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Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Sew Darned Cute
Topic: Sewing

I had an idea for a project for a gift and then couldn't find any pattern for what I wanted to do. You know what that means... gotta make my own pattern - cause I'm not going to let this idea go!

The Idea: Make a set of placemats that look like vintage camp trailers and have a bit of flair. My daughter-in-law is a big fan of 'glamping' (glamour camping) and I thought this would be just the ticket for her birthday.

I started with 6 pieces of paper the same size and did rough sketches of camper bodies in various outlines. Then I drew in the same tire/hub, door and propane tank for each - with variations in exact placements of them.

I then drew over each element with a Sharpie marker, refining the shapes as I went.

Every element was then traced onto the paper of Steam-a-Seam2 and rough-cut outside the lines. I had to remember to reverse the elements that were directional (a swoosh, a shaped window, etc).

Then I laid all the patterns out on the table and started pulling fabrics from my scraps. This was the MOST FUN part! I selected retro-looking, repesentational, and funky fabrics that made me think of campers actually rolling down the road. I selected window fabric, tires, hubs, doors and tanks that were the same for all for consistency.

Where the upper and lower sections were of different fabrics I stitched them together so the background would be all one piece. Then I laid the background over the pattern on the ironing board.

Each piece got the Steam-a-Seam2 pressed onto the back, trimmed up to its outline and the backing peeled off. Working from the background forward each element was placed and then pressed down.

Then began the tedious business of appliqueing every piece in place. I did this with my machine using a small blanket stitch and a taupe thread for everything. Special elements like the lines in the windows and such got a different specialty stitch.

When all the pieces were stitched down, I turned the piece face down. I trimmed out the original pattern to its outline and laid it down over the fabric. By aligning the pattern with the stitching on the tires, door bottom and propane tank I could set it right in place. I traced the outline with a marker that disappears when heated (Frixion).

The placemat was then layered... batting, backing face up, camper face down... and pinned together. The backing fabric is consistent across all 6 mats.

Leaving a gap along the base, I backtacked and then sewed the entire traced outline, backtacking again at the other end of the gap.

I trimmed the batting to 1/16 all around and the seams to 1/4 and I clipped the curves. I also cut out a wedge of batting in the gap and turned back the seam allowances and pressed them along the gap.

Then the whole mat was turned right side out, the curves worked out, and I topstitched 1/8 inch all around, using the topstitching to close the gap.

I used a straight stitch to go around the door and this is usually the only quilting (a couple of windows needed outlined where the door was way off the center).

Then they were done!

Ready to see them?

First up is an aqua glamper featuring a retro diamond print on top and a dot on the bottom. It features curtains of lace seam binding and a shaped window:

My favorite thing on this (other than the fabric) is the lap siding on the lower half. I did this by stitching tucks before sewing it to the upper part. Then it was treated just as if it were flat for the rest of construction.

Next is the 1970s glamper. Totally weird fabric for the siding! It has a nifty window where the overhead bed would be, too.

My favorite part of this one is the batik swoosh on the side. This was one of the elements that had to be reversed when cutting its pattern.

And then we have this striped cutie. So far, I think this has been everyone's favorite.

The overwhelmingly favorite element on this glamper is the window shades. They were stitched to the window fabric with a braided rickrack layered between and then the widow was cut out from that. After the blanket stitching was done around the edge I added a heavy line for the string and used my eyelet setter to install the pulls. I did have to iron on a little fabric behind the pulls so the batting would not beard out.

Next up is the purple palace:

My favorite feature on this one is the bunting hanging on the side. I guess that means this one is parked since you wouldn't want to leave that flapping while going down the road.

Then we have a semi-camoflage model. this would look good when glamping in the woods instead of in a park.

My favorite thing on this is that big roll-out awning. Just perfect for some shade to read or nap. Those stitching lines keep the awning flat while leaving it open on the lower edge.

And last is a zig-zag stripe that looks like it is on the move. The wheel on this one is WAY forward so it really has to go on stabilizers when it is parked:

You can see BOTH my favorite elements in the photo below. 1) the flowered curtains 2) the awning over one window.

One of the cutest things about all of these is the little propane tank on the front. I didn't want a towing hitch sticking out there so this was a way to define the front and have a little fun at the same time.

As I mentioned before, all the glampers have the same backing. Here you can also see how little quilting was needed to hold these together because the batting allows for 9-inch spacing.

