This summer I took a big journey into creating art.
I was invited to help with the construction of a Memory quilt for the Contemporary Arts Center‘s 75th annaverary by the amazing Pam Kravetz.
She asked me to make quilt portraits of the members of my family to replicate the work of JR who’s portraits of citizens of Cincinnati cover the walls of the museum.
I had never done anything like this before and I was terrified and excited to try it.
First, I took pictures of my family and myself and using photoshop I applyied a grid over them and applyed the painter filter.
I printed out full size copies of the photos and used the paper piecing quilting method to lay out the image. Then I stitched around every piece of fabric to quilt all the layers together.
The quilts are large, 35″ X 50″ and it took about 30 hours to finish each one.
When the huge quilts were finished and installed in the museum they looked like this:
Earlier this year I sold on of my vintage linen sleep masks from my Etsy store.
The purchaser asked me to ship it as soon as possible because it was going to be used in a TV show. I figured it was a local show and sent the mask off without another thought about it.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when my daughter and I sat down to watch one of our favorite shows together. My daughter loves horror movies and zombie flicks so of course she loves American Horror Story. Coven was our favorite season so far and we even bought matching black hats so we could feel a bit witchy.
So this season starts and it is SCARY. I almost can’t handle it. I have this problem where I empathize with fictional characters way too much. So I’m watching episode 2 and hiding my eyes and cringing when all of a sudden I jump off the couch “that’s my eye mask!”
One half of Sarah Paulson’s character is trying to sleep while her other half is trying to have a conversation and she is wearing, you guessed it, my sleep mask that I shipped off weeks ago and forgot all about.
My daughter was thrilled to think that something I made was in such close proximity to Evan Peters and I was pretty excited to see my work somewhere so unexpected. Their costume people must spend an enormous amount of time looking for unique items that can fit in with the time period. That sounds like a fun job doesn’t it?
…and I am going to keep watching this season even if my eyes are closed sometimes!
I made this little collage right before the Holidays and used it as the image for some postcards and tags for the holiday craft show I did. I also added part of it to my Etsy store as a new banner.
This is my little set up at the craft show.
My daughter and I love The Walking Dead and one of our favorites Quotes from Rick is “…I’m doin’ stuff Lori, (long pause) and things”. So with that in mind, I made some jars to hold your precious “stuff and things”.
And these are the Lost Souls rescued from obscurity and ready to be taken home.
I love making little things for a craft show every once in a while, it gives me a chance to just play and have fun.
My wall of Patterns and my doll necklace. Starting to run out of room here again.
I wear my headless doll necklace when I need to be reminded to stay focused, stay true to me.
A stack of fall hats waiting to be run through the serger. Shades of fall, white, blue, gray and brown.
A stack of done hats ready for labels, photos and posting to Etsy. This part takes longer than making them!
My super talented friend Margot Madison designed these amazing new business cards for me. They are so lovely. I am really NOT a graphic designer and I just couldn’t figure out how to get great business cards, so I asked for help and the results were perfect. I have finally learned the lesson to get help with the things that are just not in my skill set.
When we moved into our new house last July I couldn’t wait to get started decorating. Then I panicked and just sat staring at walls trying to figure out how to it. Oh, and I realized that my budget was tiny to say the least. So, I’ve been doing one little thing at a time slowly collecting the bits and pieces and planning for the big stuff that will come much later.
Then I got this crazy idea to do a wallpaper collage in my entry way. I thought it was an amazing idea that could either turn out great or totally awful. I took it to my super creative kindred spirits, Margot Madison and April Combs to find out if they thought it was crazy too. They didn’t hesitate, their answer was a resounding “you must do this” and they even offered to help! So I spent the next few months collecting wall paper samples from friends and ebay.
The wall I chose to cover is just inside my main entrance at the bottom of the stairs. Note the horrible off white color that our entire house is still painted in…ugh.
I never could have done this without help; I tried putting up a few pieces before everyone got here but the pressure to get it right was overwhelming. Margot stepped in and just went for it! We started by putting up a few of our favorites first. As soon as the first dozen or so pieces were up I knew it was going to be even better than I had imagined.
Ignore the hideous hanging light fixture, it’s not long for this world.
I panicked a little when it came time to paste it all in place. I took tons of photographs then took down the pieces one small section at a time. I used a roll-on wallpaper adhesive and a small roller to apply it to the back of each piece. The paper bubbled up a lot and I was resigned to live with the lumps but Margot was right and the next morning they had smoothed out almost entirely. It took me 2 gruelling days to paste all of the pieces and I think I got most of them back in the right spots.
My vintage mirror and step stool fit perfectly, and my husband refinished this old ironing board for me to use as a key table. This is now my favorite wall in the whole house. I especially love the way portions of it can be seen from the other rooms in the house and as you come down the stairs. And the whole thing cost less than $50.
I just stumbled across this blog, Pretty Little World from a link on another blog, kinda love when that happens. The whole thing is wonderful but this post was particularly good: DIY gold antlers.
That sound you heard was me running out the door to find antlers, lots of them. Here’s the link to whole DIY post.
This is the post that brought me to Pretty Little World in the first place featuring this incredible leather cuff from ARCANAminor. There seems to be some amazing vintage going on in Michigan.