Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Quilling Tool Choices

When I opened my first quilling kit in the 70's, there was a regular corsage pin included. This is what I used to learn to quill and still do. I like to use my commercial wooden handle quilling tool when I don't need a really tight center.


 I also use a round wooden toothpick when I quill with wide, crimped strips to make large pieces. 


And a wooden dowel to make this kind of flower.



In 2000 I started making a novelty quilling needle tool with a polymer clay handle. I tested them for a year with different focus groups and then sold over 500 on eBay and at a few NAQG conventions. Seems like 10 years ago a lot of people used needle tools.

I used a regular corsage pin and made all sizes of handles. Then I started making the same tool with a smaller quilters needle for miniature quilling and sold them as sets. I used either gold plated or sterling silver beads and discs at the base.


I experimented quite a bit. These are all the imperfect needle tools I kept and a few I still use. I shined up the handles over the weekend, brushing on a coat of Future floor wax.  I'm going to make some type of enclosed, framed art piece for my craft room with the imperfect ones -- to remind me of that particular time in my life. Plus I just like bright, colorful things around :)

The only slotted tool I have bought, and use to make fringed flowers or roses, is the 4" metal handle, from Whimsiquills. This is all I will say about slotted tools as I know they are the most popular, easiest to use and I want people to use what is best for them.

I saw this video by Anastasia Wahalatantiri using a big tooth comb to make gorgeous folded leaves. I am going to try Annie's technique with my onion holder. I have had it for years and never knew what to do with it.

What are your favorite quilling tools?

Enjoy the week!
~Molly

P.S. I don't make these tools any more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Real Simple Organizing - My 30 Minute Suggestion

I'm back with another Real Simple way to get organized. I keep blogging about it because I am so unorganized. I want everything around me to be perfectly in place and it is the complete opposite. (Do you ever look for something you know you have, and just give up and go buy another one!?! And then find that item the next time you are looking for something else?)


My first work space, or I guess I should call it a "work station", was a metal TV tray.


I would quill all day long then pick up the tray and move it to the guest room in the evening. Unfortunately, it is not that easy today. How does your work space look? Or the kitchen drawer, linen closet, computer desk, bathroom drawer, mud room, dining room table?

I'm going to suggest you take just 30 minutes (set a timer) to straighten up, organize, clean, throw away - in your work space today. If you really get into it and you spend more than 30 minutes, fantastic! I guarantee you will enjoy your space so much more!


And if I didn't catch you on the perfect day to do this exercise with us, I hope you will get some motivation or inspiration from these Real Simple organization photos! (I'd like the pictures to be larger and the before|after right next to each other. I finally opened two browsers and put them side-by-side.)

Have a great day!
-Molly

Pssssst: Just 30 minutes, I'm starting now!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WINNER of My Book Giveaway!

The winner is:
 sleeplesswonder said...

Molly, Loved the interview, you and me have a lot in common girl. I also hoard boxes, hehehe.  Thank you so much for the chance to win your amazing book. Loved all your work that she showcased.  Melissa D.


Congratuations. Melissa D! Please email me your full name and mailing address and I will get you a copy of the book mailed out tomorrow.

Thank you everyone!
I am so thrilled to be interviewed by Susan Myers on Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom today as part of her Creating Success around the World!


You may remember, I showed you Suzy's amazing quilled The Starry Night at the beginning of the month. She is super talented in all crafts and very funny. 


For a chance to win a copy of my book:


1. Visit the interview page and comment.
2. Come back here and post to get your name in the drawing.
3. Check back Friday to see if you won. I will ship Internationally!


Thanks and good luck!
~Molly



Should I, or Not?

After some inquires and noticing Google searches from people, oh ... and a lot of thought about it, I finally decided to make a man's paper bead bracelet!!! Well, this one is going to be called Unisex because I would wear it myself with jeans and a brown whatever. So I asked my husband to model it for my Etsy Store photo and he liked it. (YAY) I think my best friend and daughter will like it. (YAY) I just don't know if I want to go in this direction and out of my comfort zone :)

So, I found this lovely two-tone, brown flannel-looking paper in my DCWV The Christmas Combo Stack! YES, this is Christmas paper.. but play like you don't know this. You can be my 'focus group person' and please tell me the truth.




Will a paper bead bracelet work for a man? Or should I stick to the norm and continue to do the "for her" designs?

Thanks for any comments. And I can handle the "nays". You will be doing me a favor.

Have a wonderful crafty Wednesday!
~Molly

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cards for Baby ~ quilled elements

I recently came across these baby cards that I made nine years ago in 2002 and decided to share. Remember the speckled paper with matching envelopes that was thick but soft? And I used to put a ribbon in every card I made :) For these I used small paper punches, a few pearls, thin satin ribbon and quilled elements. The balloon string is wire.





The following is a variety of baby buggies for cardmaking or scrapbooking. These were made about five years ago. I weaved 1/8" paper strips and added a glue backing. When dry, I cut out a circle and a piece of the circle .. trimming to the center and then at an angle. Crimping the strips makes it easy to use as multi color trims and adds dimension.

Primary Colors

Twins

Baby Girl

Vintage

Baby Boy

Next: coordinating quilled nursery elements to add for scrapbooking pages.


Thanks for looking!
~Molly

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Real Simple Refreshments


In case you haven't heard, it is HOT in Texas. We have received only 2.94 inches of rain this year where I live. Nothing is better or more relaxing on a hot day than a refreshing drink, something different, perhaps a mood enhancer. Treat yourself to something refreshing!
And with drinks you need coasters.


Board Walk Candles and Quilts is the best shop I have found for beautiful quilted coasters. And they are great for gifts because they cost next to nothing to ship. Check them out!

Enjoy!
~Molly

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy August!

Last Friday, while lurking on Twitter for the first time in a month, I found an eye-catching post by Ann Martin. Many of you already know that if it is unique, over the top, and the very latest quilling .. Ann finds it first. From there I received Susan Myers' permission to link to her fabulous June project. Yes, it was the end of July but like me, Suzy is the queen of UFOs. Below is my favorite coffee mug which represents my favorite painting and the reason for this blog post.



I love an artist who can go from a sewing machine to plaster and then sit down and quill something like this. So I wanted to share Suzy's June project in August :o) I think it is amazingly beautiful. The colors are gorgeous. I like her description of quilling as "painting with paper". And, it is not only a piece of quilled art, it is a HUGE piece of quilled art. Her quilled Vincent van Gogh The Starry Night is 2 by 3 feet in size!



Suzy's details are shown here. Her lastest box of chocolates pincushion tutorial post is equally amazing. AND she also decorates and sells gorgeous Ukrainian eggs .. and that whole process totally blows my mind.


Happy August to all ~
Molly

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