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Great Falls, Montana, United States
I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Postcard Palooza

Finishing up some postcards as I am preparing for an August-September show at Liberty Village Arts Center.  These are some of the cards I will be packaging up for them.  I like brown on blue...
Purple on blue...
Purple on purple!
I took my machine to the lake; gave a few mini lessons on couching, free motion and feathers to Annette... and also got a little free motion couching action going on with new yarns and cords!
And these finished in oranges:

 I stamped this one with pink and purple with some silver action to accent.
 Have a fabulous Saturday!  EnJOY.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Love at First Touch

Courtesy of a shopping trip to Camas Creek Yarns in Kalispell MT. We'd been talking about it for the past couple years, but finally got there.  Fabulous!  It was difficult, at best, to 'just say no' to so many gorgeous, beautiful, lovely skeins and give them a good home.  I put more back that I took home. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. Kudos. Discipline.  The "D" word. Good for all of us but specially for me. And I was truly happy to buy what I got, and what I got was really GOOD.  Excitement.  Color. Texture. Ideas. Scarves.  Couching.  Touching!  It's all very, very, very GOOD. I mean, really ... good!

love... the chance to practice some photography on those beauties... and we of course take them down to the dock and talk, ooh and aah over them some more and brainstorm ideas...
Not to be left out... picked up a couple gorgeous buttons, too.  Oh... how many oh so cool buttons they had...  What will I do with them?  No clue.  But they will be fabulous...
A bit of stash building... texture, colors light and dark.  Batiks, Kaffe Fasset; my faves.
Artist, Weaver, Knitter, Crocheter, and Sewer 
extraordinaire, and my dear friend, ANNETTE, made these adorable baby sweaters while we were at the cabin.  

She loves to knit at the lake, waterside!

This is one I made several years ago, for my friend, Megan Lane, one of the BESTEST photographers in the world! (Really!)

And below, a cute hood from one I made several years ago, from batik flannels.  Love!

 From the pattern "Cute As A Button" Baby Jacket by Jackie Clark.

See more here... and here!

Annette also made a sweet little baby jacket at the cabin vacay. I love the florals, and particularly the soft brown minkee trim!  BUT... the crochet trim on the pockets make it!  ADORABLE.  She still needs to add buttons, which of course, we went shopping for!
Here is the pattern, of which you can also create via patchwork style, leaving the edges raw. 

EnJoy your day!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Daisy Study with Acrylic Inks

Daisy Crazy, I am.  I love daisies, of almost any type, size, color or style, and I love to photograph them from my garden, too. I was really tickled to get this photo with the purple petunias blurred in the background.
I'd read about these inks, and I finally had some time to play with them.  They are Daler Rowney acrylic inks. 

 Wow.  They are a wonderful medium to play with.  Smooth, and no running!  Really.  I diluted them with water, about 50/50 with the ink.  Still... brilliant color!   Tell me what you think, or if you've tried them before...
The photo below is what the piece looks like after painting with the inks, using the daisy photo above as my inspiration.  I did a rough sketch, and then started painting.  No time for perfection... a girl's gotta start somewhere!
 And this is what it looks like now:
The petals and center lack depth... I wish I had done something more to accomplish shading on the petals, and in the orange center.  Will be playing with that technique again, though!

I used a combination of YLI threads, Superior Tri-Lobal rainbows, and King Tut Cottons, all in the top, loosening my top tension 1-2 levels.  I also used a 90/14 topstitch or metallic needle and Superior Threads Masterpiece (50 weight) cotton was my bobbin thread of choice.
 For the finish, I decided to try facing this little quilt, like I've read and seen how the 'big name' quilters are now doing out there in Quilt Land.   
 A bit rough ... and I didn't quite get the edge folded under in all the right places... but it was simple.  Right sides together, and turn.  A different look.  Do you like it this way, or should I have fashioned a traditional binding?  I'm ready to do... MORE!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Watermelon Granita!

