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Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's All About Me - My version...

I'm sure you have seen this little lady all around Blogland recently.   She is totally getting around in all kinds of disguises!   It's an Amy Bradley design that she generously offered to many different bloggers participating with this hop hosted by Madamme Samm of Sew We Quilt! that's being led by our cheerleader Marlene from Stitchin By the Lake.

The design was easy to do and I personally love all the different ladies being shared with the different quirky personalities of her maker.

 My version   -    Voila!

Amy- I love the posture of this lady with her hands on her hips.  If I didn't know any better I'd be thinking you've been watching me to design this one.  lol


It turned out cute if I do say so myself.  I deliberated just what to make for several weeks until the project  finalized in my mind.


So I minimized the pattern to fit onto my new food journal

Googling how to make a book cover and then fine tuning that process for a "more finished one".    I changed the directions on how to make the flaps so all of the edges were finished.  I also inserted many ribbons for markers. 
Having Diabetes II, this will be an easier way for me to really see how my diet, exercise and sugar levels are and what I might have  done the day(s) before and the day of any incidence of elevated numbers.

I actually used a makeup sponge under the shirt to poof out the belly just a tad. lol

Just looking at my smurky self in ALL of my abundance, even the bust line trying to fight gravity, (a no-win situatiton)  just makes me smile.   8')

Wanting an organic feel to this design, I choose to hand stitch the pink appliqued rectangle onto the book's background fabric using a DMC 8  heavy weight thread.  While proceeding on this project I assembled it so many times in my mind several times to figure out how to get the finished edge on the bottom of the appliqued part while  still allowing my figure to "Break out of the Box"  with my elbows sticking out over those pink borders.  It was a bit Tricky- but was  easy enough to do after giving it much thought and getting the correct order realized.    I'm Happy with that success too!  The only part I should have done was use a stronger stabilizer for thread painting my hair.  It did pull that fabric just a tad.

Since I'm always wearing earrings and love anything that sparkles and shines, a little  BLING BLING* crystals were added that would go with the  shirt.   For many decades I've told DH that if it sparkles or shines, you can't go wrong.  That Christmas he gave me a chrome toaster, of course that's Not quite what I had in mind!
 
The only flesh toned fabric I had was used showing the toned down back side.  Looks okay even though I don't have any freckles. 
 
 The  hair actually started as 3 pieces of a yellow/brown cloth so it would flow behind the ears and still cover over them appropriately, but I had too much fun thread painting my streaks onto it.  I think I got carried away since you can hardly see any of it.

I also wanted the shirt to have a creased look at the bust line so I cut it apart and stitched it like that.   Notice I was super careful on where those dots ended up?  Being a seamstress and making my own clothes for many years I didn't want any provocatively placed dots! lol

Aging as I am, reading glasses are a must and sunglasses for that matter too.  Typically I am wearing them on the front of my shirt or blouse when they are not on my face, so I auditioned that look on the pattern as shown to the right. 

First, I drew in a plain frame but that looked dorky.    So then I colored it in to change them to sunglasses and that seemed to take away from the cute quirkiness already in place.  Since I didn't want that to happen  I chose to eliminate them all together.    Sometimes when you're creating, it's good to know when to say when! If you know what I mean  {a little laugh now}.    To add my glasses and a pen holder to this journal, I added a touch of webbing to do this.  These loops make it convenient and make those items super handy whenever needed.  8~)

I also choose to put my  words on the inside title page of this journal instead of the on the cover. 

                AND SO IT BEGINS......



It's a happy reminder of this fun hop for me to use everyday.  It makes me smile everytime I go to log into it.   Perhaps I'll be drawing a skinnier version of me on the back cover as I wanted too but my drawing abilities have there limits ya know.


Happy too that this New FO is finished which is a challenge I participate with lead by Barb of Cat Patches.  This project also completes one of the items of the list of four I mentioned to getting it  done challenge in February.  Another challenge I participate with that Judy Laquidera of Patchwork times leads and has links for.



Thanks for visiting my blog and if you have time, please use the links below  and have fun checking out other bloggers participating in this Hop.    Of course a nice comment always makes my day too if you feel so inclined.  Here's the list of bloggers for the final day of the "It's All About Me" Blog Hop.


Cherry Blossoms
Hill Valley Quilter
Dachsies With Moxie
I Like To QuiltBlog
Quilt Smiles
More Stars In Comanche
Tea Time Creations
Shedding the Wolf
Life, Quilts, and a Cat Too
Judy at That Other Blog
Madame Samm

My appreciation goes to Amy Bradley, Madamme Samm, Marlene and Timeless Treasure for all you gave and did towards this hop.

It was fun to do and I am really  glad to have participated with it!

TTFN,
Jane


 

63 comments:

Kathy MacKie said...

Your hair is the best sew far, great fun, thanks!

Judy B said...

Love the thread painted hair! Great journal cover. Thank you for sharing "YOU".

Scrapatches said...

Sew Cute! I love the way you turned this into your journal cover ... very creative ... :) Pat

Martina said...

Beautiful and great hair! Love your cover very much!

Britt-Inger said...

I love your picture of you. You are so cute. Thanks for sharing

charlotte said...

