Friday, May 27, 2022

creativity round up for the last week of May


welcome to this week's creativity discussion... the photo is a mug rug about 7" square, from a jungle scrap. It was made when zen stitch workshop was going on to practice the zentangle quilting technique

Basically you stitch a square, then when you come back around to the start, put your finger at the bottom of that line and aim to stitch straight to your finger's width away from the bottom right corner. Turn, do that again, over and over til you meet in the middle. It's interesting but felt tedious. 

I am calling this my table scraps challenge for May, because it's in RSC color of forrest/sage green and IS a square. 

I started this project for my table scraps challenge piece because of the center squares but it grew! and grew and grew. I will go ahead and show you that I got this top done this week. I'll share all the details when it's quilted, how I made the individual bits and pieces...but it's all from scrap bins

"Leaf Study" is about 26" X 32 "
and was like putting a puzzle together making it all fit. I hand embroidered this leaf during the zen stitch workshop so I hand embroidered it to the surface with a superior variegated thick thread...

and am considering beading around it after I finish the machine quilting. LOTS of quilting to come with pretty threads, then beads, yum!

two of three banners got sewn together, and just need to figure out how to sew the crocus to those...

I used forest and sage green scraps for the monthly twinkler block too

5 months of scrap colors so far... the pattern is free on SuperScrappy blog (for 9" block) and I plan to make 12 blocks if all goes well, then decide how to set them. 

I've been doing two concurrent workshops online, which gets me painting but not always what the prompt mentions, lol. This was a prompt to paint something you usually do but with new materials or new techniques. My sketchbook is just thin regular paper...

I like portraits from my imagination. I made note of what I used differently for the larger one, and tried to keep it rough, sketchy and odd colors. Then we were to do it again with our usual style and materials.

I was surprised that I liked both styles... never know til you try. Lots of abstract pieces painted this week but I don't particularly like them. They don't start from a concept or self expression, so they kind of leave me cold. I shared one set Thursday on the I Like post. I learn something from each attempt

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Liz Gilbert said ideas swirl all around us, wanting a person to use them and make something... and we are the only ones who would use them the exact way we would. If we don't make the object/story/food/dance/music  then it will never be made our way. What a loss.

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I have two workshops coming up... lots of learning ahead.Good thing they coincide with days too hot to bake... or do housework

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

I Like Thursday #298


welcome to my crazy world
 I'm not even going to start on the troubles in the world... instead welcome to this week's list of likes 

part of the Louise Fletcher workshop this week, I'm exploring abstract work:

including trying a portrait with unusual supplies and approaches...more on Saturday's creative post

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 thank you to the friends I talked to this week, Cindy, Diane, Joy and for the first time the wonderful Kathleen at

I quilted this week but also repaired DH's torn jeans. I mended them with cut up denim, and lots of stitching, and re-hemmed them. Glad to do it honey.

After reading my post on how much I like games on AARP's site, this site sent me an invitation to visit...

and oh my gosh.... so many fun games, and I now go there when I want to escape. I love all the mahjong, the hidden pictures, the scramble words, just explore...

 Baking up a storm

peach blueberry cobbler
 we had some cool days after it went from 90's to snow last weekend, so we baked a lot of things and froze them. Okay we ate all of the peach/blueberry cobbler, and are eating the bran muffins, and quiche this week as temps head back up to 90 in the mile high. 

home made whole wheat bread becoming a veggie burger sandwich

 Our house holds heat, the ac doesn't cool the bedroom, it's always lots hotter in there because sun beats down on that side of the house all day long. So we don't use the oven more than is necessary when it's hot. 

on tv... so many shows are having finale's that I'm wondering what's left to enjoy on tv at night, so while I enjoyed all the shows this week, it's kind of sad...

 I already owned this book but like many on my art shelf, haven't really used it but now that I'm doing the Messy May prompts for May, have a renewed interest. I want to try many of the chapters

Collage, Paint, Draw: Explore Mixed Media Techniques and Materials by [Sue Pelletier]
see it here on amazon



 reading on ebook   I love this series by Ellie Alexander

listening to on audio books. It is so well read I recommend listening to it, as well as being an engrossing story


I've been painting and sewing a lot this week and watching video lessons as well as exploring on my own. Apparently even if I could take the vaccines, they are ineffective against current variants so I remain in seclusion. Sanity calls for diversions.  I take part in Kelly Blaser's free meditation/yoga/writing seminars free in May and first week of June (Sundays) and will be doing a free painting/drawing workshop starting in June. 

But for now, these videos made me happy

Here are a couple of them

are you a writer or a creative soul? I loved so much of this video, and wrote quotes in my calendar from it:


 a nanny's work is never done... we are all responsible for each other

I love this couple... I love swing dance and miss going to dances at Glen Echo in DC...

Milo's Moment

Milo: Mooooooommmmm! Don't show them that! 

Mama: sorry darling... I wanted to get a pic of the snow last weekend, when mercifully our temps went back to usual for a few days, and then noticed you! 

Milo: well, it's life and that's what we talk about here... I like that Daddy has my back when I'm occupied like this... but am worried about all this dandruff in my hairs!

Mama: oh you joker! you shook off that snow right after you came into the house, as usual. 

Milo: heh heh, don't you think that cooler weather deserves a fresh pumpkin oatmeal cookie? In fact, cookies for all my friends! 

Now sit, stay and visit these people to read what they liked this week

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

creativity round up for the week


amid pieced blocks I added in an applique stem see?

