Friday, October 30, 2009

Putzing around

These are the putz houses I made for the swap this year. This is the first time we are trying this, so we're all learning from our hits and misses. My lesson came in the form of materials -- I won't be using corrugated cardboard next time. Trying to cut and score windows and shutters was a small nightmare. The house didn't come out the way I envisioned it. I used a pattern from the Vintage Christmas book by Sarah Toliver. I wanted it to be all pink and green and glittery, but the glitter was a little darker than I imagined. First try - not terrible, but I'm critical. Hopefully, I will improve with experience.

Halloween Ornie Swap 2009

.Lots of photos for Halloween. Here are the ornies from the P+R swap. Such a variety of crafts - from paper crafts, wood, fabric, stichery - just so varied and FUN. This is my attempt at altered art. I found this crazy photo of a woman in Chinese clothing-pointing at a sign with Chinese letters on it. So, I fixed her up with a cape and a broom and some long red hair to send her off trick or treating

The rest are the great gifts I got in the swap. I have them all on my little hutch in the dining area right now. Enjoy the close-ups!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Thanks to the ladies of the Primitive and Rustic forum, this is the completed Harvest Banner from this season's swap. Love the colors and the originality of each piece. Mine is the "S"/sunflower. I made the flower from muslin, soaked in coffee and baked to get the crispy petals. The center is homespun, stuffed with fiberfill. All the rest are paper, but I thought I would try fabric for my first try. The yellow and black fabric looked like seeds to me, but it's actually a Debbie Mumm animal print!! Love it!

Harvest Banner Swap

The ladies at the Primitive & Rustic forum did a few banner swaps. This is the completed HARVEST banner. I love it. Everyone is so original. Mine is the 'S' with the sunflower. I made the sunflowers from muslin dipped in coffee and baked, with a homespun center. Love it!!

I've been busy

This is a collage I did for a friend who is an actor. I used the Playbill and some photos to create a memory frame for him. I found red, white and blue cardstock to carry through with the nautical them. Someday soon when Xavier is starring on Broadway, I can say I knew him when!