Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to One and All!

I wanted to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  This is the time of year that we all gather with our families and friends and celebrate the season together.  We are all blessed in so many ways.  Enjoy each moment and try not to get stressed.  Remember that even if everything isn't perfect, just being together and sharing the holiday with those we love is much more important. 
Have a wonderful Christmas!

Hugs, Sue K

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A sweet little story I came across

A little girl wanted to know what the United States looked like. Her dad tore a map of the USA out of a magazine and cut it into small pieces, then told her to go to her room and see if she could put it together. After a few minutes she returned with the map correctly fitted and taped together. The dad was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly. She replyed on the other side was a picture of Jesus and when I put him back together, then our country just came together

Friday, April 22, 2011

For Kaitlyn and Lilly

Good morning!
I made a promise to a very sweet granddaughter awhile back in an email.  She lives in Maryland with her family.  We email back and forth and I was telling her about the collages that I make.  She had lots of questions for me about what I was doing.  So, I told her I'd make her one for her room and one for her sister too.
I finally have them ready to mail and guess what????  I actually remembered to take pictures of them before mailing. 
Who would have "thunk"....LOL!!!
I have also been making a large bunch of pretty pouches too.  So I have lots of new things to post here. These are the two small wall hangings that I made them and will mail to them tomorrow.
Our weather has still been depressing.  Lots of cloudy, foggy and rainy days.  Plants in the greenhouse are growing and soon we hope to be able to get out and work the garden to prepare it for planting.  Lots of drying up to do first.  Seems like we are stuck in a WET cycle lately.  I hope that your weather is better where you live.

I also want to wish you all a blessed Easter.  Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs, Sue K

Monday, April 11, 2011

So Lucky!

Last week, I was picked to be a winner of Donna's giveaway on her blog, Brynwood Needleworks!  She was giving away TWO prizes in her drawing.  Since I am one that usually NEVER wins anything, I was tickled to death when my name was picked for one of the gift packages.  My package arrived late last week and this is a photo of what I was lucky enough to win! 
One of her wonderful mug mats (which I will use here on my computer desk), a set of darling little ceramic birdies, a REAL hummingbird nest, a $25 Target gift card and last but certainly not least, one of her handmade pillow cases.  Now this pillow case is gorgeous, made of silky fabric, maybe percale?  Whatever the fabric is, it is wonderful.  Almost too pretty to use!! 
Thank you so much Donna! 

Then to top things off, I have won a second giveaway drawing!!  Go figure!  I will take photos of it when it arrives and share my joy with you then.

I hope to be able to post more.  I've been a BAD blogger!!  I do have lots to photograph and share though.  I've been stitching away and having a ball. 

Finally, we are having a sunny day here.  It has been so gloomy lately and it is nice to see the sun.  I have been busy in my greenhouse, planting up a storm.  I've got all my vegtable plants started in little pots and tons of flower seeds started too.  I planted 150 tomato plants and  400 pots of flowers.  YEAH...I am crazy!!
For those that don't know, we sell at Farmers' Market each summer and have just a huge garden area and lots of flower beds.  Maybe with the work that gardening provides, I can take off some of this "winter fluff" that I seem to have accumulated!!  LOL!!!

Have a great day.  I hope to be back soon to post somemore pics!
hugs, Sue K

Monday, February 7, 2011

WIP New Collage

This collage isn't done yet, but I thought I would post my progress so far. I am LOVING these rich fabrics that I bought awhile ago. All silks, velvets, brocades and embroidered silks. I added some trims that I had and some lace pieces to set it off. I am thinking that it needs something along the top of the collage. Maybe some more fabric scrap collage and some bling!! I will have to play with it some more and see what I can come up with.
I really do enjoy working with the fabrics a lot. I bought this fabric a couple of weeks ago from a seller on Ebay that offered a big lot of mixed "elegant" fabrics. Most of them are fairly small pieces that are perfect for collage work. I made the mistake of sorting them into color groups and bagging them up to organize. Now, as I work with them, I see that I need to get myself a big bin and just dump them together so I can see what pieces I have to add as I work. It is taking too much time to sort through each nice little neat bag to find the pieces I want to use.
So, the next time I get close to Wallyworld, I will buy some more storage bins....large ones.
Also, I ordered some burgundy, dk. brown, hunter green and black velvet to use to back my collages. It is an upholstery weight velvet and it will work great as a base for these.
I love the freehand stitching on this and think it really adds to the collage.

