Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

A New Baby

My son Andrew with his son -- my grandson-- Clark Nathan Clemons, born August 25, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

Dad's Moose

Dad has spent the weekend working on a moose scarecrow to be entered into competitions at Monmouth Fair and Litchfield Fair.  The base is an old Hoover vaccuum cleaner--really heavy so the whole thing won't topple over.  Attached to that is part of a lamp base.  The body is a lion costume Mom made years and years ago which I sewed over the lamp base.  The head was once a papier mache donkey's head--a little brown paint and antlers made from foam core helped with the transition to moose.  Dad painted some garden claws black for the "hands" and the legs fit into a tall pair of Dad's boots.
Guess we'll name him Bullwinkle.  Should I put a squirrel on his shoulder wearing an aviator cap???

Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Bird Song" 6X6 canvas

6X6 blank canvas
yellow acrylic paint
birch trees stencil and black pen
Pitt White paint pen
Washi tapes--8 of them
Memory Box tiny birds dies and black paper

I started this project in Deb Schaefer's Studio in Newcastle on Wednesday afternoon, May 4th.
I worked on it some more at home that evening, coloring the trees and adding more Washi tape.
I finished it up by adding these Washi tapes--birds on the wires and music notes--and the die cut tiny birds.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Calendar Project for Ink Stains Blog

Every year Roni at Ink Stains posts techniques for creating a new calendar.  This year the project focused on various ways to use watercolors.  I made two calendars using many of the techniques she featured as well as a few of my own.  What follows are photos of one of the calendars.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Basket Update Monday January 25th

I've been making lots of these baskets...clothesline rope, variegated thread, and the zigzag setting on my sewing machine.

This photo was taken last Wednesday at the Tacoma Lakes Quilters workshop.  At that point I had completed five baskets of various sizes.  I've made at least one more since then and enlarged the smallest basket to include several rows of fabric-wrapped line.  I've decided that I don't particularly like the fabric-wrapped pieces other than as small accents.  I'm finding this a lot of fun to do.  I've ordered a couple of books to expand my knowledge and to teach me some more basket styles.  This is a great winter sewing project...creating baskets to sell at the fall craft fairs and for presents.  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Basket Project Snow Day Saturday, January 16

This morning I decided to see if I could teach myself to make a basket using my sewing machine, variegated thread, and clothesline.  I'd seen a video online last week and bought my clothesline the other day.  In under an hour I had used all but 6 inches of the 50' clothesline and most of a spool of thread, rewinding the bobbin at least four times.  I even figured out how to make a loopy handle.  And  I made this in less than an hour!