Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quilted Wall Hanging

I am submitting a quilted wall hanging as part of an art auction that is a fund raiser for North Brevard Charities, which does amazing work here in town! This is the first thing I have ever "submitted", so I feel kind of nervous and wonder if anyone will even be interested in this piece! I like it, and that should be enough, but suddenly there is the need for validation from someone else. I guess I feel pressured because if someone else DOESN'T like it, it won't raise money for the charity! This was a complete experiment with color and raw edge technique, along with some embellishments that I normally wouldn't have used.

Below I have pasted my artist statement, which is new for me too!
“Love is a Many Colored Thing”   Love has so many colors, forms, faces and textures. The various elements, colors, textures and shapes represent the forms of love. We love our friends and family. We love pizza or McDonald’s. We love because we desire love. We love because we can’t help ourselves. We love the blessed and prosperous and the disenfranchised and the hurting. We love those who love us, and those who do not. We were created for love. It is our divine purpose in life. The beaded wire represents our lifetime journey of love, the twists and turns of life and the people (beads) that we encounter and love along the way. The tulle represents the Spiritual realm and the love we find within it. This love is for and from our Creator and His Son (cross of Christ charm).

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Quilt and OPAM August

Ok, so I did finish a project for August OPAM, but it wasn't the quilt I was working on... Instead, I made two pillowcases for Craft Hope. The current project there is to make pillowcases for kids and teens with cancer, to give a bit of cheer to their hospital rooms.

As far as the quilt goes, I am not happy with it. I thought that because we live in Florida, I would make a "summer weight" quilt. So I chose a flannel for the back and went to work. I thought that because there was no batting, I could skip the walking foot. HAHAHA! I now have a lot of ripping to do. I don't know if it is my machine or the combination of the flannel with the muslin top, but I have small puckers- YUCK! In fact, I am debating whether to trash it completely and start over instead of all the ripping. :(  I am determined to make SOMETHING for my friend with a new baby, so we will just see what happens :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

a quilt, a quilt...

So I am FINALLY working on a quilt... I have been mulling around a ticker tape baby quilt for a while now and I finally got all the parts out and started assembly. Why, you ask? Because my friend had her baby... it seems I can't finish a quilt until the baby is born... The gorgeous girl was born two days ago, and here is the state of my quilt... almost ready for binding. It should only take a few more days, right? This is my OPAM project, so I have until the end of the month... :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

School and Organization

Now, I am not known for being organized. In fact, I have been known for my creative (read completely unorganized) side. I spent last year as a homeschool mom trying to have some semblance of order in our household. NO MORE! I am attempting to institute what can only be described as an orderly style of organization (can we say military?) when it comes to chores, school, and assignments. I have the almighty checklist (for Mon-Fri only- we can't take this too far, can we?) prepared and printed out. I have instructed the recruits (ahem, children) of their duties and responsibilities within said checklist. I have stressed that when the checklist is completed, all chaos will once again reign for that day only. I think we all get it!
And, yes, that is a very much younger me, in the Navy :)

I have a plan- yes me!!!! Here is hoping I can stick with it!

Big Idea Festival

If you aren't involved yet in Big Picture Scrapbooking, now is the perfect time to give it a try! There are always free scrapbooking classes there, but Aug 12 starts a new class with 39 different projects! That is a ton of inspiration! Go to BPS and check it out!


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