Monday, October 31, 2005

Monkshood Flowers

The monkshood flowers are in bloom - and well worth the wait!

Monkshood Flowers

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Stash Sunday (10/30/05)

Here is a piece of fabric I have had for years. I bought 1/2 yard just for inspiration because I liked the design and the strange color combination.

Tribal Print

Friday, October 28, 2005


I’m sitting here at my desk with a new cat on my lap. Some neighborhood children brought her to DH and said she just started hanging around their house a couple of weeks ago and, because she fights with their cats, their parents were going to take her to the pound. So, naturally, old “easy-touch” DH took her and said he’d try to figure something out. DH has never met a cat he didn’t love. And she is just about the most beautiful cat I’ve ever seen. She has long gray fur and her tail is like a plume - and she is extremely lovable. With her large body, long hair, huge feet and sweet temperament, we are guessing she must be at least part Maine Coon. We’ve named her Graycee.

She is in quarantine downstairs in my studio until we get the results of her blood tests – and until we get Huckleberry used to the idea of yet another cat…

Just look at those sugar lips.


Monday, October 24, 2005

Freezer Paper Print

Here is a little sample of a freezer paper print on prepainted fabric. I made a template from one of my sketchbook drawings of a sensitive fern.

Freezer Paper Print

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Stash Sunday

In keeping with the Halloween theme, here is some orange lace that I inherited from my mom’s old stash. I used a little bit to trim the sleeves of my rabbit doll, Louise (April Archives). Still have lots left…

Orange Lace

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Uriah is Going Home...

I sold Uriah on EBAY last night. I hadn’t really planned to use EBAY as a venue. But it’s so exciting! I worked on a couple more Santas today and hope to have them finished soon.


And I still haven’t done my lesson on painting on fusible web and I really want to do that. And this week’s lesson is printing with jello – don’t ask! It looks pretty interesting, though, I must say…

Below is a little sample of monoprint painting. This was an alternative sketch from the Fiber Collage class (which is being taught again in January, I think). This is a time-consuming process, but great fun! And I can see where it could be a useful method of printing on future projects. I will finish this piece with embroidery and beads at some point.

Monoprint Painting

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Stash Sunday

Well, I just joined yet another Flickr group! Will the fun never cease? This one is called Stash Sunday. In this group, every Sunday, we are supposed to share photographs of treasures from our stash: fabric, buttons, trims, etc.

Here is a handful of vintage twinkle buttons. I love these and use them on my Santas and other fiber projects.

Vintage Twinkle Buttons

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Trying to Catch Up...

It’s hard to believe it's mid-October, already! I need to get a few more Santas done! Yikes! Where has the time gone?

I’ll be working on dolls and trying to catch up a little on my monoprinting course over the weekend. I’m working on monoprint painting (what fun!) and a project from this week’s lesson, painting on fusible interfacing. No wonder I don’t get much housework done…

Here is another scanned page from one of my drawing books. I’ve been going through the drawings, trying to find images that could maybe be simplified or stylized and used in the future for some of the printing techniques I’m learning.

Nature Journal Sketch

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Cats and Clutter

I just joined a new Flickr group for people who are, for lack of a more polite term, domestically challenged. It’s called “Creative Clutter Creatures.” Here is a glimpse of my work desk taken the day before yesterday. Right below is DH’s desk (in a separate room) taken later the same evening.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Jersey Tomatoes

These tomatoes were painted with watercolor washes on regular old sketchbook paper. Each successive wash (if allowed to dry thoroughly) just strengthens the paper. It took me years of trial and error to figure that out – D’oh!

Nature Journal Sketch: Jersey Tomatoes

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Frottage Print

Here's a print I made for Lesson 2 of the monoprinting course.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

More Sun Prints

It's been so warm and sunny the past few days - here are a couple more sun prints just for fun...

Monday, October 03, 2005

Erasmus is Going Home...

Erasmus was auctioned last night on EBAY (through Mission Fish) to benefit HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) to help in their hurricane relief efforts. It was just something he had to do…

EBAY waives their insertion and final fees when you donate 100% of your sale price to your chosen cause. And you just can’t beat that EBAY adrenaline rush – woohoo!

Erasmus with Tag