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Old 04-30-2011, 10:44 PM   #211
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didn't make anything today. i just put an iron on appliqué on a blouse for five year old great granddaughter. the little mermaid as it is her favorite. i found the blouse on line at walmart. a princess cut. adorable. wished i had a skirt pattern.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:55 PM   #212
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I've been needing an excuse to get away from the computer more, and with desperately trying to lose weight, I HAVE to stay out of the kitchen!!! I enjoy reading, but steroid therapy has screwed up my blood sugar, which causes very minor vision blurring, even with bi-focals, and it's enough to make my eyes tired when reading for more than just a few minutes. (What a bother this medical stuff is!!!)

I've decided to make my own Christmas cards this year, and use an individually hand painted water color with pen and ink illustration on heavy water color paper with a rough (torn) edge, glued to the front of each card. I'll also do my own calligraphy on the inside. This is going to take some time to get back into practice with water colors. It's been more than a couple of decades since I put brush to paper, so I'm starting now. I figure a dozen customized and individually illustrated cards are going to take a while to assemble. I want enough time to not only practice, but to make mistakes and start over without having to panic as the holidays draw near.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:03 PM   #213
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I've been needing an excuse to get away from the computer more, and with desperately trying to lose weight, I HAVE to stay out of the kitchen!!! I enjoy reading, but steroid therapy has screwed up my blood sugar, which causes very minor vision blurring, even with bi-focals, and it's enough to make my eyes tired when reading for more than just a few minutes. (What a bother this medical stuff is!!!)

I've decided to make my own Christmas cards this year, and use an individually hand painted water color with pen and ink illustration on heavy water color paper with a rough (torn) edge, glued to the front of each card. I'll also do my own calligraphy on the inside. This is going to take some time to get back into practice with water colors. It's been more than a couple of decades since I put brush to paper, so I'm starting now. I figure a dozen customized and individually illustrated cards are going to take a while to assemble. I want enough time to not only practice, but to make mistakes and start over without having to panic as the holidays draw near.
They sound beautiful, Selkie!
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:53 PM   #214
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my goodness you are talented. all i did this week was hem some curtains for my daughter. sundress in the works for aubrey though
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:17 AM   #215
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Last week I made a sun dress for my granddaughter. I have stocked up on cotton fabric for several additional ones. I also have plans to make some children's aprons and some cloth shoe/booties. Just have to find the time!
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:30 PM   #216
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I've spent the day re-purposing a number of household items while assembling a portable water color paint station. If I had lots of money, I could have bought an art table, side-boy cabinet, table top easel, and half a dozen other items in order to make a professional work environment for painting and crafts. Instead, I've kept the word "re-purpose" in mind and have exceeded my own expectations for utility and comfort.

A computer printer table with casters, storage and drop leaf is now my work table. The casters were horrible on heavy carpet, so I did spend a little at the hardware store and replaced them with larger swivel wheels to make rolling into another room much easier. A wire basket, also on wheels, now serves as a side-boy, holding an old, open top plastic tool carrier with center handle. It holds my tubes of paint, tape, ink and miscellaneous supplies. A ginger jar with missing lid now serves in holding paint brushes. An adjustable wooden copyboard, made for me by a cabinetmaker friend many years ago was collecting dust. It now holds a picture framed glass as a work surface for taping down the water color paper. An old desk lamp stored on a closet shelf is seeing new life. In all, I've assembled a very satisfactory portable art studio with a minimum of money, and only a modest amount of cleaning effort.

Tomorrow morning I begin practicing sketching and drawing.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:35 PM   #217
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Way to go Selkie! I'm impressed.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:21 PM   #218
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Fantastic Selkie!
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:33 PM   #219
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me too!
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:01 AM   #220
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Your creative organizing gives a poke to us procrastinators, who need to take a look around the house. Inspiring.
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