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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

See you in a week!

Love you all!  I'm taking the week off, and I'll see you bright and early in 2013!!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!

Knitting Patterns for Beginners
Are you just getting started with knitting? Check out this round-up of easy knitting patterns for beginners over at CraftFoxes. 

My Family's Homemade Ornament Exchange
Cherie shows off some of the homemade ornaments her family has made in their exchange.  

Beading Arts
The parties aren't over yet! Here's how to put together a festive hair ornament!

One of my favorite treats, candied ginger dipped in chocolate. It's easy to make, and a great holiday gift!

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy takes a look at the wave of hand-made toy drives going on right now and considers the needs of her own community as well.  

How to Create a Cheery Folk Art Angel Ornament
Make several of these jute ribbon angels to represent friends or family members. You can even let the kids draw on the faces themselves; just be sure to date their art!  


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!

How to Make Bread Dough Clay Holly Leaf Christmas Ornaments Bread dough clay is fun for kids of all ages. What a great project for a wintry snow day! 

Modern Quilt Pattern
Remember Lindsay's Equalizer Quilt? It's a modern look that makes a perfect quilt for men, and it's now a free pattern.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has three bead kits to give away, thanks to The Bead Shop! 

Wedding Cake Ideas
Even if you're not planning a wedding, check out this post on wedding cake ideas at CraftFoxes. From ombre to cake tattoos, this list is inspiring.

Ornaments, ornaments, ornaments! Fifteen of them in 15 days... and plenty of them you can get finished in time for THIS Christmas! 

CD Scrapbook Ornaments
Cherie makes ornaments out of old CDs and scrapbooking supplies.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to fold an origami gift box, make a recycled t-shirt wreath, create a comic with found text, some deer themed logos to inspire different drawing styles, and 6 tips for choosing healthy foods.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
Get into the holiday spirit and get some great crafting and gift giving ideas from two books created by the folks at Country Living magazine.  

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lava quilt blocks from Spoonflower - part three

I have had soooo many fits and starts with this new quilt.  I was hoping to finish it up before the end of the year, but I'm afraid that is just not to be.  Or at least, getting it written up is not to be...we'll see about the stitching part :-)

Anyway, I had no completely clear idea of what to do with the blocks once I painted them, so I just forged ahead.  Which turned out to be a bad idea!

Bad idea #1 - Keep the blocks attached and add embroidery on the lines.  Oh yuck, I really didn't like the way this looked at all, but I almost stuck with it because I HATED to have to pull all that stitching out.  But I did...

Bad idea #2 - Cut the blocks apart and begin to add beads.  After beading three blocks, I decided that I just hate the way they look.  However, I can always cut the beading off later, so I decided to leave them as is for now and make that decision later.  Maybe I'll decide that the rest of the blocks need beads, and I won't have to rip out the beading that I've done.

OK idea #3 - Decide how the blocks will be arranged.  I have this beautiful raspberry fabric that I've decided to use for the background, so the next step is to figure out how the blocks will be arranged.  Fortunately, when I cut them out, I numbered them on the back so that it wouldn't end up being one big messy puzzle.  Here are the arrangements I tried, and the one above is the winner.

Time to start stitching!

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Friday, December 07, 2012

Artsy blogging round-up!


Crafty Princess Diaries Enter to win a free copy of the new e-book by Margot Potter, "The Fine Art of Shameless Self-Promotion." 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Make these sweet bread dough clay candy cane ornaments with the kids.

Holiday Gift Guide for Arts and Crafts Lovers
What to buy for the crafter in your life? Here are our current favorites! 

Beading Arts
Cyndi is featuring quick and easy jewelry projects all month long for your holiday gift-giving, including this special bracelet...sooo pretty and sooo fast!

Laura Thykeson's Uniques
A Wonderful life - well lived! Plus some arty eye candy!  

Modern Quilt for Music Lovers
Lindsay shows off her Turntable Quilt, a modern crib-size quilt that's unlike anything you've seen. 

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make recycled cup glitter votive holders. 

Very Last Minute Stocking Stuffer
Cherie makes a simple ribbon bookmark with charms.  

June's having another give away. This time it's a mid-century style glitter house!  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a double giveaway featuring 16 new craft and cook books, 25 days of paper crafts, and a recipe for vegan stuffed cabbage rolls.  

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Holiday tutorials from around the town - wreaths

Are you a hopeless procrastinator (like me)?  Here are some fantastic wreath projects that you'll have plenty of time to whip up for yourself or someone else...I promise you they are all worth the time!

Thread spool wreath

Origami wreath

Birch wood wreath

Vintage-style velvet button wreath

Crocheted wreath

Sheet music star wreath

Burlap wreath

Mini rosemary wreath

Plastic ornament wreath

Butcher paper wreath

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

Yay for Barbara!

Barbara, who writes Rocky Cross Studio, is the winner of the fabulous Push Print.  Congratulations!!

Lava quilt blocks from Spoonflower - part two

My lava fabric that I told you about last week arrived from Spoonflower, and I ironed it out and began to paint it just as soon as I could find a couple of uninterrupted hours. 

1. I was really pleased with the way it turned out.  I ordered a good quality cotton print on a fat quarter, and it was exactly what I was looking for.

2. My first step in adding color was to choose some acrylic paints and water them down a lot.  It was very helpful to have a nice wide margin of fabric around the blocks so that I could test colors.

3. I added thin washes of the colors and built up some layers to make them fade into each other.  I let the paints dry and then heat set them with an iron.

4. While I had the iron out, I added a very lightweight fusible interfacing to the back.  Later, when I cut the blocks apart, this will keep them from unraveling.

5. I used Inktense pencils to add more definition and color to the texture of the lava.  Here (above) it is shown still wet, and below is what it looked like when dry.  You can see in the right margin that I sampled the various pencils before committing to them.  Since they are permanent once dry, I wanted to be sure of my color choices.  Even though Inktense pencils don't really need to be heat set, I ironed the fabric again anyway after it dried just for extra insurance.

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