Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Little of This & a Little of That.....

I came across the pattern for this cute little mouse pin cushion the other day. Thought it would look so cute in black and white with Turquoise Swavrovski crystal eyes and a pink pearl straight pin for his nose.

True story: no sooner than I sewed on his whiskers and got him dressed with pins and thread, Sabrina snatched him off my table, took the pins out, the thread off and said he is much better suited for this job.

When asked, Mr. Mouse made it quite clear that he would much rather sit on Sabrina's counter and hold her colorful rings on his tail and nose than house my pins of various shapes and sizes in his backside.
A few weeks ago after visiting Jude's blog and seeing a stunning piece she had woven, I decided to tear up some black and white batik fabric and weave a background. Right now it's about 16x21, but I'm still playing around with it. May utilize it in my resonse to Art Quilting Magazine's challenge for their fledgling issue which poses the challenge to make an art quilt based upon a beautiful quote from The Little Prince, "One sees clearly on with the Heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." I painted a Neocolor heart (about 7") and may do something with that on it. I am really beginning to gain an appreciation for the beauty of organic edges.

Also played around with the Neocolors a bit making some bookmarks.
And finally, as I mentioned earlier in the week, Sabrina and I worked the the make and take table the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild set up for the Art of the Carolinas event, which gave us the opportunity to hang out and make ATC's all day. It was so enjoyable as I typically don't work with just paper and collage materials. Sabrina was right at home with the glue, paint, glitter, rubber stamps and ink - so she did a lot of teaching that day. I even learned a few things. Here are a few of the atcs that came out of our day. Oh, and I used Gouache for the very first time and immediately fell in love. It can be used thick for dense color or thin like a wash - and it dries so quick. Definitely on my "wish list" along with some really cool Mica Watercolor paints I tried that again - were very dense with color. Really, really cool.


It was a great weekend -- full of inspiration, experimentation, trial, error and some success.

I'm looking forward to seeing where this may take me.

15 comments:

Vicki W said...

I think you need to make another one of those pin cushions for yoruself. The mouse is just to cute!!

3rdEyeMuse said...

Can't say I blame Mr Mouse with his choice ... sparkly pretty things ... daggar stabs ... yep, sparkly pretty things. :) though I do think another mouse (or ten) is in order - great little pattern!

I love your black and white weaving & the ATC's are pretty, too. glad you and Sabrina had such a good time at the Make and Take table.

cheers, ~M~

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Sounds like you are having too much fun! Love the mousie and your other projects.

~debbie said...

I really enjoyed finally meeting you in person at the AoC! We are going to have so much fun in 2009! We need to get together soon for lunch and a play-date!

jude said...

wow, lots of energy here and the black and whites all look so good mixed together like that/ zing!

MOLLY said...

Love that mouse pincushion!! I have to do a pincushion challenge--Tell me about the pattern!

ACey said...

that mouse seems equally appealing in both of its roles! Am torn (ha!) with starting another ribbon weaving or experimenting with fabric strips.

Pursuing Art... said...

That mouse is absolutely darling!!! I love that Sabrina had another idea for him. LOL!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the woven quilt!!! YUMMY Cathie! It is beautiful and I like the organic edges. The red heart is just perfect on it. The quote is beautiful and you certainly should submit it!!!

The bookmarks are wonderful and ATC's are great too! Sounds like you girls had a fun weekend playing!!!

Hugs...~Lisa ;-)

Nikki said...

Love the little mouse! I've enjoyed catching up in my few minutes before the kids wake up!

Cestandrea said...

Hi there, what lovely eyes you have:), blue blue blue,
and these atc's are beautiful, like graphic art, but with the "toucher en plus", my favourite is the last one, just love the colours and the stamped face!
thanks so much for your comment on my blog, so welcoming...

if Bon Jovi calls you, say hello from me:)
love
andrea

Morah said...

Just love your mousie pin cushion!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

OO, I'm LOOKING forward to seeing where THIS takes you too Miss Art diva! AND I own one of your beauties now.. oo la la!

Stopped by to DROOL here and to say...

IT SHOWED UP!

Maybe it arrived yesterday? I checked this morn and just handled your block creation with the greatest of care WHILE I soaked up your imagination!!!

By far, YOU have IT going onnnnn! I'm sew diggin' this grrrl. The B&W, the VIVIDNESS... can you hear me screamN'???

xoxo, me

Danielle said...

Your mouse is adorable, as a ring holder or a pin cushion!

MargB said...

Your mice are wonderful and I look forward to watching the progress on your weaving

dreameyce said...

I own pet rats, and LOOOOOOVE these little stuffed mice!! Awwwwwww! These are so darn cute :)

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