Friday, December 30, 2011

I am two pages away


from sending in my 2012 Sketchbook Project .

Last year I didn't even get 4 pages done.

This year I did simple sketches in metal point.

Friday, December 23, 2011

lavender & rice eye pillow

These are great if kept in the freezer and then used cold like that. Most people I know use them when having trouble sleeping or when they have tension headaches.

lavender & rice eye pillow

Monday, December 19, 2011

meyer lemon help

Does anyone have a killer recipe using Meyer lemons. I finally found some of these here and I'd like something for Christmas that is going to really make use of their unique taste.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

penguin applique oven mitt will be a gift

I made the penguin applique out of pieces of fabric. The penguin is the same fabric as the front.

oven mitt with penguin penguin oven mitt front

Here are the red lining and a close up of the penguin.

a red lining is always nice close up of the penguin

potholder / hot pad

potholder / hot pad

a strawberry for mother's kitchen

potholder / hot pad

Saturday, December 10, 2011

latest sewing projects

This was the first one. You can see I had trouble with the bias tape, but I didn't have time to redo it. Plus you can only redo things so much until you fix them to death! :)

cardinal bird silhouette pot holder / hot pad cardinal bird silhouette pot holder / hot pad

The cork bottle fabric is sewn onto a linen towel.

tea towel, cork fabric wine bottle applique pot holder - with peppers

pot holder - pepper outline

Thursday, December 01, 2011

chili pepper oven mitt

Chili peppers with machine sewn accents. I love linen.

chili pepper oven mitt

(should be the last one of these for a while)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

cardinal applique on yet another oven mitt

I made this one for my mother. Her kitchen has warm and earthy colors, so I thought this would liven things up.

It's made with linen and has a cardinal applique stitched on it.

subtle colors

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

three more oven mitts

I love linen, browns and pears. :) I made the quilt lines curved so they would have a more organic look.

linen oven mitt linen oven mitt


This one has dark green linen & a gorgeous red & orange hand dyed cotton from JacksonFabricArts. I'm sending this as part of a gift for my son's host family in Spain.

green linen hand dyed cotton


Here is my second oven mitt. I saw other people being more creative with their quilting, so I made this one a little different. The quilt lines are like rays which I think goes with the bright yellow.

The white is linen and the green and yellow are hand-dyed cotton from JacksonFabricArts.
I'm still having a little trouble with the layers moving, so next time maybe I'll both baste and pin.


linen cotton

Sunday, November 27, 2011

oven mitt

This is actually the most complicated thing I've sewn. There are double layers of everything so you can use it with either hand and not get burnt.

The fabric moved a little while I was pinning and again when I was sewing, so the thumb is too small. But other than that it's fine. (unless you have big hands)

I don't really like lavender, so will give this to a friend of my mother's. :)



oven mitt

Friday, November 11, 2011

breads today

california walnut bread (with craisins & golden raisins) california walnut bread california walnut bread
pecan wheatberry bread
pecan wheatberry bread
olive bread
olive bread
three baked breads
olive, walnut craisin & pecan wheatberry breads

Thursday, November 03, 2011

bookbinding - gold leather & muslin longstitch


I pasted a cut of muslin fabric to this metallic gold leather. The muslin is over-sized and can be folded into the book or left to hang when book is closed. The fabric is out of the way when the book is opened.

The binding is a longstitched limp leather binding.

The closure is a sheer ribbon that enhances the gold, but doesn't clash with the muslin.

There are 160 pages (320 both sides), the dimensions are approximately 6" x 5" x 1" (16 x 13 x 2.5 cm).

I was inspired by the glamour of the gold when mixed with the simplicity of the muslin. They belong together.

closed another top, more muslin back and over flap open, brilliant white paper

I have this listed @ my artfire store.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

bookbinding - acid green leather longstitch notebook


This is a small (5½" x 4" - 14cm x 10cm) notebook bound in soft unbacked leather. There are 192 pages (both sides) of Canson recycled drawing paper. I used black thread and a big black button as a closure for the leather strip wrap.

longstitch hand torn pages

I really enjoyed working on this one. The bright acid green was fun and the black thread was easy to see against it. I also like this binding.

You can purchase this @ acid green journal.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

bookbinding - leather spine sewn on cords



A nice little 5½" x 4" (14cm x 10cm) hardback with 124 pages (both sides). The cover is Italian hand marbled paper. This is sewn on cords with leather glued directly to the back so that the cords show.

The paper is distressed with black walnut ink from WhiteDragonPaper.

I'm still making errors (leather at the tail was slit too far, for example), but I'm not making the same ones. I've been working more frequently and there is a slight bit of improvement.

leather spine over cords black walnut ink distressed paper leather spine, Italian hand marbled paper

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

bookbinding - warm white leather sketchbook

I really like the softness of this type of sketchbook. The leather is supple and I've backed it with a gauzy linen for just a little more support. It's a bigger size at 9" x 11½"" (23cm x 29cm). This longstitched book has 160 pages (both sides) and the paper is Strathmore recycled drawing paper in a soft white.

 front leather cover 10 longstitched signatures folded over

Friday, October 14, 2011

bookbinding - headband squareback book Finished

I decided to use this great hand dyed fabric from Jackson Fabric Arts. I like the greens of the headband and the green of the fabric.

front spine showing headband

headband looks like a caterpillar  :) more spine and headband

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

bookbinding - headband squareback book

This is a small book that I did my first by-the-book headband on. I was going to starch the linen tapes, but forgot.

I probably should have used less strands for the headbanding. But as this was my first real try, I thought it would be better to work with a thicker floss.

Dimensions are 4" x 5½" x ¾" (10cm x 14cm 1.9cm).

As you can see it's not finished. I am thinking to use a thick soft leather. If not that then probably a green dyed fabric from JacksonFabricArts. This leaf print fabric would be very nice.

linen from an old sewing project wonderful woven & sewn texture
green & olive 6-strand embroidery floss green & olive 6-strand embroidery floss

The headband is slanting to the left & lumpy. I need to pay more attention next time - which I thought I was, but not close enough :)