Wednesday, December 25, 2013

merry christmas!

Hope your holiday was lovely and filled with cheer!  I have a couple of hummingbirds overwintering here and they've been delightful to have around.  I've been fretting about them on cold nights but they've been doing great and even made it through a snow storm.  The lights keep their feeder from freezing overnight.

Looking forward to 2014!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! And a discount for you!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Even if you don't celebrate it yourself, it's a good reminder to be thankful, I think :)

I'm so thankful for all the wonderful opportunities I've had in the past year, and all the amazing people I've met online and in person.  So to say thanks I'm having a little sale in the online shop.  Use coupon code THANKFUL13 for a 15% discount from now through Monday.  I'm also doing free gift wrapping for the hand printed accessories in the shop, example above.

Here's to a lovely and tranquil holiday season!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fall City art fair

Heads up for the local peeps:  I'm going to be showing at the Fall City Autumn Arts Faire in (you guessed it) Fall City, WA on November 16th.  That's this Saturday!  10-4, live music, things to eat, should be a good time.

I'll be there with art, of course, and some of the hand printed accessories I've been making for those people who want some art to adorn themselves and their homes!  See you there!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

new series!

 Deflect, 16x20" mixed media on paper

Pieced, 11x14" mixed media on paper

Stabilize, 11x14" mixed media on paper

These are what I've been trying to figure out for the last couple months.  There's a learning curve for how to incorporate new things and it took quite a while to figure out how I wanted to proceed.

I picked up a book at the local used book emporium about embroidery in various cultures.  The pictures are beautiful but the idea that clothing in some places was embroidered to protect the wearer really stuck with me.  I've been sort of mulling over combining stitching with figure drawings for a while and I was ready to move on from the crafter drawings.

The best way I found to embroider onto the heavy watercolor paper was to pre-punch a hole from the front (so I could see where I wanted it) and then re-poke the hole from the back so it was big enough to put the needle through easier.  I didn't really care for the look of the holes in the paper so that's why I came up with the idea of patching bits of fabric over the holes.  On 300 lb. watercolor paper the holes were sort of overwhelming the stitching.  My transfer paper works great on fabric so I thought that would make an interesting combination.  I like that using bits of fabric also gives a patchwork feel to the drawing.

I worked on all three of these at once and I think I will do them one a time in the future...that's a lot of little holes to embroider and my fingers are hurting!

Monday, August 5, 2013

new minis

That's a lot of images for some very tiny art!  

These are 4x4" minis I made to test out the addition of image transfers on fabric and embroidery thread to attach the fabric bits.

The more opaque pieces of fabric are cotton with image transfers and the sheer pieces are silk.  The silk didn't take the image transfer for some reason but if I decide I just have to have it I could always try those printable silk organza sheets.  I assume the effect would be the same.

I like how this is working on the small scale so next up will be to add it onto a larger piece.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I'm so far behind...

Uh, so remember that time I went to Portland?  For a show?  It's been a while, I know :P

It's been kind of crazy around here.  I got back from Portland and I was relieved that I could get things back to normal.  Then my mom called me and said my dad was going to need heart surgery and could I come home?  He's doing great now but that was about a week that I wasn't expecting to have to be away.  Then me and my husband went on the big vacation to Hawaii with his entire family for 10 days.  Then I got back and came down with something (apparently I can't be on a plane without catching a cold).'s some photos from Portland!  I made some simple stand-y peg boards by hinging the pieces together so they fold flat.  I had to get everything into one car because it takes about 3 hours to get there so I really didn't want to have to take a second car!  I had the scarves hung on the boards and the pillows I made on the floor in that metal tub.  I think it all looked pretty good!  I might change some of the display for my little local outdoor fair next month though...putting one of the scarves wrapped around something would look more appealing and give a better idea of how it would look when worn.

Also I've been working on something a little different for the artwork and I'm still figuring it out.  I think I like where it's going but I haven't quite worked out all the kinks and made a finished piece to show you.  But art is happening!  Just not finished work :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

more encaustics and show prep

Three more encaustics, because I wanted a few more to bring with me to Crafty Wonderland.  These are 8x8", 9x12", and 8x10".

I've got most everything put together for the's coming up soon now!  I'm in the midst of printing up some scarves and pillow covers.  I'll have some process photos to post here at some point but so far I was having so much fun printing that I forgot to stop and take photos!  I'll try to remember.