Tuesday, 28 September 2010

My Win from KS Jewellery Designs

Last week I posted about my blog win - I won a $30 voucher  to spend in KS Jeweller etsy shop. Here is one of the pics from her website to give you an idea of the stuff she does. If you are after something fabulous in silver then swing by her shop!

I chose a pair of silver earrings from her shop and they duly arrived on Saturday. They are fabulous and I thought I would share a pic of them.

 I am afraid the picture is not exactly top quality because I was photographing my own ear with my phone! But you get the idea!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Playing with Digital Images

Julie over at Mixed Media shared some digital images that she had manipulated using a tutorial called
Textured Edges for Photos by Linda Matthews, and I was inspired to have a go.

At the Festival Quilt earlier this year I signed up for the Computer Textile Design Group and so this has pushed me to actually make a start!

This is my first effort based on a picture I have already posted of a seedhead from my Mum's garden:
And here is another that I experimented with where I used a blank sheet and simply applied some Photoshop settings to it (not using a start image)

Might have to use this one for something! It should certainly stand out!!!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

l am a winner...

I was delighted to find out today that not only have I done a giveaway this month, but I have won one too!

I follow a lot of blogs, and sometimes search through their blog reading list to see if they are following anything I would enjoy. This can lead to me losing hours in blog land. On one such foray I found the gorgeous silver jewellery of the talented Kristin of KS Jewellery. Last week she was doing a giveaway where you could win a $30 voucher to spend in her etsy shop. And lucky me! I won!

So i have just visited her etsy shop and picked some delicate little silver earrings.

I will post a pic once they arrive!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

It wasn't me...

I have just heard a crash, band and a wallop from the bathroom so I went running to find out what damage had befallen whoever was creating such a din... and there in the hallway I found the culprit!

Guess who had discovered the toilet roll!!!

Doesn't she look innocent!!!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Giveaway won and a day well spent

Here is a quick pic of a book I made yesterday, with some of the scraps of silk I had lying around the studio. We had enough sun this morning to take a quick pic so here it is!

 The colours are lovely and I am really pleased with the overall effect. I hope to do a craft fair in the near future and these books will probably be an element of the stock.

Today has been a good day too. As it happened I had plans to spend today with a friend but as she was unable to make it I dragged the gorgeous Paul over to Sandringham to the Game and Country Show. Bless him - he has a tough life! I drove all the way with the roof of  my MX5 down and his forehead has gone pink... but I bought him an ostrich burger and that seemed to appease him nicely!!!

Anyway, the fair was a great day out and the craft village was worth a visit; which is something we cant always say about craft fairs these days! As it happened I bumped into fellow blogger Maria of Creative Bumblebee, which has to be one of my favourite reads! She was marvellous and the stand looked great laden with treasures galore!

I recounted my tales of scarf felting woe and, once she had stopped laughing, she suggested I come on one of her day courses. I (of course) readily agreed, never one to disappoint a fellow crafter and I have signed up for a class to make a bag and corsage on Sunday 26th September. I can't wait. I hope the felted flowers will be a suitable addition to the mixed media jewellery and other items I am currently working on (more to be shared another day). So in 2 weeks I will head off to Leicester with my pack lunch and a towel (As Ford Prefect pointed out "If you're going to survive out there, you've really got to know where your towel is."). Apparently we need two so I will be extra prepared!!!!

And now the results of the Giveaway

All of the names are popped in a bowl!

They were mixed by the gorgeous Paul and he selected one.

And the winner is....

Jan! Congratulations. Morris the elephant will be winging his way to you as soon as you send me your address and I can hop down the post office. Let me know which buttons you would like too. email me at sezpayne@hotmail.com with your contact details!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Erosion Bundle - finally finished

It has taken some time but I finally got my erosion bundle finished! I admit to finding it a bit of a struggle because it was just too pink! I don't do pink!!! As a result the contents of the bundle sat lonely and abandoned in the corner of my studio for weeks. But eventually I gave and took up the challenge to embrace my inner girl!

So pink reigns free!

I decided to make it into a book, and fill the pages with pink girly gorgeousness!! This is a departure for me as I have only ever made book covers for pre-bought book!

So here we go. This is the front cover - with paper and fabric machine quilted and a flower made from the pink calico. I painted some more calico with blue and purple just to tone down the pink and balance out the colours and used them to represent to the leaves - bits of this fabric was used elsewhere in the book. It was important that the pink did not become too sugary so I used purple, blue and reds in there too!