Close up of on it to enlarge

A little closer view
Stay tuned for the finished piece soon.
I have already started another one in pinks, creams and soft sage greens.....think it is going to be pretty!!!
Have a lovely day and try to stay warm. We got up this morning to 2 degrees!! Brrrrr......
Love and hugs, Sue K

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Study in Portraiture

Hello friends!
I have finally gotten back to my painting lessons after quite a long break. I was going to take just a little time off from my Traditions lessons, but that time just kind of stretched out to months. I was glad to get my paintbrush wet again. Although, it did take me a little time to get my hands trained again.
This turned out pretty good, although the subject matter isn't my choice. I did learn a lot from this lesson and I am glad that I am through with it. We started with just an outline of a face, then shaded it all with burnt umber for shadows and highlights. Then we applied the skin tones, based in the hat, coat and hair. Then layers were built up to darken the shadows and lighten the highlights on the face. We used a black and white copy to get a good look at the value changes and used that to define the face.
I do like the way his eyes turned out. He looks a little mischievous with that twinkle in his eye. So now it is on to the next lesson, which is a Flemish Floral arrangement. I think I will like painting this one much better. After I finish that painting, I have one more left which is a landscape and it is beautiful. A scene with ships, water, and an old windmill. Then I will be done with my painting lessons.....42 paintings done, and months and months of learning. Now I will have to apply it to my OWN artwork.
Have a lovely day! I'm off to my sewing machine to play for awhile!!
hugs, Sue K

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year~New Projects!

Hello Friends!

I have started some new projects now that the holidays are over and behind us. I have been doing a lot of hand work and having so much fun with it. Years ago, I was lucky enough to find a class locally where the teacher taught her students how to quilt. It wasn't just any quilting class, but a very special one. She taught us how to quilt by "hand". A lost art! Although it is much easier to quilt on the machine, I love to hand stitch, so this was right up my alley. This is going to be a pillow top when it is done. I've got the top all done now...all by hand.

I don't know if you can see it or not from my photos (dark cloudy day today), but the rose in the center and a couple other parts are hand quilted to give it some dimension. I added lace and then hand stitched the tiny pearls to hold the lace down. I am still trying to decide it I want to put lace around the outside of the pillow when I put it together. What do you think? Too much?
This definitely won't be a pillow to lay your head down on with the little pearls, but would look pretty on someones' bed to embellish it.

For Christmas this year, I made six wall hangings for gifts. Do you think I took any pictures of them before sending them off? NOT!!! I was trying to get them all done and each one had to be mailed some distance, so they got packaged up and sent. Then I thought....darn, I didn't take any photos of them!!! I also made one for another gal to gift for Christmas and it was so pretty! It was a sea shore theme and it even had a real sand dollar in the center of it. I might make another one of those because it was just gorgeous.
I have some other items made up and I will take photos of them to show here. I am hoping for a sunny day to get the photos done.
I have been collecting all kinds of old vintage jewelry and also some gorgeous fabrics. I was lucky enough to find (ebay) a seller that was offering scraps of all kinds of beautiful fabrics. I got two lots of it and it is beautiful. A combination of silks, velvets, brocades and organdy. A rainbow of colors to work with too. I loved what she sent me sooooo much, I sent her a big check and I've got a box full of over 500 mores scraps coming any day now. Thank God I've got a very understanding hubby that just smiles when the mailman keeps bringing all of these boxes of treasures to my door. I am well armed now with supplies!!! It would be a good idea if I quit ordering "stuff" and put some of it to use.
I'm still working on getting my second Etsy shop set up. I had a little problem with the set up because Etsy doesn't make it very easy, but I got it figured out with the help of a sweet blogger friend. Thank you Beth!!
Have a lovely day my friends! As soon as the sun shines here, I'll have more to show you. I might take a photo of my fabrics when they arrive sometime this week too. Pretty pretty!

Hugs, Sue