Modern Yardage with my SnOwls Collection. My first thought is pillows; both as regular shape and contour shape. Melissa, owner of The Linden Tree, made up the first pillow using a super soft fabric on the back with a piped edging. Perfect to snuggle with! Thank you to Genevieve and Lindsey for posing with them.
These panels are available in 6 colors to match all the SnOwl prints. I'm going to use the violet one to make a contour pillow over Christmas break to match the lounge pants I made.
What else can you make with these designs? A pillow case, a center for a blanket or quilt, a tote, stretch it over canvas for art? I think it's fun to offer these large panels to my Modern Yardage collections. Check them out and order yours here.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
|Gray SnOwls Flight, Pine Cones, Flakes|
|Cocoa Snowls Flight, Pine Cones, Flakes|
|Aqua SnOwls Flight, Pine Cones, Flakes|
|Magenta SnOwls Flight, Pine Cones, Flakes|
|Periwinkle SnOwls Flight, Pine Cones, Flakes|
|Violet SnOwls Flight, Pine Cones, Flakes|
Coming next, I'll feature the SnOwl icon panels available in each color.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
This project was made possible through the Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant from the City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling Devision, with additional support from the Uptown Association, the CARAG neighborhood and local businesses. The other artists were Gail Katz James, Kirk Sklar and Mark LaCroix.
Following the tour, we met at a neighborhood community center to hear from local police who reported that similar projects reduced graffiti markings by 50% or more. There is an unspoken respect for not tagging on top of existing art. By chance that it is, this utility box material can be easily washed to remove markings. This project also furthers Uptown Association's tradition of providing local artists platforms for community art. This is the same association that produces the very popular Uptown Art Fair now in its 50th year.
I brought a print of my original Cherry Tomato illustration and described how I had to create additional art to wrap around the Utility Box template. I chose Cherry Tomatoes because of the importance of fresh local food whether we grow it ourselves, like I do within my flower bed in the backyard, or purchase it from the many local Farmer's Markets.
Below are more pictures from the event.
|Kirk Sklar with his neon Koi|
|Gail Katz James with her photographed sculpture piece|
|Mark LaCroix with his You Are Here Map piece|
|Walking tour with CARAG neighbors|
|Local police and event organizers|
|Group artist shot|
Monday, October 7, 2013
My Mom's 75th birthday is today and we celebrated early over the weekend. Doesn't she look amazing? It was a peacock themed party so I wanted to share a few pics from the party.
|A local baker decorated one of her birthday cakes with a peacock|
|My family made a peacock fruit tray|
|And a peacock veggie tray|
|I designed her invitation and bought lime Mums, my sister bought candies and other decorations|
|My son and husband made a 12' party banner|
|Newest family member Amelia was dressed in peacock colors|
|Ivy and Andy|
|Even Brooke had a peacock collar|
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Raise your hand if you love Pinterest. My hand is raised, too. One of my favorite boards I pin to is my Contemporary Craftsman where I pin home decor, interior designs and art. Here's a sampling of some of my pics. If you want to find the source for these items, click on the item on my Pinterest Board.
|Motawi Tileworks Songbirds Pillow|
|Prairie Flower Fireplace Screen, Mission Motif|
|Windswept Cypress,Yamamoto, Mission Motif|
|Geode Oak Moss Pillow, Mission Motif|
Monday, August 12, 2013
I got to visit the Madeline Island School of the Arts last Saturday with our Wisconsin lake neighbor Betty who grew up on the Island. In fact, the school is based on her great Aunt's farm which made the visit even more fun to see and hear her recollections.
We took our car on the Ferry from Bayfield, Wisconsin over to Madeline Island on a perfect summer's day. The school is not far out of La Pointe in a beautiful pasture. It consists of a collection of newly restored buildings all painted in barn red with white trim. There's the main office, a gathering place for meals and relaxation, a building for classrooms, guest lodging and the farmhouse where the guest artists stay during their workshops. The classes offered range from Plein Air Painting, Writing, Photography, Fiber Arts, Yoga and Wellness which last 5 days. You can check out more information on their website here.
|Traveling by Ferry to Madeline Island|
|Farmhouse where Guest Instructors stay|
|One of the classrooms|
|Gathering spot for students|
|Our friend Betty (Nelson) Tribbey who grew up on Madeline Island|
|Classroom building called The Milk House|
Monday, August 5, 2013
I'm always looking for contemporary Craftsman style items for our home and this summer I got a great one. My sister took me on a trip down to Iowa City, Iowa a couple years ago to show me a store she thought I'd like called Iowa Artisans Gallery. Boy, was she right! It had a variety of art, hand crafts, glass, metal arts but the Schlabaugh & Sons handcrafted clocks blew me away. They are based in Iowa and have a website to purchase their work.
The wood finish is so smooth, the Craftsman style honored its roots and the Motawi tile insert was the icing on the cake. I didn't buy one then but this summer I had the perfect reason to get one.
Our previous mantle clock had stopped working and we substituted a family hand-me-down that was not our style. This summer marked our 30th Anniversary so I suggested to Mitch we purchase a new clock to 'mark time'. He trusted me to pick something out on my trip down to visit family in July.
Well, it wasn't an easy decision. My sister and Uncle went with me to The Iowa Artisans Gallery and patiently watched me select one clock at a time and place on a pedestal to visualize it on our mantle. Finally I selected this one with a nice warm wood and Mowtawi tile called Songbird.
It looks great on our mantle and marks a milestone as well.
Friday, July 26, 2013
|The Linden Tree Shop in Minneapolis|
How fun to visit The Linden Tree and see these pouches! A mini mountain of my Poppy Hop fabric collection. They are beautifully sewn by Mary DesCombaz under her shop name "PogTotes".
The pouches are over 13" long and 5" high so they are large enough to carry many items. That's good because I outgrew my last travel pouch. They are fully lined and have a zipper closure.
Mary has a wonderful fabric sensibility (is that a term?) and has paired up other designer fabric totes as well using Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry to name drop. But of course, I encourage you to purchase one of mine. The Linden Tree is a great neighborhood shop in Minneapolis, so plan to check it out soon. Here's a link for more info on their hours and location.
Mary has an Etsy shop as well if you can't stop by the Linden Tree, so you can view and purchase her work at this link.
To purchase my Poppy Hop fabric at Modern Yardage to make your own pouch or other projects, please visit my page at this link.