Fun with Photoshop brushes

I’ve been wanting to make some screens for silk screen printing, but have been at a total loss as to where to find designs (though I’m still debating coming up with some myself, from scratch). So, I spent tonight doing some research online and have found a ton of beautiful Photoshop brushes that will fit the bill perfectly. It has been so much fun finding …

New scraps!

This was my mailbox present on Friday: 2 pounds (about 2 full yards) of fabric scraps, some of which are quite big. Seeing as how I actually made my first Etsy sale, I used the money in my Paypal account to purchase these from another Etsy seller, Fabricsupplies. They offer three different scrap packs: fresh, cool and warm colors. I chose the fresh colors. Now, …

Books I’d like to read

Just in case anyone is looking for some birthday suggestions! Here’s three that I’ve been keeping my eye on for quite a while, but haven’t so much as cracked the cover (what can I say, I don’t live near any bookshops!). The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule is one of the books at the top of my list. I’ve been looking for this book …

Summer vacation fun

Spent plenty of time this summer at the beach. This is the little guy when we were up north. Lake Superior is a tad bit colder than Lake Michigan, even during the height of summer. So, while we didn’t do much swimming, we did get some hiking in.This sight was the reward at the end of a 1.5-mile hike (yes, one direction! Which was an …

OK, so I’ve been a tad busy…

but, I did manage to finish up this baby gift set for my step-sister Andie, who is expecting her first child – a boy – this October. She’s getting two burp cloths, two bibs and three appliqued onesies, all in a modern blue floral fabric. I’m hoping she likes these … they’re definitely more fun that most of the stuff I had with my son …

Check out my first handcarved stamp

I recently bought a couple of lino blocks and a Speedball carving set. But the 5×7-inch blank lino slate instilled something like writer’s block (call it carver’s block, I guess) … and I couldn’t bring myself to cut into it’s pristine surface. So, imagine my luck when I stumbled across my son’s while eraser, just begging to be turned into a little piece of art! …

“BTR” Baby Bibs

This was super easy to make! I can’t believe that I agonized so long about it. Thank you Laura for your great advice and tips… reading the directions was a tad confusing and you definitely clarified things for me. I did get a snap setter and snaps and they went on WAY easier than I’d have expected. I could probably churn out about a dozen …

Friday fun!

Well, technically, I made this last night. It’s a composition book cover, made from denim, linen and a cotton print. It was my first try at a book cover and it turned out pretty well. In retrospect, if I hadn’t used the denim, the seam with the linen would have probably been less bulky. I might try it again with a blue linen instead of …

Crafty Thursdays

Today, I whipped up two very cute little T-shirts for a friend’s identical twin daughters. I’ll post them after she sees them, as she’s one of my only real-life friends who reads my blog! I will say that they are very cute and if I had a little girl, I’d proudly deck her out in one (or more!) of these. I was hoping to get …

Cool artists at the fair

(photo from artist’s Web site) As I’d posted earlier, my favorite artist at the show was Dolan Geiman and his partner Ali Walsh of Chicago. According to Geiman’s blog, his interests are: contemporary art, folk art, independent designers and retailers, fishing, sweet tea, the South, vernacular architecture and culture, Chicago arts community, artist opportunities and resources, home decor, interior design, green design, sustainable design, insect …