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Friday, February 6th, 2009

This is what I made today.

This is “small” and “blue”

bury_d_treasure Made with My Cool Signs.Net

again with “small” on the font but this time I chose red.  At this point I realized it was the background – although it does drive the letter choice also…

bury_d_treasure Made with My Cool Signs.Net

Ok – so this was not ALL I made, but all that is completed as I type this.  Working on more valentine packages – this time for nephews and nieces!  Hopefully to be mailed on Tuesday.

Valentine birds!

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Can you see the bird in this photo sent to my exchange partner?  This was from the Cupid’s Workshop I took!  Great projects in this online class.  I did the bird a bit different-I used florist spray to color my white birds.

photo 1

I still need to  finish the rest – I want to place them in a white tree – thought it would look very spring like!


As you can see in the not very centered photos I made 3 pinks, 1 yellow, 1 blut and 1 lime green bird.  The first bird is done and has flown the nest!!!

Traci Bautista class

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

At the International Quilt Festival one of the classes I took was with Traci Bautista.  She does very interesting work and it crosses over into all sorts of art forms.  This particular class involved taking a pair of jeans and doing something with it.  Some students decorated jeans (like me) and others cut up the jeans to make other items – purses, scraves, journal covers, etc.

Some students painted on designs, others stamped/painted/combed onto canvas fabrics and then cut those up and added them to the jean fabric.  I had a blast in this class – definitely outside my normal interests.  Laura ended up with a fairly funky pair of jeans (we had bought some cheap jeans at Garden Ridge of all places in case this project did not work) from the class.  And later I made a pair for  each of the girls – Laura, Suzanne and Emily.  (After I checked to make sure they would wear a pair.  I don’t want to make something they would not wear – I would rather give them a pair of plain jeans then so they could get some use out of them. )  Oh, this time we went to Kohls to get jeans for each of them.  (Yes it also helps if the jeans fit, right?)

First photo – examples of Tracis on canvas (to the right and in the back) and a design board example to the right.

Traci’s drawings

Second photo is of Traci demoing in the sewing room.  (In the morning we were in a painting room and the afternoon a sewing room.  The day before Traci had both rooms all day so she thought that was the setup for our class.  Nope as the three of us that worked through lunch found out!  There was another painting class in the “painting” room that afternoon so we had to move all the supplies, fellow student’s works, etc. to the other classroom.  That was an experience!)

Traci demoing

Oh – and the machine she is using is the Janome 6600.  Why do I know this?  Because I have one of these.  Traci has one but as a non traditional type sewer she was unaware of the footlift!  I love those knee press foot lifts, don’t you?  Also, the Janome rep was so nice – he repositioned these machines so each person still had a place to finish their painting (there were two machines per table and since we were a small class we could each have our own table).  Why do I thank him here?  Two reasons – these machines are great but HEAVY and I was the teacher’s pet so I would have had to move them, lol.

The last two photos are of fellow students working on their projects! One is diligently (and beautifully) painting a jeans skirt, the other is positioning her painted canvas with the pieces cut into hearts (wish I had looked at these photos before doing the girls – I would have done different shapes on mine!)

jeans skirt


One of the best things about Traci is how she uses EVERYTHING!  I don’t know if you can see the painting palette of the student – its a piece of transparency film.  Or notice the canvas hearts – some have been painted/stamped with household items.  Also the other leg was done with the oil crayons and rubbing sheets.  Traci travels constantly so her art studio is normally a suitcase.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2009

So my word for the year is ACTION.  I decided I need to pick a “type” of action for each month of the year.  Since I am always in a “crafty” mood in January (and try to finish/work on something creative each day) my subword this month is “CREATE”.

And in following this process I had purchased a great kit from Carol Wingert.  She makes the best kits.  I would love to take a class from her in person sometime.  Look at the lollipop please!

Mine is done but I haven’t hung it or taken a photo yet so I am temporarily borrowing Carols…

Carol Wingert’s master version

She is so creative!  The first 5 cards each have pockets!  I love that.  Maybe now I will get to making that other kit I bought from her!

Oh sign up for her blog so you get notified when her monthly kits come out!


