Thursday, November 30, 2006
I decided to try making Christmas postcards.
Boy, what a bunch of stuff to dig through just to find the right thing. On the way to going through the stash, I did a side project which involved using up threads that are left over from quilting, the threads from starts and stops on a quilt. The leftovers are so beautiful that I've been filling up bags of them for a long time and I do put them between tulle and such and have had fun with that. Today I was quilting a huge quilt with lots of starts and stops and a pile of black thread. It seemed a shame to waste the cotton thread, which I usually don't save, but today I put some of it with my beautiful metallic and Rainbow variegateds and then twisted them into spirals and zigzagged them into useable fiber strands.
This may sound strange to some, but these are actually quite beautiful when done. I did use some of the blue strands in one of my postcards today.
This is the mess I created, just too much fun, you should have seen the floor. It was at this point that I was wishing for a large studio with many shelves within an arms reach. Quite the dream...
The card with the stars was my first try. I learned a lot, like ribbon likes to slip and dance when you sew it. Other than that I was hooked.
This was the second one, better than the first and I was still having fun.
This was the third and he's one of my favorites and I really like him.
This one is based on a photo of my granddaughter from last Christmas. My cousin took this photo as it was snowing outside and it made it look kinda soft and subtle. I think her little pink boots and that red basket she carries is so neat. She has always carried baskets, ever since she could walk, and she came over for Thanksgiving with this same red basket. She is my little blue Riding Hood. I used some of those blue fiber strands I made on this card and I know who gets this card!
This one is just funny. Goofy Santas!
This one was my last one for the evening. Kinda sweet. I am now addicted to Timtex and fusing. I hope to make some more before Christmas.
Its hard to believe its December tomorrow. We do not have snow on the ground yet but the temperature started to change a lot yesterday and it was cold this morning and continued to lower through the day.
I wish I would have gone into the woods last week when it was 60 degrees. I could have cut my boughs and got cones to decorate but we'll just bundle up and go anyway. My lab loves this weather, I swear he waits for snow. He is a pretty sight in the snow, pure black against that pure white and loping as only a 100 lb. dog can do.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
My oldest granddaughter and myself spent a lot of time investigating milkweed pods this fall. I think this was her first experience of them and as I don't pull my weeds very well in my flower garden and have gotten in the habit of considering milkweed and mullens a "flower", I had a good crop of milkweed this year. I had forgotten how delicate and soft the fluff is so it was a new discovery for me again. Now I wish I had saved some of the milkweed fluff to do something with. I actually heard of a woman who saved enough to fill a small quilt as a batting! But maybe I'd be happy to capture it between some tulle just to look at it all year long. I might have to take a hike and see if there's any pods left in our neighborhood. Just a Sunday thought...