Here's the christmas bears I did for the little girls we see at our friend's xmas party. I sewed up little bags out of cute winter flannel and made the bears their own little sleeping bags out of fleece.
I did a swap literally last March with the mom of a good friend of mine - she sent me watercolors and I sewed up some bags. This is the second bag...
This is the back...my friend's glass work was used for the zipper pull and the buttons added a nice touch to the felted leaves I put. I used variegated thread on the back, so that is why you see the changes in color on the machine quilting.
Here's the front of the bag - black thread for the quilting so that it does not compete with the leaves. I "painted" the leaves using inktense watercolor pencils on white fabric. Then painted a thin coat of colorless extenter onto the leaves - this keeps the color from fading or bleading when washed. Fused the leaves and cut them out, fused to black kona cotton. Thread-sketched on the leaves and then quilted. Assembed the bag. When I went to put the handles on, the black cording I bought untangled on me - ended up looking cooler than the original cording! It posed a problem though, cause I had to cover up the edges where I sewed the cording. Ended up needle felting some leaves and hand-sewing them on.
Well, it and another little bag are on their way to Monique's mom today! Thank goodness she is patient!
So for my training - I have always wanted to learn Adobe Flash Professional, so I took an online course yesterday on "the basics." It was fabulous! Really broke it down well - that lynda.com really rocks and is worth every penny!
As for running, I am now on a new medication for my eyes - totally test only, but in 6 months or so, we should hopefully know if it will help the degeneration. What does that have to do with running? Well, one of the side-effects is that you could gain weight, so back onto a running program I go! Gonna research some spring races and get my plan together this week.
6 more weeks until we go to Hawaii!