Suncatchers that resemble the St. John USVI Petroglyphs

I began creating these little sun catchers during the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

My son and his girlfriend were living on St. John in the US Virgin Islands at the time, and I was glued to the Weather Station as I waited to hear of their safety.
Shortly after the storms, my son left the island and came home for a visit. When he saw my sun catchers, he said they reminded him of the St. John Petroglyphs.
 I researched it, and was surprised to see the similar shapes carved on stone, attributed to the Taino Indians along time ago, on the lower section of Reef Bay Valley in the St. John National Park. Dozens of images and symbols were carved onto several of the smooth rock faces, some of the shapes very similar to my sun catchers.


Stitching in the sunshine

I grabbed a few minutes to sit in the sunshine
on my lunch hour while stitching these bird ornaments.
Fall is finally in the air.
Cooler weather will be here soon,
so I'm relishing the last few warm days left !


Creating again...

Life has been consuming for several months, 
and juggling priorities means less time to create.
As you can see, blogging took a back seat.

This weekend, I decided to take photos
of these wonky, quirky sun catchers,
I have made recently.

My biggest goal in the studio is to make things
with the supplies I have on hand.

I have committed to a fair in November,
so whenever I can grab a few minutes,
I try to make little things.

These sun catchers were made 
while glued to the Weather Channel during
Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

My son lives in the Virgin Islands, 
and during both storms, I lost contact with him.
So I needed a distraction,
and this project was perfect for that reason.
Thankfully, he is fine. 

I dragged out some assorted wires,
and my beads and button stash.

I hammered wire into funky shapes.
Then I used assorted beads, charms, prisms and buttons, 
and wired them to the funky shapes.

They proved to be very difficult to photograph.
Even though they sparkled like crazy in the sunlight,
it was hard to capture that in photos.

The funky shapes didn't always lay flat.
But I truly enjoyed making them, 
and I am excited to make more.

Along with taking the photos,
comes the task of editing.
Somehow, I couldn't troubleshoot
why I can no longer resize my photos in Photoshop.
Just when I was making progress, technology 
stopped me in my tracks.
I sort of feel like the way my cat looks right now.

Life seems to be settling down,
and fall weather is right around the corner.
Crisp weather always puts me into a creating frenzy,
so I will be posting again soon.

Sooner or later I will figure out the resizing problem,
and hopefully can start stocking my Etsy shop soon.

I do have more projects in the works.
Stay tuned for that.

If you have made it this far reading my post,
I do thank you for stopping by.


#1yearofstitches - January 8, 2017

 Week 1
One Year in Stitches 2017 by Gollywobbles
10" Morgan Hoop
tea-dyed osnaberg fabric

cut out flower from fabric
turned under applique

appliqued fabric flowers enhanced with stitches & buttons

bits of lace studded with beads and buttons

attempted to use waste canvas for green curly-Q stem
but that didn't pan out so well
added a few extra stitches to fill in the gaps

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Raiding the fabric scrap bin...

I have a HUGE stash of fabric scraps.
So I decided to challenge myself
to make something functional.

I started sewing strips across a strip of batting remnant.
Sometimes zig zagging, sometimes just straight stitch.

I pulled together similar colors,
but I was very random for the most part.

Once the batting was totally covered,
I started auditioning these little Victorian ladies
printed out on fabric.

Then out came the "other" stashes....

Vintage buttons
Sari Ribbon

No pattern was used.
I just squared off a front and back.

Added a Zipper, handle, lining and Sari Ribbon.

I am feeling very productive.

Now to get back to reducing that pile of scraps!