Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mandala Madness


I've been working on mastering Photoshop and I began making these mandalas and I can't seem to stop! They are not only fun to make, they are mesmerizing to look at! Happy meditations.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spring Inspiration


I’ve gone back to my roots and done a lot of graphic design lately. So, I thought I would share with you some of the pallets I’m putting together. Here is a photo I took on my morning walk. I love the vibrancy of new leaves and its juxtaposition to the remnants of the last season’s dead foliage.
Whether you are looking for a spring inspired quilt pallet or yarn combinations for a crochet project, these colors are sure to inspire.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Work In Progress

Here is a really good example of how I work. I start with what I call the "T" zone (Eyes, Nose and Mouth.) Then I start to work the edges of the face working my way in to the lighter skin tones. I work the hair last. It can be the most tedious part of a portrait. It is a point I'm most likely to stall because I know it is going to be hours of building up color and those sharp pencil movements that make hair look like - well - hair.

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Mother's Day Freebie


Nothing says Mother’s Day like a handmade gift. Here is a free gift tag printable for you to add to whatever you are giving your mom this year!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Show Me Your Granny!


Square, that is. I love a good old fashion granny square. From these rather somber colors to eye popping neon, there seems to be an endless creative well of ideas. Got a granny you would like to show off? Send me your granny and I’ll post it for all to see. Send your photo to: l.panfil@roadrunner.com

Granny Square Pattern
With A, ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, ch 2, (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 12 dc and 4 ch-2 sps. Fasten off A.
Rnd 2: Join B with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp (corner made), ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp (corner made), ch 1; rep from * 2 more times; join with sl st in top of beg ch. Fasten off B.
Rnd 3: Join C with sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * 2 more times; join with sl st in top of beg ch. Fasten off C.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Rain


Although rainy skies can be quite gloomy its gifts are too beautiful to ignore.