I apologize ahead of time for the quality of these pictures. I need a new camera (hint hint).
The past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure to teach my Granddaughters the fine art of mixed media journaling. They picked it up really quickly although they all had different learning styles. The youngest watched me and copied my movements like a pro. Gramma is so proud. I even convinced them it is okay to be a little weird.
I am making an art kit to take with me when I babysit Gabe's girls later this month. We made the girls each a journal when they spent the night this week. FUN FUN!!!
You may or may not know that I love books. I love to read books, hoard books and alter books. To satisfy all of those things I went shopping at my favorite thrift store we commonly refer to as "The FREE Store". Can you say low low prices?
I hadn't been there for awhile so the gal behind the counter gave me a really good deal on five books I picked up- a whopping 45¢ for all five. One was a collected works of Hemingway I selected for the big H on the cover.
When I opened it up I saw this drawing:
I thought "Oh goody a bonus!" I snapped a shot of the sketch and shared it to Instagram and Facebook where my friends proceeded to convince me that Hemingway himself might have drawn this while in Key West!!! Hence I got freaked out without even trying. Had I almost ruined a priceless piece of American ephemera? I had to find out.
Google searches revealed nothing so I felt a little better. However, Dr Donut sent me his findings, which once again had me worried. I asked an artist down the hall at work what she thought and she told me about a used book store near where I work and I set out to get their advice.
I entered the unassuming store and was blown away by the sheer number of books facing me. The lady at the front desk listened to my story and looked at the book. She said since there was no signature, no providence of the book being owned by Hemingway and the fact that these little Viking Books are so common that I could go ahead and alter to my heart's content. Then she told me about a special room up on the third floor for people like me who re-purpose books (WHAT... THERE IS MORE TO THIS WONDERLAND??!!??) I plunged ahead and was again blown away by sky high book shelves and so many books calling my name.
I found a couple of things I could afford (blog about that soon) and declared the Jane Addams Bookstore to now be my favorite place in downtown Champaign.
Here are a few more pics of the Hemingway book. I tried to read it but, uh...how do I say this? I don't care for his writing, sorry old man.
I have public art journals and private art journals. I
force the public ones on anyone who will look at them and I guard the
private ones with my life. The thoughts I write down in those are catty
and sometimes harsh so I do not share.
However the artwork is share worthy. Weird but share worthy (just like me). I am drawn to the Styles of Teesha Moore, Shannon Green's Journaling by 5s (JB5) and Mike Deakin. I am also following along with Cat Hand as she does Mixed Media Morsels. Look these guys up on Youtube you won't be sorry.
I started this particular quilt many moons ago...maybe 2004? I got as far as quilting most of the center checkered part then gave up. Something was off but I didn't know quite how to fix it. I came to Colorado in 2007 or so and there it sat still waiting to be finished. I took the opportunity to take it to Quilt Guild in 2010 for a special program where a committee would look at your problem UFOs and give you some advice. Well guess what? They had no advice for me other than cut off the border fabric and make pillows out of the rest. Not what I wanted to hear. I left the quilt in Colorado when I left in Oct 2011 but it made it's way back to me in April 2012. I didn't have the space to work on quilts until I moved into this apartment. I drug out several quilt tops and UFOs and this one begged me to finish it somehow, some way.
I started by finishing up the quilting in the center then did the ecru inner border. I made some tuck pleats in the hateful outer border then sewed on the binding and hand sewed it down in the back.
FINISHED AT LAST!!!
Is it perfect? No. Does it represent me perfectly? YES! It's made from unconventional materials, it was told it wasn't good enough, it's been drug halfway across the country and back and it had to wait patiently for its time to come. Just like me.
Amanda P commissioned two memorial quilts from her mother's clothes, one for her sister and one for herself. I did the first one back in early December so it could be mailed off in time for Christmas. I just finished the second one. It went a lot smoother as I knew what I was doing this time (lol). Amazing how that happens.
Finished size about 34"x34".
I made this rug as a bonus from leftover t-shirt scraps and jeans strips. I have another one started from the leftovers from the Tennessee memorial quilt also.
