Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Postcards & the Post Office

So, I joined this online group to start getting me back into postcard, which I love doing but never seem to get myself motivated. Me & my forced deadlines... It seems like the only way I finish anything, but it works.
I finished the above batch for a generic postcard swap and got them into the mail yesterday. I didn't think I was every going to get out of there though. The postal employees had a huge discussion on they should cost to post, and then they wanted to know exactly how I made them. It was kind of funny!

Today I went to the post office to mail out some more cards for the birthday swap. More "oohs! And aahs!" Bur I got out quicker!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Art vs Packing

Okay so I am suppose to be packing to go to the Bay Area this weekend. I have a memorial service for my aunt to attend, and we leave tomorrow after work.

Instead I decided to go to the studio to create some fabric for my postcard exchange I joined. I wasn't sure where I wanted to go on these, but I found this great blue fabric that I dyed last month and dug out the ginko leaf stamp that I carved. I used lime green paint, but I think that I want to foil on it also. Tomorrow... I need to let the fabric dry. Maybe I could get it done before I leave for work.

I was thinking of ideas for the cards and I love the idea of breaking it up into color blocks. I pulled the hand-dyed red-orange and lime green... I think they go well.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pet's and Art

Izzy on Africa Revisited

Last Night I went to go quilt on my Africa Revisited quilt and what do I find. Izzy has decided it is a great place to relax.

Jesse had a plan to corral the animals... Ace, the cat, seemed okay with the idea.

But Izzy was a definite NO!

Oh, well I will just have to get use to the idea of working around them!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Winning at the State Fair

Sunflowers - Best in Division

Okay, so a fellow quilter talked me into entering some quilts into the Nevada State Fair, and once I was on the website I saw the section for knitting and decided to enter some knitted items also.

Although I entered 10 pieces 5 quilts and 5 knitted items. I only had 9 at the Fair. Number 10, my Africa revisited quilt, I didn't finish in time, but I am loving it. I made it two-sided and now I love the back, which has become the front... What was I thinking? Not only did I decide to enter an uncompleted quilt, but I decided to make it a queen size, piece the entire back and hand quilt it sashiko style. Honestly it was finished in time just not quilted. Crazy!?!

I made out fairly well for just entering on a whim.

Close Up of the Sunflowers

Although this didn't win a ribbon, I thought I would repost this with the embellishments, and yes those are washers from the hardware store.

Green Camel Wool Shrug - First Place and Best of Division
It received a perfect score of 100!

Pink Mohair Sweater - First Place

Cole's Blue Baby Sweater - Second Place

Multi-Colored Fingerless Gloves - Second Place

Monday, August 3, 2009

Second Library Show.

Okay, I hung most of the pieces on Saturday. I will post pictures later. I was going to do a series of watercolors of multi-color reptiles, but I lost my footing today and ended up doing a self-portrait... Then I repeated it in a quilt. I took another turn and am going to use the quilt as my entry for the Alzhiemer Quilt Fundraiser.

Loosing her Marbles

Self Potrait


American Crocodile

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Studio Make Over.... Guilds.... Another Show at the Library!!!!

My new studio make over. I am very excited. It is not quite finished, but at least I can work in here now. The L desk I built from a couple of Ikea pieces which were not suppose to go together, but with a little ingenuity... Voila! A huge work space for my little studio.

Next to the desk is my comfortable chair and another Ikea piece that Jesse helped me build. Thanks to Jesse I couldn't have done it without him... It weighs a ton! As I said before lots more tweeking has to happen.

Well, I took the plunge and rejoined my old quilt guild. I went to the quilt show at the automobile museum and had fun. And on Monday I went to the meeting and had a very good time. A great group of ladies, but not super adventurous. They seem to be pushing everyone to expand their horizons, which is very cool. Especially since I always felt like they all thought I was completely nuts.

Speaking of Nuts, why did I agree to do another show at the Library. Mostly I just have framing to do, as the silk-screens were done years ago, but I am doing a bunch of new watercolors for the show. I wonder sometimes what I was thinking when I agreed to do back to back shows. I am as crazy girl!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Guilt... Laziness and a Show at the Library!

Okay I started this blog last year with intention that since it was looming out there I would have to get to work and produce.... Nearly a year later, and I am finally back to working on art again. It took me making the commitment to have a show to get me back to it. No Excuses. I had to finish. And for the most part I loved doing it. Why all the procrastination? Who knows.. But I am so happy to have gotten back to it.



Bubble Heart

Frayed Heart

Open Heart

Mosaic Heart

Fluid Heart