Saturday, December 10, 2011

My new series

I call them Journey Guides.  Who will you choose to travel with?  And they come with different characteristics.  Joy, Fierceness and Grace are a few of the characteristics I attribute to them.  They are reminders of what you may want more of in your life.  Of this group, only the one on the far right, Skye, remains.  The others have all found good homes.  Currently you can find them at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center in the Holiday show, but after December is over, I will have them home again.  If you are interested in more information, or think you are interested in bringing one home with you, post a comment and I will contact you.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

rings, Rings, RINGS!!

Do you love rings like I do? Oh here is something great for you! I am a fiber artist, but like most artists, I also enjoy other forms of creativity. And one thing I like to do outside of fiber art is making these great "scrunchy" rings on a stretchy cord. They look more expensive than they are. I sell them for just $29 apiece. One of my girlfriends told me she doesn't travel with her good jewels anymore. She travels with my rings and then if she should lose one, she won't lose any sleep over it, she will just call me and get another "scrunchy" ring. And another friend bought one for her Mother-in-law who loves rings but now has arthritic fingers and by the time a ring is large enough to slip over the enlarged knuckles, it spins around on her finger. Not fun!! My stretchy rings easily glide over the large knuckle and then shrinks back to original size and NO MORE SPINNING RINGS! YEA!!!! My rings are for sale in Eula Boutique, 7337 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Eula is just one mile south of the Kenwood Towne Center on Montgomery Rd.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tribute to Casey

My quilt guild is sad right now.  We have lost Casey.  I posted this pic on an earlier post when I was making my name tag for the art quilting and fiber art guild.  She was a special woman and in the short time that I had the pleasure of knowing her, I could see she was a talented woman and strong.  She had fought serious illness for many years, yet cancer did not have her, she had cancer.  She had a lot more art to get out and nothing was going to stop that.  She could always make a suggestion on a project that had you stumped.  She was very curious and explored new techniques all the time and shared them with the group through workshops.  She was always encouraging to those around her.  She was just one of those people that made me glad I had the pleasure of knowing her.  Talented, insightful, thoughtful, interested.....amazing.  These are some of the words that come to mind when I think about Casey.   We miss you Casey, but we will carry on and you will be in the middle of everything we do as a guild, because you will always be in our hearts.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

RiverCity Figurative Artists' Guild Annual Show

It's time once again for the RiverCity Figurative Artists' Guild Annual Show. We will have the show at the beautiful Kennedy Heights Arts Center located just 2.4 miles south of the Kenwood Towne Center on Montgomery Road in Cincinnati, Ohio. Each dollmaker puts their own heart into their creations. Come join us for the annual show and sale!

Mehndi Anyone?

The Diversity Council at my place of employment brings many interesting events to us but one of my favorite is Dawali, the Indian celebration also called the Festival of Lights. Each year they bring in a Mehndi artist and sometimes I take part in that. I love the stylized design. The traditional dress is also inspiring to me as a figurative artist. I have been making a very simple figure lately so I decided to design one using a Bindi the Mehndi artist brought with her. She was offering them and I decided to put it on the covered button face I was drawing for my Indian doll. What fun! Someday I will make a larger figure with traditional Indian dress, but for now this makes me happy! What do you think?
By the way, she has found a good home.  Somewhere she will be appreciated and I am happy about that!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Convergent 1

My first art quilt! I figure in 5 years I will look at it and cringe, but now I am really proud of it!
The design is simple, as is the stitching. All diagonal stitching in a wavy line made that fairly simple. I used a variegated thread that was orange, brown and white, as the color of the quilt top was brown, gold and reds I was pleasantly surprised at how the thread complimented the colors of the quilt. It actually was not obvious at all that the colors weren't the same! With my first quilt and first quilt show under my belt, I am ready for more! Now I want to take some classes to improve my skills!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Last Saturday I had lunch with my friend, Carole Gary Staples, an amazing artist. Carole had a mannequin she was looking to get out of the house and I just happen to be in the market for a dress form. Julia, as I have named her, will go with me to shows when I have wearables she can rock for me. And at home, I can put some batting on her and she can be my dress form.
There is some water staining so I have decided to give Julia a "facelift". I started with a coating of gesso and will sand and gesso again. Then I will paint a new dress for Julia. She is going to be fun! More to come...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sweater Chop

Yesterday I went to the Pendleton Art Studios to the new studio of my friend, Nancy Gamon. Everyone that came brought a sweater or two and the idea was to spread the sweaters out on a table and chop 'em up to make new sweaters. Here is what I have so far. It was a fun thing to do and a good way to get out of my comfort zone. I was able to finish most of what I wanted to do, I need to put a new placket on the front and finish stitching around the "flowers" and add one more flower to the front. Thanks for a great experience, Nancy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jacket to purses progress

Making progress! If you look back a couple of posts you will see the jacket that I started with. Now I have 1 purse in progress. Notice the zipper on the back of this bag? It is the pocket for the jacket! And the chevron on the jacket in the bosom area will be the front flap of the bag. I have some lovely leopard print satin to make the lining with that I think will go great with the aqua leather bag! I am learning a few things with this bag and I think the next one will be slightly different. It's fun, don't you think?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Presto, Change-o !

I have been thrift shopping again and found a beauty! An aqua metallic leather that I want to turn into something else. So I have removed the knit sleeves and collar, as well as the front zipper. Now the fun begins!
After I finish turning this fun piece of leather into something else I will post the results. I am excited to begin!