Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's almost Christmas!

Well, I can't believe it's almost Christmas! Soon, a new year will begin.
Looking back, I have lots to be grateful for.
Looking forward, I have lots to anticipate and enjoy.

My upcoming events:

January 13th at the Northern Lights Quilt Guild, 7 pm
I will lecture on "The Random Use of Color: Opening up to Vibrancy"

Starting January 12th, at the League of NH Crafstmen, 6 pm
I'm teaching "The Art of Embellishment" for six weeks, Tuesday evenings

January 30, at the Northern Lights Quilt Guild
Teaching Methods to the Madness I

February 28th at the Northern Lights Quilt Guild
Teaching Methods to the Madness II

Spread the word, come and enjoy the creativity!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Time flies when your having fun. Yes! It's so very true. I've been pretty busy finishing up painting the sets for my daughters play and now I'm on to painting faces. Make-up! I love doing theater makeup! I have four perfomances to take care of. I'm very happy.

My daughter is the pregnant Snow White. She is doing a great job! and having fun, which is what matters most.

Well, it's time to finish up stuff at home, then head off to the theater!
Oh what a weekend!
Be brave enough to bring your life experiences into your work. There is something only you can give to art - Mary Todd Beam

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

So many ideas, so little time!

With the cold season approaching, I have so many chores I want to get done, and so many craft projects to make! I am tugged in two directions.
But I love this time of year for color outside my studio window. Yes, you caught me, I look out the window alot. How can I not? When the sun hits certain bushes and makes them glow like they are on fire! And my weathered wooden chair, looking so pronounced sitting there amongst cut back gardens. I can see through the trees to other parts of my yard usually hidden by leaves. The sunlight plays peek-a-boo!
So I start my day, with a cup of hot coffee, pondering the beauty of nature.
O.K. Time to begin another creative day.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cleaning out the cobwebs

Today I am taking apart my sewing room and getting it ready to crank. I have two more craft shows coming up and I will need to focus, thus the cleansing and reorganizing. It feels good to tidy and set things up. A streamlined studio helps the creativity to flow.

In my process, I came across this quote,

"If I do what I've always done, I'll get what I've always gotten."

I don't want to "stay" where I am. I want to keep moving forward.
I've been wearing a turquoise wrist band that says, "Challenge Yourself".
The real challenge for me is daily life, living it to the fullest, with Art.
That's where I am right now. Working hard.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wen Redmond class

I'm happy.

Saturday, I took a class with Wen Redmond. It was a great class.
She teaches strip piecing techniques that Nancy Crow teaches in her improvisations class. So it was a recap for me, but what a good time to take that again. It was refreshing and something I can use to my advantage now. This will fit nicely into my new look.

The Apples and Crafts Fair in Woodstock, VT was a wonderful experience. I sold many quilts there. I am now proceeding into two more crafts fairs. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, I will share a table with my fiber artist friend, Rosie Birch, at the Holiday Craft fair held at Thetford Academy, Thetford Vermont. Then, I share a booth with my woodworker friend, David Fall, at the Woodstock Inn's Holiday Craft Fair, Friday and Saturday Nov, 27 & 28.

Stop by to see me! : )
"Live for the moment"


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yesterday was fantastic! I was able to embrace the goddess. In turn, as promised, she was generous.

I'm creating again today. I had the usual start with the "avoidance dance" but I have transcended. I continue on track with the same piece as yesterday. I hope to have it completed tomorrow.

Back to work!

"It is the function of creative men to perceive the relations between thoughts, or things, or forms of expression that may seem utterly different, and to be able to combine them into some new forms - the power to connect the seemingly unconnected." - William Plomer

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

O.K., A panic attack in the middle of the night is pretty distressing, but better to have one several days before a deadline when there is still time to do something about it, right? Right.

So, last night my "to do" list got a subset "to do" list. I am in the fine tuning mode of the count down. The list seems so logical, too. How can that be in the middle of the night?

I am sewing right now and I love what I'm doing, but it scares me. I am scared of how it is progressing. It looks so good! Yes! Wow! What do I do now?

Oh no, I feel like I'm in the beginning stages of hyperventilation. I am afraid of my inner hidden creativity. Oh baby....don't do that! Don't go there! If I succumb, it will be complete shut down and the lights go off. I'll end up spending the rest of the day doing laundry or something mundane like that.

No! Open up and let the goddess of creativity embrace you. She is gentle. She is kind and you deserve to feel the nurturing caress of the creative spirit. Push through this, you can do it! Steady....steady....

O.K. bye.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Ah Ha! Another sunny day, distracting in all its charm. The fall colors are teasing me by peeking through my studio window in all their vibrancy! It's Fall!

Today is a get down to business day.

With several deadlines looming, I am currently preparing for the Apples and Crafts Fair happening in Woodstock, VT over Columbus Day weekend. I also will have work in the upcoming local fibers show at Creare, Etna, NH, and the teachers exhibit at the Hanover Branch of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

Time to get to work. See ya!

"The greatest challenges facing both the arts and education are how to navigate the perilous course between adventure and discipline; how to respond to tradition without either rejecting it or becoming its slave." - Robert W. Corrigan

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monoprinting on Fabrics this weekend!

