Come join me on December 4th at stripe Men and see my hex sign series ‘Abundance.’ The ‘Abundance’ series was painted with the intention of creating a sense of plenty in the home where it is hung. Each hex sign features an eight-pointed star on a 15” x 15” fence board. Slight variations in the wood’s character reveal upcycled origins, with designs painted with acrylic and a polymer varnish used as a sealant. Some of the works also contain collaged paper.
If you like the signs and can’t make it to the show, you can buy them in my etsy store.
Here are some new colors I’m crushing on at the moment and want to use in my next crafty art project or pattern. The dresses are from dottie angel. I whole heartedly admit that I have a HUGE crush on her. Love her blog, her style and her sense of ease. Sadly, she no longer blogs and has temporarily shut down her etsy site, where she sold these gorgeous smocks. Maybe some day, I’ll get to meet her in person.
I just bought the smock pattern and am going to attempt to sew my first smock. You can buy the pattern here. What I love most about dottie’s smocks the upcycled fabrics and of course the inspiration for this post, the COLOR.
My latest project has been so fun thanks to Spoonflower. My Aunt sent me two of my Nan’s recipes and I had them printed on linen-cotton and sewed them into tea towels for her birthday. Here are the recipes that are in my Nan’s handwriting. I scanned them and uploaded into Spoonflower.
I had them printed on linen-cotton fabric. A fat quarter was just the perfect tea towel size. Spoonflower is currently running a special 2 for 1 fat quarters, if you are interested in making these.
Before I sewed them, I washed and ironed the fabric. I created neat, mitered corners. Never knew that there was such a thing as a mitered corner.
I then sewed them up on my mom’s sewing machine that she just gave me! I love the machine. Just got it all oiled and it is humming nicely.
And viola, tea towels.
I got the idea for this project from Spoonflower’s new Handbook. It has lots of wonderful projects to try. If you would like to buy these recipes on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap, Check out my store front at Spoonflower.
I recently had some friends move to Bend, so I wanted to get them some Santa Cruz memorabilia. I looked for a trucker hat with the famous santa cruz dot patch and discovered they didn’t exist. All of the trucker hats had heat placed decals. So, I went about creating my own trucker for them. Here is what the process looked like. It was super fun.
Love how they turned out. Hope my friends do too. What have you been up to this week?
I’ve just posted some new cards on my etsy site. They are created from one of my original hex signs. The cards are printed on recycled paper and are blank inside. They are great for any holiday or special event. Take a look and enjoy.
Last week I started the last module of pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor. This module is called The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. The first week has been all about drawing. We’ve gotten lots of great prompts that are completely out of my comfort zone like: people, animals, robots, lions and aliens. It’s been fun to draw. Below is a peek at my sketches throughout the week.
I missed posting last week because, I was in Wyoming visiting family. It was my first time to that part of the country. We visited Yellowstone and Teton National Park. It was gorgeous. Here are some pictures.