Sunday, July 20, 2008

It's in the bag

Here's a very simple and fun bag. I have never seen the directions for the humbug bag, but I assume it would be quite simular.

I started out with two fabrics and a cotton batting cut 12" X 9".

With the three layers, I free motion quilted them together and used a serger to sew all 4 sides. Sew the zipper on with the zipper face down on top of the right side of the fabric. Note I was using a zipper too long for the bag, but it doesn't matter because it can be shortened when we sew it in the seam.

Now turn the fabric so you can top stitch along the edge of your zipper on each side so that it will lay flat.

Now turn your fabric with right sides together and stitch the bottom of the bag across the zipper and trim off the excess bottom.

Use a ribbon and tack inside the top portion of your bag and sew the bag the opposite of the direction from the bottom. Turn right side out. Add a zipper pull if you wish.

Simply hang your bag when not in use.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

My Wild Side

I have been known to be wild every now and then, but can be tamed quite easily!

I suppose dotees are mainly doll oriented, but i couldn't resist making animals too. (Sort of Ann Geddes style instead of animal faces) It's been an after thought, but I do
have a small paw print I could stamp on fabric for feet, just wonder if I could find one with a horseshoe print for the zebra.
I had some zebra buttons that I couldn't help but put on the tail. I don't know why, but the zebra reminds me of Delta Burke. lol
I will also have to add some more fun fur on the lion's tail. They are too cute! I can see other animals in the making. I may have to make 7 cats just for ornaments on our Christmas tree this year!

Here's one posing now. His name is Zack. (full name Zackery Elliot) Doesn't he look like a smitten kitten?

He's also my worst art critic!

Friday, July 11, 2008

It's good to be queen!

Just thought I would do some playing with a photo of myself and some fluttery things with wings!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Getting High!

We don't spend as much money these days on long trips, but we jumped at the chance 4th of July weekend to go to Ashland Ohio to see the balloon fest! It was only a couple of hours away and a great way to spend the day. The sky was as blue as could be. I was half afraid we would end up getting rained out but luck was on our side even though the field was a bit muddy. One of my goals is to ride a hot air balloon. It didn't happen this year, but next year I will jump in line a lot quicker than anyone else!

It was fascinating watching them set up!

Getting High!

Tethered Rides.

This is my favorite composition. It reminds me of the planets!

Balloon wannabees! LOL

What beautiful colors!!!

They cut the gas back with more oxygen giving it a golden flame instead of a blue flame to get the balloons to glow at night.

Night Glow!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I got a bug!

O.K. got on a bug kick. This is Phoebe the Firefly! I painted her in glow in the dark paint to even make her more exciting! I also love this striped organza and painted glitter gem on it. Last week, I had picked up a big package of foam hands and somehow I knew I could use them somewhere and I felt this just the place for the wee ones!