Bleeding Hearts, a mixed media collage by ashleymarydunlop

 

This piece is a little bit different from what I’ve been doing.. I took my mixed media in the direction of collaging.  My mixed media style has been incorporating a lot of vintage pieces and evolving them into my art. I came across some really lovely vintage post cards and included them on my collage. 

  

Bleeding Hearts by ashleymarydunlop 

As you can see I’ve incorporated a lot of techniques lol…I’m not sure if I may have used too many but, it’s interesting I suppose. Basically, one thing lead to another. 

I’ll try to sum up what’s going on here.. 

I came up with this idea of collaging with postcards as a mixed media project

I had the vintage post cards and spruced up the carnations that were originally black and white with a little bit of color and I added some pink cheeks to the little girl. 

I took some sketch paper and stained it with a tea bag. The paper being initially white was stained with the tea bag to give a aged look. 

I had some really pretty music paper that I knew l wanted to layer onto the stained paper…but first I glued on my postcards onto the music paper. 

I cut three heart shapes out of regular white computer paper and used them as stamp.

I covered the heart cutouts with modeling paste and pressed the hearts onto the paper. It took a a few times of covering the hearts with molding paste to get the desired look. 

I let the modeling paste dry and then filled a small spray bottle with water and some paint, mixed it up and sprayed the watered down paint on the hearts over and over to get the runny look. 

Once this dried I layered the music sheet paper onto the tea stained paper. I outlined the music sheet paper with charcoal and outlined the carnation postcard with charcoal. 

I painted some lace trim I had with black paint and used it as a stamp under the carnation postcard. 

Once the paint dried on the lace I sewed the lace onto the corner of my collage. 

Lastly, I added the dried bleeding hearts to the vintage post card. 

   
 

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Book Themed Sprinkle Preparations

So I made a few different assortments of crafts for the sprinkle as you can see!

Here you see a Cat In The Hat bunting that went along with the book theme. I hung this on the front of the table. I made a custom Where The Wild Things Are bunting with Elijah’s name on it so my cousin could take it home and hang it in Elijah’s room. I may have to consider making one of these for Liz because she loves this book too.

I will also be posting a custom order bunting listing on my Etsy shop in case others want to order a bunting as well!

20140828-103423-38063075.jpgSo what’s a party without some cute little caterpillars?! I made some crafty caterpillars out of little pompom balls and pipe cleaners. You can easily find these supplies at JoAnn’s and Walmart. I made these guys to go along with the Very Hungry Caterpillar book and paired them with some fruit salad. What’s even funnier about these caterpillars is how much Noah and Anna loved these guys! So if your ever in doubt on fun party decorations.. Think caterpillars! Lol they requested to take the caterpillar family home with them.

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Cheesy I know but I love it 🙂

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A New Adventure

Well I’m not sure where to begin, I had to look back on where I left off. I’ve been extremely busy, so much is going on. I’m just trying to stay optimistic that i am going to get threw it all!

Let me show you some of my projects I’ve been working on and completed!

I finished another patchwork quilt that I had been working on. I had mentioned in my previous post that I was making a quilt for a scholarship fundraiser. The turnout was really great. My quilt went to the highest bidder and I couldn’t be happier with the home it went to. This person holds a special place in my heart. I was honored to be able to do this.

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 I’ve whipped up a picture and memo board made with some chicken coop wire! I thought this was so cute because as you know by now I love vintage/antique looking things 🙂 and this does just that! And how cute are the mini cloths pins, just the trick for pictures. I didn’t have a whole ton of time to dig up old pictures for my board… I found an old homecoming picture from high school, I think this was 9th grade lol and the other is of my sister and I when we were itty bitty 🙂 my dad made the swing for us

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 I’ve came up with a textile design that I’ve called “the enchanted garden” I put this on a cardigan and I’ve had many people message me about how much they really liked the design. I’ve had a few custom order requests from people asking me if I would put the design on their cloths. I just thought that was so neat.

