Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ups and Downs

Geisha Girl Cosmetic Bag (Flat Bottomed)
Surfer Girls Cosmetic Bag (Flat Bottomed)
Wow!  It's been awhile!  I've been MIA for over a week.  I cannot say the reason for my absence is that I've been busy creating, sewing, baking, or doing anything fun.  In fact, the only thing I've been busy doing is physical therapy.  Having this new knee is a lot of work!  "They" said I'd have ups and downs in my recovery.  The last couple of weeks have been full of "downs."  I've been going to torture therapy sessions three times a week, which actually does help, but geesh, I'm ready to be back to normal!

When not at therapy (or napping), I have been working on a few projects, mostly presents for upcoming birthdays and Christmas.  I made the two image transfer cosmetic bags above and added them to my Etsy Shop last week.  I've completed half of a poncho I've been knitting for my daughter.  Her birthday is in a couple of weeks.  I've also done a little more freezer paper stenciling.

This time, I used sparkle acrylic paint mixed with textile medium to create fabric paint.  I've never tried this technique before.  I think it worked pretty well, although the fabric is a little stiffer than had I used regular fabric paint.  This t-shirt is for my step-daughter, Samantha.  She is involved with a dance troupe at her college.  I hope she likes it!

A few nights ago I read a jewelry tutorial at Marla Plain and Small.  Marla's tutorial describes how to make jewelry charms using Dimensional Magic Mod Podge.  I tried the technique using a silver necklace bail and paper I cut from a thesaurus.

The Dimensional Magic is actually some pretty cool stuff.  It really does add dimension and the charm would have been really cool had I not used such a thin piece of paper.  I think the poor quality of paper is the reason why the words on the reverse side can be seen.  I will definitely try this again, but I will use higher quality paper, maybe even laminated?  If any of you have used this product, let me know.  I'd love some pointers!
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Heather and Kathy said...

glad that you are recovering! I hope this coming week will be more ups than downs!

Love the bags!


Fiona said...

Just hold onto the thought that once all the physio is over and your new knee has settled in properly / everything has healed, how much better life will be for you. That should make all the torture and downs worth while, I hope.

Linda said...

Hopefully this week will be better for your the little bags and I wonder if you copied the paper and then tried you think that would be better...never tried that but it looks really cool!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

How did I miss this post. Lovely new bags, I just love these bags. Hope you are felling better and on the mend. xox Corrine