Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Martha's mosaics

I had some time to play with my mosaics again.  Two of them are now finished.

The first one, which I have decided is named "Ithaca Tree" in reference to the tree which was my inspiration one was almost done last time.  I added a line of decorative stitching in the border instead of the beads, which I didn't like once I started sewing them on.

I had fun playing with the glitter, beads and a few hotfix crystals on the "Galaxy" one. I wish they'd show up better in a picture!
I'm still not sure if this one really has a right side up.

The last one is still a work in progress, since I'm not sure what to do next.

I hope anyone who reads this may be inspired to try one.  They are a real blast.  Thanks again, Kathi!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Kathi!

Elaine's card to Kathi
The other side of Elaine's card!
There was a reason ( excuse?) to party at the meeting of the Art C Girlz this month!  So we did!
Each member brought a card and a small gift in honor of Kathi's special day this month.  Sort of a surprise party!

Kathi had a blast opening the gifts, which were all items shared from our personal stores.

After the presents we had Elaine's yummy Pumpkin cheesecake bars (previous post).

Then we had show and tell!
Kathi's excellent freeform curved piecing!
Mary's spiral WIP drew lots of oohs and ahhs!

Mary will be sharing this technique with us at a future meeting.  It comes from the book, Serendipity Quilts by Susan Carlson.

Stained Glass Window to the World!

This is my final version of the mosaic for Kathi's class.   Not as inventive as some, but it does appeal to me.   The borders to me represent a landscape scene - waters, sky, grasses......the rest is a stained glass window!!  

Cream Cheese Pumpkin bars

As requested - I decided to post here in case you lost the e-mail at any point  (hey, don't act like it hasn't happened!!!!)

1 pkg. Pumpkin Quick Bread Mix
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons oil
2 eggs

1 8-oz pkg cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 in. square baking pan.
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin bread mix, 3/4 cup water, oil and eggs. Mix well
Pour batter into baking pan
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
Pour cream cheese mixture over top of batter and swirl through batter with a knife to create a marble effect.
Sprinkle nuts over top and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Enjoy!!!!   (And yes - easy!!!)