Sunday, January 29, 2012

Something Sunday 4: Tree Art for my Dad

This Christmas my Dad asked for art from me and my 2 sisters. (all three of us have different creative mediums!) The three of us got together and decided on a tree theme because my Dad loves Muskoka (a cottage area in Ontario) and the time he gets to spend there in the summer.

My older sister Erika painted an beautiful image of a bunch of different tree trunks from the area and my younger sister Julia printed an amazing photograph of some trees from last summer.

Now, I am not late on many things, but for any number of lame reasons I am really bad at getting my family's gift's to them on time. I guess I figure they are my family and will have to love me either way! haha Sorry fam!

Anyway, I finally finished my Dad's gift this past week, and I'm excited to share it with you.

I really prefer to be 'feeling it' if I'm going to make someone art. When I'm under a deadline I never like what I make as much. This piece is very similar to one I made previously, but it fit really well with the tree theme. And when I made it I was really excited to be making it, not stressed about that I had to make it. So even though it will be delivered late, I think it was worth it.

I even stitched my signature into this one... I've always wanted to do that, but never took the time. (If you click on the image you can see it more clearly.)

And because this post doesn't have very many pics, you get to enjoy this beauty as a bonus! yaaaa... your welcome......

Hope you have a great start to the week!

Ps: I'm keeping this until next weekend because I'm putting it into my schools Art Show! If your from the University of Guelph or in the Guelph area you should check it out! Info is here:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Scrapbook Journal

I wanted to share what I have in my graduation journal/scrapbook so far! (I covered up my journalling with paper, because as much as I like sharing on this blog, that just seems too personal!)

The page above on the left is the inside of the cover. That is a picture of the name of the Engineering Building at Guelph. (Basically my home for the last 5 years)

Above here is a picture of my pin cushion on the left and on the right I wrote about crafting lately. Then I have a picture on the bottom right on my sewing machine necklace. I wear that thing soo much.

Here I just have a ticket from a concert I went to last week, and I wrote a bit about it on the right.

This is my favourite page so far. I have 3 instax pictures of things I have done recently! On the left are my lovely flowers. (I love getting fresh flowers from the market.) On the right are two pics from a dinner my friend made. It was so lovely and delicious! If you click on the image it will go larger, and you can probably see the instax prints more clearly.

Lastly, a picture of the new engineering building. It just opened up this semester, so its not familiar yet, but it is very beautiful! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Patchwork Contest

Today I got an email that started with the following:

"My fellow quilters and I found your blog online and would like to request that you please announce our upcoming patchwork contest “Home is Where the Quilt Is,” on your blog." 

Even thought I know they probably found it on the Quilting Gallery and that this was sent to a ton of emails all at once, I was pretty excited that they DID find me!

I didn't know much about the contest so I looked into it and it costs $25 just to enter.... the prizes however, are amazing! The grand prize is a long arm quilting machine.... aaaaahhhhhh that would be just amazing! (and would justify my desire for a sewing/crafting room) (Click on the image for more info)

I imagine that most of the entries are going to be by artists that are far more experienced then me, but I am considering entering to push myself to try new and more complex techniques. It would be fun to do a road trip out to one of the show's too! We'll see... if I do decide to enter, I'll be sure to post about it!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Something Sunday 3: Travel Bags

This week I made something that has been on my 'to make' list for a while. I made a set of oil cloth travel bags (oil cloth is water proof fabric). I didn't use water proof zippers, but these will still be able to keep my clothes safe from any minor shampoo leaks.

I really hate the amount of ziplock bags I end up using when I travel, so hopefully having this set on hand will limit that!

Oil cloth is pretty expensive fabric, so instead of getting a variety of different fabrics I just bought the nicest one that was on sale and used different coloured zippers to make each one unique. 

Side note: I think these might be some of the best bags I've made. (Normally I really don't like the edges by my zippers, but these bags have some solid corners haha)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Graduation Journal

I just got this new journal from Elise Blaha she has an awesome blog, and a really cool Etsy Shop (definitely my favorite blog right now, so you should go check it out!). I have been wanting to make a mixed paper journal for a while, but I just didn't think I could do it without a real example in front of me. For some reason the idea was just too daunting. Now that I have this one, I feel like I might be able to tackle it. I don't know that it will look this awesome, but at least I can try!

Here are some of my favorite pages:

It will be a ton of fun filling this up with thoughts and pictures throughout the next few months. My idea was to make it a transition journal from my last semester of university into "real life". I can't wait to graduate, but it is also a little bit scary! Hopefully it will be filled up with all the fun that will be had this semester.

I want to share the ideas I come up with to make it more of a scrapbook journal so I will be posting updates along the way. Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Some Painted Clay

Just down the street from my house is an awesome little shop called 'play with clay'. A while ago my roomie and I went there to paint some pre-made clay pieces.

I picked this long shallow bowl because I needed something to put my growing bracelet collection in. (Side note: if you're travelling to India there is a large chance it will end up increasing your jewellery collection a lot!)

I definitely had the urge to cover every inch with a different colour, but I'm glad I kept it simple. I used a stencil for the flower in the middle and just free handed all the polka dots around the edge. I'm actually pretty happy with how it came out considering I don't really paint (okay, I never paint).

Can't wait to make more!