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It’s me!

Recently I’ve been thinking about someone who wanted me to draw them an angel awhile back. I thought I might give it a go now. I don’t know how my finished product is going to turn out but I’ve started doodling ideas and such. I also thought this would be a good opportunity to practice using colored pencils as I am not so familiar with using them as a serious medium.

I used reference pictures of course. I decided to just try and draw an entire angel with the wings spread and all that.

Here is the sketch I did for my first go at it. Typical, nothing outrageously good or bad. I started with the well known circle for the head, triangle for the torso, and another circle for the hips. I ended up shortening the shoulders anyways…and making the hips bigger. I tried not to sexualize the angel too much, kind of easy to do.

Next I just traced over my drawing on tracing paper and used that to experiment with colors.

Here is what I’ve decided to do so far. I liked the purple and gold in the wings in the first reference picture so I decided to do use those colors for the wings. I started out with a faint blue shadow on the dress but I really like it with the pink on the bottom actually. I’m still deciding how to finish the wings and how to blend the purple and gold…maybe another color in between? Not sure yet =)

I like having multiples so that I can try a lot of different things without getting the paper all smudgy or I’m trying to cover up mistakes with color. Plus, I think maybe the final one I end up sending to this wonderful woman will be an acrylic painting. I tried my hand at that and loved the result <3

My problem with any kind of project is that I will start it, but it is hard for me to finish them! I don’t know what it is, maybe the initial excitement is gone. However, this is something I’ve told myself I’d work on…maybe I see a New Year’s Resolution already? hmmm.

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DIY Shelf

Zoey Post

My boyfriend and I like displaying our collections of stuff around the house. Being the innovative and money-conscious people we are we found some old wood that was used for a fence at one point and made a cute, rustic-y shelf. It was surprisingly easy!

We have a couple long ones in our house; however, the one pictured is much shorter.

Screw your first piece of wood into the wall. Screwing it into the studs provides a much sturdier support.

Place the 2nd piece of wood-at least the same length as your 1st piece-right on top, flush with the wall. Screw in four screw to attach the two pieces of wood.

Next take your 3rd, and final, piece of wood and hold it diagonally against the wall and top piece of wood. Screw down both corners of the shelf through the top.

Screw two screws, closer to the middle, through the bottom to counter balance the two screws in the corners.

Next, screw the baseboard and the bottom piece of wood together in either side and the middle.

This is your shelf…now for the fun part =)

We used a hand held propane torch to darken the surface of the wood. You can get these anywhere they sell camping gear or hardware.

I then coated it with a clear coat of polyurethane and bam!

Cute little shelf for things =)

The finish is up to you really, obviously. We spray painted our other ones.

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Introduction and Quilt Design

Hi! It’s great to meet you!

I’m Karen, this is my younger daughter Sadie, and Ollie, our brown Standard Poodle.

Karen and Sadie with Ollie the Standard Poodle

You just heard from older daughter Zoey, in the first Modaluxxe post.  Undoubtedly, she will soon decide to grace these pages with her visage.  There are three more dogs to introduce you to later, as well as a son- and, of course, DH- who is pretty much allergic to fabric and crafts, lol- although he is tolerant and encouraging, and tries to ooh and aah appropriately when shown our (Zoey’s and my) beautiful handiwork.  

BTW, it’s a temporary tattoo on Sadie’s chest- she’s too young for the real thing!

Anyway, I’m a Maker- especially of quilts and other fabric delights, and glass! gorgeous transparent, transluscent colors of glass, teased into becoming glass beads over my lampworking torch. A few weeks ago I decided it was time to make another scrap quilt- they are so cheerful! After pondering a bit, I decided to use a figure of bunting, making the flags of different scraps. Here’s my overall plan.



Here’s the fabrics I pulled from my ‘palette’ (otherwise known to quilters everywhere as My Fabric Stash)- aren’t they glorious?

Modaluxxe Bunting quilt fabric


The initial pairing went like this:

And now, transformed into tiny flags, here they are, ready to be strung into strings of banners:


That accounts for the straight lines of bunting on your drawing, you say, but what about the curved bunting joining the straight lines? Well, for that I’m going to- no, that’s going to have to wait- but it’s a really cool idea that I think will work out well! More on this project to come.