Sunday, August 1, 2010

this and that...


I've had a lovely weekend puddling about making things and packing up stuff to send off for swaps etc .
We've had some massive downpours so it been really nice to be inside in the warm making my usual mess :) last week i thought the coldest days of winter might be behind us as we had some lovely sunny weather, but no, they are back :(

The week before i went to the Stitches and Craft show with my bestest friend Ann on the train. We met up with some others from our craft group but generally wandered around on our own, meeting for lunch etc.
Now, i haven't been for years but i was really impressed. There were so many interesting stalls to appeal to all tastes plus the quilt exhibition. I found this wonderful chipboard from here and could've spent a fortune but i reigned myself in. sigh.
I bought two hanks of this wonderful sari silk which I've pulled apart and have started using...

a housewarming card and thank you card. My free motion stitching is very 'free' i need to practise it more on paper....



I do so love the last little house, it looks like a little gnomes house Lol

loads of beads , charms, velvety flowers , printing sheets in silk and cotton and some cogs and sprockets used here.
All in all a fabulous day was had by all...


here are some other Atc's ive made for recently . This one i sent to Margaret...cut into my japanses fabrics, that was hard !
Backgound is masking tape with metallic crayons, rubbed back.




This was for a bridges swap which had me really stumped [not that hard to do lately]
Before you say what a wonderful drawer i am ;), its a magazine image gessoed and colored in with watecolor crayons. The big cloud was the Goodyear Blimp! It looks pretty ordinary until you tilt it and the water sparkles with that stampee foil. So hard to get a good pic though...

I call it ...The Best Bridge in the Best Location in the Best Country!!!!!

14 comments:

Jacky said...

Hey Jen, great post! Sounds (and looks) like you had a wonderful time at the Craft Fair. I missed it this time due to a nasty migraine last week. That sari silk looks scrummy!!!!
Wonderful ATC's...you have been busy.

Jacky xox

jenny said...

Awww Jen those free motion stitched cards are just too sweet...love them.
So many goodies from the show and beautiful ATC's...as per usual :)

Jenny x

Diane said...

Wow, Jen...looks like you've been busy! I love that gnome house (as you call it), it's wonderful! The ATCs are great too! Hope all is going well with you.
Hugs, Diane

Doreen G said...

You have been busy Jen and I love those sari silks--yummy.

Fabric Art said...

Jen wonderful things you have made, I love especially the steampunk arch, great work, thanks for your nice comment on my Erosion Art book.
Anni

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

You've been busy having fun and creating, so enjoyed reading about some of your adventures Jen!
Those sari ribbons are so pretty, I have some similar. Your free motion stitching is fantastic! I really must give that a try ... thank you for inspiring me this morning. I think we're getting some of your rain (or someone's hahaa)
oxo

Lesley said...

Hi Jen, wow what a lot of creativity. Love your silk, looks so pretty and scrummy????LOL
I adore your cards the flowers and the little houses are so darn cute.
What great originality.
Your craft fair sounded fun, you know I would be there too if I could.
L

Electra said...

Lucky us that you've had time to craft and we've gotten to see it! Great art! And the bridge is better than I could do.

Vicky said...

LOL, I could have bumped into you at the show, & I wouldn't have known LOL!!! (I went on the Thursday) & I too had to stop myself from buying out Scrapmatts!!!! Your free-hand sewing looks great, & the arch is fantastic :)

Sherry said...

That sounds like a wonderful day! It's so easy to overspend at the exhibitions and so hard to resist - LOL. I love the sari ribbon. I too bought some bundles of it at a stitch and craft exhibition here in the UK - and it has so many uses. The colours are wonderful and I love your free motion stitched cards - just brilliant x

Viv's Visuals said...

Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by my blog - appreciate your comments! have become a foloower so will be popping back to yours in the future! Great ATC's.....

Melinda Cornish said...

Wow, this is some of the prettiest stuff.....I love craft fairs and things like that....i havent been to one in a long time...I probably would go crazy trying to buy everything I saw...I love your free motioned cards....
Thanks Jen for your support to and your kind words...I am missing the kids pretty bad......

AZviaTx said...

Jen Look who's back online! I am playing catch-up on some fave sites. Of course, yours is on top of list. Pc is new. No more dial up. DSL baby. And you are making such wonderously lovely art. I want some of that Asian silk too! How beautiful. The TimeKeeper card is so up my alley. Wish I had been playing ATCs when you created it! Not yet ready to do my own art. Still have to dig out art room! I think it too went away for surgery and isn't on it's feet either! Love to you girlie. Tina/redopal

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Just catching up here Jen...
Woweee fabby creations! Love the stitching!! You have been busy!
Those chipboard shapes are sooo yummy!...and the craft fair sounded fab!!

Jan x