Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dog days

My Sammy girl, pretty as ever, will be 13 soon.  She loves the warm weather for her arthritis but not so much for how hot she can get.  Her favorite place is the cold tile floor in our kitchen this time of year.

Her allergies have been mild so far this summer, maybe because I switched her food to Wellness Senior which she loves.

Miss P. enjoys laying under the ceiling fans doing kitty yoga's version of the 'Corpse Pose', but is still camera shy.

In between gardening and house chores....Almost done with another bag- I think I'll keep this one since it's about birds; another of my favorite subjects. It's big enough to hold sketch books and pens.
Dyed corduroy, with blue feather fabric inside, machine quilted with a favorite quote on the back: "It is good to love the Unknown"- Charles Lamb

Enjoy the lovely birdsongs and flowers everywhere.  Namaste!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My very own moat

We woke up to this Saturday, after an all-night steady rain.  I was up before 5am, mucking around in my waders  and trying to scrape the leaves away from a drain somewhere in the "pond".  A futile effort, because the storm sewer was clogged up somewhere down the line.  The water was about mid-calf, so all my landscaping was under water or floating away.  Creepy!!  I hate being in water in the dark, and it was still raining!   It finally started to recede around 9am, after the town utility service got the sewer moving again.   They are going to re-build the damn dam that a neighbor messed up a couple years ago and then things should be better.

It's the second time this week that our yard & crawl space have been flooded, but we fared much better than so many people in this area.  

Since it rained all day, it was a good time to clean my studio, and work some new projects.  I've started working in a new medium, paper beads, to make into jewelry.  I wanted to go in a different direction for awhile, but also do something more green.  It's a great way to use up junk mail, catalogs, magazines.  I still love my art quilts, but my pieces seem to be too expensive for most folks.
I've been feeling burnt out working on them lately, so even if the beads are a short diversion, I hope it will get me back in the creative groove again.

Don't forget to wear your clean undies when you go out today, kiddies!     Namaste´

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I joined the FB ranks last weekend. Maybe I'm old, cranky or both, but I don't really get it!   I think I'm just not a techno-rat.  It seems like a bunch of confusion more than anything.  Can I be excused now to go climb a tree and sit with my favorite book? 

The aforementioned Crawfordsville show was really swell, and my work looked better than I could have thought, given the lighting was bright.  Here I be, with one of my favorites, "Animal House".
Thank you Barb!  

I dressed so classy for my own art exhibit: I AMAZE myself sometimes...I'm sure I'll make the cover of Vogue one of these days.

Now I am busy insulating the crawl space of my little abode.   Anyone looking for an exciting afternoon of claustrophobia, spiders and scratching?  It just can't get more fun!  I'll be wearing my black witch shoes and striped stockings so when the house falls on me, you'll know who to look for.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Art Show - Crawfordsville, In

After months of doing my usual nothing, I finally finished my latest Fish Portrait! 

My lil' buddy Rainbow Trout is now debuting in an art show at the public library in Crawfordsville, In.,  from August 30-September 28, 2010.   Stop by and take a peak and see the other 2 artists on display.   Thanks to Diane Hammill for her hard work in getting it set up,  my sister Jill for her willingness to sit and type stuff while I sewed one afternoon, and the love & support of all my friends and family! 

More from the peanut gallery later.... Namaste

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Joseph's Coat

Summer is bringing out all the beautiful flowers in my yard and sending the bees, birds and butterflies into a feeding frenzy, and lavender sends out it's relaxing fragrance as I cut flowers each day.  Joseph's Coat is of one of my latest editions to my rose collection.  The picture doesn't come close to bringing out all the colors of this stunning beauty! It's a blaze of pinks, orange, yellow, and somewhere in between, depending on which flower you look at.  It's entangling itself with a medium purple clematis in my front garden and looks gorgeous.  I never thought I'd fall for roses this much, but they are enchanting, despite the thorns and a little extra care.  Like anything worth loving, you learn to appreciate even the difficult parts!


My main machine was in the shop for several weeks, for a much needed tune-up, so I got acquainted with my little turquoise 1960's Good Housekeeper machine.  It did really well for all I put it through each night, and despite a few tension & thread hang-ups, I'm pleased with it's performance.   The top is coming along, and I added glow-in-the-dark thread to several parts.  Neato!  My childish side is always thrilled with little bits of surprise here & there!

Take time to touch the Earth today!


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Newest piece

This a fairly large piece -5' x 6', based on a sketch I did a few years ago, and then it turned into a large drawing. I am putting the background together now, after a few weeks spent making patchwork for the letters. I hope to have it done by September, for a show I'm scheduled to have of my work. I've got to push myself hard this summer, and finish two other pieces also! If only my day-job didn't get in the way!

Oh happy day! The Sun is shining more, daffodils are starting to bloom, and the birds are singing again!

Question of the day: If you had to leave Earth forever to live on another planet, what memories about our home-sphere would you want to remember?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Run screaming into the void!

That is my plan if I don't see the sun and green grass very soon!

Lots of sewing has been getting me through long nights but I'm getting restless to be outside and touch the earth again!

I've finally getting my website up & running this year. Thanks Ted!!!

There's still a bunch to do on it, but the first page is partially up.
Here's the link:

I have a show coming up later this year, so I'm pushing to finish several large quilts. I really miss all the time I had off with my last job!

I bought a back-up sewing machine last week- a "Good Housekeeper"- from the 60's?/70's. It sews beautifully, I can quilt on it, and it's turquoise!

Well time to make the doughnuts........ Vegan of course!