Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

My mother gave me this little manger scene when I was first married.
Over the years I have thought of updating it, but each Christmas,
as I set up the sweet little figures, I think of my mom
and know that it is just perfect.

I hope that, as you read this, you are enjoying a very 
Merry Christmas,
Happy Chanukah,
or simply
the blessings of 
the winter season.

With love,
Judy xo

Monday, December 19, 2016

'Twas the Week Before Christmas...

I'm a bit behind in my preparations for Christmas, as usual, but so far, no panicking! As I dig through the remnants of materials used to make artwork for two different shows this Fall, I keep coming across old or unfinished projects. Here are a few I've found:

These two snowscapes, which need a few stitches
 and some bright red cardinals to complete them...

My hand embroidery, which is nearly finished.
I added some color and I'll add more stitches after the holidays…

And an older fabric appliqué, made with sheer fabrics and beads.

I'm so looking forward to having our daughter here for Christmas and her boyfriend
Jason arriving Monday. We'll have some good conversations, cooking and eating sessions,
lots of laughter, perhaps a movie or two, a visit to my sister, and some much needed advice 
from daughter to mother about my various electronic devices!!

Our tree is on the porch, away from the cats, until Christmas eve 
when we'll bring it in to decorate with treasured ornaments.
For now the lights are festive enough!

I hope that your week is going well, not too stressful
and filled with anticipation, as mine is!

xo Judy

Monday, December 5, 2016

Paper Angels and a Landscape

I really loved the little angels I made for a recent show.
I've always had a thing for angels and these were inspired
by some kraft paper doilies I found in my stash.

Since they were so much work, I decided to frame them instead of using them for cards,
and, since they did not sell, I'll use them as small Christmas gifts!

I was also pleased with the cards I made from small fused fabric landscapes.
I made the landscapes exactly the size I wanted for the cards,
had them copied at Staples on white linen paper,
then cut them to size and glued them to the front center of some
Strathmore watercolor cards I had purchased a while ago.

This one came out a bit dark, so I enhanced it with a gold pen.

If you know me at all, you know that I don't often praise my own work, 
but I felt something different coming over me this past weekend.
As I looked at my artwork, I felt a fondness for it, and a quiet
satisfaction that I am finally identifying with my own style
and it is ok.
I'm looking forward to trying some new ideas in the coming year and
I'm grateful to have this blog as a way to share them.

Thank you for stopping by.
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Holiday Exhibit

Our show was very enjoyable this weekend and
I'm so happy it's over!!
We had gridded racks on which to hang our work,
and I brought two small folding tables to place in front
with a tablecloth over them.

I hung a quilted collage piece which I've shown here before
on the back of my display.

The building was packed with people on Saturday, 

and a bit quieter on Sunday.
I explained a bit about my work to several interested onlookers,
enjoyed chatting and laughing with other artists,
but sold only two cards, which paid the fee for my participation.
A bit disappointing, but it was such an enjoyable show!

Now to move on to preparing for Christmas!
Our daughter is coming for a visit for the holiday
and I can't wait!

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend 
and that you'll have a terrific week to come.
I plan to continue blogging regularly,
so please stop by again!

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!