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Showing posts with label Creative Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Creative Christmas. Show all posts

Monday, December 14, 2015

oh~-so~elegant gray and white snowflakes ~ and christmas tidings to you!

oh goodness ~  and happy monday!

today, a snowstorm is blowing' ~ and yes, it's cold outside~
and i so love being retired... and staying off the streets, content to be at home on a snowy, blowy, wintery, cooooollllish day doing what i love ~ designing, quilting, and enjoying the Christmas season!  

but i'm keeping nice and cozy!  to help celebrate the season, i've designed  a quick little  elegant sparkly snowflake table runner, perfect for our coffee table.  

it was pretty quick because ... i used my accuquilt snowflake die, and i cut it using reverse appliqué, which means i cut the whole rectangular top on the die, so it made "holes" of snowflakes, and layered it over white fabric.  here it is:

i'll share more of the design details and process in a couple days.  i actually am making a couple, they were so fun, and so beautiful!

gray and white keeps it simple.  easy, and elegant.  and perfect for your holiday frame of mind!

blessings, and christmas tidings of great joy!
soli deo gloria

Thursday, October 22, 2015

a rocky mountain goat dressed in his winter blues ~ special sale and bonus

hi there everyone ~ 

i have so enjoyed interpreting a few of my favorite collage animal patterns, into christmas scenes!

once again, aspen trees as a background, and... beautiful red cardinals, too, pretty in the branches. fused and cut from the hoffman international fabric i wrote about a few days ago, here.

so ~ instead of going with the original style of bright pastels, i chose a color theme of a variety of shades in blues, black and white flowers, gray, and a splash of purple too and a tiny hint of aqua!  i also cut lots of snowflakes!  love him!

those "tula pink flowers" ~ from the "elizabeth" fabric line designed by tula pink. if you haven't seen this line of fabric locally, you can also see the entire line and the colorways, at hawthorne threads.com.  just click the link to go straight there!
 i made his eye out of a flower, that had white on the top, so it looked like an eyebrow, and it also had a green center, and perhaps a bit of snow on top of it!  i fused another smaller flower around it to create a bit of depth. 

i also change dup the background fabric this time, just cutting some black, fused pieces to create the rocks, but i wanted the illusion of snow-covered ground.
 i added black stitching, {i love king tut, 40 wt in black, from superior threads!} applying it several times, heavy around the perimeter of rocky's body, and also using it for the background, alternating the quilting in every other section between the trees, well... just because! it's different!  i like how it creates a bit of depth and shadow in the background, although it is very subtle.  and the same idea with the snowflakes, which are all quilted in black thread.
 the beautiful cardinals have bright, shiny, metallic silver accents... perfect!
 here's a closeup of his "beard", and a sweet little red and white flower tucked behind a tree...  so much fun!
 yes... those red and white flowers... let's do more of them!  i call them "snow flowers" and i think they are just sweet, tucked around the tree trunks, cutting them in half as well... makes them go farther!
and i'm also offering a discount on the "new" christmassy rocky pattern, 25%.  the discount is for ANY Rocky pattern, whether the original or this Christmas one.  AND, for a limited time, i will include BOTH versions, {beautifully clear, bright, high quality pattern covers} if you request it in the comments section as you order from my etsy shop.

coupon code:  GLORY25 is good on this pattern, too!  BONUS: or ANY pattern you order, until NOVEMBER 1st, 2015.

AND... i will send you highlights of my best tips and hints in a separate handout, which i teach about in my class!  but only until 11/1/2015!  you still... have time!

thank you so much for your business, your time and for stopping by!  i've got another new pattern coming out soon... can you say "GO CATS!"  LOL

have a blessed day!

