Saturday, August 20, 2011

A little Fiber Fun

I have a whole part of my life wrapped around fiber that I don't always share here 
due to all the art bead and polymer clay challenges I have been participating in lately. 
I teach crochet classes at Gail Knits here in town. 
She has a fabulous selection of gorgeous yarns and 
I love to see all the ones Gail gets in that are new to the market.   
This morning I finished a scarf  using two brand new yarns from Trendsetter Yarns:  
Flamenco (the ruffly green) and Minestrone(the gold, brown beige multi textured one).  
Here is my lovely daughter Jessie modeling it. 

This is an extra long crocheted scarf.  
I will be listing patterns in my Etsy Shop- Aquariart this fall 
for all the designs I have created for my classes. 
If you would like to be notified leave a comment below-
I will contact you when they are listed. 
Here is this month's challenge piece for my Art Quilt ect. Circle.
We had to use a shoebox to create something. 
The first thing you see is the top which is a small quilt 
I free motion stitched and then painted
of water dripping and rippling. 
This one inspired my to do a larger water quilt which I have started using the same technique.
I love how the paints bring out the liines in the quilting. 
Next you notice there is a quote around the side and front of the box:
"If there is magic on this planet then it is contained in water."
It's all about water.
Zentangled waves, bubbles... 
The bottom and back of the box - Zentangles all over! 
My very relaxed bathing lady.  Her legs flip out of the box and hang over .
She is free motion stitched and then painted with Shiva Oil Sticks.

Don't ask me where I get these ideas, I really don't know sometimes.
I apologize for the photos- I didn't take them early enough in the day so there are lots of shadows.

Okay now back to Bead Stuff-
I have to go raid my stash and put together a wonderful set of beads for my Bead Soup Partner -Beth Bricker.
You can find out more about her on her blog here.
This is a wonderful party for jewelry designers hosted by Lori Anderson at Pretty Things.
Check back for more about that and
the Big Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal which will be Sept 17th!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Inspired by Nature: Dragonflies

This is my entry for Heather Power's Challenge
Inspired by Nature: this week; Dragonflies. 

I made the polymer clay faux turquoise beads a long while ago 
and they finally found a home, 
including the pebble in the pond pendant, 
this Dragonfly landed on.
I was totally clueless about what to do with it. 
In the book,"Animal-Speak" byTed Andrews, 
he says of the Dragonfly;
 The Power fo Light:
" Life is never quite the way it appears, but it is always filled with light and color. 
Dragonfly can help you to see through your illusions and thus allow your own light to shine forth. Dragonfly brings the brightness of transformation and the wonder of colorful new vision."

This Dragon of the Fairy Realm is waiting to take the fairy in each of you for a ride.