I'm an artist and SAHM from the upper mid-west. In addition to my passion for paper art and mixed-media; I enjoy sewing, painting, photography, jewelry making and gardening. I love finding ways to reuse, re-purpose and recycle everyday items into art or other basic utilitarian objects.
I'm working at getting back to the basics: healthy food, reduced chemical load in our home, exercise and spending time with family.
Last Saturday evening I made this suede pouch to hang from my belt at the Renaissance Festival the next day.
I had already sewn a backpack but with the temperatures sounding on the cool side I figured I'd be wearing a shawl over my costume. If I had a backpack on I'd be sporting a "hunchback of Notre Dame" look.
So a belt pouch was in order....
I had a magnetic purse closure in my sewing basket so that worked out very well. I used a scrap of suede to cover the ugly metal backing.
We had a good time with the kids at the festival. Such a different experience than going with another couple.
***I once again have to apologize for the poorly lit photos. Seems every time I want to photograph something it's raining!!***
You may remember a while back I used a suede jacket to make a book. I still had lots of suede left waiting for inspiration to strike.
As the old saying goes...Necessity is the mother of invention....
I needed a bag of some sort to carry at the Renaissance Festival this weekend that would look a bit more like a bag from that period. After seeing the crazy expensive prices of the beautiful tooled leather belt pouches I knew I needed to come up with my own design. I'd already spent too much on my new bodice... Did I mention how much we love the Renaissance Festival!!
I must apologize for the poorly lit photos...it is a very dark and rainy day here but I just couldn't wait any longer to share...
My next door neighbors are expecting their first child so I decided to make them a diaper cake. I received one at the baby shower my co-workers threw for me and thought it was really a cute idea.
Her shower is today so I can finally show my creation. The wrapped package behind the cake is the second set of diapers that came in the jumbo box.
The week has just slipped away... Some how I thought when the kids went back to school I'd have a ton of time to devote to art. HMMM...maybe I'm just playing catch-up with all the things I've put off for the majority of the summer.
I have worked on our vacation scrapbook a little but since I don't share photos of my kids on my blog...I'm not going to share the pages....sorry. I've also made a couple of birthday cards and a gift that I will share on Sunday afternoon. I know that the recipient reads my blog so I don't dare post until then...no peeking! You know who you are!!!
Last month some of my visitors from the Dress-up Project thought the idea of recreating my flag twirler uniform was a good idea. Funny because it was just something I thought on a whim ...not a really great plan in my head. So, I dug out the picture and gave it a whirl...or maybe that should be a twirl.
Most high school mascots are named for birds or tough, scary animals. Or maybe warriors.
We were the Skippers. Yeah...I know...
Oh, watch out!! Here come those big, bad Skippers! It was a nautical thing that was much more relevant about 50 or so years prior. Although I'm sure it was chosen as an elitist thing. Bunch of snobs....but I digress.
Anyway...we had a sailor theme for our uniforms. I did manage the sailor collar but didn't even attempt to make a sailor hat or the white gloves.
I'm pretty happy with the result.
What do you think compared to the real deal...?
Never mind the "woodsy-the-owl glasses". Good grief...keep in mind it was the 80's after all.