Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Just a thought before I go on vacation

My poor blog has been so neglected this year. Every time I think that I'll get into a blog-posting groove, something comes up. I've spent a lot of this month sick, like so many others folks. It's been a difficult transition to spring this year. Plus, there's been the rush to get things done before we head out to California to spend Easter weekend at Disneyland. My to-do list is not all done, but that's okay. It felt more important to post some photos of my latest creations before I get on the plane.

After I recuperated from a sinus infection, I spent a lot of time working on my backpack. But it became more complicated than I thought it would be, and it was going to be a big push to get it done on time. And as is so often the case, my attention started to wander. I wanted to make some quick plushies, in honor of my upcoming birthday.

My workplace has an unusual birthday tradition. Instead of coworkers bringing you presents on your birthday, you bring presents to them for your birthday! You're supposed to bring something that you'd like to get yourself. So I bought coffee-flavored candies and fun little buttons, but nothing else was presenting itself to me. Except that I knew that I'd LOVE to get little homemade plushies . . . and that I'd love to make them, too.

It wasn't hard to abandon the backpack to make plushies. It was more fun to make something for my friends than for myself!

Here they are -- the birthday treat plushies!

four plushies 3-2010

Blue plushie closeup

Star-eyed plushie closeup

Purple fig plushie closeup

Bee plushie closeup

My personal birthday treat will be spending my 47th birthday with my husband and son at Disneyland -- my birthday is Easter this year, no less. May you all have a beautiful Easter Sunday.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Creating pink fabric

I've had the urge to make a new bag. We're going to Disneyland over Easter weekend, and I'd like a nice bag that'll carry my essentials while we travel.

At JoAnn Fabrics, I found a nice remnant of outdoor canvas, a green floral print. I thought it'd be fun to create some pink fabric to go with it, so last weekend I pulled out a ragged pair of chino pants. They were a light stone color -- not my first choice of background color, but suitable. I cut along the seams of one of the pant legs to create two long and skinny halves. Pulling out the fabric paints and acrylic inks, I painted different patterns on each section.

Last night I decided to stitch some free-motion flowers on top of one of the pieces. I'm not quite done yet, but this is a sample of how it looks so far.

Pink flower power fabric

Now I'm thinking that remnant is going to be the bag lining, and I'm going to paint more fabric for the outside of the bag. Once I start fabric painting, it's hard to stop!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

If you need some artsy inspiration today . . .

. . . go read Jane LaFazio's interview of Kelli Nina Perkins on Janeville. The photos of Kelli's work are great fun, too.

I think I need to put this sentence from Kelli in my journal right now:

"I still do lots of bad drawing, I'm just not afraid of it.