Monday, September 5, 2011


I know it has been a long time since I posted....sometimes life gets in the way of blogging....but that being said, I have been continuing to work in the studio. After much thought, I have started to redefine where I want to invest my creative time and talents. I have taken many classes for all kinds of techniques and projects. I have invested time and money in all sorts of crafts and finally have come full circle to what I really love.......(drum roll please!!!!!!).......fabric arts. Is this a big surprise to anyone who knows me well???? I think not. Anyway, that being said, I have put aside several things that fall outside of the fabric art realm and now am focusing on where I want my art and cloth to mix.

What I want to share today is one of the wonderful classes that I took at CREATE the mixed media art retreat I attended in Chicago at the end of August. Magical Metal Altars was taught by Judy Perez Coates.  We painted on fabric and then cut and embossed aluminum sheets to make the "altar" shape. Then we sewed....yes, with a sewing machine.....the metal to fabric.

While my painting leaves me wondering if I should return to kindergarten art class, I found the metal work really exciting.

I started by tracing a pattern that Judy had provided but quickly found that my experience with Zentangles lead me to create the rest of the embossing on my own.

I am eager to try other projects that will incorporate metal and fabric together. I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


I finally finished my February Bead Journal Project. It was a challenge to me because it seemed to monochromatic for my taste. I realized that I needed to try to make it interesting rather than starting over and I sure didn't want to invest any more money into beads!!!! The nice thing about working on quilt squares that won't be finished until the end is that I can add/edit the pieces later if they don't "fit" - color wise and interest wise. Now on to March.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Until last week, we had not seen the ground since Dec 27th. The snow pack in the backyard is still about 12 inches thick in places. Wanda and I were in desperate need of green therapy. So Wanda planned a mystery trip to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. It was very windy and cold outside but we enjoyed the balmy moist air of the greenhouse.
Wandering through room after room of astonishing color and earthen smell made us feel like spring was just around the corner.
These precious pink and white stamens are what is left after the petals fall and I am sure they will find their way into a beaded interpretation at some point.
The waterlilies were in bloom. The only thing missing were the fish and the mosquitoes.....not that we missed the bugs at all!!!!

After we had enough "green" (and red and yellow and...well, you get the point), we headed for Little Italy for a delicious lunch. It was a perfect day and maybe....just maybe....we will make it to spring.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


I am on track so far! Ok I have to admit that I am the world's best procrastinator. And I thought long and hard before signing up for the Bead Journal Project. But I have completed my January "page". I am working with 4 inch crazy quilt squares that will represent each month of the year. I hope to either frame them as a unit or quilt them into a wall hanging.....which is why the edges are unfinished. I will be placing a unifying fabric around each square.

This year there has been SNOW.....everywhere.....and for a very long time with another storm or two predicted for this week. Hopefully I will get a jump start on February's quilt square with ample time to get to the store for beads before the next storm hits.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


It has been cold here in New Jersey and this little snow person is feeling right at home. I created her some time ago but just never got around to sharing her with you. She is right at home in my studio and ofter helps to hold down the freezer paper that I use under my wet and messy pieces as I create them.

The holidays are upon us and once again I realize that I have not spent nearly enough time in the studio and not shared nearly as much asI have wanted to on my blog. No resolutions this New Year....just more doing that which I love.

Have a blessed and happy holiday season.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Autumn has been very busy without much time in the studio. Mom's 80th birthday was celebrated in Santa Fe, New Mexico and what a fun time we had. I really enjoyed the art world that inhabits that place....everything from fine art to architectural art. What a feast for the eyes!!!

Back here in New Jersey, I have been playing with stencils. I have been taking Mary Ann Moss' Stitched and Stenciled online class. These beautiful clear autumn days are perfect for stenciling since I use spray paint and need to be working outside.I am working on several pieces in both paper and fiber and using stencils as the background. The one above started with paper doilies as a base and the stencils were layered on top.

This page started with a base coat of paint and a large swirling pattern as the base.

This page started with lace and sequin waste. I am finding that I love sequin waste but it is difficult to work wants to curl and I haven't found an adhesive that will hold it flat to the paper but still the dots seem to come out ok. Now that the stenciled part is done, I need to add the stitched part!!

Monday, September 6, 2010


I love shopping for school supplies. Markers, notebooks, crayons and folders grab my attention by mid-summer and I am ready to hit those well- laden isles of any and every store that carries such delights. I no longer have anyone who needs that last-minute run to the store for that special 3 ringed binder that a particular teacher requires but that we forgot to get on the last trip to the store but I still think of September as a "new year" with new beginnings and unlimited potential.
With that in mind, I decided there was no better time to post a few "notebooks" that have found their way out of the studio notebook and into existence.

This is the first notebook I created. It is a stamped, piano-hinged beauty created on card stock. I haven't decided what I will use it for yet but the possibilities are endless.

When I became fascinated with polymer clay, I decided that a notebook cover might prove an interesting challenge and so this second notebook was born. It, too, has yet to find a purpose.
I found wooden rulers in a collection of school supplies left behind as my children moved onto college and not wanting them to go to waste, I decided to try a tag book with a ruler hinge. It has that industrial look that I find appealing.
And finally, a book that reminds me of a very special trip to Cape May, NJ complete with shells collected from that adventure.
May those of you who have loved ones heading off to classes or are heading off to classes yourselves have a blessed and fulfilling school year!