Saturday, October 04, 2014

Ana Strumpf Re.Cover Magazine Covers

Last week I learned about some really pretty, quirky magazine covers made by Brazilian designer Ana Strumpf.  She takes covers from fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Playboy, Elle and several others, and enhances them with her own drawings using Sharpies and Decoart markers.  Here are a few examples of her work:

I love these covers and, like with most everything else I see, I wondered, can I do this?  Of course I can do this.  All it is, is sharpies and markers.  I did some research and learned that she sells hers for around $1,500 each.  Now, I'm not dumb enough to believe that I could ever sell mine for that or that I could sell them at all.  In fact, I probably couldn't sell them.  Why?  Because I'm not a Brazilian designer and I don't have the connections she has.  But, that doesn't mean that I can't  have some fun with mine, and dream about having my own exhibition some day and maybe someone will like them enough to want to buy one.  I would not be greedy about it.  I would sell mine for much less than $1,500 each.  And, the ones I do will be mine, not replicas of hers.  So, with that in mind, I would like to share a few that I've done in the past few days.  Mine are not perfect at all.  I have only done a couple of actual magazine covers.  I discovered that I had a few lying around from a few months ago.  I also enhanced a couple of pages from the magazines rather than the covers.  Here is my interpretation of this art form.

The first 2 are magazine pages, rather than covers.  I had alot of fun making these.  Mine are not professional looking at all, but I plan to practice and hopefully get better.  At some point, I'm going to put them in frames and, who knows, I might be able to get them in an art show of some kind in my town.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Twister Quilts

This past week the American Quilter's Society had their annual quilt show in my city.  I'm so happy and I think they are going to be here for the next 3 years.  But, before that, I became enamored with the Twister Quilts.  They are so neat.  Not to mention how easy they are to make.  A tutorial using the Twister Tool is here.  I bought several sizes in the Twister Tool at the quilt show.  You start out with 5" inch charm pack squares, or you can cut your own.  Here is my first Twister quilt.

On this one I just sewed together 6 rows by 6 rows of the 5" squares.  Then using the Twister tool I cut them out and arranged them.  Then I saw a pattern for a wreath and since I had some 5" squares and other fabric leftover from the first quilt, I decided to try the wreath.

Then I saw a pattern for this Jack 'o Lantern and I had to try it.  It took longer than I thought to get it sewn together, but I love the results.

Now, I'm hooked on this pattern.  I can't seem to stop making them, but I'm going to have to at some point and start quilting them.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Magazine Cover Clutch

I recently learned about these very pretty and chic magazine cover clutches.

I saw it when I was searching for something else on Google.  But then, that's how I find most of my inspiration, while searching for something else.  I guess you could say I'm easily distracted.  Anyway, I saw this ad for a kit you can buy for $29 to make your own clutch.  Somehow I just can't justify paying that much for a kit when I already have all the materials to make the clutch except for, well, the clutch itself.  I admit I really love that clutch that comes with the kit, but still.

So, I Googled it and came up with this really easy tutorial.  There are a couple of ways to do it, but I chose this method because it was so easy.  All you need is the magazine cover of your choice, some scissors or a paper cutter (the kind you can get in the scrapbook section of your craft store), a foam brush, some gloss Modge Podge and you're all set.  Just follow the above tutorial and you'll have your elegant and chic Magazine Cover Clutch in no time.

I decided that I could do this myself without buying the kit, so I went to the thrift store and found a little purse that was on sale for .99 cents.  How cool is that?  It's not a clutch, but after looking at it, I decided that I could make it work.  Also, the chain shoulder strap was very tarnished, so I had to figure out how to get that off.  I found another tutorial on Youtube for how to do that too.

Here's my version of the Magazine Cover Clutch/Purse and I love it!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A Long Time

I was looking at my blog today and I realized that I haven't been on here since February of this year.  For one thing, awhile back I tried to sign in I couldn't sign in under my old account in Blogger.  I realized recently that I can sign in with a different account, which means that I can sign in again.  Since that has happened, I'm going to try and do a better job of writing in this blog.

