Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Read her blog to learn a little fashion history about "blue collar" versus "white collar" and where this all comes from!
And I found a wonderful gallery while looking for something else. Here is one of the many different paintings that are on this website. We do not have galleries this good here in Lancaster (some might be mad at me for saying that, but I mean it!). These are from The Orange Street Gallery which I think is in London, and the artists who show there are incredible-- drawings, paintings, prints, collages. Take a look!!
You can see how the ties loop to the front and then back again. I think I would have angled the fabric more so that the top wasn't as wide as the bottom. My shoulders aren't that wide so I hope it works. You can see boxes on the floor behind me... all my paints and stuff! Man, is oil painting expensive. Now I know why I haven't done it in so long. Luckily Craig is all for it.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Quite a productive day, but it's late now and you only get a peek at the finished product... due to the fact that it's almost midnight and very dark!! I will take a photo tomorrow! I finished my painting apron and had a little fun with some trees on the front pocket. I am soooo tired... good night ;)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
St. Thomas Aquinas
Feast Day : January 28
I appreciate his gentle, thoughtful spirit and the profound influence he had on theology-- the understanding of the importance of both reason and revelation in our faith. He was misunderstood by his own family and thought to be dumb by fellow students because of how quiet he was. But once he spoke, there was no doubt of his wisdom. Never underestimate someone who is quiet.
Friday, January 25, 2008
And here's the scan. I told you that my scanner is slightly widening the images but it is hard to see unless you see the original. I couldn't even take the photo at a good angle without distorting the drawing. I will have to do this more often. I usually don't draw people much because I'm all alone during the day!!! No subjects! I'll be the next Kathe Kollwitz!! (Remember Caroline how I loved her work?!!!)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"God made us like snowflakes: no two are the same." Unique...yeh, I know. Oh well. Spring will be here before you know it and the snow will be replaced by Easter images! And life goes on.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Beautiful Jane! Now when are you going to start your blog?? :))
Secondly, I tried a new Sarah Foster recipe from Sarah Foster's Casual Cooking : the rigatoni with sausage, cannellini beans, and swiss chard ragu. Did you know that swiss chard was so colorful?? Beautiful red stems and it tastes very good wilted into a spicy dish!
It called for fresh herbs and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Mmmm... All this freshness really makes a dish! Here's some of what it looked like (I forgot to snap the photo before we started to eat!!). The kids actually liked it! They do like sausage (though this was spicy) and rigatoni noodles. Another recipe checked off on my list of things I'd like to try! Before long, I'm going to become a gourmet cook!!! Okay, maybe not, but at least good enough that my family won't starve!
A kiss for the cook! And bunny ears...hey! What's up with that?!!!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
I am thinking of ordering a kit for Valentine's Day, to make a little present for someone! Under her Valentine's Day patterns, she even has Scandinavian designs which I am presently in love with! I thought maybe you might be interested too!
by Bethany Hissong
2 pieces of 9"x12" red felt
white embroidery floss
fabric pen or marker
1. Make a template of a heart, either by folding cardstock and cutting out half of a heart (like we all did in elementary school!) or by printing out the picture below and tracing it onto heavier paper. My hearts are about 3 1/4" wide by 3" tall.
2. Trace 12 hearts onto the red felt and cut out.
3. Embroider the letters "l o v e" on each heart, or initials (you choose) with 2 strands of white embroidery thread doubled on the needle (so it's really 4 strands of floss). I wanted mine to look like school handwriting (see above). I free-handed the embroidery but you can lightly draw on the letter with a fabric pen or marker. I used a split stitch to embroider the letters. See instructions for that here.
4. Cut 6 pieces of ribbon that are 3" long for the tabs of the hearts. Cut one 5' piece of ribbon for the garland string.
5. Pin two hearts together, right sides facing out. Fold the 3" ribbon in half and tack inside the two hearts at the top with the embroidery thread to make a loop. Don't cut the thread...you'll start sewing the hearts here.
6. Using a blanket stitch, sew together the front and back of the hearts, leaving about 2" opening at the end to put a little stuffing in, before continuing to blanket stitch it closed. Continue with all 6 hearts.
7. Find the center of the garland string and position the hearts evenly on the string, keeping about 5" between each heart. Tack the loop onto the string with the embroidery floss (a simple little cross knot.)
8. Hang your heart garland and continue decorating for Valentine's Day! :)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
And by now, who doesn't know about Anna Maria Horner's latest line of fabric also? We've only seen glimpses but it looks like it's going to be one of her best yet, so we'll wait for it's premiere also. And her new book! If you don't sew, now's the time to think about starting! I'm definately a novice sewer but I take the attitude that everything is learnable, so I might as well try!
'Sew' exciting, isn't it?!!! ;)