Sunday, December 4, 2016

A tea inspired layered quiltlet

Today I'm joining two of my favorite challenge blogs with a single post.  Moo-Mania and More is asking us to make art of any kind, shape, size, or color as long as it's inspired by coffee or tea.  Likewise, although I'm almost too late for the party, Try it on Tuesday's latest theme is layers.  I may not have nearly as many layers as some, but I have a few at least.

This is my offering, a quiltlet, and I'm going to walk you through how I made it.

I began by creating a few tape transfers of birds.  I overlaid one tape transfer on a teabag holder.   Using Ultimate! glue, I then adhered those to the actual tea bag that came from the holder.

It's really hard to see the tea bag holder through the tape transfer in this photo.  I was also surprised how long it took the tea bag to dry so I could use it.

While the tea bag was drying, I painted a strip of white sheet I had torn to size.  I know how much the recipient likes these colors, so that's why I chose them.

Next I adhered the teabag and tape transfer assembly to the fabric.  So far, there are four layers.

To shift gears, I overdyed the grape juice fabric I made a few weeks ago with strong coffee and allowed it to dry.  By this time, my entire craft room smelled good.

Because I'm mailing this gift, I didn't want a lot of bulk.  Therefore, instead of adding batting between the front and back layers, I simply sewed circles around the back of the piece (a single layer) and added Bleubeard's and my names to the back.

Next, I sewed the two fabrics together using a zig zag stitch.  To make sure it would hang without flapping or flopping, I added a piece of Starbuck's stirrer stick.  You can see part of what I removed above the quiltlet.  Then I sewed it in place.

Finally, using my hole guide, I cut two holes using my Crop-a-dile and added the two fibers.

Once I scanned the piece, I was thrilled to see the tape transfer actually looked as good as it did in person.

Now all I have to do is send it flying on its merry way and hope it arrives on time.

Meanwhile, please join me at Moo-Mania and More for coffee and/or tea, and for a few more hours at Try it on Tuesday with your layers and layers.

Of course, I appreciate your visiting me, too.  You are always too kind and I am very grateful.

Craft Barn's latest alpha/dictionary letter: Y

Craft Barn's latest alpha/dictionary letter is Y.  Thankfully there is no twist, or I would never have been able to pick Yellow.

There were lots of choices for Y, but I had nothing I could use to illustrate any of the letters I wanted to use.  I went through my magazine images, and my very few stamps.  I finally came up with this.  At least I knew I could find a way to illustrate the word.

I only enlarged the parts I wasn't sure would show on the page.  I pointed out that yellow is a primary color and what a primary color is.

Since the background was purple, I wanted to explain why I chose it.

The word, which doesn't show too well, was created with stickers.

I painted the large yellow circle, then cut it out.  I thought the definition was wimpy, so I wanted to be sure everyone knew what yellow represented, at least on the color wheel.

And finally, the letter "Y."

For this entry, I started by painting the purple using a purple pen.   Computer generated text was added to a sheet of heavy card stock I had in my stash.  As mentioned earlier, the circle was painted, then punched out.  Finally, I added the dictionary definition and the various sticker letters.

Thanks for joining me at the Craft Barn with their latest letter Y.  Although I had planned a different post today, I misjudged how long it was going to take to create the piece I wanted to make for another challenge.  Part of the problem is, my craft room is freezing right now, and I didn't want to spend that long there.  So, again, thanks for your visit.  It truly means the world to me. 

See you at the Craft Barn.  Only two more letters to go!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Grain elevators

When we left off on our Thanksgiving trip, we were still a long way and several grain elevators from our destination.

Cows grazed in fields they shared with a rain bird (the sprinkler system behind them).  Of course, all I wanted was a photo of the grain elevator.

This one shared the photo with a water tank.  The first time I saw those new style water tanks, I thought they looked like the world's largest flash light.

You can tell we were passing through truck country.

The fields have all been harvested

and these were the very first bales of hay I've seen all year.

Because much of my state burned this spring, I was glad to see this county used its right of way, which each county is responsible for mowing, to recycle excess grass by creating hay bales.  Wise use of what would otherwise go to waste.

This grain elevator sits in the center of this small town

that only has one stop light.

Now we were truly in the country.

Gravel roads were the norm, as were signs shot up by those eager to try out their weapons.   I'd rather see people shooting at signs than at other people.

It wouldn't be long now.

The fields on the left had been harvested, while those on the right had been planted with possibly winter wheat.

We had arrived!

I could tell we were the last to arrive, though.

I love Scott's parents' beautiful home.

They recently had it resided.  I'll be glad when I can take photos that don't have a radio antenna in the photo.  Ironically, that was the last photo I took that day.

 But let's talk for a moment about grain elevators.  One of the reasons I love them is because I used to live in Hutchinson, KS. and no matter how long I was away, I knew I was home once I saw the grain elevators that could be seen for at least 10 miles on a clear day.

Hutchinson is noted for the largest and longest grain elevator in the world.

Here it is shown from the other side.  This is the side I would see when I was nearly home.

This postcard shows its size.

