Saturday, September 25, 2010

More Great Art Received

"Horses In Green & Gold" from Elaine in New Zealand

"Cabotin" by Luci from Canada

"Grape Vine" by Myrthe from the Netherlands

"Goldy Locks" another one from Myrthe

"Cherry Blossoms" by Sabrina of Canada

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

California Here We Come

I started the gathering process of getting ready for our trip on Friday. It's the first time the entire family has been together in 2 years. Tyler and family will be here Thursday so we can make the drive together. (I have what I HOPE is a fun activity book for Mackenzie to keep herself amused.) But let's get to the good stuff. My favorite is the Recycle... Save the Earth bags for the kids. Inside are little presents they can do by themselves since we will get there late afternoon. Puzzles.... necklaces to make..... books..... painting on a wood picture..... and their extra special "Bedtime Story Quilts" since both Canyon & Mackenzie will be learning to read this year.

For later there are wooden picture frames to paint and embellish and I plan on taking some fab pictures to put in them..... t-shirts to decorate with puffy paint.... a wooden crocodile, dinosaur, & snake to paint and be a part of the grand finale..... the castle we will make out of popsicle sticks. That was Canyon's idea and he reminds me everytime I talk to him that I will be bringing the popsicle sticks. (the cardboard tubes on the end of the couch will make great towers) I've been perusing the internet for ideas and I'm sure we'll come up with something real fab!! (And I've toned it down this year) Let the good times roll....

We will have a mecca of books. My brother who is a 2nd grade teacher is trading me books for a "Betime Story Quilt" for his two grandsons. It will be just like Christmas.

Marshall gave me his t-shirts from some of the competitions he has been in and I put them together to make him a quilt. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Rainbow Project

I joined a three-part rainbow swap. Each swap is a monochromatic piece in three different colors. By the time 6 months is up I'll have 9 cards in the colors of the rainbow. I really liked working with just one color....

"The Best Of the Garden"

"Two Orange Flowers"
(that's my original name, Brenda. It
took me hours to think of)

"A Rose Is A Rose"

I did this one where you are assigned a partner and then you make them a card based on their profile. We mutually decided to trade trees. She collects earth women so I "tried" to make her a tree in an earth woman's domain. I made it with batik fabric, wool fibers, linen thread, and then did some beading. These themed swaps are making my right brain muscles sore, but it is fun stretching their boundaries.