Friday, October 9, 2015

izaak ~ the bloomin' bighorn sheep ~ christmas meadows

hello ~ 

yup.  izaak is enjoying a the mountain views from his "christmas meadow!"

inspired by this lovely gray and white background, is a fabric design, "winterberry" by kate and birdie paper co., for moda fabrics. {i loved creating with this fabric line so much, and i've begun cutting my classic round placemats and will soon be listing them with the lots of other  christmas placemats i've listed there.}

my color theme for izaak:  brown, white, gray, black and red. {with pops of green and pink}

originally, when i first made him into a pattern, i had wanted to create his horns with whites and blacks, taupes, tans and gray.  but i just didn't have enough flower shapes to do that.  {but i've certainly got enough now}  :)  

yay! it was super fun to be able to put them into play and create the layers and texture which were inspired by my vision of snow falling into the ridges of the horn, and oh-so-much-easier now that i had enough.  i'd guess there are at least 100 {or more} flowers just in the horns alone. i love to look for flower shapes now, in every fabric i see... batiks included.  also, i've noticed my "fabric eye" to be much more tuned in to appreciate the graphic quality of black and whites. they do add a shadow and depth that creates a fun dimension! my advice to students? don't 'leave them out in the cold' of fabric choices because they don't seem to have much "color."  they can be just as exciting and dramatic!

and ... it's pretty great to turn to the christmas fabric stash and pick out pretty poinsettias, snowflakes and flowers and collage them into this piece for a "winter in the woods" look! 

and... i love the floating snowflakes which i have patiently cut  i often joke with my students, saying: "i cut flowers like i brush my teeth... twice a day!" 

successful collage = cut lots of flowers. this continues to be the challenge for students... and also important,  keep in mind the key elements of scale.  small.  medium.  large.
i love him!!

hint: one of the things i love to do that adds a bit of 'spark' is to add multiple, tiny scale flowers ~ those are the small green daisy-like ones in light green, grouping them together so they have more "color punch."  {purchased from the sewing palace bernina in helena} And the same goes with adding the small black and white elements too.

 and, as you can see, i added a simple quilting design, a spiraling swirl, to the gray background.

and a same color  binding with just a touch of red and white print in it to bring together the holiday feel.

if you're in the helena area of montana, stop in at the sewing palace bernina, because that's where he's hanging out for the time being!

also, for anyone who purchases this pattern from my etsy shop, i'll include a full-size 8x11" photo of izaak in the christmas meadow.  

thank you so much for coming by!  i'm off to teach collage this weekend in great falls, and i can't wait!

enJoy the blessings of this day.
soli deo gloria

Friday, September 18, 2015

christmas collage a'peel ~ and classes!

hello ~

boy have we enjoyed the relief of blessed rain these past few weeks, and it's also been a great motive to dive into... yes... christmas!  now i'm not anxious to bring on the season, but after seeing a few really charming christmas quilts hanging at the sewing palace in helena, i was inspired to start thinking about it ~

and so i thought a good place to start is from my new collage a'peel pattern:

here's the christmas version of it, seen below.  i'm really delving into using more "whites and blacks" for christmas, and it's been an interesting contrast to explore.  

and ~ i like it very much!  

really never thought i would be saying that about black... but when i found this gorgeous black christmassy print at the quiltaway i just had to try it out, and then added assorted scraps in other christmas prints from my stash.  a simple layering of poinsettias with snowflakes on top and holly berries and leaves strewn about in outside perimeter! fun!!

this little table topper {or wall hanging} is on display at the quiltaway shop here in great falls {406-453-2788}.  we have another fun "create collage class" set at the quiltaway for october 9th and 10th friday and saturday, {10-4 each day for $65}.  i'll help you make any pattern you like, including this one, or a tablerunner, or your own design!  i'll be sharing my processes, and showing how i create a collage pattern, too!

i'm also teaching a "create collage" class in helena at the sewing palace, {406-443-5724} october 2nd, and 3rd, 10-4 {friday and saturday}.  they have a super web site, so if you have a minute, go visit it!  

and a great little class:  free motion basics is set at the quiltaway for tuesday, october 13th, 10-4.  i'm teaching all the basics, sharing my favorite tips, tension, needles, feet, threads and great resources, and will include a few surprises and demos of various quilting motifs we are all going to try!  

