Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ya Want Orange? Ya Got Orange! BBA October 2014 Challenge

Each month the Blogging Business Artisans Team poses a challenge to its members.  This month's challenge comes from Abigail Jayne of  Abigail Jayne Art:

It's the Orange month!
Create something using orange or a pumpkin shape. Do something different, not just a Halloween holiday item, but get creative with the basic color tone of orange or a shade of orange. Or you could use a color combination incorporating orange.
Either way let orange inspire you!


This month's challenge was truly challenging.  You see, in my world view, all colors are not created equal -- and truth be told, orange is my least favorite of all the colors on the color wheel. 

I mean, orange is the color of prison coveralls, life vests, and traffic cones -- and when it comes to terror threat levels, orange is a very unnerving color!    Now, I admit orange has some redeeming qualities -- I like juicy oranges from Florida and Fall foliage.  But I just think the colors on the cool side of the color wheel are, well --- WAY COOLER!

Thankfully, Abigail Jayne gave us permission to use orange as part of a color combination -- and I do like orange and gray.  They play well together.  SO---when I found some really cute fox fabric, I decided I could rise to this month's challenge and make a unisex baby bib in orange and gray.


Those adorable little foxes are from the 100% organic cotton Picture Pie collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics.  The orange and white grid fabric on the reverse side was designed by Lotta Jansdotter for her Bella collection.  I even used an orange snap:


And -- because I had some scraps left over, I made a few more cord keepers. 




Hmmm---maybe I like orange a little bit after all!  So, like the food skeptic in Dr. Seuss's classic children's book, Green Eggs and Ham, I will thank the one who nudged me way out of my color comfort zone.  Thank you, thank you, Abigail Jayne! 

TTFN
LeAnn


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Treasury Thanks

Good Sunday morning!  Each week, I like to take this opportunity to extend a big THANK YOU to the curators of Etsy treasuries who featured items from my shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, in treasuries over the past week.

This was another great week for treasuries, so sit back and enjoy as we do some window shopping (screen shopping?) and peek at some of the amazing items in these curators' shops. 

Lana Moes of LanasArt featured my sports-themed baby bib (perfect for baby's first World Series) in her treasury, Weekly Love: Sky Blue.  Hubby is happy the Kansas City Royals will be playing in the World Series this Fall. I'm still a Minnesota Twins fan.

Lana is an extremely talented artist.  Her shop features everything from fashion illustration to travel prints in her Wanderlust section, to abstract art.  In keeping with Lana's blue theme, I chose to feature this beautiful fashion watercolor in blue. 


Carolyn Sheets of ArtCeeGallery featured my green chevron oven mitts in her treasury, Green is the Colour.  Carolyn is also a talented visual artist.  I chose to feature this poppies hand painted acrylic wall art. 


Carolyn of TheHaystackNeedle1 featured my aqua and tan oven mitts in her treasury, Welcome.  Carolyn's vintage shop specializes in dinnerware.  This mid century modern autumn leaves platter would be perfect for Thanksgiving feasting.


Karen Lynn Park of KarenLynnsKreations featured my chubby chefs oven mitt in her treasury, TEMPT Team Treasury - Colors and Shapes of Fall-5.  Karen creates amazing items with paper, like this too, too cute Halloween card.


Jelena of DizArtEx featured my black and tan chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Colorful Zig Zag.  I love these handcrafted stained glass feathers from Jelena's shop -- perfect for pendants or suncatchers.


Alla Taisheva of Allatai featured my snowflakes on red oven mitt in her treasury, Waiting for Christmas.  According to the little countdown widget at the bottom of this blog page, there are only 66 days until Christmas!  Yikes!!  This beautiful silk scarf, handpainted by Alla, is a festive accessory --or a lovely gift! 


Karen Lynn Park of KarenLynnsCreations featured my orange chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Colors of Fall - TEMPT Team Pay It Forward Treasury.  These pretty note cards would be perfect for writing thank you notes -- or just keeping in touch.  And they are on sale!



MJsFlowerfield of Bulgaria featured my bright floral oven mitt in her treasury, It's a Party for the Best Friend!  MJ makes beautiful tatted and knitted accessories.  I love this infinity scarf in fall colors



Lika Kharshats of Pushstyle (Israel) featured my nearly extinct poppies on teal oven mitts in her treasury, Color Makes a Pop.  These dangle earrings from Lika's shop certainly pop with color!


