Friday, December 26, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
For the rest of you - all three of my blog's followers;), here's the wedding memento for Laura and soon-to-be hubby. I hope they like it. It's really simple with three silver gilded snowflakes, but I don't have time between now and the wedding to do anything more extravagant. Plus, the wedding invitation with the snowflake watermark was begging to have snowflakes flank it.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Maybe next year I'll quill a nativity or a Christmas angel for my own home. The only problem is that I would probably look at my quilling and critique it continually and not really be able to appreciate it. Maybe I should get one of my quilling friends to quill something for me and then I'd look at it lovingly instead of with thoughts running through my head like "oh, I should have been more careful with the shaping of that marquis" or "I should have glued more strips together to create a fuller look". Oh well, at least those who receive my quilling aren't as critical as I am (I hope). They can appreciate it without my "your own worst critic" phobia.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The first isn't really with Christmas colors, but pretty nonetheless:
This second one is adapted (slightly - the wings are different) from Malinda Johnson's angel kit published through Lake City Craft. It's for the DeLunas - I think it looks like Cesar's little girl Mariela who passed away.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
It was fun teaching, but I think if I'm asked to do it again next year, I'm going to teach an even simpler card. Maybe I won't teach at all - maybe Megan can do her stamping cards. Then I can actually get the other things I signed up for finished at the super saturday. But, honestly, if asked, I'm not turning anyone down. I love sharing this art form with anyone willing to learn.
Monday, November 17, 2008
And below are some of the kids' turkey creations:
I thought the kids did really well considering the youngest was 6 years old and the oldest was only 12.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Here it is so far:
You know you’re a quiller if....
....you find bits of paper in your bed (submitted by Sam)
...you find bits of paper stuck to your clothing or on the floor
...you won the lottery and all you would buy would be quilling supplies (submitted by Charli)
...you have to sweep under your table several times a day and not because of food crumbs
...your bagless vacuum cleaner’s dirt container looks like it has multi-colored confetti in it from cleaning up the quilling scraps.
...you save your scraps that have dropped on the floor for future quilling projects
...if you mess up on a project and haven't mounted it yet, you straighten the quilling paper from the no-go project out again to reuse in the future.
...you had to buy an extra storage cabinet just for quilling supplies
...you take pictures of appliques on your baby's clothing so you can convert them into quilling patterns (yes, sad, but true - I've done it - and recently, too)
...you have an addiction to everything paper crafting
...you look at other paper crafts and think, “How can I incorporate quilling into that?”
...you buy rubber stampings JUST to highlight your quilled embellishments on cards.
... your dog is looking for food under the table and comes up with "paper" scraps (submitted by Jody)
....you keep quilling day [Monday in Stroudsburg] open from 11 till 3 with
NOTHING else scheduled - lunch dates, doctor appointments, nada, nyet, nix -
except for an emergency!! (submitted by Ev Crane)
...you can’t help but look at the world without thinking, “I wonder if I could make a quilling pattern out of that.”
...you are so concentrated on your quilling project that you don’t notice that a tornado has gone through your house (in my case, a tornado disguised as a three year old child)
...you dream about quilling and quilled designs
...you can quill in your sleep (submitted by Charli)
...you have a quilling project “to do” list that’s at least two pages long – typed
...you sacrifice sleep to stay up into the wee hours of the morning to quill
...your online quilling community is almost as close to your heart as your own family
...your little son quills a cute flower for his teacher (submitted by Ariana)...you have an addition built onto your home to house all your supplies (submitted by Molly)
...when you view real live objects, but only see patterns created by shaped coils (submitted by Charli)
....all you want to do is talk about quilling and have an urge to convert everyone to become quillers (submitted by Charli)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Here's the newest. I know, Mary's nose looks like a beak and Joseph's is barely recognizable. I'm working on it. I had a hard time manipulating the paper just how I wanted it. If I make this design again, I might not make noses on Mary and Joseph. Don't you just love the little lambs, though? They are my favorite of the piece. They have cute little lazy looks. I love them!
Since I'm halfway to my goal, I'm going to take a breather from nativities for a little while and do some "easy" quilling (I know it's in the eye of the beholder) in preparation for teaching down in Franklin. I received the opportunity to teach both at the parks department and at Franklin College. I am very excited. I won't start teaching until January at the earliest. I'm excited. It's a way to get my name out there and to earn a little bit of money - I'm not going to get rich off of teaching, but it will be great to share this wonderful art form.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This is one that I actually created on my own. My first design. Aahh, I can bask in my own self-induced limelight for about 15 seconds and then I need to move on. But I digress...
I love this one because it fits perfectly in the oval opening of the mat. It's also great because it only took me about 3 hours to complete.
I made this about three years ago, but had forgotten that I had a picture of it. I thought all the pics from my old digital camera were lost forever. I just received a new camera for my anniversary (thanks Mike) and let the kids mess with the old one, which I thought was broken. My son Jaren, who's name will always be blessed (is that blasphemous?), was able to retrieve the old pictures and this was among them. It just goes to show that kids are far more technologically able than I am. I've got to take a class or something!
I'm making nativities as Christmas gifts for the family and as belated wedding gifts (they will be first Christmas reminders instead of wedding presents since I missed the receptions).
This is one of several. If you happen to be family and are checking this out before Christmas, shield your eyes! I'm not sure which ones I'm giving to whom so it'll still be a surprise, right?
Monday, September 29, 2008
This is for a friend who is about to have her second girl (Alia). She already has one daughter (Clara). So, for a baby shower gift, I am giving her a princess collage with a castle, a tiara, and a glass slipper. She will also get her girls' names - their not mounted yet - still on the cork board - to flank the collage. I think she'll like it.
This one was made for Mike's boss who recently got married, but had everything. Or she thought. She brought this around to all the office to show off. I was very honored. One of the other employees there even commissioned some work for me - but she doesn't need it until February, so I don't have it done yet - still working on nativities for family.
Here's another "wedding" gift (really a family sealing - temple marriage - they've been married civilly for 11 years, but the husband just joined the church last year.):
I've received requests for a larger image of my dragon, so here it is. Sorry that it's a bit blurry. I am not good with computers and gave you the best I've got. Hope you can see it well enough.
Also, please know that although I did quill this dragon, the original design is not my own. It is a Jillian Sawyer stained glass design from her book, "Of Dragon Wings and Faerie Things."
Here are the Christmas Quilled Cards.
I'm teaching how to make these for Super Saturday.
This blog is now dedicated completely to my art.