Friday 23 December 2011

Happy holidays!

Nothing new to show you - I did make a very small piece for the Art Quilts Around the World challenge, but that won't be revealed until the 31st of December. So here is a photo I took last week at Cabarita Beach in New South Wales, close to our caravan in Wooyung Beach. And that is where we are going tomorrow, for a 2-week holiday. I am so looking forward to it, although I do hope the weather will improve a bit as we have had lots of rain today...

So this is the last posting for 2011. I wish you all happy holidays with your loved ones and a healthy, colourful and creative new year! Thank you for reading my blog, I really appreciate it, and I hope to see you back in 2012!

Friday 16 December 2011

New print

On Wednesday I screen printed this image. I used a freezer paper stencil based on this photo:


This print is not the best one I made; I'm saving that one for a special project that I will show here sometime next year ;-).

The subject of the photo, my youngest son Robbie (here at his taekwondo grading) today had another migraine attack, just when we were about to leave for a weekend at Wooyung Beach. After sleeping a few hours he is much better now and the new medication I gave him as soon as he said he had a headache prevented him (I think) from vomiting - so that is very good news! And we'll go to Wooyung tomorrow :-).

Thursday 15 December 2011

Robbie's Alphabet Calligram Quilt

Finally finished: the Alphabet Calligram Quilt I first mentioned in May 2010 and planned to make for Robbie's 4th birthday. Here is the proud owner (who turned 5 in September):

It has 26 calligrams, one for each letter in the alphabet. I designed them all myself and had them printed on fabric at Spoonflower. The fabrics are for sale here (Calligrammar collection) and here (Calligrammar 2 collection). I have had quite a few of the calligram designs made into thermofax screens which I use to make art cards and stretched prints (and soon t-shirts as well, I hope) for my Blue Jacaranda shops on MadeIt and Etsy.

I finished the quilt with a thin black binding. I think I will add Robbie's name, the name of the quilt and the date to the empty green squares at the bottom, next to the Zebra.

Robbie loves his quilt! But I realised once again that I really do not enjoy making bed-sized quilts (even if it is a small bed!) so this definitely will be the last large quilt in a long time!

I have done some screen printing yesterday with an exciting new design which I hope to show you soon...

To be continued!

Thursday 8 December 2011

Art Cards

I can't believe it's been more than a week since I last posted here! It is a very busy time, the last weeks before the summer holidays... We have had a Gymnastics Carnival, taekwondo gradings, piano concert, Kindy End of Year Celebration, school disco... And let's not forget our Dutch St Nicholas celebration (it's when we have presents), and a sad event - the 25th anniversary of the day my mother died (read more here). I haven't been feeling well and will be glad when the school holidays start.

As you will understand I haven't been very creative but I have made some new Art Cards to add to my Etsy shop, Blue Jacaranda. The shop is doing quite well, as is the one on MadeIt - something that is making me very happy. It's a nice idea that people like my items enough to buy them.

I have just received some new thermofax screens and hope to make more cards very soon.