Sunday, November 30, 2008

Prepping for ACEO Theme Week

Boy it has been nice having 4 days off, just to do stuff around the house. Made lots of progress loading up my eBay Store with more quilts, more batting, more fabric, and I finally dug out those hundreds of quilt magazines that need a new home!

But I took a break from the store to work on my ACEOs for Theme Week, which starts tomorrow, December 1st. The theme for December is "snow globes". I suggested snow globes, but I'm not really sure why. I might have had a great idea but forgotten it. I had a fab idea the other day to create steampunk snow globes with optical lenses, but I didn't think of it in time to actually buy some optical lenses.
A trip to JoAnne's did yield a very cute snowman snow globe button. With some suggestions from Megan I came up with "America's Top Snow Globe Model".

ACEO America's Top Snow Globe Model, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Painting the Flowers of the Alps

In a bookstore in Chamonix...and not just any bookstore, but one of the most marvelous bookstores I have ever encountered. And I like pretty much all book stores, so that's saying a lot. What made this bookstore so special was how many locally relevant books and publications were gathered in one spot. They didn't try to be everyone's bookstore, they were the bookstore of Chamonix! I'll have to try to find the name of the store.

Anyway, one of the books I took away as a special souvenir of the area was "Peindre les fleurs des Alpes" (Painting the flowers of the Alps) by Suzanne Maeso. Having spent plenty of time admiring the wildflowers of the Alps, this book was particularly poignant.

Fast forward two months, and I finally found the opportunity today to try a few flowers from the book. You see it's time to send out my December Birthday Club cards, and every month this gives me the perfect excuse to practice a little painting.

The first one I had to try was the Edelweiss, probably the most famous alpine flower, and the most prominent symbol of Switzerland seen everywhere!

I was very pleased with the effect of the white flower on the green paper, so next I tried the oxalis.

And finally, a wild geranium.

I am pleased!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday My Way

No, I didn't go shopping at midnight, 4 am, 5 am, 6 am, or any am prior to 9 am. At 9 am I headed out to the Post Office to mail a package of quilt book and fabric to a Canadian buyer who celebrated her Thanksgiving last month. The normally bustling Post Office was empty. I didn't even need to pull out my 'Business Line' card.
Then I headed to Safeway for some milk and sale turkey. I don't think it's a good idea to buy clearance meat and poultry, but I know Tod didn't get enough turkey, so we needed a little more. The Safeway was also pretty quiet. Shell-shocked employees surprised to see anyone in the store. No offer to accompany me on my quest for sale turkey and cough drops, no help choosing from among the hundreds of varieties of milk and toothpaste (when did we start having more choices than there are hours in a day??), no 'step right over to register 5 and I'll help you', no offer to help out. It seems the entire rest of the universe is out shopping, or maybe home sleeping off turkey induced food comas.

No, I decided to spend Black Friday a little differently than the rest of the universe, starting with a strong hot latte from my favorite BLACK espresso machine...

adding a few rows to that BLACK wool hat someone is getting for Christmas...

sewing up the binding of my last Christmas Tree ACEO on my BLACK sewing machine...

adding tiles to my gold, red and BLACK mosaic tables (more Christmas presents)...

admiring my BLACK boots (you knew there had to be shoes involved somewhere...)...

And finally, going to bed, relatively early, where my faithful BLACK and white Floppy waits patiently, sporting a BLACK and white zebra-print headband to keep his ears warm.

Happy BLACK Friday!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Last Christmas Tree ACEO

Happy Thanksgiving!

O Tannenbaum V, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fanning the Flames...a Fan Quilt from a Quilt Fan

Looking at yesterday's and today's posts, you might think I am a fan of very simple quilts. Actually, I'm a fan of just about all styles of quilts, from traditional (like my lovely Starry) to contemporary to artsy (like my vintage yukata quilts) and folksy (my Party Frocks quilts) and everything in between. I am particularly enamored of a fan design ;-)

This is an older piece, but one I do enjoy looking has that same simple striking characteristic as Yukata Delight.

Japanese Fans, Diane Weber, 45" x 58"

Getting a little more up close and personal, there is nothing simple about the quilting I added to this background.

Oh and in case anyone is wondering, the dumped African Violet appears to be doing just dandy :-)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ups & Downs of African Violets

I fuss too much over them, I know that. I move and turn and check them multiple times per day. I spritz the soil with my straw, keep the dust off the leaves, put out extra water to increase the humidity. Before I leave for the weekend, I rearrange them so they'll get the best light while the desk fluorescents are off. So it's my own fault, and I feel terrible about it...but I dumped one of my violets today, breaking off 3 leaves and chipping the pot :-(

It actually doesn't seem all the worse for wear, although a little bare and imbalanced, and why did the good leaves have to break off, and not the dry leaves :-(
I did bring them home wrapped in a wet tissue so maybe I can get at least one of them to regrow.

But as I was cleaning up the mess and refussing, I found a tiny baby leaf coming up from the leaf I planted several weeks ago, or was it months ago?? :-)

The second flowering African Violet fortunately has escaped any clumsy fussing, rewarding me with new flowers daily.

Maybe that's why I like flowers in quilts...once they're done, no fussing required.

Yukata Delight, Diane Weber, 42" x 48"

Monday, November 24, 2008

Time to Collect My Blog Awards

Several of my blogging friends have been kind enough to bestow blogging awards upon me, and I always seem to be too far behind in things to properly acknowledge them.

Well, in this week of Giving Thanks, it is time to thank my blogging friends Melodie and Jenna Louise for their blog awards.

Now I know I am supposed to bestow these awards upon others, but having just tagged a few people, I think I will postpone that for just a little while :-)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Last Christmas Tree ACEO

I feel sure I wrote this post already, but I guess not, so here it is.

