Friday, March 19, 2010

How to - Vignette inside an egg

In an earlier post I said that I'd share how I created my spun cotton vignette inside a real goose egg.....and here's my little tutorial.

Starting with a collection of large goose eggs that were in need of cleaning and sterilizing by blowing out the contents and soaking in a bleach solution.

As you can see, I penciled an oval shape for the cut out.



After sacrificing and egg to breakage, I found that the tool that worked the best is a dremel with a diamond cutting tip. So I first scored on my pencil line and then went on with the cutting while holding my dremel at a slight angle.



I made my little spun cotton bunny over a mini wire armature and placed it on a small cardstock disk, which I then used tweezers to insert and glue inside the egg.



When all trimmed out with vintage posies, ric-rack,ribbon,flocking....my finished egg was immediately grabbed by a collector!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Work for Spookytimejingles

It's that time again! Just at the stroke of midnight on March 12 (into the 13th) EST, the Spookytimejingle site will update and here's a peek at my new works!

For the first time ever, I've made a tree topper for a Halloween tree! And there are 4 new spun cotton creations, one using a real goose egg, which is a whole story in itself! I'll post about that later and show my work in progress.




So do the "bunny hop" on over to - Marie Patterson Studio - and have a peek, you won't be disappointed!

While there, be sure to enter for a free door prize!

This month I've created this cute needle felted bunny ornament and you could win it for FREE!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Catching Up

It seems like ages since I've been able to actually read all the blogs and keep up with what everyone is doing.

The last weekend of February was my "annual girlfriends trip" to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt show in Hampton, Va.

This year at the show I was shopping for some supplies for my spun cotton ornaments and found a vendor with some beautiful organic cotton batting. While talking with her, she asked if I sold them anywhere online and when I mentioned the Spookytimejingles site, she smiled and said that she just loves that website and that she knows several of the artists!

Her name is Connie Hindmarsh of Vintage Romper Room Bears,Hares & Folk Art Dolls and is a fan of David Everett of Chicken Lips, Robin Seeber of Out of the Box Primitives, Ginny of Ginny Diezel Studios, Pam Gracia of Soft in the Head.

It was wonderful to talk with Connie and we exchanged business cards and now I'm added to her list of Spookytimejingles artists that she knows!

I asked a passerby to take our picture together.






This show offers quilters and all fiber artists supplies that sometimes are hard to find. I found some luscious new wool roving for needlefelting.....I absolutely love these colors.




My girlfriends and I always exchange our Christmas/Birthday gifts on this trip and this year Carol gave each of us an extra "gag gift"!

We raced our old ladies with walkers in the hotel lobby and had the hotel employees roaring with laughter!



Next year we will return with our ladies and we all decided that we would be creative and "personalize" them and have them ready to race again!

When I returned to Pa., my hubby and I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show for a beautiful taste of spring. The flowers were gorgeous and I even found a little bit of Halloween in the vendor area. You know I'm always on the lookout for anything pertaining to Halloween!