Well, my resolution to start posting more regularly hasn't happened yet. My mother passed away on January 6th and that had me in a spin for a while. She enjoyed a long, good life. We were all with her for her 90th birthday on December 29, and she kept talking about how great it was to reach 90. I think that was her goal. May she rest in peace.
Go look at the link---she's giving away some blogaversary goodies, but it ends tonight at midnight!
Here's the link to her blog:http://anartsoul.blogspot.com/
Over several weeks, I spent a lot of time designing, engineering and producing 16 centerpieces for a casino night fundraiser. Since there was no budget, I wanted to accomplish something attractive, easy to transport and assemble, and low-budget. This is the result.
I cut the letters and numbers with my Sizzix die cutter---boy, is that a tool I love---and covered cake circles with green felt for the base. The center fountain-like piece is a very inexpensive mylar party decoration from WalMart. The plastic base wasn't very sturdy, so I used construction adhesive to adhere the plastic to a ceramic tile. And of course, that needed to be covered with felt, too. I just made a square to lay over the tile. Simple. Easy. Portable. A little height was needed, so my local Home Depot had some PVC pipe in the right diameter. My DH cut them to length for me, and put a slit in the top edge of each. I had some metallic paper in the stash---so old that the price tag on it was in francs not euros---and I used the Xyron to make it adhesive. A large gold star, again from the WalMart party department, and we were done! They were well-received, and I was happy! Happy to have used so many of my tools, and some of the stash as well.
Well, what a year it is turning out to be! I was away from home form 33 of the first 64 days of 2009. I have little time to do anything! I did make this pincushion for my friend Eileen. Isn't it adorable?
I'm very interested in paper at the moment. So much interesting work being done. My new Pazzles Inspiration cutter is not being utilized, but hopefully, there will be time in the future.
Along the lines of paper, here's a link to a very interesting site: http://countdown.tentwostudios.com/ There's a new download every day up to St. Patrick's Day---I'm downloading lots of these digital files lately, but I must admit I haven't printed anything yet!
Th I did it! I completed the capsule. And oh, what a struggle it was at times. The closeup is of the jacket and the necklace. I bought the necklace in Paris a couple of years ago with the intention of taking it apart and using it on a sweater. But it does look good with these outfits. I think I've reached the stage where I need more accessories. And the fit is so difficult! Oh, my. I've changed. We need to remove the excess weight, and get back into shape. Then it will be more fun to sew!
I'm buying a dress form to help, too. As soon as we are back from the Cape next week.
More about the trials and tribulations of the contest later.
I am so blessed. The Threadmill is the entire third floor of our city townhouse---city because it is in the city, not because we have a country house, too!---and normally it is just heavenly up there. But the last couple of days it is just too hot. The A/C doesn't do that good a job unless we really crank it down and run it all the time. So no sewing for the last couple of days. I've done patterns though, and pre-washed fabrics. And shopped on the Internet!
Hopefully, it might be cool enough to sew early tomorrow as I am not working.
Just to keep us inspired---isn't this the most beautiful scarf? It is shibori and it just occurred to me that it might be my purchased item for the JCC, if I use the taupe printed linen. I'll check tomorrow.
As a result of reading "365:A Daily Creative Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!" by Noah Scalin, I stepped up to the challenge. I decided to create and post a new dress every day. Most of the dresses are around six inches tall. My 365CreativeDresses Blog documents that nearly-completed project. In a life journey, my husband and I are living in Paris for a year. ParisDetails.blogspot will house occasional writings and photos about Paris. Sketch of me by Carol Gillott of parisbreakfast.com