So there you have it! I am sure my daughter-in-law is going to love these whether she takes them in their camper for use on the road or sets the home table with them when she wishes she were on the road.

Happy Glamping!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Way Beyond Cute
Topic: Sewing

I was strolling through Pinterest yesterday and ran across a link to the cutest little cosmetics bag with pleats. It is just adorable so I followed the link and came to a video tutorial here.

The tutorial audio is in German but there are English sub-titles along with measurements in both centimeters and inches, so it was easy to follow.

Today I selected some fabrics from my scraps and made TWO of them, using different colors of zippers. All the photos below are of the version with the gold zipper. The other unit has a light green zipper.

Here is the bag in whole:

In this shot I exposed the inside of the pleats so you can see the fabric there:

And here you get a look at the lining fabric:

Isn't this neat?

The bottom corners are boxed so the bag stands up on its own.

Now I want to adjust the pattern so I can make a bigger bag, add some handles, put some pockets inside...

What fun!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:36 PM PDT
Friday, 23 September 2016
12 Tags of 2016 - September
Topic: Multi-Technique

Well, I must say I started out to follow along with Tim Holtz's tag directions. But he went off on a specialty product that I did not have so I took my own tangent and finished up the project in my own way.

These are the tags that Tim combined for his tag:

And this is the tag he created:

So, here are the steps I used to create my project:

- Select a base cover stock to work on. I chose two so I could experiment with the shiny side and the matte side.

- Shake three Distress Paints and apply to craft sheet

- Shake three coordinating Lumiere paints and apply to craft sheet

- Mist heavily with water

- Swipe base cardstock through paint till covered (repeat with other card)

- Mist with more water to blend

- Dry with heat tool

- Ink over entire tag with various Distress inks using blending tools

- Flick water to activate top layer

- Stand on end to let water drip

- Dry with heat tool (blot excess for contrast)

- Trim matte piece to size and ink edges with walnut Distress Ink


- Use a small leaf stamp and Archival ink to make a 'second generation' stamped border around the edge

- On glossy piece, stamp realistic leaves using Archival ink

- Cut out leaves

- Use colored pencils to add a bit more color to leaves

- Use a scoring tool to score the major veins

- Bend leaves forward on the scores

- Use bone folder to gently curl the leaf tips back

- Use foam tape to mount leaves to matte base (foam under the raised areas and glue on the center vein and tips)

- Add sticker letters to form text

- Layer vellum over a dark cardstock and trim large enough to leave a border around the matte piece

- Mount matte piece to vellum

- Add gold peel-off corners and borders

- Display

Here is the artwork I created using these steps:

So, what did I skip? the use of a 'paper' called Yupo and a 'negative stamping' technique using alcohol inks. I've done this technique with transparency (long ago) but I don't have access to Yupo and didn't want to buy any just to try this.

I also skipped a technique for creating a patina on plastic letters. This is where I used sticker letters.

I'm happy with my 'tag' though.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:03 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 23 September 2016 9:04 AM PDT
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Bible Journaling - John 6:35
Topic: Bible Journaling

I am finding that the colored pencil Bible journaling is so relaxing and personally rewarding.

For today, I decided to work in the book of John.

I tried out a different lettering style - tall, skinny, high center - and used a bit of a pictogram as well (little loaf of bread at the top.)

I did more scroll-work than usual amongst the lettering and colored the letters pretty much as before. I used fairly bright colors here since the illustration is monochrome.

The scripture is illustrated with a loaf and a slice of bread.

These small pictures are a great way to get comfortable with my colored pencils, too.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:53 PM PDT
Monday, 19 September 2016
Storming the Castle
Topic: Coloring

I reviewed my colored pencil drawing of the castle from August 27 and I found that the tones across the board were too similar. There just wasn't enough contrast.

So I pulled out the colored pencils again and set to work intensifying and working on shading and shadows.

I'll give you a side by side so you can see the changes:

I'm much happier with it now.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Fruit Of the Spirit - Bible Journaling
Topic: Bible Journaling

Many years ago I did a devotional called 'The Fruit of the Spirit is bananas' in which each of the fruits is assigned a real fruit to represent it. The only ones I can still remember are bananas=joy, apples=goodness, grapes=self-control, and kiwi=meekness. Also, the basket that holds them all = love.

So, for the fruits of the Spirit scripture (Galations 5:22-23) I created a drawing using these plus other fruits to round out the fruit basket.

