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Color and Design Inspiration at our vacation location

I am always finding inspiration around me every day. While on vacation at Boone Hall Plantation Gardens took some great photos of flowers that made me wonder what the color palette would look like. Could that palette be used for quilts or sewing projects?

Anne over @ Play Crafts has developed a Palette Builder, you just load your image and then you can play around building your palette…moving the selection dots around to change the initial colors, add more colors or remove colors Β etc. My favorite new feature is the ability to match the color palette to a list of Kona Solids. Β Here are the photo’s and the corresponding palette I favored…

Photo 1BooneHallPlantation_Flower1

Here is the new Palette Builder view that shows how your color palette can be converted into matching Kona solids. This new feature just came out this week, you can copy and the paste the list to product a shopping list for your online store of choice or your local quilt shop ;-).
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Photo 2BooneHallPlantation_Flower2

Here is the saved color palette I chose. I liked adding the additional grey (Coal), works perfect with the Ash selection that I could use as the neutral sashing/ negative space.BooneHallPlantation_Flower2-palette-6

Photo 3
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One more example, where I want to know what Kona solids I should buy with a particular fabric selection. In this case, I am using my new Heather Ross Briar Rose fabric. Look, No having to carry the fabric to the store to match up πŸ™‚ Genius!!
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NOTE: If you are on Chrome or Safari make sure you are on the current release.

What do you think, which one do you like? I love them, but I would like to start with 2 or 1 first?? Go over to Play Crafts and give the Palette builder a try, it is free and lots of fun to see what you can come up with. I also shared my palette selections on Pinterest on my design board.

I am using this process as part of the design phase for at least one quilt idea, as such linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

School year winding down: The kindergarten art

So school is standing to wind down, getting ready for the summer. We have 4 weeks left of kindergarten (first year of school in the US).

Yesterday, my son brought home his key pieces of art that has been on the wall at school. I was so proud of the work he did.

Self PortraitIMG_7388

A close-up – don’t you love all those teeth πŸ™‚IMG_7390

 

Graffiti Art (shapes)IMG_7387

Caveman paintingIMG_7392

 

Celebrating 100th day of Kindergarten

It has been a few months since I posted a craft/art project my son (whose 5 1/2) and I have worked on together. The objective of this project was to complete the homework assignment for the 100th day in Kindergarten (due Tuesday 12th Feb).

Objective:

  • To complete the project your child will need to collect 100 items
    Sean has been collecting beer bottle tops for a while now. He counted out 100 tops (all on his own).
  • After collecting the items they will decide how they will display them. Your child should bring their project to school to share with the class.
    Sean decided we could make a spaceship out of recycled materials (he was given several options to choose from πŸ˜‰ )
  • Have fun and be creative
    I think Sean did a great job, don’t you think so !!

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Materials:

  • 100 x beer bottle caps
  • 1×1.25L Coke Bottle (for the rocket body)
  • 1 x large laundry detergent bottle (for the wings)
  • 100 x Craft Glue dots (for the body) and some Glue stripes (for the nose)
  • 4 x 1/8 rivets (to adhere the wings)
  • 1 x can of white spray paint (for body)
  • 1 x can of black spray paint (for nose)
  • Stickers (Sean choose his flags and 100 stickers)

Surprisingly enough, Sean stuck on most of the beer bottle tops and with supervision we spray painted the bottle, once dried he stuck on the stickers.

As parents, we cut the shapes of the wings and the bottle, so the wings hold, with a blade and then used rivets to hold the wings in place.

We are still thinking of adding flames out of paper, so it can launch πŸ™‚