I made this a few months ago for sparrowowl in the Send Me on a Virtual Vacation Swap. It's one of my favorite bags I've ever made -- really wanted to keep it! I used a man's oxford cloth shirt for the outside.
I painted the Japanese characters for city names on one side. On the other, I painted the symbol for "go" and the symbol for Japan. The paints are shiny, and I kept them in light colors so the bag would be more subtle and wearable without looking like a neon sign.
The lining is a small pink and green floral cotton.
It's quite roomy, with inside pockets. The wide fabric handle makes it comfortable to carry on the shoulder. It's kind of hard to see in these lousy pictures, but I used cotton yarn to make chain trim -- pink, off-white, and green -- and sewed them around the top.
This is a "commissioned" project I did a few years ago. A woman asked me to paint American flags on some pumpkins, and they turned out pretty well. She used them to decorate her porch, and the next year she asked me to do more.
It was a very easy procedure. I scrubbed the pumpkins with a vegetable brush, then transferred the designs using tracing paper and graphite paper. I painted the designs in bottled acrylic paints. When it was dry, I finished with a clear acrylic top coat to help it last longer.
Of course, it's a temporary thing, since the pumpkins will eventually rot. But so much fun! Of course, you could use any design. I think kids would love to see these painted with their favorite characters.
Anybody up for something like this? It's a sample of the kind of rock painting I like to do. I use the natural contours of the rock to "find" designs. This particular one made me think of fossilized leaves, so I painted the ridges and patterns to bring out that design:
Here's sort of a side view:
I've done many of these in various sizes, but ended up giving them all away except for this one. Often I "find" leaves, but I've also found hearts, pictures of women, ocean scenes, a tree of life, animals, a Santa image -- even a fish! It's super creative and I've never known anyone who does this.
Here are the goodies I received from ntrebleagain. It's her very first swap, and she did a great job of crafting for my likes and dislikes!
First, all the stuff together. (Please pardon the blur -- my camera can only do so much.)
My themes were poetry (especially Robert Frost), quotations, ducks, and the letter Z.
She made a beautiful bookmark with part of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken."
And a cutecutecute beaded ducky one. Gosh, I love this:
Then this corner bookmark with the letter Z:
The really great thing is that, on the day I received this package, I had a craft swap party at my house. Well, when all the ladies saw the corner bookmark, they decided they had to make one! I had already set up a table with materials to make bookmarks or tags, so they just went to town and made two corner bookmarks apiece.
And last, thoroughly enjoyed by me, these stickers with quotations:
I am so happy -- great partner! Thank you, ntrebleagain.
I used a thrift store wool sweater to make this purse. Washed the sweater in hot water till it felted, then cut it apart to create ---
My camera doesn't show the colors well, but the stripes are navy, gray, pink, and pale green. The cuffs and hem area of the sweater were dark purple. I used one sleeve for the shoulder strap. The purple hem of the sweater became the top edge of the bag. I just love it!
Here's the lining, with fabric from my friend meganlorraine:
I created a flat bottom and reinforced it inside with plastic canvas so it will stand up. Here's a side view:
My favorite part is the way the stripes and the purple work together. I can't wait to start using it!
I love to paint on rocks! I find one with interesting ridges and shapes, then plan the painting around them. This one turned out to have fossil shapes -- at least they resembled fossils -- so I painted them into leaves. I added a little slogan, "Leave your mark."
A side view:
It's kind of hard to show the detail of how the paint follows the ridges, but the side view picks up some of it. What I love about painting rocks is that each one is unique. I turn them over and over, inspecting each surface till the rock speaks to me. Then I just go for it!