Monday, February 27, 2006

Carol Fletcher creates Postcards, too!

This is called "Hydrangea" - it is a postcard that Carol of Little Treasures
fame has created...beautiful, isn't it? She has already sent it on it's way to Virginia...

Just a reminder that the "Little Treasures" trade for FFAC has a deadline coming up SOON !!! postmarked by this tuesday, feb.28 ...

More information can be found here: Little Treasures Exchange/Fundraiser

After going to her website, I am now officially coveting her studio...can I come over and play?...the natural light...the space...the view...

Saturday, February 25, 2006


Oh, yeh.....
Which ones are going to Chicago you ask? I don't know yet-it's just been a "Postcard-A-Rama" around here (a friend coined that phrase). Here's the link: Making FFAC Postcards

The inspiration for this latest series, called "Shake" is from a song I heard recently on our local NPR station. The program is called "The Saturday Blues" and I usually listen while in the car...

Was this just a Minnesota thing, or do all moms, aunts, and girl cousins like to dance with each other at wedding receptions? When I was a much younger Julaine, I used to cringe when I saw my mother and her sisters doing this. It was embarrasing! Mom basically said, "who cares-we all married men who won't dance until they've had a few drinks, and then they only want to dance with younger women"...

It took a while, and a few years, but I finally got it!!! I have now done this, DH will dance, sometimes...and isn't it good to know that a blues song gives us the permission, and tells us to "shake what ya momma gave you" no matter what size your body is, and it's okay to let your behind AND your top side flop around a little, or alot ~ can I get a "Amen" ???

The photo below is just one of them...there's more to come that will be mailed to Virginia Spiegel, and the ones that are available for purchase are here: Julaine's Art

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

The rest of the "Museum Chicks" or...It was too cold to go out and play!

So I stayed in and played...I finished the rest of the "Museum Chicks" postcards. Since my husband has not been feeling well (slept most of the day), and our son has been at a birthday party all afternoon, it was very quiet around the house. Hmmmm-crawl in bed to stay warm and toasty, or pay attention to the 5 ladies who wanted to be in/on my art...

These gorgeous, voluptuous goddesses won out over my bonding with a blankie...

Now finished, you can see larger photos of them on my other blog -

Inkjet transparency images: I wanted the images to look like actual photos, so instead of burnishing the images onto fabric, I printed them on the transparencies (mirror image), then used Unique Stitch glue to adhere them to white cotton~

Friday, February 17, 2006

What happened to THIS week? The "Museum Chicks" are here!

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my husband was ill. He's still having some problems related to some maintenance medications that he's taking. The three of us have not slept for three nights. I have been taking 2-3 hour cat naps during the day and evening, so my body clock is ticking away on a different schedule...

Although Virginia has officially "released" me from my personal postcard challenge for FFAC, I have found these itty-bitty pieces of art to be cathartic. I started a new blog called Julaine's Art for Purchase a small offering of some of my work that is available. The response has been great...

"Museum Chicks" is a series of women who are gracing art museums around the world. The first one is by Picasso, and I am enjoying the process of giving the ladies a little extra pizazz. Five more to come, and oh, by the way, one of them will be going to IQF-Chicago for the fundraiser. Who will it be? If you would like to see the others as they are created, go to my other site!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The "Safe Sex Dress"

I would love to find out where this dress is on display! My sister sent me this photo in one of those forwarded-forwarded-forwarded e-mails...

Bizarre challenge: I would also love to see the Project Runway designers have to create an ensemble from condoms...I'm afraid though that Santino would probably have fiberfill stuffed inside some of them, making them stick out everywhere...

Looks like the hottest colors, don't they? And who is the guy touching the dress-the designer, or maybe he's the security guard at the museum where it's on exhibit!

Monday, February 13, 2006

If you donate a postcard, or two, or twenty...

To Virginia's FiberArt For A Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
your name will be entered in a random drawing for some wonderful prizes. This is open to anyone who sends their postcards BEFORE MARCH 15th !!!

