Busy Afternoon

After I picked up my granddaughter from school, we had a busy and fun afternoon and evening. As soon as homework was completed and reading time was over, we started on our hexi- blocks. My granddaughter loves owls, so she drew one using my Micron pens. Then she used fabric crayons. The owl is waving hello. The owl block will be finished tomorrow. She found some owl buttons in my jars and she decided that she has to use these.image.jpg

Then she drew a flower with the Micron pens and again used fabric crayons to color. She sewed on the button and embroidered her drawings. She will embroider the sun tomorrow.9A2F62AA-C884-4CF9-832A-1C7E4199826D

I just love these days with my granddaughter!

Practice, Practice, Practice

This block was supposed to be a sun.
It ended up being an off centered unidentified object.
But, it was fun practicing.

My sewing studio is closed for now.
I am off for Granny duty…which I love.
This time, I am not taking my sewing machine.
I am just taking small craft materials, and my granddaughter and I can decide on a project.
She will be in school, so we won’t have that much time.

Color or Black and White

I used Pentel Fabric crayons to color the first bird.
When I used the iron to set the color, the blue pen marking reappeared.
I used a pencil to lightly sketch the second bird.
Maybe if I had a definite project in mind, I could decide whether to use crayons or not.
I do not know how permanent these crayons are, even though the directions state that setting with heat will make color permanent.
If any of you who have worked with fabric crayons could share your experience, it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, does anyone have any recommendations as to what type of pens can be used for sketching without leaving a marking?

Time for Celebration!

My Meemaw friends and I had a very nice lunch today.
Beautiful weather, great conversation, and so much fun.
We set a February 20 to 23 for our Traveling Clown Car to go to Lake Buchanan for the Vanishing Texas River Cruise.
When I got home, I decided to stop dreaming about Zentangle thread sketching and start doing something about it. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, making those journal covers gave me some practice and some confidence in free motion.
I drew a bird with a blue water soluble pen. I need to find a better tool for drawing.
The blue shows up with heat.
This is my first attempt at Zentangle thread sketching.

There is a small gap between the beak and the throat, but I am happy with my first attempt.
I did not know if I should color it in with fabric paint or leave it as it is.
My sister said to make another one and color that one.
So, I think I will.
Right now, I am going to celebrate this small step forward with an apple and cheese squares.
I am trying to lay off the apple pie ! 

Scrappy Fabric Journal

Today, I made another fabric journal cover.
I had made a piece of fabric out of scraps, so I decided to use it for this cover.
One of the main reasons I am making these journal covers is for practicing my free motion.
It gives me the opportunity to try different things.
I am also finding that my control and coordination of my hand movement with the foot pedal movement is improving.
It was a fun way to spend a few minutes this afternoon.

365 Days of Art

One of the journals I keep is a moleskin book for daily doodle art.
Drawing/doodling is on my Daily To-Do List.
Here are three of my first seven entries for this year’s art journal.

My dream is to one day thread sketch my version of Zentangle art.
Dream on…

This year, I decided to join the 365 Days of Art Challenge.
This challenge is being sponsored by Sherry, at Powered by Quilting.
I thought it would be a good idea to have a daily, structured art activity.
Usually, I do not do well with structure, so I thought doing a daily creative exercise might help me develop my art skills. I tend to be a cartoonist and doodler.
This week, I have kept up with all seven entries. I have not put the same amount of energy into every task, but I am keeping up with the challenge so far.

Day 1 was about creating a pattern.

Day 2 was turning paint splodges into animals.

Day 3 was drawing particular elements of a building. I sketched part of the San Antonio skyline.

Day 4 was just playing with color. I got to try out my new markers.

Day 5 was to challenge your mind and color fruit with the wrong colors.

Day 6 was adding to this school of fish.

Day 7 was drawing someone from memory.
The pictures that I drew on fabric came out better than the work I did for the challenge today.
So far, this has been fun creative exercise.

It has been a long first week of 2018…busy, cold, and fun.

40 More Days Until Valentine’s Day

As I walked through the grocery store and saw Valentine’s Day all around me, I decided to get started on some DIY Valentine stuff for the grandchildren.

I thought a simple, one hexagon block wall hanging would be cute.
I drew a picture of my grandson and me on muslin.
Then I drew hair and clothes on different fabric pieces.
I used Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite to adhere the drawings onto some of the memo fabric my brother sent me.
Rather than machine quilt, I have chosen to hand quilt this small block.

The rotating cutting mat was ideal for this project.

I had a piece of the Solar System fabric I used for his quilt, so I used it for his shirt.
He is a walking information station on the Solar System.
Since I love birds, I chose some of the last remaining pieces of my bird fabric.
This block is not finished yet. I need to complete the quilting and add some buttons or some type of embellishments. Not too many, though.
I have already drawn my granddaughter and myself.
I hope to get to it tomorrow after I run some errands and get a haircut.
Only 40 more days until Valentine’s Day!

Productive Day

When we became empty nesters, I turned one bedroom into an office for me and one for my husband. The other bedroom became the library for my collection of children’s literature that I used in my classroom. The library had three units, each with five shelves. The books were in bins by season, author, and genre.
After the first year of my retirement, I packed some books to give to one of the beginning teachers at my old school. I also set aside books for my grandchildren. It is now going on four years since I retired, and I decided to give the remaining books away. This left me with empty shelves and a lot of room for my sewing stuff.
I spent the day reorganizing what I will call my Stash and Stuff Suite. As I looked in the closet, I found a bin that had the canvas boxes I used in my classroom. Perfect fit for my new Suite.
I filled the car with all my classroom games and fun stuff and donated them to Goodwill.
There is one more box of books that I am donating to a teacher. And the one bin of books that is left are my most favorite books that I can use when I visit schools.
This should have been done four years ago. These things belong in children’s hands.
I also found boxes of school work and things that belonged to my sons when they were in elementary school! I asked if they wanted them and of course they said no.
I spent the afternoon reading and enjoying going through those boxes of memories.
I saved one piece of art work from one of my sons so I can give it to my granddaughter.

Now I have a Sewing Studio and a Stash and Stuff Suite.
I wonder if I can convince my husband to tear the wall down so I can have one big room…Nah! I am very happy with my two rooms.

I couldn’t dispose of that special little dog toy that is now 35 years old.

Only two of the canvas bins have things in them, so I have room to expand.

Now that things are more organized, I am ready to get to work…fun.
I need to plan some fun things to do with my granddaughter since I will be taking care of her next week.
She will be back in school, but we have some time for fun each night.
My Meemaw friends and I are meeting this weekend to plan our next Clown Car Adventure.
Our first trip will be in February.
We plan to take the Vanishing Texas River Cruise to catch the eagle season which started in November and ends in March.
My friends reminded me that I need to be quiet when we go birding. I tend to get so excited that I start whooping and hollering and scare off the birds.