Thursday, September 21, 2017

Journal Week #38

The prompt this week was abstract using alcohol inks.  I made a happy mess.  I used a sample piece of wallpaper and found the coating on it made it easy to move the inks around.  There is no quote to go with this page.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am enjoying my slow stitching.  This month I decided I would just let the stitching happen.  I am using silk charmeuse as a base and I am using some beautiful silk threads that were gifted to me by a dear friend.   Love stitching with silk!
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch

Sharon is taking a break from Take a Stitch Tuesday but she is still posting great stitching instructions.  Here is my go at the  Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch.  I love the beaded stitches!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I heart Macro

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and attention.  Buddha
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Pushing Forward

Okay, this piece really did need to be the full circle.  I was encouraged to finish it and I am glad that I did.  Well, it still needs to be quilted but the tedious part of stenciling is done.  I put on a good podcast and figured out a better way to stencil with the Gelatos so the time flew past.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Journal Prompt #37

This week the prompt was the sea.  The quote I used is by  Anne Morrough Linburg from her book Gift from the Sea.  The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.  I love being near water.  It is so relaxing to me.  

I completely enjoyed creating this page.  I am trying to look past the obvious problems with it and just accept it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am not sure where I am going with this.  I used metallic Gelatos to stencil this design and then got distracted.  My intention was to stencil this design two more times to make a full circle.  I am leaning towards doing that but I am concerned I won't remember which colors I used.  Plus, it was a bit tedious stenciling all those small openings.  Still, it would look better to have a full circle.  Then my next question is what will I do this?  I guess I could just quilt it or add beads or?
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Stitch 100 is the Drizzle stitch.  Love it!  I added a bead to the end of mine.  I think they look great.  Beads make everything better.  This is the last Take a Stitch Tuesday for the year but Sharon B
promises to start up again in the new year.  I am so grateful for all that Sharon does for the stitching community.  She is so talented and generous.

Monday, September 11, 2017

I heart Macro

One who knows how to show and accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.  Sophocles
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Just for Fun

It was time for a break this week.  All year I have been working on projects and finishing quilts for my trunk show.  I have completely enjoyed it.  However, I really need to create with abandon where the results just don't matter.  It is good for my soul to just unleash a creative mess.
I came across a small box of fabric scraps that I have been saving for like ten years.  Time to use them up!  They were just too pretty to toss out so I started gluing them into an altered book.  The top one could possibly be a landscape and I was definitely going for a flower in the second one.  They are not great works of art but man did I have fun.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Journal Week #36

The journal prompt this week is nature.  This page was quite simple to create.  I used pages from an old hymnal for the background and some flowers I cut from a wallpaper sample book.  I love the old and vintage feel to this page.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

I heart Macro

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.  Abdul Kalam

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Stitch a Day

My August stitch a day project was done completely with silk.  It was a delight to stitch and I think it turned out rather pretty.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Journal Prompt #35

The prompt this week was to use a silhouette.  I was being a bit lazy and googled silhouette images.  When I saw this one it really grabbed me to so I printed it and added some watercolor for the background.  Not sure why I added that big strip of pink.  The quote I used says 'When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness - all good things.'

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

I think it is done.  The waterfall is beaded to my liking.  Possibly there could be some beads added into the blue water part.  If  I do decide to add beads there it won't be a lot.  Moving onto the binding and backing.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Triple Chain Stitch is the featured stitch on Sharon B's  web site this week.  I decided that I want to try the Take a Stitch Tuesday stitches with beads.  It turned out okay, not great.  I only did one set as I was hoping it would look like a flower.  It sort of does.