I have been away from here for so long and I need to get back to it.  I use Facebook alot, every day, in fact.  I know some folks think that Facebook is a waste of time, but for me it's a way to keep in touch my my family and friends that I don't see or talk to very often.  I have been able to reconnect with some old friends from high school and from various jobs where I have worked in the past.

I have been doing some sewing lately.  I have been working on a nine patch snowball pattern quilt.  I have a picture that shows about 4 blocks of it.  I've begun sewing it together and right now have about 2 rows sewn together.  It's hard to see what it's going to look like at this point.

I hope to work some more on it tomorrow and I will post more pictures when it comes together better.  While working on this quilt top, I was really inspired by other photos on the Internet.  Here are just a few.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fun, Flirty 50's Vintage Inspired Apron

Earlier this week I received a sale flyer from Hancock Fabrics.  One thing really intrigued me and that was a sale on cotton fabric at $2.49 a yard.  That's always a plus!  And the other thing was a photo of some cute flirty aprons made by Simplicity.  The pattern number is Simplicity 2592.  The front of the pattern looks like this:

I was especially interested in view D.  I went to Hancock's, bought the pattern and some fabric, came home and made this one:

I thought it came out really cute.  I love it so much that I'm making another one that is green with white polka dots.  The new one I made is view C of the pattern.  It's the one with the ruffled skirt and bib.  This pattern has been described as a vintage inspired 50's ruffled apron.  It's a pattern that was discontinued and Simplicity has reissued it.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Bargello Boxes

A few years ago I became interested in bargello needlepoint, specifically, the Florentine stitch.  There are many variations of this stitch, but the one I like the best is this one:

This stitch can be done over any number of threads, but I prefer Row 1 over 4 threads.  Awhile back, I found some pretty wood boxes with lids that can have needlework put inside.  I think these are really pretty.

The thread I really enjoy using for these is Caron's Watercolors in variegated colors.  I love the way the colors evolve as the stitching progresses.

Friday, September 06, 2013

What I've Been Doing This Week

Last week my friend, Linda Sue, asked me if I would help her with a display at a local church.  The event is a Lottie Moon Christmas Event that a local Baptist church has every year.  One of her friends goes to that church and he asked her if she and I would like to do a display with our American Girl dolls using a Colonial Williamsburg theme.  I told her that I have another commitment at the time of the event so I wouldn't be able to actually go and help her set up, but that I would be willing to make some things to include in the display.  We started thinking about Colonial Williamsburg and how the dolls should be dressed.  We got to thinking about those mob caps that children sometimes wear for plays and other events.  Those caps seemed to be in line with that era, so I told her that I would make some caps.  Then I got to looking around and found some dress patterns for 18" dolls that would fit the American Girl dolls.  So, this week I've had the most fun getting these outfits ready.

Now, I know that I can't possibly tell you about these cute dresses without giving you the source for the patterns, so I'm happy to share.  The lavender print dress on the left was made from McCall's 3627.  I had never made a doll dress like this before and, to be honest, I wasn't sure I could even do it, but I got the pattern on sale, so why not give it a try?  The pattern directions were very good and clear and I had no problem at all.  This pattern was a bit time consuming, but I like the way it came out.  The yellow print dress on the right came from an Etsy seller.  This pattern was an instant download in a PDF file, which I love, because when I get in the mood to make something, I want to make it NOW, not days from now.  Who wants to wait for a pattern to arrive in the mail when you're in the mood to get started right away?  This pattern was much quicker and easier too.  The most fiddly part was the bodice and sewing the lace, etc.  The mob caps were a piece of cake.  It's just a circle and I can make one in about 20 min.

Tomorrow, I'm going to Linda Sue's house and taking the girls so she can see the dresses.  I'll probably just leave them so she can already have them at her house to take with her for the display.  She's going to use some of her doll furniture and other accessories for the display.  I sure wish I could be there with her to actually do the display, but she will take lots of photos, so it will be almost like being there.  If I can get copies from her, I will post them here.