Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This is my first post to Philly Makes. Eek. How exciting.
This is the week the daffodils are really, truly finally blooming. They always do in time for my birthday, which is this Friday. So all I can think of are daffodils, daffodils, daffodils. I made this little Tshirt design for my new etsy shop to release some of the daffodil love floating around my head. Ha! Sorry. I'm not always this corny.
The phrase "jocund company" comes from Wordsworth's poem "Daffodils," which I've always loved. I thought it gave a nice poetic twist to the overall design.
Anyway, I have some new ideas that I'd like to try this year, and one of them includes some new designs for pillows and wall art. Here is a pillow cover in progress:
Sorry for the poor photo quality. And I did learn why we use embroidery hoops! (I tried without one & it's a little bumpy). The backside will be an envelope closure in a fun print. I'm not sure how I feel about the design yet. I guess I'm still experimenting. Any suggestions/feedback?
Monday, March 30, 2009
This pair of dragon wings is called Boris, and is so named after the scaly star of the Elmer and the Dragon series. These were a custom order for a special young man's birthday this month. As you can see, the wings are butter yellow and are accompanied by an extra long blue and yellow striped tail. I added a little bit of weight to the bottom of the tail so it drags realistically. These turned out so very cute!
And since I was so thrilled to find out the Twilight movie came out on the 21st, I decided to create a tiara for Bella in homage to Stephanie Meyer's brilliant series. This lovely piece features three gorgeous crystal hearts, suspended from non-tarnishing silver artistic wire. They are accented by black glass tear drops along the top and bottom edges. The tiara base is rimmed in deep red garnet nuggets while the space around the hearts has been woven in with black wire and glowing citrine chips.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Oh man! I missed my day again. I'm so lost in own world lately that I don't know what day it is. Well, it's the time of year when we redo Hot Knots and Tara's website and catalog. I wish I could have 10 more clients like these gals. I love their stuff, I love how they run their company and I love that they love having a super creative completely redone site every year. Here's a little sneak peek, a (very) rough screen shot of what's happening this year. You can see past years archived here and here. This is where I've been all week. Oh and hey do sock monkeys count as animals?
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
If there's one art supply that I lust over the most - it is, hands down, PAPER. I just LOVE paper and consequently have quite the collection of random papers. I had been thinking for a while about mixed paper journals and came up with these, which I've made over the past few days.
intermixed with neon pages
intermixed with blue pages
I designed this new background stencil a few weeks ago and I have been playing with it ever since. This record in progress was made using spray paint, a stencil, and then outlining the stencils design with oil paint. I hope you like it. You can see more at Cbeauty.etsy.com.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I have been so busy at work and such (planning a wedding) that my creative juices are all being used up. So in order to replenish them, I went in the darkroom to work on some prints. This roll of film was an experiment in push processing (I can explain that in more detail if anyone wants to know...it's all filmy technical....) When shooting the film my cats were so cooperatively sitting in some sun patches bathing it in - when one cat yawned. I snapped his pic and moved to the other cat....shot a few pics of him...then HE yawned. It is contagious!!!
here they are, looking ferocious....although they are big softies.
These and some of my other work are featured on the online juried exhibition site papernstitch until April 26. Please go check it out and vote for me too! Thanks!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Afterwards, I finished up the bear I've been working on. Busy day!
Friday, March 20, 2009
The green? These great little pinwheel cupcake toppers as a nod to my husband's work in wind energy.
For those of you keeping track, I also finally finished the county fair nightgowns from my post last week. Now onto some new dresses for the shop...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
It's pretty typical for me to get distracted while making things, resulting in interrupted projects and random experimentation and often times, there are some exciting results! While well into the throes of Scrapple 1" pin production, I spotted my jar of sewing notions on the other side of my desk... What would ric rac and thread look like on a pinback button?
A little something like this:
And it's always exciting to add a new item to my etsy shop!
After that spontaneity, it was back to the Scrapple wares in preparation for this Saturday's ScrappleFest at Reading Terminal Market! Read more about that, over at my blog.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I have been doing a lot of cooking this past week, so much that I really haven’t gotten much craft time. But I am very excited to share this recipe for homemade veggie burgers. They get my 5 smear rating. Ok, that didn’t sound so good-- let me ‘splain: Basically, the better the recipe, the more messed up my recipe card gets with ingredients while I‘m preparing it (I‘m a messy cook), hence, the smear rating. Anyway, if you’re a fan of the store bought variety of veggie burgers, I think these are MUCH better, not very complicated to put together, healthy, and delicious (my 2 year old even eats them!). Plus, when you add it all up, they end up costing something like $.25 per burger, which makes them healthy for your wallet as well.
