Nellie"s Needles

Saturday, April 23, 2011

"The Lady With Pink Lips"

I am so excited about this new art piece that arrived today.  We looooove her!  She fits in perfectly.  It's as though Paula had created her just for us ... just for that spot on the end of a cabinet in our dining room.

"Lady With Pink Lips" 24"x 30"
by Paula of Self-taught Artist

She is even MORE than we expected.  I knew there was a depth created by the build-up of the puzzle pieces she is created from.  However, the dimensional aspect is even better than I imagined.  The texture and funkiness of it being made with those puzzle pieces very much appeals to us.
The metal base her face is mounted on was a pleasant surprise.  As you can see, that background color couldn't be better for where it's hanging.
Already, we cannot imagine that spot without her.

Paula has a lot of work listed on her Paula Art Etsy site.  Her wall art pieces and some sculptures, too, are listed for prices too good to be true.  She's has a situation in her life that does not allow the space, nor funds, to store these fabulous pieces of art ... so go check it out.

We have been fans of Paula's work ever since I discovered her blog and could not resist having a piece of her amazing art created from "found objects" hang in our home.  I first wrote about her and that particular piece here.  Our son ordered two of her clocks.  He and the friends who were gifted one of them are happy with those wonderful, functional pieces of art.

Early last summer I was thrilled that Paula began making vases out of heavy metal pipe.
They are perfect for our outside tables.  These won't blow over with a gust of wind off the lake as has happened several times with glass vases.  Also, they are a great size to scatter bouquets among the serving dishes on our rather narrow picnic tables.  So check those out while you're at her Etsy site, as well.  There are a variety of sizes as well as colors.  They are useful for more than just vases, they make great containers for art and writing and sewing supplies.  The large ones have even served the purpose of a waste basket and an umbrella stand.

We very much like having Paula's art decorating and functioning in both of the places we live.  Plus, it's a "smile" to see it hanging in our son's home, as well.  Thank you, Paula.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Purses - #4

This one is my favorite ... so far.

Nellie's Purse #4
I looooove those polka dotted Guinea Hen feathers that Alicia brought.  They're sewn onto a strip of fabric.  I cannot imagine them adorning clothing ... or even a functioning purse.  The cat's face is a lone earring that was part of my favorite pair once upon a time.

Alicia loves paisley.  Quilting it is beyond her sewing skill, so I got to do that part.  The flap is velvet and it's decorated with a silk knotted cuff link.
Alicia's Purse #4

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Couple of More Purses

This time I used one of those beautiful silk fabric samples for the background ...
Nellie's Purse #3
The purse is made from two textured synthetic fabrics chosen from a whole book of just green ones.  The fabrics in the clutch bag that I made (featured in the first of these posts) came from that book as well.  Alicia's purse #3 features one of those green samples, too.
Alicia's Purse #3
The velvet flap is from a book of just velvets ... all plain with no patterning.  You'll be seeing more of those.

I'm still struggling with titles for these beauties.  Any suggestions are, and will be appreciated.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Two More Purse Quilts

The silk decorator fabric samples are sumptuous.  I love them, but there's no place for them in our decor ... nor is it a"style" I would have in my wardrobe.  I'm glad there are no limits in dreaming up ways to make art with it ... especially these fanciful purses ... or should these be called "evening bags"?
Alicia's Purse #2
Alicia decorated hers with nearly 100 year old silk ribbon roses saved from her mother's wedding dress plus a silk fabric covered button from my mother-in-law's clothing.

Nellie's Purse #2
My thanks to those who left comments on the first post about these purses.  I'm serious about my request for your input of titles on my purse quilts ... Alicia has no desire to name hers.  I like Susan's suggestion for "Sow's Ear" (as in "you can't make silk purse out a sow's ear) and think it may be the title for the one pictured above.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Purses - A New Project

During my absence from Blogland, I was getting ready for the annual  ten day visit to Tennessee of my friend, Alicia.  And then, it was a whirl of activities and fun with her ... a day in the mountains, pedicures, shopping, two parties, and a new project ... purses.  Here are the first ones we made.
Alicia's Purse
Nellie's Purse

These are small wall hangings that measure about 12" x 11".  The background as well as the purse materials are interior decorator fabric samples.  We spent the better part of one day outside taking a bunch of fabric books apart so we could more easily mix and match our choices.  The purses are decorated with buttons and trims from my stash of "stuff".

I want to title my pieces.  So far, the only thing I can think of for this one is "Going Green".  I'm open for suggestions.  So if you have one, please leave it in a comment.

During this next week, I'll post photos each day of the rest of the purse wall hangings we each created.