Continuing my series on quilted and mixed media Christmas trees, here is the next in the series, a stately and traditional tree rendered in green fabric against a deep holiday red, with crystal highlights and a gold star on top!

O Tannenbaum IV, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I've been tagged by Deb of Artshtick's Corner... I hope I can find new people to tag...

Hmmm, six things, different from the six things I mentioned before.
Six Unimportant Things About Myself...
  1. I love to play Scrabble.
  2. I'm currently reliving my childhood by watching Dark Shadows from the very beginning, and loving it!
  3. I have a Master's Degree in Physics. Yes, I said Physics. At this point in my life that is surprisingly unimportant.
  4. I have a stuffed pet cow named Floppy that I love more than any other of my stuffed pets.
  5. I miss playing kickball.
  6. I could easily become the 2nd fan of Flight of the Conchords.
I'll be back with my tag list. ..
OK this was tough, because most of the people in my blog list have already been tagged. But here are at least four:
  1. Melody Lamb
  2. Nancy of ManicMosaics
  3. Sabrina
  4. Loredana
Write six unimportant things about yourself, and tag six others, if you can :-)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another in the O Tannenbaum ACEO Series

Here's the next installment in the ACEO series on folk art Christmas trees. This one is kind of funky, cut from a 50's retro-style fabric. It's fused in place on a yummy red-orange background, satin stitched around the edges with a variegated green rayon thread, and decorated with gold fairy frost balls.

ACEO O Tannenbaum III, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Thursday, November 20, 2008

November Nibblefest

It's been a couple of months since I've had the opportunity to participate in Nibblefest. Remember Nibblefest? It's a monthly themed art contest where you list something starting at 99 cents and the person with the most unique bids wins. Wins what? Nothing really, just a little jpeg that says you won. But oh, we do like winning the little jpegs :-)

The last time I participated was August. I didn't win anything in August, but I did win first place in June and second place in March. In September we were hiking around the Alps in Europe, and I don't think I liked the theme in October, although I can't remember what it was.

Anyway, this month the theme is Christmas Trees. Well, I've been doing Christmas Trees, so the theme was perfect. I set about making about four new ones, only to remember, upon refreshing myself on the rules, that only one entry per person is allowed. Rats! Well, I've selected the most unique one for my Nibblefest entry.

I call it Tesseral Tree #1.

It's just a handful of green stained glass tiles glued to balsa wood with some crystals and a gold star glued on top . But I learned some fun things:

  • 1) you can cut balsa wood perfectly with a rotary cutter
  • 2) I can cut tiles with my cool wheeled nippers
  • 3) balsa wood warps hugely when you put wet glue on it, but
  • 4) mount it to a thick piece of mat board and the problem is solved

  • ACEO Tesseral Tree #1, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Welcome Home Starry Starry Days

    Some quilts mean more to me than others. And I can't always explain why, and it isn't always obvious. Sometimes it's because I worked particularly hard and am particularly proud of the results. Sometimes it's because other people really like it.

    But there is more that goes into a quilt than just fabric, thread and batting. While it might sound cliche, a lot of love goes into quilts, even those made for commercial purposes.

    Last night I welcomed home Starry Starry Days. I designed and made this quilt for EE Schenck company, as I have made many a quilt for my good friends at EE Schenck. The fabric collection, Full Sun, was a long time in the making. I had sample fabric for about a year before the collection was complete. So I had a long time to grow fond of the lovely sunflowers.

    Between the time I first saw the fabric and ultimately designed the quilt, I has the chance to visit Arles and confirm a place in my heart for all things Vincent. While the quilt was away, I had two more opportunities to experience Vincent's sunflowers first hand... once in Paris and once in Amsterdam.

    Recently I sold all the leftover sunflower fabrics, and I had that same nostalgic feeling as I was packing the fabric into the box. "I really like this fabric, do I really want to let it go?" Too late for regrets, it went to a good home in Australia (Hi Jacqui!).

    I am so happy to welcome home Starry Starry Days. There she is snuggled up on the couch, between Big Blossom Trio in the window and on the table, and another old starry favorite quilt over the back of the couch.

    I look at this quilt and I feel the warmth of the Provence countryside, I smell the lavender, I can see the stars over the Rhone...

    Destined to probably be the last of my commercial that another reason why I feel so sentimental??

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    I am grateful for...

    Beautiful flowers in the back yard in November...

    A plumeria tree grown from a stick and adapted to life in Northern California...

    The best daughter anyone could have. I am so proud of you, Bubbie!
    This is the opening reception for Junior Review. The very cool logo tags on the clothing and pedestal were made by Char. Thank you, Char, I am grateful for you!

    And the best family a gal could have :-) Love you both so much!

    Monday, November 17, 2008

    ACEO Year's Best Awards (cont.)

    Hmmm, since the ACEO Year's Best Awards process is supposed to be ananymous, maybe I should take off my entries, although I think everyone recognizes my ACEOs by now, and I doubt that anyone who might be reading this (hi!) would be voting anyway.

    But just to be on the up and up, I'm going to remove my entries from yesterday's post, but keep the pretty award jpegs :-)

    Sunday, November 16, 2008

    ACEO Year's Best Awards - Finalists Announced

    The ACEO Year's Best Awards is in full swing.

    Once a year (this is the first year)...members gather together to compete and judge artwork in over 30 ACEO categories to honor and promote exceptional ACEO artists and to increase awareness of the ACEO movement. What's neat about the YBA is that attempts have been made to keep the artwork anonymous so the work is judged on merit.

    Out of the initially entered works, preliminary voting has been completed and up to 10 finalists announced in each category. I am so honored to have been named a finalist in FOUR categories.

    Textiles/Fabric Art: