It's always nicer to be able to use my saws and sanders in the parking lot than in the STUDIO. I still haven't dusted since the last time I used the saws in the STUDIO! The dust is still thick!!
I took advantage of the break in rain and pulled the saws outside to start preparing the legs for my footstool bases for Phoenix. I was able to dodge raindrops and got all my cuts done. I took them inside and was able to glue them all together, let them dry overnight, and then drilled and pegged them.
I find that we do better at art shows when we have samples made up of what folks can do with the supplies we are selling. Karen and I played with the felting machines the other day. We started with tubs of supplies at our fingertips and we each gravitated to completely opposite looks.
I love the way Karen took the edge of a sweater neck and created an off kilter clutch using the sweater banding as the starting focal point. She then embellished with wool felting and lots of fun buttons. It turned out great!
I know that you had no idea which purse was mine. :)
Color, color and more color. I started with the felt base and then added a bias cut striped polyester (left over from a wedding I did several years ago) as the main embellishment. I then added bright colored metal rings and buttons. What a relaxing day that was!
I would love to know how many of you have felting machines. This can all be done by hand felting, but the machine is fun and takes half the time. Let me know if you have one and would like for us to set up a play day for machine felting!
We are in the process of getting the studio ready for two days of volunteer sewing with Impact Shelby to make walker caddies for the nursing homes. Lots of clean up to be ready in time, but I was able to finish the Phoenix packets for the journal class that I'm teaching before I did all the clean up. One item down, lots more to go!
So after working all day I have been going home and taking my house apart. I'm getting ready to paint and purge lots of stuff from my house and then to have a great big barn sale the first weekend in September. Once I have an empty slate and repainted walls I will decide what does come back and what goes. Maybe I will have to make some new art for the walls. Ohhhh that feels so good!!