and... if you have a finished collage put together, but not sure how to quilt it?  i'm crazy excited to help you "quilt the collage,"  lots of hints and tips for quilting with a walking foot, or free motion style.  this class is set at the sewing palace in helena {click that link to go their class pages} -- set for october 23rd 10-4. 
this is such a festive and easy project ~ easy to do in an afternoon's time. the accuquilt Go! makes this so quick to accomplish, using the orange peel die, and a 5" block die, too. i bet you have some poinsettia scraps, and they would be fun to fuse up and put to glory on this great project!
fyi ~ for the quilting, i decided to apply a black thread; either king tut 40 weight cotton, or the 40 weight magnifico, look really good here!  i also put 50 wt masterpiece cotton in the bobbin {all of these threads are from superior threads}. {they carry a great selection of these at the quiltaway and sewing palace, too!}

i accented the snowflakes with quilting in black thread, keeping it very sketchy-looking.  however, i kept the swirly motif in soft curves throughout the piece for additional contrast!

did you notice that just a few butterflies are thrown in for fun ~ heck they were in the christmas fabric, so why not?!

 what a charming nostalgic print for the back... and guess what?!  it has such cute images... perfect for {more} collage!  yes... fuse. fuse. fuse. cut. cut. cut!!  

i've got several more sweet little christmas projects to showcase, and i hope you'll come back and see them! i hope you enjoyed this little 'pre-season' preview, and perhaps taken away some ideas for your own special creations! 

oh yes.  my little fingers, my lovely karen kay buckley {blue handled} serrated scissors go with me everywhere these days, with a great selection of fabrics pre-fused and ready to cut!

blessings ~
soli deo gloria!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

crafty goodness ~ christmas snow doodled glass ~

hi y'all!  

here's a little crafty tutorial that is sooo dang simple to do.  it does require a bit of a steady hand, perhaps... {perhaps not!}  that is to say, no matter what you do ~ this white painty pen and glass doodling tutorial is a fun project, wavy lines... or not!

even younger kids {supervised} will love this too, if all they do is scribble on the glass.  just have some fun with it! it's easily wiped away, and you can start again!
these are the simple, and inexpensive supplies you'll need: glass cleaner, clean towel, glass votive {or larger one if you like} and white pens.
 i like the decoArt glass paint marker and the sharpie poster paint markers the best.  i tested the zig painty pen too, and it works great, even though it is oil-based.  but for the odor.  {knock ya over!}  and all of these that i used and tested will wipe clean after the season if you don't want to keep them 'snowflake-like' after the holidays.  just clean the glass surface with your window spray.
so i wiped most of my votives clean, that i crafted last year.  just because.  {because it's so fun!}  and had a good time just doing simple lines, wavy and straight, or circles, dots and little scallops.  once the glass was clean, i like to hold it with the towel, to keep my fingerprints from marring it again, plus this gives you a little added control, too.
 what is one of truly one of the most effective and charming doodles?  the "the simple dot."  nothing says snowflake better than that!
 and i loved putting those simple dots on the bottom of the glass, too:

 so pretty in the evening, too:
because this project is glass-friendly, it was fun to try some of the antique dessert goblets i had.  the one below even had a bit of a carved design in it, and i just followed that leaf shape... love how it turned out!
doodle some simple snowflakes~!  {dare ya!}
just add a bit of cursive writing {it doesn't have to be perfeect!}
little dots all over the glass petals of this one, and just a simple swirly pattern on the petals below:
of course, a steady hand is always beneficial.  but mostly, just keep it smooth, and don't go too slow when drawing with these pens on glass.  it's a smooth surface, so a little speed is slightly to your advantage rather than proceeding too carefully. 

i lined all mine up on our little christmas runner on the coffee table, and i love how they light up our room with pretty light, and a wonderful fragrance.
happy december!
God bless us everyone. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Christmas Ornament with a Sharpie ~

