Friday, January 29, 2010

Chinese New Year Cards

I have a couple of friends who always want me to design a Chinese New Year card for them. 2010 is the year of the tiger. Royalty free image from stockxchg - background removed, crumpled paper overlay, netting overlay. Chinese symbol for tiger, snagged off the internet somewhere . . .

Just listed it in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fear (working post)

I got this 9x12 future Priority Quilt laid out this morning. This quilt is about dementia, and how fear is the root of many the difficult behaviours. Ribbon stems are computer printed. Flowers (purchased as is) are a velvet paper that can be painted - I'm thinking watercolor purples, as purple is the color of the Alzheimer's Association. Need to add centers - only one came with a beaded center. Beth you might recognize one of your unique hand dyes in the background. Lois, that's one of your rusted fabrics as the dirt (also computer printed).
I will be adding leaves and am thinking of quilting the word "hope" in the background - but I'll have to practice that one for awhile! Ideas? Suggestions?

Sunday, January 24, 2010


This initiative is really fun and you are exposed to blogs from all over the world . . . and they are reading yours too! If you are not familiar with OWOH, read all about it here:


My first give-away is pictured below - it's an altered 6x6 American Crafts Mini Album with ten 6"x6" fixed page protectors, that can hold 20 pages or sheets of paper back to back. I used ripped up printed napkins to make the outside cover, the inside is covered with a handmade (not by me, tho!) paper. A ribbon, heart ribbon buckle, tag, rose charm and some lovely chenille fiber make up the cover embellishments.

I plan to make at least one more, maybe two (I got a great price on the albums at House of Paper and these napkins from Joggles are way fun to work with!) so your chances of winning will increase with each one I get inspired to finish before this program ends.

The inside looks just the same as above except I used yellow mulberry for the end flaps.

The fine print: You MUST have an active blog. You MUST leave a comment on my blog - and that post has to include a way I can contact you if you win. You can leave your email or you can leave your blog address (but make sure your "contact me" info is current on your blog!).

THE END - yes, all good things must end - is on February 15th - the day the winners will be posted. So the cut off for comments on my blog will be midnight on the 14th. I'll use a random number generator to pick the winners.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Present to my Family

This was an emotional journey turned learning experience. Dad has Loewy Body Disease - an Alzheimer's-like dementia. The idea for this collage was inspired by Marcia Middents, who created a Priority Alzheimer's Quilt with this concept. See Searching For Memories.

The digital collage was the easy part once I got past the tears of deciding which words and pictures to use. I wanted it to be heart-wrenching, yet somehow positive. The learning experience came in when I figured out how to cover artist stretcher bars with batting and fabric, backed it and got the hanging hardware on it. Many, many hot glue sticks were sacrificed! I made 5 of these - this is the one I kept for myself - the others all had different fabrics and embellishments.

I should go take another picture - this one is a bit blurry, but you get the idea.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year All!

I wish all of my blogging friends a happy and creative 2010!

Mine is starting off with a bang with two of my quilts on auction for the next 10 days at Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.