Thursday, November 22, 2007

Drew's Flag

Every pirate needs a proper flag. Drew will now be able to pillage in style with his OOAK flag. I feel that it its very important for every pirate to have a flag specific to themselves. It proves who is the real thing and who bought their Jolly Rodger and the surplus store.

The 5th flag I've made in recent months may be the last I do. This is the biggest commission I've ever done. Both in size and time. The final size of the flag is about 72" x 60". It is made of heavy canvas cloth for stability. The eyes are painted. I used a double sided applique technique (I may have made that up) to make it reversible and flyable. The design was suggested by the client but drawn and enlarged by me. The other 4 flags currently fly over a military base in Afghanistan, a present from my husband to his soldiers.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Christmas/Winter ATC Swap

Here are my finished cards for my first ATC swap ever. I've made a few before in fabric scraps. This was nice because, like all swaps, your partners give you some inspiration with their likes. I can't wait to see what I get in return.

For smushisweetbaboo an Old World Santa

For Tygir a Rudolph

Friday, November 09, 2007

Cookies Are Distracting

I had scheduled myself for a craft weekend to finish one commissioned piece and start my projects for the latest swap. Unfortunately, duty calls. I was (nearly) begged to make some goodies for a fundraiser bake sale. I spent 2 1/2 hours in my kitchen making 5 dozen chocolate chip cookies. I even ate my dinner over the stove. MMMM tomato soup and grilled cheese samich.

They came out very well and I feel good for helping out the Family Group.

Meanwhile , my latest swap partner, SilentMynerva, received her tote bag. This was made for Weekend Swap 5 as a medium project. The owl and olive branch represent her name. It was made by raw edge applique using Steam-A-Seam and vintage fabric scraps. I hope the edges don't peel to much but overall I am very happy with it and so is SylentMynerva.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Begining of Newness

I've been tossing around the idea of keeping a scrapbook of all the crafts that I do. I take pictures and keep decent records about them, I just can't bring myself to put it all in a book that will be ginormous by the end of the year. So here I am in the digital age of bloging and such and realized it was a great way to chronicle my art. I will atempt to post at least once a week about my current projects and thoughts about crafting.

I am also aspiring to start up a small business. Maybe a little ETSY shop or the like. I'm hopping this blog will be a good forum for future customers. It will also be a swell place for my swap partners from Craftster to stalk me.

Feel free to leave constructive comments for me or just chat. And please wish me luck in my journaling adventure!