Monday, August 28, 2017

I heart Macro

Always be a little kinder than necessary.   James M. Barrie

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Photo Cards

I am so pleased with the way my photo cards have turned out!  They will be available for sale at the New Hamburg Studio Tour  I will be sharing space with three other artists.  Come see us on September 23, 2017.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Journal Week #34

The prompt this week was friendship.  At first, I was a bit stuck.  I have some wonderful friends.  What could I say about them?  But then I thought about man's best friend.  I know cliche but I am nuts about dogs.  Doing a journal page about the best dog ever, Farley, was a pleasure.  He took a piece of my heart when he passed almost two years ago.  I still miss him.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Last week I posted this butterfly for the green 'sinchie' challenge our guild is doing.  I received some terrific ideas and was encouraged to not give up on it.  I made a color copy of it and added some black, which is allowed according to the challenge rules.  So glad I made a copy of it to try this idea out!  I will definitely add some black details to the fabric piece.  I will also be adding some beads and sequins!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Sharon B challenges us to stitch the Feather and Chain this week.  What a great combination.  Love it!  I decided to add beads to the Feather part.

Monday, August 21, 2017

I heart Macro

'Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.' Madeline Bridges
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Stitch a day project for August

Yummy!  The goal is to stitch with only silk on this project.  Silk thread, silk ribbon, and silk fabric are so lovely to use!  Even the sound of the threads passing through the fabric is pleasing to me.

Also, I have a delightful announcement to make.  I have been accepted as the Artist in Residence at the Ayr Library for 2018!  I am over the moon excited!  It is going to be so much fun!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Journal Prompt #33

The prompt this week was to be inspired by Morocco.  I created this page featuring a photo of my sweet husband and myself in Morocco (our honeymoon).  The photo was originally black and white but has deteriorated over time.  What a shame I put it into a frame that did not protect it properly, still I do like the sepia quality to it now.  We purchased the photo from a young photographer who made his living photographing tourists.  The background I created years ago by stitching together some interesting papers.  It is high time I used it!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Grand Guild of Fibre Artists is doing the six-inch block challenge again this year.  We call them 'sinchies' because they are quick and easy to create.  Well, really they are not all that quick!  Some of us put a great deal of work into them.  This year we are working with one color per month but we are allowed to add black or white.  This is what I have created so far.  Unfortunately, the background looks grey, it is green but I did capture the shine of the transfer foil on the butterfly.  The transfer foil looks rather patchy because of the glitter.  Honestly, I am not very happy with it so far.  More needs to be done to make it presentable.  Or I may need to start over.  We shall see.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

Reversed Buttonhole Bar is the stitch Sharon B challenges us with this week.  I love this stitch.  I decided to try it with beads.  No surprise to anyone I am sure.

Monday, August 14, 2017

I heart Macro

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within.  Emerson
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bead Journal and such

My bead journal for July is rather different for me.  I wrapped beads around a piece of driftwood that I found.  Eventually, it will be attached to an altered book.  The top photo is a mixed media fibre piece I created.  Lots of texture on this one!  I believe I will attach it to the cover of the same altered book.  I just haven't found the right book to alter as yet.  Eventually, this will all come together.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Journal Week #32

The prompt this week was to create a page with hearts.  I wasn't particularly inspired.  The background is paper that I dyed a number of years ago.  I like the way the paper turned out but just never got around to using it so it was about time!  I used Gelatos to create the heart.  The quote I used says 'Follow your passion, listen to your heart, make every day a celebration of your vision and soul.' R. Pickens

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

It is now August and my July crazy quilt project is not quite finished. I definitely had some lazy days in July.  I like the way this is coming along and I just don't feel like rushing it.  Not rushing is a big lesson for me to learn. 
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Take a Stitch Tuesday

It feels good to be stitching with Sharon B again.  Life has been busy this summer!  This is my first attempt at Zig Zag Coral stitch.  I probably should have practiced first but it seemed the perfect stitch for adding beads!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Enjoying the challenge

This small quilt had its origin in a workshop.  Rarely, do I choose to finish a quilt started in a workshop.  I don't like leaving things undone but I have given myself permission to do so with workshop pieces.  However, I think this one has potential and I am enjoying the challenge of making it right.  I am going to consider it my bead journal for this month.  The waterfall is going to come to life with sparkly beads!  Fun!
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Journal prompt #31