I will add a photo fo the lollipop in the first E later.


So my goals in January – TAKE ACTION and in particular try creating…


New Year and New Word

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Its a new year and ok I haven’t done the “new word” thing before but I have now!  Its the word ACTION.

Definition I felt fit my approach/goal for the year:

a: a thing done : deed
b: the accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time, in stages, or with the possibility of repetition

I am thinking there is going to be a lot of repetition to get a thing done, but I need to do that.

Ali Edwards has been doing this for three years now.  She has quite a following.  Its interesting to read the words chosen…there are like 1900+ people who sumbitted their words on her blog!

One Little Word 2009 & Giveaways

Happy New Year!  Off to post my word in key places!!!


Art and Soul Day 4,5 and 6

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Soldering – 3 days with Sally Jean (and Brad) I almost didn’t notice it RAINED each day.  I will say though it cleared up for the most part – but there was always rain.

For now I am just posting the photos from class – it was great.  Well it was really two classes – soldering for Virgins and then the glass house class (2 days).  There were only 5 of us in the two day class.  Boy did I ask a lot of questions, lol.  Sally Jean and Brad are both so generous with their knowledge!  Thank you!

another student foilingnumbers keep comingdoing it by the numbersnumbering the roofcreative fellow students workanother students designs - so creativemy house from the insidewelcome to my housereindeer have been herenew house outside SJnew house inside for SJgingerbread trim likeBrad’s toolschairs

Art and Soul Day 3

Monday, October 20th, 2008

This day it rained.  What a surprise.  A native did tell me that they say it rains every day in October.

So this day I took Robert Dancik’s bead like no other and then Jan Harris’s Beachcomber bracelet.

A Bead like no other – now who could NOT sign up for a class like that once they heard the title?  At least any beader/jewelery out there!  Very interesting class.  I definitely learned a lot and will try to make more of these plexiglass beads.  The down side is the saw of course, lol.  But then again that might be the up side!   After one saws a few dozen circles then sawing becomes old hat?

Robert’s work – the second photo can be opened up into a BIG shot.  It has one bead with set in items, one with a scratched and painted surface, one bead in the process of being filled with an expansion item, one bead made out of reflectors and the tape trick Robert has for holding the beads while sanding!

plexiglass lentilsclose up of lentils

Great class and fun teacher.  And as a bonus Tonia Davenport was a student in the class.  She has additional information on plexiglass (she has a great book out on it).  Two teachers in one!

The Beach Bracelet – I can’t remember the class title at the moment.  The class was fantastic.  If you ever get a chance to take a class from Jan – do.  She really tries to get you finished in class.  Since this was an evening class that meant 3 hours to do this – well she had kitted EVERYTHING for us.  How nice is that?

Jan also demo’d (and let anyone who wanted to do it) the copper charms and how to drill a shell.

Etching and coloring copper in 3 easy steps (ok a bit more but still!!!)

etched copper for charmscoloring coppersanding to see etching

And a couple photos of the classroom and my work area – the only time I did that all week!

A busy class!

my bracelet in work

Art and Soul – Day 1 and 2

Monday, October 20th, 2008

The only day of NO RAIN!!!  October 1st.  Coming from the desert its a bit of a shock to be in rain pretty much 24 hours a day.  I never really felt warm, miss that heat.  So if you are going to Portland from a dry climate – sweaters are a good idea!

So day 1 I flew in – no classes – just settling in, doing some local shopping, etc.  It was fun!

On my first FULL day at Art and Soul 1) it rained all day 2) I took a day class with Stephanie Lee – WOW!  and 3) I took a night class with Jan Harris – WOW again!

Chain Gang – what a great name for a class.  And we did way more than just chains.  The afternoon was devoted to Stephanie’s 3 chain patterns – all excellent and ones I had not learned yet.  The morning was spent on Bezels.  I have Stephanie’s book and now realize that there is way more information in there than I realized – I need to sit down and re-read the book!  The section on bezels I totally missed.

