The sewing has been simple stuff slotted in between art days with Lilian and general family life.
‘Artiste at work – paint comes off skin easier than clothing and it was 39 deg in the dining room! The temperamental artiste would not get her hair brushed and tied back either!’
My one and only gorgeous sister is having a birthday soon, and I really wanted to make her a couple of placemats.
Her and her hubby are ‘empty nesters’ now, so I did them a placemat each. I have also purchased a couple of stable tables for them so they can do activities and eat a meal in front of the tele. That is what we do most of the time here now.
I wanted something modern (and easy peasy ) and quick to make. This pattern in the Quilting Arts Gifts magazine from some years ago fitted the bill. Hope she likes them.
Lilian needed a library bag for school, so out of the same Gifts book I made my favourite drawstring pattern which I have used many times now. I used a cute little fairy and cup cake fabric I bought locally at MK Sewable.
The following art journal pages were done while Lilian was amusing herself with her painting. She was a great inspiration. Little children have no inhibitions or preconceptions when it comes to art – it was an incredible experience to share with her.
Lilian did this paper cutting with no prompting and no guidance from me
With her permission, I used it as a stencil on this journal page. Doesn’t it make a wonderful background?
Hoarded away in my cupboard I have many old diaries such as this one.
This one was from 2003 and the little bit I wrote in it at the time made very interesting reading. I decided to repurpose it into a journal and use some of the anecdote in the journal writing, and utilize some of the pictures into the design of the pages. It usually begins with a coat of gesso.
I forgot to take a picture of the before page for this spread, but it was a table with a quilt draped over it. I have just followed the lines and adapted it to suit what I call ‘Our Kitchen’ page. P.S. our kitchen is NOT these colours!! It WAS in 1980 LOL.
Since taking the photo I have written into the right hand page as well. The two pages, although I like each of them individually, don’t sort of ‘go’ together, so I have learned from this.
More pages soon. Loving the process
Until next time……………Dianne