Monday, December 19, 2022

Strawberry kool-aid

 My first attempt using koolaid to dye wool. It is so easy! Clean wool into the saucepan, cover with water, add some heat, sprinkle a package of koolaid on the wool.  Gently stir. Simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool. When cool, the water on the pan was clear.  A quick rinse and let it dry. How easy is that!?!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

"My" tree

 It's not really mine, but I am probably the only person who checks on it each morning and many times during the day just to admire how beautiful the sky is.  When the new neighbors move in (they haven't even begun building yet), I may have to share.  It's not an especially beautiful tree, but God paints the sky and gives me such colour each day. I've thought about putting the images together into a book - wouldn't that be a lovely gift to present to the neighbors!


Monday, December 5, 2022

Dress: Air pollution

 I've been working on my, "air pollution"  dress, in my earth dress series.  It seems that I am jumping around from dress to dress to keep myself interested and motivated.  This one is too hard to stitch on at night - grey and black are just too difficult to see, even with good lighting.  I prefer a nice sunny day and it looks like that may not happen for a few days.  For now, I'll put it aside and work on something a little more cheery! 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Finding VanGogh

 I do enjoy finding VanGogh studies using mixed media.  We took a cruise on September and found wonderful art on our ship:

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Fresh water

 My earth dress series is slowly progressing.  It began as a slow stitch project, but now deadlines are popping up. A friend has volunteered to write a magazine article, another friend is looking for the perfect place to exhibit and another keeps feeding me with new dress ideas.  Yes, the project seems overwhelming at times.

Fresh Water Dress is currently on my work table. Green beads and stitching... over and over... slowly, I stitch and think.  I ❤️ the colour contrast. It is finally looking good to me.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Playing with food

 Some days, this is all the art I get done.  I call it, "hexi-rice".  

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Grackle invasion!

 We've had 2 days of huge bird flocks circling our house. They seem to swarm from the front yard to the back for hours. One can't help but notice as they are so noisy! 

After photographing, I made a quick stencil to record this amazing day.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Gelli addiction

 I am in Fodder School 2 this year.  I'm sure I already have enough prints and fodder to keep me busy for years, but the temptation was too great.  

I did make the decision to work with fabric along with a bit of paper.  My reasoning - I would actually use some of my hand dyed stash and shoeboxes full of fabric I just can't stand to pitch.  Now I wonder what my end game will be. Probably boxes of printed fabric I can't throw away, right?!?

Anyway - I've been gelli printing on pieces of an old quilt that was falling apart.  I was a little frustrated with how quickly the paint was drying on the gelli plate, so I decided to go old school and make my own with Knox gelatin and water.  My first round of prints:

Friday, November 4, 2022


 Enjoyed a few hours at the Figge Art Museum with friends.  I enjoyed the Day of the Dead displays thru out the museum:

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Welcome fall

 I've seen so many beautiful trees in the past few days, covered with amazing colours. My favorite is this lone tree across from my kitchen window. The poor thing never has pretty leaves, instead I welcome the months while it is bare. A season of beautiful sunrises, stormy skies, or just a sea of blue. I do hope that our new neighbors also embrace the beauty of this solitary tree.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Fort Wayne Botanical Gardens

 When I visited Arrianne earlier this month, we spent a few hours at the Botanical Gardens.  Very nice.  I especially enjoyed the water gardens that surrounded a courtyard for receptions and social events.  There was a team setting up for a wedding, so we didn't stay too long.  (Didn't want to be put to work!)  I would like to incorporate some plants and land scaping into our pond.  Or does one call it water scaping?  

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Stitch club / Sue Stone

 This may be my favorite Stitch Club workshop! Sue Stone's "Off the Grid", has so many possibilities. 

Beth and I are planning to do a 365 stitch challenge in 2023.  Filling a grid with a daily stitch seemed almost impossible when we first started talking about it.  This project only took me a week! I kept the grids small, and repeated stitches using different colours.  I've also started a journal with stitching ideas.  I must figure out my format, but January still seems far away.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

#printinktober 1-4

 In a moment of craziness, I decided to participate in #printinktober.  My thought was that it would be a good way to prep for 2 mini workshops I'm heading up at the library. (1) stencils and (2) carving rubber stamps.  I need some samples and figured that this would be a good way to make them!  Something like, "killing 2 birds..."

Each piece used a rubber stamp that I carved during #CarveDecember a few years ago.  How nice to pull them out of the box and actually use them!

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Pleated Inkcap

 On my forest walks, I enjoy taking pictures to remind me of the beauty that I've been blessed with.  With a particularly damp season, I am delighted with the fungi that pops up overnight. Using my fungus identification app I am beginning to give my photos names!  The Pleated Inkcap, is especially short lived. The transparent look may be a challenge to stitch.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Saturday update...

 This week was fabulous! Art time with friends, quilting field trip to 5 quilt shops, invitation to exhibit my quilts at a local gallery, and quality time with mom.  Almost forgot - Jon's wheelchair ramp was installed too!  Today I'm thinking... "how did I ever find time to work?"

We leave tomorrow for a 2 week cruise.  Jon is leaving all the packing to me - this has never happened in the past.  He did manage to lay clothes out for me to handle (I rejected a few items) and have the washing machine going now to freshen fall clothes that haven't been worn for awhile.  

My pile consists of art supplies and my favorite hiking boots!  Luckily, I have a good idea of what I want to take!!!

Off to work on my very long to do list....  

Friday, August 26, 2022


 Not a weed a really gave a second glance in the past, but I recently read that it makes a lovely dye.

Oh my goodness, yes! The photo doesn't tell the story very well. It is a lovely blush colour that reminds me of the beautiful dye obtained from avocado pits. I also remember getting a similar colour from fern leaves.  What chemical is in all three to make this fabulous dye? I'm not a scientist, but now feel the need to do more research.  Where else can I find this colour?