Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, but things are happening behind the scenes. In addition to guest-blogging over at CraftCritique, I’ve been working with a designer on a spankin’ brand-new logo! Do you have any idea how difficult it its to come up with a logo? Look, feel, font, colors, design, placement….so many choices to make. However, I think we’ve come up with a cutie! In that vein, my new logo banner will be appearing here soon on the […]
Don’t miss the Cleveland Sewing and Quilting Expo March 26-29, 2009!
OK, so I blogged about the Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting show in Scotsdale AZ months ago, but Stephen Colbert also did a piece regarding “renegade knitters….”- very funny! Enjoy! The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Nailed ‘Em – Radical Knitting Colbert at Christmas Colbert Christmas DVD Green Screen Bill O’Reilly Interview
(((Please note: this item has been given away. Thanks for visiting, and read on, anyway!))) Well, I’ve got a little Thanksgiving give away for you: a book called “Fantastic Folds: Origami Projects” by Andrew Stoker. It’s chock-full of origami animals, boxes, envelopes, and other goodies. I was into making little gift boxes for a while, and now I’d like to pass on the crafty love. If you’d like it, just leave me a comment on this post, and on Friday […]
I’ve gotten back to the sewing machine- a little- and have made some pins for the ClothPaperStudio Yahoo Group swap. Our theme was “wild women pins,” but mine are more like sassy ladies. I started with my standard fiber fusion technique- layering batting, then fabric, and then sprinkling thread snippets, fabric scraps, yarns, and Angelina Fibers on top. I put down a layer of Solvy, then free-motion embroider on top to keep it all together. After dissolving the Solvy, I […]
….is the name of a new exhibit in the Scottsdale, AZ Museum of Contemporary Art. I may be getting the chance to travel there next month, and I wanted to see what was shaking in S-town. I have no idea what else the exhibit holds, but this piece by Yoshiki Hishinuma (2005) is both beautiful and compelling. (I see orchids in this piece….) Just wanted to share! (And what radical or subversive crafting have YOU done lately??)
Honey, I’m home! And I’ve brought back new pieces and techniques from my workshop with Julie Picarello at her lovely home studio in El Dorado, California. I’ll get more into details soon, but I just HAD to get some photos up ASAP of the work I produced, and my co-conspirators in class…. feast your eyes, details to follow! Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.
I took my beloved son to Half Price Books the other day. (It was his treat for good behavior at school.) While he was picking out some fresh reads, I was checking out the crafty section. I hit paydirt! I was checking out the polymer clay titles, and ran across “Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay” by Irene Semanchuk Dean. I had been oogling this book over at Amazon, but I balked at the $28.00 price tag. I found it at […]
Yesterday I attended my first-ever Ohio Beaders Yahoo Group Gathering. Wow. These wild women blew me away – with their talent, generosity, and big, big personalities! I had the fortune of facilitating the make-and-takes, and I did a version of polymer clay nametags. This is what 6 fearless beaders come up with: They belong to Cat, Evelyn, Jody, Shelley, Laura, and Diane respectively. We also had a swap, and I got a fabulous green and copper wire bracelet from Tanya. […]
So life comes full circle. A lovely woman who attended one of my classes during the Artist’s Way Retreat in 2005 is now planning her own retreat in September. Tentatively dubbed “The New Artist’s Way Retreat,” lovely Wendy is spreading her own wings and planning a weekend of creativity and reflection. I am pleased and honored to be part of her new venture. I’ll be facilitating the Madonna art doll pins. I love the pins, the process, and sharing them […]
So, the big show is done for now. I thought I’d share some pictures of my purchases, and a couple of closing thoughts. I got accosted by the NCN president and quilt show coordinator, Gini, for having a rollie cart. (Sorry, but when I came in at 8:20AM the “No Rolling Carts” sign hadn’t gone up yet.) She brusquely informed me that it was a safety issue, and a problem with insurance. So why were dogs allowed? No, Really. Not […]
Friday at the Expo started bright and early, and then went pretty much non-stop all day. This was the agenda: 7:30 AM: Up at the hotel, barely moving. I had gotten up at 4:30 AM and had a wicked time getting back to sleep. Wishing I could blow off my morning class… 8:30 AM: Quick shower and quicker breakfast later, I’m taking “Crocheted Flowers” from Megan at Stitch Cleveland. Except it’s not Megan, it’s Erica from River Colors Yarns. No […]
Well, I’m back from the sewing expo and my head is swimming. I took four classes over 2 days this time, and a good time was had by all. My good friend Nicole made the trip up from Charlottesville, Va, and showed up to celebrate my birthday with some serious girl time. Three days of shopping, sewing, and girl talk. Whoopee! For those who’ve never been to the Expo, it’s a pretty gi-gundous show. It goes over 3 days and […]
Just in case you missed Ricky Tims on CBS Sunday Morning, I’m hosting the clip here. His quilt designs are really phenomenal… which is impressive because he didn’t start quilting until he was 35! And he’s a musician. Sorry about the commercial- it’s part of the video. Enjoy the eye-candy!
I got a chance to get to the Lake Farm Park Quilt Show on Saturday – all by myself! It was lovely just to walk quietly through all of the quilts, without distractions from kids or hubby, and soak it all in. Coupla things I noticed: The show seemed smaller. I really think there were fewer bed-sized quilts this year. There were more art quilts than traditional ones. And they were fantastic. Lots of food for thought. The contributions for […]
So, ok, originally the poem said, “MEND on Wednesday,” but what the heck. I pulled out my Mini Patchfolio pattern from Craft Apple, and got to work. The first dilemma was picking fabric. Yes, I have a 5-drawer chest filled with fabric in my sewing room. But upon closer inspection, I seem to have a bazillion mini-prints and solids, and very few focus fabrics. The other thing is that I rarely buy a line of fabrics… usually just a yard […]
….and speaking of field trips I have to schedule, the Lake Farm Park Quilt Show is going on right now, through March 9th. I’ve gone every year for the past 7. Always a good time. This year, since I have some child care, I’m planning on just going by myself so I can really take it all in and even take some notes. If you are going to be in or around the Mentor, Ohio area, check out link above. […]
I love magazines. Well, crafty ones, at least. Whether they are jewelry, clay, beads, fiber…. well, they all make me happy, and get my brain moving in new directions. Yesterday I picked up a Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion. Her style is very “cutesy,” which really isn’t my thing. However, I do like her new fabrics and use of color. Anyhoo, what made me buy the magazine was the project for making fabric slippers, using only fat quarters of fabric. I […]
I love to read to my kids. I especially love to read books that have great illustrations. I have two to share with you today. The first is “Tar Beach” by Faith Ringgold. Faith is a painter who began painting and storytelling on quilts. (Yum. How fabulous is that!?!) Her artwork hangs in major museums, and she’s an art professor at U of C in San Diego. But better than her bio is her books. This one features illustrations taken […]
We had a small but mighty class yesterday at Stamplistic, and a big “Thank You” to Shelly and Alice who come to play with me! I love facilitating classes…. getting to know different artist/crafters, their approach, and the life stories they bring to the table. Fortunately, Alice and Shelly “got” the project, and brought their creative juices! Here’s what they made: I’m repeating the class on Valentine’s day…so if you want to attend, just click on link above for registration […]