Friday, July 31, 2015

It's good to have a sewing project that you can go back to again and again. This cloth is one I started months ago, and when I needed some quiet time, I went back to it. The other day, I needed some stitch therapy, and ended up finishing it. It's time to start a new one.


 Wishing you precious moments of calm and contentment.




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Thursday, July 30, 2015

July is coming to an end, so I've put a July Special in my Etsy shop.
Three original small paintings going for a song!  SOLD


 Thank you for looking.





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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 New in my shop today.
Art on wood. The blocks are the size of Artist Trading Cards, and can sit comfortably anywhere.
The little house is on a nice piece of reclaimed wood with a sawtooth hanger on the back. All three pieces have just been listed in my Etsy shop.







 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

I'm so grateful that I enjoy sewing and embroidery, because when all else fails, it's a great therapeutic.

This is my latest stitching.





Both pieces are available for purchase in my Etsy shop.









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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

We are enjoying some beautiful weather these days, warm, dry, with a delicious little cooling breeze. Perfect for going out with the dog, sitting under the trees, and letting everything roll by -- a meditation of sorts that brings me more in tune with Nature, observing little animals scurrying by, bushes both tamed and wild, and flowerbeds filled with gorgeous combinations and colours, the variety of birds, and the trees, so many trees, most of them stretching so far up and wide that you can barely see the sky. I take full advantage of days like this, and with a dog to walk, there's no excuse not to.


 



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Monday, July 20, 2015

 This week I'm dog-sitting. Which means we will be out of the house several times a day. She'll certainly keep me moving, which is a good thing. I live in a dog-friendly area so there's a benefit for me too, getting out and meeting other dog people.





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Thursday, July 16, 2015

I like certain shoe styles from the 1930s and even more from the 1940s. It's all those old movies I like to watch...





When I was in my shoe-buying phase, there were many styles I loved and wearing them was a pleasure.

Nowadays, I dislike most of what I see. It's as if shoe designers have lost their minds. I'm not willing to tape two of my toes together so that I can wear stupidly high heels. I find open-toed boots ugly. And shoes that have so much going on, your feet get dizzy.

But to each his own.

I haven't bought a pair of shoes in years. Sneakers and espadrilles excepted. But because I'm not hard on my shoes,  those that I have are still in good shape.

 Wishing you happy feet and happy walking.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

 Mostly painting today.

While I wait for a commissioned canvas background to dry thoroughly because it will be appliqué'd and stitched, I let loose on another canvas.

I really like abstract painting because it can go anywhere, it's unpredictable, but you also have to be disciplined so that it doesn't end up looking like a mess. This is in progress...who knows where it will go.




  
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Monday, July 13, 2015

I had a little scare last night, which continued today -- I couldn't access Blogger or my blog or anyone else's blog. So I spent hours checking everything but nothing worked. I could access some websites but not Blogger and a few others like Google and the public library. So I called my Internet provider. They diagnosed the problem as something wrong with my browser. So I followed their advice and uninstalled my browser and installed an updated version. It didn't work.Try loading Chrome, they said. But I couldn't access Google or any chrome links -- they just kept timing out. I shut down and restarted my laptop several times. No dice.

So I tried to get on Staples' website to get their phone number and ask about tech support.... but their website wouldn't load.

So I went old school.
I checked the telephone directory, you know, the big fat book made of paper, and got their number. Their tech was available so I grabbed my laptop and walked down to the store. They ran a diagnostic and the problem was not the browser, it was the Internet connection. 

So I went old school.
I unplugged the modem, let it cool off, and plugged it in again.
Problem solved.

Then my Internet provider asked to to fill a form to let them know "how they did". I very nicely told them that they needed less guesswork and more actual tech knowledge.

I hope you had a much less frustrating day, and when all else fails, unplug the %$#@ modem!


 Cheers!






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Friday, July 10, 2015

Tag Friday

Featuring a tiny kitten (stamps by Paperbag Studios)

In progress

 A set of 6 is now available in my Etsy shop.

Finished

 





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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

 Today was gouache day. But first, I cut up some huge sheets of Fabriano watercolour paper. I would have liked to paint on a whole sheet -- 22 x 30 inches -- but the problem was space. So I measured and cut four pieces out of one sheet.

