Thursday, April 10, 2014

Getting the Creative Juices Flowing

I've been taking an awesome class online called the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. I am learning tons in this class and recommend it to anyone who is interested in Surface Pattern Design. If you want to learn more about the class, you can read about it here:  I am learning lots of really fun and inspiring skills, and I thought I would share some of them here. Today, I worked with creating color palettes from photographs. In the first samples, I used the Adobe Kuler program to create a palette from a collection of items around the house.

Then, I photographed my friend's flowers today and created the palette below based on the photo.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Field of Flags

Yesterday, I went for my morning run. I stopped for a moment to capture this picture of the field of flags at Kennesaw Mountain National Park. Nearly 3000 flags were placed in this field for the ten year anniversary of September 11th. Each flag represents a person whose life was lost in the attacks. It's a stunning tribute.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Culprit

This fellow and his relatives ate all my parsley in one day! Yesterday, I noticed all the leaves were gone from my parsley in the backyard planter. Boo hoo. No more running out back to add some fresh color and flavor to my culinary creations. I did a little research and found out that this guy and his cousins will turn into beautiful Black Swallowtail butterflies. I guess I can sacrifice my parsley if it adds some of these beautiful creatures to our world.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I'm Baaaak....

The kids are tucked safely back to school, and I am getting my creative juices flowing again.

My son is playing football, which scares me given the intense Georgia heat. I am making sure he drinks a ton of water and has salty snacks on hand. Daughter is busy in the first dramatic performance of the season.

I entered the design above in the weekly Spoonflower contest. This week's challenge is to make a design in the fashion of a hawaiian quilt. It was a lot of fun and allowed me to exercise my Adobe Illustrator muscle.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Quilt Progress

I'm really thrilled with the progress on my first quilt. After completing the top and bottom, I brought it to the local quilt shop to be quilted. I'm really pleased with the job they did on their long arm quilting machine. The size of the quilting pattern seems to be a great match for the fabric patterns.

Attaching the binding has been very labor intensive. I sewed the front of the binding with my machine. Now, I'm in the process of hand-sewing the binding to the back. Although this part is taking a long time, I love the portability of the hand sewing. I can snuggle under the quilt in any room in the house.I'm really excited to finish and show you the finished product.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sliced Coins Quilt

While I was surfing, I found a great quilt along on the blog Don't Call Me Betsy . It's the sliced coins quilt. It appealed to me for several reasons. First, because it looks like a good match for my skill set. I also love the modern simplicity of it. Finally, the instructions look well-written and easy to follow. So, although the quilt along is long over, I am following the instructions to create my own sliced coins lap quilt for my family room.

As a first step, I took my daughter to the fabric store and we chose some beautiful fabrics with orange in them. I was originally thinking the lap quilt will go in my family room pictured above. We couldn't decide what color sashing to use. The helpful woman in the store suggested green, and we thought that was a great idea. In retrospect, I wish I had stuck with my gut feeling to use a neutral like gray. I think it would have gone much better in this room. However, I think the quilt will still be really cute, and I will be happy to use it in my family room or in another location.

Right now, I have three of the four coin strips pieced. You can see how the stacks look in the picture above. I also have the material I am using for the sashing hanging between the stacks.

This project reminds me that I really need to make myself a design wall in my sewing room. Right now, I have these pieces hanging on a really cute picture in my sewing room. I'll show that to you in another posting.

I'll keep you posted on my progress with the stacked coins quilt. I'm very happy with the results so far. Have a great Easter holiday tomorrow!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Passover Baking

The first night of Passover is Monday, and I am having a few families to our home for a traditional Seder. Today I did the baking. I made four recipes, but these two turned out the best.

Mom's Chocolate Chip Meringues recipe came from the Smitten Kitchen blog. Ironically, I compared notes with my own mother, and her recipe was the same. These turned out crunchy, melt-in-your mouth yummy. Much more fresh and delicious than the store bought type. I used mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. They are perfect!

The other recipe is Chocolate-Covered Caramelized Matzoh Crunch. This also turned out great. I covered half in toasted almond slices and left half with no nuts. Wow, the caramel tasted like praline when I taste-tested it mid recipe.

I think the best advice I used this Passover is to get all of the baking done ahead of time. I'm so glad to have this task checked off my list!