We usually have a quiet Christmas as we are a small family so not a lot of hoopla. We're off to Raleigh this weekend so spend an early Christmas with Liz and Rick before we each celebrate with our families.
So what have I been doing with myself? Like I said. Thinking. About the coming year, setting some goals I would like to accomplish. I've been reading, all kinds of things, books and on the computer. And I have started some experimentation's. This fabric obsession I am wrapped up in these days has led me to some interesting places.
I actually have been playing with a little embroidery.
It gets me away from the computer and my studio and is still something creative I can do while being comfy elsewhere. I finally Googled some embroidery stitch directions and plan on practicing real embroidery stitches. :-) So don't look to closely at these, I was just playing.
I recently purchased Beryl Taylors book "Mixed Media Explorations" and also purchased her DVD "Layer by Layer" put out by Interweave Press. I was fascinated by the fabric paper she creates and gave it a go.
Here is a small piece of fabric paper (I cut from a much larger piece) I created according to Beryl and it is definitely something I will create more of as I see a lot of possibilities here. The heart was another experiment from a book I mentioned in an earlier post...Fabric Art Collage by Rebekah Meier.
One evening I came across a blog called Wise Craft with this little tutorial for fabric flowers. Looked easy enough so I tried it. But I took it a step further and stiffened it. Again, I see possibilities for these flowers both ways, floppy and stiff and know I will be making more.
I came across these pictures of Miss Gracie and thought I would share.
Her favorite spots are always on the work table amongst all the work.
Don't worry the soldering iron is not on!
I think she was using the paint brush though.
I have this little plastic basket on my worktable that I've been throwing fabric scraps in.
Last night I found something more than scraps in the basket.
Her "Do Not Disturb" look.
A recent foggy morning looking across the neighboring horse pasture toward the mountains. I did photoshop some of the power lines out, as they were distracting.
I am enjoying the time I am taking just for me...I guess you could call it my Christmas present to myself. :-) I know it won't last.