I painted on one sheet, but it wasn't cohesive, so I cut it up.  Result, three paintings.



 


 
 Well, the idea was to try things out and have some fun while I was at it...



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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I rarely paint alongside another artist; it's usually a solitary occupation. But when a friend whose art I love suggested we paint together, I jumped at the opportunity. So we set up a table, placed large sheets of heavy watercolour paper on it and taped them down, picked our colours, and began. It got very zen, the only sounds coming from the two doglets who were wrestling with each other somewhere in the room.


DETAIL

I wasn't sure about my colour choices at first, the blues seemed cold; I softened them with shades of green and turquoise mixed with white, which was better, but even so, I wasn't sure if I liked the result.

DETAIL
So I let it sit. Sometimes things take time. Eventually I warmed up to it and today I like it enough to show it to you.



 

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

 The Angel in the Corner.

This painting was inspired by words I read a very long time ago that always stuck in my mind. The book was by English author Monica Dickens (a descendant of Charles Dickens), whose title I forget. The lines were: ..."the little Angel Gabriel in the corner..."

I've lived with her for a while, and now it's time for her to take flight. Newly listed in my Etsy shop.












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Thursday, July 02, 2015

I collect book spines, very old book spines. The older they are, the more interesting they are.

After I made this piece, I kept the scraps. The inner pages had been used for paper sculptures.


 I found this scrap (below, left) particularly beautiful -- there are so many layers and colours to it -- and combined it with cardboard and tape on a thick sheet of paper from a decrepit Victorian scrapbook.









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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blog Hop

As a member of the  Paperbag Studios  Design Team, I'm very happy to join in the launching of their new rubber stamp collection, Dream Thicket, by Kristin Peterson.



 And this is what I created with them. I used collage, painting and embroidery.
The stamps are available HERE.













To see the beautiful creations by the Paperbag Design team, click on the links below.

 
Kristin Peterson:  http://alteredstatesstudio.blogspot.com/2015/06/dreamthicket.html
Roben-Marie Smith: http://www.robenmarie.com/
Susan Gallitto
Jennifer Stone









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Friday, June 26, 2015

Teapot, coffee pot or chocolate pot. Probably not a teapot.
 With a blue snail.

Ceramicists make fun and whimsical teapots, but I can only paint them on paper, but it gives me great enjoyment.

available in my Etsy shop


  
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Thursday, June 25, 2015


At the end of the month, Paperbag Studios will be releasing a new line of rubber stamps and, as one of their designers, I'll be showing you what I've created with them.

Meanwhile, these are photos of my tiny self, having fun on Paperbag Studios' gorgeous Art Pops™.


 



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Finding a subject in your scribbles.
Pay no mind to the scribbling; it doesn't have to look like anything. When you've had enough, step back and look at it. What do you see? It's good practice, and a good letting go exercise. It's also a lot of fun.

Once I'd finished scribbling and applying some paint, I turned the paper sideways, and I saw a boat in a busy port.




Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

One of the best tools in an artist's kit is the humble and versatile bubble wrap. It protects items from breaking, creates patterns in paint, and makes noises (snap!).



 


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I've mentioned these bags before; I tend to coffee-dye and distress them, but this time I left them to their pristine condition and just decorated them. Another use for scraps of fabric!







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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tiny collages are a good way to use up scraps. When I'm cleaning up, I sort through the leftovers; I tear them, stamp on them, trim them, and glue them. Then I group them by theme. If there's no theme, they still all go well together.

 




 
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Continuing with my stash from Austsralia, I fashioned this lovely fabric from the Vanves fleamarket in Paris into hearts. I love making hearts. They are, surprisingly, not a good seller for me, but I continue to make them.



 The three "lumps" were given some features.
"Oh, my, what strange whiskers you have!"






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Friday, June 12, 2015

How to have fun

I had some leftover modelling material that I separated into thre lumps that took on a life of their own. They are now drying, and when they're ready, they'll get a little painted nose and maybe some whiskers...


 And there's that cat again, That Darn Cat!




 Cheers to you!


  
Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If it feels like summer, it's summer.


Cat among the pigeons.....

 This tiny stamp is so precious that it's showing up all over the place.


TAGS AVAILABLE IN MY ETSY SHOP SOLD




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