MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Art doll - Audacity

This afternoon I finished working on Gail's doll Audacity for the Art Doll Cool-aberation 2010.  When Audacity arrived, this is what she looked like....
Gail is the queen of paper mache and did a wonderful job of creating a base for us to work on.  In case you don't remember me talking about this before - we were to create the beginning of a doll but not the entire body, which would leave more room for interpretation by the other artists.  I had a really difficult time deciding what I wanted to add to her - I thought of, and rejected, numerous ideas.  I finally resorted to the old trick of thinking about it just before I went to sleep hoping for inspiration.  Well, she did speak to me, but again I dragged my heels.  After three nights of waking up with the SAME thought running through my mind, here is what she became.....


She wanted to have an octopus.  

There were no ifs, ands, or buts about it - she insisted!

She wanted to be a Queen
of the lost city of
ATLANTIS!!

Well, never let it be said that I don't listen to dolls so I created her an octopus, made from painted felt with sequins (160 of them, to be exact) for suckers.  Raiding the teddy bear eye stash yielded perfect eyes.

Her journal was fun to do, but I think I got a trifle carried away.  I have a habit of wanting to make journals fat and chubby, so Gails nicely put together journal doesn't close properly now (oops).  Here's page one...
Page two (remember the glue-ey mess I was in a few days ago with watercolour paper, fibers and white glue?)...
Page three...well, that sand dollar HAD to be on there, right??  AND then I wonder why the pages are fat???
Finally, page four....yet more geehaws to make the pages thick.  The little tag at the top has my name on the back and the little charm was in my stash, along with the copper washers.
Hope Gail likes what I did, and that she won't be too upset that her book gained so much 'weight' while Audacity was visiting with me!

Don't forget, if you'd like to see what is happening with the rest of the dolls in the Cool-aberation, be sure to visit here.



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A meeting of the minds

Every month our little crafting group gets together and exchanges atcs and generally the hostess comes up with a small how-to that we can play with.  This month is was my turn to host and I'm sure the ladies arrived with trepidation knowing full well that some of the 'how-tos' I've managed to come up with have been more like 'how NOT to'.  Being a last-minute sort of person I left it til last night to come up with what we would do.  Luckily the latest CQMagOnline came to my rescue with an excellent article on decorating buttons.  I have lots of buttons and lo and behold I even had the rest of the supplies! 

We made decoupaged buttons and these are mine...


These will be great sewn onto a crazy quilt piece.  

Above are the atcs we exchanged.  Last month the theme was 'masks' and the top one on the left was what I did and Sue made the one on the right.  This month it was 'artist choice' and Halloween is on everyone's mind I guess.  I made the one on the left and Sue did the other two.  My efforts this time were quite paltry, but I was under a time restraint and thought I did well to get anything done at all.

A fun day, with a couple of fun-to-be-with friends - what more could I want?

Monday, October 25, 2010

And the winner is.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUT - before we get around to that announcement, I have a few other newsworthy things to pass on to my faithful readers....

This blog is supposed to be about crazy quilting (amongst other mumblings) and, believe it or not, I have some CQ content today!

1.  There is big money to be made in crazy quilts - have a look here at this quilt which recently sold for (are you ready for this?) $70,000.  Yes, that's right - I didn't get slap happy with the zero's.  Wow!!

2.  There is more eye candy up on the Crazy Quilting International site - go here to have a look and enjoy!

3.  Last, but certainly not least, the latest free issue of CQMag is up and as always, it's a great read and general resource.  I even have some of my work in the Readers Showcase this time.  Go here!

FINALLY

I will get to the winner!

(go ahead, fess up if you scrolled down to read this bit first!!)


First of all I want to thank all of you who took the time to enter my giveaway (and those of you who signed up to be followers).  Thirty six of you were hoping to win and I SO wish I had 36 copies of the book to give you each one!  Believe me, I'd be so happy if I could.  But there's only one copy and, using the extremely scientific method of asking my hubby to choose a number between 1 & 36, the lucky winner is............

CHRISTINE (from sunny down under)!!!!!!!!!!

Christine said she will be taking a special in-depth class over the next couple of years and that she thought this book might be useful.  

Congratulations Christine - drop me your snail mail addy (to my email at marmic1954 at gmail dot com)  and I will get the book in the mail this week.  Hope you like it!!

As I said, I'm sorry you all couldn't win, but  keep tuned to this space for further giveaways over the next while.  I'm seriously downsizing my studio and there will be tons of stuff that won't be moved with us - a lot of it just might become giveaways!! 






Thursday, October 21, 2010

Housekeeper wanted!

