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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dog Pillows and Bags

The boutique in Seal Beach [Hapa Collective] that carries our pillows and etched glasses is participating in a "Pet Day" next month.  They requested some new inventory to sell in their booth near the Seal Beach Pier.  I just silkscreened some new dog images on unbleached muslin and made 16"x16" pillows and on some cute inexpensive canvas totes I purchased from Dharma Trading Company.  Here are the results

The Dachshunds seem to be the big sellers
but I kind of like the Westie.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


My mom's birthday is coming up soon.  Since we'll be traveling to Italy and then back to the Hawaii House I thought I should get to working on her birthday present while I had time.  My parents have a great boxer puppy and I thought a watercolor portrait of "Sasha" would be just the perfect gift.  Is this the cutest pup ever or what?!?!?!?

I cropped a shot of her so I could get the details of her face just right

And...here's the portrait I did this morning...I'm pretty happy with it

framed and matted

if my mom checks my blog the cats out of the bag :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Newborn Sleepers

Saw this cute pattern on one of the blogs I follow (get the tutorial and download the pattern here).  Super easy, and with fleece...and a serger, it's literally 15 minutes of sewing.  Think the snaps took me longer to attach than sewing the whole thing.  My husband went to graduate school at UCLA and is pretty wild about all things Bruin...so when I saw this fabric I just had to get it
and then...one of my best buddies who will be a first
time grandma 6 weeks after me saw this and just needed 
one too...but of course, from USC.  So, I made her one today
I made the legs a little longer and did a better job with the
collar ribbing...but essentially the same thing. Super cute, and 
now the babies can continue the school rivalry.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cradle Bumpers

We're getting closer and closer to baby time.  Kipp and Andrew are excited,  and with the purchase of a crib and other "infant items" the reality of it all is sinking in.  We are very thrilled to pass along the cradle Chris made for Kipp's brother Ryan almost 32 years ago.  Kipp was the second baby to use it...then we started loaning it to friends and family.  To date, 33 babies have spent their first few months sleeping in this special little bed.  Every time a family uses it, we have a small brass plaque inscribed with the baby's name and birthdate and affix it to the cradle stand.  Kipp will be the first baby to have a baby of her own use it...pretty cool.  It needed a little sprucing up so I've just made new bumpers.  I think there have been 6 or 7 sets of bumpers through the years...both pink and blue...but my first grandchild certainly needed a new set all his own.  Yesterday I bought some cute blue polka dot and check fabrics, some foam and just finished the project. 

first, I needed yards and yards of piping (welting)
so used a YouTube video to make 15 yards of
continuous bias strip using just a 20" [folded] 
piece of fabric...it's almost magic!
cut my foam pieces to match the angled 
sides of the cradle

sewed cording into my bias strips to make welting
 [using my zipper foot] 

see...yards and yards of it

then attached the piping to one side of each piece
(again using the zipper foot) to get close to the sewn edge
Then, I just sewed right sides together just like making a
pillow, then stuffed the foam pieces into each "section"

I made ties to connect each piece...slid them into the 
cradle tucked around the "mattress"

brass plaques..."our babies"

Thursday, August 4, 2011

California Paintings

Well, back in California.  I was in Hawaii for 2 months this time so there were lots of things to do around the house here before I could start new[fun] projects.  Chris ,Ryan and Andrew are off backpacking the John Muir trail so I had lots of time to get things sorted out and worked on.  I'm still trying my hand at oils...but always do a watercolor every other painting to keep my hand in.  Here are my two latest... a lot larger than I usually attempt...the oil is a work in progress but I'm liking it so far...it's a larger version of the one I did awhile ago...it's the beach down the street from our house.  The Ritz Carlton is up on the cliff on the right.
The watercolor below is fun...lots and lots of splatter with
a toothbrush to recreate sand...and at 20x30 it took forever!  
Hope Ryan appreciates it...yes, going to the Manzanita House.

And...I've started a new blog...this one is for the gallery I'm in in Laguna Beach.  I'm hoping it will generate some interest in our gallery, both our online and physical presence.  Check it out here