I began making birthday cards for my family a few years ago. I started with old family photos, then last year I stitched a few. This is the first time I've tried painting one.
I took a Jesse Reno class last spring at Artfest. I like his asthetic and I was so excited to discover how low tech and personal painting could be. I painted with my fingers for two days. It was so liberating. I've been wanting to paint but kept finding myself going in other directions. Finally, I sat down to make a birthday card and decided to try something new. I was surprised how my style came through so readily. I'm looking forward to more of this.
I'm back, it was great and I have the pictures to prove it. Unfortunately, my laptop decided to throw a tanrum and not work, right after I downloaded all of the photos. The photo below is from last year.
There was very little sleep (at least for the grown ups), perfect weather, giant tree swings, beach exploring, lots of laughter and exploring, a few minor accidents, and art journaling. The classes were once again great fun for all, including a couple of grown ups. I'll post photos when my computer is fixed.
I signed up for Kelly Rae's e-course "Flying Lessons." I'm looking forward to what she has to share. So far it's looking fabulous. She's directed us to a video by Brene Brown that I've read about before but hadn't taken the time to listen to until now. I can't recommend it enough, especially for parents. Since I was sequestered with 50 children for three days, I've negotiated several hours of alone time today. In addition to a yoga class, I'll be stopping by Elliott Bay Books in it's new digs to pick up one of Brene Brown's books. The video was that inspirational! Take the time to give it a listen.
The rain is pouring this morning. Normally I don't mind the rain. I enjoy it even, when I'm curled up in my favorite chair with a steaming cup of tea and a good book. Today however, I'm off to chaperone 50, 6 and 7 year olds at 3 days of camp. Did I mention it's raining? And that large groups of confined children make me nervous? I see damp and mud in my future. Maybe I should pack more socks. And ear plugs.
There will be art making though. I'm teaching 2 visual journaling classes. Wish me well.
I didn't plan to taking a break. Not from blogging or making. I don't know what happens but somehow I get overwhelmed by all that I want to do and since I can't do it all, I end up doing nothing. I know this doesn't work. I can't do it all. But I must do something or I start to get sad and more unproductive. Once it starts it's hard to stop it.
Needing to make something for someone special is just to thing to break through.
Today we celebrate Debbie and this is the card I made for her. I stitched this piece last night and then stitched it onto a card that Tanner and I signed on the back.
The gifts have been opened and a most delicious breakfast has been devoured. Sadly, the birthday girl made her own breakfast. Pitiful I know but sometimes that's the way it goes.
We'll be heading to the beach for an afternoon of beachcombing and picnicing (or is that picnicking?). This evening will find us at Cafe Lago for a most scrumptuous dinner.
The weather has been gorgeous and requires time spent outdoors.
Like so many of you, we've been dealing with winter sicknesses in these parts. I must say, this has been the worst winter yet for us in terms of illness. We don't frequently get ill in this house but recent weeks has found all of us down for the count. Thankfully not all at once but one after the other isn't much fun either. Sunshine and fresh air are perfect after recent events.
Well, once again, "tomorrow" has a very elastic meaning. No wonder it feels like my days are slipping by faster than they should. Today I wanted to share the felt book I made for my niece for Christmas. She's just a year so I thought she'd most enjoy a book about her little family.
I printed photos of my neice and her family on printable fabric. I'd planned to sew the photos to the felt pages but the fabric turned out to be iron on. I was short on time so I didn't add any stitching. Each single piece of felt has a photo ironed on to one side only.
After ironing the photos on to each felt piece, I stitched two felt pieces together to make them firmer. I wanted this book to be very soft. It could have been made even firmer with a stiff interfacing between the felt pieces.
I'll do the binding differently next time. This turned out too loose. I used a single sheet binding I learned from LK Ludwig. It works much better with firm pages. I think I have it figured out though.
This was a quick project. I had purchased the printable fabric in preparation for this project. Otherwise everything was in my stash. I take thousands of photos of my family each year so choosing and editing photos took an hour or so. The printing, cutting pages of felt, ironing on photos, and stitching took another 1 1/2-2 hours.
I know Christmas has come and gone but I thought I'd share the gifts I made. This year I vowed I'd make at least some of my gifts. I didn't do everything I'd planned but I'm pleased with what I did accomplish. It was especially good since I still can't stand for more than 30 minutes or so, which means shopping for Christmas gifts just wasn't going to happen easily this year. All of the lazing about that's happened since the accident meant I've had time to think. Turns out when I take time to just relax the ideas start rolling about. I had more than one night of sleeplessness from my brain refusing to turn off.
The first idea I had was to make matching card games for some of the children. We called this game concentration when I was a kid and we'd use a regular deck of cards. I used photos I'd taken. Each child had their own unique set that included all of the family but heavy on their immediate family and the cousins.
I used the photo project program that came with my computer so each photo printed out a uniform size. I tried using photo paper but the paper I bought wasn't water fast and I was afraid the photos would get ruined quickly. I ended up printing on a thick paper I have.
I backed each photo with scrapbook paper.
I made each child a bag to keep their game in. The labels were fabric made to print on that I purchased for a project I'll share with you tomorrow.
I don't really sew but those little bags were so easy to make I whipped a bunch of them up for other handmade gifts.
A few years ago I began making annual slide shows for my family. It's a review of the year that has become a tradition that all just love. I'm told it's the best part of Christmas now. The parents in the family thought these matching card games were the second best thing I've made for Christmas. I look forward to making them for the youngest children who were too young to get them this year.