Thursday, December 27, 2012
A quick update. I spent most of yesterday dyeing silk ribbon and today I have been wrapping onto cards and listing some on Etsy. I'm gearing up for the Tucson Bead Show the first week of February so many of these are going into a suitcase as I wrap them.
Monday, December 24, 2012
I am all settled into my new studio space and have been rearranging and working as I go. We had a whole lot of rain for 4 days and while the new space was nice and dry, the original old part sprang leaks. sigh. This spring the roof tiles will have to be taken off and new tar paper laid down which will be a time consuming ordeal. So in the midst of moving into the new space and trying to organize I had to pull things away from the leaks. I'm not going to show you that mess.
But I was able to accomplish a few things. I began putting together these garments. Things are just pinned and adjustments will be made but this is how I start.
A Cut Loose brand flannel jumper sent to me by my friend Pam. Black lacy frills and rhinestones will jazz this up.
A gently worn to softness flannel shirt with a vintage crinoline to attach. The waist will have a draw string ribbon so the waist can be cinched to fit and flatter.
Dyeing dupioni silk bias ribbon strips for the Tucson Bead Show. I'm teaching ribbon dyeing classes while I'm there and students will be able to dye their own ribbons in various colors and techniques.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I realize now that I created a link for the Hope Flag Project on my previous post that is a FaceBook page and not all readers are FB members. For those of you not on FaceBook here is all the info from Leighanna you need to know to participate if you so desire.
When I was making my hope flag I began making the rows of stitching and then decided to make 20 vertical rows of stitching for the children and then 6 horizontal rows for the adults. I didn't mention it on the previous post because this project isn't about the flag itself but about the hopes and prayers and thoughts we are sending. I hope you can find a way to send your hopes to these victims of such a tragic event. peace
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Time rushes by, really it does. Since my last post my studio got finished enough for me to move into the space. There is still work to be done on the outside but I am so happy to have this extra space. Now the issue is to find time to organize. When Michael asked me what I wanted for Christmas I told him minions (thank you Joanne T-H). I don't think I'll be getting them. I will add pictures of the studio later when I find time to take them.
I'm off to the studio today to continue with organizing as I have Carrie Clayden coming to visit me on Wednesday. We have not met yet and only just discovered each other and that we only live an hour or so away from each other. I can't wait to see what we scheme up!
I retrieved this from the internet and want to pass it along as I think there are some very valid and inspirational thoughts written here and I know my mother-in-law would agree.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Art Is You team, Sallianne and Ellen, are gearing up for next year's retreats. The dates and places are set and information is starting to come online at the website. If you have attended a retreat of this type then you know how fun and inspirational it is and if you haven't then it's time you found out.
This year when you go visit the website and choose which event you'd like to attend there is an intention button. This gives you the option to say you want to attend so when the classes come online you have first dibs! I like that. So go hit the intention button and I hope to see you in Petaluma where I'll be teaching and vending.
Click here to go to the website!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
I have spent the last few days working on my studio addition. Thursday I primed and painted the walls, yesterday I primed the cement floor, and today I will put the first coat of paint on the floor.
We had a winter storm come in which means lots of rain for us in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It also means it will take the paint longer to dry so I will probably have to wait until tomorrow to add the second coat on the floor.
Michael will be putting the trim around window, door frame and along the wall/floor. Next he will hook up the electrical in that room and remove the garage door. After that I can move in. Yahoo!
Friday, November 9, 2012
So where to donate? I just read an article this morning about how Doctors Without Borders has set up station in New York to get medications and treatment to people who have been without heat. lights, and have no access to help. Perhaps donating would help them.
Or "Join Art is ......You, Adorn Me, An Artful Journey, The Artful Gathering and Vivi Magoo Presents as we raise much needed funds for essential personal and household items for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations go directly to Family-to-Family. Go here to the Art Is You site for more information and links to donating and for an art raffle.
One more website for information and donating is New York mixed media artist Seth Apter's. He has organized artists to donate items as an auction where the donations will go to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.
I hope you can donate whatever you can to help and have a good feeling that the people in need are being helped.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I know I'm a little late in posting these pictures of how beautiful autumn is in Missouri as the wind and rain have come and blown most of the leaves away, but I have just found time to load my photos onto the computer and the time to write. I feel a little awkward posting lovely trees with sunlight glinting through them while the East Coast is looking at the massive amount of damage done and figuring out how to clean it all up. Such a huge ordeal.
When I first arrived in St. Louis I went to stay at my friend Janet's and we went to meet an old friend, Joe, at his sisters for dinner. Such a nice time reminiscing about high school days. The next day I drove to Poplar Bluff to visit my folks. My brother came from Texas with his wife and dog and it was a great time to see them all. We missed that my sister wasn't able to join us.
Drove to Big Springs at Van Buren and it was the perfect weather to walk around and marvel at the beauty. With an average daily flow of 276 million gallons of water, Big Springs has been described as both the largest single-outlet spring in the United States and in the world.
I am in Ashland now and will give my workshops this weekend and fly home early next week. This is me on the road to St. Louis.
Take care everyone and especially all those on the East Coast my thoughts are with you.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
When all is done I may plan to have an open studio, would you like to take a drive to the mountains to visit me?
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
This morning the waning moon hung distant in the sky. The days are noticeably shorter. Darkness comes at 7:30 but summer is still hanging on and sending temperatures soaring. 100 degrees yesterday. Ninety degrees in San Francisco, unheard of!
Michael and I went to Capitola at the beach for dinner to sit outside where it was much cooler than here on our hill. Cool enough the outdoor heaters were lit.
And I'll weave these crochet runners together with silk ribbons, both of which I've dyed using natural dyes.