Thursday, June 23, 2016

off they go




The stones from last week's grab bag are boxed up and on their way. My week with my family was filled with love and no doubt, some of that seeped into these stones. 


In other news...As I was walking around, looking for a place to photograph these stones, I heard a scrabbling noise on the tree next to me. I looked up to see this tiny guy overseeing my efforts, and it made me smile. And "Judged By Squirrels" is now my new band name.


Have a great day, all.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

a vacation and a grab bag


Vacation!
I have the week off, spending time with family at the lake.
Since the weather has been fluctuating between sun and rain, we've been finding ways to keep ourselves busy when we're not able to fish or kayak.

Yesterday I taught my gram how to wet-felt with the assistance of my youngest.
We've also been playing cards and talking, and just being together.


The rain has also allowed me some time for stitching.
I'll have a handful of small stones done by the end of the week which I'll have in my shop as grab bag stones. For those not familiar, these are small stitched stones that are purchased unseen. You aren't able to pick a certain color or design, but hopefully the right one picks you.

To make it fun for everyone, I ask that only one stone per person is purchased.

If you're interested, head to my shop and have a look. 



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

random thoughts after an absence


I don't really mind the Creeping Charlie that surrounds my fish pond. Many shun this interloper but when I approach our patch and hear it humming from the bees that visit, it makes it okay. I'm a fan of diversity, so I don't want my entire yard to be full of it, but I can deal with this much.


We took a camping trip out to the Black Hills of South Dakota last weekend, stopping in some of our favorite spots, old and new. The kids got a kick out of Wall Drug, we all marveled at the changing scenery, and were amazed at the world beneath our feet at Jewel Cave. The highlight of the trip for my wee ones was a stop at a rock shop in Hill City where they got to "pan" for gems and fossils. They shook their screens in the sluice and pulled out some beauties that they traded and bartered for hours and hours. The simple things are the best.


I was talking to my friend Heather today about balance. Specifically when it comes to incorporating art time into our lives. Though I'm surrounded by art in my day job, the opportunities for my own arting time are slim, and the balance feels off. And that's never good. I took advantage of the long drive last weekend to do some needling while my husband drove. I now have a pile of pieces, and some day, perhaps something will come of them. We shall see.


My youngest picked me a bowl of Columbine flowers today to nibble on together because when she saw the "honeysuckle" she said it reminded her of how much she loved me. Normally I encourage the kids to leave the flowers for the bees, but when your baby brings you a bowl of honeysuckle out of love, well, you reckon the bees can have some of that Creeping Charlie for now.


I've been holding on to two finished stones for some time now, anticipating that I would have stitchy time, any day now! and I could get a batch together for a shop update. Well, since that isn't in the plans right now, I've put them both in my shop in hopes that they will find a home that loves them.
This one with the pale purple beads reminds me of lace... that bit of great, great grandma's that is in my dresser drawer, the dried Queen Anne's stalks at the roadside, and the trembling webs of spiders that lace the morning grass.


This stone is also in the shop and it's just joyous. When I look at it, I feel joy. Color, excitement, joy. I hope it evokes the same feeling for someone.


The stones can be found in my shop, and with luck, I can be found in this spot with more frequency soon.

If any of you are still out there, reading...thank you for hanging in there with me. 



Friday, April 29, 2016

my happy world


I've had this chippy old enamelware cup for some time now. It originally housed a small plant, then later became a scoop for the laundry detergent. Lately it had been languishing in a cabinet, unused.
Last weekend I plucked it out and began needling.
I had seen the talented Mimi Kirchner's tiny world pin cushions a long time ago, which are housed in vintage teacups and thought they were so sweet.


I'm more suited to a chippy enamelware cup than a pretty teacup though.
So I made my own world in a cup, and it's definitely my kind of place.
There's a garden in the back yard.


And sheep. Of course there are sheep.



I suppose it could act as a pin cushion, but I think instead it will sit on my desk and make me happy.

Cheers!

Happy Weekend, all.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

making faces



I was working on an idea for a class the other day. I wanted to make some little figures inspired by the little children that help nature get its start in the spring...root children, blumenkind, bulb babies...

I ended up with simpler features on the final pieces, but not before making a few faces first.


I was fun to watch the features on these little faces change as I needled into them. I've never done faces before, but I can see the appeal.




These little flower pot children have landed in my shop, and a class for beginning needle-felters will be coming soon.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

an otter class

I'm doing a private lesson for a young girl this week who loves otters.
I wanted to make a project that would be simple enough for her that will end up looking somewhat like an otter.

I hope this fits the bill.

I thought he was so cute that I did a little photo shoot with him on his very own beach. 


I taught another (not an otter) class last weekend, my first in quite some time. I could tell I had been out of the saddle for too long as the class went far longer than its allotted time frame, something I try to avoid. The students were really wonderful, and most didn't mind the extra time, but clearly I need to get back into the swing. It's something I really enjoy so I hope to do more of it sooooon.

p.s.
During the otter photoshoot I noticed a pair of giant water bugs mating in the water and learned a lot about water bugs mating practices during the subsequent google search. Fascinating.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

a blue stone




A blue stone as repayment to a friend for kindness rendered.
Deep, strong, beautiful blue for someone who shares those attributes.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

marks and colors

Something new, totally off my normal track. Permission to play, the company of arty friends, and a workspace full of fiber art supplies lent itself to experimentation with thickened dyes on cotton, and deconstructed screen printing.






Clearly the "less is more" concept escapes me but I do really like some of these marks and colors. I don't know how I'm going to use these swatches of fabric quite yet, but the process was fun.

Happy First Day of Spring, all!

Monday, February 22, 2016

dryer ball kits for beginning needle felters


I put together some kits for those wanting a dead simple introduction to needle-felting.
Using only natural undyed wool, dryer balls help to reduce drying time when using a clothes dryer. They're good for those that are sensitive to dyes and perfumes, and though not advertised for this purpose, they make a fun play ball for kids too, as long as those kids are old enough not to take a bite and get a mouth full of wool.


The kit contains:

Full instructions
3 felting needles
A reusable felting mat
Core wool
3 colors of natural wool for the outer layer

Each kit makes 3 balls about the size of a tennis ball.

They're in my shop.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

but they're cute helpers


Home from work a little late, trying to take some photos outside in an effort to catch the light before the sun goes down completely. Not ideal, but I needed a photo of this piece in order to apply for a show.

I got a couple done and then...



Reality.
Reality comes with helpers.





(claw claw claw on my thigh to get my attention)
I had to bribe them with a piece of lunch meat so I could finish taking pics.

They've trained me well.




Monday, February 15, 2016

thank you


Thanks all who took home a stone yesterday, who had a look, who helped spread the word, I'm so grateful.

For those that missed out, I hope to have an offering for you soon.



Saturday, February 13, 2016

shop update Feb 14 2016 at 10am


I'll have a shop update on Sunday morning, Valentine's morning in fact.
I'm planning to push the go button at 10am Central time (that's Chicago time)
If you are interested, you can find the shop HERE.
Thank you!





















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