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Friday, January 25, 2008

on time and under budget

The design challenge is finished. The subject was someone we looked up to and/or a color palette. I chose to combine them and created this small Valentine from items on hand. The heart is one of several polymer clay hearts I made several years ago from scraps of other clay projects. The cheesecloth was painted for a swap of ATCs.

My grandma was a make-do kind of person. She always wore an apron with pockets full of things she picked up as she was cleaning around the house. There were always pins and needles in the shoulder area, handy for when she did the mending. She was a gentle woman, quiet in face of a tyrant and steadfast in her love of babies and children. She had no time for vanity, rolled her stockings down to her ankle if she felt like it, and let us kids comb and style her hair any which we wanted while she took an afternoon nap. So many happy hours spent with her. She taught me to crochet before I was old enough to be trusted with such a pointy metal object. Her crocheting consisted mostly of huge granny square tablecloths of cotton cord done with a size 7 needle. Simple and done with the garish multicolored DMC crochet cotton. She crocheted in the evening and I swear she ripped as much as she stitched some nights. Finishing wasn't always important, I think she just liked to keep busy.

I was fiddling around and sewing and ripping and realized that this piece could also be part of a Valentine swap. This amazing realization allowed me to finish this easily, grabbing things out of the scraps jar and moving forward quickly. I didn't have to make this the ONE perfect piece and two others. It's just number one in the year long Take it Further challenge and it's just number one in the mini beaded squares and it's going to be swapped. Three projects at once. My life is going pretty darn smooth this month.

On top of that, I am going to print the photo and use it as a Valentine's day card to family members along with the Christmas letter that I didn't have time to mail out last month. All is good.

Thanks to Sharon for suggesting the themes - looking forward to the next challenge.

07:00 Posted in Take It Further | Permalink | Comments (4)


Oh Diane, what a wonderful tribute to your grandma. You were a lucky child to have her. Your valentine really exudes "grandma" just looking at it, even before I read your story.

Posted by: Rachel | Friday, January 25, 2008

Diane, this is such a beautiful piece! What sweet memories of your grandma.

Posted by: Vivian | Sunday, January 27, 2008

I bet you take after your grandma in many ways. I think she would be proud to see her tribute, especially that it is useful in so many ways!

Posted by: Meg Lamey | Monday, January 28, 2008

I love your use of the polymer clay with the mixed media. Nice work! (Sounds like you miss your grandma. I miss mine, too....)

Posted by: Jenny | Wednesday, January 30, 2008