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Inspire Me!

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Hello!

Winter is my worst time for feeling blue, so I have tried different strategies to combat this.
Start with giving myself permission to be blue... but not too long!  Then get creative!

In my bedroom I have put up pieces that I worked on, were given to me or collaborated on.  I see these each day when I get up.  Thought I'd share them with you...

My sister went through a drawing phase years ago and I requested copies of these for my wall.


I took a collage art class a few years ago and ended up with these two panels.  Paint, glue, stamping and stencils... so fun!


And before we moved away from Alberta to Ontario I asked some friends to help me alter a puzzle.  The theme was Friendship.


Hope you are able to do something to inspire you each day!
Hugs!
Cindy

UFO Fun

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Hello All!

I am participating in a UFO (Unfinished Objects) challenge with my quilt guild and I'm doing much better this year at organising myself!

So far I've completed a Fabric Tree for our local Festival of Trees fundraiser for the Lung Association.  This was completed in September and fine-tuned to be donated in November.  It stood 4 feet high and all the ornaments were hand made by friends and myself.  The final bid was $150 Canadian.





December was a Christmas table topper that I made with 2.5" diamonds all by hand.  I'd always wanted to do a project completely by hand, and had started this last year in April.  So it is hand stitched together, hand quilted and a rolled hand stitched binding.  Finished size is 14.5" diameter. It is not very big, but it took a lot of time!  Major respect for those that did and still do their quilting all by hand with no machines!




I am running away in February so I completed my February project early.  A 16x21" Valentine wa…

Fabric cards

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Hello!
I have been quilting quite a bit.  There are SO many pretty fabrics out there!  I hate to see smaller pieces just discarded because they cannot be used for a larger project.  Case in point of this kitty fabric. 

I used it to cover a cloth bag, but there was a left over bit about 8x12".  So I used a rotary pinking blade to cut out the kitty panels and made some decorative bits to accent the inside of the card.  And made cards! One of the ladies at the quilt class I take liked them so much she purchased them all!

I used the same technique for cutting out these Asian lady blocks from a panel of fabric.  These were for my AOSA Yahoo group.  I made a few birthday cards and sent along three panels for the lies to play with, as a gift.



Hugs!
Cindy

New Year thoughts

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Hello!

Here we go, ANOTHER person giving new year thoughts!
I do love my blog, but have been neglecting it this year due to focusing on family and health.
I realised when I DID do something creative I got a lot of positive vibes from it and wanted more!

A few years ago, I read that it is more important to add something than remove something as a resolution.  This way you will be more successful in completing it.  So I have tried to do so, within my limitations.

This year I am going to try to commit a minimum of 1 day a month to each of my passions: card making, scrapbooking, quilting and blogging!  Obviously I will do more, but setting aside one full guilt free day of playing on these areas will keep me motivated and feeling fulfilled, relaxed and happy.

I just finished a yearly challenge of sending a birthday card to each of the ladies who wished to receive one on my Yahoo group About Oriental Stamp Artists.  Some months were a little late, but all of them got a card.  Here are some e…

Mickey Pins

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Hi!

When you go to Disney properties, they have a fun interactive activity that has been happening for a while now: Pin Trading.  Yes, it has to be Disney pins, but there are relatively inexpensive starter packs that you can purchase and then you are set to trade!  All Disney cast members in the parks, hotels, etc. have a lanyard around their neck to trade pins with.  You can also trade with other guests, but I've found them to be a little more picky.

Anyway, I have purchased and traded for pins for the last few trips and needed a way to display them.  I had to focus on just Mickey Logo style pins, or I'd be in real trouble with all the pins available!  They're SO pretty!!!

Michaels has these felt Mickeys



And rolls of self adhesive cork


So a combined them onto a piece of 14x14" board from a broken frame.  I used Automotive Goop.  Then brought it into Michaels to get a custom frame made with no glass.  This way I can continue to add pins and switch them around if I li…

Canada Quilt

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I finally got some finished pictures of a Canada quilt I finished just before Christmas.  This is my first pieced quilt.  And of course I had to make it a large one....

So piecing started in the fall of 2016.


Once the blocks were created I needed to decide what order to place the blocks.

 The pieced front was completed in the spring of 2017

Starting to work on the back in the fall of 2017.
And then off to be quilted by a fellow quilter with a long arm machine.  Thank you Shawna at Aba Daba Quilts!
And Voila!  A finished, and binded quilt, just in time for my sister to sleep under it in my guest room at Christmas!

 Hugs!







Asian Art

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Hello!

I've been trying to keep up with my card exchanges on a Yahoo Group I belong called About Oriental Stamp Art.  The group sets up exchanges based on a theme and we join in on whichever we like.  We also have a birthday list that I have made a priority to send out to each who have listed their birthday this year.  Here are some samples:

Year of the Dog exchange (My Fave year as I was also born in this year!)

A layout is posted and we interpret it as we like.

Red, Green and Brown to be used on the card

This was my February birthday card, I believe

Another layout challenge

Till next time!