Sunday, January 20, 2013

Warning: Party Crasher!!

I heard about a linky party a couple weeks ago from my blogging friend Laurie at Indulge Your Shelf.  I made a sort of mental note about it, then forgot all about it!!  The deadline to join has passed, but anyone can visit the blogs that signed up. 
It's being hosted by Vicki of 2 Bags Full. 
It's a knitting blog with the most beautiful knitted "nests!"  I love that Vicki took her passion for yarn and knitting and created something so unique and beautiful.  People from all over the world buy her colorful nests. 
There are lots more fun blogs to see so I'm going back to party crashing!! ;)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hawaiian Applique

Some time ago (it's been enough years that I can't remember!), I took a Hawaiian applique class at a local quilt shop.  I really enjoyed the technique and set out to make an entire quilt using at least 12 blocks.  So far I have four completed blocks that I have been working on for...possibly 10 years!!!
This is my most recent block.

What I love about this technique is how easy it is to carry along and work on anywhere.  This particular block went to Hawaii with me a year ago.  I've worked on it on airplanes, long car rides, sitting at piano lessons, etc, etc.  This block took me probably two years to complete using needle-turn applique.
I would love to show you my other three blocks.  However, I have them "safely" tucked away somewhere that I can't seem to find at the moment! :)  It may be time to do a little studio clean-out!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My First Needle Felt Project

Homespun Needle Felted Santa Ornament
I've been trying to get this posted for days now!  First, I was halfway through when kitty Perry decided she needed to cuddle. 

 One paw on the keyboard---and my post was GONE!!!
Naughty kitty!
Then I started having trouble getting photos to load on Blogger.  It's obviously a common problem for lots of people right now since I found it discussed on another blog with this great tip.  Write your post in "compose" mode then switch to HTML to upload photos.  It takes a lot longer, but at least you can get your photos uploaded until Blogger fixes this issue for us!
My Santa getting ready to have his face put on his body.
I've wanted to try needle felting for a long time.  My chance came in an online class through Roses on My Table.  The instructor was Judy Johnson who does amazing work!
My husband happened to walk up after I put the face on the body. "What the heck is that?!"  Santa did look pretty weird with no clothes on and just a face poking through the wool.
This class made it easy for me to gather all my materials and sit at the desk while watching the videos and working since you don't need a large work area.  I could pause the videos or rewind as needed with each step.
Santa looks much better with his suit on!  The felting process is very relaxing--as long as you keep your fingers out of the way!  The needles are barbed and it really stings if you poke yourself-trust me!
It amazed me how quickly you can transform the wool pieces into a part of the project.  It didn't take a very big piece of white wool to make a little white boot trim.  You just keep poking the felting needle in until you have it where you want.
Santa is all finished and ready for the Christmas tree!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Artful Gathering 2013 and Handmade U

So tonight I was going to do a post about my first needle felting project.  For some reason Blogger isn't letting me upload photos from my computer!  What's up with that?!  So instead, I'll tell you about the next Artful Gathering online art retreat coming this summer and hosted by Christina Zinnia Gallaher.  Registration has already opened.  I did some classes last summer and really enjoyed the format--though naturally I have yet to finish the projects!

The classes included everything from fiber art to drawing to jewelry and metal working.  The instructors were fabulous and I even became "friends" with some of them.  Now I got pretty carried away last summer with the classes and bit off waaaaay more than I could chew!  This summer I'll be careful with what I choose so I can really devote myself to the project and completing them on time.  It's also more fun to participate in discussions with other participants if you are keeping up.

Handmade U is the next workshop I am so excited about!  It will be April 4-6th in Omaha, Nebraska.  This will be the fourth semester for Handmade U, and I was able to participate last semester.  It was so much fun, and I finally met some local crafting ladies!  Here we are at the last workshop...

This time the workshop will be held in downtown Omaha.  It will be a great location for visiting local shops and fun restaurants in the historic Old Market area.  Registration is open and the classes look like they will be fabulous!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Blogland!
Tonight I've been reading other blogs and the resolutions and goals others are setting.  Making a list of resolutions sometimes scares me.  What if I don't accomplish it? It will just go on my long list of unfinished projects!  Yet despite the fear of failure, I can't help that desire to renew and reassess, and I'm itching to do some major cleaning and organizing!
The studio in a total disaster while working on multiple projects!
One goal I have for sure is to blog more!  I've had some trouble keeping up with it, and that makes me sad.  My little blog is such a good outlet for sharing my love of creativity!  So I'm planning to post more often.  In fact, I found a website, Creative Girl Media, with blog post planners you can download.  It will help me to remember ideas that come up if I write down.
Pam Garrison shared some workbook links on her post today for helping to plan goals for the year.  The one I printed off from Susannah Conway encourages you to get out your favorite colorful pens!  I can see it turning into a fun art journal prompt.  Hmmm, another potential project... :)
I hope you have enjoyed your holidays.  Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog, stopped by for visits and left encouraging comments.  It means so much to me!