Tuesday, February 22, 2011

And yet ANOTHER doodle

This art journal mostly celebrates my grandson's safe return from Kuwait.  Needless to say his mom is doing a major happy dance.

Monday, February 21, 2011

More dyeing and a necklace

 Here's some more experiments with dyeing.
I tried a verdigris technique, wrapping the vinegar soaked fabric around copper sheet.  I really love the green.
Then I made a necklace.  Formed a flower from avocado dyed fabric, a leaf from the verdigris, added some recycled chain, vintage crystals and a few pearls.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Doodle and a necklace!

This is the art journaling from yesterday.  We added the circle, kind of a mandala effect.  Of course I can't stay in the lines.


This a necklace I made from an idea in 
Belle Armoire Jewelry 2006.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dyeing! take two!

This dyeing project is from a rusty pan, some nails and bits of wire and steel wool.  It's on a silk organza - looks really cool in the light.

Next I tried the avocado peels and seeds - the color is more intense.  After the boiling process, I let the fabric sit in the dye overnight.  The sheer silk really looks good with the light shining through.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


With Avocado skins!

After reading about this here - I decided to try it.  Although pinks were expected, The color on silk is a nice coppery color.  The muslin just looks tea dyed.  I used the big, smooth skin avocados.  Now I'm saving some skins from the smaller, more "bumpy" fruits.  We'll see what happens.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


On my beach walk Saturday, I discovered some wonderful sand art
OH NO!!!!

Happy Octopus

A castle
A seahorse

Fort Feather

 And some interesting birds
Terns ruffled by the wind
Lone fisher

Old Pelican
This guy was hobbling, all alone on the sand.  He was the only brown pelican in sight.

Thursday, February 3, 2011



A friendlier critter

And my favorite walking companion, a seagull.

This past few weeks, I have renewed my resolve to go for a walk almost daily.  For a break from my usual neighborhood with it's manicured lawns and fences and paved driveways, I am seeking out new places.

The 'gator lives at a nearby park  only about a half mile from my house.  The squirrel was viewed scampering with friends at another park.  And yesterday, while most of the rest of the U.S. was shivering, I walked barefoot on the beach.

Happily may I walk. 

Happily, with abundant dark clouds, may I walk. 

Happily, with abundant showers, may I walk. 
Happily, with abundant plants, may I walk. 
Happily, on a trail of pollen, may I walk. 
Happily may I walk. 
Being as it used to be long ago, may I walk.