Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Greetings!!

                                                      Happy spooky!!

                                     Do you remember your favorite costume?  That's me in the middle with my two brothers.  All dressed up in our homemade costumes.  I can still remember the feel of that little lamb made out of cardboard and cotton balls....way back in 1956.   Whoa...time flies when you're having fun!!
      May your day be filled with fun, and candy....sweets to the sweets!!    (*.*)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Repurposed Tablecloth of Cross Stitich

     Hello!!   I've been in the studio the last couple of days working and haven't posted a blog.  This photo is of a embroidered and crocheted tablecloth I found at a garage sale for less then a dollar.  The cloth part was in a bad state.  Holes and beyond repair, but there was all this delicious hand work on it, and only one place where that was beyond help.

    Taking it apart and saving all those lovely parts, I then rearranged them into a wall art.  Hand stitiching it on to a piece of pellon, covered in a rough muslin.  That created a nice contrast between the background and the embroidered work.

    There was enough pieces to make several little hearts, as well as the wall hanging.  The next few photos will show you the works in progress. 

   This is the wall art, laid out but not stitched into place, yet. And the hearts turned out rather sweet, and should make nice little gifts of love, someday. 

   Hope your day is filled with lot'za...Love!                        

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Star Man Halloween Costume

        This is a quilted wall hanging I made.  I used my son's Halloween costume he wore in 2nd grade.  The mask is made from nylons and batting.  The costume was a metallic ladies dress I found at a second hand shop, and cut to make his little space uniform.  The plastic dangles are re purposed from an old lamp.  And the decorative insignia was made using pellon and black marker.
        Ray wore this in October of 1984, and I made it into this piece in July of 1992.  It measures about 25" x 32".  I bring it out, with the rest of the Halloween decor, and hang it up in the porch.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Couch Potato

                                  Are you smiling now?   If so, my work is done here.
                                                          Smile On!    (*.*)   Audrey

Monday, October 21, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Batik Quilt

     This is one colorful quilt top I made.  I used a "jelly roll" of batik fabrics.  The colors and patterns are....delicious!!   I ended up with a few scraps and sewed those together as ended up in the unfinished file, but the colors will call me again.  Here is a photo of the complete piece.

    Hope your weekend is a restful retreat as it draws near.  I am off to the studio where I currently have four projects on the awaits!!       
                                                               Smile On!   (*.*)    Audrey

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Red Crow Platter

     Good Morning!!   Isn't this a beauty??   We purchased this from two of our friends.  Kim Losse and Marie Rhodes.  This platter is 17 1/2" across.  And hand painted by Marie.  The colors go very well with the yellow in the dining room.  The yellow looks cheerful even on a cloudy day, and Ed and I do appreciate crows and their loud, camaraderie.  This platter depicts that all very well!   
    Laugh Out Loud a crow!!!      ;  )   Audrey

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Crocheted Masks in Color

     Welcome back!   Here is the last of the crocheted wall hanging masks.  The two top ones are small, compared to the other one.  I am not to pleased with the photo of the bottom one.  Took it several times and it still came out looking rather harsh.  I am a life long learner, regarding many things!
     Another Art Adventure has been meandering through my thoughts the last couple days, and there is a lovely rain today....that makes a good studio day!

                                                   Smile On!       : )   Audrey

Monday, October 14, 2013

Crocheted Masks in Gray

      Crocheted masks in various shades of grays, black, and cream.  This was a fun and challenging project to make.  Each one measures about 12" to 13" long, and 7" to 10" wide.  I wanted to see what I could do with basic colors, and let the stitches bring into it an interesting texture.
      A good challenge, and then I went into colors, which I will share on another post!

                               A good day to you!  And, thanks for stopping in!    (*.*)   Audrey

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Crocheted Mask in Red & Yellow

      Hello!!   I have discovered this wonderful practice of "free-form" crochet.  It's been around since the early 1970's.  What it is, is creating a form or piece using crochet and just doing what ever!! 
      So....I decided to try my hand at crocheting some masks.  Well, they are really wall art.  Not able to be worn really. 
     This mask is about 12" x 12" and juts from the wall about 3 1/2".  A fun addition to the experience of crochet.

       Run free, and always keep the crochet hook close at hand!!!!     
                                                                Thanks for stopping in today.     (*-*)   Audrey

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Three String Music Box in Poplar

       Music Box!   This little beauty was made using Poplar.  Ed built it using this wood that has this lovely deep green tinge to it.  The fret board is made out of maple.  And he tuned it to a DAD. 

    The back of it is all natural, and is quite beautiful as well.  He didn't stain it at all, but used a subtle satin sealer on it, which really enhanced the lines in it.   I've lost count as to how many music boxes he has built so far...time to do an inventory!!        
                                                       Smile On, you really have nothing better to do!!   ; )

Monday, October 7, 2013

Skating and Buffalo's

      You can't roller skate through a buffalo herd, no you can't roller skate through a buffalo herd., OH, NO, you can't roller skate through a buffalo herd, can try if you want to!!

     That's a sweet old song by Roger Miller.  Silly little suits this little refurbished "Charlotte" doll.  I found her in an antique shop.  The poor dear was completely a mess, no dress, just her under things, and her hands and feet were nearly loved off. 

    I found a soft pair of woman's leather gloves, cut and glued together a pair of gloves for Charlotte, and made her some roller skates, finding the metal bits in another antique shop.   Then I made her the lovely blue print dress with black trim.  She looks quite grand now!!

     Happy Monday today!  No roller skates?  Well. why not pretend?   It's a lot safer!!!

                                                  (*-*)   Audrey

Friday, October 4, 2013

October in a Blinks Eye

      Blink wants to wish you a happy weekend!  She's determined to have some time on the blog site this month.  October is her favorite month here on earth.  She especially likes the decor people drape on their porches.  The fake spider web stuff is a lot of fun for her to play with....weird little alien!

     Blink is a paper clay doll on a wire armature I made quite awhile ago.  She's about 14 inches tall.

                          See you again!!     Keep yourself happy people!!       Audrey and Blink

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pin Pot in Crochet

     Here is a cute little Pin Pot I crocheted the other day.  Can't seem to have enough places for pins in the studio.  See that lovely circle of fabrics in the background.  That is called a jelly roll in the quilt world.  Sounds yummy...right?   The fabric is fabulous batik stuff.  I enjoyed this "lovely" sitting in the studio, and then one day, it became a sweet coverlet for the bed in the guest room.

     Correction on yesterdays friends name is spelled Kim Losse.  Sorry about that Kim!

            May your day be pinned up nicely by days end!      Smile On!!!      ; )