These include orange=faithfulness, plum=forbearance, cherries=patience, lemon=peace, and pear=kindness. After the fruits were drawn in ink, I wrote the fruit's word inside the outline and then colored it.

The word LOVE is used as a weaving on the basket.

I colored the outline letters with a color-blending going from turquoise to green to orange to purple.

I grew up on the King James Bible and now use the NIV. The scriptures that I have memorized are in my head in KJV so I am torn, sometimes, on that version to use in the journaling.

So far, I am using NIV since that is the translation of Bible I am working in. I may break out of this occasionally when the KJV is so overwhelmingly 'right' to my brain. More than likely, these will be things like the 23 Psalm and the Lord's Prayer. We'll see.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:32 PM PDT
Saturday, 17 September 2016
More In the Travel Room
Topic: Around the House

I found more things to include in the travel-themed guest room which meant that some of the previous things needed to be moved around.

First in the door you come to the dresser. I didn't change anything on the top display but did take away the butterflies that were on the wall. In their place, I hung a little burlap bag that was a free gift when we bought coffee there.

Next is the corner wall that is on the right side of the window. I moved the single butterfly and a painted feather (both from Costa Rica) here. Below, over the back of the chair, is a blanket from Mexico.

The left side of the window now has the display piece with multiple butterflies we got in St. Martin. It is above the corner shelf on which the contents remain the same.

Above the bed is now a framed display of six quilt blocks. When we went on the quilt cruise last fall, each of the quilters brought a block they had made using the same fabric. The theme was 'life's a beach'. Everyone voted for their favorite (teachers, quilters, crew, people who wandered in...) and the top two quilters got to take home half of the blocks. I came in second! I chose six of these - four with palm trees and two with patchwork blocks - and got 12 x 12 frames to mount them in. (the one in the lower left is mine)

On the left side of the bed, the corner shelf display remains the same.

Did you catch the addition here?

Long ago I painted this watercolor called St. Thos. St. from a photo I took in St Thomas. It never felt finished so I put it away. When I took it out for another look I got out the fine-line black pens and added defining lines and shading to it. I had the brown mat on hand and mounted it in that.

I added a handmade doll made in Africa that I got at an event at a women's event at church.

Not shown (because I forgot to photograph it) is the metal trash can that I covered with scrapbook paper that features old postcards. 

I also have on order an 8x10 of the photo I took as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge this spring. It will hang above the switchplate in the door alcove.

THEN the room will be complete - until we travel some more and collect more treasures!





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:14 PM PDT
Friday, 16 September 2016
A Whole Lot Of Wonderful
Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow?

I had a good day in the garden earlier this week and then forgot to post the photo!

For the most part production has been good this year. We have a couple of newcomers to the party - patty pan (scallop) squash which has been a raging success, and butternut which are producing well but not ready to harvest yet. 

We also tried out some yellow pear tomatoes - a 'cherry tomato' size - which are a bit mealy for my taste. The other two tomato plants, roma and beefsteak, are very late in ripening and not very good. They, too, are a bit mealy/mushy and some got centipedes eating into them. Harrumph!

Great jub, zucchini! You really outdid yourself. I have made 32 big loaves of bread, umpteen packets of roasted squash for the freezer, eaten lots, given away many, and even threw one away that was too huge and had gotten hard. 

The sweet banana peppers had a much better year than in the past but the green bell peppers were only mildly successful. Great yield from the carrots, beets and green onions.

Cucumbers have more on the vine than previous years but they are supposed to be growing up to 8 inches long and are only getting to about 5. Very sweet though.

So, how about a gander at one day's pick:

I'm thinking that the cukes need to be in the ground instead of in one of the barrels and will try that next year.

Of course, long gone are the green beans and peas. And I have totally given up on radishes as they have been disastrous every year - not worth the agravation.

The corn has tassled and we have some ears forming. Seem to only have one ear per stalk so it's a good thing we planted twice as many. 

Good Eating!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:30 AM PDT
Monday, 12 September 2016
More In the Word
Topic: Bible Journaling

I did another page of Bible journaling today. For this page I selected Proverbs 18:10.

I drew and colored the text down the left side of the page margin.

For the artwork I sketched out a castle (fortress) from an old magazine photo and colored it with my colored pencils.

I had checked out a few books on 'creative lettering' from the library and used some of their ideas for the text, including the addition of flourishes, banners, shaped spaces and texture fills.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:36 PM PDT
Friday, 9 September 2016
Doing Dinner
Topic: In The Kitchen

What a big day!

