Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Back in the swing of things

Here's a couple of photos taken at the Shelter Bay Ferry landing on Sunday during the trip home. The lake was gorgeous, the weather mild. We're so lucky to live in such a beautiful place! Granted, it IS pretty isolated...especially in the winter time.

Mom headed home yesterday morning, and I got busy unpacking and trying to get the shop back into presentable shape. For those who I met at the show - it's a home based shop, and although I have regular visitors, there are times when it looks more like a quilting studio than a quilt shop!
Finally, today, it is starting to get back into decent shape. I think. I guess my visitors will ultimately be the judge of that! :)

While we were away, I got a chance to replace some inside work shoes I've worn out. Now that I have the replacement, I've started cutting up the old shoes to make stamps for fabric and artist trading cards. They were harder to cut up than I expected! They're made of stern stuff...but it's perfect for stamping.

Although the design looks like it's inspired by the part of the shoe it's cut from, it's actually a shape that's been cogitating in the back of my head since Jodi and I returned from MQX. Below us (while flying into Denver) were these wonderful circular fields. After talking to Mom we decided that they must be like that as a result of the type of irrigation used there. Jokingly I said to Jodi that we should do Denver quilts or Denver patterns...and haven't been able to get the shape out of my head since. The stamp that I carved out is a modified shape, not the exact shape of the fields we saw. I have a hunch that this is going to be part of a series of related shape stamps.

Here are some artist trading cards and fabric stamped earlier today, waiting for embellishment.

It's good to be back.



Vicki W said...

Cool stamp - you are going to be able to do lots of cool things with that one!

Quilt Nut said...

beautiful pictures Lisa!

what a great idea for your shoes-i love it