I’m a little off the sewing topic this week. I have to get my Christmas Decorating DONE by next weekend. I will have a quick, rousing, commercial at the end. Below is the mug I use during the sometimes hectic Christmas season.
Unfortunately, kisses aren’t happening right now because I managed to catch a cold. But we blow air kisses whenever I hold up the mug. Rex the cat is always calm unless our son’s dog shows up unexpectedly. Then he and his brother Rubix, are like a cartoon, trying to gain traction on the hardwood floor to exit the area.
Quick tip: Measure the area you want to place an item. The poinsettia looked just right in the huge store in which it was purchased. But in real life, in my home, it takes OVER that area. Yikes, money wasted. No, no, I’ll take it down to mom’s house (she built a 2nd dwelling on our property). I know the perfect place for it.
I’m testing what I want to go on the piano. Tip: Take a picture to help with proportion, color, and “the look.” Remember, I also tell you to do this when you are creating a piece of “Art to Wear.” I’ve decided everything but the creche and poinsettia linen piece will have to go. Hmm…maybe the candlesticks can stay too, wait are they crooked (that’s why they were at Ross”)…..acckk. Where’s the mug?
Yes, I bought this piece of linen at my favorite “boutique” (aka thrift shop) at Incline Village. It’s older and the simple straight embroidery stitches are done on a lovely 100% linen with a hand crocheted trim around the edges.
Let’s look closer…..The running stitch is loose and open. Behind the stem you can see a faint wash of a different color. Very clever! The flowers were painted on first and embroidered on top. Oh, Wow! I just got a great idea to do this very same technique on an art to wear piece. I’ll be right back, I’ve got to write this down, now. Tip: Have a sketch book close by, one that is ONLY for all the ideas you come up with.
A better view.
Twigs and lights make a great winter display I think. And then just a few seasonal touches. Whoo hoo, that took 45 seconds of thought and positioning. At this rate, I’ll be done in no time.
I have to show a close up of the photograph. It was taken on my parents 50th anniversary at Empire Mine state park in Grass Valley, CA. I think candid shots are THE BEST! This shot, all the nephews, our son, and one niece (on my side) were just having fun and the photographer caught it! The oldest nephew is soaring up high, while the youngest(our son), is just getting off the ground. A metaphor for life.
Here is a quick peek at the whole stick, light thing. I don’t mind that the lights are in the bottom portion. Wow, I really need to move the Poinsettia. Rubix! Your outta there too.
As in decorating, with your next Art to Wear creation, think outside the box, even a little. Do you have a favorite pin that you don’t seem to wear? Well…..use it as a button.
From my Ayala Bar collection, I have this one pin and I think it is perfect as the closure for my “Aussie Angle” Terrific Tabard (I have just decided, I’m wearing this one to our friend’s New Years Eve party). Yes, you have time to get one done to wear for New Year’s too. Email me at: email@example.com for the fastest way to get a pattern. See them all at Craftsy.com or my Etsy store, Designs by Heidi.
Next Saturday is the Christmas house tour, sooo…I’ll be really busy. Look for a post on Monday, December. 4th. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have time to get some of your creative going this weekend. 15 minutes a day is all I ask you to do. Hugs, Heidi