Art Pillows

And just like that, I’m on to the next thing! This one has been on the back burner for literally years! No longer. I ordered more custom art fabric this morning and will be making a whole slew of Art Pillows. I call them art pillows because the fabric used to create the focal point of the design is printed with my own art work.

Just about any of my paintings can be turned into custom fabric. I look forward to a variety of different designs, using the art fabric and other fun fabrics and colors.

So far, I’ve made two pillows. The first one is made using my “Heart Love” design. Both pillows are available in my Etsy shop.

back of Heart Love Art Pillow, a nice soft suede upholstery sample

back of Heart Love Art Pillow, a nice soft suede upholstery sample

Side view of Heart Love Art Pillow

Side view of Heart Love Art Pillow

The second pillow was made using a variety of fabric scraps and an upholstery sample I had in my studio. In addition to my “Art Pillows” with the custom art fabric, I am making pillows using scraps and upcycled/recycled fabric samples and sewing notions.

photo of polka dot patchwork pillow

Back of Polka Dot Patchwork Pillow

Back of Polka Dot Patchwork Pillow

Side view of Polka Dot Patchwork Pillow

Side view of Polka Dot Patchwork Pillow

ONE DAY SALE!! 1/2 OFF!!

Today only! I’m having a sale on THIS original painting, regularly $385, but TODAY ONLY, $192!!

“After Funk”

It happens every time. Inspiration. Flurry of activity. Everything done and posted and blogged about. Funk. I call it the “After Funk”, after I’ve worn myself out with inspiration and feeding my muse with creativity, I get into this “funk”.

What’s next?

Should I go back to painting?

Should I make more dolls?

Should I, should I, should I? I have lots of things on my “to do” list, but I’m not sure what to do next.

I spent the morning cleaning up my sewing mess. Pins scattered, threads hanging out EVERYWHERE! Every flat surface covered with remnants and disorder.

There is a roll of primed canvas in the corner calling out my name. I HAD to have it when I found it for $6 at that flea market in Phoenix. Now it sits, sending guilt my way.

Remember me? Remember all the paintings you were going to make?

Then I get sucked back in to Facebook and lose days. NOT THIS TIME!

Time to meditate, take it easy on myself, get all that “work” done. Tax forms to the accountant, listing digital prints in my Etsy shop. Doctor appointment and walking the dogs in the afternoon.

Eventually, my muse will say, “OK, it’s time to get back to being inspired!” Or, work until inspiration comes. It always comes. :-)

More Rag dolls

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The “girls”, though we are NOT gender biased here, they can also be long haired boys or transgender dolls.

My Etsy shop is now stocked with my new “Love” ragdolls. These cute little dolls have been so much fun to make, I must admit I hug them regularly! I have to! I named them “Love” dolls for a reason. They are given tons of love before they are sent out to their new mommies and daddies, where they will give love for years and years to come.

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The “boys” and bald babies, like the “girls” there is no gender bias here, they can be whatever YOU want them to be.

They are made with multicolored fabrics and yarns to represent all the ethnicities of the world. Their bright colors are meant to make them happy, loving dolls. They all have a cute little smile on their faces and an embroidered heart on their chest.

I realized yesterday that I made my “love” dolls just in time for Valentine’s Day. What girl or lady wouldn’t want a cute, hugable Love doll from their Valentine? I would! ;-)

I am also offering a custom, “memorial” doll. What exactly is a memorial doll you ask? A memorial doll is made in memory of a deceased loved one, using a piece of clothing that belonged to the loved one. It is an upcycled doll that will keep giving love long after a loved one is gone. The doll can be made with the same hair color and eye color as your loved one and will also have the person’s name embroidered within the heart on the chest. These are special order dolls, so contact me directly if you are interested and we can work out the logistics, ie sending me the item of clothing and determining custom elements for the doll.

I am also happy to make regular custom dolls with specific colors. These dolls are selling quick! Get yours while you can! Thank you! :)

Rag Doll

Rag doll finished photo

All done and dressed!

Here it is! My latest creative project. I’m now making rag dolls, or fabric dolls, since they aren’t really made with “rags”. This cute little girl doll was made with fabric scraps I had left over from years ago. She was meant to be my prototype, but one of my followers on my facebook art page has already snatched her up!

fabric doll photo

Body finished with no hair, eyes or clothes!

