I recently took a Garden Totem pottery class at our local Art Center. This was my 1st attempt at molding clay.
My clay Fish
Some of my pieces, before I painted them with glaze and the final firing.
It was a 5 week class and we created lots of clay pieces that we would eventually stack into a garden totem.
After we molded/created our individual pieces, they were fired in a kiln and then we painted glazes on them and they were fired again.
Here is the finished project.
Of course I had to put a scottie in my totem.
My crazy bird.
I added some copper wiring and some copper tubing to better space out my pottery pieces. I really like the way the light catches on the copper.
Everyone’s totem was unique.
It was a really fun project and it adds a bit of whimsy to our garden.
I got sidetracked by a painting project earlier this week. I had a can that a retired teacher friend painted for me about 8 years. Needless to say – after the can had been outdoors for that time, the paint design had peeled. My friend had painted the can white and then added flowers. I decided not to paint the can white so that I could better cover the previous design. So I painted the lid dark blue and the can light blue. Of course I used acrylic paints that I had on hand so that limited my color choices. After several base coats, I was ready to paint a new flower design. When my design was complete, I sprayed a clear enamel paint to preserve the design since it took a few days to complete the design. Now the new paint can design looks really cute on our back patio. Have fun sewing and quilting and fun with other creative projects too. Donna
What to do on a COLD & cloudy winter day?
Answer: Make a new sewing machine cover for my Bernina.
My old cover was not really big enough for my main machine so the old one now covers my travel machine (in the background).
Scottie Fabric (close-up)
Ps. Yes…. I did include some scottie fabric (from my scottie fabric stash) in this cover.
Our Modern Quilt Guild had a calendar block challenge where you designed and make monthly calendar blocks.
I designed and made 12 calendar blocks but did not put them together. Yes, sadly my calendar blocks, inspired by our scottie, Ranger, had turned into a UFO.
I did not want to them all together in a quilt (as I didn’t really need a scottie calendar quilt hanging) so I needed another idea.
I love the blocks and decided to finished them each off with a ribbon border/binding and the put one up in our sewing room each month.
I covered stretcher frames (or you could us an art canvas) with burlap and then I put (non-sew) velcro on the burlap and on the block.
Now I can interchange them every month and they are sweetly displayed above our cutting table. This block is one of my favorites.
I was practicing some new free motion quilting designs and my son’s dog wanted to check out what I was doing. I stepped away from my sewing machine to do some ironing. When I turned around, there was Messi spinning in my sewing chair. He does like to jump up to see what is happening. He is very curious. We have to keep Ranger’s stuffed dog toys in the closet so Messi doesn’t tear them apart. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Week #2: This week I transferred my buoys photo to newsprint using a grid system. I placed my photo in a plastic sleeve that had one inch grid lines. Then I placed a newsprint grid (with the same number of grid squares as the smaller photo grid) under the blank newsprint (16″ x 20″). Using a pencil I sketched out the buoys onto the newsprint. Using a 6b pencil, I traced the same design on the back side of my newsprint (I taped the newsprint to a window so I could see the design to trace it.). Usually the next step would be to put the design on the canvas. But since I had some sky in the background of the my photo, the instructor thought it would be better to paint the background first and then place the pencil design over the painted sky. It took some time to mix the paint to get the right shades of blue for the sky background. My instructor let me use one of her wide brushes which helped to paint the background. At home I added the pencil line design to the blue sky canvas. I didn’t take a picture since it is hard to see the pencil lines on the sky blue background. So now I am ready for my next class. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna