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. 



Sunday, January 3

Ready For A New Year

The last 2 years have been very trying to say the least but I think I am ready to get back into full swing now, or at least that is what I'm telling myself.  My studio has things going on in many areas like in the old days. It's a mess and I'm thrilled. I just need to get focused on what projects I want to sink into. I want to get back to creative quilting, but also feel a tug from my past for painting again. I will do some small creations so I can have them both for a bit I think. 

Due to back issues several things may be changing for me this year. I love doing craft shows but may be cutting back to doing only small one day shows and I'm looking into doing the Nashville Farmer's Market on Saturdays. I'm also going to be opening the old Etsy shop again and see how that goes. The other change is I won't just be selling jewelry at shows - when possible I will also be selling original art, prints and Fiber Art. I really enjoy when all my creations, bleed into each other and I can paint on a quilt or wire up a fiber art piece. That is where a lot of my joy comes from. 

I will also be looking for a new job, and at my age that can be a scary thing, but I'm trying to be brave. So for now my mantra is - put it in God's hands and don't worry cause my worry can't fix a thing. (I still worry thou - but trying to do better)

My favorite author I've ever worked with is moving forward with a book we had started a while back so my first project in line is getting this book completed. It's a children's bird watching book. This will be perfect to get my digital art skills going once again. I love drawing on paper and picking up the Wacom pen again will be a wonderful thing. 



Speaking of drawing here are a few of my current doodles.
These are my first two traditional Mandalas.  
Excuse the bad photos they are just iPhone snaps



Just finished this one today

The lasted quilt


This is a rushed photo cause I was on a hard deadline on this quilt. It was a Christmas present for my Niece. She and her sister both got lap quilts. And I made pillow cases for the "kids" on my list, with super hero fabric and one set of Dr. Who fabric. I still have a set of Minion cases to make for a late delivery present. 

Hopefully will be blogging as often as I used to also. Till next time