Thursday, June 25, 2009

Busy days

We experimented with the soy wax with good results, but alas, there's no time for photo op these last few days. Also I did a small photo transfer using the method in a new magazine--but used clear contact paper--and got good results with that too. When things calm down and there's less chauffering in my life, I'll get photos of the arty stuff.
The garden is quite lovely in spite of the oppressive heat. The Monarda was at it's best when this picture was taken.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mental Health

Today I used the soy wax. I heated it in an electric skillet (from a yard sale) and Olivia and I applied it to fabric with several objects, including a potato masher and a tjanting. It makes nice little lines. We then painted thickened dye over the wax and it is now laying on the walk by my sewing room door covered in plastic. Washing will commence in the morning followed by photo op. Hopefully, some blog posting after that.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New magazines!!

Look in your local bookstore for the two new "bookzines" from Stampington publishers. The newest one is called Art Quilt Studio. It has lots of photos and the paper is the best feeling stuff--like all the magazines from Stampington. The art work is stupendous. So much talent and inspiration.
The other one I picked up is the latest issue of Sew Somerset. Again, great photos and a technique for photo transfer that I must try. Uses cold laminate but I think I'll try clear contact paper and see how that works.
Stampington has some of the nicest publications--my favorite has to be Belle Armoire. Etta McFarland is going to be the featured artist in the next issue (I think) and I'm chomping at the bit to see it. Will she autograph my copy??? Oh I hope so!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

June and the heat have arrived

We were able to hold out till June officially, so I turned on the ac today. I will feel guilty for a few days I'm sure, as ac is not exactly environmentally friendly. It sure is Marilyn friendly when the temps are soaring. The other thing I dislike about ac is feeling cut off from the neighborhood. It's good idea to know what's going on out there and makes me feel like a part of something bigger than my measly little life.
If you want to see what someone who DOES stuff can accomplish, look at Patricia's blog--Sew What's Next. She has some photos of her garden up and it kicks bootay!!