Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More journalling

The Anthropologie catalog came and I was inspired to journal. I planned on cleaning, organizing and getting rid of my junk, so I can actually start finding things. But what can a gal do when her head is full of inspiration?Journal. And that's what I did!

A few more pages for future journalling:

Note: The last page contains a picture from a catalog called Frontgate, I believe.

Oh and a couple of weeks ago, I went to a scrapbook expo. It was great fun to see new products and I totally love the scrapbook outlets and dollar shops! Every year though I let myself splurge in one of the regular, full-priced shops. This year Tattered Angels was the lucky shop. They sell glimmer mists in all kinds of colors. 

I was truly inspired by the lady who demoed the mist by spraying and wiping and spraying and wiping a piece of crumpled paper with various glimmer mists. I thought what is she making? But whatever she was making created a beautiful effect. And so $90 later .... here are a couple of journalling pages:
(the cost also included beautiful chipboards which I am saving for something special.)

Like my daughter said, it's quite messy business. Fortunately I worked in the balcony. But more importantly, it was FUN!

Friday, August 13, 2010


The Paper Source Catalog came the other day and, as usual, it was rich in color and inspiring. I cut out a million birds out of that catalog ... I just couldn't stop. Initially I wasn't sure what I was going to do with all of them, because in my mind I really just needed one for one of my doodling scenes. But the following night I started painting and I just knew what I should do with (some of) those birds. Some of those birds also found their way into my journal and the rest was for my lucky daughter - who thought they were so pretty ...

Exercising my doodling muscles in my art journal.

My first ever mixed media painting.
I've always wanted to do it. For years!
And here it is.
{acrylics + stamps + pretty paper on wood}
The birds inspired me to journal a bit. 

Who knew a catalog could be so useful :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Barbie and Friends

Ah, here they are: some doll clothes I made.

Now I must admit that I'm a "sew as you go" person. I don't use patterns and I don't plan or design much of what I make up front. I start with a piece of fabric (new or upcycled from our closet), decide roughly what I want to make (long dress? short dress? blanket?), cut a rough shape (I always cut big, because I prefer not to bother with zippers or buttons), then start sewing.

Sometimes I have been inspired by a blog and use whatever technique I have read about, like shirring or ruffling. So I do what I have to do ... shir or sew ends together. If I don't shir, I gather the fabric in such a way so that the clothes fit nicely.

Last but not least, I like to decorate the clothes a bit. Add a few beads, sequins ... a bit of stitching, whatever comes to mind at the time.

So here is what I have come up with:
(Oh and pardon all the messy hair.  A certain someone loves to twirl and rub their hair for comfort.)

Barbie's smocked dress.
Material: new cotton, flower, beads.
Inspired by this shirring tutorial.

Barbie's couture skirt (the shirt was bought).
Material: new  polyester, sequins, beads.

Moxie's button dress.
Material: upcycled T-Shirt, beads, sequins.
Inspired by all the ruffles in Tea Rose Home.

Strawberry Shortcake's pink dress.
Material: upcycled T-Shirt.

Strawberry Shortcake's smocked halter dress
Material: new polyester

Blanket and pillow.
(... because Barbie only has 1 bed, but so many friends who sleep over!)
Material: felted wool sweater & cotton

Oh and I made a pair of tights from Jasmine's old tights. They turned out surprisingly well fitting. But I haven't made anything else to wear with it ... so I'll save it for later.

I enjoyed making these things and Jasmine loved them. She wants more, more, more. Well ... maybe for Christmas?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Art courses

I know I promised photos of Barbie's newly sewn stuff. That will come soon. I just haven't had the time to take Barbie on a photo shoot ;-)

Lately though I have been reading a lot of blogs and discovered a few art and discovery e-courses. I wish I could take them all. They sound so fun.

Are you interested?
Here is a list of courses that are on my wish-list:

Experimental Art e-course

Mothering Authentically

Home Ec - Online Sewing Class for Beginners

I'll choose one soon ...