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I’m also working on making some prairie curtains and pillow cases. Once I have those completed I will be sure to share a picture.

I’ve also have some shops selling my cabochon earrings!

So it’s been a really busy past couple of weeks for me and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down. And I’m really pumped. It’s taken so much and I’ve had people literally tell me well you can’t do it all. Well let me tell you I certainly can, I am doing it and been doing it. I have been coming to find and learn that life goes more smoothly when you don’t have things weighing you down. Of course some things in life we have no say in but you just shouldn’t do it to yourself if there is a choice. Don’t weigh yourself down.

I also have some other exciting things that are still up in the air but if it all works out they maybe some really great opportunities, so keep your fingers crossed for me

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage sheet patchwork quilt

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Well the spring weather has finally sprung it’s way back into Vermont. I can’t tell you how much I’ve been craving this wonderful weather! There’s nothing better then seeing nature coming back to life and not to mention all of the lovely things that come along with the spring season. I am reluctant to say that the mud on our dirt road hasn’t been too awful neither of our vehicles have gotten stuck! (Hopefully, I’m not speaking too soon) Keeping my fingers crossed.

So far I’ve been busy working on a few projects but there are always more to be done. One project in particular I’m happy to say I’ve completed is making my first vintage sheet patchwork quilt. I started making this just before spring came because I couldn’t take not having some color in my life. I say the more the marrier! Don’t get me wrong the winter has it’s good parts but my spring fever happened to itch so early for some reason. I like to think that my quilt was just encouraging the spring to get here a little faster 🙂 I also had to get some little mini roses to celebrate spring, how I love them!

I now offer crib size patchwork quilts in my shop as a custom order item. Which I find to be kinda nice because you can basically have whatever type of fabric you want or have it go along with a theme or match colors.

And I actually just ordered some fabric for a very special quilt that I will be working on and that’s really all I can say on this.

Decorative pillows are available to order at Heart2HomeCreations. I’ve made some really pretty pillow covers with decorative trim! They would make a great gift for Mother’s Day!

 

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Craft It Now!

My Decorative Bottles are being published in a craft book called Craft It Now! It is scheduled to be coming out very soon! I am very happy to be able to share the book covers with you! I also found out that my bottles are on the back cover!! 🙂

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Also Craft It Now is available to Preorder at Barnes & Noble and also on Amazon! Here are the Links! 

Craft It Now Preorder on Barnes & Noble 

Craft It Now Preorder on Amazon 

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These bottles are perfect for flowers! Make great decorations for your home and celebrations! Also great for centerpieces at special events like weddings! Functional and versatile. Customize these bottles  to exactly what you like! Can also be found in my Etsy shop!  www.Heart2HomeCreations.com 

 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Hope you all are enjoying this fun day!

My morning was off to a busy start I had to tidy up, answer emails and get things going for St. Patrick’s Day preparations!

Whats Saint Patrick’s Day without a little something sweet right?! Right 😉

So I whipped up some frosting for some cupcakes! I used two different shades of green and rainbow sprinkles!

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I also had bought this really cute Wilton cupcake kit at JoAnn’s and being that my boyfriend’s name is Lucky it couldn’t have worked out better. I mean how could I not!? 🙂 I also got the shamrock lights at JoAnn’s for 50% off they ended up being $9.99! And of course Lucky wants to keep them haha

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And of course whenever you use sprinkles they get everywhere, I even found some in the living room not sure how I managed that but I’m not surprised 🙂

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What do you like to do to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day??

Magic Wand Anyone ???

If only we could pull white rabbits out of top hats and vanish before thin air… Now wouldn’t that be something! I could think of some things to put magic tricks to good use.

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For my first trick…. I will complete decorative bottles!

This is how the first set came out. I am still working on a few more sets…

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For my second trick I will make this farmers market tote bag disappear!

Well on second thought I had a wonderful customer assist me with that! My original design I made of a farmers market tote bag was purchased. I love this bag!

