Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sickies...Mary & Pinky...

Both Pinky and I were sick on Tuesday, so didn't get to go to Jewell for our S & B creative group. Both of us really feel like we are missing so much when we can't go. Sometimes, this time of year especially, the weather will stop us from going over the hill to Jewell. We missed you all Tues., but hope to see you here next Tues. It's been tooooo long.

Green Earrings...

I am just starting to do some selling on Etsy and use the name Fox On The Run. I listed these today and hope to get some more on later. Will let you know how it goes...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Click on older post below...

Click on older post below all of the calendar pages to see the first on posted of April Wood.

Fabric Collage...Karen Eshelby

This amazing piece was done by Karen using some scraps of fabric that Jan had given to her. It is basically a fabric collage pieced together with horses in the forefront. It is fantastic!

Inuit Art...Karen Eshelby

Karen, too, knows I love Native American art and she created this page with stamping, and collage. I will treasure it.

Animal Scene...Bonny (Pinky) Wasley

This page is so neat...three D animals and leaves. She used stamps for trees, ribbon, stars on a beautiful background paper of trees. I love it!

Threaded Wheel...Bonny Wasley

Bonny (Pinky) did the most amazing thing on cards she was making and all of us wanted one in our calendars or journals. She made one in each of ours and they are sooooo neat. She saw this done before with precut wheels, but could not find them, so made her own. She then used a metallic thread and proceeded to weave her design onto the wheel. I think they are wonderful!

Paper Casting...Jan Brattain

Jan can set me straight, but I think this method is called paper casting. She used a coastal Native American design to cast the design. She knows I love this kind of art and I feel so blessed to have this included in my calendar.

Bring Cheer To Others...Jan Brattain

Jan did a beautiful job of painting and paper collage of this caribou. She loves the out doors and animals and this ties right in.

Tea Bag Folding...April Wood

This method used by April Wood is called Tea Bag Folding. Both she and Bonny have done cards using this method and I was so happy to see this in my calendar.

Prayer...April Wood

This is the last page in my calendar. April did this work with prayer as the theme. It is beautiful.

Round Robin Calendars/Journals...

The following pictures are of pages that the group did on my 2010 calendar. I will cherish this book because of all the hard work done in it by my friends. This project was done as a round robin, which means all of the group worked on each other's calendars or journals. If you have never tried is soooo much fun! The neat part is that you end up with an item that is made by so many friends.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Clear Rolling Pin With Shells...

I found a clear glass rolling pin in a garage sale for one dollar and put about an inch of genuine Long Beach Peninsula sand inside. I then went through my basket of shells and found any that would fit inside...also some tiny rocks and pieces of drift wood. The neat part about this shell container is that you can just roll it a bit and have a whole different scene...soooooo cooooool! Since then, I have found a pink clear one and another clear one to fill. Haven't done those yet, but will. I love reusing items to make something completely different.

Congrats!!!! Joan Geller Is In Her New Home...

Joan's house burned down last year and she has had one heck of a time getting the new one built. I heard news today that she is in her new home and ready to settle in. We are all thankful for this, Joan, and wish you well in your new cozy home. We love you.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Wooden Basket...Mary Fox

I received this wooden basket from my son and daughter-in-law for Christmas. I love baskets and have quite a few, but this is my first wooden neat!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. This is a little tree that my long time friend, Linda Crosby, made for Kit and I. I love it and cherish it because Linda is very sick and took the time to make this for us...very special.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Free Cabinet...Mary Fox

April requested that I put on picture of the FREE cabinet that I have to give away. It would be wonderful for fabric dust! It is double sided. It looks exactly this way on the other side and has wooden shelving that goes inside. It is flat on top so you can stack clear plastic boxes on top or whatever...It is 5' 5" long, 30" wide, and 43 1/2" tall. I don't know what kind of wood it is, but it is old. It is a neat piece. I just don't have room for it...wish I did! Location: Long Beach, Washinton

Monday, December 21, 2009

Twelve Days of Christmas...Mary Fox

Did you ever wonder what the song is all about and why it is a Christmas Carol? From 1558 to 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the Catholic church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which children could remember.

The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves were the old and new testaments.
Three French hens stood for faith, hope, and love.
Four calling birds were the 4 gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first 5 books of the Old Testament.
Six geese a laying stood for the the six days of creation.
Seven swans a swimming represented the seven fold gifts of the Holy Spirit, Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, etc.
Eight maids a milking were the 8 beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the Nine fruits of the Spirit.
Ten lords a leaping were the 10 commandments.
Eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
Twelve drummers drumming symbolizes the 12 points of belief in the Apostles Creed.

