When I am not designing jewelry, fusing glass, or making lampwork glass beads, I love to crochet. It is very relaxing after a very long day at work. Very therapeutic. Here is a crocheted blanket/afghan I made for my daughter, Beckie, in Nov 2015.
I never posted pics of it, so thought I would share.
Here is how I spent my Friday evening, getting some hooking time in, relaxing after a very busy week at work, and slowly recuperating after the oral surgery the Friday before. My jaw is still just a little sore, but healed for the most part.
Crochet is very relaxing to me, it is very therapeutic. I love it. If I am too tired to design jewelry, or fuse glass, I can still be creative and crochet. I will not use power tools or light a torch when I am tired, as that is a recipe for disaster, so I can pick up a crochet hook and be creative and also relax at the same time. The stress of a busy day, or week melts away.
This will be a gift for someone special, so I am not telling you any more about it for now. You will see pics of it when it is finished.
I thought I would show everyone my Drapes I just finished sewing for my remodeled Living Room. I had fun making them. I set up my sewing machine, cutting board and ironing board out in the New Art Studio, as I don’t have the old art studio remodeled into my fiber arts room yet. (That is another ongoing project).
Here is the fabric being cut into drapery panels.
Here is the old girl, she has been with me since 1978, my old faithful La Belle sewing machine.
Starting to sew the headers in place.
The rod pocket header tape being pined on for sewing.
Here is what the rod pocket tape looks like, just in case you have never see it before, it has little pockets for the curtain rod to pass through already made onto the tape. Speeds up the process of making drapes nicely!
Here are the first three sets of drapes hung over the windows behind the couch in the bay on the east side of the living room finished and hanging. Many thanks to my Hubby, Rick, for hanging the rods for me.
Here is what the finished headers of the drapes look like hung up on the rod.
Here is the drapes finished and hung on the window on the north side of the living room. (sorry about the light glare on the right side of the pic from the door window.)
I had some left over fabric so decided to recover the old couch pillows I had kept from off of our old couch. Rick was a bit skeptical, he wanted me to buy new pillows and just toss these, he could not envision them having new life and being upcycled. I think mostly because he hated the old couch. Lol.
Tada!!! Upcycled couch pillows recovered to match drapes! Needless to say, Hubby was very pleased with the finished pillows and the drapes.A fun project indeed. I had just enough left over fabric for the three pillows. Very pleased with my spruced up living room now, and Hubby is definitely a happy camper.
I entered my Cherry Blossoms Weaving and Crochet into the 2017 Challenge held by the International Freeform Fiberart Guild and it was published and went live online today. This year’s theme was titled “Pattern in Nature”
I took and old picture frame I bought at the Goodwill for $5 and threw out the picture. I had my Hubby drill holes in the top and the bottom of the frame for my warp threads to weave in, so the frame became my weaving loom.
Here are some close up pics:
I repainted the brown frame black and the wove my background mat and sky. The clouds are poly fiber fill woven into the sky.
I then crocheted the tree branches and stitched them onto the weaving. I brought craft wire from the back of the weaving and stuck it through and crocheted around it for more branches to give it the three dimensional effect.
I then crocheted lots of the cherry blossom flowers, leaves and buds and attached them to the branches. All the crochet is freeform (no pattern).
Finally finished all my Fused Glass kitchen cabinet Door and Drawer Pulls.
I started by out laying out and cutting my glass in 1 and 1/2 inch squares. I actually started these quite some time back in the old art studio upstairs, and finished them in the new art studio.
I ground the edges so they were not sharp on my glass grinder.
Here is a group all cut and ready to start placing the diachroic pieces on top.
Then I started laying out the little dichroic pieces of glass and the stringers on top of the blue glass and securing them with a drop of clear craft glue, so they don’t move in the kiln as the glass begins to work when firing.
In the top section of the pic above you can see 6 already fused drawer and door pulls.
I fired a total of 47 door and draw pulls. I needed 45 for my kitchen. I wanted a couple of extras, just in case one breaks in the future. Below, another group cleaned, laid out, glued and ready to fire in the kiln.
Below: In the kiln ready to fire.
The two pics below show some of the finished, fired pulls after they came out of the kiln.
Each draw and door pull is a one-of-a-kind original piece of art.
Below is a pic of the backing pieces I purchased especially for mounting on fused glass door and drawer pulls.
Backs epoxied on and ready to mount on the cabinets.
Mounting them on the kitchen cabinets
Here we have some of the hand built Hickory cabinets, built especially for my kitchen by a wonderful friend!! I had to do his beautiful cabinets justice and make special door and drawer pulls for them.
Below: Close up of a couple of the upper cabinets with pulls mounted.
Below: Close up of under Island cabinets with pulls mounted.
It has been a crazy busy month. I haven’t posted in quite a while. So much has happened. First, we had our house tented for termites. It is a Florida thing you have to do every few years if you live in Florida.
