Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ta Da! Sound the Trumpets!

Okay, maybe it's too early for trumpets as I don't have May done yet but I feel soooo good that I got this one done. April done and only one to go.

April is my Easter basket. This is the Easter basket I have had for 54 years. Yep, I've kept my childhood basket and have used it many times too. It's very faded and small compared to many you see today but, it's mine. At one time this basket was bright yellow and purple. Sometimes little chicks would be tied to the handle and once I remember we each got a sock bunny tucked into the grass. We had peeps too - one row to each of us kids. Not a whole package or multiple packs but one row and we thought we were lucky. A chocolate bunny or cross came in it each year and jelly beans which my dad loved (I didn't until many years later and the new jelly beans came out). We also had a hardboiled egg tucked in which we had decorated the night before. That may not seem like such a big deal but in my family we would normally use two hard boiled eggs to make 8 sandwiches for school lunches and yes, you could see the bread through the bits of egg! So a whole egg in our basket was a treat plus we got another one or two for breakfast on Easter. MMmmm. I had one sister who plowed her way through her candy in no time where I was a nibbler. I wanted it to last. (Maybe that's why I buy supplies today and don't use them but save them til they go bad on me).

I made my new basket for this page with real weaving. The purple bands were peyote (probably should have done brick stitch, and the yellow bands are ndebele stitch. I started them at one edge and worked across weaving as I went. Then I came back and tacked the strip down to form the curve I needed. My bunny was done separately and sewn on . The handle was strings of beads I couched down.

Hope you've enjoyed the look-see. I am always glad to have visitors.

New Post!

I finally have something new to share. It's my new inchie for the InchybyInch blog group. The theme for this week was to include a hat. I usually take forever to think of something different to do but decided too many don't get made because of that. I figured K.I.S.S. was the answer for me. This is my result.

The face started as a circle that I cut a slit in to make it more 3-D but when I glued it down to the backing I smooshed it too much and flattened it out. Just a simple paper folded hat like we all made when we were kids.

The picture with my cat shows how I am doing my inchies now. I cut an empty facial tissue box into squares and ATC backs. This way the backside has something nice on it and I am recycling a tiny bit. Someone (I wish I could remember who) said they put their inchies in their grandmother's candy dish. The only way to keep them looking nice that way is to make the backs look nice too. I thought the candy dish idea was a good one so I found an easy way to make the backs nice. I certainly didn't need to try to do both sides; I'd never get one done!

Hope you enjoyed your visit. Come again!

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Well, I am home and getting back to getting my art projects done. I have missed a few of the Inchie challenges so thought I would try to get this one done even though it's late in the week.
The week's challenge was "key". I thought about it and always wanting to do things a little out of the norm (some say I am contrary but I just say I am moving to the beat of a different drum - or orchestra!) I decided to use a music key. Since I really don't know much about music I asked my husband and he found something I could use. So here it is, a key in G major for music.
Now I am off to InchybyInch to post it there. Sing, I mean swing, on by and see what others have done with the challenge. Just look at the comments and click on the links others have left. Enjoy the show!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Out to Lunch

Hi everyone. I went on a vacation to California. I stopped first in Oceanside where my sister lives as my brother was stopping there on his way from seeing his son come back from Iraq to his home in New York. My brother was going back home to Hawaii and I had a chance to see him for a couple of days. We had a nice party weekend as I and four of my sibs were all together with some of the rest of the family. Only one sister wasn't there.

Now I am in Simi Valley at my daughter's home. I'm finding myself busy and not getting to my crafts and blogging. I had the delusion that I could do it all and have come down to earth now to let you all know I can't!! I hope to get back in the swing of things again real soon. I miss visiting you all.

Happy 4th of July to all the Americans and hope you ALL have happy days till I return.

Aloha, Ciao, Sayonara, Adios and goodbye for now.....