½ green or red bell pepper, cut into wedges
½ onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
½ cup bread crumbs *
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly oil a baking sheet.
In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork, until thick and pasty.
In a food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic, then stir into bean mash.
In a small bowl, stir together egg, chili powder, cumin, and chili sauce.
Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide into four patties.
Place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes each side. **
** In my oven, 13 minutes each side worked better. They might seem to stick a little at first, but once you flip them, they should firm up & be fine.
Mine seemed to need to stay in the oven longer to “set up”, but did seem a little dry- they were fine, though if served with some kind of sauce: salad dressing, ketchup, etc. Also, I felt like they could’ve used a little salt, but other than that- delicious! Bon Appetit!
Monday, March 16, 2009
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
J9, my younger sister, came to visit for the weekend and we took some fun photos of the work and some pictures for her 365 project. She takes a photo every day, and she's halfway through a year of photos! Here she is with a finished spiral piece made from jeans with a small silver trinket I picked up in Thailand.
The first pair is my "Bethany" style, featuring three wing panels on each side. As you can see, I used a gorgeous swirling white sparkle organza for the base fabric and airbrushed the edges in gold. The center is decorated with tufts of eggshell marabou feathers, tiny speckled hen feathers, a large velvety orange lily and accented with a crystal and copper glitter paint. My customers will be able to choose the base fabric, wing tip, and ribbon strap color as well as specify the type of decoration they wish in the center. I also offer a strapless design for costumes or dresses with corset or low-back tops.
The second pair is my "Ceres" design, a double wing design with butterfly inspiration. For this pair I used a white crystal organza base fabric and painted the edges an opaque mint green. The center is decorated with white marabou feathers, sheer green rose petals, green hydrangea flowers with tiny crystals in the center.
I need to apologize for my picture quality: I am currently suffering from the latest plague to hit town and too weak to move my lights around, so this is the best I can come up with until I kick this bug!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Yeah, I love doing this, this thing-a-week thing! Yay! So for this week I have a wedding present to show off. It's for two very good friends who are getting hitched in June. It seems to be a habit of mine these past couple years to give a "lovers" quilt as a wedding gift. I just can't give money or buy something off a registry it's so not my style. I want give someone something that they'll always remember and use. I got a handmade quilt a long time ago, long before I really cared that much about whether something was handmade. It was from my(at that time) boyfriends Mother and I still cherish it. That is the kind of thing I like to give at weddings.
Now, this friend - Courtney loves turtles and always has as long as I've known her (long time for me), hense the turle fabric. She's an Earth loving bohemian kind of girl, hense the earthy colors and the lots of reused/upcycled fabrics. I try to reuse/recycle/upcycle whatever I can with quilts (or anything for that matter) . I just like used fabric so much more than new - they're much softer and fabric manufacturing is VERY hard on the environment so I try to limit how much I buy.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I had hoped to have these finished today but they are definitely still in process. The end result will look like this and will actually be matching nightgowns for two sisters I know.
I think the coolest thing about these nightgowns is that they are being bartered instead of bought.
The mom of these girls is a landscape architect and, in exchange for the pair of nightgowns, she's going to do some consulting for us and help us figure out what to do with our yard. Now if she could only help us keep the plants alive...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I just so happened to have had many "things" going on this week, so I am very excited to post my very first "thing" on the new "Philly Makes" art blog. Since this is my first post, I would like to say many thanks again, (and again,) for starting this wonderful visual forum!
Today I displayed information about my small art business at the annual DCCC Alumni Expo for Entrepreneurs, which included a colorful display of my artwork. You can read all about my fun-filled day on my art blog.
As you can see above, people of all backgrounds happily added their mini-doodles with everyones' favorite crayola markers. So technically this is a collective "thing," if you will. Thank you so much to the long list of doodlers who helped create this public artwork, it really made the day a lot of fun. Artists and Non-Artists alike came together to help create a more colorful world. Everyone seemed to be inspired by spring, and it is just simply a lucky coincidence that it fits into this week's theme "Springtime in Philadelphia".
Artist Rebecca Michelle Lee, Media, PA
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