Friday, September 19, 2014

Autumn's Glory.

"Karen Blados" "William Cullen Bryant" "Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile" watercolor

I Did It!!!!

Doodlicious Flowers made into a pillow, Karen Blados
This morning after I got the kids to school, the dog walked and the kitchen turned into a sewing room, I made a pillow!!!

Yep, I sewed ... just me, myself and I (using a pillow my mom made for me as a pattern, of course).

Doodlicious Flowers made into a pillow, Karen Blados
And honestly, the pocket I was mildly freaked out about was the easiest part. No, that's not true. The easiest part was lugging all the sewing stuff upstairs to the kitchen table. The rest was touch and go at times. ;-)

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.
Doodlicious Flowers made into a pillow, Karen Blados
So now we know that I could make a pillow if I wanted to. Of course, it took me two hours and I would have much rather been drawing.

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

What I've Been Waiting For ...

fabric design with butterflies, chrysanthemums

fabric design with butterflies, chrysanthemums
My other fabric sample arrived, this time in the Linen Cotton Canvas from Spoonflower. Guess I better get to sewing tomorrow.

(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

My Favorite Time Of Year!

I truly enjoy living in an area with four seasons. Just when I'm getting tired of what the weather is doing, it's time for it to do something new. I even enjoy Winter ... initially, anyway, before I've shoveled the driveway 27 times.

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

We Remember ...

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”
- 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

From CNN 

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

Butterflies This Time.

I had a few moments of panic with this illustration. It wasn't going the way I'd planned and I decided I had two options – either rip it up into tiny pieces or let go. I picked the second and ended up with a cool illustration. The pattern is a little trippy ...
... 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

Branching Out

I just posted my first design to 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!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Figured Out Half Of It.

I spent most of yesterday looking at repeating pattern tutorials, drawing, cutting, taping and scanning before I figured out two things.

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.

Step One
Draw a design in the middle of your a piece of paper. Make sure nothing touches the edges.
Step Two
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.  ;-)
Step Three
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.
Step Four
Add to the design in the open area, but again, do not let your new elements touch the edges of the paper.
Now you have a complete "tile" that you can use to create your repeating pattern. I reduced it by 50% in Photoshop and tiled it four times to create this image.
Next step for me is to figure out the easiest way to add color. I think that means I have plans for tomorrow.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thinking ...

... that I need to figure out how to create a hand drawn repeating pattern because this would make an awesome fabric.