Posts Tagged ‘feathers’

The Accidental Halloween

October 23, 2013

The Christmas project schedule is progressing so well I forgot that Halloween comes first. I nearly tripped over the bag of Halloween fabric, which is how I remembered. Those goblins don’t like to be overlooked.

 

My Halloween collection tucked in a tote

My Halloween collection tucked in a tote

 

While unpacking my collection, I realized that I haven’t made anything with it because I don’t want to cut it up.

 

Too cute to cut

Too cute to cut

 

When I have a creative problem that is turning into a fur ball, I try solving it by the Wandering Method. Amble aimlessly about the house and see what leaps out at you. Usually what leaps out at me is the box of cookies I tried hiding on the shelf, but this time I was lucky. First, I noticed my collection of picture frames.

 

Lani Longshore picture frames

 

Then I noticed my collection of Halloween flowers, feathers and stuff on sticks.

 

The little arrangement that grew

The little arrangement that grew

 

For the past few years, I’ve decorated the table with a small Halloween- or harvest-themed centerpiece. I folded the small centerpiece into a larger floral arrangement in the living room when it was time to decorate for Christmas. As you can see, that arrangement is spreading out from its vase like the monster that ate Cleveland. “Self,” I said, “it is time to do something different.”

 

Lani Longshore Halloween decoration

 

This is only a prototype of a fabric collage. I wanted to see how much space I really have between the back and the frame. The next step will be to experiment with wrapping the back with fabric and placing other fabrics and embellishments only in the area that clears the edges of the frame. While I would prefer to use the glass to protect the piece, it is designed to go over a photograph, not a three-dimensional collage. Of course, I could try gluing things to the glass to get a floating effect . . .

 

Excuse me, but I think it is time to wander around the house again, this time in costume –

 

Boo!

Boo!

 

 

Add Feathers

January 10, 2013

The Challenge Group project is “It’s for the birds.” Around this time of year, that is my opinion of life, the universe and everything. My diet is for the birds, my exercise program is for the birds, my to-do list is for the birds. Even a hummingbird couldn’t keep up with all the things I have written down, so how can I? The answer is obvious – item by item. I started with the bird challenge.

Luckily for me, the Challenge Group encourages a loose interpretation of any assignment, so I focused on feathers. I had already added some piping to the bit of screening I discovered on the sewing table. It was a simple matter to turn that into a vase. The final step – add feathers.

The base vase, with piping

The base vase, with piping

Feathering my vase

Feathering my vase

A feathery finish

A feathery finish

Now, if only I could use “add feathers” as the answer to all my problems.