Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Page for Emmy

My partner at FAF this month is Emmy.

Her theme is Mandalas and she wants to know the meaning of our mandala's.
Here goes:

As you can tell colour is very important to me and these colours are usually in my work.
Pink to be playful.
Purple is a sacred colour and appears in many of my favourite flowers. It is also a romantic colour.
Turquoise represents femininity and water - the sea for me, I love its changeable nature.
I have used strong colours to represent strength of course.

The spiral appears in my work often is a symbol of rebirth and represents my journey thorough life - never straight forward is it!
The little doll in the centre represents me. She is dressed in turquoise for femininity.

The rest represents the influences on my creativity.
The beach and sea. Nature and in particular flowers.
Music - I never do anything with out music playing. I think I may have told you before I have very eclectic tastes.
I sing a lot, it raises my spirits. My neighbours hear me singing anything from opera to pop! Poor people ;0)

I hope you like it Emmy.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Fabric Pages

On Fibre Art Friends we will be swapping 7" x 7" fabric pages to make a fabric book.

This month I was to send to Carol T.
She had chosen "Sumptuous Surfaces" for her pages and said it didn't matter what we chose to do as long as we tried something new.

Well goodness I have a dabble in almost everything when it comes out ;0)
The only thing I hadn't been brave enough to do was to melt plastic bags.
So off I went shopping.
Well I had to get some bags didn't I?!

I used a blue bag and a pink bag, cut them into strips and wove them together. Then I ironed them. They just looked flat so I zapped them
with the heat gun. They crinkled a little so that looked better. I put them on to some felt and covered with a painted nappy liner, stitched them together and zapped with the heat gun again. I loved the way they all melted into one another.

I wasn't sure however that it was a sumptuous surface.
I covered it all with a piece of gold, crystal organza and did some free machine stitching. I burnt out bits of the organza with the heat gun to allow the bags and nappy liner to show through. At last I was happy.

I added a border of hand painted cotton and backed the quilt with the same fabric.
I also wrapped some of the bag strips round a kebab skewer and blasted them with the heat gun to make beads.

Another great, fun project. Thank you Carol for pushing me to use up my plastic bags ;0)

Oh by the way, Carol/s picture of my page makes it look better so go look here ;0)

My theme is Egypt and this is the fantastic page that carol made for me.

Thank you Carol, I love it.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Birthday Presents.

The "Birthday Presents" are now on the way to the lucky posters.
Well all except Kim. Please email me your addy so I can send yours.

Hope you all like them.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Thank you

When I started blogging I honestly didn't think I would keep going. I'm not one for keeping journals although I do do a little scrapbooking.

I never thought for one minute that it would become a great way to record the things I do or that I would love to share it so much.
Blogging has become part of my life and when, like this month, life takes over and I don't manage to write anything, or even more importantly, don't get to visit other blogs it makes me sad.

I love to keep in touch with friends this way and make new ones too.

More than anything I love the fact that so many of you take the time to read my blog, I love the comments you leave, you make me feel appreciated but, when I visit my counter site I am always bowled over by the number of you that visit and read.
I always try to answer the comments personally if I have your e-mail but, if you say anything or not I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there.

Big thank yous to everyone who left a comment yesterday and Annica, Susan D, Skippy, Sandy, Kim and Papoosue watch out for your birthday presents ;0)