I’m happy to day that the Spring Bunting Swap is complete, I sent out the buntings on Wednesday!  They should be arriving at their destinations shortly :)  I have to declare my first swap (as a host) a success.  There was the unfortunate incident with Carolyn’s buntings being lost in route, or else just floating across the big pond from UK.  I feel so bad that they didn’t make it.  I know neither of us have any control over the postal services but it’s still a bummer. Anyway, I can’t dwell on the disappointment.  Everyone produced beautiful work and it all looked so lovely together.  I tried so hard to not send anyone their own back to them, and to give them 5 pieces from 5 different artists, I hope I did it ok!  I realized as I took this picture that I have 2 pieces from the same person, which I don’t mind at all but I hope that doesn’t mean someone else’s is goofed up…
Here is mine, don’t look at my dusty fireplace ;)

I have close ups in the flickr group. So a big thank you to all the wonderful ladies who participated and made this a success!  I shall be hosting again sometime :)

I received my ATC from Kimberly at Art Joy Stuff.  She hosts a weekly ATC trade and this is the one she sent me!  I love it!  It’s totally my style, thank you, I hope to trade again sometime.

So tomorrow the kids are out of school for a teacher planning day, I’m hoping to head to the zoo for the first time this season. Hoping for good weather!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Spring Wand Swap

April 22nd, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (3 Comments)

As mentioned, I had the pleasure of being part of the Spring Wand Swap hosted by Wendy at Bliss Angels.  My sweet partner was Joanne at Vintage Dragonfly.  She was an amazing swap partner! Look what that fairy girl sent me!

It’s so beautiful, I’m a lucky girl.  If you can see it in the closeup, that is a frozen Charlotte with butterfly fairy wings and a gold crown.  It’s so delicate, feminine and magical.  I can’t say enough about it, the pictures don’t do it justice!  Thank you Joanne for a great swap!

Now that she has received her wand, I can post what I sent her…

Somewhere along the way I stumbled upon an altered spoon and thought, what a unique idea.  I gave it my shot.  I glued vintage buttons to the spoon and covered in glass glitter, layered with vintage lace, and crepe paper.  The ribbons are tea stained vintage seam binding and a little button and bead embellishment.  I was happy how it turned out and it was pretty fun seeing all the wand variations.  I will be making more!
Thank you Joanne and Wendy for another great swap!

Fiber Art ATC

April 21st, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Kim over at Art Joy Stuff hosts a weekly ATC trade.  I’ve been eying it for a few weeks now and just HAD to join this week!  I still had one little scrap left from the fabric I embellished for my needle book and the cuff.  I can’t toss out that tiny piece! I wanted to make it into an ATC but had been stuck on where to go with it.  I had been auditioning different looks and embellishments and finally just set is aside.  Then I saw on Kim’s blog that this week’s theme was LACE perfect!  I got out that scrap and had a mission!  Here is what I sent off to her this morning.   Thanks Kim for letting me trade with you, I hope you like it!

Steampunk ATCs

April 19th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Steampunk ATCs)

The Blissfull ATC swap had Steampunk as the theme for April.  This was a good challenge for me, not my usual style, but still very interesting to investigate.  My swap partner was Cindy, she sent me this cutie of a sailor.  A great example of the steam driven time period meets fantasy genre.  I love that background and that rope embellishment is perfect!  Thanks Cindy!

This is the one I sent her
 I had been wanting to try metal stamping since the beginning of the year.  I found a good deal on a stamp set and thought it might fit into this theme pretty good.  It was a lot harder to accomplish than I thought, maybe there are “softer” washers out there? Oh well, I’ll keep experimenting.  Anyone have any helpful hints?

Great start Monday!

