s look.  I’m happy for now.  Ahhhhh.  The feeling of newness is bliss.

I want to do a bit more like adding a blog roll.  Not sure how to customize that yet.  I’d love to add some of the feeds I follow.  Now back to making a baby quilt.

So, what do you think?  Let me know!

………’til the tie dyes…………

Sew-4-Ever!

 

 

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SkyGirl for Audrianna

There is a little girl in OK who is patiently awaiting her very own SkyGirl.   Audrianna suffers from a rare syndrome called Prader-Willi Syndrome. Her mom tells me she’s a doll collector and I wanted to send her one just because I can. sg-design-2

The orangey doll is showing her back with the stamped heart with wings design. Inside the heart I used a sharpie to write:

SkyGirl, the doll’s name, and year. I also signed the doll.

On her chest is a red glittery heart.

I made several dresses today because I couldn’t decide on the fabrics I wanted to use. It occurred to me that I could sell extra dresses separately! I’d have to figure out the cost but it would certainly be rather inexpensive.

The other idea I had, which I need to look into further, is to donate dolls to Children’s Hospitals. Particularly St. Christopher’s in Phila. because I was a patient there when I was 6 years old. Now, I don’t think I could supply hundreds… But what if it was a “you buy one, I’ll donate one” kind of deal? Or gather members of Philly Handmade to pool together on this idea? It needs some more thought and brainstorming. But this would be a great community gift.

While working on her doll, and some others, I had the idea of making a stamp label! 

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I just use a cheap Speedball stamp carver I picked up at Michael’s Craft’s store for about $5.  I got the carving materials you see here at Dick Blick.  It’s a very soft material that reminds me of an eraser.  Carves like butta!  From one of the small cut-away pieces, I made a tiny heart with SG in the center.  

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Stamp carving is one of those things I adore doing.  It’s just fabulous to have your very own originals for fabric design and now as a face template and the base for labels for my dolls.

The past week was way long and I didn’t get a lot of work done.   Today I am recharged and it feels great to be back in the studio!

Have a great week!!

Sew-4-Ever!

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New SkyGirls!

New dolls listed in the

Quilt & Fiber Arts Shop

12-inch-SkyGirls

My goal with these 12 inch dolls was to come up with a design that is easier and faster to produce so that the cost could be more accessible to everyone. 

The dolls have all of the basic  characteristics of the original dolls.

 

 

Kimmy-2The dolls faces are still  hand painted but I carved a stamp to help speed up the process.

 

 

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It looks a little creepy…  but it works!

 

 

 

Ann-Marie-1The Hair is the same too.  It’s secure and done up with bows.  It’s long but it’s easily cut if you like it shorter.

 

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The dresses are a new original design in a sweet bell shape with heirloom embroidery by sewing machine, buttons and black and white trim, bows, and vintage fabrics depending on the doll. 

And of course, a doll can be custom ordered with your favorite colors and characteristics important to you!  See Custom Made!

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