Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tis The Season For...

Since it's hard for me to create and hobbling around my studio without bumping into things being nearly impossible with my broken leg (good news no surgery will be needed) and I have a whole lot of time on my hands and a very talented photographer for a daughter I thought I do a bit of promoting for her. 

Tis the season for gift-giving, if anyone out there needs a gift idea; Brittney is offering a few of her favorite shots as prints. Professionally printed by White House Custom Color.
You can see more of Brittney's photography here.
Thanks to anyone who takes a peek. 
Brittney sends along her deepest appreciation.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Arrives Early

Very excited about this and feeling very much like Christmas came early. I received the sweetest email from the amazing staff at Stampington letting me know that my art work graces the cover which is always an honor. This issue is due out January 1st. 
I also had the pleasure of being chosen 
for the artist profile for the issue. 
I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to be featured.

And with that my next news is not so sweet. I broke my leg last night. slipped on the snow going out to get in my car. Clean break right above my left ankle. Ankle is fine, but my tib/fib is not.  I'm seeing the orthopedist this afternoon for the prognosis. Right now my leg is splinted and I am hobbling around my 2 story house trying to figure out how I'm gonna make this work. My studio is down stairs, bedrooms are upstairs, living room and kitchen/dining room on the main floor. Hmmmmfph!!!!  

Getting around on crutches is just not gonna cut it. For one thing I can't carry anything and maneuver the crutches. I'm used to being on my feet. I'm a girl always on the go so needless to say this does not suit me at all. Gonna do my best to make the next how ever many months it takes to heal to make it all work. I am not short on determination. 

In the meantime I'm gonna share that I've been slowing building another blog. One that will be exclusive for all of my personal journals and pages. I have literally hundreds of photographs of my pages so getting them into groups by journals and the pages uploaded have been an on-going process. Once I get caught up with my completed journals and get them all posted it will be easier to add my journals and pages as I work in them. I'm not even close to being caught up but now I have a great deal of excess time on my hands so might as well take advantage of it.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Twisted Sister Takes Flight 'Curious Bundle'

Twisted Sister
Takes Flight
Curious Bundle Mixed Media Journal

This slightly off beat girl emerged from the layers of fabric I started sewing to the cover of this journal. I started out by randomly stitching down layers of scrim and cheese cloth I had dyed several years ago just to see how it would look and with no initial direction other than to see what would happen. A wing started to form so I went with it and my 'twisted sister' appeared. I also embedded some fancy fibers on the fabric that I ran the length of the journal cover.

Here are a few more peeks.
Back of Bundle.
All bundled up.
Inside cover and pocket 1.
Pockets 2 and 3.
Pockets 4 and 5.
Pockets 6 and 7.
Pocket 1 stuffed.
Pockets 2 and 3 stuffed.
Pockets 4 and 5 stuffed.
Pockets 6 and 7 stuffed.
The journal is 8.5" tall and 6" wide and 29" in length when unbundled and held snug with a wrap around tie. 
I've added a total of 42 paper elements to the journal. 
Twisted Sister is looking for a new home and is in my Etsy shop. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Off The Edge

'Off The Edge'
A Curious Bundle Mixed Media Journal

Yes, another curious bundle makes it's way into the world.
So this one was created almost entirely from scraps.
It gets it's title because I used the selvedge edge I always trim off the fabric I buy; thus 'off the edge' I save the edges and use them as embellishment. As with all of the others I have recently created, each one has their own unique charm. 
So a few page peeks.
The journal is 8.5" tall (not including the additional length of the trim) and 7.5" wide and is 30" in length.
Inside cover and pocket 1.
Pockets 2 and 3.
Pockets 4 and 5.
Pocket 1 stuffed.
Pockets 2 and 3 stuffed.
Pockets 4 and 5 stuffed.
Back of cover.
This journal is now in my Etsy shop and looking for a new home.

In other news. I am excited to share that I'm a featured artist in the newest issue of Stampington's Artists' Cafe magazine coming out in December.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

'Chasing Rainbows Through A Winter Sky'

'Chasing Rainbows Through A Winter Sky'
Curious Bundle Mixed Media Journal

I just listed this journal in my shop. They've been flying away quick as I can create them. I'm having fun coming up with themes and sewing into the wee hours each night. I have so much fabric and it is wonderful finding another way to send it out into the world to be enjoyed. 

Here are few peeks at this journal.
This bundle is 8" tall and 7" wide and is 56" in length when it is fully unbundled. There are a total of 12 pockets in the journal holding 48 various pieces of paper. Each pocket has 2 plain pieces of watercolor paper, 1 paper element and 1 piece that has been painted, stained or dyed. This journal also has a wee, tiny, mini journal tucked inside  one of it's pockets. It is all held snug with a scrappy closure. Some of the fabric used for the pockets is from my own collection of pieces I have stained, dyed and colored. The entire length of the journal is adorned with vintage laces and trims from various pieces in my stash. A funky button finishes off the look.
The cover is off set from the body 
of the bundle.
Colors. On the left is the fabric that runs across the length of the inside of the journal which is in variegated jewel tones. On the right is the fabric I sewed to the jeans cover base and that runs entirely across the length of the bundle. These colors inspired the title of this bundle.
Pockets 1 and 2.
Pockets 3 and 4.
Pockets 5 and 6.
Pockets 7 and 8.
Pockets 9 and 10.
Pockets 11 and 12.
Pockets 1 and 2 stuffed.
Pockets 3 and 4 stuffed.
Pockets 5 and 6 stuffed.
Pockets 7 and 8 stuffed.
Pockets 9 and 10 stuffed.
Pockets 11 and 12 stuffed.
 I'm playing the role of a happy holiday elf busy at work creating and playing with piles of fabric across a sea of thread.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Peeking Trees In A Forest of Denim

Another curious bundle.
9" tall by 7" wide and
unfolds to 27" long and
has a total of 5 pockets.
A removable denim waistband keeps everything
bundled together.
Peeking trees in a forest of denim.
The Cover
Woven re-purposed denim.
Soft and cozy,
sporting vintage mother-of-pearl buttons.
Inside cover and pocket one.
I am in love with this fabric.
Pockets two and three with another
peeking tree.
Pockets four and five.
The back of the journal and 
more peeking trees.
Pocket one full of pages and paper goodness.
Pockets two and three filled to brimming.
Pockets four and five stuffed plump.
I've used a variety of papers for the pages I've stuffed into the pockets of this journal which include Fabriano Artistico and Arches watercolor 140lb hot press. There are a total of 25 pieces of paper goodness that include 5 paper elements, 5 pages that have been painted, dyed, stained and 5 pages that have been stitched and fabric embellished. 
This curious bundle is looking for a new home in my Etsy shop.
You can find the link on my sidebar.