Monday, July 28, 2014

The Little Prince...

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a favourite when I was young, and one quote in particular has stuck with me.

A few weeks ago I showed you the beginning of this block (it will be part of a larger art quilt based on literary quotes) in this post.

There is still more hand stitching to come, but so far the quote and the outline of the Little Prince are complete...I just had to show you I have been doing a little stitching. :o)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yoshi's new friends...

I seem to be in a bit of a dry spell right now as it relates to my art, but I'm having a lot of fun with Yoshi, our current Future Dog Guide puppy.

I just had to share a video with you.  My husband and I often hand feed the chipmunks at our cottage, so the chipmunks in this video are very used to us, but surprisingly they were okay meeting Yoshi, only 8 weeks old in these shots!

Click here to see video.

Friday, July 18, 2014

100 Down and Lots More to Make...

A while ago I shared a post about making royal icing flowers to be used for cupcake decorating.  Well, the first of the anniversary parties is behind us and the cupcakes were a huge success.

It's so great to be able to have a reason to make so many cupcakes...I love making them, but you can only eat so many!

I forgot to get a shot of all the ones with the white icing background, but here's a close up of one.

Today I'm baking for the next event, my sister-in-law and her husband's 50th anniversary!

Off to the kitchen...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

I'm Seeing Flowers In My Dreams...

I'm so honoured to have been asked to make cupcakes for two 50th wedding anniversaries in July, the first for dear friends, and the second for my husband's sister and her husband, and a wedding for the daughter of some other fabulous friends, which is taking place in August.

To get a bit of a head start, I've been making royal icing flowers. They're wonderful because you can make them ahead, let them dry and then store them for a very long time!  That means that when it comes to decorating all of the cupcakes (100, 40, and 75 respectfully) some of the fussy work will already be done.



It's nice to have an excuse to play with icing.  Without all these events for which to make cupcakes, my husband and I would either have to eat cupcakes for every meal (not with every meal...FOR every meal) or I just wouldn't be able to make them!  I'll take some photos of the finished cupcakes to show you how they turn out.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Heart Swell...or puff...

I've decided to do a series of small pieces using my hand dyed fabric and various techniques, all incorporating hand stitch.

This piece is starting with a heart stencil designed by Margaret Applin.
Using a palette knife, I applied a nice thick coating of Pebeo Expandable Paint through the stencil.  Be sure to keep the stencil firmly held onto the fabric so that you don't get any paint under it.  I used a temporary spray adhesive to achieve this.

Let dry according to paint directions and then 'puff' using a heat gun.

I'll show you more once I get to the hand stitching. Have a great day!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Meet Yoshi...

Here she is!  My new little Future Dog Guide foster puppy, Yoshi.  My friend Leslie put this water bottle beside her so you could get an idea of just how tiny she was when she first came home!

Last weekend we participated in the Ride for Dog Guides, where the foster puppies visited and cuddled with many of the motorcycle riders that participated in the fundraiser.*

Yoshi enjoyed playing with some of the older puppies when we first arrived. Then it was time to put on their jackets and wait for the motorcycles to complete the ride.

Yoshi had the opportunity to meet Nettle, a diabetic alert dog guide who started working about a year ago.

Once the rides arrived at the end of the route, Yoshi was able to check out some of the side cars and saddle bags on the motorcycles.  She's hoping next year she can get her paws on a helmet so she can ride along!


How cool is this vintage side car?!

But the cosiest ride was Johnny's saddle bag. It was just my size!

*Dog Guides are provided at no cost to eligible Canadians from coast to coast despite costing $25,000 to raise, train and place.  The Lion's Foundation relies on donations from individuals, service clubs, foundations and corporations and does not receive any government funding. 
Dog Guides are trained in one of six programs: Canine Vision, Hearing Ear, Diabetic Alert, Serivce, Autism Assistance and Seizure Response.  To learn more about the program and how you can help, visit Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

Thanks for your visit today.

