Monday, May 7, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Valentine’s Day today got me thinking, are our closest relationships based on similarities or differences? This is a photo of my daughter and her boyfriend. She just recently entered a “cutest couple” contest using this pic and they won by a landslide. She described the photo in opposites…he’s the marine and she’s the princess…he wears boots and she wears heels. They are opposites in so many ways but are truly dedicated to each other. To celebrate their relationship (while she and beau are 7,500 miles apart) I needle felted a couple of wool ducks to add to her duck collection. I also think it’s fitting that she had her eye on the Valentine SweeTarts while we were shopping one day so there it is, opposites. But in our case I’d say that the apple was swept by the wind when it fell. It fell far from the tree.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
What do rabbits and walnuts have in common?
Nothing, really, except that they are being gifted today as a 50th birthday present. The 50 walnuts - opened, emptied, filled with notes, and glued back together for the recipient.
The bunny? This is a hand quilted pillow of my first foster rabbit, Dixie, upcycled from leather and suede resale shop finds. It’s been 6 years since I first took Dixie in, at the time with the thought that there would be many bunnies taking up residence in my home for only a few short months at a time. She was with me for 1-1/2 years and partnered with two other bunnies that traveled through my foster home. Now, four years and many bunnies later, I’m helping Dixie’s dad celebrate his 50th birthday! Dixie is a very content, kissing, cuddly and smart bunny. Her dad has taught her to do “tricks” like walking on her hind legs and doing left and right spins. Dixie went to a wonderful home and I’m so very lucky to again be the recipient of her kisses and cuddles.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
My good friend Miriam’s wedding shower is tomorrow and I just finished her gift. She had her mother’s winter wedding dress transformed into a spring dress for her upcoming June wedding and she gave me the extra parts. From the pieces I made a ring bearer pillow, a clutch and a tissue cover. This is the second time I’ve had the opportunity to reconstruct from a wedding dress and I have to say, there’s honor in being able to work with fabric that holds such special memories. I’ve always held in higher regard items that have been used and valued in someone else’s life. They can be anything from fabric to furniture to kitchen equipment or to a special pet’s fur. They send me daydreaming, maybe into history or into a life that’s just different from mine.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Today starts the Easter weekend holiday so I my daughter will be home soon from college – I posed the question to her – what should we do for earth day? “Aren’t you supposed to plant a tree?” It’s too rainy to dig a hole today so I decided to save a tree. Feeling the “need” for a new purse lately I decided to spin yarn from newspaper to knit one. Spinning paper has been a “to do challenge” in my mind for some time now so why not today? I should be able to knit up a nice handbag from my yarn – and then I can figure out how to keep the ink from rubbing on to my clothes.
On with the yarn! I picked out a few of the most colorful pages from yesterday’s newspaper and cut a few strips to try. Too heavy! And the join that I usually used to connect my plastic bag strips was making impossible lumps in the newspaper. The yarn was stiff and clumpy and wouldn’t feed onto my bobbin. I cut strips about half the width and joined them end to end with a spot of glue. While it made for a nicer yarn I still had to manually wind it onto my bobbin. Still, I feel success!
A word of caution: bunnies love tearing up newspaper so keep your eyes peeled for rabbits lurking around corners ready to make shreds of your hard work.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The NAL pictured my “Lily” in their August newsletter which you can see here. This is a large file that takes some time to load. Here's a partial photo of the painting: