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Month: February 2014

Yellow Tulip Painting

Posted in Art Work, and Peeking Behind the Easel

What a cold and snowy winter this has been…! Yesterday brought another inch or so and more predicted later on this week. So what to do? Paint spring flowers is what I am doing!

This week I finished a 6 x 6 inch painting of yellow tulips. I use photos of tulips I’ve taken over the years as my references. I chose warm yellows for the flowers because I like yellow tulips and for the warmth of the color.  The leaves are painted with blue greens and touches of purple. The background is a purple – azure blue blend to help pop the yellow tulips.

Kathy Sibley painting
Yellow Tulips

I like the 6 by 6 inches canvases – not too small and not too big. The gallery wrap canvas means no framing needed. You can frame it if you like, but the sides are painted so the painting looks great hanging frameless.

A great size
A great size

Stay warm and enjoy your day !

 

Cheetah Tote

Posted in Sewing

I love so many of the suede cloths that are available now.  Suede cloth or suedecloth is a faux suede that has the velvety feel and drape of suede but is washable. Many of my customers prefer a vegan suede, and suede cloth is a perfect fit for them.  This cheetah suede cloth is my favorite. I love the rich browns as well as the soft nap. I thought it would make an awesome tote paired with black faux leather. See what you think:

Tote from SibStudioSewing
Cheetah Tote

I paired it with a hot pink cotton lining and zebra pockets.  I quilted the inside fabric for sturdiness and to make the inside as pretty as the outside.  The zebra pockets are lower in the tote to keep the tote appropriate for work and other places but still have a little fun with the insides.  Here’s a peek at the inside:

Inside the cheetah tote
Zipper pockets, a ring of 5 inch pockets and a keyring

This tote is listed on my sewing shop now. I am adding new items in both shops this week and will be giving a peek and the behind the scenes stories about them over the next week.

Popsicles Tote

Posted in Sewing

This was the perfect tote to work on during a week of what seems like a ton of snow still on the ground and grey cloudy days.  I love the bright colors of the popsicles – so cheery!

Summer Popsicle Tote by SibStudioSewing
Summer Popsicle Tote by SibStudioSewing

I paired it with a black cotton duck canvas so it will hold up where ever you place it and what ever you place in it.  I really like using the polypropylene webbing for straps because they are strong yet not rough on the hands. They can also be wiped clean unlike cloth straps.  I sew them into the bottom seam and all the way up the sides of the tote to keep the straps secure and strong.

I like to play with colors and go a little wild on the insides of my totes.  Keep the outsides appropriate and the insides fun. 🙂  I picked up the lime green from the popsicles and added some orange and white polka dots for the lower inside pockets

Lime green quilted interior with 8 pockets
Lime green quilted interior with 8 pockets

I add a zipper pocket – you can see in the photo –  for money, drivers licenses, etc and to keep them safe and out of sight. I quilted the lime green cotton in a free motion swirl pattern to keep it sturdy as well as pretty.  I just listed this tote this afternoon. I will be sewing a matching popsicles zipper clutch shortly and listing it next week. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

Blogs I Love – The Bridal Encyclopedia

Posted in Other Artist Work, and Sewing

I had the pleasure of being a part of a feature on a beautiful and fun blog :  The Bridal Encyclopedia. It is written by wedding planner Megan Papageorge. In her words ” The Ultimate A-Z Wedding Guide based off my own adventures as a new Wedding Planner.”

Grey Zipper Clutch
Grey Zipper Clutch

She has lots and lots of great ideas, information, tips,  and beautiful photos.  If you are planning a wedding, or have a family wedding in the future, you’ll find The Bridal Encyclopedia well worth your while to stop in and get great ideas and tips.

Here is the link to her E is for Emerald post that has  great round up of gorgeous emerald green items. I was thrilled  to be a part of this post.  Thank you Megan! Grey-Clutch-by-sibstudiosewing-_7759

 

 

Giraffes!

Posted in Sewing

I saw this fabric with giraffes several weeks ago and had to have it. I liked the realistic giraffes and the use of a black background to make the giraffes pop. My first thought was it would make a great tote. I paired the giraffe fabric with a black faux leather and black straps. It gives the tote a more professional look and keeps the black background that I liked with the fabric. The focus stays on the giraffes. See what you think:

Giraffe Tote
Giraffe Tote

I had some fabric leftover so I made a matching clutch that would be perfect for the larger smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note and Mega, and HTC One Max. These are both are now listed in my sewing shop.

Giraffe Clutch
Giraffe Clutch