Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


This is the travel journal made from Linda Blinn's workshop in the Strathmore series offered on-line.  it is a rambling account of a flight to Indiana to pick up our new RV, a PC Cruiser and the drive home.  

Some of the backgrounds were made before leaving, hence the sunny bright start well it was 80 when we left Texas and 37 when we arrived in Southbend.  It was grey rainy and overcast for hundreds of miles.  I had forgotten weather like that.

I found this phrase in a travel magazine and thought it suited us well.(sorry if you were the next to read it)

 Stepping the first few pages was a great idea Linda. 

page one open.  we missed the connecting flight, arriving at 10.45pm, way past our bed time.  Since it's a journal you gotta write.  What better place.
 Page 2 open.   After the first very cold night we turned on the gas and stayed warm and very comfortable.  ( we realized the gas was off it was raining and we had a electric blanket)
 This was playing with backgrounds so i wrote on it.  It is supposed to be a journal so i felt obligated.
I wanted to keep the information on this park so we never stay there again .  Not that Northern Indiana  is on our hot travel list. The spots are a cut up envelope with ephemera in them.  Big word for junk I collected, lost and found later!  beside i love making pockets.

 The left side was a "fismal Dailure".  Sorry that's one of those Brit play on words.

 A favorite place Makers Mark.  yummy enough to make the rain irrelevant. Another couple of pockets with enough information to find it again.  And yes i did make my own.

This is a pretty state, never to be visited on Sunday and worst of all Easter Sunday.  NOT A DROP TO BE FOUND.
here the masterpiece, I added a page extension.  Very proud of this.  Should it be mistresspiece?

We stopped in Corinth, MS as we headed for home with tornadoes and floods growling on our heels.  as you see i practiced spelling.

Louisiana is always fun and if nothing else even the tiniest town has yummy food.  This was a campground to remember.(great location and nice friendly staff).  And look another pocket.  

in the back are the two pockets Linda showed us though she did not sew hers down.
i bound the edge with copper tape because it was hanging  around my drawer and i sewed on two  orange vintage Bakelite buttons.  They should be removed as they are too bulky
  So i almost filled this journal.  It's the Strathmore acrylic, friendly mixed media 5x8, visual journal.  i really like this size.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A journaling lesson

Taking a class from Kelly Kilmer   http://kellykilmer.blogspot.com/2011/05/journey-of-you.html    called a Journey of you. This is an effort to make my next travel journal a little different.  it is so easy to get in a rut and find you have made the same thing over and over again. 

 this is how she described it. " In this workshop, you will learn how to create expressive collages using magazines or old books, a glue stick and a small handful of pens.". hopefully it will help to develop better composition and design skills.

here is the image after adding some writing.  Since my floor is littered with eyes i some how started thinking of bits of poetry so i looked them up on line and wrote them down .  (After all a journal is about writing. ).  unfortunately i had stamped the page with a Distress Ink pad.  As a result I was covered in ink and the effect was awful so i cleaned up the page with rubbing alcohol.  next came the white pen written over the other writing. think i should have doodled.  now to clean me up.

RV bedroom drapes

This was one of those quick one day jobs that ended up taking 4 days.  Why, I do not know as it is simple sewing.  As one who is measurement challenged this is quite tedious with drapes.  the original drapes were made of something posing as fabric and very obviously the color choice of the male of the species, in this case the guy who owns the company building the RV.   Why this task is not relegated to Amanda who is the office manager.  She has great taste and could sure set the Phoenix apart from the other dull a and dark RVs flooding the market.    the samples ranged from almost dark to dungeon dark.  I selected the lightest of everything
 this is the couch awaiting the arrival of the fab red afghan Lynn made me.  To all you Brits an afghan is a throw.

View looking down hall to bedroom

 back wall.  These were the hardest to make

the TV space window, that is a froufrou Kleenex cover box i made years ago in my CQ era

this is the window behind the bed.  I used the bed skirt for the blue and the rust fabric is from the Westminster fabric line.  Everything is lined.  I knew that lining was worth saving, it was in my stash for years
So PC is now starting to look like  it belongs to us.  I do plan to add some art postcards to the valence in the main cabin over the couch.  in the mean time working on where to put stuff and donating lots of other stuff kept in the Alfa..

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fairy Dress for Ella

This is the same pattern used for other dresses called Mary Giggles.  use Michael Miller fairy fabric and a contrast in green.  I made the rose out of a special ribbon bought from Helen Gibb many years ago at the Houston Quilt festival.  USING my STASH!!!

The fabric is very pretty even Chris approved!

It was bought with the intention of making a fab Daisy Kingdom pattern but i had not bought enough fabric.  Unlike patterns from specialty designers the commercial patterns have the right amount of fabric needed for the pattern, ah well i will have to get to Jo Annes to match up the seersucker in my stash.