June 18, 2013

April 20, 2013


This is a drawing done by my very talented daughter. 
I want to let her know she is amazing in many ways!

April 14, 2013

March 12, 2013

Creativity within

This is the second year of "the zine project" with my seniors. I loved making a zine again and at once a year that is a commitment I can handle.

February 20, 2013

Water dreams 10

Finished the tenth block for water dreams quilt. On a roll ...

February 11, 2013

Quilted memories

Using rusted fabric and tea bags I continue my quilted memories series. I found layering was necessary to cover the dark pencil marks. A final covering of dryer sheets pulled the layering together.

February 08, 2013

Alone with NEMO

What a wonderful storm...
There is no one home (a rarity)
Down to the studio and what do I see
Using a free form foot on the sewing machine

adding a few stones to the water, or eddies, or tide pools... not sure

then some tea and rust studies with encaustic...

My own TIME

This week I read Patti Digh's blog about a hands free life and felt an overwhelming connection.  I then proceeded to unplug facebook from my phone until furthur notice.

I have sooooo many things I WANT to do and find little to no time to do them.  Thank God my sister schedules "craft day" with me.  That gets me out of the house and working creatively.  We all need more of that.

January 18, 2013

Bundle unwrapped

After two weeks I unwrapped the rust bundle. This experiment went well. This cloth originally was soaked in poke root. The rich berries turned the cloth to a bright purple. However when I rinsed it on the line it faded to a dull brown. Yuk. Then I wrapped it around some washers and rusty birds I picked up at an antique store. I added a tea bag to see what I might get. Here are the results of the experiment.


Tired. Worn.

January 17, 2013

Snow day spent sleeping

A blanket of snow. Head cold. Cozy

January 13, 2013

Mary Beth Shaw

While deciding to get back to creativelyanew the blog I was doing some housekeeping.  While there I noticed I had some unanswered comments.  To my amazement I had won a contest put on by Mary Beth Shaw, for her book "Flavor for Mixed Media." 

I answered Mary Beth and realized that the opportunity had come and gone.  However to my delight Mary Beth went ahead and sent it to me anyway!  What a gracious soul she is and when I received it in the mail I was giddy.  What I have read so far it is a wonderful, inspirational book.  There are artists that have inspired my work as well as some new ones I haven't heard about.  I highly recommend this book if you  enjoy working in mixed media.  There are a lot of interesting techniques and ways of looking at the medium.

January 12, 2013

Summer Fun

Over the summer I had been wanting to try rusting fabric.  I had collected rusty objects especially washers and finally went for it!  Sometimes we I procrastinate because I don't have all the details on how something should be done. So I took some old cotton fabric and wet with water, then placed the object in the center.  Next I folded the fabric in thirds and thirds again. I then added white vinegar and let it sit.  After a few days I unfolded the fabric and gasped at the amazing results.

January 06, 2013

Day 5

Happy to be working on art again! Organizing the "water dream" quilt out of discarded denim jeans.

January 04, 2013

Day 4

Well posting everyday didn't work. I did finally get the blogger app for my phone and sync it! Now posting should be much easier!
3 years ago I was inspired by Jude Hill and her marvelous cloth. I collected my husbands ripped jeans and slowly have been mulling over ideas to incorporate the many pair into a giant cloth. Up until now I've only sewn two 10 x 10" squares. Tonight I have 18 squares with two more patterns sewn. They are simple but I think they will work wonderfully. If I can keep up the momentum I may even get to assemble them. Only time will tell.
Thank you Jude Hill for your inspiration.

January 03, 2013

Day 1

Meditate. Check
Gratitude. Check
Declutter (desk) check
Art. Check

January 01, 2013


Wow! I have not been around for a while on blog land.  I gave up blogging back some time ago to concentrate on family life.  The computer seemed to suck my time.  I am contemplating restarting this blog up with new focus. time will tell.
If there is anyone out there HAPPY NEW YEAR!