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Monday, April 19, 2010

Poetry Tote From Week 3 of The Artistic Mother Workshop

Well, I have finally completed my poetry tote to carry my poetry journal in from Week 3 of The Artistic Mother Workshop that we are doing as part of The Artistic Mother Online Art Group I am hosting here on my blog. The photo I used is of myself when I was around 17 with my dad. Look how nicely the journal and tote coordinate. I even used a piece of fabric from one of my fabric squares in my journal.

Next is Emily's. Age 9. I had enough fabric left over for Emily to make a tote to go with her journal as well. I guided her as to the steps to take, but she did all of the sewing and ironing herself.
In this next photo you can see mine and Emily's totes side by side.
And then we have Martin's, Age 7. He did all of his own sewing, too. This was his first time to use the sewing machine; so we kept it simple. But he really wants to do the patchwork tote; so he'll be doing one soon.
And here is the other side.
And now we are moving on to Week 4, which is on Page 83 of The Artistic Mother. Our project for Week 4 is the vision statement banner. We will spend two weeks on Week 4.

Don't worry if you are just starting or are still working on the earlier projects. Don't stress or rush. You may go at your own pace. Just try to do a little each day, not too much in one day.

30 comments:

  1. really gorgeous..love the oranges and greens in these totes...well done kids too!!!xxx

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  2. this is simply gorgeous. thinking of you and your family and hoping you are ok:)

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  3. wow, they are just so pretty and I just love that your children do these crafts alongside you- great time spent together and fantastic skills to learn!

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  4. It's great to be so artistic and creative. I think the plus side of it is that it allows us to be so close to our family.

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  5. Love them and I love you made more with your kids. I too have fabric left over to make another one and once the sewing machine gets serviced, I will make more (I love the tote on the cover of Shona's book - that would be easy to start with I think) and possible larger size (16 squares.)

    I have my tote sewing story posted - I am a newbie at sewing, so if I can do it, anyone can! And even imperfections are perfect :)

    http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com/2010/04/full-heartheavy.html

    I love how the fabric you chose looks like a heavy weave ... i realized it was the print.

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  6. They are wonderful Trudy! And I love that you all made one!

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  7. Love them. I haven't forgotten that I said I would do a paper cut portrait of Emily. Life has just gotten in the way of my time.

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  8. I just love that you are doing this as a family, makes it all the more special!

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  9. Oh, I am so happy to have found your blog. I love creating alongside my children. The totes look fantastic.
    Warm wishes, tonya

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  10. These are so cool. Very retro! The fabrics and colors really remind me of the 70's (yes I was there!). The kids did an amazing job on their totes.

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  11. How wonderful! Gorgeous choice of fabric. I particularly like how you are involving your children in every step of this. Their process is just as much fun to watch!

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  12. these look great! i think Martin's might be my favorite...

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  13. Trudy, They all look fabulous. I love the fabric you choose, gorgeous colors. Also, It is fun how closely people's journals match their totes as far colors. I guess we all tend to know what we like:)
    Heather

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  14. Trudy, I love your tote and those of your kids! What fun to do this project together....
    ~Holly

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  15. oh wow.... so pretty. I sure do like the pictures you picked out for your totes. All of the totes are wonderful. Way to go.
    My prayers are with you all,
    Rayanne

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  16. Oh, this turned out wonderful! I love that the kids have done their own too - such a loving and creative family! Kristin xo

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  17. Trudy your bag is just gorgeous and your children obviously take after their Mum!

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  18. Brilliant work Trudy :) and how wonderful your kids got in on the act too!

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  19. I love that you are including your kids in this process! It must be so much fun to create these little treasures together and spend time together. Thanks as always for sharing!

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  20. Those are so beautiful! I'm really impressed. And, I wish I knew how to sew! I am thinking about taking a class with my daughter this summer.

    After this busy week, maybe I'll be able to get "caught up" with our projects. Maybe... :-)

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  21. Love your totes. It gets me excited to try a bit more sewing with my little ones as they get older =)

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  22. I love them all! I am so glad the kids got to do one for themselves too......How fun!

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  23. Trudy - I love what you did with the tote AND the tote for your little one. My children LOVE to watch me working on my art and frequently join in. My older two started going to Open Mics to read poetry right when they learned to read. It is so much fun!

    THANK YOU so much for facilitating this group!

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  24. Super work by you and the kids !

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  25. I have a more complete image of this project's process, now that I've read your comment on my "meltdown". They look like that much more of an accomplishment, and you have that much more of my respect as an artist/mom, knowing what you go through to get it done! Thanks a TON...

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  26. Trudy, add me to the list of people praying for your family...

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  27. Trudy...Just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and your mother in law.

    Love,
    Donna

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  28. Great work to all of you! There is such a comforting feel in the colors, patterns and designs of your work.

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  29. Trudy, love your bag! I'm excited to get to the bag project and have been a bit behind on things. I'm hopping back in this weekend though. Will be blogging about it soon!

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