Creativity

If you follow my blog, you know that I have a pretty severe case of ADD. I cannot stay with one activity for very long. That includes my creative endeavors. I have posted about fabric art such as quillows, nap mats, and pillowcase dresses. I have made many kinds of jewelry, including statement necklaces, beaded brooches, and team spirit jewelry. My love for other people’s discards has sparked an interest in wood creations. That includes furniture and yard art. I cannot stay with one medium for very long.

Family Influence is very strong. My mother was creative and my father could not sit still. So I move from one unfinished project to another. One creative outlet that I have not talked about much is painting wall art.  I have taken watercolor lessons with my mother and I recently won a local art contest.

I have painted for friends and family and also for myself.

The following slide presentation shows some of my work that is for sale.

Enjoy and Share!


Fabric Art

Check out the slide show to see my fabric art.

Customized Quillows

All quillows are custom made. It is 45×60 with a matching shoulder strap. When you are going into the game, you can carry binoculars or water in the pocket. When the quillow is open, your feet can stay warm tucked into the pocket. This also makes a great picnic blanket. All quillows are completely washable.

Pillowcase Dresses

Vintage, hand-embroidered, pillowcase made into a dress. The drawstring neckline allows the dress to grow with the child. They can be worn by 2T to teens.

Nap Mat

The 22×50 bed roll is great for daycare or grandma’s house. It has a 1″ piece of washable foam inside one end to lie on and a poly fiberfill pillow on the other end. The 36″x36″ blanket is attached on one side. When not in use, the mat rolls up and buttons closed. The strap makes it easy for little ones to carry.

What else can I create?

Pretty in Pillowcase

Recently a friend gave me a stack of vintage, hand-embroidered pillowcases. I had no idea what to do with them, so I just put them in a basket in my shop in Pasadena. They are cute and somebody will be nostalgic and want to buy them, right? Well, there they sat and sat and sat.

I don’t have any little girls and my grandSON isn’t very  feminine. So, I didn’t know about the latest rage, pillowcase dresses.

 

My sweet young friend, Maria, came to our quilting, sewing, craft night with material to make a Halloween dress for Liliana. I went home,  searched the internet and started making pillowcase dresses.

They are so easy to make. The original pattern said to measure up from the bottom 20″, so that’s what I did. I then notched out a “J” for the armhole. I used the material that I had cut off to make a binding for the armholes. The last sewing step was the casing for the ribbon tie.

Last Sunday, I took the dress to church to check sizes and get some reactions. Everyone loved them. The suggestion was to make them a little longer. I tried it on a 2T and a teenager. The neck is a drawstring, so it can be tightened or loosened. As the sweetheart grows, she can wear leggings or pants under the dress. During the winter, she can add a t-shirt under it or a sweater over it.

Hopefully I can send more pictures later. This weekend I sent everything I had to the  Old Time Trade Days in Winnie, TX. Marcy from M’s Boutique and More in Orange, TX had a booth. I was so busy working, getting it all together, that I did not do a very good job of taking pictures.

Here are some of the things I sent:

quillows

Nap mats

Seashell art

Painted “Stained Glass” bib necklaces

and of course, pillowcase dresses.

I am also very excited about adding my creations to a really cute children’s resale/consignment store in Friendswood, TX. Funky Monkey first caught my eye because of the name. We called our grandson Monkey Boy when he was little. I went in there to find monkey stuff and ended up selling my creations.

I am really going to be busy between now and Christmas. Hopefully I will also be making some money.

Nap Mat Success

Earlier this school year, my daughter-in-law asked me to make August a nap mat. Since I have no small children at home, I was not familiar with the idea. She sent me a link and I found a nap mat pattern online. When I found this bright dinosaur print flannel, I fell in love. If I make another, I will tweak the design a little. I am not much for following directions. I tend to always have a better plan, just ask my husband. My best better plan was marrying him. My parents said it wouldn’t last. That was 36 years ago.

Here is the 20″x50″ finished product:

There is a 1″ piece of washable foam inside one end and a poly fiberfill pillow on the other end. The pattern called for velcro on the side to remove the foam, but I sewed it up. The foam can be washed and then hung to dry. The 36″x36″ blanket is attached on one side. When not in use, the mat rolls up and buttons closed. I also made a strap that makes it easy for little ones to carry.

We went to see August last weekend. We actually got to take care of him overnight. It was great, but we were tired. August is now 15 months old. When I gave him the mat,

he knew exactly what to do.

He just loved it and so did Emily. I think I have a new item to sell.

I have a friend who suggested making adult mats to take to hotels. What do you think?

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