I had a chance to create some items for the Portland Quilt Show for Tim Holtz’s new fabric line Eclectic Elements. It’s a beautiful vintage collection, full of ephemera print fabrics and the most beautiful butterfly prints. The bag I made was so fun to make, free-cut without a pattern, which is so normal for me now. And the altered Union Jack pillow was loosely inspired by a few I’ve seen on pinterest. The laundry pin bag I’ve made countless times for friends, I simply stitched random extra pieces from the line together and then added some hand stitched accents. Vintage, yet Modern, it’s so lovely and should be available sometime in June at your favorite retail fabric store.
last week while i was over at my mom’s house i noticed some homemade silver bells that she had hanging on her hall tree in the dining room. i had noticed them in years past (and kinda remember making them in sunday school when i was little) but this year they really popped out and i wanted to create my own with my littles. since they were home monday and tuesday with the general winter icks we tackled them yesterday for a little restful project. simply made with items you already have in the house (or could easily save to use) i thought i’d share a quick tutorial in case you’re interested.
supplies needed : 5 egg cartons (this made two 4 strand garlands), tin foil, scissors, twine or thread, needle
time to complete : about 1/2 an hour
cut all of the egg cups apart using shears.
cut all of the pokey extra bits off of the individual egg cups until you have a simple round cup shaped edging
cut tin foil into square sheets and wrap over the cups and smooth down edges.
thread your egg bells onto twine or thread (i used bakers twine style yarn i already had & an upholstery needle). i made sure to use a different amount on each strand so that we would have different lengths when they were bundled together. tie together once you have 3-4 strands.
we made one longer strand than the other as i wasn’t counting the cups as i thread them.
i’m thrilled at the result and so happy we were able to make something with random household supplies and without having to spend a ton of money on “craft” supplies. the kids were excited that we had matching decor as their “nonna” too.
have a wonderful wednesday!
i’ve been plugging away over the last week slowly putting the foundation pages together for my december book, created with the november project kit that i designed for JBS mercantile (purchase it here). there are so many beautiful goodies in the kit, and after piling all of this inside i still have alot left over to help embellish my pages. megan made a beautiful page using all of the goodies, a great idea if minibooks aren’t exactly your thing. ;)
the pink paislee tabbed pages are so lovely. i used JBS for ranger ink pads in chewing gum & specked egg to “dye” them. just rub the ink pad over the pages completely and then wipe away the ink that’s beading up on the “resist” parts. super easy and alot cleaner and less messy than using mists, although that would be gorgeous too.
about five year’s ago i signed up for shimelle’s journal your christmas class and i think i have made a mini book each year (except one?). i love that purchasing that one class has included so many extra year’s since then. most times i take the prompts and shoot a picture or gather some ephemera (like christmas cards, receipts, things from special outings we take) and add them to a page, i like to keep it really simple. this year, along with creating some scrapbook paper pages i also added some 4″x8″ pages of watercolor paper so i can art journal too. i’m so happy that i’m already ready. woot.
don’t forget to check out the exclusive stamps that come with the kit too, it was fun to design a new set, it’s been a long time.
i also wanted to send a big round of prayers to those of you who live on the east coast. i finally sat down and watched some of the tv news this morning and my heart is aching for those who have been lost and those who have suffered. i stayed away from watching because i remember bawling and bawling as i was watching the coverage during the first days & weeks after katrina hit. i hope that those that need it get help asap and i’m also happy to hear the stories of compassionate people helping others.
There is lots of making going on here. I’m flitting from this thing to that, experimenting and trying on some ideas that have been stuck in my head for a while. Making tags for the sake of making them. Playing around in illustrator. Combining plaster and paint and inks & crepe paper simply because i have had some old cones lying around for 3 years and wanted to use them. Patchworking JBS. You know, just another day (or two or three or twelve) in the studio. I hope wherever you are you making things and enjoying the process.
a few weeks ago i spent some time cleaning, purging and rearranging the studio. for a while i’ve been wanting some narrow shelves along the wall at the back of my two large workshop tables. at first i thought i was going to use some old bricks that i had from a garden path project but then i remembered the stacks of old readers digest books that i had left over from an old kR kit. i gathered three books, wrapped them tightly in old twine and stacked them with some old vintage boards from the shed. the back was made with old pink trim that i purchased at my favorite salvage yard in SF over a year ago. yes. my motto is collect first, decide what to do with it later. ;)
i also picked the winner of the everyday eclectic winner from over the weekend…
send me an email kazoulis with your contact info including mailing address and i’ll pass it along to allison & echo park asap.