I’m posting a little teaser for the Spring Bunting swap.  Here are 3 out of my 5 flags for the bunting.  Others are posting teasers too, so hop on over and take a peek!  This list of participants is on this post and we have added another member (Patty) to the list.

The other 2 I’m going to do some free motion quilting on fabric, I believe…still working on the plans.
Over spring break, the kids and I worked on a spring project inspired by a fellow blogger.  Sew Many Ways had posted about making a bird nesting materials holder.  Hang it in a tree to help the birds find the things they use to build nests.  Here is our slightly different version.  It was cheaper and easier to just buy a suet feeder than to buy and make the pouch she made.   We gathered our stuff from around my craft room and added some dead plant leaves as well.  Here is our finished piece!

It’s fun to watch the birds poking around choosing their items :)

Swap Check in!

March 28th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (4 Comments)
It’s official! I have our list of Spring Bunting swap participants and it looks like it will be an amazing group! If you are not on this list but wanted to join, let me know asap! I’m hoping I haven’t missed anyone!

 So go ahead and mingle around and get to know one another! You all have such lovely blogs and do such great work.  I’m very excited to see the outcome!

Needle Book project

March 24th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been working on a needle book.  I personally have WAY too many needles but I do need a nice place to store them.  I started admiring the work of others on Etsy and flickr and became obsessed with making my own version.  Since I’ve also been dabbling in free motion machine quilting, I decided that was the medium to pursue. This 5×7 creation is what I ended up with!  I’ve been very excited about the whole project and I’m even happier with the outcome.  I see more projects like this in my future…

Made with muslin, wool felt, vintage lace pieces, vintage seam binding.

Time to check in

March 23rd, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Gosh, where does the time go?  We are on spring break here this week and my kiddo’s have been sick :(  You’d think I’d have time to do the things I’d like to do at home, since we can’t be out running around having fun.  But I’m having problems getting things accomplished.  I have been working on a project that I’m super excited about. I’m making a needle book, for my sewing needles.  I’ve been adoring them around Etsy. I’ve been practicing and studying free motion machine quilting and that’s the medium I’m using to make my book.  I will post pictures soon, it’s almost done :)
I received my way cool ATC from the March Blissful ATC Swap.  My partner was Angela and I LOVE what she did, the texture is so amazing. She used an image transfer technique that I must try!  She was kind enough to send me the process in a note with the ATC.

And of course this month has been a favorite since I LOVE dragonflies :)  Everyone’s work looks awesome in the Flickr group, have a look.
Lastly, I want to confirm those that have signed up for the Spring Bunting Swap.  I have sent emails to all that I have signed up so far.  If you have not heard from me, please let me know!  You may have gone to spam or lost in cyber space.  I’m taking sign ups for a few more days…

Blissful ATC swap March, originally uploaded by amypytlik.

Happy St Patty’s Day!

March 16th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

I’m still here! I got side tracked concentrating on a craft show for last weekend. It’s done! It was ok, not the best and not the worse… My art for the week has been tie dye! I wanted to make my kids something different for St Patrick’s day. I came up with green tie dye tshirts. I ended up making one for me, the man and a couple friends from work. It was pretty fun and really interesting to research :) I’m also working on my March ATC for the Blissful ATC swap. Need to take pix and mail it tomorrow so I’ll be back soon!

Spring Bunting swap

March 8th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (7 Comments)

Hello there! I’m still around, just been busy getting ready for a major craft show this weekend…ugh!  Anyway, I wanted to stop in here and make this big announcement :D

I’ve decided it’s time for me to host a swap.  I’ve been so lucky to take part in such great swaps over the years, it’s time I give back and do the “hard part”… host a swap.  I was on the treadmill today and came up with a great idea!  At least I hope you agree it’s a great idea LOL!  I made this bunting/banner for Valentines Day that says CUPID.  I used vintage flocked wallpaper, ric rac, crepe paper and some glittered chip board letters.  I’m super into buntings right now and I thought it would be fun to do a swap with them!

Here’s how it will work.  Each participant will make 5 triangles, send them to me, I will mix them up, arrange them all into buntings and then send them back to you.  Your pieces will be mixed with the other pieces and we’d all end up with a bunting that includes artwork from around the globe!  Looking at the time line I’d like to have these back to you in time for May Day (May 1).  Create with spring in mind, just think spring colors, themes, bright, cheerful. I will take sign ups until 3/25 (or until full), mail the completed pieces to me on 4/11 (I want them here by the 15th)  I will assemble and return to you by May 1st. 

  • To sign up, send an email to amypytlik@yahoo.com.  Include your name, address, blog/shop address and any info you’d like to include about yourself. 
  • Make 5 flags, alter or embellish them as you wish, be creative, (please don’t just cut out a piece of scrapbook paper or fabric and call it good) add your touch to each one, make it you!
  • Anything goes for your theme, any medium… paper, fabric, altered, digital, painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, sewing, crochet, knit…I will email you a pattern to use so they are all approximately the same size.
  • You can make 5 of the same or 5 completely different flags, your choice.
  • Please sign and put your contact information on the back of each piece! Everyone likes to know where their art came from :)
  • Join this flickr group to post pictures of your finished pieces or join just to watch what everyone is doing, even if you’re not participating.
  • On April 11th mail your pieces to me, include a return address label and return shipping payment, $6 US, $7 Canada & $9 int’l by paypal.
  • Post this on your blog to spread the word and invite your friends to join in.

I cannot tell you how much I love swaps!  They help me in so many ways, not only do I get great art and get to meet new friends, they also help me creatively.  They give me a theme or direction, a deadline, a challenge, the chance to experiment with new ideas or mediums.  Swaps are always what I turn to when I’m in a rut, I really rely on them.  That’s why I think it’s my turn to host a swap and pay back all I have received so far.  I hope at least 4 of you will join me :)
And last but not least… I’ll leave you with some inspiration I found on flickr, great stuff!

My creation