26 April, 2008

Where the Lepricorns Play!

March is a green month. It is the month that everyone is Irish (I am actually part Irish), it is also the month that the grass starts to turn green. It is a peaceful & fun colour.

When my kids were in grade school, for St. Patti's day, a friend and I used to go to the school early in the morning & leave little lepricorn foot prints. To me, March is the month of fun! Here I have a pool of green for the lepricorns to play in!

25 April, 2008

Froggy Fun

I finished my first fabric journal. I know these pictures could be better but if I didn't take something as soon as it was completed, I may not get them taken! This process was a lot of fun & I have learnt a lot of things that I will NOT do on the next one! I don't like the edges, in future I will probably have them totally finished. I had originally tried doing a blanket stitch around the edge but it was very hard on the fingers. Maybe if I had a different type of batting it would be different. But the whole thing is a learning process & I'm enjoying it.

The idea for a frog book came when I walked into a new fabric store & there sitting on the floor was the most incredible fun eye fabric, on closer inspection, they were frogs! It was so fun & cute that I couldn't resist.

"Froggy Fun"

"Where is the food?"

This page has little bugs flying around :)
Where is the party?
This may be hard to read but the beads on the left spell "Party Time"

This says "Dinner time" and I tried to embroider what looked like grubs. The picture of the frog on the right is a photo of the frog that sits in my Dad's backyard. He actually grows grubs to feed it!

This says "Leap Frog"

This has beads spelling out the word "Ribbit" and my signature and date on the right.

Don't you just love the eyes! :)

22 April, 2008

April is finished!

I'm so excited. I have been struggling with my work & I just wasn't happy with it. I'm still struggling with my February piece but I have decided, it has to be started over! I have been trying to stick to Robin's suggestion of always keep moving & you will grow to love it but it was not working. Being bogged down, I was having trouble moving onto March & April. Once I decided to just start over on February, March & April came flowing out! Here is the picture of my April piece. (March will be coming soon).
Everyone should have one special day of the year when it is all about them. My day of the year is in April so this piece is in celebration of me :) I had an absolutely wonderful birthday this year & a week later, my kitchen still smells beautiful from the wonderful flowers. Note to everyone - when sending flowers to someone who has cats in the house - don't include Baby's Breath! Receiving flowers had been banned from my house for a long time because I hated cleaning up the mess. Everyone ignored me this year but no one sent flowers with Baby's Breath! What a difference! I can enjoy my flowers & not have to worry about the mess!

10 April, 2008

Fabric Journal

I have spent the last 2 days in a workshop with Pam Sussman. You can see a copy of her book here at Amazon.com. Her book is wonderful, well illustrated & easy to read. If you get the chance, you should do a workshop with her.
I finished a Muslin sample book using the French Stitch Binding & I have started 2 new books - a button edge with a Chinese theme of food! and a Muslin Journal with the theme of frogs. The picture below shows the cover. Can you spot the eyes! :)

But the best thing is that I have figured out how I am going to put my Beaded Journal Projects into a fabric journal. I'm so excited to get started!