Wednesday, May 18

The snowball effect

Two years ago today my beloved Bobby left my life and went into the arms of angels. This left a gap in my life that would overwhelm me to a degree I didn't expect. It ripped a part of my life away and left it empty and dark. As much as I tried to be strong and brave it just wouldn't happen. The loneliness was overwhelming. The simple act of doing anything that we would have shared was crushing to my heart. In 2 years much has changed and somethings have not. I miss him terribly. His laugh, his dry humor, his advice, his love. In their place now where these memories live is sad sometimes and at other times I will smile and laugh over our memories. As I sit here now as tears roll down my cheeks and I'm filled with grief. I try to keep these intense feelings in the back of my mind and go threw life just letting them skim the edge of my reality. 

I have to move on and that part seems harder some days than others. Getting "stuck in grief" isn't a position I'd want. My family and friends tell me I'm doing so well and I know in my heart I am. I can move forward and start this next part of your life. I can change things and have a different outlook on my future. The one thing that won't change is my love for Bobby. He will always have a special place in my heart. 

The "plan" I had for my future has changed too. At the age of 61 I'm starting over in many ways. The fear of that crushed me the first year. It is better now, for I can "see" a new path. I didn't know how quickly life can change, in the blink of an eye everything is different. It makes me almost feel foolish to think of long term plans any more. This puts a different spin on daily activities and making long term plans - well I just don't do that anymore. I look for and very often find happiness in each day, each moment. 

My happiness now comes from family and friends and my creative self. I can get lost in my creativity and so enjoy the results. I have thrown myself back into my jewelry making, and art at the level I was 3 years ago. I need that part of me back now. 


In creativity there is life and happiness
for those who create and those
who appreciate the creations. 

This new series of small paintings are called
"My Home Town"
The Tennessee state flag, state bird and soon the state flower. 
These are available in my etsy shop. 
More will be added shortly




Back to my bench to hammer and create

Monday, February 29

Life here in my world is going pretty smooth. This time of year brings the rush of creating new things for the summer shows. Hopefully soon I'll be at the Nashville Farmers Market most Saturdays.  This will be a new venue for me. I'm hoping for similar success to my friend who has been selling there for years. If things work out as well for me I'll be thrilled. So for now I'm in full motion to create stock for the year. Seems most of my shows are in the late summer and fall and I have to get things ready for that season now. So the studio will be in full Royce Craziness. 

I've also started teaching free motion quilting at the Husavarna store inside the Madison JoAnn's and my first class was so much fun. Several ladies were convinced that they couldn't do free motion and were so happy when they left the class. Some were confidant enough to be drawing free motion critters near the end of class. We will have more classes with using stencils and other fun techniques in the near future. 

The free motion class

this poor old hat has been around for a bit
I keep using it to experiment on

Yesterday I wanted to do something just for the fun of it. 
This table sits next to my big old tub and keeps all my
bath goodies right at hand. 
It was a simple table that needed some soul



Several of my recent "while watching tv" wire wrappings


Thursday, February 11

Etsy Shop Open

The Etsy shop is open. Whew that took a few long sessions at the computer, and lots of coffee.  

My 2 beautiful nieces came over to be my models for these photos. I'm not a photographer but they turned out good. We had a lot of fun and they were great and let me just keep on shooting photos. 

The night before I was wondering what I'd use as a backdrop (yea I tend to put off things to the last minute) So I had a big canvas, I go grab it and start slapping paint till I have something that will be a good background. We also used a sheet of copper for the backgrounds for the earring shots. We had a lot of fun. 
Hung the big painting over the machine
to get it out of the way. Not Bad






They brought over little Rusty, the fluffy nugget. 
You could hug on this dog for days and
I don't think he'd ever want down from your lap. 



Go by and visit the shop. Free Zen Coffee note cards
with the first 5 orders I ship. 

Sunday, January 24

Snowed In And Loving It

I know a lot of people who hate being snowed in, but I'm not one of them. I'm just as happy to have the great excuse to sew non stop or sit on the couch drawing pad in my lap watching movies. I call these ME days and I make the most of it.

Being in the South we are not used to snow - our normal winter snow fall is maybe 2" max the whole winter. We got 8-9 inches Friday! I did venture out today to make a path to the car, tried to get the snow off it but after 20 min was just too cold. Not being the outdoorsy type I don't have the correct bundle up gear. So back I came and stood on the heat vent to warm up my footies. 

This is the view from the sewing machine. 
It was kind of hard to not just sit and look
out the window when it was snowing big flakes


I put out food on the front porch for my little urban furry and feathered friends. 
I had tossed some corn in the yard but they won't find that for days now. 
Evidence that it was appreciated. 


So yesterday I sat in the warm cozy sewing room,
I needed instant gratification so I made Mug Rugs. 


After getting warmed up with these little bits I thought I'd get out the Sashiko
I've not played with this for quite a few years. 
Love the stitches so pretty



Working on the new banner for Etsy, the blog and Facebook, 
getting all the little bits ready to hopefully open Etsy first half of next month. 

Tuesday, January 12

You can't go play till you clean your room

OK well yea I did learn that as a kid, but somewhere along the line I unlearned it I guess. Well if there is one thing most artistic people will all agree upon it's so much easier to create in an organized space but keeping it that way is a constant struggle. I'm kind of good at it but then there are times when everything goes to pot and you are unaware until it's a crazy mess. This happened to me during the holidays and I'm just now getting around to dealing with it.

After 2 months of back/hip issues and not being able to do my best at keeping the house in order, my craft area was sadly at the bottom of my list - and I can tell it.
I've just found out last week I can NOT take steroids. Oh heavens me what a roller coaster ride that has been. So now on day 2 of being off these tiny horrors I am starting to return to normal behavior. OR should I say my normal. The back issues have not been resolved but at least now I do know what is going on. Five bulging disks and two pinched nerves - not real bad but I'll have to watch and not act like a 20 year old lifting and moving stuff.

I have started getting things back in order - supplies, tools, "stuff" that I use in my often crazy creative life. My goal for today was to get all my art/drawing supplies in one place and contained into a very orderly usable space. I did have one "squirrel" moment and had to stop and organize my thread, but we won't go there.

Along with getting stuff in prep mode for several creative ideas I have, I have started work on reopening my Etsy shop. This will take a bit cause I'm starting over. My original shop was just fiber art, then I moved on to jewelry and dropped the fiber. I wasn't real happy with either of those choices so I've decided to just have a mixed shop and I will have 3 sections. Jewelry, Fiber Art and drawing/painting. I've always heard pick a passion and dive into it with all you have, but I guess I'm just not a one passion girl. The three all work together for me and they all make me happy, and after all isn't that was creativity is all about?

So here is a little peek of projects for the near future 
(unless I get the squirrel issues again)

Drawing's I'm working on


This sketch may well turn into my first painting in about 6-8 years. 
I spotted a photo of this young girl in cosplay costume on Pinterest,
 fell in love with it so thought I'd use it for a practice/fun piece. 


My next Quilt


I'm not sure how long I've had this fabric but it may date back to the last Paducah trip with Stef and Trudy. If so it's due to come out and play. This will be a fun one to do since I love the drawings. Just a tiny touch of steampunk. 

This one will be going to a dear friend when completed. Sadly it should have been to her at Christmas but things just didn't work out that way at all. I have to admit I have one other Christmas present I just finished a little over a week ago. Oops!

I don't have a jewelry project in prep mode now, but I have been thinking about a new style I want to try. I only have experience in one part of the process so I'll be learning something new, which I love. I already have a teacher who is beyond excellent. 

I guess I really should get back to those art supplies I wandered off mid organize - so me.