Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Final Piece

I've posted a photo of this piece before, but today I added some
lines of stitching to the scene, and a frame.
It is my last piece for this weekend's show.

I'll be putting my cards together tomorrow, then on to cleaning
up all the messes I've created all over the house lately!

Being in an art/craft show is a good experience - it's nice
to put your work on display, talk about it to interested people
and hopefully sell a piece or two.
But it is also a tremendous amount of work and this will be my second show this Fall.
I'm looking forward to drawing, doodling, making faces with little stories
and generally, being creative at a more leisurely pace.

Thank you for stopping by!
Hope your week has gone well!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

AEDM - Day 30!!

Here we are at the last day of Art Every Day Month!
I did pretty well, missed some days, but worked on something creative 
nearly every day. It helped that I had the deadline of an exhibit at the end.

Today I went back to my angel design, wanting to get it right.
I'm finally happy with it!

Both photos were taken at night - the second is more like the real color.
I have her on a Strathmore watercolor card and 
will make a few more cards and one to frame.
I also have another design in the works and should have one done tomorrow.

If you've followed me through the month,
Thank You!!

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

AEDM - Day 29, and Some Words about a Friend

I've been working steadily on cards and pictures for this coming weekend's show.
Today I worked on this little fabric landscape. Can you say French knots?

I've also been working on some printed cards as well as a few 
totally handmade cards. I'll share pictures soon. 


This week I received word that a good friend 
whom I've known for many years passed away 
after a hard battle with lung cancer.

Her name was Peggy and she was a wonderful mother who raised
two beautiful daughters by herself. She was also a dedicated teacher
and school principal who made a big impact on her students and her community.
I had lost contact with Peggy, but she sought me out a couple of years
ago and, after we reconnected, I remembered what a kind and generous 
person she was and what a wonderful sense of humor she had.
We saw each other again this summer - she went out of her way 
to see me and we had a lovely visit with her daughter and two of her grandchildren.
I'm writing this because I will miss her very much and I wish I had kept in 
touch with her over the years. I'm so glad that she found me again.

Her death reminds me not to take friendships for granted. There are so few people
we really connect with in the course of our lives, it is a shame to treat
these special relationships as anything less than the gifts they are.

I wish that I could tell her how grateful I am that she found me again.
Or maybe I just did.
I'll miss you, Peggy.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

AEDM - Day 27

Could it be day 27 of Art Every Day Month?
I'll be sad to see it end, but hope to keep up the creative energy
I've been feeling long after it is over.

Today I was hoping to make some wintery fabric landscapes
to have copied and to use on holiday cards for our sale next weekend.
I soon discovered, when I put them on my own copier,
that even white textured fabric translates to plain white,
and they were not very appealing.
I decided to just finish these up and offer them as completely 
handmade cards, at a higher price.
Frankly, it was a bit disappointing. I think I'm getting tired 
of preparing for this show and am anxious to get 
back to doing some different things.
Meanwhile, I'm close to being done, so onward and upward!!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

AEDM - Day 26

A bit more progress made today -
I finished embroidering and framing my last landscape,

and framed this floral still life.

I've decided to stop at these for framed pictures. I have several more to show 
at next weekends exhibit and I'm losing patience with all the details of picture framing.

There are 4 more days of Art Every Day month
and I'm planning to have fun with them!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Friday, November 25, 2016

AEDM - Day 25

After taking time off for Thanksgiving,
I spent this afternoon cutting mats for some fabric pictures
I'll be putting in a holiday show and sale next weekend.

I did this on my kitchen counter (just the right height!), running 
out to the porch every few minutes to check mat colors in daylight.
(The photos were taken in artificial light later in the day, so the colors are off.)
Tonight I'm finishing some hand embroidery on them and will frame them in the morning.
I have some smaller items I'm anxious to make, 
so I want to get these out of the way.

Meanwhile, I'm loving my Christmas cactus, which 
is blooming its little heart out!

Hope those who celebrated Thanksgiving had a lovely one
and that everyone enjoys a

Happy Weekend!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

AEDM - Day 20

Well, I'm going for full transparency here on my blog today.
 This afternoon I worked on the cut paper angel design I shared yesterday - 
I'm like a dog with a bone with this project!
She is now transformed into an older angel with eyeliner!

I'm still working on her - hence the unfinished sign.
Also, although I looked in 3 stores for more of these pretty 
kraft paper doilies, none were to be found, 
so I settled for a simpler doily, which you see below.

Now, you may wonder why I am spending so much time on this
and I'm wondering that also.
Will I use them for cards? As ornaments? As little framed pictures?
Good questions. I think I need to regroup on this project,
change those eyes, figure out the banner and call it quits!
I hope you know, as you read this, that I am
writing tongue-in-cheek,
but honestly,
some things are just meant to be "good enough"
and will never be

Hope you're having a great day!