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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Patchwork Pillow

So...I had all these little leftover silkscreened squares (for the tissue covers).

I've already made 4 covers... that's probably enough and thought I could use them in a new project ...
A patchwork pillow sounded fun...and since the scraps were 6"x5.5" I just trimmed them to 5.5" square, which when pieced together made a 16" square pillow.  I laid out my pattern...

 then stitched each stripe
making sure to iron open each seam
I sewed all three stripes, then lined up the individual 
seams and sewed the stripes together
then, just take the 16" square and sew it to a solid backing, 
insert hidden zipper in bottom seam and stuff with a pillow form.
Too cute and very nautical!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Painting

I'm at Ryan's today...priming, filling, sanding and painting his front door.  It was the thing that attracted us to the house in the first place...only because it's a Dutch door.  Too cute, but badly damaged by the two dogs who lived here.  So...after sanding...and priming...we're filling the scratch marks...sanding and priming.  Good thing it's 75 today...things are drying quickly.  Yesterday was a painting day, and I sewed another tissue cover (the last of 4 for Ryan) Here's the painting...it's of Strands Beach (Ritz Carlton is up top) I sold the first one quickly (from Laguna North Gallery) so bumping up inventory before we head back to Hawaii.
Here are some iphone photos of the 
latest "decorating" at Ryan's

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Painting for the Day

I'm soooo excited...the gallery in Laguna called this afternoon and I sold two more small oils!!!! Yippeeee. I have been wanting to try oils for so long, it feels really good to have other people enjoy my work.  Watercolors have been my friend forever and it took a bit to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.  I'm stoked I have a different "project" to try everyday.  Here's today's little oil.  It's the beach in front of the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach...very cool hotel, very cool setting.

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Pillows for the Boutique

My pillows are selling well in the Seal Beach boutique ... so I've done a couple new designs.  Never know what the customers might like...but beachy nautical themes are always a safe bet.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Daily Painters Challenge

I think I told you I've been trying to paint as often as I can...I'm not up to one painting a day...but getting close.  The little painting of Puako Road I posted on the Daily Painters Japanese Relief Challenge sold!!! Thanks to my good buddy Dianna, it's going to a new home...thank you :)  Anyway, I entered a new challenge last week...Carol Marine...the creator of the Challenge site posted a couple of photos she'd taken in Germany and dared us all to paint them.  I chose one of them, painted my version of it and posted it on the site.  Check it out. Here it is if you don't feel like scrolling thru all the paintings but it's a hoot to see all the various interpretations of one photograph

Stair Rope Banister

I'm back in California...that means more projects at Ryan's remodel.  We finally got the stair rope brackets from England (yes, we ordered them from overseas) and 40' of inch and a half nylon rope from a ship chandlery on the East Coast...we were ready to install the super cool rope banister.
Is this just the coolest thing ever?!?!

One problem...we didn't order quite enough
rope...I had planned on tying a monkey
fist knot at either end, but there's not enough slack
to allow it...any suggestions????

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tissue Box Cover

We're heading back to California Friday...:(  Thought I'd get a few projects done here before we leave.  I haven't been able to find any good looking (not hokey or tacky) Kleenex box covers so I'd thought I'd make my own.  Easy, quick and it's even reversible so you get two covers for the work of one.

You'll need:
8 pieces of fabric 5.5"x 6" for the sides (if you want it reversible use a different fabric for 4 of the pieces) and 2 pieces of 5.5"x5.5" for the top (one in the different fabric), freezer paper, foam brush and fabric paint

Cut out your pieces and sew side seams of the larger pieces leaving your stitching line open 1/2" from the end, iron seams

Download a clipart image or draw you own and transfer to
a piece of freezer paper.  Cut out image with an xacto knife

Iron freezer paper to the end panel of your sewn strip
(no steam, shiny side down)
Daub paint onto your stencil with a foam brush, let dry
remove freezer paper (remember to position your design
with the open section of the side seams at the top)
Sew the final side seam so you've created a tube
Iron final seam, turn right side out and 
slide assembly over the box to test for fit
Turn inside out, pin top piece to "tube" carefully spreading 
open the 1/2" of open side seam to ease corners, sew
Turn right side out, iron, mark the center of the top piece, 
then trace the little removable oval from the top
of the tissue box (this will be your pattern for the
opening on the top of the box) in the center of the lining piece
With right sides together, sew the lining piece to the
top of your assembly a 1/4" inside your tracing
Cut out the center section leaving a scant 1/4", clip all around
Turn right side out and iron.  Repeat the side piece assembly with the 
lining fabric and attach to the lining top.  Iron under
raw edges and sew (you'll then have a finished 
edge on the bottom of the fabric "box")
Slide over your tissue box...