Thursday, July 31, 2008

Trip to Bloomington, IN

Thursday, Alex & I went to Bloomington & picked up Tori. Oh the construction was a slow-down!
Alex on Tori's bed. Check out the posters!!!

Tori was finishing up some on-line course requirements & then went to take her Final Exam. I was enjoying her desk. She has interesting reads scattered about.

My fav poster!
Good Taste Tori!

Tori will be home a couple weeks. YAY : )

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

On news stands NOW !!

I bought Art Doll Quarterly (Autumn Issue) today at Barnes & Noble!

Inside, is an article & photographs of Love Squared

To learn more about The Pink Artist Project and how you can
enter the drawing for "Love Squared", click on the pink icon in the sidebar of this blog -- or -- follow THIS LINK.

The drawing will take place on October 15, 2008.

More information is available on the web site and blog of textile & doll artist, Monica Magness.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pink Artist Squares

UPDATE: These are the squares I donated to "Love Squared". The squares were due on March 1st. The first square in this post was selected by Monica & is in the back of the skirt.

The purpose of the doll is to raise donations and awareness for breast cancer research.

Please consider entering the drawing and supporting The Pink Artist Community Art Doll Project.

March 1, 2008 Post:

Winter Pink
When it is made with your hands, it is made from the heart

Blooming Pink
When you create with your hands, you create with the heart

OK, this was a challenge for me. I'm the kind of person that uses a pattern, from designer, and may adjust it a bit -- or change a few fibers. but the thought of making something from scratch -- no pattern, was a challenge for me. As I got moving along with ideas, picking out some fabrics & embellishments, it became easier and easier. Quite frankly, much better than copying somebody else's design!! I consider these beginner squares; however, am delighted to have created something special for the The Pink Artist Project.

This square was made with an assortment of fabrics - I used the buttonhole edge [dmc 318 & dmc 223] w/Frosted Mauve beads. I found red shell button and heart shaped buttons to sew on.

This square was made with assorted fabrics - buttonhole stitching with dmc 223 & used bronze (iris hex) beads. More heart shaped buttons from the package!

When it is made with your hands, it is made from the heart!!

Update: Thx for your kind comments & words of encouragement. I would like to create a special Comfort Doll, next. I've been collecting 'stuff', oddments, orts, scraps, etc. and think I have enough fabrics now.

Love Squared

UPDATE: These are photographs of "Love Squared" taken by Monica Magness.

April 5, 2008 Post

Have you seen her?

Monica Magness has a special, creative touch! She created the doll, assembled all the donated squares, and WOOT : ) What a fabulously interesing doll!

My GF, Marjorie, donated EIGHT squares! I found this photo with her square. It is the second row -- last square on the right side.

Hey wait a minute ... our squares are VERY CLOSE TOGETHER! Her square on the right edge & mine on the left edge of THIS picture.

Per Monica's blog: "the pink artist" is a community of artists joining together to create one joint art doll to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. When doll has been completed, it will be mailed in to Art Doll Quarterly™ before finally being auctioned off on eBay at a later date. ALL PROCEEDS WILL DIRECTLY BENEFIT CHARITY. Remaining squares have made our wall art piece a reality! BRAVO!

More pix HERE.

Hermit Crab

Alex won a hermit crab at the Porter County Fair. The boyz went on Monday afternoon. Nick won a few gold fish for his aquarium. I haven't attended. Alex went to Pet Supplies Plus and bought all the things the crab needs -- sand, sponge, pond, pellets, larger glass container [house]. I understand it needs to have light -- as in light bulb w/heat. So far, so good.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sun Dog

Sun Dog
Picture taken by Ellen W.

While attending a La-D-Da Workshop, sponsored by NANI, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Ellen W. - as we were turning off the 'rings' on our cell phones, she showed me this picture of a Sun Dog. She saw it in the Winter & took a picture. Funny thing is, I saw it Too!! I had taken the boyz to McDonalds for breakfast and it was quite a site hovering over Route 30 [in Northwest Indiana]. She graciously shared her picture with me. Thanks Ellen!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Honey Bee
I used this block to make a pillow. Now, I have TWO pillows!

I took a quilting class in the Fall of 1998. We hand pieced blocks. I pulled them off my closet shelf and decided, "not another year". Added the batting, back -- sew up the sides and added buttons.

Friendship Star

Churn Dash

Stamp Basket

Grandmother's Flower Garden

I am putting these items into the Lake County Fair - under Sewing. As they are not quilted together by hand or machine, they aren't supposed to be entered under quilting. Wish me luck!

She makes me smile : )

Honey Bunny

Jeweled Bar Pin

Mill Hill: Jeweled Bar Pin
Filigree Victorian Rose (kit)

I have had this kit in the closet a few years ... isn't it pretty when finished?

Made by my Mom

I just love clothespin dolls. My Mom gave me TWO more!!!

She said we could get together in September and make some. I haven't been able to figure out how to do them. Most of the patterns I've found on-line are different from the ones my Mom has made. I am entering them into the Lake County Fair - under dolls. Not sure if the judge will consider awarding a ribbon as there are usually a ton of entries in that category.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Basket Saga ... continuing story

I guess Honey thought the new basket was for her & Nikki is back in the falling-apart one. sigh


Nikki snoozing in his new basket ... b/c he broke the rim of the old one!!!

New Contest ...

Thank You Gina for tatting this beautiful bag!

If you are interested in winning this bag, visit the Stitch Pink Blog. A winner will be selected on July 30th.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Pillow is Complete!!!

My Original Design

This is hand stitched -- hand applique. I bought a pillow insert yesterday and hand stitched the last seam shut this a.m. I learned a few lessons along the way. Fabric stretches. Corners are important. Measure everything twice. My first pillow made from fabric!!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Original Design: Star Block

This is a patriotic theme I designed. It was a challenge to select the red,white,blue fabrics from my slim stash. Just fun to create. I added the red border & same red fabric [back] over the past couple of days. The pillow form I have in the closet is too small, I'll have to get a larger one! The applique and stitching is not perfect; however, I'm pleased with the way it turned out. Keeping my fingers crossed I can get this done -- right pillow insert & the bottom edge stitched. With no sewing machine, connecting those pieces takes patience and a lot of time : )