I experimented with a new recipe while we were at the lake --- "Watermelon Granita!"
Cut up 1/2 of a watermelon.  Put it in a blender.  Watermelon takes alot of space, but it blends up super easy. Add juice of two limes.  Couple tablespoons sugar.  Blend.  Pour into 9x13 pan. Freeze couple hours.  Stir it, chop it, scrape it.  Freeze some more. Plop it into some fancy martini glasses.  See the real recipe and cool photos at The Pioneer Woman website here.

Uh, oh, we didn't have the prettiest glasses at the cabin.
Do we care?  Nope! 
It was Perfect Refreshment out on the dock for a hot summer afternoon.  

FYI it's not mandatory that you hold your pointy  finger like Lisa!?

 Light, lake-mountain breezes.  Bright shiny sun. Beautiful water. Great company. A good book!
 Icy cold goodness. 
 Make some today!  I placed the remainder of the granita into a freezer bag, sealed it, and put it back in the freezer for another hot day. The kids will love to help make it... and eat it!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vintage Pillow Case Dresses

While on vacation last week, we headed to a farmers market in Polson, a picturesque little town perched on the south end of Flathead Lake. We found a lovely vendor who made little girl's dresses from vintage pillowcases.  She was so nice to chat with us, and her little girl even showed us a small fluffy quilt she had made the night before; it was really sweet!  If you'd like to contact her, click here to connect to her website for more information.

We thought these little dresses were quite a treasure to find, and so we snapped them up before you could say "Cute!" Tickled pink, Annette and I each bought two of them. 
 Beautiful handmade embroidered trim.

Stunning handmade crocheted lace edging.  Very nice heavy cotton material with a linen feel.  Just Exquisite.
 They were $14 and $18.
These are the kind of things you can really appreciate as a great find. 
 And so SO Pretty! If I can bear to part with them, I have darling little baby girl gifts... perhaps grandbaby gifts... (someday!)

A Sweet Deal.  Annette and I bought the dresses, and Lisa bought the chocolate truffles!  Those definitely were not too pretty to EAT!  Pretty colors, and graceful swirls.  Chocolate is always great inspiration!!! 
 I hope you're finding some sweet summer deals!  Chocolate, or otherwise!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Here's Your Sign - Forecast

I'm back from vacation time at "The Lake!"  I'm so grateful for that special time with my friends!

And no surprise; we had a great time.  And I'm really excited to share some of our fabulous finds which you will find on the blog this week, as well as some finished projects.  
  • we found the most special vintage pillow cases, made as little girls' dresses!
  • beautiful fabrics (of course we went to several quilt stores) 
  • a wonderful yarn store in Kalispell MT "Camas Creek Yarns"
  • Chocolate!  Yay!  And it's so pretty (of course I took photos of it!)
  • A great recipe for "Watermelon Granita!"  
  • and of course quilting, new postcards, and a couple new stamps I've carved.

We are so thankful to our Lord for our time together to share, laugh, talk and enjoy each other as well as time  to sew, create, take leisurely walks, and of course, EAT! 

It's back to a work week for me... I pray and hope your week is starting out fabulous! 

Here's a sign I saw on my travels!  And wonderful inspiration!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Eyes Have It!

It's just about the dogs today.
And they have always played a big part in our lives.
This is my son AJ's dog, 
He's a short-haired, red border collie; 
a real working ranch dog, actually.  
But oh my gosh, does he have a face!  
This is his "No Ball" look. 

Look at how his face lights up!  
Sooooo funny!
I wish I could focus this good! 
And then there's the look-alike contest!

And then there are these eyes... of our Micah-dog!   
Just resting after a session of playing ball. 
A pink... fluffy ball!  
 "Who's here?"  Check the window! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More carving, stamping and printing!

 It actually got too hot, too early, to do too much stamping and painting outside on the patio.  The paint dried before I could get it printed by 10:30 am; and it got to 100 degrees yesterday!
 So I had to be quick about it.
 I really like this design:
 And I really like orange and purpley-pink together!  A favorite combo.

Enjoy your day!  I'm going to be sitting by beautiful Flathead Lake with my girlfriends... and take it all in for a few days!
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