Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Winner for the Best Dressed Holiday Dotee for Swap-Bot is.....

GLITTERGOTHGIRL!!!!By a landslide.  Her Michaels's gift card is in the mail to her.  By the way, if you would like to see the rest of the entries, check here

Weather outside is frightful!!

Weather outside is soooo cold.  We even had snow here in Atlanta GA on Sunday.  Taking a break from my painting and Christmas sewing projects, I crocheted several cotton dish cloths while curled up in my recliner enjoying the fireplace and watching the snow come down.  Heavy flakes did last very long and didn't stick...so I had to get up and go to work on Monday....I was really hoping for a snow day!

I've been enjoying blog hopping as well.  There are so many great blogs out there, check out the ones in my sidebar and I will be adding others really soon!  Sometimes I think there isn't anything you can't learn on the internet!  Lots of great painting, sewing, crocheting, crafting tutorials out there.

As soon as the Christmas rush is over I want to start on my first quilt.  I've been gathering ideas, patterns and fat quarters for a few months now and will start out with maybe some lap quilts.  I purchased a new sewing machine a few weeks ago that will do free motion quilting and I'm excited to try that out.  

Speaking of quilting....I usually buy my fabrics at Hancocks but have been reading on the 'net about the quality of material in quilt shops.  I found a speciality quilt shop close to my home and checked it out over the weekend.  Wow!  The difference is really something.  It's like compairing cheap bed sheets with 1000 thread count sheets. The fabric is so soft and smooth.   They have a downstairs area that they put their older fabric in to make room for the new stuff and its all 50 percent off, so that makes it about the same price I can buy the quilting cotton and flannel from the fabric chains....Woohoo! 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Have I Mentioned I LOVE Snowmen???

Finally dug out my  Christmas decorations from deep in the attic.  I have been collecting snowmen for a few years now.  Usually someone will give me one for a Christmas present and if not, I just go buy my own.  This year I created a swap at Swap-bot for a snowman stuffie swap.   Actually two, one for USA only and one for International.  One of the great things about swapping is you get to see what other people are doing and thier styles.   If you are in one of those swaps and looking for an idea, check out under My Blog list for Gingerbread Snowflakes little snowman or click this link.  http://gingerbreadsnowflakes.com/node/204

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Best Dressed Dotee Doll for Swap Bot

I have recently started back sewing after a 30 year break and have discovered I like making dolls.  I discovered Dotee dolls at Swap-Bot and after some research and little tweaking, this is what I came up with. 

The standard dotee has a felt face with an embroidery eyes, nose and mouth, and no hair. Also a hanger and a tail made from ribbon, beads, etc..

 I go back and forth between a flesh color knit cloth face which I draw the facial features with Mavry markers and a paperclay face that is molded and I use watercolor pencils to color the face and add facial features.  Then I spray the paperclay face with a fixative.  I also like to attach my faces with size 11 seed beads instead of the standard embroidery thread. 

I prefer hair on my dotees...it frames the face!  Hair on this particular doll is fun yarn.  I love it because it can have that wild sexy look or depending on costume like I did on one, a little messy haired sweet child.. What do ya think?  I have also used the Lion's Homespun, that thick wavy yarn, and it looked great too.

My hanger is usually beaded on metalic cording and I like to bead the tail.

I am hosting a Holiday Best Dressed Dotee Swap on Swap-Bot and this beauty is on her way out west to live with Willow.  She is the 5th doll of this sort that I've made and I think the prettiest thus far.  She looks so full of herself doesn't she?

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Sketch- Soul of a Rose

I have been working on this sketch on and off for almost 2 weeks. I love graphite but it is SO labor intensive. However, sometimes nothing will scratch that itch but a pencil or two. This is my interpretation of my favorite painting titled "The Soul of a Rose" by British artist, John Waterman in 1908. I was first introduced to this painting by my sister. She has a beautiful reproduction in her living room and I have always admired it. Lately I have been practicing faces in an attempt to draw this...This woman looks several years older than Mr. Waterman's lady, but I'm satisfied with it as a first attempt at a figure sketch.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Garden in Full Bloom - Asiatic Lily

Our flower garden in is full bloom. This is an Asiatic Lily...Beautiful bright orange flower. Blooms are short lived however lasting only a couple weeks but has bright lush green foliage for the remainder of the growing season.

This year the garden as been especially prolific with extremely large blossoms on the petunias and bright red geraniums. Hoping to attact humming birds! They are so much fun to watch. The feeders we purchased last year have perches for them to land...until then I had never seen one not in flight with the wings flapping 100 miles a minute. Wow, a wonderfult treat!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring Blooms: Tulip Tree

The most beautiful time of year in Atlanta is spring. This is a watercolor of a branch of one of the many Tulip Trees in my neighborhood.

This is an 11 x 14 on 140# Arches CP watercolor paper. I used artist quality Winsor Newton watercolor paints. If you would like to see more of my work, go to my website.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Flowers

I love to paint flowers in watercolor. This is a Pink Hydrangea that blooms late spring in Georgia. My bush as just started getting its new bright green leaves. Mine are blue however although I have heard the color of the flowers depends on the ph in the soil.. Anyway, the reference photo for this particular flower was taken by a women in an online art forum that passed recently, Olga Moore