I gleaned a bunch of recipes via Pinterest for what many are calling 'dump dinners'. They are assembled into gallon ziplock (I used vacuum seal) bags and kept in the freezer. On the night before serving they are thawed in the fridge and then in the morning they are dumped into a crockpot to cook on low heat.

Out of all the recipes I had printed I selected 25 to make and did a comprehensive shopping list (marking off the supplies I had on hand). 

Yay! It was 'geezer day' at the supermarket where there is a discount on store brand products for over 55 shoppers. I also had a fist full of coupons so it was the perfect day to shop.

Back at home I sorted the supplies by type. I had an area for all the produce:

One area for meats:

and an area for all the add-ins:

This essentially took all of my counter space so I had to do all the prep work on the surface of the range!

I chopped, stirred, measured, poured, combined, sealed, and labeled.

Hubby cleaned up after me and transported everything to the freezers until I was finally done - 7 hours later.

Only one recipe was duplicated and I ended up with 26 dinners. 

All of these meals will produce left-overs so I suppose we really have 52 meals.

Next time I will limit myself to 10 recipes for a shorter day.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 8 September 2016
The Word and Pictures
Topic: Bible Journaling

I've been seeing the work of some artists on the internet who are doing Bible journaling. It is a combination of artwork, lettering and devotions - working in the pages of an actual Bible.

For my birthday, I asked for a journaling Bible and chose this one (NIV):

It is designed specifically for journaling so it has wide margins on the outer edges which are lightly lined. This edition is called "Journal the Word". A nice blue and brown imitation leather cover provides stability and it lays fairly flat while working in it.

I wanted to try out the pen and the colored pencils for how they react on the page (and to make sure the pen would not bleed through). So I decided to do a very small illustration on the last page. My chance that was the page describing the weights and measures.

The pen I chose is a .005 black permanent marker which does not bleed through the paper. I colored with my new Prismacolor pencils which go in very smoothly and blend nicely on this paper.

For my first journal page I turned to Psalm 100:4.

I used pencil to lightly letter the scripture in the provided margin and draw an illustration over the text of the page.

I used a rainbow of colors to do the text first:

Then I went on to color the 'gate' which is represented by a pillar and railing:

I used a variety of greens to create an impression of foliage in the background.

I added a bit of coloring over an in-text description of the psalm:

This method of devotion encourages one to dwell on the meaning of the scripture while creating art that relates to the words.

I hope to do much more of this as I found it to be relaxing and spiritually uplifting.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
For Holding More Stuff
Topic: Fabric Stuff

I used the same fabrics to create a second origami fabric box. It was easy because I cut all the parts together.

For this one I turned down the top edge differently so it makes a deeper cuff but without any fabric triangle showing.

This has the effect of making a taller box even though it is the same size on the width of the sides. As a comparison, here is the first one again:

This fold up just like the other one but makes a more compact piece.


I'm wondering about covering a mat board with matching fabric to strengthen the bottom. Of course, it would have to come out to collapse the box but it still might me fun to try.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
There's More Stars Out Tonight
Topic: Fabric Stuff

Of this color combination I made a total of 6 folded fabric stars.

These are the same size as the red and green ones shown yesterday - 3/4 inch across each of the center squares for a total of 3 inches across the star.

I also stitched hanging strings (silver cord) to each star as they are intended to be Christmas ornaments.

The red and green ones were finished up too, with gold hanging cords.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 5 September 2016
Hanging It Up
Topic: Fabric Stuff

Another fabric craft I found on the internet was woven star ornaments. With these there WERE written directions... in German.

So I gave it a run anyway, working from the photos.

I chose some Christmas colors.

I think these are called Morovian stars but they come out looking like a little quilt block.

The width of the fabric strips is 3/4 inch (starts with a 3 inch wide strip folded in half and then the sides to the middle - like a double-fold bias tape).

These require no stitching, other than when I attach the hanging strings (not done yet).





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 4 September 2016
Won't You Be My Buddy?
Topic: Fabric Stuff

Last Christmas when I made a couple of microwave bowl buddies (shaped potholders) I cut a bunch of extra parts and set them aside. While I was rooting through the studio I unearthed them and decided to construct a couple of them for myself.

These look familiar because they are the same fabrics I used on the previous set.

Here is a view with a bowl in place.

And a view without the bowl.

This is the other color scheme.

And of course, they are reversible.

