Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Latest Fabric Postcard Creations

I took the plunge and joined two Yahoo groups (Trading Fabric Postcards and Postcard Pizzazz) that swap fabric postcards on a regular basis. I just can't get enough of making these little pieces of art - they really are addicting!  Here are some of my latest creations made for the group swaps:

Sock Monkey
Sewing Notions (Pink Version)
Sewing Notions (Blue Version)

Harvest or Halloween
Color Green
Color Purple
Color Purple

Color Purple - Detail of Machine Stitching
Stay tuned...there will be many more fabric postcards to come as I've committed to numerous swaps.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Artwork Update and the Pantene "Beautiful Lengths" Event

A few days ago, I mentioned that I am entering a couple of 5 by 5 pieces of artwork to the Arts Center of the Ozarks 5 by 5 Art Exhibition.

Well, I finished working on my pieces yesterday and want to share the finished designs with you:

"Our Lady of Guadalupe"

"Beautiful Mother"

My husband, Michael, is also contributing two pieces of art to the exhibition.  Here are his completed pieces:

"A Kiss Goodnight"

Detail of "A Kiss Goodnight":
(So sweet, isn't it?  It's nice that he had me in mind when he painted this... lol)

"Thank a Veteran"

The artwork will be on display at the Arts Center of the Ozarks from October 5 through November 4, 2011.  The reception will take place on November 3.  This is a really fun event.  Michael and I attended last year and had a great time.  If you are in the area, be sure to stop on by the Arts Center where you can enjoy mini pieces of art, lots of company and good food and wine catered by the local chefs of the area.

Also, on another note - but definitely not intended to be an afterthought, Pantene sponsored the "Beautiful Lengths" event in Northwest Arkansas last week.  Pantene - in partnership with the American Cancer Society - takes real hair from donors and makes it into wigs for cancer patients.  My daughter, Brianna, signed up for the event over a month ago; she donated 12 inches of her long hair to the cause.  I am so very proud of her for donating to this very worthwhile cause.   Here are some pictures from the event:

Brianna "before" her donation:

The hair is measured and put into ponytails at the spots where it will be cut:
Pantene took before and after photos of all donors.  This is Brianna posing for her "before" photo:

Brianna on stage waiting for the first cut:

 Ponytail in hand after the first cut was made:

Getting the hair styled after all of the locks were cut off:

Brianna "after" her donation with her hair stylist, Nathan Patterson, owner of the Emerald Salon:

Even though I wasn't able to donate any hair this time around, I'm really glad I was able to attend and share in all of the excitement of this very worthwhile cause.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Crafty Three Day Weekend = Lots of Projects Completed!

Happy Labor Day!  I love three day weekends, but even better yet - I love three day weekends where I can craft my little heart out.  I was able to begin (and actually finish) numerous projects this weekend,  in addition to starting some new ones that still need some work.  Here's a few of those projects:

I designed and hand-painted some mini shrines.  They are made from resin and paper clay.  I plan to make these into pendants:

I sewed a brand new outfit for my sweet little Infant of Prague statue:

I finished some brand new resin pendants and posted them to EBay and Etsy:

I completed three charm bracelets (two are pictured here):

And, I drew out sketches for artwork I am thinking about entering into this year's Arts Center of the Ozarks 5 by 5 Art Exhibition.  I'm not sure which ones I'll use yet.  I definitely will be entering two pieces of art into the exhibit, I just have to decide which ones....hmmmm.    These are just the preliminary sketches.  Once they are painted onto the actual canvas, I'll be sure to share them with you.

Isn't it crazy?  I actually was going to paint a landscape scene as one of my entries, but I always come back to the Virgin Mary when creating art.  She really is my favorite subject in many aspects of the word.

And last, but certainly not least, I FINALLY set up a Two Crafty Mules page on Facebook!  Whew!  I'm blissfully tired.  There's nothing quite like the sense of accomplishment.  Now, I think I'm just going to chill out and relax before heading back to the office tomorrow.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

And the Winner Is.....

Congratulations to Cindy from Cindy is Crafty who was selected as the winner of my necklace giveaway!  Yay, Cindy!  I'm so happy for you!!!

I've decided to do monthly giveaways on my blog, so if you didn't win this one, please be sure to stop by for other chances to win in the near future. :)
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