Dick and I have made some big changes for the year to come!! We are downsizing to free us up to do the things we have always wanted to do ..... that is.... free to travel, spend more time together, follow His lead for new adventures, no more retail store after 27 years, more time with kids, but still MORE ART and probably some sewing classes for girls ..... that is a dream right now ..... but the ART won't stop, it will be here on the blog as soon as we finish remodeling our NEW/OLD smaller home about 20 miles away. SO STAY TUNED ... we'll be having a big sale and beautiful house and property SALE in the SUMMER!! MORE FREEDOM ON IT'S WAY!!! WooHoo!!! And THANKS for all your support the last twenty seven years in my shop!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013


 it is a backyard celebration of this class....with birds flying and banners too awaiting the guests!!

How it might look framed...hmmm?

Here is saluting the flag. I kinda cheated because in my search for memory panel pages I found an old print of a flag I did years ago to look like a pieced quilt. So I cut out the letters and stripes and blue section and it really needed to be brighter and bigger (spoiled by the pinwheel!) so I took my trusty Caran d Ache water soluble crayons and enhanced the dull colors. Then I cut out some little drawn and colored stars I made and sewed them on like I did the letters.  The balance of the arrangement is OFF but my sewing machine was so stubborn with this flag that I was just happy to get the letters on at all!!  I kept breaking needle and knotting thread!!  I am not thrilled with it but it's okay....maybe not using the old print. Would have been more funky!!  Happy flag day... June 14th!!!!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


I just thought I'd show you what's been going 'round!  We have done our third or fourth project in a hoop!  I had a BIG hoop!  I added a button to the middle with the threads that were left as tails.  Next will be a memory sheet. Oooo it is late.....2:30am!  Yawn. Blessings. Enjoy!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

DO I CUT IT?!?? YES...YES...I DID!!!

How do you like my new brush cleaning jar!?  On sale at TJ Max. 4.00!  The lid screws on plus you can't knock it over!  Love it!
This is before I did the last cutting!

It rained all day and I was anxious to continue to create some art. But my work area became so crowded I was knocking things over, so  I decided to clean up for the week of more SEWN Classes coming up....and in cleaning that area of boxes still packed from our move  I found old wallpaper and lots of my old art and doodlings  I can use in paper fabric making and also to put into my visual journals!!  So cleaning was productive and I added onto this piece.  Which now I am going to cut into three strips and rearrange!! There are old local postcards and my art plus vintage paper but mostly just painted papers. Enjoy! And blessings to you!
An old frame that MIGHT work on this one....would like to add some big words on top.....thinking!!

Friday, July 19, 2013


This afternoon was productive and quiet with no little visitors. It rained so everyone stayed home which gave me much time to play with more painted patterns, arranging,picking colors etc. I am supposed to cut them again, but like them now,  BUT DO I OBEY the teacher?....I do want a star on my paper! Ha....The lampshade is still where it was for another day but these things I cut and sewed today has ideas popping into my head!!  Enjoy!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013


I DID FEEL AND EXPERIENCE IT YESTERDAY CAUGHT IN THE DOWN POUR OF RAIN...... It was glorious.  The DROUGHT has not only been on the land, but in my heart. Sometimes I am so busy trying to be what others expect that I miss what is before me.  I have sooo many questions lately and yet .... I need no answer....doesn't make sense but I just want to be still and watch the birds ... one of His most satisfying creations!! Also, I am still doodling .... and I saw this quote today on a blog.  I can't take credit for it but loved what it said and it is what I need right now. "ART WASHES AWAY FROM THE SOUL THE DUST OF EVERYDAY." And today I need the dust washed away. It has gathered for awhile. Being bathed....the POST I refer to often is below in APRIL, 2009. I was exhausted and sitting on my old porch....one of those memorable days that fed your soul.  And in looking at that post, I need to plant a peach tree, a few more roses, and build a porch here in my new spot.....then be still.  Plus more bird feeders and baths!  Hope you have a blessed day .... and at least KNOW that God DOES love you.....right where you are at!  He yearns for our heart. Below are pictures of things from the years past that have made me feel bathed in His love...and lastly is getting to do my art....the zinnia says..."Hold on, Let go.".....Til tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


It is not on the lamp it will go on..just a post....I am sweating this one out!! If it doesn't work, I can make it into a garden hat!! I wonder what my new neighbors will think!! Ha...LOVE this class with Mary Ann Moss!

The following photos are of two 6x9 journals, the inside ready to doodle in, from cut strips of the painted pattern papers and then the upcoming project I am trying by sewing angled cut strips of my patterned papers to form a slip on lamp shade for a lamp I have with a white shade.  This shade should just sit on it covering the white shade and with the light on will hopefully be pretty and able to make some of the colors glow.   Watch for the finished project soon. As we continue to sew paper fabric with our painted patterns!