I put them in the cupboard with the bowls so we will remember to use them. If I put the in with the other potholders I'd forget them until the food was already hot.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Here, Hold My Stuff
Topic: Fabric Stuff

I went trolling on the internet for some 'fabric gift ideas' and found an origami bin to make. Unfortunately, there were NO written instructions, just pictures. Some of the steps looked a lot like teabag folding which I have done a lot of so I decided to give it a try.

I chose some fabric I got at a recent yard sale and one from the stash that went well with it. I used these together in a quilt top not too long ago (but haven't shown it because it is not done.)

There is an iron-on stabilizer on the back of the patterned fabric and both pieces start at 17 1/2 inches. They are sewn fronts together and then turned right-side-out.

After that it is all origami folding followed by stitching the upper rim flaps down.

It finishes at about 7 inches square.

This would be good for catching scraps at the sewing machine or while hand-sewing.

When done, the whole thing folds flat.

Pretty cool, huh?




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:56 PM PDT
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Castles On My Mind
Topic: Coloring

I don't know if I mentioned that I recently bought myself a set of 72 Prismacolor colored pencils. I've only worked with student grade pencils and watercolor pencils but I wanted to try the wax based pencils of a professional grade.

I did a landscape sketch out of my head and transfered it to colored pencil paper.

When selecting colors for a landscape you need to have choices in greens and blues. I did a lot of layering to get variety in the trees and grasses and it was then that I realized that the 72 colors I had were not that many more than a box of 64 crayons!

Here is my picture:

My favorite part of this is the trees in the distance. This is actually where I started:

I am actually very pleased with the reflection as well. I struggle with representing water but this time it turned out really well.

The whole drawing had a lot of tooth to it so I used aPrismacolor colorless blender on the whole thing. It improved it a lot.

I may still do some refinement on this to bring in more contrast since it is a little flat.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:19 AM PDT
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
I'm a Traveling (wo)Man
Topic: Around the House

I had a sudden desire to change the decor in our guest room. The old theme was lighthouses and I knew someone who would make good use of the items.

Within an hour I had brainstormed with Mom about a new theme and gathered items from storage, other rooms in the house and from various collections.

Here's what I came up with:

A new headboard treatment made with a sarong from Tahiti:

An over-the-bed display - a mounted butterfly and a painted feather, both from Costa Rica:

A nightstand display for the left side of the bed. A ceramic box I painted on a cruise, Dutch shoes from a friend in Holland, a tile from a cruise (for a coaster), and a little jar 'cruise fund':

For the right hand nightstand there is a map-covered frame, a ceramic box, a little jar of sand from Hawaii, another cruise tile, and some Dutch birds from my friend in Holland:

The main display is on the bureau. On the wall is a frame of multiple butterflies from St. Martin, a stone globe picked up in Alaska, a box made on a cruise, a silver woven box from Mexico, a conch shell from Grenada, in the back is a leather box from Venezuela and in front is a large plate I painted on a cruise, perched on its edge is a frog box from Puerto Rica, and then there is  box from the Beleek factory in Ireland. The globe bookends hold handmade and altered books with travel themes and on the right is a puzzle box from Costa Rica.

This eclectic mix of elements is only the tip of the volume of travel items that I could have selected from as I buy boxes wherever I travel and make crafts on almost every cruise. But these things went well together and cover a wide scope of places we have traveled.

I may do something more by adding artwork created with maps. I do have additional wall space to play with in this room, so there will probably be more to come.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
V is for Vintage
Topic: Paper Embroidery

Wow! It's REALLY close to the end of the alphabet on this series of paper embroidery swaps.

We are up to 'V' and the assignment was to make something vintage. I chose a pattern for an antique carriage and actually stitched it using the proscribed threads! That's a rarity.

Because there was so much gold in it I made the first border of gold and then matched the base card to the seat cushion and hood.

The greeting is a gold peel-off sticker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 22 August 2016
What Bug Is This?
Topic: Random

Sometimes, no topic suits and you just have to add a new category. Thus the topic 'Random'.

As I was out on the deck today I spied this beetle that I had never seen before. Hmmm. I 'googled' beetle identification oregon and then scrolled through pictures till I found one that looked like him.

Identification: Western Conifer Seed Bug

If its purpose is to eat the seeds of conifers, what it it doing on my deck that is not even made of wood? Unknown.

In any case, I thought it was interesting - if a little creepy.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:24 PM PDT

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