Thursday, January 14, 2010

Valentine's Wood Craft Workshop

I really am obsessed with birds and owls (yes, I know owls are birds). I hope you like what I came up with for Valentine's Crafts. If you live in the Salt Lake Valley, check out the class dates. If you don't live in the Salt Lake Valley, I am willing to ship... painted or unpainted. Two Little Love Birds Sitting in a tree: $15 Bird Trio: $10 (stands are $5) Hanging Owl: $18

  • Tues. Jan. 26th 10am-noon (kids welcome)
  • Thurs. Jan. 28th 6pm-9pm
  • Sat. Jan. 30th 10am-noon

email me at to sign up for the class at least a week in advance or if you have any questions.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wearing Art

My little girl has been drawing this simple flower and variations of such since she was four.

I found them immediately appealing and so cute. I encourage all my children to draw a lot and this is the first image I feel like she invented as part of her budding signature drawing style. To me it's very cool and I thought she'd really like it if I embroidered her 'pinwheel flowers' onto a shirt for her. She most definitely does!

I couldn't resist doing one for myself.

I tried to keep the look in line with a child's crayon drawing.

I just used three-ply embroidery floss and a back stitch. Here's a brief explanation of how a back stitch is created:

To start this stitch bring the thread up from the back of the fabric on the line that you want to create. Make a small backward stitch through the fabric. Bring the needle through the fabric a little in front of the first stitch and still on the line. Pull the thread through the fabric. Make the second stitch backward, bringing the needle out a little in front of the second stitch and still on the line. Repeat this movement and continue sewing in such a manner along the line. (I got this explanation here)

Monday, January 11, 2010

I Resolve...

Doing this blog has brought about many great crafts for me, but there are those crafts that I never get finished.
That changes this year! I resolve to eventually get all my craft projects done! Eventually. Who's with me?
So last year I said I would post the finished 'paper quilt' that I applied to a canvas board. I did finish it and just never photographed it.
Well, here it is!

See the original project here. I loved doing it.
If you've got a New Year's resolution to get in shape, maybe you should just do this project. If you punch out 192 squares, like I did, you wake up with sore abs. I'm not kidding.