Friday, February 16, 2018

studio 52 week 7: Fairy Circle map

I'm continuing with maps of our yard.  This week is, "The Fairy Circle".  This little finger of ground was a turn around on the walking path.  As the years have progressed, I started planting hostas and other shade loving plants.  A few years ago, Jon built a little cottage for summer reading, painting, and dreaming. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018


I'm continuing to play with my "tree" idea.  Not sure where it's going...

I know a certain friend that will say, "stitch it"... (she is correct!)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

100 Days

My 100 Days of Art is an exploration of pattern and texture.  So far I haven't touched texture and indeed may leave it for my next 100 days.  My goal is to record patterns each day for at least 10 minutes.  At the end of 100 days, I should have an awesome journal filled with ideas!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Crazy woman #24 - does she measure up?

The background fabric was a white on white with glitter!  It went into the dye pot long ago, but remained in my stash for too long!  Now, with the snow we've been enjoying, I wish I had more of the white fabric for some awesome snow dyeing...

Friday, February 9, 2018

Studio 52 week 6 - my yard

Map of my yard:

Yes -  it needs more stitch and embellishment...  These weekly maps are to be quick and without too much thought and stitching takes me way too long. 

This map would be on a beautiful sunny summer day.  Here's the yard today!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dye thickener on a snowy day

What to do on a snowy stay home day? Dye fabric using one of my fav stencils:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Inspiration: VanGogh

I hope everyone has the chance to watch, Loving Vincent.  The art work is amazing.

While in Amsterdam, I visited the VanGogh Museum and fell in love with his art.  Lucky me got to go a second time this Christmas when my plane was cancelled due to heavy fog!

As an awesome retirement gift, I received a gift certificate from Missouri Star.  I splurged on VanGogh fabric.  Not sure what I'll do with it, but for now it is in my fabric collection.

Monday, February 5, 2018


I don't know how many photos I've taken of this tree thru the years of observing it from my kitchen window.  It is across the field, safely growing in the fence row.  This pic is from August 2013.  It is hard to take good fog pictures, but this one works for me:

I started playing with ideas a few years ago to use my tree in an art project.  Nothing really grabbed me.  The best I could come up with was a digital book of my photos.  But, most of the photos are not that great.  

This weekend I was looking for quilt contest call for entries.  My tree could be a landscape quilt!

Just what I need!  Another project!!!  It may go no further than carving a stamp and having a few hours of creative fun, but I do so enjoy carving stamps.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Plaster guaze collage

I've been working on prep work for a library workshop in April.  We will be making collage elements using plaster gauze and trying a variety of printmaking techniques.  Messy fun!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Studio 52 week 5 / My yard!

During the month of February I am creating maps of my yard for my studio 52 weekly project.  This little map is my walking path back to the area we call "outback" and "down under".  Outback was an open field when we moved in.  Jon kept it mowed and planted a zillion trees, which are now of good size (after 10 years). 

This map began as a piece of lime green burlap that begged to be gelli printed.  I used a fabric glue stick to attach the paths and then machine stitched them in place.  A bit of stitch adds a layer to the pine trees outback and you can faintly see the fence on the east side of the property.