Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Lot of Art Has Been Liberated

The wonderful yearly swap of postcards from around the world has come to an end though the enjoyment of all that art will continue.

I have done this swap for a couple of years now and it just gets better and better.

Called LIBERATE YOUR ART, the swap is run by Kat Sloma from Kat's Eye Studio.

 The first postcard is the one I sent.  With this really long winter we are having it seems appropriate.  It is a collage I did awhile back.

The next one came from Chris Lally.  She added the quote...
"The unexpected connection is more powerful than one that is obvious"  Heraclitus

Next up is this cute kitty from Sharon Lane with the quote...
"The Smallest feline is a masterpiece."    Da Vinci
As someone with a houseful of cats (3) I can appreciate this.

 Jane Ross sent this next card featuring LILIES!!  Offering me hope that Spring and Summer are on their way...  As she said on the card....   "Making art brings sunshine to any gloomy day."

Lisa Compary sent this almost dreamlike photo with the words.... Follow Your Heart.

Heidrun Siebeneicker sent the next card to me from Germany.  The card features copies of her very own Childhood Drawings. How fortunate for her to still have them.

And last but most certainly not least is the card I received from our wonderful hostess...  Kat Sloma.
   She wrote  "Creativity Takes Courage"  by Henri Matisse.

And so another year of swaps is over.  Already looking forward to the next one.

 If you visit Kat's Blog   over the next few days, you will find links to many of the blogs written by the artists involved in the LYA swap. You will also find a video of around 70 of the cards that were sent out.  And if you weren't involved I hope you will wish to join in next year. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring time in the teacups

Spring is HERE    Using my Cricut machine I made this little banner to celebrate Spring. It may not be too easy to read but each of the little flags have a letter and it spells out spring.  I hang my seasonal banners on my Hoosier cabinet that holds my tea things.   In the past I made a banner for fall.... acorns and one for Christmas..... Christmas trees.  I love making the banners.  I will have to think about what to make next................

So far we have been lucky here.  The snow storms haven't been too bad.  BUT the cold is getting old.  It is most assuredly time for some more humane weather. 

Since it is Spring I decided I needed to find my prettiest spring like teacup and saucer to share with you today. I have shared it in the past and I still love it. It definitely reminds me of spring.


I am joining with the following Tea Parties and blog parties.

  These may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

some recycling and a quilt

While at the flea market recently  I visited a table that always has all sorts of  interesting items.  Here are the things I picked up.   I quickly sold the candle sticks and the compote in my shop.   HOWEVER.  The post style lamp and the wire basket have been made into something NEW. 

Here is what I did with it.  I removed all the wires and the socket from the old lamp.  Put the wire basket on top, upside down and "voila," a necklace holder.  I glued the basket to the top of the lamp so it wouldn't fall off with all my necklaces hanging.  I have way too many necklaces so definitely needed a place for them that would allow me to see what I have.  I used some tiny s-hooks I found at the hardware store to hang on the rungs and allow the necklaces to hang freely.  Short necklaces are on the lower rung.  The longer ones are on the top rung. 

I wish I had taken a better picture of the process of putting the two items together.  But I hope you can figure out what I did.
 Last week I told you I was in the process of finishing the binding on this quilt.  AND I did!  I laid it on my bed so you could see it.    It is too small to use there... maybe in the guest room or just to have on a cold winter night.  The basis for this quilt was a "quilt as you go" I did  thanks to Mary Etherington from the blog Country Threads Chicken Scratch  She supplied the pattern and inspiration.  I added some other quilt pieces I had started for another quilt that I never got as enthused about.  They helped to make this bigger and fit right in.  It was great way to use up a lot of my quilt scraps.   Even though Mary no longer runs a quilt shop her blog is a wonderful read.  I look forward to every post she makes.

So that is it for this week.  No telling what I will have to show next week. 

I do know that the  post card swap I participate in yearly.... from the 2018 Liberate Your Art Post Card Swap.  is coming to a close.  I received my first swapped postcard yesterday in the mail.  I hope most of the rest will show up by the time I write my next post next weekend.  No matter what,
I will be posting them all here.  If you do photography, art journals, collages or what ever type of artwork this is a fun way to share your work and see what others are doing.  Check back next week to see what arrives as well as the card I sent out.  And I will tell you how to get on the list for next year.

Until then..............  think Spring.... at least in the northern hemisphere!  My friends in the Mid West may be wondering when it is coming with their last storm.   But I know those of us  in the North East hope it is SOON.  My daffodils will be blooming soon.    Check back on Tuesday or Wednesday for another post on Teacup Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Is it Really SPRING??

 The calendar says today is the first day of Spring.... however we are forecast to get snow so will have to be patient a bit longer.  We have been lucky here this year, up to now most of the big nor'easters have missed us.  But last year at this time we had a HUGE snowstorm which dropped more than two feet of snow in one day.................  hope that was just a one time thing.  we shall just have to wait and see I suppose...........    So on to happier things and some tea!

One of my collecting "weaknesses" has always been cottages......  I love them and have quite a few.  Maybe I will feature them all here someday.  BUT for today's Tea Cup Tuesday post I am just going to feature a Cottage theme.

