Monday, July 27, 2015

New English Paper Piecing Project

I have been scratching my head for a project that I could do easily from my
" camp out " on my couch for the next 3 months... and decided to make an English paper Piecing project. Most of these kind of quilts are Hexagons (hexies). But I wanted to do something different. And I came across this plus pattern...YES!!! I like that!!! Now what fabric to use??? I have been collecting Liberty of London fabric for awhile...and because it is so expensive...I have been just hoarding it. But I thought this would be a great project for this fabric. (and no more guilt for hoarding) 

Four done....yeah!!!

I found this little tin box awhile ago. Loved it..had to have it. But I had no idea what to do with it. When I remembered it...I pulled it out to see if it would be a good little box to hold this project in...Yes!!! It sits on the couch with me where I am camped out.
Just finished 6 more blocks!!! Yeah!! Totally loving these little blocks. I will make 100 to see if that will big enough to make a quilt. If not...then I will make more. This is one of those slow and steady kinda projects...No end goal date in mind at all. (daisy is watching the process...lol!!! it's so slow it puts her to sleep)

Thanks for stopping by....

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tumblers and Health Update

Hello...Hope all is well with everyone. I have had a wee bit of a hiccup in the road here. The day that the blog studio party kicked off...I went into surgery for an ankle fusion. I came out with flying colors. And now I am camped out on my couch for the next 3 months...sigh....
And this is my new best friend. It is how I am getting around. I used crutches once years ago and pulled a muscle in my arm pit so bad!!! That I decided I didn't want to do that again. Now a days they have these super cool scooters!!!! Yeah!!!

My hubby and son helped me the day before my surgery to bring half of my studios down stairs...so I could have plenty to do while I am camped out on my couch :0)

I found this cute little sewing machine...on Amazon. Thinking it would be light enough to hold on my lap and keep sewing. It is working out GREAT!!! It is just a simple straight machine and slow....But it is working great for me at this time :0)
The project I started was the Leaders and Enders Tumblers Challenge 2015 with Bonnie Hunter. Last week I cut out 1000 tumbler blocks. Now to start sewing them together.


200 sewn and together.



I also started working on my couch pillows for my guest bed. The first pillow I decided needed to be a Swoon block by Thimble Blossom.

Here is where it is so far. (see my Bella laying on her bed :)

I have gathered some of my journals and projects close to me on the couch. 
Went into my 10 day post-op check up...and all is well.  No infections!! Praise God!!! Got my BIG boot. Can't take it off for 3 months....(uggg!!!)

Well....the moral of this story is
YOU CAN'T KEEP AN ARTIST DOWN!!!!
She will always find a way to create :0)

thanks for stopping by.....

Friday, July 10, 2015

Where Blogger's Create 2015

      Welcome to my studio!!!! I am so happy that you decided to stop by. I am linking this post up with Karen Valentine's .... Where Blogger's Create 2015. This will be my 4th year participating :0)

       I love all kinds of art....mixed media, quilting, book binding, and art journaling. It is my hope that you will stay for a bit and have a look around. I am super blessed to have 2 different studio's in my home. A Mixed Media studio and a Quilting studio.

       As most of you know I moved back to Florida in August last year... (I can't believe it's almost been a year) ....and I would have to say my new home is nice and settled...and I LOVE it :0)

                                          Let's start this tour with my Mixed Media Studio.
                                                                                
On the left is the entry way into my Mixed Media studio...in the middle is the potty...and to the right is my Quilting studio.
My constant art companions Daisy and Zoey.
My main station...or the Captain's chair of this Star ship ...hehe!!!

Every piece of old furniture you are seeing...I bought second hand and used Annie Sloan chalk paint on it, and then distressed it with a power sander...in total 16 pieces in the studios and the house.

     My Rolodex holder is full ...I did the swapping on IG to fill it up. YEAH!!!
My other constant art companion...Bella
My paint station.


My collection of art journals.

More art journals...and my collection of old books at the top. (The collection grew way bigger than that top shelf...LOL!!!!)