Just wanted to pass this on to you and wish you a very Merry CHRISTmas. God bless you in 2010. Mary Fox

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hard To Get A Picture...

This is a photo of some of us at the Vernonia Quilt Show. Pinky is taking the picture, so the only ones in the photo are (left to right) Mary Fox, Jan Brattain, April Wood, and Karen Eshelby. Hopefully, in the near future, we will have someone take a picture of all of us together. For now...this is some of us.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Origami Bags by Jan

These little origami fabric gift bags were constructed using a tutorial that can be found here:
Good instructions, easy to follow. You just need 2 fabric squares of any size. I used approximately 10 inch squares for these bags. They will be used to enclose the little felted ornamental balls I made that are also in the first photo, to be given at Christmas. I used Christmas fabrics but any fabric could be used, depending on your whim, your stash, the season, or the gift recipient. They could also be embellished with fibers or beads. I didn't do that since I was in a hurry to finish.
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Pinky's Cloth Napkins

Are these cute or what? And Pinky tells us she can't sew, and that hasn't a 'stitch' of creative blood running in her veins. Yeah, right!!!
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Marlene Hawkins (lazyhawk) ATCs

These two ATCs are from friend of Mary's...Marlene Hawkins. Aren't they great???

Karen Eshelby ATC

Bonny Wasley ATC

Jan Brattain ATC

April Wood ATC

S & Bers...

When posting on here, put your name in the Title if you add pictures (or not), but when you are posting. I think that might help keep things straight...maybe :>)) It is all a learning curve.

Karen Eshelby...

This is a Christmas card that Karen made for my family. This is one talented woman with paper!

I Did It Again!

Went to S & B and forgot disk for my camera. Jan was working on a wonderful little piece with beading. April was working on Christmas Cards. Our friend, Joan, was able to come this time and we were so glad to see her. It was a crazy day with lots of laughing going on. We discuss the most amazing things :>)) Karen was working with her favorite thing...paper and Pinky too. I worked on some Christmas cards that should have been done a long time ago...Tuesdays are always incredible days together. April made two beautiful wreaths and of course...I wanted to take pictures. One was a green wreath for outside and the other was one made of all kinds of pine cones...just beautiful. I feel bad about only adding pics of my cards, but will make up for it as we go along...hoping to take my camera each time to get pics of my friend's work. These are the cards I worked on.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mary's Journal Cover

Here is Mary holding her Round Robin Journal cover that each of us worked on. It was such a fun project!!!
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I created this from a pattern I bought from Sara Lechner's Etsy shop. It is needlefelted. I gave it to my SIL for Christmas. It was fun to make and I thought it turned out pretty well.
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April's quilt for Dad

This is an up close version of the quilt I made for my Dad. He uses it when he naps each afternoon.

Monday, December 14, 2009

This is an ornament made of tiny, tiny sanddollars found on the Oregon Coast around Cannon Beach. I added beads and tiny bells at the bottom. This was very fun to work on and a good way to use my tiny sanddollars. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Collage and Card Making...

These are just three cards I was working on Tuesday...


We had a wonderful day at Karen's. Jan worked on some cat toys for Christmas that she was needle felting (see picture). Karen was working on some cards. Pinky brought some hot pads to cut out. April was knitting on her scarf for her daughter in law. I was working on Some Christmas cards. I forgot my camera, so the only pictures I have this week are those of Jan's toy (because she gave me one), and the cards I was working on. I hope to bring my camera each week and show the different things we have as projects.
Our next challenge is to make 5 postcard size collages to trade in January. I have started on mine and they are so fun!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


This is Tuesday and my sister, Pinky, and I will be on our way to S & B. It will be a day of sewing, card making, scrapbooking, ATC making, solving the problems of the world and lots of laughing...Can't wait!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Karen Eshelby

This group of ATCs was done by Karen Eshelby. Karen is the one in our group who has more experience making these than the rest of us. She is so creative.

Bonny Wasley

This group of ATCs was done by my sister, Bonny Wasley. She joined our group thinking she had nothing to offer. She never stops amazing me how creative she is!

Mary Fox

This next group was done by myself, Mary Fox. I thoroughly enjoyed making all of fun!

Jan Brattain...

This group of ATCs was done by Jan Brattain...Soooo Coooool!


This first picture is of April Wood's ATCs...Fantastic!