Wednesday, June 21, 2017











Another micro mini "Artist Book" completed. I am really enjoying the making of these tiny books with pages loaded with vintage laces and fabrics. My plan is to eventually make a whole bowl full of these lovely books. I have also made a new page for the artist book I have been making for class. My main book is coming along nicely.






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gardenia








My gardenia bush is in full bloom. The outside smells glorious and I just had to bring some inside to spread the joyful smell. My house smells so lovely right now with these beauties all through the house. I took my mom a teapot full of the blooms as well. My smaller bush is just beginning to bloom. This large bush is about 6ft around in size and is taller than me (I am 5'7 1/2") So I would say the bush is about 6ft in height. Huge is an understatement. The previous owners of this house must have really loved this bush to allow it to grow so big. I know I am in love with it and will be keeping it this size as well. You can smell it from the front porch or back area of the lawn. Just glorious!




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hearts




More hearts added to my heart pile. I love making these easy peasy little beauties. I also have a new addiction in the desert realm. Marshmallows with dark chocolate drizzled over them. Jazmine and I ate these while she was here last week. So very good. Hope you are having a great day!



Thursday, June 15, 2017

At Long Last....















At long last the work to enclose the carport to make my office and studio has been started. I have been so excited about this for the longest time and the past two weeks have brought it to reality. It is all blacked in, the electrical complete and the sheetrock is up in both rooms. The mudding is complete as well. Now comes the sanding and then paint. I am so excited that the end is near. The office has ten outlets and the studio has a total of twenty five outlets. I did not want a shortage of outlets. This way I have outlets to meet all my needs without having to unplug a machine to use an iron or heat gun etc. This way I have plenty. New overhead lighting put in as well. I am thinking I will paint a neutral color on the walls, but not sure yet as I love color so much. I will be painting the exterior door a vibrant red though and will be posting that soon. So, as the work continues the countdown to move in time is on! I am really looking forward to having this dedicated space to be creative in. I am going to need an out building as well. Last year a week before my Uncle Jack passed away in December, he gave me a kiln. I now have a kiln to do ceramics and pottery in. I will need a building for that on the property as well. In the meantime, I am going to be learning how to use it and create wonderful items with the kiln. I am hoping I can find a class nearby to at least get the basics down. Hope you have a happy stitchy kind of day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Micro Mini Artist Book





This tiny little artist book is only 1 3/8ths inches. It was very fiddly and time consuming to make, but worth the extra effort to make. I will be making more of these tiny pages in the future. This one has four pages and I just used snippets of scraps that I had to make it up. I am thinking I will put it in the larger artist book that I am working on. I took one corner off the page and it is just perfect for this little book to be placed. I am enjoying the process of making up all these pages and filling my book with treasures.

Moon





A glorious moon the other night. Just had to post these as the moon was huge and those clouds were illuminated so well.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Artist Book Pages

Another few pages for my "Artist Book" for class. I am really enjoying the process of making these pages. It does take a while for each page, but it is so rewarding.

Tiny gems for the ribbon on this one. I forget the actual name, but they are real gems. I also have some amethyst that I want to use in the book as well.
Love how these wooden beads look in this abacus. I have had these beads forever and a day. Really, nearly thirteen years, so been a while. They were a bracelet at one time. Repurposed wonderfully here on this page.
This tyvec sample goes so well with this two page spread. I am so happy that I decided to use it here. The little medallion has some gold beads to hold it in place.
Looking at the two finished pages of this one makes me so happy at the moment. I still have six more pages within this page to complete, but am letting it percolate for a bit.
I decided to use some of my "Paris" advertisement cards for this book. I think this first one is so pretty sitting amidst the paper, lace and stitch. The bonus is these cards still smell heavenly after having them for about five years. I am sure the smell will fade now that they are no longer in their packaging, but I am ok with that. I like how they add a bit of something to the page.
I decided to make this page a tri-fold page on each side. That gives me more surfaces to actually load up with scrappy goodness! All my samples and then some will be used up in this book. It takes a lot of samples to really make these books look full! Which makes me happy in return as I love to embellish and add to the umph degree. Can you tell I am loving the process.
I had doubts about this for about two seconds, until I could actually picture future embellishments. Now I am happy I went with the tri-fold pages.
Another look at my page.
A different page, but no less lovely in my opinion. I really love how the cutouts on this page look now that they have stitch and beading applied to them.

Had to add a few beads to the tyvec to bring it out a bit more. Before it just sat on the fabric and scrim scraps with no life. I think it is much better now. I just wish the picture showed the shimmer of the gold fabric underneath it. So very pretty.
This is another page in the book. I used scrim, a bit of vintage cotton fabric for the base. I then added fabric and a button with a crocheted flower underneath for the front of this little envelope. I will be placing some fabric fragments of my grans dress inside along with a bit of her ribbon that I have. The ribbon is really old as it came off of one of her mothers dresses. She was nine when her mother passed away and she was allowed to keep only a few bits other than her mothers wedding dress. I am so happy that I have a bit of my gran as well as my great gran to treasure.
Underneath is scrim and a bit of muslin with some script fabric just because I could. I love to layer items together like this. I am combing what I have learned in class with the way I put my cloth books together and am loving the way they combine to make a beautiful little book of treasures.
This little page is very precious to me. Jazmine dyed the tissue with dyes and shaving cream in her school class this year. She made them especially for me and I knew I had to add them into the book. I added the lace flower motif because Jazmine shares my love for roses and flowers in general. She is always picking flowers and bringing them to me, as well as picking my flowers and taking them home with her. I think the sequins and beads add the needed sparkly bits that Jazmine and I love.
My artist book is not ready to put together by any means, but these pages are making it grow and expand. I am not rushing this process as I am loving it so much. I will be making more of these in the future though. They are very relaxing and enjoyable to work on. If you have never taken a class from Karen, you can find her here. You really should, as she has so many ideas to create beauty through stitch. She has a new class that just started, so its not too late to join in. Have a great day and remember to put needle and thread to cloth sometime today.

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