Thursday, September 27, 2007

ATC's & Postcards Received / Sent

Today I made a few ATC's. The butterfly is for a swap for ATCWDU group - the theme being Spring is in the Air. The other 3 are for Ans who is a very talented artist from Nederland.

These ATC's below I received from Ans. I really love them - and they are a wonderful addition to my growing collection. Thanks so much Ans!!!

I also received a surprise birthday postcard from Jacqueline - and it is really beautiful. It has a sheer layer over some lovely texture. I love it - thanks Jacqueline!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

More Felting/Mag's Page

I like wet felting - it's kinda therapeutic. Once you get into a rhythm, it's quite relaxing really. After Connie and I spent the day making our felted vessels I thought I would try some much quicker little vessels, so felted some mobile phone pouches. I added wrist straps to them, as I'm forever dropping my phone when I try to
carry way too many things at once.

This is the last month for the FAF fabric page swap. It's been fun, and I've received such beautiful pages - thankyou to everyone who was involved. It's hard to be in a swap like this, especially when the other participants are just so talented!!! There's always the worry "will my page be good enough"? But the ladies in the swap are just so lovely and generous with their comments that I was only a "little" overawed!!! Anyway, Mags was my lucky last in this swap. See what I mean by such talented ladies! Mags has a castle as her view from her studio window (lucky Mags), and she is also one of the most talented textile artists I know. Most of you probably know Mags work, but if not, do check it out. Anyway, this is my page for Mags - her theme was "curves". I firstly did a rough sketch of the curvy pattern, then cut the fabrics, lay them down and either hand or machined sewed the curves to highlight them. It's in the air as we speak, on its way to Mags.

Monday, September 24, 2007

It's about time!!!

Well it's about time that I posted on my blog again!!! All I can say is that I have been very slack, and still not very motivated - but I'm trying to remedy the situation. How, is another matter!!?? Any suggestions welcome!!!!!!!!! We have 2 weeks school holidays here, so I've now found another excuse for not creating or posting - excuses are very easy to come by lately.......

Anyway, I've received a couple of lovely posts from Francoise. Firstly a gorgeous fabric page for our FAF Fabric Page Swap. I love the design. It was accompanied by some beautiful hand dyed fabric. Thankyou so much Francoise. Also, a gorgeous postcard for my October birthday. Thanks again Francoise! I admired these postcards on Francoise blog, and lo and behold, one was for me...... I have been waiting for October to come around all year - now it's my turn and I'm very excited!

This gorgeous woolly sheep ATC, is from Anne in France. I love it -thanks Anne!

Well I haven't been completely uncreative!! My wonderful friend Connie came over the other day and we spent a lovely afternoon making felted vessels. Mine is the purple/pink one (of course), and Connie's is the green one. We had a blast making these - chatting, rolling, chatting, rolling - took us about 4 hours, inbetween cups of tea, bickies and a quick drive to the bus stop to pick the kids up from school.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Postcards Sent/Received

I made these 2 postcards with fabric paper. Both have machine and hand stitching. They were posted yesteday - one to Australia and one to the U.S.A.

I also received 2 beautiful postcards!! The first one is from Dy. I admired her stitched bicycle on FlickR as I love to cycle, and asked her if she would like to do a swap. So, aren't I the lucky one - this is the end result. Me riding my bike in the forest with the wind blowing in my hair. I love it Dy!!! Thankyou.

The next is a birthday postcard from Helen of FAF group - a month early - but heck I don't care, especially when the card is so lovely. The background is from fabric paper (I think)with lots of things to look at, and added charms. It was a wonderful birthday surprise! Thanks Helen.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Pocket Book

Well, I finally got off my behind and made this Pocket Book, which was a Joggles online class by Janet Clark. The front cover is painted nappy liners, organza and chiffon with free motion embroidery - then zapped with the heat gun. I lined the cover with the paper towells that I had underneath the nappy liners when I painted them - which turned out this wonderful magenta with a mottled deep blue colour. The pockets inside are made from thick fusible pellon. The inside of the pellon is lined with coloured paper towell and the outside is painted vliesofix with snippets of fabric, covered with netting - which is then ironed and fused down. I'm really happy with how the book turned out - now just need to decide what treasures I'll store in the pockets.