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sculptor, painter, mixed media artist

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Heart of Art by @willowing

October 18 starts another one of Tam's fabulous course. I've taken several of her classes. Learned lots and had a wonderful time doing so. But this one will be extra special.

What makes this one so extra special? Well, it's free for starters.

If you've never taken a class with Tam, I highly recommended it. They're fun and informative, yes they are. But also, Tam just has the best energy!!! It's a pleasure to take her classes.

Thanks @HiddenEloise

As I was moving my mouse over the link from Hidden Eloise I thought 'oh poo! I never win anything!' So imaging my surprise when "I" was named the winner of her beautiful tiny book locket!

It's a locket with one of her gorgeous paintings on the front. It's just one of the many treasures you can purchase yourself from her etsy shop. I can't wait to receive it. I know I'll wear it often.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

another cuff

I made one more cuff during my staycation. Love them! So easy to wear. I think I'll end up making one in every color eventually. :)

This one was a gift so I also made the packaging. The cuff was green; so was the packaging.

a mix of green patterned fabric, tea-stained laces, stamped muslin, colored glass beads and a faux bone vintage button.

Three Jewels

I felt inspired to make a cuff regarding the Three Jewels. I've been wanting to try my hand at fabric cuffs for a while. Last week, while on staycation, I decided to jump in.

The Three Jewels in Buddhism are The Buddha, The Dharma and The Sangha.

The Buddha or the Buddha nature—the ideal or highest spiritual potential that exists within all beings.
The Dharma - the teachings of the Buddha.
The Sangha - the Buddhist community.

I went with muted colors. I love bright colors, in my paintings and home decor. But for dress I like the look of faded laces and earthy neutrals the best. I embellished the cuff with a variety of laces, stamped muslin, pearls of various sizes and shapes and a big wooden button. At first I wondered "should I only add 3 beads?" But I nixed that thought pretty quickly. The jewels are the concepts, not the beads.

Friday, September 3, 2010

experiment in upcycle - 1st try

I've been very motivated by the upcycle chatter in the blogosphere. So motivated I decided to try my hand at it.

The 1st try didn't turn out so bad. I mean, it's wearable. Is it fabulous and fashion-forward? No, not by a long shot. But my sewing skills are extremely rusty. I haven't sewed more than a straight line let along a complete garment in 15? 20? years??? Perhaps I need to do what my friend did and take a sewing class. It seriously couldn't hurt!

That said I like it ok. And it was very easy. It's made from 2 extra large grey t-shirts I found in the dollar bin. I didn't do the neck detail. That's how the 1st t-shirt was originally. I cut both down to my size and using the 2nd t-shirt (which was plain) I added my skirt.

My biggest issue with it at the moment is it's not very figure-flattering. But I'm confident in my current slow-but-steady weight-loss. Since April 1st of this year I've lost 24 lbs. And I'm confident I'll continue on this current plan (it's so friggin easy!!!!!) so once I reach my goal I think this dress will look cuter. I'll just have to bring in the top a bit.