Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A boy and his Cheetah

Have you ever seen the African movie "Duma".  A typical Disney movie, nice to watch with smaller kids.
Anyway this was painted for a boy, it took me longer than suspected because I've never tried to paint a Cheetah before.
It was painted with Acryl on Canvas 30x30cm 3D

Monday, 29 July 2013

Lost in Arles: A fabulous safari tent to rent in the Haut-Languedoc

We arrived home yesterday from our holiday in France in the region of Haut-Languedoc. We drove 1250kms to get to this region which made me feel so much at home. It had the sense of Mpumalanga (where I grew up) and then of course with a delicious French flavour:
Lost in Arles: A fabulous safari tent to rent in the Haut-Languedoc

Tuesday, 07 May 2013

I got a request to make a gift for a lady (whom I do not know) in Uganda.
 I knew nothing about her, only that she is a Christian.
 So I made a mixed media gift:

30x30x2.5cm on canvas

 By your words I can see where I’m going;
    they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back
    from living by your righteous order.
Everything’s falling apart on me, God;
    put me together again with your Word.
Festoon me with your finest sayings, God;
    teach me your holy rules.
My life is as close as my own hands,
    but I don’t forget what you have revealed.
The wicked do their best to throw me off track,
    but I don’t swerve an inch from your course.
I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever—
    what a gift! And how happy it makes me!
I concentrate on doing exactly what you say—
    I always have and always will.

Psalm 119:105-112
-The Message

Repairing ripped jeans

DD(12) asked me to mend 2 of her fav jeans. I was willing to only if she ripped the seams for me.  We had a look in my crate of scraps (jipee I'm going to destash) and we found cool Australian themed scraps.  The Union Jack and the USA flag is the trend so I thought I'll promote Down Under.  A dear Crafty Mama answered my cry for scraps which were boy themed and sent me lovely pieces of fabric. 
DD12 is very happy with the end result:

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Textile painted application

After months and months of not being really creative apart from a couple of scrap cards and mini albums I've gotten into gear again.
I've painted a couple of  images with textile paint for a mini fair I went to. One got sold, I guess it is a bit too much for the people that visited. Anyway I thought it is time to sew one of them on a T-shirt. The trend this Summer is still prints with animals and dark blue (the only color I have hope for this Summer as I look hideous in the other trend colours: grass green, apricot and yellow!).

If the T-shirt wears out I can just cut out the dog and sew it onto something else. Over the years I've been so impressed with the quality of the textile paint. I've been washing and even tumble dried (evil! Not supposed to!) some textile painted items and they survive beautifully.

The first time I saw the French Bull dog is when I came to the NL. I thought it was the most ugliest dog I've ever seen. My husband (boy friend at that time) wanted one.. Ughhh! People do change I tell you, now I'm the one that wants a French BD and my husband is the one rolling his eyes. LoL

Ps.If you haven't seen the face I've painted and ironed onto a jacket click here

Friday, 07 September 2012

Avon, my youngest daughter, turns 4 on Sunday.

When I was sewing a backpack for a little friend of hers a while ago she wanted one too. She especially wanted the fabric with blue and white dots. When she saw scraps two very sweet Crafty Mamas (Papillon and Missmagic) sent me, Avon picked the Owl fabric.

Unfortuantely I can't remember which CM sent me the owls, sorrry :( I've asked for scraps for projects just like this one so I can use up my stash (the black and white dots) and the cute fabrics. Thank you both of you nice women for taking the time and effort to send me a bag with your fabrics. ♥♥♥

So...I sat down today, acutally wanted to do it on sewing Wednesday :) but okay I'm on Africa timing it seems. I used a Starry, starry night background for the cute owls.

Again my scraps of zpagetti came in very handy for the draw strings and farbenmix ribbo I still have to use. I'm almost at a point where I'm allowed to buy new ones ;)

It is not visible but I've stitched a fancy stitch looking like twigs in green all over the top of the bag on the black just to over do it hie-hie.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

                 Our Ouessant ewe gave birth this morning 
to a wee little lamb. 
As Ouessant are mini sheep the lamb is minute lol
I still have to check closely but it seems to be a little ewe!
It is her first lamb and she is a fine mother, I can tell. Her voice is changed now, normally she will bleat like a new born baby but now wen she wants to assure her lamb she sounds like Marge Simpson!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Pirate Drawstring bag

I got this nice order from a friend to make her little boy a drawstring bag and that he likes pirates.  I surfed the internet for for some patterns and made him a drawstring backpack and used pirate scraps I got from a Crafty Mama.

Textile Painted Face

On a lazy Sunday afternoon I got my textile paint out again and painted two faces. The one I've sewn on a white jacket I got from a friend for my teen daughter. I guess if you click on the photo's you can study the details ;)

 I've added a bit of fancy stitching

Monday, 16 April 2012

Made my own first embroidery

(small photo eeek!) I drew the head of a deer then looked for and embroid the lines with a back stitch. After looking for ways to make some roses (which I embroid in 3 colours) I've found the deer had to be filled so just filled it with what I think is a satin stitch.
I wanted to use the Tolkien quote for a while now so thought it would fit the embroidery. Below I've embroid the translation of the quote in my Mother tongue : South African. By the way is the past tense of embroid: embroid?


It took me a while to finish this, not because it was difficult but because I didn't have enough chocolate zpagetti.  After searching for a while had some luck and then found it! Ok but then I was all out of my zpagetti mode so chucked it in the corner. It is finished now and I'm happy with the way it turned out.