March 23, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

Like many of you out there in blogland, 
I've had spring on the brain!   
I hope and pray that we actually have a spring.
I'm not ready to jump right into summer, and 
it often happens in this neck of the woods.


March 4, 2014

February 25, 2014


A journal page.  
I've got a hankerin' to call her Petunia!  She looks like she could be part of the Scooby Doo bunch. Can't you see her carousing around with Scooby, Shaggy and the gang looking for a mystery to solve?
(Luminarte Twinkling H20's, Caran D'Ache 
watersoluble crayons, pan pastels, 
pencils and Sharpies

Tootles 'til Next Time,

February 20, 2014

Snazzy Stitched Portrait Completed

At last, I completed my art quilt from Carol Ann Waugh's Snazzy Stitched Portraits class on Craftsy.  This class was so much fun, and Carol Ann is an excellent instructor!

The piece is supposed to be a self portrait.
What a hoot!

This is the picture I used for the piece.
Don't they look EXACTLY alike?
I think the comparison is hilarious!
The flip is way out of control!
I started out looking like this.
Ahhhh, perhaps my Pippi Longstocking years.

In order to be transformed from Pippi,
I had to fill that flip in with more yarn.
Now I'm thinking Barbie Gone Wild?

Oh and here I am temporarily 
hanging on one of the walls.
(commercial fabrics, thread, yarn, ribbon, Sharpies, 
Sulky water-soluble and tear-away stabilizers
fabric glue, blush, felt, acrylic paint, textile medium, 
homemade polymer clay button, leather)

My first instinct was to use yellow yarn for the text and trim.  I wish I'd have listened!  The pink looks okay but I would have liked yellow much better.

I hope you were entertained!

Until we meet again,

January 27, 2014

Snazzy Stitched Portrait Progress

I'm back to working on my Snazzy Stitched Portraits piece for the Craftsy class being taught by Carol Ann Waugh.  In the seven videos, Carol's directions are clear, easy to understand, and just plain fun!  At some point, I want to take her other classes--hopefully soon.

Here's my work in progress.
It's suppose to be a self portrait.
That remains to be seen. 
If that's the case, however, this is giraffe me.

I'm on my work table.

Again, on the worktable 
from the opposite side.
Messy, huh?
Oh well.

I'm working on my persnickety 
hair at the moment, and 
finding it to be rather humorous.  

I must say that I currently bear a 
striking resemblance to Pippi Longstocking.
Clearly something has gone awry!
Or maybe not.  

Oh, but I am having fun!  
That's really all that matters, right?

Have a glorious day!

January 18, 2014

Project Interruption

I'm currently working on a delightful class on the Craftsy site, Snazzy Stitched Portraits by Carol Ann Waugh.  I watched all the videos and I have my gal on her background, however, this project has been temporarily interrupted by a visit to Indiana to see family.  

A view of my sis and her hubby's 
two horses taken out their sunroom window.

Be back soon.
Tootles All,

January 7, 2014

2014 Word

These days it's popular to pick a word for the year.  Lots of folks do it in lieu of New Year's Resolutions and some do it in conjunction with their word.  I do like the idea of a word and have been doing it for a couple of years.  
I didnt blog them but
in 2012, my word was Simplify, and
in 2013, it was Focus.

As you can see, I journaled my 2014 word.
(Used:  Caran D'Ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons,
Artist's Loft watercolor pan paint, acrylic paint, Sharpies,
Derwent Sketching pencil, Drywall tape,
sponge stencil dabber thingamajig)
Perhaps I should Simplify, Focus, and Balance?
It couldn't hurt but mainly I think I'll stick with Balance.

Balance is directed to my average day--God, family, friends, exercise, art quilting and other creative endeavors, blogging, reading, social media and more.  I especially need more time for creativity and I will get it.  : ) 

In conjunction with Balance, I have set some additional goals.  I prefer not to think of them as resolutions.  For me, resolutions are traditional and annual, and once I blow a resolution, it's gone for the year.  It's not until next year that I approach it again and actually perform my annual sit up.  Forget that!  Unlike resolutions, my goals will be ongoing and always changing throughout the year as they are achieved or in some cases, when I come to the realization that I need to be more practical in order to be balanced.  That's when they get tweaked.   

On that note, one of my goals was to take a creative class quarterly if not more often.  Yesterday, I signed up for a class on Craftsy called Snazzy Stitched Portraits taught by Carol Waugh.  

If you're not familiar with Craftsy, they offer classes in everything from cake decorating to weaving to photography to sewing and cooking and lots more with lifetime access to the videos.  They have free mini classes too.  I've never taken a class until now, and I'm excited to get started so I'm off to do just that right now.  

Have a creatively fabulous day my friends!