It was a ton of work to prep for the tenting the whole week before. We had to double bag up all the food in the pantry, in the fridge and the freezer; all the spices, teas, and coffees, all the box goods, all the medicines in both bathrooms. We have a very large pantry full of stuff. The above pic only shows a few bags. Anything that was not factory sealed had to be double bagged. Then after getting the house bagged up we had to leave for two and a half days. So we took our laptops and a bunch of files and went to a Motel and worked. We had 4 days back home trying to un-bag all that stuff and put it away after the tenting. What a mess we had to undo, and of course keep working at our day job, our law practice, and pack for our trip. We did not get the un-bagging finished before leaving, so we took off and still left a mess in the house. Such is life sometimes.
Then it was off to South Carolina to our see our Daughter and Son-in-Love to spend Mother’s Day. Yay, time for some fun and a much-needed short break.
Above is a pic of my beautiful baby girl, Beckie, and I having fun, our first Mother’s Day together in 20 years!
Above is Beckie and Richard’s lovely wooded 3 1/2 acres in South Carolina. Such a wonderful place they have, out in the country.
On Saturday the day before Mother’s day, we went to Cooley Farms, Strawberry Hills, which was just a few miles up the road from the kids house. Oh my, what yummy stuff they had there.
Love this shirt, just had to click a pic of it.
We bought some strawberries and fresh produce, some peach cider and blueberry bread. Beckie cooked the fresh veggies for dinner and we drank the cider, it was sooo good. Munched on the blueberry bread for a couple of days.
See the big buckets of Strawberries (above), they were having a special, buy 1 bucket, get 1 free. They were literally fresh picked from the farm. People were lining up waiting for the tractors to bring the fresh berries in from the strawberry fields on the rolling hills. They were soooo very yummy!!!
Then we made jam on Saturday evening. Beckie did most of the work, I helped.
Above, cooked jam going in the jars, below putting the jars in the water bath.
Below the canned strawberry jam. We had about a full case of jam when we got done.
We got a nice surprise Mother’s Day morning. My wonderful Granddaughters sent my Daughter and I Shari’s Berries for Mother’s Day. Sooo very yummy, and we so enjoyed them!!
Then we went to Spartanburg, where we picked up my Grandson, Devin, and the 5 of us all headed for Greenville to the Artisphere Art Festival. It was a beautiful day for it and we walked and walked seeing all the fantastic artists.
Which included the street performers. Love those socks.
All in all it was a wonderful extended weekend, but all good things must come to an end and Monday morn we were on the road again for the return trip to Florida. We drove a different route than normal as we had to stop in Marianna, Florida for a court hearing (our day job, law practice). On the way to Marianna we went through downtown Atlanta during the evening rush hour, not good at all!!!
The blue tent of my truck window made the sky look a bit bluer. Two and a half hours later we finally got out of Atlanta. Oh my, it was awful!!!
We finally made it to Marianna about 10 pm and found our motel and crashed. We were very tired to say the least. My Hubby got up and headed to the Courthouse Tues morn and took care of his Client’s legal matter, and came back to the motel to get me. We were loaded by 11 am and on the road for home. Arrived home about 8:30 pm to the messy house we had left behind, back to reality and the rest of the un-bagging, the putting stuff back in the pantry, and cleaning the house. It was a fun trip, but we could have done without the Atlanta traffic.
It is so nice to get back to teaching again, and to have the space to teach in. Just loving the New Art Studio!! Such a great creative energy in my new space!! If you know me you know I love creating and I love teaching. I am a little slow with this post, as you know life and work sometimes gets sometimes gets in the way.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Class to a student named Pat. Pat declined to be photographed, but I did take pics of the projects we worked on. It was a fun class.
In this pic we are sculpting some of the PMC.
For those who don’t know anything about PMC, it is like modeling clay. You have to keep it moist while you work with it. You can roll it, press it, draw on it and/or carve designs in it, just like modeling clay or FIMO.
Here are some of Pat’s pieces she was creating in Class.
You can see some of the tools on the table, cookie cutters, textured sheets to press designs into the clay. It is a lot of fun to work with.
After you are done sculpting and the clay has dried, you can clean up any rough edges on the pieces, and the put them in the kiln and fire them. Two hours later, presto you have a metal pendant. In this case we used Silver Clay and it comes out .999 Silver, better than Sterling Silver.
Below, Pat’s finished pieces. Three after polishing, one before polishing up.
And my finished pieces.
I would love to teach a class for you, and love to share my knowledge with you. Contact me to arrange your class. Click here for more info on classes: “Classes I Teach”
This post is a deviation from my regular posts, it has a little to do with the new art studio. I thought I would show you our fresh paint on our house, after we stuccoed it.
Here is a shot of the stucco going on, which gives you a before image. It is an old house which was built in 1925, which has been the never-ending remodeling project for years now. We painted it white with the teal trim 20 years ago. It definitely needed a face lift. My Hubby says we are going to restore it to the spender it never had. LOL
Here is the front of the house now. This is the north and west sides. (Obviously we have some construction debris to clean up, but I just had to share pics.)
