Monday, February 12, 2007


Gimme Some Lovin'

I set out to be productive and productive I was. I was able to get oodles done despite a fruitless trip to the hardware store and a late breakfast out at Pancake Circus (I took the camera and got some good pics! I'll blog about it in the mornin). I finished up my Valentines for the Flickr Valentine Swap. I started out hand embroidering them all and well, that got old real fast, so I put my sewing gals to good use. They turned out pretty cute considering I changed my plan halfway through. A few lucky peeps will still get a hand embroidered one. Next time I'll start earlier!

Then I moved on to my collages.


I picked my girlies and played around with colors and vintage buttons and seam binding....

...and came up with these! I am really happy with how they turned out. Especially this one down here. I'm a bright color kinda gal and I think she really fits the bill, don'tcha think?

I like these gals, too, but I think next time I'll put some patterned paper under the pattern tissue. I really like the textures on this one. I mod podged the tissue to the plaque, which gave it a cool wrinkly effect and then I used spray adhesive for the girls to keep them smooth. It feels really cool to touch! I wasn't sure I was going to like the plaques over canvas, but I think they turned out quite nice. I still want to try some with canvas, but I think I'm going to favor the plaques.

I'm going to call the collages Kae Collages after my husband's grandma. She turns 90 this year! In the 60s decoupage was pretty hot and she was a decoupaging fool. She made all sorts of cool pictures, most are 3 D, and pretty fab. Whenever I pull out the Mod Podge I think of her. The next time I go to my inlaws I'll have to go around the house and take pictures of her stuff. My mother in law must have at least 10 around the house. It is really great how timeless they are.

9 comments:

raya said...

Ooh, your Valentines are darling! I'm still working on mine for the swap...must finish tonight so I can get them in the mail.

Jennifer28 said...

DELIGHTFUL use for old patterns!
I have a pile of stuff to give away tomorrow to charity and seeing your blog, I remembered that I had thrown in a BOX of old patterns. Yes, I went and dug them out and will use them in all sorts of ways! What was I thinking? Thanks for the wonderful art and inspiration!!!

amanda bel said...

I was last-minute with the V-Day cards too! (But I haven't received many either, so I guess everyone is behind!) I can't believe you were gonn hand embroider all ten cards!!! Glue is your FRIEND!!! Seriously, love the cards, LOVE the collages...I'm jelous of your abiltilty to get so much cute stuff done...and with little munchkins running around, no less!

LeeAnn said...

So that's what you do with old patterns! How wonderful and creative.

Vallen Queen said...

These are so fun. You are a never-ending well of creativity. I love these collages and the cards are all great!

Emma's Closet said...

Your cards are just fabulous! I also love the collages. My maternal grandmother was not much of one to craft, but my paternal grandmother.. that was another story. She crocheted tablecloths and bedspreads, embroidered everything as well as did crewel. I actually have a queen size bedspread she crocheted (I would have lost my mind).

Very awesome to have things like that around still from your grandmother (in-law).

Buzz said...

Those valentines are so cool and the collages are so retro chic. Nice!
xoxo,melody handmadeluck

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

That is so creative!!! I would have never thought to use old patterns in that way. They really turned out great!

julie (jane's apron) said...

love your collages...they turned out really cute