Sunday, August 30, 2015

the best laid plans

The last batch of promised stones have headed out the door, a couple of days late. I did a good job of stitching every day, even when work and life blew up, but getting them shipped out took a couple of days longer than I had hoped so I'm reluctant to list more stones until I have them finished, wrapped, and ready to go.

In other, "well that didn't go as planned", news...I had hoped to have my exhibit open on Sept. 18th but I've pushed that back too. For now, anyway. I have high hopes that this fall will bring some closure to outstanding issues and some calm to schedules both business and personal, and then maybe... A girl's gotta hope, anyway.

Ah, life.

a stone in a tree

A nearly-dead poplar by our driveway, and a stone that hadn't turned out quite right, met this week.

The woodpeckers have already been at work on this tree and no doubt it will fall in an upcoming wind, as poplars are wont to do.

I'm not so sure the carpenter ants were that thrilled with the art piece I offered them. (you can just barely see them on the left side, checking it out)

But there it is, until the wind or the saw decides otherwise.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

me in Rug Hooking Magazine

I was contacted by Rug Hooking Magazine a few months ago to write an article for their Beyond Our Borders feature where they share the work of fellow fiber-lovers who don't work in rug hooking, and I got my copy in the mail this week. I think it's a cool concept, introducing people to forms of art that complement their own.

My friend Lynn mentioned that she thought it was interesting how many artists she knows who are known to work in one medium, and migrate into other areas of art. Artists are often dabblers, aren't we? More than that though, I think that when we migrate (or dabble) we bring those other skills and techniques from other mediums with us, and it gives our work more dimension.

So there you go. When you need to justify why you're taking up a new art when you have already immersed yourself in're just adding dimension to your work. (I plan to use this to justify my stash of wool when I take up pottery one day. Dimension, baby, DIMENSION.)

Anyway, back to the point, the feature turned out lovely and I'm just thrilled that they had me. If you see this most recent issue on newsstands, give it a look, won't you?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

a spontaneous trip

I've just returned from a spontaneous road trip to the north shore with a little bit of sunburn, a bag of rocks, and some amazing memories. We visited the Soudan mine and physics lab, jumped from cliffs into the Temperance River, climbed Gooseberry Falls, and wandered the lake shore. It was wonderful.
I will be mailing off this week's stitched stones tomorrow, as today I am headed back to work and even though it's already 8am I'm still in my pajamas, perusing photos.
Better get a move on.

Oh, did I mention I found some rocks?
Have a fabulous week, all.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

for the pleasure of doing

A day off of work yesterday gave me the freedom of mind to spend it as I wished.
Granted, I did some house stuff, and a tiny bit of work stuff, but I also did this.
A wool bowl, for the sheer pleasure of doing.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

acorns from an Oak

A little bit of fun. Wool acorns in an...Oak.

A quarter a piece for the curious soul who encounters this gumball machine in The Crossing Arts Gift Shop. They would be pretty easy to overlook, assuming that they were regular gumballs, but I'm hoping some people will give it a closer look.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

week one completed

Week one's stones finished...

...and soon to be on their way to their new homes.

And now on to week two.

Hugs for the weekend, friends.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

stitching has begun

Thank you to those of you that have agreed to help me keep my stone-stitching underway. I've got a few stones in my bowl already.

I was on the road back "home" to Illinois just after posting about the stones last week. My uncle had passed and I needed to be with family. The long drive was an opportunity for quiet reflection and I've returned feeling...quiet. And in need of my stone-stitching "therapy", so thank you sincerely for helping me along.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

pre-order stone grab bag

I'm finding I need a little extra motivation to keep up with my stitching so I'm trying something new. To keep my fingers moving, I'm offering a limited edition of middlin' sized stones, on a pre-order, "I like surprises" sort of situation in my shop with staggered ship dates over the next 3 weeks. I'll have a deadline to meet and you'll be motivating an artist AND have a new stone in your hand.

This is a grab bag sale, so you will not be able to pick a specific stone, but they will be indicative of my general style. (those above are examples only)

If you're interested in a stone, and willing to help my fingers stay stitching, please stop by my shop and have a look.