This miniature art quilt titled "Impressions of a Garden" will be included in the list of prizes, so here's your invitation: make one postcard, or two, or twenty and send them off to Virginia Spiegel (info on her site)...

Description: 8x10 art quilt~background is dye painted cotton sateen~florals and grasses drawn with Prismacolor pencils~silk butterfly appliques with beads~quilted with gold metallic thread~matted

Saturday, February 11, 2006

And the winner is..."Weird Galaxies"

Drum roll, please! Last week I posted pix of a series of postcards that had a boring name. So I asked for a better one, and offered to give a postcard to the person who came up with a name that I liked. Well, ALL of them were great, but here's the winner:

Debra Roby of A Stitch in Time
for her title: Weird Galaxies

Congratulations, Debra - the postcard will be mailed asap!

Another Day, Another Blog

So I can keep myself relatively sane (what's that?), I've created another blog called Julaine's Art for Purchase...

With fiberdevils and fiberangels on my shoulders, I did it!

I was feeling a bit guilty about making postcards for sale right now, especially since I am still in the midst of my personal challenge "A Postcard a Day" for the FiberArt For A Cause fundraiser that Virginia Spiegel is tirelessly working on...

My challenge is first to help raise money for the American Cancer Society, but in addition to that, it's Creative and Almost Instant Gratification Time... I'm between quilts, ready to start my teaching at the art museum, it's not time to prepare for upcoming art fairs, and it's been a busy, but creative time at the church where I am Children's Ministry Coordinator. It also helps to realize that the International Quilt Festival-Chicago is right around the corner...

This postcard is titled "Lettuce Entertain You" and is listed on my other site - can you see the vegetable twist ties? This is the first of a series of four, and I promise to save one for the fundraiser!!!

Thursday, February 09, 2006


Look closely at the background fabric of this series - it is the same light blue cotton with gold leaves - much surface design on these...oh, what you can do with stamps, stamping pads, embossing enamel, D'uvas, cheap metallic oil pastels, an inkjet printer, and even those programmed stitches on the machine.....these will be mailed to Virginia

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Leaves Aglow postcards

Although we think they are tacky, the people who paint on velvet must have experienced what I did when applying Lumiere paint on my suedcloth. A beautiful soft glow...the circles on the 2nd and 3rd ones have been "shiva'd"-the color is correct on the middle one, so imagine that color on the bottom one. Confusing?

I understand that Virginia Spiegel's FiberArt For A Cause fundraiser set for the International Quilt Festival-Chicago, April 7-9 is in need of MANY more postcards!!! For details, please go to:

Monday, February 06, 2006

"Night and Day"

These postcards are called "Night and Day" ~ Bronze Lumiere on my hand-carved stamps, then applied to black suedecloth. Fused novelty sheers, and stitched with copper thread. Very dramatic...

Sunday, February 05, 2006

What pattern is your brain?

This one might appeal to fiber artists:

Your mind is a firestorm - full of intensity and drama.
Your thoughts may seem scattered to you most of the time...
But they often seem strong and passionate to those around you.
You are a natural influencer. The thoughts you share are very powerful and
Your Brain's Pattern

For one lucky winner...

I've been getting some help naming my last series of postcards for FFAC, and they are SO much better than "Gold Dots" ~ so, now it will be a contest!!!

Give it your best shot ~ you could be the winner of one of my 4x6 beauties ~ deadline is Saturday, February 11th ~

Saturday, February 04, 2006


I haven't posted any pictures of new postcards for a few husband, Jeff, was in the ER this week, and well, CRAZY it has been! When you're in your 50's and are experiencing symptoms of a heart thing, you need to go to the hospital...He's okay, well almost. All his tests were negative, and it seems like it was a problem with some maintenance meds he takes. Damn all those chemicals - we're gonna see if he can get rid of some of them...

The new series, created in the last 2 days is called "Gold Dots" (boring name, I know-anyone out there wanna take a stab at giving them something better?) Background is dye painted cotton sateen with salt effects; color applied with D'uva Chromacoal Pastels; gold accents using a metallic Sharpie poster marker; very little stitching this time around...

All of these will be donated to Fiberart For A Cause ~