Now we are back in the hallway....
The stair case in the hall  houses my treasured "Happy IG Heart Canvas" ....and more old books.

More art and one of my quilt ladders holding quilts I have made.
Art potty...and my button collection. And the entry to my Quilting studio. 


The back corner with the TV is the Captain's chair of the quilting room  :0)

Fabric!!! I have it every where!!! And my cutting/pressing station.
When I need a planning board I pull them out and place them here so I can work on different quilt projects. How I made these boards from the hardware store...is a free tutorial...click HERE and you can see how I made them. 


I'm a Bernina girl all the way..."Nothing sews like a Bernina!"  I call them Mama Nina and Baby Nina!!! I even hung my rulers up on the wall.

My vintage collection. Laces, doilies, and trims.  Again this cubby was a dark stained wood...and I attacked it with Annie Sloan chalk paint and my sander :0)

More fabric...and my planning boards tucked away. 

Behind the curtains...more stuff that I need but don't necessarily need to see it.

In this photo you can see my Mixed Media studio through the door on the left.
The reason why I loved this house was because these two rooms were nice and BIG...lots of room to spread out.

Well folks...You have just walked through my HAPPY SPACE.
I am here all day... everyday :0)

The only thing that could make me happier with my little world...is when friends come and join me here. Which I am happy to say happens often :0)

Thanks so much for stopping by... Click HERE to get back to Karen's blog and check out all the other studios.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Art Journal Tutorial


Super excited to tell you all that I have turned my Instagram journal making class into a down loadable PDF. I have had tons of requests to re-open this class...but found that using Instagram was not the easiest way to teach. So, I finally pulled it all together for you HERE.

If you want to learn a quick and easy way to make art journals...this is the class for you. There are 39 detailed photos and step by step instructions on how to make a journal from scratch. Once you have made your first one...you will have the skills to make them any size you want.

I hope you will join me in my OBSESSION with journal making and journal filling. I will warn you...they are like chips....you can't stop at one!  :0)

You can find the Tutorial HERE.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Quick Check In

I have been MIA... because I am making a lot of art journals for my Etsy shop. And cleaning my studios for the WBC 2015 (linky party) with Karen Valentine soon.



I've been teaching my friend Becky how to quilt....and she just finished the quilting on her Turning Twenty quilt...and layed it on the floor to have a look at it...and Bella came over to check it out as well....Bella says...."Yep, just right!!!"  LOL!!!!

...and for those who want to make your own leather bound journal....look for the tutorial soon on my side bar:):)

Thanks for stopping in :o)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My First Art Retreat

I held my very first Art Retreat in my house last weekend!!! I absolutely loved having artsy friends come and play for the weekend!!!! Studio is all cleaned and ready .....

Every time my guests showed up I took them to the "Happy Potty" for a photo :o) 
This Is Kelley
Here we have all squeezed in to the "Happy Potty"...hehe... (from left to right) Kelley, Darlene, Becky, and myself. 
Let the FUN begin :o)
Of course, you can't visit my house and not be shadowed by my poodles....Here my Bella wanted to see what Kelley was up to.

Kelley's work space.

I made a new fold-out journal...with this paper...Yum!!!!
My work space.... Decided to make a Common-place book to use some of the old vintage papers I've been hoarding.
Darlene shared with us how she inks up lace, ribbons, and velvet with Dylusion sprays.
 
Here is a picture of my results from coloring seam binding.


Darlene has a snuggle moment with Zoey. (and they were photo bombed)

Darlene and I played a game...we worked on two canvas'. For 2 songs on the radio...then we swapped, worked for 2 songs, then we swapped....here you can see some of the steps.


When we decided we were done we stopped......we now both have a canvas made by us both...a wonderful treasure for sure.... above is my finished canvas.
Went to dinner on our the last night of the retreat at Joe's Crab Shack on the beach.
(we missed Kelley for this meal....she had family come in, and couldn't be there...she was missed)

Becky, Darlene, and I went for a walk on the beach!!!.


All in all it was a perfect ending to a wonderful weekend!!!
Super excited to know my house can handle small retreats!!!
Now, I'm off to plan some more :o)
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