I'm looking for a housekeeper - one that works for nothing (well maybe tea or coffee could be produced).

HOW

MAY I ASK YOU

CAN A PERSON

BE EXPECTED

TO WORK

IN

THIS?????
Don't forget, if you haven't already done so, to enter my giveaway here!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

yeeewww????

Never let it be said that I'm afraid to get completely covered in yuck (of course the fact that I have disposable gloves IN the drawer didn't occur to me until AFTER the fact!!). 

BEHOLD.....

Perfectly good watercolour paper being sacrificed for the sake of art??

This unqualified example of mess is a combination of different yarns glopped (good word!) onto the paper with a mixture of white glue and water.  EVERYTHING is covered with it.  It got to the point where my fingers were sticking to each other, to say nothing about the scissors and the table and the brush and....well, you get the picture I'm sure.  I never had the pleasure of going to kindergarten so does this mean I'm in my second childhood?

The rest of my day has been spent throwing watercolour paint and water around with gay abandon and making yet another huge mess with gesso.

Colour me happy!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Look what was hiding!

Jack found these lurking in the garden underneath a bunch of leaves - heritage butternut squash - that will join the approximately hundred others we have harvested this year.  Before you ask, our garden isn't that big!!  For some reason this was a good year for squash. 

I actually did something creative today, but it's not ready to show you quite yet.  I can tell you though that it's something for the new Art Doll Cool-aberation and I will post pictures soon.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway on the previous post if you haven't already.  A brand-new copy of 'Drawn To Stitch' by Gwen Hedley is going to be an early Christmas present for one of my readers!  Remember to enter ONLY on yesterday's post!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Maybe it will be Christmas a trifle early???

I'm having a draw!!!

A giveaway draw!!
I have found myself in possession of an extra copy of a great book and so, in the spirit of generosity (sharing the wealth, so to speak), I decided that it was time for a giveaway for no special reason other than I have the nicest readers!  That's a good excuse, right?

SO....

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN THIS????

Specs:  'Drawn To Stitch' by Gwen Hedley, published in 2010 by Interweave.  ISBN: 978-1-59668-233-7

The only thing you have to do in order to have a chance to win is leave a comment on this post only and I will make the draw on Oct. 25th.  Easy-peasy!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Found object - use unknown

I've had this in my stash for quite some time
and have no recollection of where
I got it.
Might have been from my grandmother.
The question is....
what is it for?

Above is the outside.  It measures approximately 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.  I think you would call the stitching on the front 'ruching' and it's further decorated with ribbon and a little bouquet of velvet flowers.  The back is plain.

Then, it opens up....

There is no form of closure on it - seems to just be a pouch of some sort.  Would it have been used to hold handkerchiefs perhaps?  Any ideas? EDITED TO ADD:  It's closed on two sides and open on the other two.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Scrub, scrub, toss, and sort

That's pretty much what I've been doing over the past few days!  We just hauled a giant stack of old bedding and towels to the local Humane Society for the animals and I won't mention just how many boxes of stuff have been packed up for a yard sale next spring.  I have a large box of 'interesting' papers to go through and file somewhere in my archives - mostly things pertaining to the family history. 

I also found this image and thought I'd share...
maybe it's something you would like to
create with??

 
Hopefully tomorrow or the next day will see a return to the regularly scheduled drivel you've grown to expect on this blog!

Monday, October 11, 2010

I really am back - sort of

I know I did say I was back and I am - more or less.  The past few days I've pretty much spent going through 'stuff' that belonged to my Dad and I didn't suppose anyone wanted pictures of that sort of thing.  Today I had to take a picture of this spectacularly-coloured vine (Englemens Ivy, I think...sp?) that is on our fence right outside our back door.  The green you see is actually some sort of very miniature tomatoes that has run amuck along that fence over the summer. The tomatoes are only about the size of blueberries, but the vines make up for it!   If you embiggen the picture hopefully you can see some little green ones hanging in a cluster on the right side of the picture (above the date).

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I'm back

Rest in Peace
Robert "Bob" Michie
December 27, 1920 - October 5, 2010

Dad passed away peacefully with us by his side last night just after supper.  He was home with us, in his own bed, where he wanted to be.  

He has lived with us for eleven years (since my mother died) and it was a decision we made that we have never for one minute regretted.  He has been a pleasure to have with us and I'm so grateful that we were able to give him the home he wanted.

Thank you so very much to all of you who have been praying and sending your best wishes to us.  I'm sure it was because of those that his passing was so comfortable.  I could never begin to repay you all for your kindness but please know how much it has been appreciated by Jack, RJ, Shawn, myself and Dad.  Just knowing you were there gave us all great comfort.