Tucked into the Maple Leaf neighborhood in Seattle is a wonderland of a shop, Maxine's. It is a floral, magical land of fun colors, textures and delightful surprises. I had heard about it but hadn't gone by--and now I wonder why I waited so long! I asked Maxine if I could take photos and share them with you on my blog-she was happy to share her magic with you. So I took a lot of photos and will be sharing them with you in the next handful of posts. I'm so excited to show you all these creative and inspiring images!
Look what fun things she has done with the walls!
More to come next time! May a little magic sneak into your day!
After looking at all my materials (previous blog post here) for this fun handbag, I decided to not start from scratch this time. Instead I am altering an existing bag I found at a thrift store. This is because I get impatient and want to start the pretty stuff right away and not spend time making the base. Also I really liked the leather handles, hardware and pockets. But the bag is not as big as I want for carrying all my journaling supplies. So I cut off the leather bottom and sewed on a strip of denim.
I loved this rich tapestry fabric so I sewed a panel of it onto one side.
Then I picked out some of the other embellishments that were calling my name and started playing with various arrangements. I look for what colors go together and a mix of interesting textures. The "ribbon" of crochet is actually the ruffly edge of a crocheted doily that I cut apart. The embroidery is cut out of a pair of girl's jeans.
Now I'm in the process of composing an arrangement of elements that are visually pleasing. I like a variety, and for it to be well balanced. But I also don't want so much going on that the eye can not easily see each element. Plus I don't want to cover up all of that rich tapestry fabric. This is where is gets tricky because I don't have a commercial sewing machine and my sweet little machine kvetches when I make it sew through so many layers! I hope to get one someday but until then... : ) I'll keep you posted on my progress. Have a lovely day!
I just LOVE this time of year. This is when the Pacific Northwest is best. We've been spoiled rotten this June because we've had the warmest and driest June I can ever remember. So, feeling inspired, I thought I'd "kick off" summer on the blog with some fun images for you. Above is an oil painting I did a few years ago that I always bring out when summer arrives.
This is a wonderful bowl I bought at the Artist's Garage Sale. Below you can see the sides and bottom-this is quintessential summer to me.
Journal page inspired by all that sand, waves, ocean, sunlight feeling.
Below are photos of Alkai beach in Seattle, taken last week. This is a large saltwater inlet that eventually meets up with the Pacific Ocean.
This lovely lake that I've shared in my photos is so wonderful. I love seeing all the nature and flowers and birds in the middle of a city no less! This was a funny morning because my run took twice as long as normal because I kept stopping to photograph everything. Thank goodness for digital cameras!
The family below was swimming and came out on this little point. For several minutes the mom and all the babies were busy preening. Then they all cuddled up in a little pile and went to sleep! It was so cute. Just like human kids-first the bath and then to bed!
This baby squirrel was very fast! He/she was chasing their sibling around and around that tree trunk. They are so funny to watch.
It must have been nap time! This is the second family I spotted curled up in the early morning sunshine. Oh they are SO fuzzy! I hope you have a wonder full day!!
Ever since I bought Robin Brown's book, A Bit of Velvet & A Dash of Lace, I've been gathering my own bits of velvet, lace, and embroidery, to make a romantic concoction of my own. I think it will be a handbag with compartments for my art journal and supplies. For when I go on art field trips-so all I have to do is grab my bag and go (which means I may have to buy some doubles of my favorite art supplies! : ) ).
I don't know how quickly it will get made, as I will work on it between my other projects. I thought I'd show you all the pretty things I've gathered and then later show you the final result.
I have no idea how it will turn out, nor which of all these yummy things I will use. I often start a project by gathering all the possible pieces into a pile to see how they get along. It is sort of like creating a guest list for a party. You want a variety to keep it interesting, with enough overlapping elements. You need to balance the fabrics that want to "be the life of the party" with the quiet listeners. Too many of either and the project will not work. So I've issued my invitations to the "lace & fiber party", and the "guests" have begun to mail in their invitations! : ) I'll keep you posted! Hope your day is lovely!
Yesterday my dear friend and I went to an Artist's Garage Sale in Mukilteo, Washington. It was fun to see all the amazing art and visit with everyone. Then feeling a bit peckish, we discovered the best calazones at Eagle Brewing Company! Highly recommended. Afterwards we walked along a lovely brick path through blooming rhododendrons, foxgloves, and peonies and came across such a great coffee house, Whidbey Coffee. Greeting us was this lovely woman I've nicknamed "Mabel" and her friend "Vern". Around the corner was another fabulous gal, "Gloria". As you will see I had fun in Photoshop giving them different outfits : ). I love to imagine them all getting into mischief and sharing a triple shot, venti mocha at night when no one is looking.
Wouldn't be fun to be able to change the colors of your favorite clothes whenever you wanted to?
Here is the patient and delightful Vern.
"Gloria", in all her glory. I guess I kind of went overboard with the "Hue" slider in Photoshop. : ) Maybe this is the digital version of playing with dolls!