For this one I used sheet music printed from my pc onto paper and painted (including a song appropriately called 'The Coal Black Rose). I wrote the quote onto some of the pink calico using a fabric pen:

This page was fun! One of the images of the rose is printed onto paper and stitched, and the other (faded) image behind it is printed onto the fabric using an ink transferring technique which didn't seem to work as well as I hoped, but together the two images work well.
this page used more the other bundle of dyed calico and paper which I cut into strips after I had stitched into it. The circles are stitched onto some of the bundled paper with increased tension on the bottom thread making it pull tight and giving a slight domed effect on the paper:
The little flower is made form a piece of lace in the bundle that didn't really change too much, so I helped it out with some fabric paint!

The next page is my favourite, which of course includes some buttons! How could I make something without buttons!!! I made a little trapunto Makintosh style rose in some gorgeous red silk and popped it all on a piece of delicious purple silk that has been sitting in my scrap box for ever. I love the vibrancy of the result!

The next page is a little more delicate with some more rose motif srepeated from the photo, as a machine embroidered piece and in cord stuck to paper in a rose design.
This page uses some of the bundled calico which is stitched into and then added some embellishments from my bead soup!
Here I played with some of the bundled paper and some fabric from my stash repeating the fabric motif in pencil straight on the page.

Here I used some of the bundle paper as a background and repeated the 'leaves' from the front cover.

For this page I played with some crayons to mirror the torn paper edge and I again used the leave motif.

I used the more of the papers from the bundle to do a 'double page spread' to which I glued some buttons and some mica for added 'sparkle':

I also used some of the handmade paper that took some of the rust from the metal elements I included in the bundle, as well as some of the copper wire.
 Here I used the last of the paper as a background with some threads and bits and bobs stitched into some needled felt. The little thing that looks like a bit of dried up orange is in fact a piece of brown felt stitched and then melted to within an inch of destruction!

And finally... The back - here I played with fabrics and paper bits left over because I hate to waste anything!  I repeated the leaf and circle motifs used elsewhere in the book to tie it all together.

I have held the whole thing together with rivets (making the lovely Paul come running up the stairs thinking someone was being murdered as I merrily hammered away!)

This project was a challenge as pink is not something that usually inspires me and forced me to work outside my comfort zone. Creating a book also took a lot longer than I expected as well, but it gave me the chance to play around with lots of different techniques and ideas without having to worry about producing something others would want to look at/ receive as a gift or buy! This in itself was quite liberating and I would definitely give it another go next year!

So for now I have embraced the girl in me, and let her be pretty in pink!

Don't forget to sign up for my 100th anniversary posting giveaway if you haven't already! 

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

A quick Catchup and my 100th post Giveaway

Well it has been well over a month since my last post and that is very naughty of me! However it has been a very busy time, with work stuff, a bout of sickness and just general life getting in the way.

There hasn't been a huge amount of creative work going on in that time. I have been working on my erosion bundle project (more of that in a later post) and a few other little bits of jewellery, but apart from that the studio has been under-utilised. However that is about to change (I hope). I went to the Festival of Quilts a few weeks ago - once on Saturday with my friend Julie and once on Sunday with another friend Vicky. As usual I have come home all inspired and ready to have a go at a new project! I also bought an embellishing machine - I simply couldn't resist! Now I can't wait to get to grips with it and make some lovely new fabric to stitch into!

This is also my 100th blog post and my how time has flown! So in the tradition of bloggers (and to make up for my absence) I am doing a giveaway!

Trying to decide what to give away has been a bit of a struggle, because I wanted it to be indicative of what I do... but I seem to do so many different things that choosing 1 things is the difficulty! So I am going to give away a couple of things...

The winner will get to choose one of my elephants and I will be adding a selection of my beloved buttons (some from my jars and a set of silk or cotton covered ones I have made myself). I will also add some items from my bead soup in the hope that the winner will make some fabulous and post pics for me to enjoy!!!

So to be entered into the draw, leave a comment to entered once, become a follower (or already be a follower) to get a second entry and post about my giveaway to get a third entry for three chances to win! Of course let me know if you are linking through to my site so I can give you credit.

So these are the prizes with the winner to be drawn on Sunday 12th September.  Please state in your comment which elephant and set of buttons you would like.

This is Monika in pinks and greens:
This is the vibrant Morris in yellow, orange and blue:
 This is the demure Georgette in pinks tones:
The button choices are cotton cats or lambs, or the purple silk ones: