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I was 53 in June. I feel like I'm 30. I live in Cold Cold Wisconsin. But, I love it here.. I found fabric and quilting about 8 years ago.. I fell in love with it.. I also enjoy paper art.. I'm not sure how I kept my sanity before I started doing art. I found rubber stamps about 10 years ago and have gone on to anything and everything.. I have been blessed with creative talents and love to express myself in art. I have 2 children .. one girl who is 15 and a boy who is 17. My husband and I love to hunt,canoe and just enjoy the outdoors together.. We all love the outdoors and go up to northern Wisconsin as often as possible. I'm a 14 year breast cancer survivor.. you can view more of my art at http://laurakrasinskiquilts.blogspot.com www.picturetrail.com/barngirl or my teaching, lecture and vending schedule here http://laurakrasinskisartontherun.blogspot.com

Monday, August 02, 2010

My Birthday Present.. alittle late

Sorry I am posting this way after I received this beautiful handmade backpack from my friend Chris Kirsch.. She is an amazing creative gal.. It started last June when Chris and I went to the bead and button show.  We both bought a bead that we decided to use for inspiration to make a quilt.  I actually had my inspiration drawn out but, that is as far as it went.  We also challenged ourselves that we could only go back to the bead show next year if we used at least 3 of our purchases.  It didn't take me too long to do that.. Chris in turn followed suit.. but, as it will Chris was teaching a workshop that weekend up north and she wasn't able to go with me.. I went.. for 1 hour... seriously.. it is like going to the Houston quilt show and staying 1 hour... how did I do that you ask?  Simply.. I knew what I needed and my kids were across the street at the mall.  Waiting for me to drop them off at their dads.  Then.. I would mosey on home to QUILT!!  And at that time I was still working on my Jessi quilt..
Anyway.. back to the story of the inspiration bead and my birthday.  I saw Chris a few weeks after my birthday and previously on the phone she said she used her "bead" to create something.. I was a bit skeptical as I always am.. She was working on a birthday present for me.. And the bead became an intricate part of my present.. So here I will share with you the backpack that Chris made for me with 2 ties, 2 placemats, a handdyed linen ( from Wendy Richardson, who's hand dyes I loath after) and some batik fabric and the BEAD.... 2 silk tyes were dyed in Rit to match.  And after she did a few she found that the rit dye doesn't work with polyester ties.. There is a clip for my keys and draw strings to close.
If you look closely you can see she used the batik fabric to make the swirl on the purse as it looks on the BEAD... 
I really love my back pack... Thanks Chris for your wonderful gift not only of the back pack but, your friendship also.. it means the world to me.


Patti G. said...

What a special and creative gift! WOW, she did great, love the backpack and know I will see you carrying it soon! :0)

Elizabeth said...

What a fabulous gift and such a creative use of fabulous materials!!! Love that bead and I am sure that you will get tons of use form it - especailly at Houston this fall!!!!!