Thursday, January 2, 2020

No-Sew Fabric ART!

"Duke" Fabric on Stretched Canvas by Barbara Yates Beasley
Before Christmas I put together a 10-day series of Christmas crafts and gluten-free cookie recipes for people to do by themselves or with their child, mom, friend-- even thinking about the crafting gave me a huge jolt of creative aspiration.  I am gung ho to take that creative surge into 2020-- I will call it "my 2020 Vision."

While I love fabric art-- art quilts and the like-- I do not own a sewing machine, and confession, I am not a good seamstress/sew-er.  But I absolutely drool over the quilts I see that express feeling and perspective in much the way that artists do without other media.

So, I have been spending quite a lot of time on Pinterest lately, and guess what I found?  I found a delightful way to do "fabric art on canvas"-- in other words, to paint a picture on a canvas with pieces of fabric-- no sewing required!

Fabric Art on Canvas

Here are some examples with links to their sites where the artists tell about the process of making this particular fusion of quilting and "painting" or mosaic. 

1. The portrait of "Duke" above is a work by Barbara Yates Beasley who specializes in animal portraiture.  She describes Duke as an empathic little guy at a B&B who looks to offer a little extra loving to people who are missing their own doggies.  This beautiful piece of fabric on canvas art is not for sale, but if you go to Barbara's site here, you can see available pieces for sale and she is open to commissions for you to have your pet depicted on canvas this way.

Fabric Mosaic on canvas. Artist: Kristina Jones 2015

2. The above fabric mosaic on canvas was downloaded on Pinterest by the artist Kristina Jones.  She also has some other beautiful mosaics with public domain that you can look up.

"Red Hibiscus" by Ruth Warren
3. Above, artist Ruth Warren creates the work called "The Red Hibiscus" using both fabric pieces and tissue paper.  She tells HERE how she did the shading that was necessary to delineate the petals on the flower.

Soft Art

Work of artist Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia HERE
There is something so warm and inviting about the 'soft art' tapestries of Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia, an artist working from Santiago, Chile.  You can see a little more of Serena's soft art and a little about the process of creating it at her page HERE at Cargo


If you are like me, you want to take at least one of the pictures above and take a look at how it is done and try to replicate the process in some small way.  Let's be bold this season-- even if we don't have a sewing machine or we do but aren't inclined to sew, we can buy some canvases at the dollar store and find enough recycled worn clothing to make a start with a small fabric art project.  I'm game!  Are you?  If you do a small (or large hahah) project, please let me know and I would be so pleased to highlight it and your journey here on this blog.

All the best!  ~Cynthia



Fab DIY Chocolate Maple Walnut No-Churn Vegan Ice Cream Sunday. Click on picture or HERE

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Yummy Vegan Chia Nog Pudding

I am extending the Christmas season a tad so that we can enjoy some more of that nog flavour that we were just getting into!

This chia not pudding recipe is:

  • vegan (no eggs, no dairy). I am a vegan who considers raw honey as just nectar passed through a bee... some call us bee-gans.  Sub for the honey in the recipe with maple syrup or 4 dates.
  • gluten-free (no gluten proteins)
  • full of chia protein, which is the form that chia carbs take!
  • full of chia's pretty balanced omega fatty acids (good for the brain)
  • very tasty in that recognizable noggy way
  • sweet, but not cloyingly sweet like the commercial nog
  • can be eaten all year long or just saved up as a Christmas tradition


  • 14 oz/414 ml   full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons  raw honey or maple syrup or 4 soft pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon       ground cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons      vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons   chia seed (or 10 tablespoons chia gel*)
(Makes 2 large puddings or 3-4 smaller servings)


  1. If using chia gel, about an hour in advance, stir about 2 cups of water into 1/2 cup of chia seeds in a mason jar.  Stir well to keep seeds from sticking and then put into the fridge.
  2. If using four dates to sweeten, combine the following in a blender: coconut milk, dates, vanilla, spices.  Process until well-mixed.
  3. If using raw honey or maple syrup, combine the coconut milk, sweetener, vanilla and spices and stir in a heavy-bottom saucepan over low heat to bring all elements together. (Do the same with the blender mix using dates).  When heated (but not boiling), remove from the heat and stir in the chia seed or chia seed gel until smooth throughout, and spoon into a serving bowl or individual cups.  Refrigerate for about 2 hours for a perfect blend of ingredients and the best nog experience of the season!
  4. Eat when set!  Use your favourite Christmas garnishes-- picture shows a garnish of dried cranberries.  Puffy coconut whip would be a dream.  Raisins would go well with the nutmeg-cinnamon spiciness.
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