This week has been full of art making and learning in many forms. I spent time in studio one working on the "growth" piece, as well as making a row (36" X 5" tall) of stems for the crocus piece. While sewing these I just look at contrast, use scraps which sometimes leads to 1/8th inch finished stems, color and line. 

I start with an idea, stems, and then let my artistic soul make the work. 

I watched several videos this week of interviews with Liz Gilbert and Ann Patchett, and jotted down quotes, but one statement resonated with me a lot. Liz admits to being very fearful, as am I (as are a lot of thinking creative smart women in America today) but says she has 1% more curiosity than fear so she creates. 

me too

I have a design wall that faces the door in my tiny studio sewing space, and see my latest projects as I walk in. This week I see two green works "growth" which has become approx 21" wide by 30" long by adding in tiny scraps one by one. The other "crocus" has become three long banners but I'm deciding how to join them. 

Both pieces made from throwaway sized scraps that to me are beautiful

see the little frogs? and that stripe?

I sew components together and put them on the wall, and often notice meaning showing up, as in the above section... to me it feels like a greenhouse, flowers and trees arounnd it, a path leading to it thru trees, the dab of red above the "Cyprus" tree finishes off the point, totally serendipity. A choice of botanical batik scraps fills in and leads the viewer to my intent, an organic piece about growth.

I realized I write, paint, cook, and sew in the same kind of additive process. If I notice while sewing an area will be short, I stop and sew in a piece (to bridge) and when I cook I taste and add in a seasoning or ingredient,  while writing I get it all down on paper, then go back and edit adding in, changing, or deleting words, while I paint I can amend a painting with ink

"FLY"  after a video by Louise Fletcher on being free with paint
as in the above painting, done as a lesson in being free with paint starting with no concept at all

I scribbled with neocolor 2 crayons, then brushed sideways with pure water on a wide flat brush which created an interesting strata. I went over with the stabilo chubby stick in black and water... then tombow markers and more water. stamp acrylic black with bubble wrap, scrape acrylic white paint with a palette knife, then at the end, add in small drawing of water lilies

It's too messy for my style but I learned what I liked doing, what I like seeing, and where to go next.

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 around one painting, I added in a R. Henri quote, The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state where the art becomes inevitable. 

 yes,  my goal is to remain in a state of the possible, the "what if", all that area outside the box that holds possibility

on the other hand, DH brought me two shirts this week both of which had worn out collars. I cut one up for scraps, and saved the buttons, (16 of them!) . The other one is my favorite of his shirts
IZOD with just the right weight and color and preppiness

not wanting to let this go I thought, it's just the collar... heyyyyyy I love Irish collarless shirts what if I turned the color inward to cover the worn part, and stitched along the collar lining... and dang if that didn't work a charm. Simple and a look I love reminding me of the 1900's 

I took time out to make a monthly color block for the RSC


In recap I am taking advantage of a free workshop by a group called Messy May, with daily prompts for journaling. I started a free painting course with Louise Fletcher on Friday and that will go on for 5 days. I enjoyed listening to a brilliant author discuss creativity and overcoming life's obstacles (on youtube)

I drew countless zentangles of botanicals in my sketchbook, sewed, wrote articles, baked cakes and made dinners with ingredients to hand, and sewed for hours while listening to two books being read to me. 

It takes a lot of will power and activity  to overcome the bodily pain, the climate change to extreme heat and wildfires, the neighbors who all seem to have bought loud muscle cars and park them next to our bedroom window, the threats of gun violence and willingness of so many Americans to believe someone with a personal agenda for power,   over facts... the continuing threat of a virus that would kill me (and my allergy to the vaccine) The hate that surrounds me instead of finding the magic brought by diversity if only we could see it. I am doing my best to cope and feel at times misjudged because I get cranky and don't fit in to the  anti environment anti science people around me. Or invisible as I slowly fade away because I am an aging woman in America. 

I stand with those women who want to be treated with dignity, who want control over their bodies and to be respected for what we offer.  I feel so powerless so I turn inward and create art... for me. 

I hope you like it too.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

I Like Thursday # 297


welcome to this week's list of likes, focusing on the positive not all the worrisome things that happened.

The above sketchbook rendering was a result of watching two wonderful women on video, LINK HERE  Elizabeth Gilbert and Martha Beck discuss life and living it with integrity as women. They said the caterpillar must liquify itself in the cocoon to emerge as the butterfly it was meant to be. 

I painted and drew a lot this week, with my friend Joyfulquilter, using prompts

and tried this from a favorite teacher, Diane Antone (tutorial here

speaking of beautiful things...

I love the blog: Beatrice Euphamie  and she had these quotes this week along with so many beautiful home images of decorations and food and landscapes

"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

"Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-

"Reputation is what men and women think of us;
character is what God and Angels know of us.
-Thomas Paine-


 Me waking up every morning

Fine Baking

orange cake

for birthday month... orange cake by preppy kitchen which I won't link to as it had NO orange flavor

and the wonderful chocolate cake that is pure indulgence

which this pic doesn't do justice to...that's a thick layer of icing...( moist and decadent but easy to make

listened to a couple books but this is currently playing in the studio

and reading this 14th installment in series on ebook. Please don't request it as I need time to read it!!!

 we enjoyed watching this stage production on PBS

 Anything Goes

Great Performances

Anything Goes

Sewing News more on Saturday's post

I love my baby boy... the irrepressible Milo

check back with me later... it's been too hot to do anything!

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