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DSC05826 (1024x767)It is hard to make a fabric ATC without using your sewing machine, but I pulled it together.  It kind of bugs me that the edges are not sealed, but I will learn to live with it!  The back still will not permit me to sit at the sewing machine, and since I was grossly late for my cards for Kate’s B-day ATC Swap, I decided to press on. 

The ATC was created using some Japanese silk fat quarters that I scored at a local thrift a while ago.  In scouting Michaels in order to spend my gift card I received for my birthday, I found the geisha stamp.  The bunny is a punch from a Japanese novel, and the flower and gem added for some extra sparkle. 

The fat quarters came in 8 colors, but I only used 4.  I cut them in 2” strips and laid them beside one another on the timtek and then fused it.  I rubber stamped the geishas in a repeat on the fabric.  I adhered the bunny punch (I was born in the year of the rabbit) with some mod podge to give it a good seal.  I glued on the flower and the gem.  The beads were sewn on for a bit of sparkle. 

I made 18 in all while I was at it.  That will take care of the year except for the November birthdays.  I was late for November of 2010 so couldn’t send them two!  LOL! 

I spent yesterday evening addressing, stamping the envelopes and adding a note.  Tomorrow is mail day. 

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I am late for September’s birthdays for Kate’s Birthday ATC swap and since it is October there are more to make this month.  So I decided to get them all taken care of in one batch. 

As I was struggling for an idea I kept thinking of taking a walk in the woods along the trail at Dutch Gap.  How the leaves sounded as they crunched under my feet, the colors on the ground, the colors of the trees and then it hit me.  That is my inspiration for the birthday ATCs. 

The card is a fabric ATC using mistyfuse to attach the fabric background, leaves, and bits of yarn to the ATC.  On top is a burgundy tulle netting to dull it up a bit.  The edge is satin stitched to finish off the card. 

There are 5 that were mailed, 2 for September and 3 for October.  I am now actually right on track for the remaining 2 months of the swap. 

Last week’s MAMMA challenge was to create a work influenced by your favorite artist.  I don’t really have a favorite artist.  I have lots of favorite images, pictures, works and paintings, but no one artist stands out.  Most of my group drew or painted their ATCs which is not my best method.  I am still working through the embellishing stuff and to create a work of art, that is just madness for me! 

The work of art that came to mind for me was Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  I love that it is abstract and the colors.  I also love a good starry and clear night.  I always have.  I decided to try to needle felt my interpretation of his painting. 



The background is cream wool felt with blue, black, yellow wool roving felted in.  I also added some seed beads to give it a bit more texture.  Not an exact match, but a worthy interpretation of the original.





I received my Spring Doll from MoCross for the February MAD MAMMA swap.   I love the colors pink and yellow, my favorite color combo and my fav colors, too.  I believe she was meant to come live with me.  Thanks, Maureen!








On Saturday my local quilt shop was celebrating National Quilt Month and had a number of classes scheduled on Saturday.  Saturday was supposed to be rainy and miserable all day (as was the entire weekend) and the shop is a bit from my home up the interstate which, whenever there is rain, is always a mess.  I really wanted to take one of the classes, but thought I would play it by ear.  I hit a few of my favorite thrift shops and meandered my way north toward the local quilt shop.  I made my way to the shop with 10 minutes to spare and asked if there was still a slot open in the class.  There was and I got the LAST spot.  The class was called Pin Pals.  You knew it was a brooch class didn’t you?

The background fabric is a batik topped with some Angelina fibers.  I ironed the Angelina a bit too much so it lost its sparkle, but I think she is still cute!  The layer between is Timtex, a very sturdy interfacing.  I did a bit of “quilting” by sewing some straight lines across her body.  The face, arms and feet are Art Girlz charms

I think she needs some hair a a bit more embellishing.  I am still deciding just what she needs.  When I have completed her I will show you the new updated version.  Pin Pal 2.0! 

What have you been creating this week?

I posted last week about my fun fusing fabric and yarn together with Mistyfuse.  Over the weekend I cut, bonded to Timtek, sewed the edges and added the eyelet.

It was hard to picture what the finished charms would look like from that piece that I completed, but here they are.  I really like them.  (P.S. It is amazing what a macro setting on the camera brings out in thread dangles that the naked eye misses!)

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The finished charms are 1 inch by 1 inch.  I made plenty and will have enough to make myself a bracelet and still have plenty for the swap.


I also finished my scrabble tile pendants for the same swap.  (Again, macro catches something my eye cannot see and I CHECKED!)

The background is scrapbook paper from the Basic Grey line overlaid with a transparency with the silhouette image.  The edges are painted green to match the green in the paper and diamond glaze is on top.

I am going to check the charms again in the daylight and if I can see what shows in the picture on the 6 charms I made I will have to try again.  I have time.

Have you tried fabric charms or altering game pieces?  I am having a lot of fun with them.





My friend Brenda and I went to the movies yesterday and saw Gran Torino.  I don’t normally get all psycho about a movie, but you have to see this movie!  It is awesome and for the awards shows not to acknowledge it more is a travesty!  Some of the language is a bit salty (and most uttered by Clint) but get passed that. 


Clint is phenomenal and the ending I never saw coming!  Be sure to stay for the credits as Clint SINGS part of the closing song.  (If you have seen it and comment, don’t give the ending away so as to spoil it for those that are going or have not seen it.)


I know he is 74, but he still has it…that swagger, that twinkle, that backbone.  It has been said this is the last picture he will star in and what a way to go out.


I joined a mixed media artists group on Yahoo.  Through that group and the charm swap I signed up for I found out that Cloth Paper Scissors was having a charm swap also.  If they like your charms they can be featured in the magazine.  That would be cool. 

DSC01556I searched the internet for fabric charm making ideas and stumbled upon this link.  Since I have seen others make lovely things using this technique, I thought I would give it a try. 

I started with a background fabric that is some Japanese kimono fabric.  On top of that I added some metallic yarns and variegated ribbon yarns.  On top of all of that I fused some taupe netting. 

I now have my fabric to make the charms and will begin the cutting and sewing.  Each charm, when finished will be 1″ X 1″. 

It will probably be next week before you see the finished product as it will take some time to finish the edges, add the eyelets and jump rings. 

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Have you tried any new techniques lately?

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