Friday, September 19, 2014
Yep, I sewed ... just me, myself and I (using a pillow my mom made for me as a pattern, of course).
Seriously though, I almost called my mom twice – once when I couldn't get the doo-hicky on the side to twist like it said it should to load a bobbin and once when it quit feeding the material through – but I soldiered on and figured out things for myself. The hubster will be proud because there wasn't even any foot-stomping or throwing things. In fact, the dog got in a two hour snooze by the kitchen door while I was sewing and he runs when the kids make pouty faces – I just bopped along to Jason Mraz and got things done.
Wonder if I can interest my mom into making some more? She actually enjoys sewing – and now you know where I get my crazy from.
Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
(Yes, mother, I'm going to try to make a pillow. I figure if I could do it in 8th grade for the Colonial Fair, I can handle it now.)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
If you asked me to name my favorite season, though, I'll probably surprise you. As much as I love the flowers in Spring and Summer, I absolutely adore Autumn. Crisp mornings, bright blue skies and color bursting out all over. I gathered a few leaves on my walks with the dog yesterday and enjoyed myself slinging paint around.
Today I went back in with ink to add details and shadows to the two pages I drew the leaf shapes on. The thing is I really like how the pages in my sketchbook turned out. All I did was make leaf shapes with watercolor, let them touch just a bit so the colors would bleed and then splattered paint on top. I think I'll try to recreate that on watercolor paper and play around with what to do next in my sketchbook.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
- President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001
• 18,000 Small Businesses were Destroyed or Displaced
• 36,000 units of Blood Donated at the New York Blood Center
• Fires Burned for 99 Days after the attack
• 3,051 Children lost Parents
• 2,000 First Responders Injured in the attacks
• 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers.
• 343 Firefighters & Paramedics died
• 23 NYPD Officers died
• 37 Port Authority Officers killed
• 125 People died at the Pentagon
• 92 People killed on Flight 11
• 64 People died on Flight 175
• 64 People died on Flight 77
• 44 People died on Flight 93
God bless those who we lost thirteen years ago today. God bless those who were personally touched. God bless the rest of us. Thank you for the freedom and liberty I have. Pray for peace.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
... but I think I'm okay with that.
My first fabric design is supposed to ship in the next 5 days. Can't wait!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Spoonflower.com and ordered a yard of fabric with my own artwork on it. I'll be able to make pillows and maybe a bag and when someone asks where I got it, I'll be able to say it's a Blados Original! Squeeeeee!
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!!
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!!
Friday, September 5, 2014
1. I can't cut straight with a ruler.
2. I have the technology – I might as well use it.
The simplest tutorial I found was on how to cut and tape a drawing to create a repeating pattern and guess what ... it works for Photoshop, too. Here's what I did.
Draw a design in the middle of your a piece of paper. Make sure nothing touches the edges.
Divide your design in half (I'll do it vertically first), switch the positions of each half with the other and tape them back together – Photoshop users can skip the tape part. ;-)
Divide your design in half the other direction (horizontally this time), switch the positions again and tape them back together – unless you're using Photoshop, you big cheater, and then you don't have to tape.
Add to the design in the open area, but again, do not let your new elements touch the edges of the paper.