March 20, 2014
March 13, 2014
Contrasts can be very exciting. I love culinary ones like in sweet and sour chicken or salted caramel but also visual ones. When I made the “Rusty and Weathered” wall hanging back in 2012, I was sure that it wasn’t the last time that I would combine lace and rust in a quilt. The soft and feminine laces and the rusty stains and parts had formed a contrast that I found very appealing.
Since then my stash of rusty treasures has grown and among others, I have collected several lightweight round motor parts that always remind me of flowers. It was time to make some of them bloom. I sewed a background using fabrics, laces and some pieces of a 100 year old sewing pattern.
For each blossom I combined several rusty components and added buttons in the middle. The stems were made from twine.
I machine quilted the background and free machine embroidered the leaf veins. For a three-dimensional look, I zigzagged down the leaf stems and attached the leaves from the back with one stitch to the background.
Thank you for stopping by in my rusty flower garden today. Next time you’ll meet a pretty funky bird :).
My flowers will bloom at these great parties:
March 06, 2014
We had some wooden cubes leftover from the pallets we had taken apart a while ago, and I knew they wood be great as a base for something. A few days ago, I brought one of them in my studio and combined it with a used brush. A magnetic card holder was born.
When I looked through my stashes of wood and metal, more ideas for magnetic card holders popped into my mind. My muse is quite hyperactive at the moment and I happily let her run riot :).
For this one I used a vintage keyhole plate as base for a hotel key chain and a clock winder.
I chose spring themed flash cards for now and will exchange them according to the season or other decorating themes.
For this card holder, an antique pair of scissors met a piece of driftwood. The magnets were made from simple ones you can find in craft stores and some buttons from my stash.
What would you have done with a wooden cube like the one that got me started?
My cardholders will be joining these great parties:
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time