I just realized this post is almost two years old, but I never finished it! So, since it is still valid I will finish it and post it now. Two posts in one week already? Maybe I am back to blogging….
So, lately my hobby of choice has been sewing. Besides helping with Community Quilts (part of the quilt guild) where we work on quilts that are donated to people in the community (which is also a social outlet for me) I have worked on a few quilts – one of them being the Lil Twister Table Runner from this post:
I also made a quilt wall hanging for a friend (Denise) who loves purses. I designed the quilt and it was inspired by Kim Schaefer’s ‘Calendar Quilts’. This was also the first time I had tried Free Motion Quilting. I think it turned out really good. The one thing that surprised me is how LONG it took me to make this. I think that is partly since I knew I was making it as a present and wanted to make it ‘perfect’. Well, it isn’t perfect, but Denise loves it.
Now (two years later) I am the 4-H leader for Quilting (actually the three girls are making wall hangings). I was able to borrow the wall hanging I made for Denise and show it to them. They were excited to see it and asked if I had won awards with it (definitely no, but it was nice to know they liked it).
First I want to wish all the Fathers a Happy Father’s Day! We hope to spend the day going to church, going out to lunch and then spending the afternoon with Pepper (the Golden Retriever) and family – either hiking or taking her swimming
So, for a present I decided I wanted to make the husband a Subway Art using some of words of his favorite things. First I was looking at making a Canvas Artwork, but ran into problems getting the words to fit correctly on PicMonkey ( http://www.picmonkey.com/ ). I use this site to add the Watermark (blog name) to the photos I own and post.
So, then I started doing some Google searching to figure out how else I could make a Subway art. I found a few references to Wordle ( http://www.wordle.net/ ). It is a pretty easy site to use (I do suggest you read their FAQs before you start out). I did save my word list in a document first so it was pretty easy to modify.
I was able to make and print out my personalized Subway art (in black and white) this morning – now I need to put it into a frame so I can give it to him.
Sorry for no pictures this time, but they are currently in the new phone (which I have to figure out to get them posted). I figured it was better to send out the idea now in case you wanted to make one and post photos next week.
And you add a comment if you get this? I tried to email a couple of posts to myself to I could forward them to a friend and I realized I never got them. Not sure if it is our email account with the problem or if the posts are hiding from people. thanks!
One of the presents we did for Chris and Naomi’s wedding was a Thumbprint sign. I had seen similar ideas on Pinterest (yes, one of my favorite places on the internet), but the niece asked for a custom ‘Up House’ (with thumbprint ‘balloons’ lifting off the house). So, the daughter helped create the Up House board.
At the wedding we used permanent Ink and tried to suggest that people put their thumbprints in the general area that the balloons would be. Well, as you can see from the end result that didn’t always happen (I know most of the stray balloons happened after we were manning the guest signature / thumbprint table).
After the wedding we brought the sign back home and the daughter used my scrapbooking chalk to make the faint extra balloons. When it was all done I think it turned out great. Now the happy couple have an art piece to remind them of their special day.
Some hints if you decide to do one of these:
a) Make sure you use permanent ink (for the thumbprints and for the drawing)
b) Have baby wipes handy to get the ink off the guest’s hands (that was an after thought, but I am so glad I brought them)
c) Use blank paper, etc to block off the areas of the board you don’t want people to mark with their thumbs