 
NandysNook featured my custom walker bag in her treasury, TEMPT Team Awesomeness!  This coffee cup cozy in red (Nebraska colors - Go Big Red!) would be a perfect gift for your Secret Santa -- or a thoughtful teacher gift or stocking stuffer.
 

Kim Bristow of 4SeasonsCards (Ireland) featured my pink chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Something in Pink and Purple.  Perhaps Kim's favorite season is Spring?  I know it is my fave!
And, because purple is my favorite color, I couldn't resist this purple Christmas card
 

Pauline Clarke of polsknitsnstuff featured my pencil-shaped pencil pouch in her treasury, PAY IT FORWARD Pastel Wonderland.   I love these black glitter fingerless gloves from Pauline's shop!!  My daughter could keep texting in style while keeping her hands warm on a chilly Fall day.


Abigail Jayne of AbigailJayneArts popped in to visit my vintage shop, and featured this silver plated autumn leaf dish in her treasury, Cinnamon.  Abigail Jayne's accessories are truly works of art -- as you can see by this red textile necklace with beads. 

 
 
Lynn Watkinson of ItchyFingersLynny featured my pencil-shaped pencil pouch in her treasury, All the Colours of the Rainbow-TEMPT Team Treasury.  This beautifully crafted corn dolly reminds me of the wheat weaving I used to see in my youth.
 

Cassie of CassieVision featured my autumn leaves oven mitts in her fun treasury, Kitchen Hippie,  This rear view mirror charm is one of the beautiful wire wrapped creations you can find at CassieVision. 
 

But wait, THERE'S MORE!!!

Sandbaba featured my baby girl bib in gray and yellow in her treasury, Scandinavian Baby.  I'm half Dane and my hubby is 31/32 Finnish, so perhaps that is why I am drawn to Scandinavian fabrics and art.  I love this cute little sailboat pillow by Sandaba.


Camille of NoKturnalCeramics featured my bears in the woods baby bib in her treasury, November Necessities.  Love these Gandalf coffee mugs from Camille's shop! 


Tamara of Landby featured my Halloween bunting in her Halloween-themed treasury, Cats, Pumpkins and Monsters!  I'll be making Halloween finger puppets later today, in preparation for next Saturday's craft fair at Faith Lutheran Church, and the office trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

This ceramic handmade mug in mulberry is simply MAHvelous!


Linda Shreve of KneedleKnacks featured my leaves of gold table runner in her treasury, It's Fall!  Linda makes beautiful baskets -- like this lovely pine needle basket.
 

Nandy's Nook featured my autumn leaves oven mitts in her treasury, Down to Earth.  Nandy's Nook is a wonderful place to find unique hand crocheted gifts -- like this aran crochet travel mug cozy. 


Nandy's Nook also featured my snowflakes on red oven mitt in a treasury, Christmas Gift Ideas.  Here are some more cute cozies from Nandy's shop.


Kim Bristow of 4SeasonsCards featured my custom walker bag in her treasury, A Splash of Black.  I'm working on a custom walker bag now, with personalized embroidery -- a chance to rev up my embroidery machine.  I hope to add more personalized options to my shop before the holidays.  Another item on the LONG To Do list! 

You've already seen some of Kim's amazing paper creations.  One of the things I love about her shop is a section devoted entirely to cards for men.  This deer greeting card is a fine example:


Mike Kraus of MikeKrausArt featured my orange and white chevron oven mitt in his treasury, Ya Want Fall? Ya Got Fall!   I love Mike's nature scenes -- woodlands and birches in radiant colors.  This autumn woods acrylic postcard would be lovely propped on a tiny easel.  Or visit his shop to check out the beautiful wall art.


Elizabeth Holman of TheDustyOldShack featured my bright floral oven mitt in her budget-friendly treasury, The perfect gift that wouldn't break the bank.  All the items in this treasury are under $30.
I love this vintage purple vase from Liz's shop -- and at only $16, it wouldn't break the bank.


LovelyKnotsBoutique featured my snowflakes on red oven mitt in her treasury, Seasonal Décor.  Even though these cute, cute, cute crocheted bunnies may seem a little Easter-ish as we approach Halloween, I couldn't resist sharing them with you. 


And last, but not least, Cassie of CassieVision featured my purple chevron oven mitt in her lovely lavender treasury, Evening Glow.   Love this purple mermaid shell, wood and copper necklace -- a beautiful statement piece.


Whew!!  Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy what's left of the weekend.

TTFN
LeAnn




 
 
 


 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Autumn Red


Autumn Red - October 2014


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