Imagine my surprise when I did an internet search just to be sure I was right about my beloved grain elevators and found

until 1998, the largest grain elevator in the world was in Haysville, KS.  According to

This 2,717 feet long cement structure is is listed as the largest grain elevator in the world. In 1998, an explosion at the facility killed seven people, and heavily damaged the structure. The elevator is composed of 246 individual 30 foot by 120 foot tall connected concrete tanks in three parallel rows, all under a single headworks. The strucute had a capacity of over 20 million bushels of wheat, enough to supply all the bread consumed in America in a six week period. The facility is owned by DeBruce Grain, Inc., which was fined $685,000 for the explosion.
Somehow it doesn't have the same dynamic image of the one in Hutchinson.  BTW, Hutchinson has at least six other smaller grain elevators located in other parts of the city. 

I didn't write the quote, so the word should be structure in case you were confused.  I'm not sure what the article meant by "headworks," but they may mean the "headhouse."  Traditional grain elevators are typically designed so the majority of the grain handling equipment such as the conveyors, scales, and cleaners are located inside a building or structure, normally referred to as the headhouse.   Further, you saw that one of the elevators had metal silos attached to the elevator.  Silos normally store grain that has not been dried or cleaned.

Thanks for joining me today as I explored grain elevators and Scott and I reached our destination. 

I was hoping to create a piece of art for either AJJ, TioT, or MM &M for tomorrow.  But I have not felt well all day, and, as weird as it may seem (I seldom need more than 4 or 5 hours sleep), I have slept most of the day.  Since I have two more posts from Thanksgiving weekend, if I'm not feeling better, I'll show Thanksgiving morning in my next post.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Second on the 2nd: My Grandmother's Dishes

I decided to share my Grandmother's dishes I inherited after she died.  Instead of rephotographing them, I decided to share this old post I created back on December 14, 2010. In case you missed Tuesday's post, these are called Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe and were designed and manufactured by a US company called Royal.  They were very popular in the 1950s and 60s and sold in various store, including Dillon's (purchased by Kroger a few years ago), where you could buy a piece each week along with your groceries.  My Grandmother, who used them every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas explained that was how she got practically a full set which she acquired before I was born.  Although all the pieces are green, each has uniquely different scenes, several of which can be traced to the novel by Charles Dickens.  They are all tied together by their hinges on the rims of each piece. 

As you will see, I was definitely in need of a new camera, but it would be several years before that happened.  Now the camera I have is fantastic.  Here is the part of the post that shares my Grandmother's dishes.

It's looking like Christmas 

I got all my Christmas dishes out this morning and, since several people wanted to see all the designs, I started to photograph them. I swear, I had the hardest time, because I thought I would use my camera with the flash. Well, the flash washed everything out, and I had a dark mess otherwise.  

 This is known as the large bowl, but because it has a crack, I can't use it. I usually wrap rolls in a towel and place them in this one.   Did you notice the eye glasses?

This even larger bowl I broke a couple of years ago, but repaired it, knowing I wouldn't use it.  I still enjoyed the image.

This may be an even better shot.

A side view of Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe is the picture on the dinner plates.

A snow covered scene showing the front of the shop is on the meat platter.

Don't you love that bay window and the carriage in the background?

This is the salad bowl. It's quite small, and I'm not sure you could get much salad in it  (Ed. note: I don't think "salads" were as leafy as they are now.  I suspect when these dishes were designed, most salads were either gelatin or contained fruits or veggies combined with a mayonnaise base).

Ed note: Although this is a saucer, it is not the saucer that should come with the cup in the set.  It is, however, what my Grandmother collected.

After standing on my head, doing a jig, and holding my mouth just right, I finally got a decent photo of the creamer and sugar bowl.  I have two creamers, and use one as a gravy boat, along with one of the saucers.

As dawn broke, I had finally photographed the various pieces I own of this set.  Now I'm off to clean each piece so the set can be used when I welcome company on Sunday.  Thank you for viewing this set of dishes today.
Now it's time for you to link your second look on the 2nd.  The rules are quite simple and everyone is welcome to join the fun look back.  All you have to do is bring back a post that you are especially proud of, or perhaps one you shared before anyone knew your blog existed.  Then link below and Bleubeard and I, along with other Second on the 2nd friends, will be by to visit.  

Please be aware this link is only open for five days, so it's best to post sometime on the 2nd.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

November complete and December ready in my never ending calendar

November, 2016 is in the books and is history.

November was all about patriotism and Art Every Day Month.  Feel free to enlarge to read the minutia.

I have enough pages left in this journal I purchased for one more year.  I still need to buy a calendar to use on the pages, since I have gone to a very simple calendar form.  I just can't see spending all that time trying to create pages for my calendar when it never looks as lovely as those of some of my friends.  So, one more year, then I'll decide if I want to continue after that.

But for now, December, 2016 is ready to be filled in.  Because I'm color driven, you don't have to tell me how much the "red" cups that look pink in the scan, clash with the red of the calendar background.

And because my calendars are so wimpy, I thought you might like to see a few decorations as I start decorating my home for Christmas.

I got this idea from Divers and Sundry, who last year placed a softie tree on her floor.  I thought it would be safe

especially since Bleubeard refuses to be around this carpet sample, which was supposed to be a scratching "post."  

This year, as with last, I have placed my other, very well made softie, a gift from a very dear lady years ago, 

atop my Grandmother's treadle sewing machine.

Imagine my surprise when I caught Squiggles

sleeping here that same night.  The next day, the tree had been knocked over and moved.  So much for that idea!

Thanks for joining me today.  I'm really quite grateful.  Don't forget your Second on the 2nd post.  If you've never participated, dig up an old post you are proud of and post it tomorrow.