Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fabric Play

At last - finished and hung! This is an "Instant Art Quilt" started last spring. It is from a class by Ellen Lindner. Great fun to do.

And, inspired by Deb's banners - I made a Christmas "JOY" Banner.

What fun to have such a creative daughter! Here are the banners Deb made for me:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I don't believe it!

Yes - I glued beads, something I said I'd NEVER do! But I am prone to break all the rules, even my own. This first one has pearls and plastics, buttons, beads and a buckle.

Here's one that I used fused glass pieces and painted the grout silver.

And finally - the really ugly one. Pottery dish pieces made the grouting really difficult!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Birds and other critters.

I found this "slowpoke" exploring the materials on my worktable on the back porch.
This is one of my favorite regular visitors. This little froggie and friends are frequent visitors to our front porch.

and here is my "Bird- Day" party. Fun, Funky folk art birds. They are made from recycled wool clothing. Each one carries a message such as "happy Bird day", "for my tweetie", "congratulations love birds"

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Beware of Thrift Store Pants!

OK - so I bought this really cool pair of pants at Goodwill. Linen/cotton blend - lots of pockets. As I was getting ready for an Art Show yesterday, I found out why they were so cheap. The elastic was sprung! Every time I put something in my pocket they slipped a bit further down. But they were perfect in every other way, cool, comfy, lots of pockets and matched a nice oversize T-shirt I wanted to wear. So with a dozen safety pins to the rescue, off I went to sell some wares.
Then it rained! Wet fabric is much heavier than dry. Fortunately I managed to get things packed and loaded up before they fell off.
Since I still really like the pants, I guess I'll replace the elastic, install a drawstring & get me pair of suspenders before I wear them again.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


A beading group at our rock & gem club gets together once a week. As a result i'm totally hooked on beads - again! Above are some examples. Freeform remains my favorite technique, but I do occasionally follow a pattern.

Monday, August 31, 2009


I decided to decoupage an old metal office cabinet. There's certainly emough random papers in my"art room" to do it! Here is the work in progress.

And here is my workspace - the floor.I learned the following:
Tear up your papers first - gluey fingers & torn paper are a real mess.
Fingers make a better brayer than the real thing.
Use good quailty paper napkins - the cheap ones roll into little balls & stick to everything except where you put them.
It takes two-and-a-half times the papers that you estimate.
It's good messy fun! My kind of art. Messy and random.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Here's a couple of little clutches I made using old cassette tapes and a skein of yarn each. Each one has a vintage button for the closure.
The idea came from My Recycled Bags, check it out.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

An honor

Ellen Lindner, Adventure Quilter, has included my nature quilt in her gallery. I made it in a class she taught our Weaver's Guild. She is a great teacher and offers on-line classes. I still need to finish the other two projects from on-line classes!

Check out the gallery here.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Art Bundle Part 3

I moved it to a potted plant in the front yard last month. Today I opened it - not too much change. There was a funny little bug living there. I evicted him. So, I don't think I'll try this bundle again, maybe a different one later.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Supplies as Art

Today, when I went outside to clean up from my mornings painting project, it struck me that the supplies were an art piece themselves! The group included a T-shirt paint rag, a palm frond, stamp I had made and of course paint and brush.

And here's a piece of fabric I rust dyed. Turned out better than my previous effort.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Art Bundle - Part 2

I opened the art bundle today - - see post of May 14.
There's not t lot of change. Some rust and the flower blossoms had withered. And a tiny spider rode in on it.
I re-wrapped it (minus the spider) and placed it in another location for another month, we'll see what happens.

A perfect Monday

and it's not over yet.

Beach and Breakfast - at Grills at the port - great food and view:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

She'll be back . . .

. . . I know - because she left her shoes

Deb has flown back home to Texas. What a perfect Mother's day week. we laughed, created, ate & drank wine. We dyed wool and stamped paint on fabrics. We shopped thrift stores and made 50 cent skirts. We walked on the beach.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Almost complete kitchen

It's done! Except for the floor. I LOVE it - it's brighter and has more room.

Weathered art bundle

I have made a random object bundle of "stuff" to weather in my yard for a month.

First the bundle open, And then, hanging on the fence.

It contains a rock, two shells, a sample of countertop, some basket reed and fibers, a couple of oleander blossoms, rusty nails and a piece of driftwood. It is wrapped in a paint rag and enclosed in a plastic mesh bag. I'll open it next month & see what time and the weather has done.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fabric Fun

Last weekend I attended the Florida Tropical Weaver's Guild conference.
The workshop I took was Art cloth taught by Jan Navales. A link to her website is on the right. Check out her great fabric art.
Here are some projects from the class.

This is a Round Robin. Each student printed on the other's fabric.

Screen printing - The bottom panel is printed on a block printed background

And these two are discharged - on black commercial fabric and hand dyed green

Stained glass mosaic

It hangs above the sink.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More on kitchen progress

Deb and Matt hard at work.

Ready to have a meal in the new kitchen!

Still to be done: Tiling and finally a new floor.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Kitchen Progress

Now that Deb & Matt have come & gone - here's an update. Cabinets are in, countertop on. Still to be done: Tiles and cabinet hardware.


Demo . . .
More to follow!