Today is my grandson Noah's 8th birthday. Him and his brothers Avery and Gavyn spent the night Tuesday night and we celebrated yesterday. Now we have a tradition that they get whatever kind of cake they want (always chocolate) and we have that for lunch with chips and such. Last year I did it for breakfast and they were climbing the swing set. They also don't have to wash their faces. Well this year Gavyn got in on the party and after seeing a beard of chocolate on him I decided this time the faces get washed. We had a great time and another thing we do is go to the dollar store and they get to buy themselves several things.
The possibilities are endless with polymer clay. You can do almost anything to it. Now I have discovered adding gold leaf to it and wow makes this stuff really pop. You do it before you bake it. And the out come is so pretty.
Well I'm excited. I got a new camera for my anniversary. It is a canon rebel xti
This thing will do tricks that I am still learning of course. I did discover that I can take b&w photos and of course my grandson's are my models. What I really like to do is snap when they aren't watching or poseing. I think those sometimes make the best pics.
I collect books like some people collect stamps, so what better topic to talk about. Of course the books I have are knit, crochet and crafty books.
I just bought the book "crochet inspiration" by Sasha Kagan. What a great book, lot's of pictures and lots of wonderful techniques. Beautiful motif patterns, flowers to crochet and beautiful grannies, from basic to lace and floral. A great book to add to your crochet library.
The knit book Alterknits by Leigh Radford has so many pretty projects in it. A crepe paper crown, a necklace knitted with silver wire and beads even paper lanterns.
Plus some beautiful sweaters and recycling old sweaters in to totes or handbags. It even comes with a great little creativity notebook. I love this book. It even shows you how to knit a screen door. How fun is that?
I love playing with photography. And as you can tell I love photographing flowers. The posibilities are endless with flowers. The colors are so vibrant. And when editing which I do in psp you can do so many pretty things with them. (like in the yellow picture above) That is a picture I took of a day lily that I played with and changed in psp.
They are great in crafty items. Take your pictures and print them out on fabric and make a pocketbook or iron them on a shirt. What fun just to take your camera out on a wild flower hunt and just start snapping.
I wanted to continue my talk on free form fabric. I had saw an example of this done on the show "B Orginial" and decided to play for myself and got hooked. There is no wrong way to do this and the possibilities are endless. All you need is a good base fabric and lots of fibers. From roving, to all the beautiful threads and yarns available. No sewing experience required because you sew all over the place. I love using sulky threads because they are durable as well as great colors and some really cool metalic threads as well. Now when using metallic threads you want to use a metallic needle.
Well the great thing about free form fabric is even if you don't know how to crochet or knit you can still use those beautiful yarns. So easy and no 2 are alike. This is a clutch that I did with a wide variety of yarns and fibers.
I have been messing with polymer clay alot now. Making my own buttons. When you make your own you can match any thing you crochet or knit. They work great for free forming to give your item an added dimension. I took this and kicked up the granny square. These are not buttons but pc that I put holes in prior to baking then crocheted around it. I was pleased with how it turned out.