Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Wall Hanging

Hey Y’all! I’m sure you’ve been wondering where I have been and what I've been doing for the past few days. First of all, this past weekend we had continual power outages that would last for 1 to two hours and were driving us batty! Every time I thought it was back on for good, I would go to all the clocks, DVD recorders, televisions, VCR recorders, and appliances and reset them. Sounds easy but not when you have as many as we do and some of them are so temperamental it takes forever to reprogram them. And, of course, as soon as I had made my rounds, boom! Off it would go again. We were really concerned about our frozen foods since the deep freeze is in the garage and the temperature outdoors was 100 or more. I guess I was so caught up in not being able to use the computer that, luckily, I didn’t seem to feel the loss of the air conditioning. Then I lost my Internet connection for over 36 hours! Withdrawal pains galore! Yesterday, Kimberli and the children came down and we spent the day together. So, dear friends, I wasn’t on the Internet or working on my designing or digital layouts for 3 (almost 4) days! I did, however, finally complete the wall hanging for my bedroom. I’ve titled it ‘My Girls’ and it includes my daughters, grand daughters, and my cat!

Please excuse the poor photography and bent project! I had this hanging outside up against one of the living room windows so I could get a good shot, but I'm no photographer as you can see! The colors are taken from the Waverly fabric that I made the bed dressings and window treatments out of (Laura Ashley). I used some fab vintage sheet music and flower cutouts that Vicki sent me and one of the tassels that Rose sent me. It’s like they were conspiring together so I could finish the project!

I put so many elements to this you wouldn’t believe and I didn’t do all that I was going to do. I wanted to add some white ball fringe that I had pounced with the four main colors of pink, green, teal, and lavender; but decided it would be a little too much. I designed and printed out some cardstock to make the pleated rosette and one of the layers of the flower.

I used some lace left over from Kimberli’s wedding gown and some vintage buttons a close friend of mine gave me many years ago that I had been holding on to for the perfect project.

Aren't these little frames from K & Company adorable!? I thought they were perfect for my 'bell pull' center! As you can see, I also dug out the old edgers and used them a lot.

The clear plastic that the photos are mounted on is from the Dollar Tree! It was an 11” x 14” poster style photo frame. I did a lot of distressing with chalks and inks and a little zigzag stitching and a lot of bling! The centers of the white flowers on the green paper are tiny little pink rhinestones.

The little pink hearts on Suzy's frame are also rhinestones. That little yellow photo corner you see is one of about 10 that I have that my mother purchased at the G C Murphy Company back in the 1940s, it was originally white but I inked it.

I’m really looking forward to finishing up my little bedroom corner and enjoying my new finds and this hanging. There are a lamp and a shelf that still have to be finished before I can complete the area.

I uploaded the photos from Suzy’s eighth grade dance outfit and her cute little date. They are close friends and both seemed to enjoy themselves. Suzy is just too cute. Wait until you see her with her ‘Marilyn Monroe’ hair style! I’ll work on the photos and get them posted soon.

I finally heard from my darling grand daughter, Tabitha, last night. It’s been ages since she has contacted me and I was very relieved to hear from her. She will be 14 on Friday!

Okay, I need to get myself motivated to get up from this computer and finish all the projects I have in the works! Besides the layouts I haven’t done, and Suzy’s photos, and Tabitha’s birthday card, I still need to work on my designing and painting skills with the tutorials that came with my Photoshop Creative magazines. They are so super and I can’t wait to try some of the tools and tricks they talk about. Each mag is accompanied by a CD that has all the stock photos, brushes, pallets, shapes, etc. that you need to follow along!

So all you guys down under keep warm and those of you near the equator try to keep cool and those of you in the Midwest keep your heads above water and your storm shelters nearby! I wish you sunshine in the United Kingdom and the much needed rains in the southern United States and Australia.

Hugs everyone!

PS: Here is my list of products used on the hanging:

Papers: Mustard Moon, Scribble Scrabble, Daisy D’s, Crate Paper, Miss Elizabeth’s, and my designed and printed out papers; Pearl Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels; Ribbon by Heidi Swapp, Nicole, Wrights, & Bucilla; Rick Rack and some Lace by Wrights; Other Lace by Sew Perfect; Tiny frames and buttons by K & Company; Bling by Heidi Swapp & Dollar Tree; Chalks and Eyelets by Oriental Trading Company; Inks by Color Box Chalks; Rubons by Fancy Pants; Flocked S and Foam Embellishments by Miss Elizabeth’s; Foamies by Darice; Acrylics by Liquitex and Making Memories; Lavender Tassel from Rose Long’s stash; Felt Petals, Cardstock Bird and Flowers, and Vintage Sheet Music from Vicki Chrisman’s stash; Antique Buttons from Linda Kaufelt; Sculpy Flower by me; Allover Lace Backing from Kim’s wedding gown; not shown: Lovely Pink Satin Ribbon to hang by from the Ribbon Warehouse in South Carolina.


Charmingdesigns said...

Thank you for lifting me up!!! I love your wall hanging!! I really love the accordion flower!! I cant believe it is so hot where you are. We are having trouble getting to 70! So I wont complain...but we do finally have sunshine today, the first day in weeks. Take care and keep up the good work! Laurie

Vicki C said...

Oh Liv.. that is SO BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE all the little sweet touches.. like the lace from the wedding ect...
The details are amazing!
Maybe I should turn off my computer.. and I'd get more done!

Marina Capano said...

Hi Liv! Thanks so very much for your nice comment in my blog! I love its! by the way! your daughter Kim? she is fine? I hope so!!!:)
hugs, smiles and kiss

see you soon by for now!

Deb S. said...

Well,Liv, that wall hanging turned out beautiful! So many wonderful details,I love it!Very pretty... Stay cool my friend,hope the weather is cooling off a bit for you.It's clear skies here,finally. Hope it stays that way so things can dry out!

Kara Ward said... have so much talent. I don't know where you find the time. It is just a piece of art! Kara

Charmingdesigns said...

I signed up with that new group that I listed and wow! I had 15 new gals come by and say hi and one of them snapped the little shoe up. I am taking off from teaching for 6 weeks, I want to spend a bit of time building up some inventory.I have a few more shoes up my sleeve. Did you ask me about folk art paints...I love them. Laurie

M.KATE said...

Awesome scrapbooking project!!! Now you make me want to dig out all my stuff and start making more scrapbooks. Materials here are all imported from US and are very expensive.

Power outage is horrible...esp when its so HOT hot hot.

hugs always

Julie Ann Shahin said...

You rock!