Monday, December 27, 2010

A Conversation Heart

Hello, and welcome back to my blog! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and that your New Year will be equally great.

Personally, I like New Year's Eve better than Christmas. It's, shall we say, more relaxed. No gifts to get ready, no food to prepare (other than what hubby and I will eat) and no pressure.

Speaking of gifts, I made seven of these Conversation Hearts for family and friends this year. I  learned how from a class taught by the amazing Tammy Gilley. Each  heart featured hand embroidery (I still can't believe I did that!), buttons from my good friend Linda Schultz at, beads, a silver angel charm, hand-dyed seam binding from Memrie Marie and cute little paper forget-me-nots from 32NorthSupplies.

As a result of the class, I've become interested in crazy quilting. I'm  not precise enough for "real quilting" but crazy quilting leaves me a lot of latitude!

Enjoy your holiday, and have a happy, healthy New Year!


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Art and Soul 2010


Welcome back, or welcome to those of you who are new to my blog!

I will start by saying I'm not the best blogger in the world. In fact, I'm rather laid back (and more than a little behind in my posts). I've been back from Art and Soul in Hampton, Va., for more than a week, and am just getting around to going through the many photos I took while I was there. I have three to share with you today.

First, upon arriving at the tea party on Wednesday night, May 19, I immediately spotted a red-haired woman across the room. And I do mean red! Orange red. She was heavily tattooed and bejeweled, and I whispered to my friend Erin that I thought the redhead was one of my favorite authors. Indeed, it was Rice Freeman-Zachary, author of Creative Time and Space and several other books. She's one of my Art Heroes, and she and her hubby, the Ever Gorgeous Earl, were at Hampton on assignment for a new book tentatively titled Creative Destinations. I introduced myself to her, and we had a lovely conversation about writing and my destiny. Seriously! She gave me something interesting to think about: What do I really, really want to do for a living?

I need to think about my answer...

My first class was with the wonderful LK Ludwig. We are not related, but I've been told we look alike. (I've also been told I look like Jack White, but that's another story.) The class was "Natural Beauty," and we learned how to do gelatin monoprints, to print on metal mesh, and to incorporate our photographs into our journals. LK brought her beautiful journals to share with us. My attempts at monoprinting turned out tolerably well, but the mesh printing was very difficult and I think mine turned out more like Rohrshach tests than like the ferns and leaves they were supposed to look like!

This is an example of my monoprints. They were done with an artificial zinnia (left) and a maple leaf (right). Not bad for a first try!

This is one of LK's journal pages. I love the simplicity of her designs. I just ordered her new book, Creative Wildfire, from, and I can't wait till it arrives.

Well, that's it for today's show and tell. I will return with more photos and stories as soon as I can. Until then, stay well and stay cool!

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Time Has Come...

Now that spring has really arrived, I've decided to launch my new blog. I'd like to share my artwork, including some of my photography, with my readers, and hopefully make new friends in this vast, wonderful world of ours.

Bleeding hearts are one of my favorite flowers. Dicentra spectabilis comes in pink and white, and though I have planted several, I have never had any success in their behaving as a perennial. In other words, they never bloomed the following spring, but died a quiet death. I wonder why? They are supposed to be hardy in my region. I've tried both pink and white, to no avail. Maybe they are not so hardy after all.

In any event, I hope you enjoy this photo, and my blog.