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And for the grand finale! Well.. your just going to have to wait on that 🙂

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Measure Twice Cut Once

I feel like this quote applies to more things in life than just sewing. Something I will think about..

Well I’ve worked on a couple of projects this past week. One was a cozy blanket cloak that was a custom order and I finished a little embroidery project I had been playing around  with.
Accomplishing projects is always a great feeling. Working on/designing orders and being an RN, it’s nice to finish a project for yourself since I am left with little to no time to do so.

I am often asked “how do you have time to do this?”… I often wonder that myself, really. It isn’t easy but, that is life. You make it happen. I am very dedicated and use my time as wisely as I can. I will say nursing has had some influence on shaping my time management skills. I’ve always been a creative person. It’s in my nature and really grew up with it. I think it’s really important to have something you enjoy doing that you can pick up and put down whenever you want to. Good way to have your own personal mini vacation I like to think of it 🙂

Also, another thing I’d like to mention is that my cozy blanket cloak was on Fresh Squeezed Fabrics blog which I thought was pretty cool! 🙂
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This cozy blanket cloak came in pretty handy because this past week we have had some very cold negative temperatures. (-20) Brrr!! I guess that’s the crazy New England weather for ya! Although, with the bit of rain we had it melted away some of the snow and for a moment there seeing all the grass again it gave me hopes for spring. But I’ll keep dreaming.. One of the lovely things about having my etsy shop is I can make a little spring cheer with my fabric.
Heart2HomeCreations is having it’s own bit of early spring cleaning currently. I am still taking custom orders via message but the shop needs a little renovating. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I need to get things prepared because something big for me is happening this spring. I will share more with you about once I get more information!
Tomorrow I am going to a “Food Fight” no not the kind where you throw food… That sounds fun too though lol but a cook off show down. My cousin Nick has a big part in this event he is a chef at Lincoln Tavern and Restraunt in Boston. Ticket proceeds are helping with the fight against childhood hunger! Lucky & I are really looking forward to this event. I will update later on how to goes! 🙂

Here you can catch up on what Lincoln is all about!
https://www.facebook.com/LincolnSouthBoston

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way!

ATTENTION: Bargain hunters, coupon clippers and eager holiday shoppers! Don’t stress this season beat the holiday rush right from home! Use Coupon Code “jinglebells2013” to get 20% off at Heart2HomeCreations! Coupon ends on 12/13/13. Just a little something to make your holiday merry & bright.

Candy Cane Pom Pom Garland at Heart2HomeCreations
Custom Order Christmas Stockings! Here is a HelloKitty stocking with little jingle bells 🙂 
Joy! 

Custom Mr. + Mrs. Pillows

Part one of the bridal shower: 

A very dear friend of mine just had her bridal shower! Congratulations Cassie! It was a wonderful shower. I love showers because you get to catch up with people you haven’t seen and celebrate!

 For this bridal shower I wanted to make some type of personalized memento gift. Something for the bride and groom to remember their special day and something for the home. I decided to go with Mr. & Mrs. pillows.

 For the Mr. pillow I used black and white polkadot ribbon as a border around the pillow with four black buttons one on each corner. I cut out letters from black fabric and embroidered each letter with black thread. For the finishing touch I gave the Mr. a bow-tie.

 For the Mrs. pillow I knew I wanted lace, pearls and sparkly gems. I used the lace as a border around the pillow and stitched beads and pearls all throughout the border. This was the most time consuming part about the project but, totally worth it. It really added to the lace. Again I cut out letters from fabric and embroidered the letters with white thread and four white buttons on each corner. For the finishing touch on this pillow I gave the Mrs. a vail made from tule and more pearl beads.

 I had a lot of fun making these pillows I loved getting the materials I wanted to work with. I also wanted to include materials the bride liked as well. Cassie likes lace so I knew I wanted to have this material on the pillow. My personalized Mr. & Mrs. pillows are great because I can customize the pillows almost any way.

 Here is a picture of some of the materials.

 

 

The finished Mr. & Mrs. pillows.