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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bag Lady Christmas

This year I decided to sew up some bags for Christmas gifts. The first bag I made was from Colette patterns. I made the "Cooper" bag, in style number 2, the back pack. This was a really good pattern, well put together, and with three variations for most any need. I made the bag for Erik. The dark fabric is waxed canvas from England, which is a great material, a water resistant cotton with wax melted into it. It is contrasted with heavy cotton twill denim. 
 There are magnetic snaps to close the flap at the top.
 I lined it in cotton Bat-man fabric, since Erik is on a Bat man kick these days.
 This is a view of the back, showing the straps for wearing as a back pack.

It has brass rivets on the front flap portion.

These are some box bags I made. These are fully lined and have handles and tabs. I made them with a different fabric combination for the girls in the family, plus one with trains for my nephew to store his Tech-Dech toys.
These are great for holding knitting supplies, cosmetics, toys, etc.I like to put knitting projects in different ones for on the go readiness. The snap handle enables them to be attached to purses or other handles.
The full lining hides all the seams and makes for a neat finish to the inside.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Painting for charity raffle

This is a 9x12 oil on linen panel I painted for the Watts Atelier Xmas raffle. All the proceeds went to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The school raised over 1300.00 from the event.

Monday, December 9, 2013

New painting-another Santa

Here is a new piece just sent out to my gallery. I had done a very similar piece a couple of years back. My gallery saw it on this blog and requested I paint one for them. This piece is a bit larger at 9x12, and is a bit more colorful. I don't generally jump at a chance to repaint an older piece, but this is a pretty fun portrait opportunity.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Paintings

 Here are a couple of new pieces I just finished. The above painting is "Next to Dance." It is an 11x14 oil on linen panel. I took this shot just before the sun went down. The original background was a hazy dusky gray shade, and my husband suggested going with a fiery shade instead. She looked rather nervous about going out to dance, and I can't blame her. I am embarrassed to dance by myself!
This is a very small piece titled "Mother's Weaving." It is a 6x12 oil on linen panel She is Navajo, and that weaving she is holding is a pattern that her family uses.