Friday, July 27, 2012

My Creative Space

My Place to Create

I have 2 rooms in my house that I can call my own:  my bedroom and my "Creative Room."

My bedroom is nothing more than what you'd expect.  However, my creative room houses my fabrics, paints, sewing machine and supplies, ironing board.  Some of it is organized on shelves...

Shelves to organize my fabrics and sewing books

I have a means for packaging my goods, once they're made...

I am reusing zipper bags that formerly held new draperies and other linens

Organized Chaos!

My sewing machine

Ironing board - as essiantial as the sewing machine for any sewing project!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Nanna's Nook

Every year in late January, the women of the Work of Christ Community and friends celebrate a Festival of Tables.  Approximately 20 women "Hostesses" each decorate a round table to the theme of her choice.  This year, I chose the theme "Nanna's Nook," pulling items that I have that were owned by my maternal grandmother, mom and myself.  My maternal grandmother went by the title "Nanna" by myself and my siblings.  I have chosen to take on the same title for my grandchildren since my 1st granddaughter was born in 2007.  I currently have 2 granddaughters, ages 5 and 3 1/2, and am looking forward to my 3rd grandchild this December.
My mom and dad, when they were married

This towel was made by my Nanna

This pitcher and 3 cups were my Nanna's.  She also crocheted the green and white doily.  

This picture was taken of me (Nanna) and my 1st grand daughter, Susanna

Susanna with her Nanna (me)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Painting a Table of Sunflowers

Painting a Table of Sunflowers

One of the things I do on a regular basis, is volunteer in the Hunter Park Garden House (green house) here in Lansing, Michigan.

There are 3 of these long tables that are used for a variety of tasks.  Two of them were painted a couple of years ago, but this one was still black.

One day this past December, another volunteer, the shift manager, and I were talking about this table, and I stated that I was interested in painting it.  The other volunteer then offered to buy a Michaels gift card so that I could buy paint and supplies.

The table with white background

Practice flowers in my sketch book

I outlined the flowers with pencil

The table in progress

Working on the blue "sky" background

My first attempt at doing the "seeds" of the sunflowers

I changes to doing "dots" of paint

Signing my work

The finished table
When I was satisfied with the table, I finished it off with a few coats of clear polyurethane.