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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?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fruit of The Spirit ~ Finished!

Galatians 5:22-23:  "And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law."

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Friday, February 24, 2012

My Life in Hearts ~

I have finished all the heart orders for donation to our sweetheart baby girl Austyn Mae.  Little Austyn continues to respond well to the chemotherapy treatments, and we thank God for that!  Her Mom and Dad thank you all for your love, prayers, and support!  I received a most sweet call of thanks from her Gramma, too... so thank you to all of you!  The fundraiser will be March 3rd at the Civic Center in Great Falls. More information on Austyn and the fundraiser can be viewed at this link.

~Thank you ALL for Shining So Brightly~
In love and humble gratitude,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sharing from my Journal ~ Tulips Too!

I pray you will be touched, not only by the pictures of the tulips, & flowers...but by the words, written from my personal journal in 2004. Oh, what a year.   
It was the year I began keeping a journal... not only of thoughts, but prayers, poems, sayings... things that affected or mattered to me.  Things I needed to change in myself.  Life-changing attitudes and more.

Which brings me to the next few pictures. It was so good for me to re-read this... to refresh, renew and remember!

May you find the blessing in learning how to 'take no offense,' and in 'dying to self' --- both of which are part and parcel of another.  This was a life-changing attitude; a major turn-around for me in how I acted, and REACTED to everything from compliments to criticisms... in dealing with co-workers and bosses... friends & family, and all matter of daily tasks!  

Perhaps you will be able to take something from it that will be an 'aha moment' --- like it was for me.
As I contemplate our Lenten season, and in the spirit of love, I humbly share with anyone out there - reading here! 
Be blessed!

If you would like the entire printed document in a pdf formatted document, just leave me a comment, and I will email it to you.
Soli Deo Gloria

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Life by The Spirit ~

There is an ongoing list in my head of options when it comes time to finish a project.  Stamping.  Angelina.  Screen prints.  Leftovers, organza, or fabric scraps I can't bear to throw away, pre-cut, fused flowers, ribbons and cords... At times, inspiration on 'what to do' with a piece, happens best when I just stop thinking, and begin.  The thinking isn't a hindrance, necessarily - but at some point, I just have to begin!  To 'dig in' and trust.
I also give consideration to quilting and sewing techniques I have learned:  from bobbin play, couching, to motifs for quilting, which often include a thought process about the color(s) or theme; Seasons?  Spring?  Words? Poetry or Scripture? And I have a journal (several of them in fact!) that I also look to for inspiration.  I've been doing these since I was a girl in high school.  It's alot of fun to go back and contemplate their contents!
And one thing... leads to another!  Kind of reminds me of a song I learned as kid "Put One Foot In Front Of The Other." (Click on the song title link to listen)

Then, the real inspiration for this piece dawned on me:  "The Fruit of The Spirit."  That is what this piece of fabric paper says to me; the hope in spring, perhaps - the texture, brightness and transparency of those clear colors, and more.
"...but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22)
And "sew let it be written - sew let it be done!"  Just borrowing from from the Ten Commandments in sewing terms!  It's a 'fun pun' !!!  LOL
There's more to come, hopefully with a little more time in the studio in the days to come... And for me to Glorify Him in the gifts He so generously gives ~ and He gives generously to all!  

Be Blessed,
EnJOY, (as 'in joy!')

Monday, February 20, 2012

Purple Tulips In The Works

I really enjoyed making this piece of paper fabric, from the post "A Wrinkle In Time" on Feb. 2nd.  I added several screen prints; the one below a beautiful tulip thermofax I received from Margaret Applin's shop, screened in white paint, on top of the fabric paper. 

I've started in... now what? 
Well, more threadwork as I answered myself. Specifically, free motion.  I want to explain how "to begin" with the bobbin play.  The first thing I recommend to my students, is "define your space" IF ... you want a specific placement for your thick threads.  And because this was stamped with a design... I DID!
I decided to stitch around the perimeter of the tulips, then began some bobbin play stitching, done from the back side, "blind" -- but because I stitched a general outline first, I knew where the shapes were on the front, as I followed the stitching.
 And I like this alot.  It's right up my alley, in the 'perfectly imperfect' -- that wabi sabi stitching world!

It needs a bit more stitching, but in another color.

And another!
Making progress...
 Time for some stem work...
Here are the stars of the "Thread Show" so far:
The threads: Superior Rainbows, with white Masterpiece on the bobbin.  A bit of the Art Studio colors from Superior, too. All of these are 100% polyesters. They performed beautifully for me with a top tension setting of 1.0 - even slightly less, and the best part? Why I choose polyester?  Well, in perfect timing, this info arrived in my email box, straight from the Superior newsletter:
Characteristics of Polyester Thread
Resistant to stretching and shrinking
Resistant to most chemicals
Quick drying
Crisp and resilient when wet or dry
Wrinkle resistant
Mildew resistant
Abrasion resistant
For more information about polyester, please visit their webpage.
I had a great time!  (Thanks for asking!) and onto more contemplation with the rest of 'what I'm a gonna do' to this piece!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Few Stitches in Time ~

Time --- stitching time that is --- to get the party started!
I played with piece, stamping 'mums' in white paint, using one of my rubber stamps.  Auditioning a few other embellishments, too...

Time to add a bit of bobbin play, using YLI Candelight styled thread.  Beautiful thread.  You can get the same color in Razzle Dazzle, by Superior, FYI!

I added some organza layers, too, just for the SHEER thrill of it!
While my machine's tension adjustment on the bobbin case was set up... I moved on to this next paper fabric piece with some bobbin play, too!  (Don't want her to feel left out).  Perhaps you will recognize the Tulip design as one from Margaret Applin's thermofax screens?  Go visit her blog!  You won't be sorry! So Beautiful.
 For the tulip piece, I changed to this creamy white thread which is a YLI brand pearl crown rayon, instead of the shiny iridescent thread on the pink piece.
I think I'll add some more threadplay to the tulips... but in what color, I don't know yet. I'm having a great time!  I hope you are too!

Thanks for checkin' it out! 
EnJOY ~ Leslie

Friday, February 17, 2012

She Laughs Without Fear of the Future

Perhaps you saw this little piece of fabric paper from my post: "A Wrinkle In Time" a few weeks ago.  The bottom edge may seem wavy, but it's perfectly flat; it just curves, as the shadow is misleading.

Proverbs 31:25 
"She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

This is my favorite embellishment - the flower motif, patiently cut from a batik fabric. It has silver GLITTER thread, and then I added a bit of silver shimmer with paint.

This is the yarn I used from my stash, which I felt added a bit more impact to the overall look of this piece; adding a little more depth of color and definition to the piece.

Close-up of the couched 'flat yarn' which I did with just my patchwork #37 foot as it was so narrow.

Not a great night for pics, but I do really like the flower in the top left corner, and left it 'off the edge' so to speak, so the piece is not squarely shaped, and perhaps... it's a bit more interesting, huh? 

After the first stitching (King Tut thread), I decided the words didn't 'pack enough punch' for my taste.  So I stitched it again.  This is fairly difficult to do. I generally don't like to 'follow lines' -- I like the freedom of creating the letter styles as they come out; a definite  challenge to repeat over the same lines, and I had a concern for how the needle would pierce the paper fabric too much, or in other words - make a big hole in the stitching line.
It held up pretty well.  This lettering I love to do with stitch will evolve, as I will be contemplating ways to do it... creatively, and differently!

Have a terrific FRIDAY!  Yay for a three day weekend! 

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