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I have met a very lovely, generous and extremely funny lady online.  Annette had been sending out happy mail boxes to everyone and her birthday is Aug. 1.  So I made her a Thank you/Birthday gift and included a recently made tag.

The wall hanging is made using marbled prints, paper clay, paint, sequin waste, beads,sequins, buttons and shells.  As always you can click on photo for larger image.

 

The tag is made with milk carton paper for the base.  I took an empty milk carton and peeled off the thin layers of waxy plastic on both sides.  When layers are removed you end up with a paper that is like watercolor paper.  I gessoed both sides of the tag and then ran thru the BigKick with and embossing folder.  Added some paint, inks, stains, printed silk and embellishments.

In the mornings I am always joined in my craft room by the furkids.  They have a front row view of the birds playing in the flower bed, or just lounging in the floor.

Ginger and Toby

Miss Ginger

 

That’s all for now. Thanks for visiting.

Carol

 

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One more country visited, in “A Crazy World”.  I decided to do Egypt with the pyramids.  The background is coarse linen colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Antique Linen and Broken China, and then heat set.  The pyramids are leather with Pigma Brush accents.  The palm tree trunk is leather and silk buttonhole twist thread, the tree branches are wool felt.  Click on image for a larger view.

Egypt in “A Crazy World”

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I didn’t get a whole lot done in June, other than reorganize  parts of the craft room. The main project I worked on was a gift for a friends 60th birthday. The card was made with paper in keeping with her summer birthday and the gift is because she loves mermaids.  As always, click on the image for a larger view.

Dar’s Birthday Card

Dar’s birthday mermaid wall hanging.

Dar’s birthday mermaid wall hanging – detail

And last but not least, 🙂 an ATC for Sheri in the Artangle June swap.  The theme was summer or “chunky” (dimensional) or both.  I found a cute pic of a dog dressed for vacation on an ad for Camp Bow Wow and knew exactly what I wanted to do.  The background was made on glossy photo paper using alcohol inks and Citrasolv.

June ATC for Sheri

So much for June, it has flown by.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Carol B.

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Okay, week 4 has come and gone and I only have 2 projects and a partially finished journal spread.  Also have an in progress pic of “The Crazy World”.

First off I was inspired by ladyoflosttimes to try my hand at making a doll with copper embossing powder.  It turned out OK, but I did learn that the next time I want to poke holes in something that is embossed, I should heat the awl first.

The next project is one that I kept putting off because I knew it would be difficult.  It’s a colored pencil drawing of Ginger and it was hard to do justice to all of the colors in her tortoiseshell colored fur.  I will need to keep practicing.  Ginger is a whole lot cuter in real life.

Ginger - Prismacolors on Bristol

 

As many of you know, I have been working on a project I call “The Crazy World”.  Well I finally finished the background and appliqued the world to the center.  To give you perspective, the center circle is 18″ in diameter.  As always, click on the images for a larger picture.

 

A Crazy World

 

That is it for this edition, I have a bad cold so keeping this post short.  Hopefully I will have more to share next week.

 

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Wow, it’s been a long time since my last post.  I haven’t been blogging because between summer heat, meds and health, I would only have been whining all the time.  Now that the temperatures are coming down and it’s beginning to feel like autumn, I’m starting to feel more like my usual self.  So I’m hoping to return to posting more frequently.

This Saturday I will be going to Lawton for Skrappy Sew Day and we will be finishing up on Melissa’s UFO project.  At the Sew Day in July, the Skrappies were like a whirlwind and assembled into a top all of the signature blocks I received as outgoing President of the Wichita Mountains Quilt Guild in 1995.  Yes, the blocks had definitely been aging in the UFO pile.  I added the two borders, now I just need to have it quilted.

Signature blocks quilt top

 

 I’ve been knitting on a shawl, trying my hand at reticella needle lace and doing a lot of reading.  More about those in a later post.

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I know that I still need to post Fall Retreat Pt.2, but with Bill home recovering from foot surgery, my routine has been disrupted. I will get it posted soon.

I have been knitting.  Kerry asked if I would make something for the new baby of a friend.  So I have knit a sweater, (pics and details soon) also knit a hat, but it would fit a 3-year-old.  So I have gone down two needles sizes and cast on again last night.  Guess the baby will receive two hats, one for now and one for later.  Hope to finish soon so I can get back to the Sivilla shawl, of which I have made it through the pattern, and started on the second repeat.

While I try to round-up more shades of blue for the background of A Crazy World, I have been doodling in my sketchbook.  I am going to go with the background sketch on the right and I know that I want to applique the pieces with some curves, but can’t decide whether to work left to right, out from center, or some yet unthought of method.

Sketchbook doodles

Sketchbook doodles

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I like to browse through thrift stores, but rarely walk out with more than just a paperback book.  Thursday I decided to check out a shop close to the house.  While looking through the frames and framed art I came across a piece of silk embroidery that had been professionally framed by a gallery that has long since closed.  The price sticker read $4.99 and items marked with that particular color of sticker were 50% off for the day.  So how could I not buy it.  Besides, it’s silk, and embroidery, and oriental, and hand stitched.

After removal from frame

After removal from frame

 The silk background is actually closer to a dusty peach color instead of the bright orange in the pictures.  The above picture is just after I removed it from the frame.  I think this piece was from a home that had fire damage, because of the mat board damage on bottom and the back has dark smoky looking stains.

After removal from mat board

After removal from mat board

 There is better detail in this picture, taken after being removed from mat board.  This embroidery piece must have been framed years ago, before people thought much about what damage tape, glues and glass could do to needlework. 

mat board after removing needlework

mat board after removing needlework

 

The needlework was pressed up against the glass and had been taped and glued to the mat board.

Back of embroidery piece
Back of embroidery piece

I removed the tape from the lining but there is still a sticky residue left on the silk, besides remnants of glue where it was adhered to the mat.  I’m wondering if the adhesive might eventually bleed through to the front and cause damage and whether or not I should replace the lining before re-framing the piece.

Showing fading
Showing fading

Here I am holding back the edge to show true color of silk background, the color reminds me of a dark pomegranate.  It was a little while before I realized that the upper right stitching was a butterfly.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Below is a more detailed shot of the stitching.
Detail pic

Detail pic

In the center of the above flower just under the dark blue stitching there is a row of tiny, tiny knots.  After studying this piece I’ve come to the conclusion that this was made from a larger piece of embroidered silk.  The stitching on the left side goes down under the ribbon border and on the right side, part of the fabric is peeking out from under the ribbon.  Also there are areas where the  embroidery looks as though it has been rubbed as though from wear. 

I am really glad that I decided to go thrifting, and rescued this beautiful piece of needlework before someone bought it just for the frame. 

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