My iPad app for posting to my blog stopped working, so I've created a Facebook artist page for my creative stuff - "Barbara Moore Art". I can't make it a hot link here, but you can copy and paste this address.
UPDATE: Gene Black was kind enough to post a hot link. It's in the first comment below. Just click on it!
Monday, April 18, 2016
Painting with watercolors was always hard for me, so I now hesitate to try again. However, in a brave moment while recently shopping, I bought watercolor paints and paper. When I got home, I suddenly wondered "what was I thinking?"! So, I returned them to the store. Then I found this old, skewed watercolor image done during my obsession with trees in the 7Os. Now I'm feeling like I might really want to try again. First up, shopping for watercolor paints and paper...
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Getting back to my roots in art, I recently bought some drawing paper and supplies. After decades of not drawing it took some time to get a feel for it again. I had forgotten how lost I can get in being creative this way, time just flies by! This is rough, but it's a start.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
The swap group theme for April brought out many varied designs, each one special. This is the one I sent to my partner, a 14" x 20" mini with a bright floral print layered underneath glittery organza to suggest raindrops. I didn't want to give this one up!
Monday, April 11, 2016
A fellow blogger, Katie of "The Red Tin", once sent me a lavender sachet that was more artistic than mine shown here. She had made a stamp, and that inked image appeared in the center of her heart. I don't do stamping, but the basic idea stayed with me. My sachets are simply two layers of scrap fabric sewn together with wonderfully aromatic lavender buds in the middle. It's a good way to use scraps, and they make great little "add-on gifts" to include when mailing swaps.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
In my Sit and Sew group I was shown how to make scrappy Crumb blocks. They are supposed to be mindless, require no thinking, and promise to come out great. I couldn't quite get a feel for it, and the group said I was "over-thinking" (haha, not the first time I've heard that). Anyhow, I promised to go home and make a Crumb block, which I did (top in photo). It took me a long time, and I was tired when done. Then I decided to make one of my favorites, a String block, and I enjoyed making the bottom one very quickly. These blocks have a lot in common. They are both scrappy, mindless, assembled willy-nilly, and anything picked up will work, so why can't I enjoy making a Crumb block?
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
I have a big bead and bauble collection from my bead embroidery days. Numerous visits to bead shops found me buying them just because I liked them. Now I've started to use them to decorate stick pins and vintage hat pins that make my pincushions a little prettier. These are fun and quick to make, and they are great little gifts to include in swaps!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
I hoped to post an update on the project in my last post, but it has been torn out instead, and the yarn is back to a beautiful yarn cake. I didn't work on it for days, and then I couldn't pick up where I left off without making many mistakes. So, I threw in the towel. Instead, here is a beautiful NJ sunset I captured on my evening walk last week. This is also a Pinelands Treasure!
Monday, March 21, 2016
Knitting with the hand-spun art yarn in my last post has yielded this piece of cloth. I have no plan, I just couldn't wait to see how it knitted up! I used size 15 needles to cast on 20 stitches, and have completed about 16 rows. I found a "drop stitch" pattern here (copy and paste, I can't make a hot link on my iPad):