Monday, February 23, 2009

Pillow soft

I don't know about you, but I am so inspired by the beautiful art pillows that Sandy is creating, that I decided to have a go at it myself. Some of you may remember these little pillow dolls that I made and embellished at the library event last year...



It was fun and it may have even motivated several young library patrons to make their own little pillow dolls.

Then one year for his birthday, I presented DH with this little bit of fluff...

Mmmm...smelled like cinnamon. That was fun to make also. I don't know what it is, but there is something so satisfying about making a pillow. They are soft and squishy and just so comforting. I used to like to make pillows. Now, thanks to my friend, Sandy, I love, love, love making pillows. Art Pillows!!!

Seriously though folks, here is my first art pillow. I redrew, using Derwent Graphitint pencils, one of my earlier faces, using the same beige fabric that you see in the prim pillow. I, then, heat set it with the iron and made it into a pillow. Size is about 7" x 10".

I was so happy with the result that I couldn't wait to make another one. My sister has a lovely friend who just received her citizenship and is so very proud of this accomplishment. (Do you have any idea how hard these tests are? She prepared for two years.) So to acknowledge this special event in her life, I made the following pillow...

In case it isn't clear from the photo, those are red and blue fireworks going off around this little lady and below her is the date of her citizenship ceremony.

Well, that's it for now. I just could hardly wait to post these. Sandy not only motivated me to get out my sewing machine, she encouraged me to think outside the box a bit. That is what art is all about. Learning, creating, enjoying. If you are new to my little world, you may not know that the name of my blog refers to how easy art is. Everyone can be an artist, it's just that easy. Yep, you might say it's just "...a walk in the park".

Take care.

13 comments:

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Susan these pillows are G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.! You are so talented.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I love your pillows! I bet your sister's friend was so pleased to have such a lovely memento of her accomplishment! It's perfect!

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Susan beautiful work. Love these pillows. Hugs***Renea

vivian said...

great pillows! love them all. makes me want to make an easter pillow! hmmm.... wheels spinning now. I think I will!
hugs
vivian

Tina said...

You are definitely and Outside of the box kinda girl. I love these pillows. I just went to my storage building last week and got out my portable sewing machine that hasn't seen the light o day in 2 years. She's all cleaned up, oiled and ready to go. Thanks for the inspiration.
What a gift you have
Smiles
T

Angela Recada said...

Great pillows! I really like the way those Graphitint pencils look. And congratulations to your sister's friend! I know how hard that test is ~ I took that test myself many years ago. How wonderful of you to commemorate her new citizenship for her with such a beautiful keepsake!

Kristen Hermanny said...

These are great! I would have loved to make one of these with you at the library as a child! That was my favorite place in the whole world back then. I love how you turned your sketch into a pillow as well. Very cool!

marni said...

Susan, the pillows are wonderful! I wish I knew how to sew...and draw...and to just let it flow like you do. One day.

Grrr misses you...he told me so. :)

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

These are wonderful!! I especially love the one you made for your sister's friend! You did a beautiful job and I'm sure she'll be thrilled!! :> )
~Peanut

Funky Art Queen said...

I love your little pillows, especially the face ones. These are lovely Susan. I remember the little cuties ones in the basket too.

Kims Art said...

I think this is a great way to use your wonderful drawings!

Suzie said...

Those are some very cool pillows

Amy Sullivan said...

~WoW~these pillows are wonderful!~
what a perfect gift for your sisters friend~a comfortable & beautiful pillow~as she settles into her new home~here~
:)
~amy~