Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Newest Obsession with Embroidery

For some time now I have been following a blog called a "Bird in the Hand" http://a-bird-in-the-hand.blogspot.com/ . This lady creates the most wonderful fabric collages. She has been published in several of my favorite magazines. They are just little pieces of cloth that make me happy. They reminded me of all the sewing stitches that Grandmother taught me years ago so I decided to get my embroidery hoop out and get busy. As usual I went a little over board with it.
Now I can stop. Above are a few of the ones that I have created. Most of them are created from vintage lace, linens and fabrics I found in Grandmother's sewing basket.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Portrait workshop

Over the week-end I attended a Portrait workshop at the Spruill Art Center in Dunwoody by Summer Lowe. It was pretty costly but it fit my schedule and I really want to learn more about portrait painting. I figured how much can you really learn in a five hour workshop, right? Well, this woman was amazing. She broke down each step of painting into such basic steps that even some beginner students came out with some amazing portraits. I choose this picture of my mom because it had a lot of lights and darks to work from and it's an amazing picture of her.

I photographed each step as I went along in the workshop. I think the pictures do a better job explaining the process than words can. i can't wait to share this process with my art chix on a Friday.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Something New to Paint On.

My mother has been painting on furniture for years but I've never tried my hand at it until now.
I found a few piece at a yard sale and well this is how it came out. They are currently for sale at the Elegant Attic in Roswell.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Royal Wedding Crafting

During the Royal Wedding the Art Chix and I were busy crafting away. Here are in our Fancy Hats and Tea Cups

What were we crafting, we were crafting these special little boxes made from large match boxes.
We've all decided to use them as gift boxes for Mother's day. Of course I couldn't make just one I had to make about 10. If you think you need one you can pick one up at the Boardwell Cottage or send me an email.