Thursday, January 29, 2015

My blog in book form

My blog in book form
My blog in book form ~ Jane LaFazio at JaneVille.blogspot.com
Every January I have my entire blog printed into a book. It's super easy to do, and it's a wonderful record of what I've done.
My blog in book form
A peek inside.
My blog in book form
Nice collection! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Succulent

succulent
"Succulent" by Jane LaFazio (4" in diameter)
succulent
"Succulent" by Jane LaFazio 
succulent
"Succulent" by Jane LaFazio 
Yup, I'm still playing with felt. This is a little improvisational succulent (Ha! ALL my work is done spontaneously.)
I got this glorious collection of felt colors here, and I will be continuing with this project to see where it takes me.
succulent
"Succulent" by Jane LaFazio 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Purple Rabbit ~ an art quilt

Purple Rabbit ~ detail
"Purple Rabbit" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio

Purple Rabbit ~ detail
"Purple Rabbit" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
The Purple Rabbit is in my JaneVille Etsy shop now.
I used some of the fabric I had printed from my watercolors. You can see the Rabbit yardage (and other prints of mine) here.
Purple Rabbit ~ detail
"Purple Rabbit" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio

Purple Rabbit
"Purple Rabbit" measures 12.5x10 inches ~ by Jane LaFazio
Purple Rabbit ~ detail
"Purple Rabbit" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Purple Rabbit ~ detail
"Purple Rabbit" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Purple Rabbit ~ detail
"Purple Rabbit" detail ~ by Jane LaFazio

Monday, January 12, 2015

My ONE WORD for 2015.

CHERISH ~ detail
"Cherish" by Jane LaFazio
CHERISH ~ detail
"Cherish" detail,  by Jane LaFazio
CHERISH ~ detail
"Cherish" detail,  by Jane LaFazio
CHERISH ~
"Cherish" detail,  by Jane LaFazio
CHERISH ~ detail
"Cherish" detail,  by Jane LaFazio
CHERISH ~ detail
"Cherish" detail,  by Jane LaFazio
I've chosen my ONE WORD for 2015. "CHERISH."
  • I want to cherish my husband, and all the moments we have together.
  • I want to cherish each day and live it fully.
  • I want to cherish my creativity and the time I have in my studio.
  • I want to cherish my friends and let them know that I care.
  • I want to cherish my students by appreciating them and being the best teacher I can be.
Cherish
CHERISH is my ONE WORD for 2015 ~ by Jane LaFazio
I wrote about choosing a word here, and then I wrote here how I changed my mind.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

On the cover of Quilting Arts magazine!!


Quiliting Arts Magazine Feb/March 2015 cover girl!
That's my 'Poke Weed  Series~ Heritage' Quilt on the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine!
I'm proud to say I've been published in Quilting Arts magazine many times before. This is 10th time I've had an article in this fabulous magazine! The first time was in 2007!
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
"Poke Weed Series: Heritage" 11.5x18" by Jane LaFazio

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Wet-felted purses

LaFazio felted purses
"Wet Felted Purses" by Jane LaFazio

Red Felted Purse
detail "Red Purse" by Jane LaFazio
Red Felted Purse
detail "Red Purse" by Jane LaFazio
Red Felted Purse
"Red Purse" by Jane LaFazio
These were made by wet felting. Using wool roving and water and agitation. They take about 2 hours to make, and then, of course, I embellished them with hand stitching.

Brown and blue felted purse
"Blue and Brown Purse" by Jane LaFazio
Brown and blue felted purse
detail "Blue and Brown Purse" by Jane LaFazio
Brown and blue felted purse
"Blue and Brown Purse" by Jane LaFazio
(I know I haven't been showing my sketchbook lately, but I've been busy stitching. Don't let me be a bad example to you! My online class "Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style" is open for registration right now! It's perfect for beginning drawing and watercolor, or as an excellent refresher! All the details are here. Register here.)

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Felt like Stitching ~ this WAS going to be my one word for 2015

felt like stitching  ~ almost my word for the year
"One Word" by Jane LaFazio (about 8 inches in diameter)
felt like stitching  ~ almost my word for the year
"One Word"  detail by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching  ~ almost my word for the year
"One Word"  detail by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching  ~ almost my word for the year
"One Word"  detail by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching  ~ almost my word for the year
"One Word"  detail by Jane LaFazio
I thought I was being quite clever by creating this small felt pillow with my ONE WORD for 2015. And then, part way through creating this, I changed my word! 

