Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Creating for charity

We often discount our talent as artist. Recently I had an invitation to attend an event for the Immune Deficiency Foundation. They are holding a silent auction asked for donations. The colors of the organization are white black and green. Yesterday I spent most of the day search the bead on hand for just the right green.
 Under the bead boards is the top that I will ware for the main event, Zebra is the theme.
the motto...
When you hear hoof beats think Zebra
Often Doctors only think horses and when the process they use lends no results nothing else is done. IDF is trying to teach the medical profession to think outside the box. Many times those of us who have Immune disorders go undiagnosed because we are blown off when the doctors do not think outside the box.
The one on the right is a keeper for me. the others are to use in the auction. The findings are yet to set out.

Laying out the beads and working your design is a must. Setting everything out before you begin to string makes good practice.
Enjoy your gifts and remember that your talent can be a real resource. Often if we do not sell we discount doing art. Well there is a vestment as rich as the dollar in giving in support of a good cause.

Blankets for preemies
bags for soldgers
quilts for the child centers
Lap quilts for the elders
jewelry for fund raisers, teachers gift and such
Earrings for a friend just to cheer them up.

Happy crafting!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sewing up a few things...

 Several weeks ago my daughter asked specifically for this dress to be created. She loved the dress she saw it in a cartoon and loved it.
 Large skirt or slack hook and eyes are on the choker and the cuffs.
 Also started were two dresses for myself. The pattern on the left is just below. A scrap with the custom necklace.  Below is the other dress (pattern) on the right. both dresses are fully lined, shier fabrics with slip fabric underneath as the lining.

 This looks so much better on. The Zipper is done in an invisible zipper technique. Hook and eye. Not perfect but acceptable to me.
Lining is sewn to side seams in skirts. 
Hand hemmed with delicate single thread picked up on each pick up.
 All of the back of my sons old quilt was removed to replace the backing.

 The ironing board cover was replaced.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Black and White Photography

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In our master suite we have a very ethnic Native American 1800's theme. My anniversary wedding dress is on the wall and the beautiful doll I was gifted with on my dresser.
 It has been a dream to accomplish black and whites for the master bath. This was no easy task for my photo software would not allow me to print back and white. I had to locate the image in the files and then print to color and then use the canon to copy to image to black and white sizing it to frame.
The images above the tub are to the left my sons story to the right my daughters. The talking stick above my family in an image of listening to one another. Speaking and being heard.

 First sight in Russia, father and daughter, mother an daughter. Dedication to Christ Jesus as the head, two year old joy where others hated the 'two's'. Rock-a-roo the favorite toy. The delight and tenderness of training my child in ways of thought and purpose. The corner "o.k. fine", not a defiant but just the matter of fact dealing with the feeling of consequence. The dear old love/hate "in the corner" time.
 As well as our son and father first sight, son and mother first sight in Russia. Dedication as for her, wonderful two's. "Rock-a-roo momma rock-a-roo" the nap time refusal. So dear to my heart and memory. The corner "but mom..."
 Then and now. The speed of lightening flashed through enumerated days.
 It all began when two people fell in love and decided after 16 years to share that love.
Above first sight sister met brother at the airport. Sister is three and new baby brother is 10 months. Daddy at the track with the little ones.

Our master suite is the story...Our Story. All my memories seem to fade to black and white. The moments are rich in tones hues of vibrant golden love encompassed brighter than any color. Best left images to black and white that it be the richness of our hearts and spirit of each moment shown.