I made my usual favorite, Earl Gray, and  got some pretty little cupcakes from the bakery.

This teacup and saucer are from Royal Albert.... always a favorite of mine.
I love the details of the cottages on this set.

And here is the mark.  There is no name included.

     The teapot is from Arthur Wood and Son and features a pretty little thatched roof cottage.

 And here is the  little plate I chose to hold the cupcakes.  It is also Royal Albert and is called Minuet.   So delicate looking.

Thanks for joining me  today and I hope you will visit the other Tea Time blogs as well.

I have joined with the following Tea Cup Tuesday Tea Parties.

  Hope you will visit them too.

Bernideen's Tea-time Blog *
Ruth's Antiques  Teacups *

I will be back in a few days
to show you the quilt I finally finished.  And maybe another project or two.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Busy with many projects

So now I am going to try and do TWO blogs posts a week.  On either Monday or Tuesday I will get back to the Teacup Tuesday scene and late in the week I will try to do a post about my crafting progress.   This is a little late but here it is.

This week my plans included finishing up the binding on a quilt, binding my collage books using my "Bind-It-All"
 Here are some pictures of the collages I made this past fall......  And using my bind it all I put them in a little book.  Because I have SO MUCH paper that I bought for scrapbooking I am TRYING to use it up in various projects.  The covers of my next few little bound books are from that paper.

My first section of the "A Collage for All Seasons"  is here.  I used my Cricut machine for the lettering on the front cover. Unfortunately I probably chose the wrong color for the lettering to be shown in a picture....  But in person it is fine..........  sigh.............

and here are a few of the pages................     They represent fall things such as Remembrance Day (or Veteran's Day as we now call it.)
And this one includes actual leaves from my trees and the words from a favorite song from my past....  "The Autumn Leaves"  which was sung by Frank Sinatra and also Nat King Cole.  I don't remember which version I liked back in the day.............

Since I have stated I am planning on finishing up the binding on the quilt I am holding my self to having it ready to show on my next blog.

Last week I made and finished a little table runner using some fabric I bought but never used... fat quarters mostly..........  It is black and red.  Not my usual choice of colors for quilting or sewing fabric.  But I really like how it turned out.  Now just have to find a place to use it.

Here is the finished project.

The winter storms continue to hit the northeastern part of the US.  We, so far, have only been on the edge of those storms.  It is cold and we have gotten some snow which has melted quickly.  We are hopeful we will continue to be on the edge..........  Spring will no doubt be here eventually.  I have been watching my daffodils that are coming up.  I imagine we will see some blooms before too long.

So be watching my blog here for pictures of those daffodils when they are in bloom. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

This is a rerun of a blog post I did back in 2015..    It seemed appropriate to run it again today rather than to write a new post that would have been pretty much the same thing.

(I found the border of the above logo at Karla's Cottage blog and the Happy Saint Patrick's Day wording was from the Graphic's Fairy I think.  Fun to put them together.)

My husband is VERY Irish (his dad was from Northern Ireland and although his mom was Canadian she had lots of Irish ancestors.  So we Celebrate St. Patrick's Day here.  I am still deciding what dinner to serve for St. Patrick's Day dinner.  Probably something involving Cabbage.......
Pennsylvania is big on this day too.  There are parades everywhere and fun runs too.   In the city of Wilkes-Barre they even paint a green line down the center of the street where the parade goes.

I actually only have one cup and saucer set that is really suitable for St. Patrick's Day.  It is of course Royal Albert and called, appropriately enough, Shamrock.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out all of the other tea parties going on around blogland.


Friday, March 9, 2018

More quilting, and some planning

I seem to have a lot to say this week.... to let you know some of the things I am doing and acquaint you with some great websites if you need help or inspiration.

I think I am getting my "art" back on...............  I have been organizing my craft room which had really turned into a mess over the holidays.............  And I am discovering things I had really forgotten.  Also I am trying to use up supplies.... both fabric for quilting and paints and paper for artwork.    The using up of fabric has resulted in the runners I have been showing.
The using up of papers and supplies comes in the form of my "Listing Books", my planner and bullet journal books,  some classes I am taking AND I will soon be collaging again.

For the past few years I have had moments of "collage mania" followed by nothing...............  I even took a class to help me get back into the pattern.   It was offered by Roben Marie Smith..
She offers a number of classes including the one I took which is called    Paper to Painting....

So as I collect up all my Past collage projects I decided to make them into booklets so they stay together and are easier to enjoy.  Next week I will show you the results of that effort.  It is nearly done.

I bought, a number of years ago, a Bind It All by Zutter.  It is, with some practice, and the watching of a few You-Tube videos,  a good way to bind things together. Here is the website so you can see what I am talking about.
Bind it All

Now that I have your brains spinning with all my planned projects I will leave you this time with a look at  another table runner I did.  This one is for the fall... I used it at Thanksgiving.......
Front of the runner
Showing the back folder over......
I haven't shown you what I do with the runners when I put them on the table.  Perhaps next time.  Oh and I just finish another runner, black and red, that I will also show in the future.....  Just hold on, this may be a wild ride for a few weeks as I pull all this together.