Thursday, February 14, 2019

Watch Over My Shoulder - Seven Moons Fabric Art Series - Phase #1

So many of you have emailed me or taken one of my workshops and the comments I hear most are, "I wish I could just watch over your shoulder while you create." 
So I'm going to try a new series of blog posts that I hope will allow you to do that in a virtual way. These are not meant to be detailed tutorials, but rather, informal work sessions that I hope will spark your imagination, giving you some ideas or thoughts on how you might adapt my design to fit your style and technique. 

I use a black background fabric and an array of cotton fabric, quilting quality. I use a fusible web product and adhere my shapes to the background with a mini/tacking iron. I work on a heat resistant surface, a padded quilters pad.

I like creating abstract designs. One reason is it allows me to use lots of fabric shapes/scraps left over from other projects. I usually start with some concept of shape, color, or motif that gives me a platform to build on. I do not pre-design or preplan my projects. I work by the seat-of-my-pants. Some artist's might say that they work intuitively, instinctually, naturally, etc. However we express it, it simply means we work in-the-moment.

The platform concept for this project is circles, seven of them to be exact. Everything else will grow from these seven shapes. WHAT! There are only six circles? Don't worry, the other one is a little shy and will show up in Phase Two of this series...

Random Acts of Kindness - Key #7 - Unlocking Your Creative Ingenuity

Key # 7 Random Acts of Kindness Spurs Creative Thinking

Have you ever noticed that when you're stuck in your normal routine too long you become very self-absorbed resulting in apathy and fatigue? Your energy level drops and creative initiative is virtually nonexistent. 

On the other end of the spectrum, when you're focused on doing something randomly nice for someone else, ideas begin to pop out of nowhere. Enthusiasm begins to build energy, energy then gives way to creative action. 

Key #7 is one of the best ways for Creatives to jump onto a new project or design. Why? Because you're busy thinking of unique gifts that fit a specific person or need. Play-days aren't just for kids, not if you're a Creative anyway. Be sure to schedule time each week or month, depending on your life style, and decide what random act of kindness you can devise. You might create a small gift, as in the telephone pouch I made for my granddaughter (shown above). Or you might bake something, offer to run errands for an elderly friend, or make a card for a sick friend. Whatever Your random act of kindness proves to be, it will increase your creative ingenuity.

Have you seen Key #3 (Understanding Perfection)
Have you seen Key #5 (Discover What Shouldn't Be)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge - Participant Showcase

How is everyone doing on their scrap busting projects. 

I hope you're having fun finding a zillion ways to tackle those bags of scraps you've got stashed away. One small project each month is doable and stress-free. Don't overthink or plan elaborate items. Just find something you'd like to keep for yourself or an item you'd like to give away. You can find some ideas in my Scrap Busting Challenge - Project Idea Series in the right sidebar.

Here are the January projects that were submitted by a few of our challenge participants. They've been creative and their projects may inspire some of your own.

Marsha submitted two items for her January project.

She explains more about her projects in her blog post.

Shirlee submitted this January project.

It’s also on her blog

"Made with paper clips and the remnants of a beaded necklace. I wrapped wire through the beads and around the paper clips to attach them together."

Wilma submitted this January project.

"I make a small crazy quilted pincushion in a serviette ring for the scrap busting challenge."

You can find the description and picture on her blog

Carrie submitted Puffin on Parade as her January

She created this mini quilt using decorative stitches and applique.

This was my January project

I made four of these, three to give away and one to keep.

See my blog post here.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Create With Me! - Fabric Wall Art

Wouldn't you love if your home or office walls were adorned with beautiful artwork created by, YOU! It's not as difficult or scary an idea as you might think. Anyone with an adventurous spirit can do this. Why not join me when I start my new fabric art workshop, 'Color Reborn', on May 1st. Check out the details here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Apple Pie with Maple Syrup Recipe

There are definitely two things that all 'Creatives' need. At least, these are the two things at the top of my list. The first is a comfortable space in which to work. The second  is an effective reward system for sticking with those projects and getting them finished. Your reward system can be anything you dream up. Mine is homemade goodies. Today I wanted to share with you my recipe for Apple pie. Let me know if you enjoyed this scrumptious reward.

Apple Pie with Maple Syrup 

I use a refrigerated pie crust when baking. My preferred crust is made by Pillsbury.

Pie Filling:

6 - cups of apples - peeled and sliced

3/4 cup - sugar

2 tablespoons - all purpose flour

1 teaspoon - ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon - salt

1 tablespoon - lemon juice

3 tablespoons - maple syrup (optional)

Pinch - of nutmeg (optional)


Set oven temperature to 425 degrees

Place one pie crust in an ungreased pie plate

Mix the filling ingredients together in a large bowl and then spread them evenly in the bottom crust.

(Optional) Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup over the top of the apple mixture.

Add top crust and crimp edges.

Bake 40-60 minutes or until the apples are soft and the crust is golden.

(Optional) When the pie is done, drizzle the last tablespoon of maple syrup over the top of the crust.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Fabric Art Tutorial: Winsome Windows and Eden's Promise

Winsome Windows
In this tutorial you follow my progress as I create two very different pieces of fabric art. Winsome Windows (Above) was done in a mosaic style, and Eden's Promise was done in a collage style. I hope they will inspire you to utilize some of those fabric scraps you have and create your own unique work-of-art. Click here to download the free PDF tutorial.

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge

You know you need this! So join the fun and make something beautiful.

Feb 2019 Challenge Update: 
Don't forget that to be eligible for prizes you need to follow the guidelines for the 'Get Featured' part of this challenge. Your project photo needs to be emailed to me by Feb 5th. I will post our monthly Challenge post between the 10-15th of each month. KEEP busting those scrap piles!

Original Challenge Information:
You're being challenged to create one scrap busting project each month in 2019. Twelve months = 12 new creations. Here are a few helpful guidelines...

  1. Use whatever scraps you have on hand to create something new. That could include fabric, beads, paints, glitter, threads and fibers, craft supplies, paper, etc., etc.
  2. It can be a practical or artistic project - or both. It can be a gift item or something you've created for yourself.
  3. The project doesn't need to be large or time consuming. Just create something new from scraps you already have.
  4. To join this challenge - just comment below
I'll be featuring my projects monthly and would love to include some of yours, as well. Want to join me? Make sure you have commented on this post. Then, just send me a project photo and the following information to by the 5th of the month. (Example: You should send me January's project information no later than February 5th. And the same for each month thereafter.)
  1. Short description
  2. If you're a blogger, send me your 2019 Scrap Busting Challenge project post link. I'll include that in my feature post.
  3. Your comment ID so that I can verify that you've joined this challenge
Prizes Up For Grabs
Here are some prizes that will be awarded to some of our FEATURED participants in April - July - Oct - Dec. (You must be up-to-date with each month's project and be participating in the monthly feature as described above to qualify)
  • Handmade journaling embellishments
  • Starbucks $5 gift cards
  • Free Fabric Art Tutorials
  • I'll be giving away some of my monthly project pieces
  • Handmade gift items
  • Free online fabric art workshops
OOPS! I started this challenge late - what do I do?
You can join this challenge anytime, however, you still need 12 new projects completed by Dec 2019. And to qualify for prizes you will need to verify your projects by joining the featured program outlined above. 

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