Thursday, May 24, 2007

Postcard Swaps - May 2007

My "I've Got the Blues" Swap

These two cards are an example of my May swap "I've Got the Blues". I have used Angeline Fibre on a light blue back ground fabric, then place a multi coloured organza over the top. Quilted over the top of them to hold them together, then used my soldering iron the burn out parts of the organza to
reveal the glittering Angeline Fibres.
Unfortunately one of then turned out a little bit too green, but I still liked them very much anyway. Besides I really didn't have the "blues"....

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Our Discharge Dying Day

Yesterday, my friends & I had a great day playing with different plain fabrics and doing 'Reverse' or 'Discharge' Dying. These example are some of the ones that I finished up with. I'm really pleased with the two dark colour strips in this photo. They started out good quality black homespun (100% cotton). The middle piece has all different images on it and will make great postcards in the future. I laid out the top piece with different images longways on the fabric, it looks good as well. The pink strip has a lovely Lacy image on it.

These pink squares all started out purple, example in photo (left bottom). We had quite an array of items to create these great images on the purple fabric... Ranging from a dried "Bird of Paradise Flower", a lovely piece of lace from a St Vinnie purchase, Gutter Mesh, Microwave tray, Doilies, fencing nails, nuts, straight nails, fishing hooks (raided Hubby's shed for a lot of these) Now he's threatened to raid my sewing room when he needs another grease rag..LOL

This is my friend Lyn holding up a couple of her efforts... They both started out navy, I think... so you never know what colour you're going to get until you do it.
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Monday, May 14, 2007

My little Grandson Archie

This is my little Grandson Archie James, who was born 4 months ago, with Cleft Palette and lip. While, apparently this problem is quite common, it is still a real concern to one's family when it happens to you. My son and daughter-in-law have been very positive all the way through the ordeal (after their initial shock ). It was determined as early as their 12 week ultra-sound, that their baby was going to have a cleft lip, but could not determine how badly he was effected or if it was his palette as well.
As it turned out, it was his palette as well... and he'll have to go in again in a couple of months to have that fixed.
Here he is a few days before his operation.
This is him right after the surgery... the op was Monday 23rd April.

The guard across his mouth, is obviouly there to protect his mouth and nose from being knocked or touched etc... He also had to have his little arms in splints, so as to prevent him from putting fists in his mouth or touching his face.

This photo was taken on the Friday after most the stitches had been taken out, and he was ble to have his 'bull-bar' removed.

Posted by Picasa This photo was sent to me last week. It has been 3weeks since the operation. Just look at his sweet little 'button' nose... isn't he just sooo cute!!! LOL... am I a proud Grandma, or what???

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Postcards - April 2007

Trapunto Swap

This postcard has been sent to Myla Chapman in the USA. I haven't done trapunto for years, so I did enjoy doing this swap. I have done it in the old traditional method of threading and filling in with needle and yarn. I believe there are a few different ways of doing Trapunto now, which I may have to investigate and try them out on more P/Cs.

This is another Trapunto P/C made for Rose Anne in Canada. Again I have used the old traditional technique for this one as well. Although on this one I didn't have any wadding between the front and the backing, I just filled in the sections I wanted to raise up.

The second picture shows the dense bead work in the middle.