Laughing Dog Arts

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


I finished another beaded heart today.  I went back to the more traditional shaped heart as you can see.  I am finding that I enjoy making these better when I am making them specifically for someone.
Here is a close up of the charm I used, I shall call this the Goddess Heart.
Also I am continuing to make these fabric hearts, which I intend to give as Christmas gifts.  I'm getting a little faster at them, these are #2 and #3, Love and Cherish.  They are rather like a combination of my beaded hearts and my dooleybobbers.  I am still experimenting with the heart shape, but I'm liking the shape of Love.

On "Cherish" I used old lace, some vintage fabric, sequins and beads, with hand embroidery.  There is a little angelina fiber too. When the light catches this one just right, it looks like it has tiny electric lights on it, due to the sequins.
"Love" is using more lace and vintage fabric, a velvet heart with a shell-like green heart on top, beads and hand stitching.  Oh yeah, and a tag from a tea bag, that says something on it.  Maybe you can read it if you click on it.  Okay, I'll tell you, it says "When God made time, He made enough of it."  Celtic saying.

I hope you all are staying safe and warm.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for taking time to read some of my posts and to follow along with my artful musings. I appreciate that you do, and especially when you have time to leave a comment.  I wish you all of the best that this season has to offer; generosity, kindness and love.

Be well.
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Flowermouse Design said...

Your hearts are extraordinary and so personal. I love them so much. What a creative mind!!!

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A big hug and a wish for a merry christmas!!!

Heloise said...

The hearts are wonderful especially the fabric ones. I like the quote on the "Love" one as I feel I do not have enough at the moment.

artymess said...

Love these hearts Jan especially the love one .........xx

maggi said...

Beautiful hearts Jan.

Marie S said...

Jan, don't you just love the heart shape? It is one of my favorites.
I like that you called it the love shape.
I adore all the hearts you are making the ones with the words on them are just wonderful too.

I hope you are staying warm and cozy.
Love and hugs.

Susan said...

What patience you have! The beaded heart is beautiful.

audrey said...

I am loving these fabric hearts, Jan. I especially like the one that says "love". They are beautiful when finished, but I like the fact that you are putting love into them while making them. You continue to create and give me the inspiration to do so. 2011 is going to be the year I let my creative juices flow.
Beautiful hearts, Jan.
♥ audrey

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Ooooo, Jan, these are so nice! I still love the beaded felt hearts, but also like what you've done with the stuffed fabric ones.
Of course, I'm just a *bit* partial to hearts anyway... ;-)
Lovely work!!!


sjmcdowell said...


Your newest beaded Heart is lovely. I like the name Love shaped heart as well.

Your stuffed hearts look like so much fun to are so creative my friend. always a pleasure to stop by your blog!

Warm Hugs,


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Linda in New Mexico said...

Jan: each one of your hearts has a joy all it's own. I just love beaded, stuffed, all of them. The Olde Bagg, Linda

Marlene said...

Jan, I have missed getting here and seeing your amazing work. The beaded heart is lovely and perfectly named. The fabric hearts are fun and will great gifts for those you are making them for.

yoborobo said...

I love your hearts! They are simply beautiful. :) You are on to something with these, my friend. I can see them hanging in a little spot on a wall, or from a light fixture...a lovely love reminder. Happy holidays! Pam

Anja said...

Yes that is a good idea to bead a heard for someone you know one can see, fell the difference. It is such a nice heart and the charm is exclusiv. Your fabric hearts are looking very creative, everysingle one unique. Lot's of snow outside inside warm, but soon snow will disapear again. Thank you that you share your selfmade treasure with us.

dosfishes said...

Your beaded hearts never cease to amaze me, just fabulous, and the cloth hearts, so rich with detail.
Wonderful gifts all. xox Corrine

Robbie said...

each of these are just wonderful!!! The beaded ones, of course, are my favorite but I love the so called
dooleybobbers' hearts too! Very nice, Jan!

Elena said...

The goddess heart is beautiful. You are so talented! And thanks for your comment on my blog. I think I would have picked up the quilt and walked out. Hee hee! Anyone would be lucky to get one of your creations.

Perlenkatze said...

Jan, I love all your hearts. My favorit is the firth one.
Lot of love

Silke said...

Oh, Jan, your hearts are so gorgeous!! Just wonderful!! I hope you are having a most warm and cozy and a very Merry Christmas!! Hugs, Silke

sjmcdowell said...

Merry Christmas to My Friend Jan!!!!

Love and Hugs,

Susan and Family!!

Linda said...

Your hearts are so beautiful Jan...such perfect gifts.