Creative Adventure Week, Part 1

I’ve been promising a report and pictures from my visit with Lori, so here is part one.

After a 6-7 hour drive south to Manhattan Beach, CA, I arrived to Lori’s full of creative energy and excitement! After unloading the car, which was stuffed full of artistic supplies, fabric, metal art tools, sewing machine, etc, Lori and I headed over to nearby Torrance for a side trip to visit my father, who had been discharged from the local hospital.

Note: My father, Carl, is now back in Missouri and feeling better.

Day 1 was spent shopping to gather more supplies for the week.  We hit the bead store, JoAnn craft store, Radio Shack, etc. for supplies, then spent the rest of the day making jump rings in my new jump ring maker, then working on chain maille bracelets:


Day 2:  We met up with friend and talented artist Capril to hit a fabulous swap meet (Roadeum) to gather more supplies for the week.  This swap meet has lots of garment district cast offs, remnents and it is a treasure hunt for creative souls!

We came home, then painted huge pieces of canvas using the principle of layering.  Here is what my canvas looked like:



and here is Lori’s:


and what she did with a piece of it:


Lori later attached her handle.  What I loved about this project is that we have different styles, yet both turned out terrific!  We also finished our chain maille bracelet in the evening.

Day 3: We continued to add paint layers to the canvas, tumbled the chain maille bracelets with steel shot mix to make them smooth,  etched copper to make into charms,  and started our little purses to hold our iphones.  Here are mine, two colorways to match different outfits:


And this one is to wear with my brown toned clothing:


A quick note about my iphone above.  That one is my new iphone as I accidentally misplaced my last one.  This one has 3G technology and I love it even more!!  I made my iphone bags so I don’t lose it again!

Hmmm….  shall I make a tutorial when I can find the time?

To Be Continued….   This takes you through Day 3 of my visit.  I skipped over the laughter, the yummy food, and how warm and inviting that Lori and her family treated me.  They always make me feel like a family member when I visit.

Hugs, Carla

Kumihimo #2

Now that I figured out how to braid fibers, I wanted to make one for Stephanie.  It needed to match her pendant, so here is what I made last night:


I still think it needs another component for balance, so I just temporarily wrapped one of my chain maille bracelets for the picture.  Stephanie, if you read this, think about adding beads or metal to the braided part.

I like the colors better in this one with matching the pendant.  I used about 20 strands of yarn/fibers in the braid above.

Next, my artistic harmony turns to quilting.  Have lots of quilts to do before Christmas, so I had best get busy!!  I’m also planning another “Carla and Lori Creative Adventure Week” in early January.   This entails a drive to Manhattan Beach with a car loaded with art supplies.  We take over Lori’s living room, and make a HUGE MESS while pursuing our art.  We also teach each other what we have learned since the last Creative Adventure Week.  I come back home with my brain exploding with creative thoughts!!  LOL!

Enjoy your day and do something creative!  Hugs, Carla

Hairy Leg Quilt

You all know I can quilt traditional quilts, such as the Carolina Lily quilt shown a few days ago. I love traditional quilts, but I especially love quilting whimsical quilts.

My friend, Lori, made a wonderful shoe quilt as her very first quilt. The design was mutually developed during one of our Creative Adventure Weeks a few years ago. Anyhow, when it came to the quilting, I just couldn’t resist having fun!


Of course, each shoe block just begged to have a leg quilted in. Then, knowing Lori would appreciate my weird sense of humor, I quilted in 3-D hairy tufts on the yellow leg!


I quilted other strange stuff on the other leg blocks, too. How could you not love a fun quilt such as this?

Next Quilt: My next quilt to do is a retro, astro, alien, spaceship quilt- and, oh yes, some retro teardrop trailers thrown in as well. This is a quilt for a male quilter (named Doug) who owns a teardrop trailer and a quilt store. Terrific combo, I think.

Doug has a very healthy and odd sense of humor, so he loves it when I “hide” weird motifs into his quilting. The stranger the better, he says. Probably the weirdest I have done for him was the star constellation in the shape of Monica Lewinski’s blue dress with an extra star located where the stain is. I also have quilted aliens dragging off the GOP elephant symbol, too.

If When I quilt something really strange into this next quilt, I will be sure to take a picture. If someone has a odd quilting motif suggestion, too, be sure to leave me a comment with your idea. LOL!

regards, Carla