Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Introduction to Mommy's Sewing Machine

These bean bags were my 3 year old's first official introduction to the sewing machine. She picked the fabrics and threads for each one and especially enjoyed using the foot pedal to "drive" the machine. I think her favorite part though was filling them with rice! :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Tiny Friend

My 3 year old found a little friend today.
She named him Johnny. :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My plan to CREATE

So far, so good! :)

I bought myself a day planner, and I have been jotting down at least one creative thing I did each day. I will do something creative every day, but not everything will make it to the blog. Several evenings so far have been spent working on bigger projects. As those get finished (or little things make me particularly happy) there will be a post.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Flower Tattoo Design with Sharpies

This creation is a cedar slice that my dad cut and my sister drilled holes in to add marbles as a Christmas gift. I added this flower tattoo design based on her sketch. A fun little doodle with sharpies...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I'm Back in the Studio!

I've moved and had two precious babies since my last post (a few years ago!)...and I think I'm finally ready to get back into the studio. My heart aches to surround myself with colorful materials and get back to work. So with 2015 comes the commitment to CREATE something on a regular basis. I haven't quite hammered out the details, but I do know I need to do this for myself. Maybe I complete a project a week. Or if I'm not working on a bigger project...it could just be a doodle...or an interesting photograph...or something I made with the kids...or a tiny painted canvas...who knows!...but something...even if small...every day...

Thursday, May 5, 2011

First Friday - Featured Artist

Well, I'm pleased to announce that I'm one of the featured artists for May at the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville, TN. My lampwork jewelry is on display there all month.
If you have some time, the gallery stays open later tomorrow night for "First Friday", and from 6pm-9pm there is a reception with complimentary refreshments and live music (classical music performed by cellist Anna Sanders). There are other businesses in the area that stay open late for "First Friday" as well...if you're looking for something to do. :)
The beautiful watercolor pieces hung above my jewelry are created by fellow gallery member/artist, Genie Even, and I'm so pleased with how the entire display came together! :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Fiber Art at the Art Market Gallery

I recently juried into the Art Market Gallery under a second medium...fiber! I'm so excited about this, because experimenting with fiber and beads are my two top creative passions. Being able to bring both types of work into the gallery will allow me a much broader range in my creative adventures. :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Birthday Cupcake Exchange

I participated in a little birthday swap this year, and this was my cupcake creation.

It is made from a couple pieces of felted sweaters (the bottom was the cuff of a sleeve). The "cherry" on top is one of my lampwork beads that was just waiting for a purpose. Then, after adding a few bugle bead "sprinkles", she was done!
Luckily my birthday falls early in the year and I didn't have to wait very long to "exchange" gifts. I got this fun strawberry & chocolate cupcake...isn't it yummy!
Thank you Margi, it's perfect! :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentine ATC Swap

Here are 2 Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) I made for a specific Valentine's Day themed swap this month.
Both backgrounds are needlefelted layers of wool and scrim. The wool was actually from some hand-carded blends I made a while back, and the designs were simply "doodles" I hand-stitched on them before assembling them into ATCs.
and here are the 2 wonderful ATCs I got in return...
(created by Sandra)

(created by Peggy)

It's always a fun surprise to see what people create and bring home tiny new treasures from these swaps! :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Free The Stitches - A New Blog

I have the good fortune to be part of a new blog adventure with a group of cherished friends!

http://www.freethestitches.blogspot.com/

Check it out!