April 18th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (3 Comments)

My muse is singing in my ear!  I’m on a roll, I don’t want to stop to sleep or eat LOL!  Today I came up with a great idea that I’m not ready to share yet. I made a prototype for the design and pattern and it all came together effortlessly…sigh…love it!  I still have some design issues and supply issues to work out but I can say that this is an original idea, there are NONE on Etsy!  I can’t wait to get some made and listed.
Ok, enough secrecy :D  What I can share is another project I’ve had on the back burner for awhile.  Back when I made the needle book, I had some left over quilted fabric.  I knew right away I wanted to make a fiber art cuff.  They are so popular right now!  It finally all came together for me today and this is how it turned out.

This will be hitting my Etsy shop soon, I think I can part with it… but it will be hard.  I love how it turned out!  I’m excited for tomorrow, I have a 4 hour time block set aside for studio time!  What should I make… :D

A sew very productive week!

April 16th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on A sew very productive week!)

I was super productive this week, I’m not sure what got into me!  My kids each had a birthday party to attend this weekend.   The party my son went to was for two brothers a year apart.  I like to make my gifts and boys can be tricky!  I made re-usable gift bags for them and then store bought a small gift to go inside.  The bags are my drawstring backpack design.  I put each boy’s initial on the bag.  The bags are a huge hit with the kids, they love carrying their treasures in them… DS, ipod, snacks.  Here are the boys bags.

My daughter also wanted me to make a gift bag for her friend.

My other project was making plastic bag holders.  I stumbled on some vintage flour sack towels a year or two ago.  I couldn’t pass them up, but wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them.  I finally got an idea in my head and it worked out wonderfully!  I made them into plastic bag holders, you know, those fabric tubes you hold all your grocery sacks in.  They are the perfect size and look so good in the kitchen!  The towels have a natural aged patina to them and are so gorgeous!  I listed them in my Etsy shop. Here’s how they turned out.

Sorry my pictures are so bad, it was a crappy weather week, too much rain and clouds.
The third project is still a surprise!  I finished up my wand for the Spring Wand swap over at Bliss Angels.  I’m mailing to Joanne on Monday so I can’t post pictures yet.  But I will say, I’m pretty excited about how it turned out! It will be hard to let it go… hehe.  Luckily, I get a fabulous one in return!

Last 2 pieces

April 12th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (5 Comments)

Spring Bunting Swap, originally uploaded by amypytlik.

Via Flickr:
The final 2 pieces for the Spring Bunting swap. I used vintage embroidered pillowcases that were ripped and/or stained. I used free motion machine quilting to quilt them and trimmed with vintage trims.

I couldn’t get a great picture of the quilting so you’ll have to use your imagination :)

Where did the time go?

April 10th, 2011 | Posted by RubyMoonArt in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

I guess I haven’t had much to say lately huh?  LOL!  I’ve started receiving the packages of buntings from the Spring Bunting swap.  I’m trying very hard not to open them until they all get here!  Yikes! I don’t think I’m gonna make it :)  The pictures I’m seeing on the Flickr group are fabulous! I ordered 30 yards of some pretty velvet ribbon to use for stringing the buntings together. I picked out these great spring colors.  I’m so loving the combination :)

In other news… I joined Wendy’s Spring Wand Swap!  Who doesn’t need a magic fairy wand?  I’m super excited about this swap.

I’ve made some wands before but they were more for little princesses.  These should be much more grown up, don’t ya think hehe :) 

I went on a search for some inspiration and I couldn’t stop looking!  There are some great ideas out there.  How I will decide what ONE wand to make I don’t know.  My favorite is #2, I love the fibers! 
Wand inspiration
1. Vintage Wallpaper Fairy Wand I, 2. My Magic Wands :0), 3. Talia’s Magic Wand!, 4. Emergency Wand stash, 5. wand swap 3, 6. Mermaid/Fairy Wand

My swap partner is Joanne at Vintage Dragonfly.  She just hosted the Spring Tag Book swap I participated in, so we’ll have some more fun in this swap!  Wendy was super creative and gave all swappers a fairy name, so awesome!  I’m Gossamer Corndancer and I’m swapping with Bindweed Rainbowfilter.  How cute are we? Good times to come!