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Most of you that follow me on my personal Facebook, know that I am a retired Air Force veteran so “Quilts of Valor” (www.qovf.org) is dear to me.
As an textile and fiber artist, I like to contribute on a regular base, a handmade quilt to this Foundation that will be given to our wounded veterans.
To make this happen, I need your help. I will donate my time to design and make the quilts and I am asking you to consider donating: 100% cotton fabric in solid red, solid white, solid blue and patriotic print fabrics and help me with the supplies needed to make quilts to donate.
My husband will donate the money to ship the quilts to and from the long arm quilter and to the Foundation, where they will be given to our wounded veterans 🙂
How can you help?
- I set up a “wish list” on Amazon so you can see what I need and select what you like to donate. Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/3ADF83YFQKMUF Amazon has my address on file.
- If you like to donate money to buy fabrics/supplies, please use this link: http://www.gofundme.com/quiltsofvalor
- If you like to send fabrics to me, feel free to send me an email at: email@example.com and I will give you the address where you can ship to.
- If you have 100% cotton fabrics scraps (min size 1.5″x1.5″) in any color/print and would like to donate for this and other causes, please contact me for the shipping address by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All donations will be appreciated and will ONLY be used to make the quilts!
Here is a picture of the fabrics that were donated this week:
I truly hope that we can ship many, many quilts to “Quilts of Valor”
Thank you so much!!!
On my daily morning walk I notice, while crossing the alley, that someone threw out 2 perfectly nice house plants in some old wasted basket.
I hate seeing things go to waste and I love plants so you guessed it 🙂
Perfectly goes within my budget too (don’t laugh…ah well…laugh!!!) FREE!!!
Immediately after I dropped off the puppy at home, I walked back and took the 2 plants.
I forgot to take picture of both 😉
Here is a pot I still had in the garage, with some soil too
Thrifty and free!!!
Here they are ready to go on my dining room table 🙂
Gotta look up what kind of plants they are though…do you know?
I am pretty much a “loner” or a very quiet “observer” as I like to call it myself 🙂
I don’t like to call myself a “designer”, I will leave that decision up to you…
Love to be by myself, mostly, especially when I feel creative inspiration that day…
On top of that, I have an amazing, loving husband that supports me and encourages me daily.
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I first like to say that I dislike people that think that sharing “information” on how to design in our “trade” is like giving away a TOP SECRET document.
Well, I believe in sharing and these days the internet makes it possible for everyone to just “google” about everything you would like to know so why not share?
So I don’t mind sharing my “top secrets” it’s a free world so if you still have questions just ask me!
Some times I just like to sit somewhere and observe…soon enough my head starts working and the first thing that happens is that I picture the sketch of my new design in my head.
Second I draw out my little sketch book and sketch it out roughly. I might use or I might not. If I forgot my sketch book…well, I write down some notes in my phone.
Some times I just start thinking about all the places/countries I visited throughout the years and try to picture what first pops up as a memory. Than I try to write that down, just words no sketch. At home I will sit down and read through my notes and start translating them into colors or sketch some designs. Some will be executed…some won’t…some will sit for a while and some sit for years…
Some times it’s one of my friends/customers that tells me something they need/want and ask me to translate it into a design.
Some times I just take pictures from wherever I am or whatever I like.
In the end, there are a lot of ways to get inspired, in my opinion.
Just a package of a product or color combo’s used in advertising, magazines, books…anything, you just have to “train” yourself to look different at things. It works for me…
I use these “inspiration” techniques for my knitting, crochet designs, my paintings and sewing.
Today, I have no idea what happened or inspired me but I drew up 22 sketches of designs up…
The only thing I can think of is that I “lost” the stress from the last few months since in the past, I worked way too much, had to orchestrated our move over 150 miles and unpack/settle in our new place. Or as I like to call it “life happened” 🙂
The sketches I drew up today are probably going to be a combo of crochet, knitting and/or sewing. I just have to work on each one and tackle all the details.
I start with determine the size, material choices, base colors/background colors, subject and finally detailing/accents. It’s a process that takes a while, some times days/weeks/months/years. I have a bunch of sketches that just need detailing or a sample that I need to finish but I am married too LOL. There are only so many hours in a day 🙂
One important thing I learned while starting to design is:
“I can’t “force” myself in being creative…I need to let “it” just happen”
“open yourself up to new ideas”
“think outside the box”
Maybe this little “tutorial” on how I get to my final designs helps you…good luck!!!
Need help/second opinion or….? Just ask…
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Remember for those who don’t know…
I wasn’t born here so…
I will make grammar mistakes or misspell words or…, I don’t think I need to apologize for them, since English isn’t my first/native language. Just picture yourself living in a foreign country…you will never be a native speaker 🙂
thank you for understanding and just know: I do my very best to keep them to a minimum!!! 🙂
Here is my question:
I don’t wanna look at my neighbors walls/windows but I want to be able to look outside (not people looking in my house) and don’t lose the light coming in, in my kitchen and bathroom windows.
And I don’t want it too look like “grandma’s” kitchen…you know what I mean something modern, airy in white or color…HELP!!!
So I am looking for crochet ideas/patterns to make that happen…
btw my kitchen is all white with butcher block counter tops.
let me know what your ideas are (please link patterns too).
Today, I finally got time to sort out the handmade/handdyed hats that I am donating to Halos Of Hope.
This is a non profit organization that helps cancer patients worldwide. I am not doing this to show off how good I am but to make people aware of this organization that does a wonderful and beautiful thing by helping cancer patients in need.
So if you are willing to donate your handmade hats/beanies/berets or donate money to support them too please visit their website http://www.halosofhope.org/
Finally here are the hats/berets/beanies that will be shipped out tomorrow.