Much Too Long

It’s been much too long between posts and I apologize.  There was much upheaval and I’m still refocusing myself. 

I have though, worked on another swap package since my last post.  This was the Disney Swap on Craftster and was lucky enough to be blessed with a wonderful swap partner.  For her I created three art pieces using key words and Disney characters. Tinkerbell is her favorite character and I really do love her; but of the pieces I sent I have to say that the Belle one is my favorite.  I also made a tic tac toe set out of felt for her children.  The artwork is on a cotton/poly blend and is crayon tinted,  hand embroidered and then watercolors were used.  I’m not a big fan of glitter, but these pieces called out for a touch of it to finish them off.

 

 

 

Since my last post my daughter has graduated from Junior High and is now “officially” in high school.  Someone please save me. Really. I’m serious now.  I just got over the shock and dismay of finding out about her first boyfriend and now THIS? Really.

Not sure which quote fits this moment better:

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. 

– Elizabeth Stone

OR

It kills you to see them grow up.  But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.  – Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

This weekend is Father’s Day and I have to admit I miss my Dad.  We’ve been out of touch for a while due to some old issues between us and, I rarely admit it, it’s hard on me.  Growing up I was “Daddy’s Girl” and despite all of our differences, I love him with all of my heart.  Unfortunately growing up is not without it’s growing pains…sometimes for both parent and child.

 

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. – Gloria Naylor

 

I’ll leave you with a couple of sites to visit at your leisure.  During my recent upheaval I’ve been working on maintaining a positive outlook on life.  These are some sites that help me do that.

Ode Magazine – For Intelligent Optimists: Check out their online content and sign up to receive their “Good News” newsletter in your inbox.

Daily Good:  Positive news and inspiration from around the world.

Ted.com:  Ideas worth spreading. I’m hooked on all of the videos.  Awesome stuff.

Well, I hope I made up somewhat for the long break.  Hope everyone is dong well!

Cheers!

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Meet George

I recently participated in a tea towel swap on Craftster.  My partner asked for Yeti’s to be the focus of the towels.  Man. You should have been in my brain when I read that.

WTF?! YETI’S ARE WHITE! TEA TOWELS ARE WHITE! WHAT THE HECK AM I SUPPOSE TO DO?

…was just one thing I thought during the beginning of the creative process. I searched high and low for something to spark my creativity and was really having a difficult time of it. I mean, I found a bunch of stuff. There’s no lacking for Yeti/Big Foot/Sasquatch stuff out there. Much of it very cutesy, gorey, ferocious…but that’s just not what I was looking for. I wanted something different.  Something that would just make me go…OH. You know?

I finally found it. A picture of Big Foot in a suit. I swear you never know when or why those creative synapses are going to fire!  My partner received today and so now I can post my pictures. All three are done on 100% cotton tea towels. Two of them were embellished after stitching using watercolor paints. The third one is embellished with acrylic felt.

George Sasquatch

Big Foot Xing

The Yeti

As is the norm, you can find more pictures on my Flickr.

I Give Good Stitch

Apparently I give good stitch ya’ll.  I am a great fan of Mr X Stitch, his work and his blog.  Not only does Jamie do some great needlework, his blog features some of the most amazing stitchers I’ve seen.  I love checking out his blog everyday and perusing older entries. So imagine how surprised I was to find a message in my Flickr mailbox from Mr X Stitch asking for a copy of my “X is for Xavier” ATC card to use TODAY on his blog!

Someone knock me over with a feather ya’ll.

My other two ATCs have been recieved and posted as well.

W is for Wahine is hand-stitched on cotton with a watercolor background.

V is for Vacuous has Miss Paris Hilton modeling for me.  She is hand-stitched and colored with pencils.

Now I’m working on designs for three cards for a fabric ATC swap, hoping to finalize those designs and start stitching over the weekend because crunch time is coming.  I’m also finalizing designs for a tea towel swap I’m participating on as well.  In between designing those I have some ideas I’m playing with based off of inspiration from a local magazine I love to pick up to read. Time to do some sketching.

I have a hard time doing sketching because I find my sketches to be so…juvenille.  Juvenille in the sense of being child-like…very elementary.  I’m working to get past that.

Christmas Ornament Swap

My wonderful partners in the recent Christmas Ornament Swap over at Craftster have received my packages, and so I’m finally able to post pictures of my recent creations. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

I enjoyed the process of creating these.  Most of the work was design/logistics versus actual creation time. Overall I’d say they worked up rather quickly.  I was afraid that I got myself in too deep, but felt is wonderfully forgiving. I’d recommend trying something like this!

If you’re interested in seeing more detailed pictures of these ornaments you’re welcome to visit my Flickr Photostream where I posted several close up pictures of each of the ornaments.

The Good And The Bad

I’m about half way done with my R card for the ATC alphabet swap and already in love with it.  I’ll give you a hint.  He’s naked! *shock*

I was able to do a paper mock up of one of the ornaments I’m putting together for a swap, while making a template of one of the others and designing the embroidery portion.  I also got my patterns ready for several other ornaments I’m making for Christmas.  That was the good part.

Unfortunately, I’ll have to get even more ready to whip up because I just found out that I’m out of a job after this week.  *sigh*  I’ve been in a very good temporary job while I was looking for/applying for other jobs and they gave me notice today.  So now I’ll either need to find a holiday job or another temporary job somewhere else.  Days like this makes my brain want to implode.

I’ll be sad to leave this job.  The people are really nice and the work wasn’t too stressful (most of the time).  I’m still applying for jobs here, but the hiring process takes so long that it could be months before anything else comes along.  So it’s some retail gig for the holidays probably.  Although it’s so late in the season who knows if I can find anything.

Okay.  I’m officially done whining about it.  I’m looking forward to more time stitching things up for the holidays, tidying up the house and…did I just say I was looking forward to tidying up the house?

Good lord someone help me now.  I’m turning domestic.

Where I Am Today

Last night I was bouncing up and down in excitement.  Why?  Well, you see I frequent Craftster and am involved in a couple of swaps and last night I finalized the patterns for my first ATCs ever.  They are SO adorable (if I do say so myself!)!

I’m involved in two swaps right now.  One is for the ATCs, specifically for ATCs using the letters P, Q and R as a jumping off point.  The other one is for a Christmas ornament.  I LOVE Christmas ornaments and wanted to try my hand at making some this year.  Also I recently finished my first swap and wanted to do more without getting myself into too much.  I figured these two would be perfect.

Since this is my first time doing ATCs I wanted to ease into it by using a method that I’m familar with rather than trying a new technique my first time out.  So I picked embroidery for my medium.  I recently completed my second embroidery piece and, after brainstorming for ideas, I knew that my ideas would translate well to embroidery.  Unfortunately I can’t share any more about this as it’s more fun when a swap is a surprise!  Later I will take pictures and post them for you to see.  As for my other swap, I have one planned out but am still trying to narrow down my choices for my other partners.  I have three total and can’t wait to see what I get in return!

The thing about all of this is that I just look at what sorts of things I am trying to accomplish today, versus what I thought I could do six months ago…and the change (to me) is astonishing.  For instance.  I carry a sketch book and pencil in my bag every day.  Not only do I carry it, but I use it.  I pull it out at random moments, brain afire with an idea, a concept, a picture of something that I want to do…

And to me that’s just amazing. Wonderous.  This place where I am today.