Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hobby Horse

Hullo, how do you do?

I made this fantastic hobby horse for our niece! Her birthday was in March (ahem!), but since she's just turned three, hopefully she won't notice our belatedness! (Click on the photos if you want to see them closer.)

Below: the side view, then the mane (Paul picked out the yarn for it, and I threaded in each "hair" individually), and then the view from the bottom, as the head connects to the stick.

And, for a laugh, press the play button below... (thanks to Marilee for the hat!)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mini Quilts, Mounted

Long ago, Amb said to me, "How can you charge more for your quilted cards?" after she came to see the time that goes into each one. So she suggested I frame them. After lots of thinking about it and some experimenting, I have finally arrived at this:

What do you think? Funnily, I like the texture of the background the best!

Imagine three of these hanging side by side or vertically on a thin section of wall between two doors or on a staircase. Either complimentary colors or all different, contrasting...

Friday, April 2, 2010

Fleur de Ashley I & II

Last November, my sister asked me to make her a collage. So I started in December, even worked on it while she was visiting over Christmas! Well, finally I finished them, framed them, and shipped them, just a few days late for her birthday!

If you refer back to my blog post about the new table, you can just slightly see the piece in its first stage of life! Below are close-ups of each one in its final stage. They are sister collages, and can be displayed separately or apart. Click on the photos for a closer view.

It's hard to pick a favorite of the two. But one of my favorite places is the lower right corner of the second one: the yellow and pink shading over the list and the old advertisement, and the photo of the dog popping out over it.
Below you can see how they looked before I framed them. The collages are mounted onto quarter-inch plywood covered in pecan, which is what makes the stripes. We treated the wood with tung oil before mounting the collages.
I was inspired by a flower I saw in a piece of fabric I'd used in another project, and to make the piece a little less busy and more focused, I used the flower as a centerpiece. It helps bring all the colors of the various components of the collage together. Components include an interior paint sample card, picture and article cut-outs from a catalog and a magazine, two photos Ashley herself took, buttons, paper flowers, a doily, pattern paper, butterfly ribbon, felt flowers, a page from a dictionary, and some quotes that seem to fit Ash's personality.

You guessed it! Here are photos of the collage in her house!

And to give it a little scale, the final product with the artist. :)