Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bird Ornaments

This bird was not made or designed by me!

I found this picture on Flickr - isn't it cute? It belongs to Karen (aka Mrs. Kwitty). I saw this and asked Mrs. Kwitty if I could copy it to make ornaments for our Church Boutique. Check out her wonderful etsy site here where there are plenty of wonderful shabby/chic type items. She graciously said I could copy it, even though she sells it on her etsy - now that's generous! Thanks again, Karen.

Our Boutique is the Women's main fundraiser of the year and all the monies we make go to charity. We sell coffee and cinnamon buns in the morning and taco boats around noon. We have a bake sale, opportunity drawing, Grandma's attic and a candy booth. Our whole church comes together to put this on and it's lots of work and lots of fun.

So here are a few of my versions of her bird - they are really fun to make. I can't decide if I like the bow under the beak or on the back of the head....(any opinions?)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Washington DC

I've been away from the computer for awhile - vacationing to Washington, DC and doing crafts at Vacation Bible School. While in DC, I went to Smithsonian's Renwick Museum. This is a picture of a quilt there, made by Jane Burch Cochran. Isn't it wild? - buttons sewn everywhere! Click to enlarge and you can see some of the detail. (I tried to take a detail pic of it, but it came out blurry.)

I saw this quilt in a shop there - it had so many different fabrics in it! (Sorry about the lamp hanging in the way) It was so beautiful.

The Peacock Room was fabulous:

I just loved the patterns on this door.

Everything at the Renwick was so special, even the beautiful lace curtains at the windows.

This was at another museum - can you imagine having such opulence at your windows at home?

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Arte y Pico Award

I go on vacation and come home to this wonderful surprise! Violette Severin of the blog Hand Quilting, has nominated me for the Arte y Pico award. Thank you so much Violette! I feel so special!

The rules for the Arte y Pico Award are:

1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name of and link to the blog that presented her/him with the award.

4. The award winner and one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte de Pico" blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. To show these rules.

6. Choose 5 other people for this award.

Well, since I've been on vacation for awhile, it may be that some of the blogs I most admire have already been chosen, but we'll see.....

Check out
Sara Lechner's The Fabric of Meditation. Her artwork is so magical, original, unique and inspiring!

Emmy and her Cramzy blog. Emmy really knows how to play - and create wonderful things in the process. There's a real freshness to her creations.

Marty of Textiles in Time. I don't know how she keeps working on that large project of hers - it really takes patience and dedication. But when she's done, it will be just fabulous. I have to hand it to her for such delayed gratification and such lovely stitching.

Lauri of Don't Call Me Crafty. I like the attitude she expresses in the name of her blog. How she manages to get ANYTHING done with 5 kids is beyond me, but not only does she get things done, she wins ribbons and shares great pictures with us of her colorful work.

N. Rene West's Fembellish Journal. Although she hasn't updated her blog lately because of caring for her mother's health, she has shared how to do everything! If you read older entries and follow along with some of her projects, she is very generous with instructions and step by step pix on how to do some of the fabulous and wonderful things she has made.

Happy Stitching, everyone!
~Lin Moon