Saturday, June 22, 2013

I finished and hung the chickens made out of assorted beans and seeds on the fence by the coop. I think the real girls like them. I love how they turned out. A little paint is magic! You can see the before' picture of the rooster in the previous post. I still marvel at the patience someone took to make these and I am so glad that I was the one to find them! Olivia is having her 12th Birthday on the 30th. We have been planning a backyard campout party. She is really looking forward to it a lot. She is a listmaker so there are lists all over. It cracks me up. I told her to just sit back and relax and Auntie will do all the work. (haha). I have already been recruited. She finished her invitations. They are pretty cute and she really puts a lot into things. Then she worries. Peer pressure, that they are too girly or not girly enough or too over the top. I keep telling her just do what you like and don't worry about the rest. It is funny how this is showing up in things like birthdays....Kind of sad really. But pretty invitations. Taylor, my little BFF will be here on Monday. We are all excited about it. I guess she packs and unpacks about ten times a day. I know she will add a lot of sparkle to my summer. She is such a doll. A long time ago I had a giveaway for a pet portrait and Roc from whatsuproc.blogspot.com won. She didn't have a pet at the time and we didn't decide what to do right away. She makes the most amazing journal pages and I asked her if it was ok if I did a Thread Painted piece using one of her art Journal pages. I started on it and realized it would make a really nice, big art bag. I used a pair of blue jeans that I got at a yard sale for 50 cents. Then I went to town. Thread painting is when you put your feed dogs down on your sewing machine and sew. I draw out an image in pencil on light fabric and then I paint it in with colored thread and then I use real paint to highlight certain areas. (eyes are almost always painted.) This was a challenge, but fun....There is a lot of color in this. It isn't exactly like her page but it is really close. I used a waistband to add the ribbon detail and the back has two jean pockets that actually give four pockets total. Then inside it holds and art carrier that I had and never used. It can hold supplies or be taken out and used on it's own. I hope you like it Roc. I am a big fan of your artistic journeys. The Bunny in the piece is one of her Stamps that she makes for Stampotique. Tonight I am finishing up a Fourth of July Bunting for my friend Susan. So far so good and I am sure I will post that later. Happy Summer. xoxoxomelinda

8 comments:

Jen xo said...

youre a clever chickie, the bag is gorgeous....sounds like you will have a wonderful summer with taylor visiting .....

Sarah said...

Hi Melinda, thanks for visiting my blog today. It reminded me that it has been too long since I popped past yours (work has been eating into my blog hopping time too much ) ...... Love the chickens (won't they eat them tho?) And WOW that tote bag is amazing! I am sure the recipient will be thrilled! Hope the party goes well :-)

Yarni Gras! said...

love the bag and the chickens! Can't believe they are made out of beans!!!!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I have been reading your blog for the past half hour. I am always so amazed that you can make the most beautiful objects out of thrift shop finds and a little bit of this and that. Love the bag! And those owls are way too cute. So glad that Taylor will be visiting you and the grandkids this summer. I bet she can't wait!

Marva said...

Hey Melinda! Good to see you're back at sewing and arting! I'm working on a quilted wall hanging and then thinking about doing a quilt as you go quilt - have you ever done one?

Jenny said...

I'm so glad to read joy in your writing again!

I love all your projects!

And I can't believe you even give your chickens joy!

Hugs and healing from me!

Quiltingranny said...

You have amazing talent my friend! The kids did Amazon bean portraits and they were pretty cool!

Maria said...

What great bags and I do like those colourful Chooks.