Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Crow's Collection

Hooray!  I'm sewing again!

This wall quilt got put away last year with so little left to do on it.  But that just made it an easy finish for this year. 
I don't remember the designer of this pattern, but since it was free, I can't complain about it.  But I will anyway .... because I've seen this pattern stitched together so many times just the way it is published.  The mid-section doesn't line up.  I don't know if it's supposed to be that way or not, but it looked too strange to me.  I thought people were simply not-so-good at joining paper pieced sections...until mine turned out looking just like theirs!  UGH!  Of course I couldn't live with it.  I had to make an adjustment to line up the wings (or at least center the sections).

(After posting, I find that it isn't clear what the exact problem was.  The wings not being the same size is not the problem area and is a wonderful design decisions in my opinion.

 It was joining the body pieces in the center where the top half of the crow did not line up with the bottom half.  He was disjointed so-to-speak.  I corrected that mishap on mine.)

It was fun and challenging to find enough one inch fussy cut colorful pieces to surround this guy with as his Halloween collection.  I wanted to do a third row but it was struggle enough just to fill two rows.

I'm just a sucker for fall colors and Halloween prints!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Altered Dictionary - O

Letter O
is our assignment this fortnight.
I found the word
which means kiss.
I printed the most famous osculate and some words onto tracing paper, cut them out and glued them to my the ostrich looks on.
I must say now, that this is a word I could have done without coming across.  If you think of a few sentences and replace the word kiss with the word osculate, I think you'll find it sounds horribly gross and disgusting.  No wonder we use the definition word in our everyday speaking!
Don't forget to osculate your loved ones goodnight.
see what I mean?  Eeeww!
haha hahaha ha

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Altered Dictionary - D

I'm barely getting my letter D word done before the next letter is announced, but here it is...
including a bit of silliness.

The image is cut from a Steampunk magazine.  (I found only two Steampunk magazines earlier in the year but have not been able to find any more after that)  I couldn't resist adding this image to my altered dictionary.  A rather bit of poor image placement with that darn dodo bird.  I'll have to keep watch for an inspirational fix.
Until the next letter...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sissy Envelope Art

the world traveler
.....more envelope art.....
Renee has never received her original Sissy envelope, so I wanted to give her mail route another chance.  Hooray, this Sissy arrived in a whole weeks time!
9" X 12" envelope
I'm thinking Renee's mail thief only wanted one Sissy envelope for his/her collection of stolen mail.  While making this envelope I kept thinking of the phrase "Your number's up".  A bit of a play on the phrase in more than one way.
I seem to like creating two Sissys at a time.
  Carol loved her Sissy Letter so there absolutely needed to be another. 

9" X 12" envelope
I try to be a little more whimsical in the design when it comes to Carol.  And it's pretty fun writing these make believe letters.  And I really love creating these Sissy envelopes!
A good mail day to you all,

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Art Calendar Journal - August

May August be a month full of pleasant moments!

The flower petals and leaves are made from those little savings cards sent out by Kohl's Department Store.
A little more detail.

I'm really happy that some extra effort with journaling changed July from ho hum to fun to look at. 

Now I'm off to do what I can to fill my August days with bits of pleasant moments. 
I hope your days are full of pleasant moments as well.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Altered Dictionary - T

The Alpha Challenge letter this fortnight is
My word is telephone
I was going to enlarge a rubber stamp of a telephone, but I started looking at Internet images and suddenly was remembering the wall phone that GrandMaMa had.  We kids thought that was the most fun telephone to talk on.  For many years we had to stand on a little step stool to reach the mouth piece.  And after you dialed a number, I loved the clicking sound the dial made on it's way back to the beginning.
So, the page is simple but the memory is big.