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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Quote of the week

Friday, July 27, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!

 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
If you do beading, how do you keep your craft space looking neat?! Eileen admits she doesn't. Take a look. 


Aileen's Musings
Aileen has one more background technique to share from her Junque Journal How-To series using chalkboard paint, oil pastels, gesso and sprayable watercolors. 

Beading Arts
If you've been putting off updating your Facebook page or profile, procrastinate no longer! Cyndi's got the info you need to really rock out your pages. 




Brown Hair and Glasses
Cherie is on a kick, creating several mixed media pictures that feature women with brown hair, blue eyes, and glasses.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy is wrapping up her amigurumi gang and wishing them well on their trip.  








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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yay for Sarah!



Sarah, who writes Saturday Sequins, just won the Stash Happy Patchwork book!  Congratulations, Sarah!!


Book review and giveaway: Stash Happy Felt



Today I'm starting the giveaway for the last book I have in Lark Books' Stash Happy series, and it happens to be my favorite of the three.  There's still time before the end of today to sign up to win last week's book, Stash Happy PatchworkStash Happy Applique has come and gone, so the new one for this week is Stash Happy Felt !








***Free Stuff Alert!!!*** 

I'm going to start with Stash Happy Felt!  If you'd like to win a copy, just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!

Please make sure that your link will lead me to an email address, or else I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  Deadline: August 1, 2012





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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Embellished turtle fabrics - part two



Last week I showed you the turtle stencil that I made, and how I ended up using the positive cutting rather than the negative to make some small fabric panels.  Today I want to share the beaded embellishments with you.  I still don't know what I'm going to do with these panels, but I really like how they've turned out so far!




Iron shirtweight fusible interfacing to the back of each panel before beginning to stitch.  I added three-strand embroidery (running stitch, fly stitch) and individually stitched seed beads and tube beads.  Also a couple of buttons, as you can see. 







Part one
Part two


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!


 

Crafty Princess Diaries
The princess turns into Victor Frankenstein as she stitches together more toys.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen has some tips on how to avoid lead components when planning a children's beading party.  

Resin Crafts!
Carmi has a great post explaining how resin can be also a great glue and glaze!  

Beading Arts
Wonderful gemstone and pearl artists continue to be featured on Beading Arts all this month! 


Cherie Burbach: Love and the Spirit of God
Cherie creates a new mixed media picture.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are some fun photos of yarn bombed cairns, drawing in sand, salt and sugar ideas and tutorials on how to draw the cubs from the Pixar movie Brave and a how to make gum paste or fondant picks from the book The Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating.  




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Thursday, July 19, 2012

What to do with your old books...



...once you get a Kindle. See the whole list of 25 ideas at BuzzFeed. Very funny stuff!



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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Yay for Deb!



Deb, aka Jinxxxygirl, who writes Learning to Just Breath, is the winner of  Stash Happy Applique!  Congratulations, Deb!



Book review and giveaway: Stash Happy Patchwork



I told you last week about receiving Lark Books' Stash Happy series and how I'll be giving them away throughout July!  There's still time before the end of today to sign up to win the first book, Stash Happy Applique.  The new one for this week is Stash Happy Patchwork; which means that Stash Happy Felt is yet to come!









***Free Stuff Alert!!!*** 

I'm going to start with Stash Happy Patchwork!  If you'd like to win a copy, just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!

Please make sure that your link will lead me to an email address, or else I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  Deadline: July 25, 2012





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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Turtle stencils - part one


Another thing I got a bit obsessed by during our vacation to Hawai'i besides lava was the image of the sea turtle.  Especially after I saw one just off the coast!  That's him (her?) above.  Not a great picture, but I couldn't exactly wait around for the sun to get into the right position :-)

There are very old petroglyphs of the turtle on Hawai'i, and you'll find the image used frequently in fabric design and other arts.  So I decided to draw my own and do some little fabric panels using him.  I took some liberties...there are no spirals on the original petroglyphs.




Acrylics: green gold, sap green
Walnut Ink: Eucalyptus




1. Sponge on acrylics.

2. Mist with water to encourage running.

3. Let dry.



4. Spray walnut ink lightly over stencils.

5. Let dry.




Next week: embellishments!

Copyright 2012 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!


 

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to needle felt a bird ornament, crochet a swirl granny square, an interview with Alena Hennessy author of Cultivating Your Creative Life and a recipe for coconut rice with peaches and rum raisins.

Crafty Princess Diaries
The Crafty Princess provides an update on her big and little fiber projects.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Come join the fun. The Artful Crafter is celebrating its 6th blogoversary. Party favors, cupcakes and prizes for all! 

Playing With Blue Glass
Cherie finally finds some blue glass to build sculptures with.

The Crochet Dude
Drew is having a Pinterest contest and giving away an ENTIRE set of his new ergonomic hooks!  

About Family Crafts
The newest craft challenge is all about chalkboard crafts. Drop by and play along!  

Aileen's Musings
Aileen gets you revved up for summer by showing you how to make a wreath out of flip flops.  

Beading Arts
Cyndi found a really fast and easy way to make bracelets, and she's gone to town! 


