Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fiber Art Discharge Paste, fun, fun, fun!!

I tried some of the discharge paste I bought some time ago on line from ProChemical Co., and it was Fun!  I'll be doing more.  I just learned they have the product in a mist too so I'll give that a try.
I took a piece of dark commercial fabric and ironed on a stencil of two trees.  I had previously done some bleach discharge on this fabric and it turned orange.  I thought the trees would remain black and the background would become orange but that didn't happen with this product.
I traced the pattern onto freezer paper, cut it out and ironed it onto the fabric shiney side down.
Be sure and iron all the edges so the stencil will work as a mask and no paste will get under the stencil.
Paint the paste all over the fabric where you want it to discharge. Not too thick but make sure to cover well.  When the paste is DRY, iron with a hot steam iron and you will see the magic happen.  Warning:  use this product in a well ventilated area!  Wash out fabric, dry and press.

When I finished ironing the fabric I decided to add some interest to it.  I stenciled a bird on top of one of the trees with a blue paint stick and I stamped "Inspire" with a stamp and pad ink.  Now on to machine quilting.  I'll post the finished product soon.  If you'd like to try this technique, I'd be happy to answer any questions.  Thanks to Linda and Laura Kemshell for the tree pattern (that I altered.)  This was fun!  Make a little joy each day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Pinning" Chicken Salad

Have you heard of "pinning" yet?  I've been Pinning on Pinterest and enjoy checking out what others have pinned as well.  Of course I have a Board featuring food that I'm calling "Daily Bread".  I found this recipe and re-pinned it to my board.  I thought I'd share it with you here on my blog just in case you don't "Pin".  Check out Jenna's Blog too, I've included the address for you.  Thanks Jenna for sharing
“My mom's friend Teresa used to be a caterer and this is her recipe. I got it from her several years ago and every time I make it everyone wants the recipe! It is SO yummy, but you have to make sure you use the right ingredients! It doesn't taste right if you don't use the mesquite chicken!”
Parmesan Chicken Salad
Source: Jenna's Journey Recipes via Teresa

1 Bag Sam's Club Mesquite Grilled Chicken (pre-cooked)
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
Pre minced jarred garlic
1 bunch parsley
Lots of grated Parmesan

Defrost the chicken and chop it into very small cubes. Put into a large mixing bowl and add the garlic. Add mayo, olive oil and lemon juice as follows:

1 cup of mayo + 1 T olive oil + 1 t lemon juice.
I usually use between 1.5 - 2 cups of mayo for the entire bag of chicken and adjust the OO and lemon juice as needed.

Once mixed to desired consistency chop one whole bunch of parsley and add. Add as much cheese as desired - I usually use about 1.5 cups.
* NOTE: If you don't have access to Sam's Club brand mesquite chicken, I would marinade 5-6 chicken breasts in mesquite marinade for 5-6 hours, then grill and there you have it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Some New Photographs for Note Cards !

I have taken some pictures and made a few more into Note Cards to sell at upcoming Farmer's Markets and Fairs.  I especially like this one of my garden shed with the wreath.  My most popular photograph has been the Pink Truck and Camper with Bicycles.  I took that one a few years ago as the Castle In The Clouds Car Show.  I've sold many of them and I'm happy people like it enough to purchase one from me.  There are so many things on Etsy and many, many cards to choose from.  I'm always pleased when I get an order.  Recently a woman from Beverly Mass. purchased 12 cards and my two other recent sales were also 10 or more cards so I'm feeling pretty good about my shop right now.

Here's another favorite I took while visiting my daughter at her house.  She loves vintage and rusty things.  This rusty star is waiting to be put somewhere, but for now it's leaning against this moss covered tree and I thought I would make a good subject for a note card!  Let me know what you think.

Most of my note card photographs are also available in several size prints up to 16x20.  If you want a photo larger than that, just email me, I'll let you know the price and I'll set up a special order for you.  Canvas, Metallic and other prints are also available.