I have to say it was so fun to be a part of Jennifer's CREATIVE CHRISTMAS post yesterday.  In addition, today I want to show you all another aspect of this fun project!   
This glass ornament ~ a colored one ~ perfect for this technique!  {you may even have some already on the tree ~ "blank" and ready to decorate!}
I keep the writing simple.  Short words:  joy, love, peace, merry.  And I'm sure you have some great ideas, too!
And make sure you use a Sharpie "Poster-Paint" pen.  Some people have used the oil-based, but I find the poster paint works better for me.
And in case you missed the post yesterday, visit Studio JRU and look it up "votives" on December 6th!  (or click that link).  And be sure to keep checking out Studio JRU for more Creative Christmas ideas!  Create yourself some merry little Christmas Joys with your family or friends!
Again... simiple shapes... lines, circles, swirls... dots! {who can't make a dot, I ask?!}

Have a great weekend, and EnJOY!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Creative Christmas ~ Guest Post at Studio JRU ~

Hello and Happy Christmas!

No, it's not 'exactly' Christmas, but it is  t i m e  to get craftin' ... ! And you'll find a host of  g r e a t  ideas from THE most sweet of hosts ~ it's the Creative Christmas, from Jennifer, at Studio JRU for the month of December!

Jennifer at STUDIO JRU asked me to submit a craft project for her CREATIVE CHRISTMAS party!

Go ahead ~ and take just a few minutes to read about this fun little decorative glass candle.  Make some Christmas Crafting memories with your kids, grandkids, or friends!  This project is so Easy-Peasy, fun and delightful for everyone... I promise!  {and a wonderful gift to give, too}.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Country Roads & a Cowboy ~

We had such a wonderful drive home from my Dad's home, several weekend's ago.  We chose to go home via a different route than our usual one. It takes longer, but I relish the idea of taking in the vistas that this road offers.  So ~ I'm excited to share a few shots of some of our stops, and wonderful back-road views, beginning with the Graves Hotel, in Harlowtown, MT.
This is the Graves Hotel, in Harlowton, MT.  Built in 1909, out of standstone quarried at the site, by A.E. Graves.  It is three stories with a sweet corner turret and what a cool wrap-around veranda!  The views are pretty sweet, too... of the Crazy Mountains, and vast ranchlands.  It's a wild place, {weather-wise} ~ in the foothills of the Crazies! 
Oh, this could have been such a grand Bed and Breakfast, wouldn't it? I cannot even come close to imagining how much money it would take to restore... such a beautiful old building... it now appears to be mostly, and sadly, dilapidated.
Another quick stop to take in the views.  This is the Little Belt Mountain Range {above}.
And this is the Crazies, although the picture doesn't show the cragy and wild Crazy peaktops, which are commonly, almost always storming in one way or another in the late fall and winter months, even though it will be mostly just windy in the ranchlands, below.
My Cowboy Man's Hat.  Never fear, driving with a guy who likes to explore, and test the power of our Highlander's four-wheel drive!  {ahem}.    
The Crazy Mountains are some of the most crazy-wild, and very rugged, of the numerous mountain ranges in Montana.   We stopped briefly on the road, before it became too narrow for us to pull over.
Then, a country road detour!  Yeah, baby!  Let's go 'off-road"  {not really!}  We didn't get too adventurous, but it was fun to explore.  {I'm with the guy in the cowboy hat!} He can drive!

And our last stop, in a sweet little snow-covered meadow, before we go over the grade, in the Little Belts, toward what we call "King's Hill" {where the Showdown Ski Area is}, and on our way home.
I of course, couldn't wait to get out, and try and capture the pretty light and sparkles on the snow!
And you know I don't hesitate to get down low, actually on my tummy, in order to get this shot of the sagebrush with that sparkly, lovely, sooo-beautiful snow.  It's not that great of a picture, but it was fun trying!  And at least I now have a picture to base a sagebrush drawing on...
Soli Deo Gloria!  Have a FABULOUS weekend!
Joining up with STUDIO JRU and the SWEET JENNIFER.  Next week, I am participating in her: 
It's Christmas CRAFT time!!!   I've been asked to submit a project, and I'm really excited about it! 
Check it out next week... I 'betcha' there are some fabulous craft projects ~ I can't WAIT!!!
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