I still have a few adjustments to make to the pattern. I’m sure she will evolve and change with each doll I make. This little cutie has been given the name “Abby” and she will be going to a baby girl that hasn’t actually been born yet! Her mom is due to give birth in February and her grandma couldn’t resist buying her first doll. It makes me so happy to know she has a home! This cutie is an 11″ tall doll with blue yarn hair and blue button eyes.

rag doll photo

After hair and eyes were attached.

Rather than calling my creations “rag dolls”, I’ve decided they will be called “love dolls”. They are created with love, will be purchased with love and will give love to their mamas or daddies forever! If you have a special someone who you think would like one of my “love dolls”, let me know! I’m more than happy to create special order dolls.

Print Clearance Sale

original oil painting Balance

I’ve been mulling over a big decision for over a year now and have decided it’s time! I’m discontinuing my art prints. They take up too much time and space, plus it seems everyone is leaving me behind in the 20th century with digital prints. It makes so much sense in this age of print on demand and everyone having high quality printers hooked up to their home computers.

Unfortunately, I have quite the stock of art prints, all matted and ready to go. To clear out more space in my studio, I’m currently having a Clearance Sale! 40% off on ALL of the art prints in my Etsy shop! All you need to do, is use the coupon code, PRINTCLEARANCE40, at checkout and you will receive 40% off! This sale ends on January 25th.

Once this sale is over, I am going to list print images in digital format. The coolest thing about this format is once you purchase your image, the download is immediate once your payment is made. No more waiting for the mail to come! There are a few pluses to this format, you can print any size you want (up to a certain size, depending on image size), you can use my art files for invitations, crafts like scrap booking or any other place you can think of. You can also take them to your local print shop and have your own wall prints made, on any paper you choose or on canvas!

The only limit is these images are available for personal use only. If you want to resell these images, you must first get my written permission and pay licensing fees. The copyright still belongs to me, you are purchasing the image only.

I’m also planning to bring back some older images that haven’t been available for some time. My Peace Series for one. Stay tuned….

My Grammy’s Sewing Machine

Several months ago I eluded to changes coming soon to Paula Manning-Lewis’ studio. You’ve seen the “fab bags” I started making a couple months ago. Today, I will show you what brought about this change.

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My grammy’s sewing machine!

I inherited this sewing machine from my grandmother many years ago. Honestly, I cannot remember how long I’ve had it. For many years, it sat, collecting dust. When I finally pulled it out to start using it, it wasn’t working properly. I did what anyone in my position might do. I took the sewing machine to my mom to see if she could figure out what was wrong. At the time, several years ago, I didn’t really have any pressing use for the machine. Besides, I was always welcome in my mom’s sewing room and she has better machines, plus she has every possible tool I might need!

photo of my first jeans patch

The first patch I made, using fabric and notions I had on hand.

I recently decided that I wanted to get back to making things with fabric, basically as soon as I found Spoonflower! Once I knew I could custom design fabric with my art on it, the creative juices started to flow and I started to think of all the things I could make!

photo of my peace patch in pattern form

The beginning of the Peace patch. I drew the peace sign pattern.

I made my first “fab bags” in my mom’s sewing room, but it quickly became clear that this was something that wasn’t just a passing phase for me. I talked with my mom about what she thought might be wrong with my sewing machine and she said she would take it into the repair shop and let me know once she found out how much it would cost to fix. I told her to go ahead and have it fixed, because I wanted to use it and would pay whatever it cost. Sure, I could have bought a new machine, but I had an attachment to THIS machine.

photo of my peace sign patch in progress

Peace sign, cut out and ready to attach to the backing material.

A couple weeks later my machine was done, it just needed a simple part. My mom ended up paying for the repairs and said it was “for your birthday”. Needless to say, I was excited about finally having my “own” sewing machine again!

Peace sign in progress

Peace sign patch, work in progress. The peace sign was sewn on by machine, the flowers are hand stitched.

All the ideas in my head were now possible! So, I started researching other ideas and in the meantime I remembered my new favorite pair of jeans. These jeans have some really cool embroidered patches on them and my thought was, I can do something similar with my art fabric! I’m still waiting for my first order of fabric to come for making jeans patches, but while I wait, I’m using samples and scraps that I have on hand. So far, I’ve finished one patch and started a second one. Stay tuned for more to come! :)