Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pumpkin Cross Stitch, Apples and Balloons

 
It's about time for pumpkins!  This little pumpkin cross stitch design is festive and works up quickly.  It would be cute as an ornament!  It's called Pumpkin Square and can be found

 
Another pumpkin cross stitch design called "Autumn Pumpkin"  It works up quickly and has a nice autumn colorway with burgundy and mauve colors to compliment the pumpkin.  

 
Some fall harvest Spoonflower samples with fruits and flowers.

 
These are from my Farmer's Market collection that has all sorts of watercolor fabrics with fresh veggies and fruits in bright summer colors.  This fabric is called

 
The Reno Balloon Races last weekend.  We arrived at Rancho San Rafael Park a little after six and it was already very crowded with balloon watchers.   And cold!  We forgot jackets.  Right as the sun started to rise the balloons began to inflate and take off.  Lots of colors.  In all the years I've lived in Nevada this is the first time I've seen them.  I am really happy I went.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kitchen Herb Embroidered Mug Rugs and Watercolor Dots Fabric

 
I finished my kitchen herb embroidery patterns over the Labor Day weekend and made a set of mug rugs out of them.  They're a fun quick project that look nice in the kitchen.  I like growing herbs in my garden.  They aren't fussy and when I go out to weed I brush up against the plants and they smell so nice.  You can find the pattern in my shop links along the sidebar or click here for my Artfire shop      

 
The latest release in my shipment of Spoonflower fabrics is my Rainbow Dots Fabric that has colorful dots painted in watercolor.  Would be cute for children's items, clothing or room décor items!   

 
I wanted to share a few more photos from Atlanta.  These are from the High Museum of Art and they were my absolute favorite of the whole museum.   

 
I took photos of most of the marble statues.  Such glorious, fine work.  I read where sculpting wasn't popular in the US at first when statues started to become popular and the artists who were interested in learning how to do it had to go to Europe for instruction.

 
I loved the lighting on this one and her delicate expression and appreciation of what she is holding.  Lovely.  Hope you have a good weekend.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Herb Embroidery, Vintage Tea Towels and Atlanta Botanical Gardens

 
I'm catching up on needlework now that vacation time has passed.  I'm glad I took a break because my interest and energy is renewed and I'm really enjoying this project.  I have basil to finish and oregano to do then they'll be ready to sew into something.  Still working on ideas there, I think.  

 
I went with my husband to Atlanta last week and toured the sites while he was in training.  He got to spend some touring time on Friday and we visited an antique shop in Dahlonega which is about an hour away from Atlanta where the first gold discovery was made in the 1800s before they discovered gold in California.  We enjoyed touring the museum and learn about how they retrieved the gold and saw some of the specimens.  

 
Here's another Spoonflower fabric sample from my latest shipment.  It's called Mod Flower Paper.  I designed it for one of their contests and we had to use certain colors.  I used illustrator for this design and had a lot of fun making the shapes, but watercolor painting my designs is still my favorite way to do them :)  

 
While touring Atlanta, I visited the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and it was fabulous.  They have a lot of living sculptures with colorful plants in them.  There are snakes, apes, rabbits, butterflies and more.  So much fun to see.  

 
I loved this frog sitting on the bench.  If you visit Atlanta I really recommend going to the botanical garden!  Hope you have a good weekend.  

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