Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I'm afraid my castle page for Carmen is running a little late at the moment. A mere hint above. I love castles, especially one particular castle not too far from here. Built in 1225, it is now a ruin, but much loved by my own family. We spent many happy hours there when my daughters were young.
Unfortunately, that is probably why I ended up running late with this. I just could not decide how to depict this much loved structure.
I shall get this completed and into the post as soon as I can, but apologies for the delay.
Monday, April 26, 2010
How's everyone doing on their April pages? I have only heard about a few pages being mailed so far and we're getting close to the end of the month. I know a few of you are behind but I hope no one is getting discouraged. I'd love to see some more previews of those April pages.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Cobi, your dutch door arrived today. It is definitely worth waiting for!
I placed the postcard that came with the page behind the door so you could all see what a wonderful piece this is. The flowers are so pretty! I loved the quote from Terry Pratchett. He's one of my favorites, too! It's fascinating to learn how much we all have in common through these pages.
I plan to post some more pictures on my blog this evening. I hope you all take a minute to see some of the other pictures. Thank you so much, Cobi.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I must apologize for not posting this sooner. We have been having Internet Access problems that we had no control over for a couple of days, then I ahve been off visiting colleges with my 18 yr old son. We have Internet back and my son has decided which college he will be attending in the fall, so things are getting back to a state resembling normal!!! PHEW!!!!
So back to the page that I created for Gayle! All of the fabric that I used in this page was painted or stamped by me. When I paint on fabric I use regular craft acrylic paints and medium weight white cotton fabric. With the paint the fabric takes on a canvas quality and it is not suitable for wearing or drapping unless you want stiff fabric, but it is great for fabric collage. The bird is from a rubber stamp that I carved from my own design and I used Staz-on ink to stamp onto the painted bit of fabric.
I just now scrolled down thru the posts taht I have missed!! Hope that you all don't mind seeing pictures of the same page twice!!!!
I have just read all of your comments about my Bird Stamp. You all sure know how to make a girl feel good!!!! I carved the stamp in soft rubber ( the kind used for pink erasers) it is available at most craft stores but if you want a really good deal on the carving tools and some rubber, I suggest you go to DICKBLIK.com and order thru them. It is very simple to do. The lino cutting is much more difficult. I am thinking about carving some more of these birds and selling them on my Etsy Site that I am about to re launch. If anyone is interested in purchasing one just send me a private e-mail. I would encourage all of you to give this process a try. There are many books out on the subject and I am willing to bet that you could go to your local library and find a couple of books taht would give you step by step insturctions. I know that there are sites on the web that have free tutorials and a quick google would be all that you would need to get you going!!! Give it a whirl girls, you won't be sorry that you did!! Painting and Dyeing your own fabric is really a lot of fun!!!!
Have a great weekend all!!!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
After research I found out that the double door is typically Dutch and it even is referred to as the Dutch door. The original Dutch door is not the one you seem to be familiar with. See picture for how they really look. They are always painted in a special bright green color. I hope to mail out your door asap. Sorry for taking so long.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I've sent of Kath's flower page. I had lots of fun working on it. I love doing handwork. It's very relaxing. I won't spoil the surprise. I do hope you like it.
Now I need to save up for a new digital camera. I can't take close up shots, nor turn off the flash otherwise it doesn't work at all. Mind you, it is almost 6 years old now.
Blessings to you all.
Chris, your door arrived today. I love it! It has a wonderful medieval look to it. I'll bet you all don't know that my front door is painted blue. Pretty cool, huh?
Chris said she painted some bondaweb and I can see she did a lot of stitching, too. The gesso on the walls really makes them look like stone.
In fact, I love all the textures on this piece. Thank you so much, Chris.
I've started working on my April page, but it's too soon for a preview. Soon, I hope.
Just to let you all know I'm going out of town and won't be back until Sunday. I won't get much computer time while away but I'll check in if I can. Debi - I won't be able to post about receiving your page until I get back. I'm sure it will arrive while I'm away. Everyone's pages are wonderful - keep up the good work!
Debi I'm glad the page reached you this fast and that you like it. I love doing crazy quilting so I used that style to make this page. I thought that your initial would make the page more personal so I drew the D the fit into the space and I used colors that echo the ones in the silky. I enjoyed working on it.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Your calligraphy is amazing wish I could do it as well.
Many thanks again
Monday, April 5, 2010
What do you think?
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Thank you so much.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
It's the first of April and it looks like there are a couple of pages that haven't been received for February and five that I haven't seen a mention of whether or not they have been mailed for March. I would appreciate it if everyone would blog when they mail their pages and the recipients please blog when they receive them. I know that life does get in the way sometimes but as we're only at the end of the first quarter of our year long swap, I hate to see people get behind. I love seeing all the pages and hearing about how they were made. Everybody can learn from each other the more information we post here. So please take a few minutes and post about pages sent and received.