Friday, March 21, 2008

This and That!


It has been a very busy week! The garden is really begining to becon me. I can't resist going out to check on my perrenials to see what survived the winter and what needs to be divided. When I am outside digging the raking leaves I am not inside with my artwork. I do have some new projects and some finished up older projects to share, however.



New Stamps:


Crusade # 18 , "CUT IT OUT," has really got me burnin' some rubber. Time to place a new order!!!!




After looking at other Crusade participant's glorious efforts with stamp carving, I am really struck with how a little bit of encouragement, wonderful mentoring and great inspiration ,- all from Michelle- have led us all to such wonderful discoveries of artistic expression!! Tooo COOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!! Thank you so very much, Michelle!!!


I did get in some SunDyeing this week before the nasty north winds blew in !! At an Estate Sale to be believed (the gal sold Avon products for years and NEVER threw anything out- imagine boxes and boxes of very old AVON samples in various stages of dried-upedness-- We don't have smell-o-vision on computers yet- lucky for you!!!!!!!) I found aan old plastic doilly. I would not have given even a second look if I had not heard Traci Bautista say that they make great stencils!!! I snagged it and still consider it my " Treasure of the Week"!!! I got out my Setacolor dyes and some old napkins and this was the result!!



Isn't that THE COOLEST????? I love it and I love these dyes! After a good ironing with a very hot iron, the dye is set and then one is off to the sewing machine!! This will become more birds I think!!



Actually I think that this might qualify as Stenciling which is the Crusade for April!! WOOOO HOOOOO !! Hadn't thought of that till just now!!! In this picture you can see the stencil in the background!! Do keep your eyes peeled for this little treasures- they come in different patterns!!!! I must pass this info on to friends who love to go to sales with lists of things that friends are looking for!!


Hydrangea Flower Panels:


I have finished up my flower panels for the upcoming swap and as they looked so nice all laid out together, I thought I would share the picture with you!



I will post about these panels again when I get the swap back. I can't wait to see what my partners have come up with!!


I hope that everyone has a very happy Easter !! If you are reading this from the Midwest, I pray that you are able to keep your homes and your toes dry. If you are in the Northern Midwest- say Chicago , Michigan , Wisconsin and you have more snow- I PROMISE that SPRING is COMING!! For all of you I hope that the Easter Bunny delivers copious quaantities of CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!

17 comments:

artisbliss said...

I know what you mean about feeling torn between your garden and your artwork. I am there, sister. I have miniature daffodils beginning to bloom with a layer of dead leaves over them--can't let that happen!

Your setacolor fabric is just gorgeous. It will make great birds.

Marilyn Rock said...

My; you've been busy! Wonderful works here. Love the plastic stencil - great touch!

katelnorth said...

Wow, I never thought about sunprinting with plastic doilies - will have to keep my eye out for the doilies - not something I usually look twice at!

audrey h. said...

Great stamps. Using that doily as a stencil is so clever. The fabric turned out beautifully. Love those gorgeous colors :)

michelle ward said...

Elizabeth - terrific stamps! Love reading your post and feeling your enthusiasm come through loud and clear. I join you in observing how much fun everyone has had making their own tools. Thanks for sharing yours - and that doilie as a stencil totally counts...you'll have to remind us about it next month. I have several plastic placemats that are mucky with spray paint... they are sneaky little gems.

Ursula Clamer said...

These carvings are great too. I just love your bird,just too cute...may need to do myself one of these! That plastic lace certainly is a treasure, what a wonderful pattern.

thethinkingwoman said...

What a treat! You have so many terrific things to share -- including kind words for our friends in weather challenged areas. I loved the doily stencil -- isn't it great when you find a treasure that no one else recognizes? And your stamps are super! I especially loved your little bird. He has so much personality!

DymphieM said...

Love your stamps. all great designs. The stencil is so clever, thanlks for sharing :)

Dianne said...

Oh, it's so good to be reading your blog again!! Your stamps are wonderful - especially the bird! Also, love the doily sunprint - what a beauty!!!

Judy Rys said...

Doilies are great; another thing you can look for is those rubber sink protectors. Sometimes you can find them with cool patterns.

iHanna said...

I just smile when I read about how entusiastic and happy you are. Thanks for sharing! The dolily did a great impression though I don't know about the colors or how you created it. Was it like spray paint? I adore the pattern it made!!! And the colors you chose too

Chris said...

Great stamps with shape and space, I like stamps that can also be filled inside with designs or line art if desired. And that doilie ! Come ON! A great idea, and gorgeous effect!

~*~Patty said...

Love your plastic doily trick E!!! You do such fun things with fabrics and paints and more = great colors!
Love your carved stamps too, that is SO addictive, isn't it!
Happy Spring! xoxo

Kim Tedrow said...

Love the stamps, they have an energetic retro feel to them, and your doily work is amazing! -Kim

Nicole said...

ohhh fabbies....love them...

Hugs
Nicole

Casey said...

Your fabric work is beautiful, and I love your stamps! They look like woodblock carvings. Very cool!

PLO said...

the stamps turned out so nice...I love the birdie and the flowers remind me of my fave...lilly of the valley.

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