Monday, June 23, 2014

StencilGirl Blog Hop...Introducing Designs By Orly Avineri

June has been a great month for blog hops, and today I'm excited to be back to launch the wonderful new designs by Orly Avineri.  I used Orly's Sticks and Bones stencil to create this page in my journal. The page was inspired by something I overheard while in a restaurant recently.
I started by randomly painting my page with three different colours. Then, using Orly's stencil, I stenciled the skeleton using black paint and various elements from the stencil. To create the spine between the ribs and pelvis I simply isolated the spine part of the rib element. I off set the stencil slightly and over stencilled it with white paint. I like the suggestion of dimension that this overlay produced.

Using some rub on lettering I had in my stash, I added the main text, which was the comment I overheard a very anorexic looking young teenage girl saying to her mother..."Why is everyone always trying to get me to eat?"

To emphasize the word 'eat' I tore it out of magazine lettering.

I used a white pen to journal some thoughts about the sad statement the girl was making, and about healthy body image and the portrayal of young women in media.

Using some 'found objects' and more acrylic paint I made some marks to fill in some of the empty space and to sort of echo the general shape and feel of the spine.

We will have a giveaway on StencilGirl Talk. 
All comments on the hop are eligible for the giveaway. 
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. 
Giveaway will close on Sunday, June 29th at 11:59PM Central Time

PRIZE: 5 lucky winners will each get one of Orly's new releases.

Blog Hop Order
Linda Kittmer-you are here
Janet Joehlin-next stop on the hop

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

StencilGirl and Craft Hoarders Blog Hop...

It's time for another blog hop.  Actually, this one's going on all week so if you missed the start of it, head on over to StencilGirl Talk or Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog and you can catch up on the other stops.

Challenge #10 Spray It! Ink It! Paint It! Smear It! Emboss It!
Show us your inner mixed media diva! Use spray mists, inks, paints, modeling paste, embossing powder, pastels, chalk, and whatever messy media you can find! Let's dig into that hoard, pull out some of that "messy stuff," and use it up! There is a mess-maker hiding in all of you! Let her/him out to play!

I'm not sure how messy I got...messy stuff is my usual for art journalling, but I pulled out gesso, Dylusions Spray Inks, Pebeo Expandable Paint, acrylic paint, permanent pens in black and white and some Kroma Crackle.
Since this was about messy, I thought what better page to use than one that had Copic markers that had bled through from the other side as my starting point.  I used a knife to cover it with gesso, mostly to protect the journal page on the other side from having anything bleed through.  The extra colour in the background was good texture as far as I was concerned.
 I had a little collection of some circles and a piece of a non-slip mat which I cut into a couple of diamonds and a rectangle. These became masks which I sprayed the Dylusions inks through.

Using Terri Stegmiller's Tall Birds stencil, I traced one of the birds on to each of the circles, flipping the stencil as required to get the orientation I wanted.  I did a bit of journalling within the shape of the bird before using translucent acrylic paint to paint over what I had written. The paint allows the text to still show through.

Using a fine paintbrush, I added some paint to the legs of the birds. And because I still had paint on my palette, I doodled some random circles down the left side of the page with the brush.

Black and white pen doodles were added, particularly those the circles.  I also drew in some larger words and added white highlights to those.

Using the expandable paint, I added some drops here and there, letting the wet paint activate the ink under it, before using a heat gun to activate it and let it 'puff' up.

A thick layer of Kroma crackle was added to each of the birds (it's hard to see, but it goes on clear and then dries and crackles over a couple of days).

Once the crackle was completely dried I added a bit of a metallic paint rub (using my finger) over each bird. 

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
StencilGirl Products will be picking FIVE winners this week--one from each day!
Take your time and visit each blog showcased every day this week and leave a comment. 
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN
One comment per blog please.
You will have until Sunday, June 22nd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. The winners will be announced on the StencilGirl Facebook on Tuesday, June 24th.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have fun checking out all of the other stops on this week long hop!