Monday, November 30, 2009

Inspiration Apron Swap

Here is the apron from a Silver Bella swap. Each of the participants made a 3x5 piece of fabric art. We mailed them to Valita and she made this apron for each of us. It was inspired by the apron that Rebecca Sower created in the magazine, Art Quilting Studio by Stampington & Co. The waistband and ties were made with coordinating fabrics that we sent to her.

Thank you Valita for this work of art that we will each cherish.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Holiday Fabric Book

This is the lovely fabric book that Michelle Geller put together for Silver Bella Swap participants. There were 30 girls in the swap and Michelle made 3 different books of 10 pages each. We sent her 11 6x6 inch holiday fabric pages and she made the covers and put them together.

Here are the pages that were in our books.
above page by Julie Baxley

Rita Blanks

Kana Conger

Michelle Geller

Sharon Giordano

Jemellia Hilfiger

Jen Kershner


Sabrina Sane


Thank you Michelle for all of your hard work.
This book is more than fabric pages sewn together - It is a work of art.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Give Thanks

"Happy Thanksgiving"
from Carol and Elizabeth

Monday, November 23, 2009

Silver Bella Paper Doll Swap

Here are some of the paper dolls from our swap. We do not have pictures of all of them, I am sorry to say. They came to us already in packaging and were delivered to the recipients unopened. We requested pictures but not everyone sent pictures. All of the dolls were wonderful and in beautiful packaging.
This will give you an idea of the variety we received.

above created by Robin Sanchez

Lori Oles

Jana Perenchio

Danielle Muller

Alisa Noble

Kara Ward

Andra Hepler

Joanna Lewis

Valerie Jones

Kathy Jacobson

Below are the dolls Carol and I made. They have been shown on this blog previously, as well.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Vintage Rosary Necklace

Another class at Silver Bella was the Vintage Rosary Necklace class with Kaari Meng of French General. All the pieces to make the necklace were included in the class kit. We jumped right in and started learning all about vintage pearls, twisting wire, making loops, and afixing teensy bits to our new necklaces. It was 3 hours of concentration, but we came out with a stunning necklace and enough knowledge to make us dangerous in a bead store.
The closeup shows all the lovely pieces we had with which to create our piecs.
There was a similar class we did not take-- one to make a bracelet.
See all those tiny pearls? On the inner strand, we had to make little loops after EACH ONE. Very tedious work, but we were so proud at the completion.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Silver Bella Vintage Paper Swap

We are back from Silver Bella! It was a wonderful, magical event. Carol visited with me for some days ahead and after the event. It was so much fun to visit with friends and meet new ones. We have many creative and hopefully, inspiring things to show you.
There are swap items and classes to come in the next week or so. Our heads are so full of sparkly ideas for decorating and gift giving, we can hardly stand it!!

We will begin with this swap. The participants mailed vintage papers to our hostess, Lori Oles.
Lori's beautiful blog is -Vintage Flair. At Silver Bella, she presented us with this folder full of vintage papers.

The folder is made of vintage wallpaper and tied with a cheesecloth bow. There is a crepe paper rosette and a gorgeous sewn tag. I just love this beautiful girl on the tag.

Here are the papers inside. All were different, of course. These are the ones I received- a really nice selection.

These papers will probably go into a plastic bag, ready to use in projects. This folder needs to hold special items and be displayed someway.

Thanks for looking and please stop by for more creative ideas to come from Silver Bella.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Silver Bella Bound

We are off to Silver Bella for four days full of glitter, creativity, friends, and laughter.

See you soon with lots of photos.

Carol and Elizabeth

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Vintage Autumn Images

A magazine cover and a postcard from my collection. Hope you enjoy them!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Silver Bella Feltie ornament swap

These are for another silver Bella Swap - a felt ornament - I used felted wool from a thrifted sweater. The wool has some silver sparkle in it. I used more felted wool for the cream band and the heart. The mittens are open at the top and can hold small items. There is mica on the leaves and vintage trim at the cuff. These are really fun to make and I would like to make more in other colors before Christmas.