First off – Stephanie’s work is so creative.  Here are some of her class examples:

Stephanie’s bezel examplesMore of Stephanie’s stamping on the backBird Necklace by Stephanie

and My bezels – my bezels

I was using that teflon sheet and that was great.  Considering I literally had a fire inside the rectangle piece in the lower left corner.  Don’t know what I am going to do with my C (upper one) – it was what I had left over in the way of metal so I made it…could be interesting!

And that was just the MORNING part of class.  I will have to post my sample links later. Forgot to photo those!


The Bird with Jan Harris.  Originally Jan had 3 classes with this bird listed – or three versions.  I signed up for the evening – it was the only time I could fit it in and I really loved all of them.  Turns out that was the class that went so we did get to look at Jan’s other classwork.  For ours we had a full size PLUS bird.  I will have to add a photo of mine later with something to give you real perspective.  Here is a photo of Karen holding it so that might help.  And the birdcage (for a smaller version!) that Jan had for another class:

The Bird and KarenJan’s birdcage

Since I still haven’t finished my tail these are important photos – initial build of tail and then how it should finish:

Jan’s bird tail setupThe tail finished

I had to slip in the enamel work Jan did in Richard Salley’s class.  Its upside down but she did a SCENE.  WOW!

Bellatoria Exchange – what I sent!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Got packages done and mailed today for the kids for Easter.  It sure would be nice to deliver them in person. 

I also got the packge off to my Bellatoria “queen”.  That was a lot of fun.  I made everything in some way or another – mostly altering things.

I included a great card that has a woman on the cover, with a crown (of course!), saying – “The world does Revolve around me!”, lol.  Her website is

So I went with the “queen” theme.  I don’t know anything about my receiver so I had to make some assumptions -went with a mediums shirt hoping that if she was small and/or a smart dresser she could use it when painting or something to cover clothing.  If its too small I can swap it back…hopefully I will hear from Lori soon and can ask these questions (thus the reason I included my email address!).


Then I did earrings – again I assumed she had pierced ears since so many people do now.  If not I can replace it with a bracelet – but would need wrist size for that!  (Nothing is ever totally easy you know?)  You can see the stones in the above shot.  They are an opal type stone and so do not photo well so that shot is the best I can do.  But boy do the sparkle next to your ear.  I think I used swarovski purple with a finish to highlight the color.  (Isn’t purple the “royal” color?)

 I love the clothes pins that World Market puts out for Easter.  This year there were frogs.  So of course I had to make a frog prince!  He was the clip that held the “tiffany” egg package.    It was an egg decorated in the method that had put out a while ago – a plastic egg covered with vintage book paper, glittered and then wrapped with great ribbon and a button/jewel in the center.  I put the earrings inside the egg.  I put the egg inside a corsage bag (love those bags – you see thru it but it controls the gilter loss to inside the bag, versus all over the box!) and I used the prince frog clothes pin to close the bag.  Oh – I made the frog into a prince using a german scrap 6-pointed star and folded it in half, rolled it and it looked like a crown!

 And the final item – my favorite (although that crown was hard to cut and the earrings I have to admit I wanted to keep them!)…oh so the final item – I did a frenchwire rose roll pillow.  Now the pillow came from Walmart (went in to get the glue for the “tiffany” egg and came across this!) and the top piece came off making it so easy to do the work on!  I need to go see if they still have those!  I loved the “daimond” design on the ends too.  Great little pillow in neutrals!  Ok so I used french wire ribbons just recently purchased from


So my theme was all “queen”:

shirt – royal clothing

frog clothes pin – well just in case the prince hadn’t showed up yet

pillow – to rest the weary head that wears the crown of course

earrings in the egg – royal jewels stored in a royal box

And today I fixed the clock on these posts to my time instead of 7 hours ahead.

Next thing to learn on bloggins is changing the picture at the top!

Thing a day – no idea what number this one was!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

T-shirts for the girls…I was trying new paints, new stencils, new techniques and thought why not make some t-shirts that should wear to great patterns as washed.  I like the results of Lauras, and Suzannes.  I like the concept of Emilys but think I chose the wrong colors…



Suzannes – I love the little pink rectangle – Suzanne hates pink so I am “EASING” it into her wardrobe…lol.  And the way the black bled so I made it more of a grunge look.


Lauras – this one is my favorite I think.  I love paisleys.