Sometimes I feel like playing hooky. I am usually able to push through it, but this week it got the best of me. You know what I mean.....the work is piling up, a deadline is approaching, the pressure is on....but you are not gonna do it. At least not today. The weather is glorious, the garden is calling, that project you have been ruminating over is suddenly
ready demanding to be created....
Man...I have had Spring Fever for a week!
In any event....I have been happily playing in the studio as much as I could over the last week and finally finished the table runner. It is a folk arty piece that does just what I want it to do: it plays up the fruit theme of my kitchen, softens the look of the metal without hiding it, and provides a comfy place for my cat to sleep. I was pleased. The photo at right shows the completed project, the picture below is after the piece was needle felted, but not wet felted. There was about 1/3 shrinkage after the wet felting process. I am working on the tutorial ...it was a fun and super easy project.
Morna Crites-Moore). Happy, happy, joy, joy...so much to think about!
Textile Love has not been the only thing competing for my attention this week. There has been a great deal of chicken drama going on. Last week I was super psyched about my chickens....I had 13 eggs in the incubator and my first baby was hatching. All I did was run back and forth between the computer and the incubator. I
I thought I had been a good Steward Of The Eggs, so I was
Splints seem to be the best hope for straightening her feet, but it is not an easy thing to keep the twisted feet of a baby chicken properly splinted. The other chicks pick on her, so I was forced to separate them. She is eating, but not growing. I am not real hopeful.
Yeah...I know I am weird... but what can I say? I
...But there has been even more than Textile Love and Birthin' Chickens to keep me away from my business responsibilities.....
...my 10 year old nephew spent the day with me yesterday. My sister had a kidney transplant a few years ago and the darn thing is acting up, which means lots of time in the hospital. It has been a long time since I had 10 year old around and it was great fun. We cracked open the eggs that didn't hatch and found it to be squeamishly compelling for both of us. We puttered in the garden and we made salsa from scratch. He particularly enjoyed helping me re-splint chicken feet all day long. It was a delight but not a bit of business work got done!
It is no fun to play alone. So...I figure...maybe it is time for YOU to play hooky too!
We have a new challenge for June....give yourself the gift of some creative time! We have 12 packages ready to be sent out ---FREE--- to a Crafty Retailer in need of some creative fun!
JUNE CHALLENGE KIT
Make whatever you want, however you want. The only requirement is that you send me pictures of the finished piece, as well as the work in progress, and a description of the creative process.
Photos are due by July 1, 2010.
Want to play? Let me know!
Here is what our intrepid participants created:
Hannah is half of the Good River Gallery team. Her work gives me an inferiority complex. She works magic with a needle and thread...take a sneak peak at what she put together for the Etsy Designer challenge. YOWZA!
Ashley Menza of Menza Designs crafted a classic and elegant bracelet and earring set showcasing the 22mm channel settings. Sweet AND sophisticated! The design would be a perfect addition to a store class line up....are you teaching these days, Ashley? I think it would be a sell out.
Beadalotta, was a talented beadweaver, but I was not familiar with her wild side. I think that you will agree that the piece to my left is killer! Contemporary and relevant. Kick Ass, Michelle.
Barbara Howard, owner of Hop on Over Bead Shop did a meaningful pictorial that we can all relate to, I think. She used the kit components and seed beads to embroider the "Footprints in the Sand" prayer imagery on a leather shirt:
... I decided my theme would be how God is carrying me. My theme is the famous Foot Prints in the Sand. I used taupe pearls as the foot prints, the Swarovski squares for my camp fire on the beach, The Iron on Swarovski’s as the rock in the water, The Swarovski rings and gold pearls and seed beads for the sun and its rays. This piece has taught me the technique of embroidering on leather and not to give up. I hope you enjoy viewing my piece as much as I did creating it. Thank you for this opportunity to participate in this contest and hope to be included in future events.
Christine works for a crafty Retail Superstar, Rosie Long, owner of Kiowa Rose. I am not surprised to see the quality of talent employed at Kiowa Rose. Speed of the Leader, Speed of the Pack!
The piece is well balanced and Christine managed to use at least one piece of every item in the piece. The focal pendant is spectacular!
Marlene is the owner of Marlene's Felting Madness. She is a felt maker extraordinaire, outstanding teacher, and a fine human being. She is new to bead embellishment but was ready to give it a try...and I am so glad that she did! The "Rocker Chick" choker goes beautifully with her red leather jacket. She won't part with the jacket...I already asked!
Maggie is part of the Crystal Bead Beauties team. She made an incredible handbag "from scratch"BRAVO!
Kelli Burns of The Hole Bead Shoppe always comes up with utterly wearable designs, and this was no exception. I love the addition of Turquoise to the colorway!
Linda continues to amaze me. She is a new felter although her work does not show it! The fun and funky felted hat is wonderful!
....and last but definitely not least, we have this asymetrical fantasy piece by Pamela Maxfield of Bello Modo. What a sweet taste of spring!
What a delight to see how many of our participants chose to include fiber in their work. Textiles are where it is at!
...SPEAKING OF TEXTILES.....
I just got my copy of the just released 1000 Artisan Textiles, by Sandra Salamony and Gina Brown. OMG! I think this book and I are going to be spending some quality time together. The pictures are amazing. I will try not to drool on the pages. If you are a textile person, it is a must have! YUM!