This photo is from SculptureFest. Taken by Valley News Photographer Jennifer Hauck

It's beautiful outside today. I love the fall weather. It's hard to be inside doing things when I'd rather be outside. Ah, well. Class prep takes a little time....

I'm teaching "Monoprinting on Fabrics" this weekend at the League of NH Craftsmen in the Hanover NH fibers studio. It's a two day workshop, with day one, learning and day two, open studio with the instructor. I love this kind of workshop because people really get pumped up learning the process and the second day is so focussed on getting work done.

As I teach, I "see" stuff happening in the work and try to encourage my students to take a new direction. I only make suggestions, but when taken, I love seeing the student take it beyond where I imagined it would go. That's what keeps me teaching, for sure!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This is one of the first prayer flags I made over the summer. It is a monoprinted piece of sheer fabric, yellow, with a little Shiva oil stick added. The small white rectangle in the upper left corner is a poem that I printed on fabric through my ink jet printer. I sewed it on by hand. The main word painted on is "Away..."
Quote for the day:

"Remember, too much relaxation isn't a treat for you - it is self-abandonment"

- Mary Hayes-Grieco, the Kitchen Mystic

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SculptureFest 2009

SculptureFest 2009 is going on now. The opening reception was September 5th. This photo shows the Tracy Penfield dancers moving through my installation with yardage that I monoprinted for them to dance with. It was awesome!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

June 7th, 2009

Well, it's been awhile since I have stopped by here. Ah, I've been busy. Life gets in the way sometimes. My daughter graduates 8th grade this year! Wow!
I have been sewing, and Monoprinting, using the League of NH Craftsmen Hanover Fibers Studio. I'm making art dolls, pine sachets and quilts with my monoprinted fabrics. I am feeling good and positive within the process of making art. It just feels right. Here's what I'm up to....

My Upcoming events:

Wednesday, June 24th
3 - 6 pm
Hanover Farmers Market, On the Green, Hanover, NH
I will be Demonstrating Monoprinting under the League of NH Tent
I will have small items for sale, so stop by, just to say hi!

Saturday September 5th,
Opening Reception
SculptureFest 2009
I will have a Prayer Flag installation there. Come see it!

Weekend of October 10th & 11th
Apples and Crafts Fair
Woodstock, VT
I will have a booth of special Handcrafted items
Art Dolls, Coffee cup cozys, sachets, art quilts, pillows

Lots to prepare for and look forward to. Come by to see me and tell me if you read about it here on my blog.
Keep on doing! Enjoy the spring.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 12, 2009

Sewing, sewing, sewing.
I have been sewing.
It's been nice, but where does the day go?
I have made a couple things to donate to my daughters skating program. It's been a good exercise to get me going again. I have enjoyed the process. I am starting to create more smoothly now. I have "things" in mind to create, as well as preparation for upcoming classes I will be teaching.
The flyer has come out for the League of NH Craftsmen. I am teaching three one day classes in the Hanover studio space. Mono Printing on Fabric, will be held May 5th and the 16th. My Beginning Art Quilt Class is Saturday June 6th.
My life is now all about teaching and sewing, quilting and being creative.
It's really good. So, why do I feel guilty about it?

Monday, March 9, 2009

March 9, 2009

Hey there,
I had a great weekend. I was sewing, talking sewing, talking future plans, acting on future plans, dreaming of future plans. Making lists!
Now to Act.....
Today I sewed. Oh, it feels so good to be sewing. I love the process. To get outside of myself and stretch the imagination and creative side of myself. It was like a great big yawn and stretch. I feel good, I knew that I would!
So today, I moved forward. One step at a time.

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now."


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 4, 2009

Today I'm setting up my sewing room again.
When I go away to retreats, I take my lamps and surge protector and other things from my studio, so it's time to get my studio situated to work again.
Time to move forward with the sewing side of my life.
Time to make a commitment to myself.

"Until one is committed, there is hesitation,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation,
There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which
Kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
The moment one definitely commits oneself,
Then Providence acts too.
All sorts of things occur to help one
That would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
Raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen
Incidents and meetings and material assistance
Which no man (or woman) could have dreamed
Would have come his (or her) way.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now."

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1794-1832

I'm outta here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

March 2, 2009

Hey there, long time, my blog friends!
I've had quite a rocky start to the New Year. Lots of stuff happening in my life that I won't go into.

The biggest change for me in 2009 is: I plan to pick up on my quilting career and really get serious. I just got back from my sewing retreat on the cape. I'm feeling refreshed and renewed and ready to start sewing/working on some new projects. Yeah!

Another tidbit: I'll be teaching some courses this year.
I have proposed two courses for the spring at the League of NH Craftsmen in Hanover, NH. One class is monoprinting on fabric and the other is a beginner art quilt course. I am available to travel in New England, so if you know of any guilds or shops interested in having me teach, let me know.

I'll also be working on getting a website together for myself this year.

I just found out my camera is broken, so when I replace that, I'll be able to add/update the pictures here and also for my new website.

So Happy New Year!
My last fortune cookie said:
"All your hard work will soon be paid off"

I hope it's true!
See ya.