(I originally wrote this back in January but randomly chose a date in the future for it to post because I was afraid someone would figure out at least one of the movies and yell at me for semi-spoiling it)
I have been in a funk after watching a couple of movies recently in which some of my favorite characters died. Bought the Farm. Met their Maker. Bit the Big One. Is it normal to get so attached to people who don't exist except on paper somewhere? All I know is, I have a bad case of the Feels and I imagine the Feels will hang around awhile.
Yeah sorry about that typo there. I was all shook up n stuff when I made this meme.
Wow it's hard to get back into the swing of blogging. So so very sorry about that.
I'm currently cutting crazy quilt fabric in between my office job and working on a duplicate of the keepsake memorial quilt for a lady here in town. I feel like my pictures are boring but I'll add them anyway.
Cutting up prom dresses is fun.
Piles of burgundy goodness to be pressed and rolled
Finished burgundies, Really classy looking.
I'll be adding these to my website soon. If you ever want a certain color combo let me know and I'll try my hardest to make it so.
I have been asked to make some Memorial Quilts this winter.
The first request came from my sister on behalf of one of her friends then not even a week later someone tagged me on Facebook in response to a call for someone to make a quilt from her deceased mother's clothes. I got the job and I have another one in the wings, again from Facebook. I did four quilts back around 2000 for a family from their mother's clothes.
For some people giving up a loved one's clothes after they pass away is heart wrenching and nearly impossible. I hope I can help these people out with one of a kind quilts that reflect their loved one's personalities (based on their clothes -so far I haven't done one for someone I actually knew in life).
The hard part is deciding on a design. The cutting of the clothes comes easily for me since I deconstruct lots of garments for my crazy quilt fabrics.
I've been really good about keeping track of my designs this time. It's good to do that when you want to charge a fair price yet not cut yourself short.
This lady was an EMT. I got two of those pink t-shirts with Fountain County EMS logos. The lady who requested this quilt actually wants two. She gave this one to her sister for Christmas. I will give her a choice of replicating this one or a whole new design for her personal quilt.
Finished size 35" x 35". Reversible. Crazy quilted on front and back made from t-shirts.
The next lady, my sister's friend, didn't want anything so fancy. She told me her dad was a simple man who liked nothing better than working hard and sleeping in a warm bed. She sent quite a big selection of his clothes and I decided to do a traditional 9 patch design. She also sent a quilt top his mother had pieced and two of her hankies to write their respective names and dates of birth and death. Below is how it progressed.
Finished size 68" X 68"
If you would like a Memorial Quilt for your loved one please text or leave a voicemail at 719 200 2193 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices start at $100.00.
I had a leftover wine journal from last year which was in the Xmas stuff at work. I offered it to the building manager first and when he declined I decided it was mine for the make over.
I glued about half the pages together and ended up with 22 full page spreads. It started out that I was only going to do the right hand sides using Shannon Green's Journaling by Fives method. But that didn't last long and before I knew it I was going full blast on both sides.
I did roughly follow her steps though.
1. Background with paint or inks
2. Add Texture with collage or recycling
3. Add Pattern with stamps or stencils
4. Focal point with words or images
5. Details with pen and pencil
This page is in reference to The Phases of The Moon Festival which I did not get to attend (obviously). They held it at Kennecuck Cove and it poured down rain for the first few days. Government Mule was there and I really would have liked to have seen them, but at least I did get to watch a live stream,
I've had a horrible time with my new local library. I dedicate this page to the gals behind the desk (you know who you are)
He is tacky but he's not really my boyfriend
First person ho "gets" this spread wins a domino necklace (for real). Leave a comment explaining what you think it means. I even hope for more than one winner.
I hope to get pictures of all my quilts tomorrow and all the quilts I have lined up to do after that.
Yes. I now have internet. My very own internet. All mine. Mine I say. I will try to post more, share more, blog more, sell more, keep in touch more. Since it is the start of a new year I should do some sort of challenge which will probably entail using up this ginormous stash of craft supplies, yarn, and fabricthat I STILL HAVE AND HAS GROWN!!! It's going to be all under one roof eventually. I should start NOW trying to downsize it (a quick trip to Goodwill with it would not be as much fun). Hey maybe I should run a bunch of contests to help me keep motivated. Hmmmmmmm. Any thoughts?