Thanks all!

Monday, July 27, 2015

awaiting finishing touches

The mushroom has been captured and is awaiting his finishing touches. The last peek before my show in September.

In other news, I'm expecting a delivery of wool today. 102 pounds worth. I'll snap a pic.

Happy Monday, all.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

dot dot dot dot dot dot dot...

The dots are done and now it's time to tame the stray hairs that get roughed up as I work. I'll use my fine gauge needle to smooth the surface and then trim up with a small battery-operated trimmer before I fit it with a base.

Hopefully a bigger sneaky peek soon.
Happy Weekend, all.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

since my last post

Since my last post I...

took a painting class with Sue Kemnitz while she was here at our gallery for a trunk show. I haven't painted in ages and it was lots of fun. She's incredible, do check out her Etsy shop, and the one she shares with her delightful daughter Jessica.

I snuck in a little needling.

I ate some daylilies 

I made hats with kids at Arts in the Park.  No, not these kids. These kids are Yvonne and Ed Yunker from Geritol Frolics and they were helping too. 

I had an opening of the fiber show at our gallery. You can see my little landscape there against the back wall.

I yarn bombed the tree outside my office. (knitting is a skill that escapes me but I did stitch up everyone else's knitting and put it on the tree)

I took my family to the zoo, twice. We're suckers for the budgie cage.

And now I have a week off to spend with family. I'm sure it will be busy too, in the most wonderful of ways. See ya soon.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

muse is meowling

I'm in a frenzy. My muse, who seems to be much like our errant kitty, has been meowling at my door day and night, after weeks of spotty attendance.
I'm almost done with this piece, part of a series I have planned for my show. My show? Yes, I've committed to having an exhibit of my work in September at the gallery where I work. Gulp. I'll have more to come on that but for now I'm still letting that thought settle in around me. A show.

I even banged out a landscape piece this week for a fiber exhibit at the gallery. It's prettier in person, but still simple as my landscapes tend to go. It's 10" x 10" and will be mounted in a shadowbox.

This burst of inspiration makes me want to quit my job, clear my schedule, and felt all the things!
If any of you know any recent lottery winners out there want to bankroll an enthusiastic but starving artist, you give them my name, okay?


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

works in progress

A new desk with new works in progress.
I have a workshop in my basement that unfortunately has been prone to flooding, which necessitated my moving all of my supplies upstairs. I end up working at the kitchen table and then moving everything when it's time for dinner. That kind of daily disruption is awfully hard on the creative flow. We have a very small office attached to our bedroom that has, up until now, housed a spare computer and our printer. Looking at the dust on the keyboard I made the executive decision that the computer would go and I would have myself a new place to stitch. It's small, but at least the work can stay laid out until I return to it.
Small victories.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

we have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway, we have a winner.
Julia in Canada, please email me at with your mailing address so I can get this stone off to you. Congratulations!

To all of you who shared your latent dreams and ambitions, thank you. I felt a real sense of connection knowing that so many of us have things we want to do outside of what our daily routine allows. I hope you all get to read that book, do that knitting, help others, get to the ocean, or whatever else you might be yearning for.


Friday, June 05, 2015

shop update today

The 10-day stones are in my shop and will go live at 9am central time today.

The giveaway winners will be picked tomorrow, Saturday morning, by one of the kiddos.

I haven't stitched a stone since Tuesday given some long work days but you can bet I'll be doing it this weekend.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

a shop update and a giveaway, as promised

10 days of stitching all lined up.
10 stones will go in my shop Friday morning at 9am central time.
The proceeds from which, if they should sell, will go right back into my wool supply. :)

Now, how about a little giveaway?
During my challenge there were two days that I was able to make extra stones. I'll give them away, one here and one on my facebook page, so you have two chances to win.

How to enter: This giveaway is now closed
Leave me a comment here on this blog post (and/or on my facebook post) telling me what you would do if you had the time.
My kids will pick a winner, randomly, from both my blog and my facebook page on Saturday morning. That's it! The winner here will win the stitched stone pictured below. I will ship worldwide.
Good luck!


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