Friday, May 16, 2008

Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer Quilts

Here they are - two of the twenty Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer Auction bead quilts! The one on the right has a few squares created by Houston Bead Society members (including me). However, all but 2 of the squares on the left one were created by HBS members. This was such a fun and rewarding project! I can't wait for next year's theme.

For more information about the project or to look at all of the finished quilts click here.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Butterfly Project - Houston Holocaust Museum

1,500,000 children perished in the holocaust. In an effort to honor their memory, The Holocaust Museum - Houston is sponsoring The Butterfly Project. It's goal is to collect 1.5 million handmade butterflies which will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition for all to remember. The deadline is June 30, 2008.

My contribution to this cause will be several bead embroidered butterflies I create from a piece of pre-printed fabric that I found. This is what I've done so far.

As I was working, I found that my thread kept getting caught up in the corners. Frustrated, I grabbed the scissors and snipped them off - only to find out that I had also accidently cut off part of a wing. I ended up "winging it" (so sorry!) and so the other wing is a little short - nature is like that. I was surprised at how long it took me to bead embroider this one butterfly - over 4 hours - but I really enjoyed the process and will be starting on the other two this weekend. The butterflies will be cut out and backed with suede before I send them in.

The museum is accepting butterflies no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches in any medium the artist chooses, but one-dimensional submissions are preferred. Glitter should not be used. Click on the link above for more details.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

In the wee hours...

In the wee hours of the morning, I like to explore and read some of the blogs that are out there in Internetland. So, when I came across this one… well, how can you not love one called The Land of Lost Luggage? Anyway, Julie issued her readers a challenge to use Photoshop to tweak a fountain picture she shot.

The photo on the left is what she provided. The one in the center and to the right are what I did with it. I don’t have Photoshop, but I do have Elements and that’s what I used. Pretty simple really - all I did was play with the select tool and some of the filters.

You know so often, I use Elements to adjust the lighting or contrast of a photo and not necessarily for an "artistic" purpose. Now it looks like I’m going to have to pull out some of my images and play.

Thanks for the challenge, Julie!

Monday, May 5, 2008

I am so excited to learn that my Collage Mania II quilt sold! It will be going off to Barb in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin who also had a pair of "feisty" parents.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Treasures in the Mail

Look at these little beauties! They are the fabric beads I received from my Fiber Art Traders partners: Trees Wolffers, Wanda Stivison, Debra Nees, Dove Shelton and Suzanne Arena. Such different variations and techniques! I can't wait to create something with them.

The beads pictured below I made to trade. I call them my Fiesta Beads because they look like a fiesta about to happen!