Oh well, THRIVE is a fine word...just not my word.

Stay tuned for my word, and the 2015 ONE WORD poster. (See my blog post.)

Here's how I did it: (inspired by those talented Kemshalls over at Design Matters)
felt like stitching in progress
1. by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching in progress
2. by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching in progress
3. by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching in progress
4. by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching in progress
5. by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching in progress
6. by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching in progress
7.  by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching in progress
8.  by Jane LaFazio
felt like stitching  ~ almost my word for the year
"One Word" by Jane LaFazio

Friday, December 26, 2014

What's your ONE WORD for 2015?

Words for 2013 ~ created by Jane LaFazio
of 
my blog readers and facebook friends' words 
"What you are is what you have been. What you will be is what you do now." Buddha.

Have you chosen your one word for 2015? One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long. Or at least try to.
Words for 2014 ~ created by Jane LaFazio
of 
my blog readers and facebook friends' words 
In January 2014, my word was CLEAR, and I wrote this at the time:
My ONE WORD is CLEAR. 
Clear, as in clear roads ahead. Clear, as in clear spaces surrounding me. Clear, as in clear skies, clear sailing ahead. Clear, as in a clear mind. 

My 2013 word was LOVE.

My word for 2013~ from my sketchbook by Jane LaFazio

My word for 2012 was Preparation. And I wrote this at the time:
This year I've chosen the word "preparation." Not a very exciting or ethereal-type word, but a good one for me. You see, I want to become a better teacher in 2012. Yes, I'm a good teacher now, and I do get lots of wonderful, positive feedback. But I want to be better. I want to step it up, really give my students their time and money's worth. I want to be more prepared. To be prepared for my classes, to have more hand-outs, more of a structure (but still with lots of room for creative play!) to really think through each step of the process. Good solid preparation is what I plan to be physically doing for each and everyone of my classes and workshops

So, what is your ONE WORD? Do leave a comment on this post, and I will include it in my 2015 words poster. And if you are one of my blog subscribers, you'll receive a free downloadable color pdf of 2015 words. So, you've got two assignments, subscribe to my blog by going here, and entering your name in the upper right hand corner.
And then, leave a comment with your ONE WORD for 2015.

"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake." ~ Francis Bacon

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Handmade Christmas ~ around our house

Hand made Christmas
BeBop
Every December, I unpack our box of decorations and ornaments. This year, I was more aware of how many of the things in the box were handmade and hand-stitched  by me.
Hand made Christmas
Counted cross stitch pillow by Jane LaFazio
If you've been in one of my in-person classes that involved stitching, you've heard me introduce myself with a story about how I started hand stitching at age 16 and how I worked from kits for about 20 years or so.
Hand made Christmas
Painted Santas (from a kit) ~ by Jane LaFazio
Hand made Christmas
Santas were painted in 1988.
And, evidently, I was a crafter before the word was invented! I made crewel work, needlepoint, counted cross stitch. And I also made Christmas ornaments from kits, like the little ceramic Santas pictured above.
Hand made Christmas
Counted cross stitch (from a kit) by Jane LaFazio
Hand made Christmas
Painted ornament (from a kit) by Jane LaFazio
Hand made Christmas
embroidered ornament (original design) by Jane LaFazio
Hand made Christmas
needlepoint ornament (from a kit) by Jane LaFazio
Hand made Christmas
Clothes pin ornament (from a kit) by Jane LaFazio
And one year I worked on a kit of different characters made from old fashioned clothes pins. (picture above)
Hand made Christmas
Counted cross stitch pillow of the Spode Christmas tree (from a kit) by Jane LaFazio
It just shows that I have always loved making things! Now, everything I make is original, and designed by me. But back then, it never occurred to me to design my own. 

Though, if you handed me a cool kit to make something, anything, I'd probably sit right down and do it.
Mass produced kit or your own original design, making things with my own hands is so satisfying!
Hand made Christmas
tiny needlepoint ornament (from a kit) by Jane LaFazio
Hand made Christmas
Tiny stocking (from a kit) by Jane LaFazio
Happy Holidays, dear readers!
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