Very cute. I absolutely love the hair. Thanks for sharing today.

Gill said...

I love your book cover - especially the wacky hair!
Thank you for sharing!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Just fabulous! Love the hair.

Thearica Burroughs said...

I had to laugh at your chrome toaster Christmas gift.. lol

I got a ceiling fan one year!! haha!!

Love your book cover!

JoyceLM said...

Love the hair! Thanks for sharing.

Gillie said...

Gorgeous, love your self portrait, lol!

Joyce said...

So very cute!

Sharon said...

She looks wonderful and your attention to all the details shows that you had a lot of fun along with making a journal cover to keep with you. I did get the pattern that she is selling and I think I would love to make a journal just to have it with me to look at and smile when I think of all the fun I had making it...great job. Have a wonderful"me" day.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

What a great idea for your project! Your little lady is perfect there.

Jeanie said...

I love her so much, especially her tummy padding! What a great idea and thanks for sharing! You'll smile everytime you use your notebook. :)

Patty D from NC said...

Wild hair!! thanks for sharing!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

This is great! Especially love your hair!

Sheila said...

A fun version and a great cover for your book .I love the hair !!

Michele said...

That hair, oh that hair. It makes me chuckle. Thanks for sharing.

MooseStash Quilting said...

Wow, now that is just too cool. I love love love the black op art fabric you chose to go with it. Great hair I might add!

Linda J said...

You most definitely will need to do a skinny version down the line! Very creative---I love the wild hair and certainly identify with the glasses story. Well done!

Vickie said...

Her hair is precious!

Tammy said...

Goodness your project is cute. Love how you did it...Great job...Isn;t this a fun hop seeing everyones "self"

Cher said...

your version does make me smile-way to make it your own

Dee said...

Loving the hairdo:) My belly puffs too:) Think it came with menopause

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Loving the hair-do! Good job!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Love the hair-do!

Lou said...

Oh my!!!! Love the hair!!!!! Made me smile right away:)

Linda said...

How adorable! You will certainly enjoy seeing this every day!!

Jean Burke said...

This is terrific! I love the hair...you did a super job. And so useful too! Cute, cute....

Carol Swift said...

Love the thread painting on your hair--so cool! YOU turned out very, very cute. :O)

Gwen said...

Love the hair! And I like the look you gave her without the glasses. Good luck on your journey to better health!

Vicki H said...

Very cute. Love the hair. Thanks for sharing.

patchouli moon studio said...

So very sweet your you. I love the hair especially.

Teresa Nance said...

Your project was so cute! Congrats on journal cover. Love your hair.

krislovesfabric said...

That hair is so wonderful, love it!

The Slow Quilter said...

Itis always nice to have a finished project in these Hops and a useful one at that. Great cover.

Barbara said...

Oh I love her polka dot dress and the hair is great! Thanks for linking up today.

Patty said...

I like that you made a book cover. And I LOVE the hair. Great job.

Susie Q said...

Hi Jane, your "me" looks great and the hair is amazing. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

Quilting Babcia said...

I love that your putting your girl to work helping you keep track of your diet and health! Great project.

gpc said...

LOVE it! :)

karen flick said...

Just Adorable!! Adorable!! Thank you!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love reading this - so fun and entertaining. :) Her hair is incredible and I think you did exactly the right amount of thread painting! What a great idea to use it on you food journal. :) blessings, marlene

Cliodana said...

beautiful lady! love the book cover you made

Farm Quilter said...

So cute and a perfect cover or a food journal!!! Love the thread painting on the hair - it is so much fun!!!

BizyStitches said...

Love the hair. Great background fabric. Cool idea for your project.

Just Quilt It said...

I LOVE THE HAIR AND THE EARRINGS! LOVELY LADY!

OhioLori said...

Looooove your "Me" lady!!! She is fun, and lovin that hair!! AWESOME job!! :)

Di said...

Love the streaked hair! You did a great job on this little notebook cover.

Pen Pen said...

The hair, the hair, the hair...my favorite part. Love her!

LJ said...

Your decision to have the elbows sticking out beyond the background gives your "ME" a great pose. The thread painting looks marvelous to me; I believe it may be the best hair I've seen. The black and white fabric on the journal is very cool!

carla said...

Hi!!! She is adorable!!!! I love her hair!!! So fun!!!

Emily C said...

Love your spiky hair and that you made a notebook. Very nice.

Elizabeth said...

What a cutie! LOVE it as an encouragement/buddy for your journal. The way you made it "ME" are all just right. Thank you for sharing!

becky said...

Love journals and covers the hair is great

Frances said...

Love the idea of using this in a journal. And your hair is perfect.

Carol said...

You did a great job on your notebook, Jane!! Very fun and creative :)

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

wonderful hair great idea to sew a notebookcover. Thanks for sharing.
Bente

Charlotte Thompson said...

You did a great job with the book. That's a great idea to have for your Type II. I have that also.

Junebug613 said...

What a great idea and useful too! I am loving all of the "ladies". She looks like she'd be fun to hang out with!

Sandy said...

I love love love your book cover. You really made it your own!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Good job in the journal.