This week Nina challenges us to use only a credit card and our fingers to create our page.  You can see the video here.  I invited a friend over to get messy with me.  We had a lovely afternoon together and this is the page I created.  I used found poetry again.  It says,
 'Beauty: Opening our eye to
where creativity dwells
a reassuring ritual
comfortable and relaxed'

I haven't played with my acrylic paints much lately.  It felt really good to get them out and have a messy play!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Another quilt finished.  This quilt is all silk, including the batting and thread.  What a delight to stitch it!  I painted and printed the silk and hand quilted it.   I am thinking of titling it "Monet Visits Ontario".
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017


I honestly never tire of being published.  It is such a thrill to me that other people like my work.  I have an article about my process of creating beaded trees.   Pop over and pick up a copy.

Monday, July 31, 2017

I heart Macro

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  Thorton Wilder
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Sunday, July 30, 2017


I know it is summer but the threads DMC provided for this challenge spoke of autumn to me.  I love my little tree!  Now I need to submit a photo to the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design for Summer of Love challenge.
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Bits and pieces

Another fabric journal page is coming together.  The base is a gelli print that I further embellished with permanent markers and Smooch inks.  I still need to adhere the paper/fabric dragonfly but I think I will machine quilt the background first.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Journal Prompt Week #30

The prompt this week was simply summer.  You can see Nina's video here.  This page was fun for me to create.  I used a paper towel that already had paint all over it.  I adhered it to my page and added a bit more collage.  The most fun part was doing some found poetry instead of a quote.  I save book pages that have been removed when creating altered books.  It is fun to sift through them and look for words that jump out at me.  I then put them together to form some sort of thought.
Now is the season for splendor
simple little pleasure,
one of those summers which
give birth
an artist
so exquisite

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Another quilt finished feels really good.  A very large leaf was printed in multiple colors to create this one.  I like that the leaf is heart shaped.  I hand embroidered and hand quilted it.  I got this quilt done just in time to show it to a senior's group yesterday.  I was teaching them how to do some nature printing on paper but they loved that it could be done on fabric as well.
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edited to explain
I paint a thin coat of fabric paint onto the back of the leaf.  Then press the leaf onto the fabric.  It is a simple process but a bit tricky to get the right amount of paint on the leaf.  It is always good to practice a bit first.

Monday, July 24, 2017

I heart macro

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.  John Ruskin
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Funky little landscape

I have been doing a lot of teaching with seniors.  Mostly the projects were designed by someone else.  I was pretty happy to be contacted by a senior's facility to come and teach a fibre art class.  I know if I was living in a facility I would love to get to do some fibre art.  The class has to be fairly simple and we won't have sewing machines.  I think this funky little garden will work as it is put together with glue.  I can see loads of room for improvement but won't do it.  There is no point bringing in a sample that no one will be able to recreate in the limited time we will have.   Plus how exciting will it be for them if they can do a better job than the instructor!?
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Journal week #29

The challenge this week is chaos.  Yikes!  So not in my wheel house.  I have to admit I did not want to put a lot of effort into this journal page as I knew I wasn't going to like anything chaotic.  I made a color copy of a coloring page for the background.  I made a color copy of the butterfly that was covered in a mess of stitches and adhered it to the background.  The quote I used is 'I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.' by John Burroughs.  I enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone especially since I can tend to over simplify things but chaos is really not my friend.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

My Crazy Quilt Journal Project for July is pictured above.  These are the first four blocks I created for the project this year.  I have put them together and I am working on embellishing those seams.  I also added stitching to the white lace on the bottom right block.  It was too stark.  Adding the stitching really helped to knock it back.  I have been considering what to do where the four blocks come together in the center.  I am leaning towards adding ribbon embroidery there.  Something needs to happen to make these block feel all pulled together.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

I heart Macro

I find the rusting of metal magical.  How can so much beauty come from this deterioration?  Admittedly some won't see the beauty.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am participating in the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design School's Summer of Love  Challenge.  It is my slow/stitch a day project for July.  Three skeins of floss were provided by DMC.  The colors spoke to me of fall and of course leaves!
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