A bit closer pic of the front. They still have some soffit work to finish up.
Close up of the west side.
Another view of the west side from the back yard. This is the kitchen/dinning room side and our bedroom above it.
The back of the house, south side.
This it the living room door facing the north, with the river view.
The main door facing the north, which enters into the dining room/kitchen area. Both doors enter from the front patio.
This is the east side, the living room, and above it on the north-east corner (the right side) is my old art studio which will be the new fiber art studio (sewing, yarn, spinning, all things fiber related) and on the upper south-east corner (the left side) is my office. Here is a before pic of the stucco going on. We also replaced 5 windows on the second story a few years ago as you can see.
And here is the east side now.
Another view of the east side, living room, fiber art studio and office.
We also had the painters paint the patio wall. This is the view of the river from our living room and front patio. You can also see our deck in the right hand side of the pic among my hubby’s potted plants (Pineapples and hot peppers).
Out in the back yard on the south side of the house we have my new art studio, and…
Rick’s wood shop.
My, how some stucco and a fresh coat of paint can change a place! Still a lot of construction clean up to do, but we are getting there!! I love it.
Wrapping it up. Not much more to finish the new art studio. Got the last section of the floor on the south side painted.
Cleaning and prepping the last section of the floor on the north side for painting.
Putting the paint on one of the last sections of the floor on the north side.
My Hubby got the exterior motion detector light installed, so the last section of the wall inside has been closed up and caulked. Ready for primer on the wood trim around the door, and for the final coat of paint.
The painter who was painting our house also painted the exterior walls of the new art studio for me, so I did not have to paint it myself. Yay!! Here is the north side with the window and door.
Here is the south side with the big window.
Here is what both halves looks like from the outside.
Not much left to complete it, a little bit of paint on the inside corner by the front door, and one small section of the floor left to paint, a few touch up spots here and there, and it is done!!!
I am down to all the finishing touches on the new art studio.
Here you can see I finally got all my sheets of stained glass out of the house and back into the cabinet where they belong safe and sound! Yay!! Only chipped the corner of one piece. I thought that was a pretty good accomplishment. It took me months and months of carrying a few sheets out at a time every time I went out back. As you can see I have a lot of beautiful stained glass to work with. I have it all organized by brand and by fusible and non-fusible, and have one cubby for my glass rods for lampwork or flamework glass bead making. This will make everything very easy to access when I want to create!!
I started grouting the tile on the new counter top, messy, but a necessity. My wonderful Hubby, Rick, got the trim board mounted on the front of the counter top.
Finally all the grouting mess is done and the tile cleaned!!! Yay!!!
My two 110 Kilns and my microwave are now reposing on the new counter top in their new home.
Now I am back to finishing the painting of the floor! You can also see I put spray foam in the crack in the floor between the two units to seal it up.
Prepping the next section of the floor for paint, under the window on the South side.
In between waiting on paint, grout and caulk to dry, and while cleaning out the old art studio upstairs in the house, I found this old Dave’s Insanity hot sauce bottle rack. I stuck it away some years ago on a shelf and forgot I had it, thinking I could use it for something.
I flipped it upside down, and got my wonderful Hubby to cut a dowel and drill holes in it for the dowel.
I put a couple of coats of some pretty blue paint on it and, presto change o, I now have a new “upcycled”/”recycled” rack for my spools of bead stringing wire and my small pliers, cutters and crimping tools!!! I love my little rack!!
Here is the latest update on the New Art Studio. It is almost done.
I have been continuing to bring all my stained glass out of the house a few sheets at a time and putting them back in the cabinet. I have been organizing it by brands of glass, and fusible and non-fusible glass. I also had a cubby for my glass rods for lampwork bead making. Everything will be real easy to access for ease of creating.
Just had to show you this pretty piece of my stained glass. I have so many pieces of beautiful glass. I was very fortunate to buy a lot of beautiful glass some years ago from a lady who was moving out of state for a very reasonable price.
We brought my stainless steel table out of storage with help of my grandson, Devin. Forgot how heavy the thing was!! It will be the prefect work surface for my torches for lampwork, also called flamework, bead making! This is not it’s final resting place, but we got it into the studio. I will move it after the rest of the floor is painted.
Final coat of paint on the last wall on the north side by the door, except for that upper corner and the door trim on the right hand side. My Hubby, Rick, is installing a motion detector light on the outside of the building, and then that panel will be put up and painted, and the door trim painted. It is dark at night walking in and out of the house into the back yard, so the light is much needed.
Hubby put the trim board on the front edge of the counter top and I started grouting the tile.
Removing the blue painter’s tape from around the window on the north side.
Next work to be done: finish grouting the tiles, finish painting the floors, also have some touch up spots of paint here and there, and paint the trim boards on both counter tops. Almost done!!