Carmi's Art/Life World
This week Carmi has the opportunity to combine her love of rubber stamping with resin!  


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to star in the novel of your choice!

U-Star Novels


Ok, this isn't really making books, or altering books, or any other type of book arts, but it certainly does look like fun!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book review and giveaway: Stash Happy Applique



I received a wonderful package with three books from the Lark Books' Stash Happy series!  These are fun, happy books that encourage you to make stuff immediately.  If you have any kind of fabric stash at all (and who doesn't?), you'll be able to make most of the quick and clever projects featured with no run to the fabric store needed.  If, like me, you are a collector of tiny scraps, you'll be amply rewarded by these three books, two by Cynthia Shaffer: Stash Happy Applique, Stash Happy Patchwork; and one by Amanda Carestio: Stash Happy Felt.







These books contain all you need except for the scraps: beautiful photography, easy to follow instructions, templates for Cynthia's original projects, and tips.  If you like scrap crafts, recycling, reusing, and general cuteness, you're gonna love these books!  And now I've got a chance for you to win them...one at a time!


***Free Stuff Alert!!!*** 

I'm going to start with Stash Happy Applique!  If you'd like to win a copy, just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!

Please make sure that your link will lead me to an email address, or else I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  Deadline: July 18, 2012





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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Quote of the week


Makes you wonder, doesn't it?


via Drew Emborsky

Monday, July 09, 2012

Book review and projects: Crochet Garden



Last month, I won a copy of Suzann Thompson's delightful new book Crochet Garden, and I must say it arrived just in time.  Just in time for a heat wave, that is!  I had remarked in my comment that I love doing small projects in the summertime, ones that don't sit heavily on my lap (I've actually got a half-completed quilt set aside that I'll need to share with you later because I can't stand having it on me while I work!).  And lucky me, I won and received a Crochet Garden mere days before the heat wave struck.

This is a totally fabulous book.  Dozens of flowers are joined by leaves, stems, small critters, and ideas for projects that will use your new creations.  You need to know, though, that there are no basic instructions for stitches in this book.  I think it's way easy enough to find them elsewhere, and Suzann says that she skipped this part so there would be more room for actual flowers.   

The first thing I did was gallop through, oooing and awwwwing over all the things I wanted to make.  Then I narrowed in, mostly based upon my lack of appropriate yarn!  I finally settled on trying out the Twirl Center Rose for my first flower:


Not bad!  I haven't blocked it, so the stitches around the outside a a bit uneven still, but the twirly center turned out great.  I used DMC size 3 Cotton Perle in color 223.  I love the sheen, and even though it's a bit slippery to work with, I really like the results.  And here's a cool little factoid: Suzann says she developed this design when another one failed!  Isn't that great?

If you'd like to try before you buy, Lark Books has links to two pdf tutorials from the book:











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Friday, July 06, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!


 

Craft Buds
If you've ever hit a wall in running your creative business, be inspired by these top 12 new resources from our expert, Anna at Urban Stitches. 


CraftFoxes
If you still haven't found that ideal summer swimsuit, maybe it's time to make your own! CraftFoxes highlights 10 free swimwear patterns for summer.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy continues her knitting lessons, this time with a scarf kit and some yumo merino yarn.  

Feeling Patriotic
Cherie makes some red, white, and blue paintings.  

Resin Crafts!
Carmi has a fun idea to pour resin into vintage baking pans.  

Beading Arts
July begins with a bang...along with a Beading Arts celebration of all things gemstone and pearl!

 




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Thursday, July 05, 2012

A different type of crayon art!

Where the Sidewalk Ends, 2008
Christian Faur


Crayons as assemblage, seen on the website of Christian Faur.  This is a must-visit site!





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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Quote of the week


For those who will be wondering...no, I would never actually do this!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Lava quilt - part three

Pahoehoe, 2012

Yay!  After so many starts, stops, and missteps, my quilt finally began to come together more quickly.  Just worrying about one step at a time seemed to be the answer for this project.  Most of the time, I like to know several steps down the road, or even all of them, but it just didn't work like that this time.  I guess it's a lesson for me...creativity doesn't always follow a plan ;-)




Anyway, I used embroidery floss to match the complementary accent color, and stitched each lava printout to the background fabric that I had painted.  I love the way the floss color pulls out the color in both the background and in the shadows of the lava images where I added it.




The painted fabric showed through the thin cotton printouts ever so slightly, so after I'd stitched them in place, I flipped the piece and cut the background fabric out from behind the printouts.





There is no sense in having cut out the background fabric just to add another one that shows through, so I decided to only paint around the edges of the next layer.  Yes, I finally decided to stick with a handpainted theme, and forget about trying to make the fabrics I had bought work when they so obviously were not working.  I used the same accent color and painting it only cotton batting.  I've gotten to be very fond of batting as visible element in some of my quilts.





Layered up and ready to go.





I used nothing but large seed beads, strategically placed, to attach the two fabrics together.






All fabrics squared up, trimmed, and with the backing in place too, ready to stitch together.





I used my customary blanket stitch to add the backing.  This quilt, like most of my recent ones, is 100% hand-stitched.





Part one
Part two
Part three




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