Friday, December 16

Today is a good day to stay in and work on projects and cook a big pot of veggie beef soup. The older I get the more I dislike cold weather. I have been busy with getting the etsy shop back up and loading items. The last 2 shows put a big dent in my inventory (yea!) so I need to be at the bench as much as I can. 

I did spend the morning yesterday wrapping packages.
I listened to Christmas music and it really got me in a happy mood.

Here is the new smaller tree. 

 It would seem that somehow in the move I lost
or left all my wrapping paper. 
So I got a new roll and a few bags. 
I don't normally have it all matching. 
My sister was teasing me that I'd had some of my wrapping
paper for 10 years...maybe I had, hum.

My current quilting project is a table topper for a friend. 
She is very fond of Red Birds. 


Finished the big quilt that was on the "long arm" and how sad is this - I'm using it for a staging table for the items I'm listing on Etsy. I take photos, weigh jewelry and process into inventory all from the sewing machine. Of course the computer sits between 2 sewing machines in this room, so all the flat surfaces have many uses. 


Tomorrow is Christmas Cookie day with Angel and Ian
Can't wait.

Sunday, December 11

Christmas will be here in no time - yea I'm ready. Well I'm blaming it on moving, ok that's good yea it was moving. OK excuse out of the way. So this year things aren't as decorated. There are still decoration boxes in the garage that didn't get opened. I'm finding I don't want to do quite as much now. But I did do something new this year I've never done before and that is I have a tiny bit of decorations outside! Oh my goodness, my house has always looked like scrooge's cousin from the outside. I have lights on the porch! Mercy me call the decorating police. It is still very sedate, but I love it. I had metal reindeer out their but it's so very windy here they just kept being blown over. So Jack volunteered to put up the lights and little did he know he had a helper. 


Ian started off very excited to help put up the lights. He was out in the driveway waiting for Jack to get here then he realized it wasn't all that much fun. He stuck with it thou. 

I had to let go of my old Christmas tree, there was no way it would fit in living room. I posted a curb alert and in less than an hour it was off to it's new home. I now have a pencil tree and decorated it in monotone grey, silver and clear glass. Also a big change from my normal very colorful cartoon tree. So things continue to have slight changes in my life, I've even cut my hair short! I didn't see that coming. 


With all my shows behind me now I've been working on my Etsy shop and will be creating new jewelry feverishly to be ready for spring shows. All of my really "Royce" pieces have sold, so I need to get to work. Here are a few of the pieces I've made in the last few days. 




It's turned cold and being all warm and in my little house is very comforting. The house is feeling like home now. 

Tuesday, November 22

Holidays - Oh how I love them

I've just put the last show of the year behind me and now it's time to really get going for the holidays. I have a quilt on the machine ready to be quilted. Fabric stacked on the other machine ready to be cut. Canvases ready for backgrounds - well in other words - fun stuff a-plenty. 

The weather has turned cool - cold and it will soon be Thanksgiving. Since this is my first Thanksgiving in my new home we will have our dinner here. The turkey is waiting in the frig and the menu settled and the shopping done - I think I'm ready. 

For some reason the days before the holidays I always feel the need to do something new to the house. Why... don't you have enough on your plate? I guess not. Yesterday I painted an accent wall in the kitchen and hung a shelf and photos. The kitchen is yellow, it's a nice color of yellow, but I'm just not crazy about yellow. I went grey on this wall and I really like it.


This is only part of the wall, there are more photos etc, but this shows the flavor. At the bottom - my new Phil Ponder print of downtown Murfreesboro. Other tiny treasures are on the shelf. It was hard to decide if I wanted to add the white wash on the larger frame. It's an old frame that's been hanging in my home for many years - it's never had a thing in it. I think the light wash is a good update for it.

I've shown my fairy house collection here before and this past Saturday I made a new addition. Craftsman Jim Cohran can really bring the hidden treasures from a piece of wood. This one has an opening in the back for a light source. I will have to get that lit very soon. 


Another thing I need to get busy with is loading photos and info to my Etsy Shop. I'm very behind on that. Not one of my favorite things to do but hey it has to be done. Well, I must be off, much to do. 

The holidays are a wonderful time, remember to enjoy each moment. 
If things start feeling too hectic then back off and remember you are just
a human and can only do so much. #nostresshoilidays

Monday, November 7

The Big Rush

I had a show this past weekend at St Stephens Church and it was Saturday and Sunday. I did very well and possible made a new record of selling 27 necklaces, and assorted earrings. So my inventory which was low already is in sad shape now. My next show is Nov. 19th and a bigger show on December 3. So it's full production mode for me now. I'll be adding several new designs that are specific for this area for the December show. 


One of the other artists at the show was Phil Ponder who is a wonderful artist. He well know for his  wonderful detailed drawings of Tennessee land marks such as the Nashville skyline which I've seen in quite a few homes. I've always admired his work and yesterday I came home with 2 of his prints. 

This first one was a gift from Jack. He saw how my eyes glazed over looking and it and bought it for me. Mr Ponder called him Clyde Jr. This moth was caught in a spider web out side of one of his windows and he went out and knocked him loose and he landed on the window sill laying just like this. Poor Clyde's life had been taken by the spider but now he will live forever in these great prints. I really love this drawing. 


Since he has a lot of the local areas in his drawings I asked if he had one of Murfreesboro and he said yes to the square. He couldn't find one in his inventory so he said he would look at home for me. Sure enough he found one and framed it and brought it the next day. 
I love it, and it is special for my new home. 



Well back to the workbench and get more jewelry done. 2 weeks to the next show!

Friday, November 4

And The Dust Settles

Well now it's been 2 months since the move and things are settling down in my life - so glad. Sewing and jewelry making are back as part of my life. Must nicer than unpacking boxes and getting the garage where my car will fit in there. I've never had a garage before so I was a bit intense to get the car in there. Just this morning my sister in law came by and picked up a tv console that I no longer needed. I just need some shelves out there and very soon everything will be off the floor. 

The new house is a good bit smaller that my old 91 year old house, so lots of thinning had to be done. It's not easy deciding on what you keep and things you can let go of. I knew I'd never get all my craft supplies in here. I had 2 rooms dedicated to my supplies at the old house. I was very spoiled. I did bring my old jewelry bench, but it's in the garage now. A suggestion by my friend/realtor was to put my new jewelry bench in the closet of the 2nd largest bedroom. It worked.
My brother in law had put a new top on the bench that runs the full
width of the closet and when I'm not working there I can close the double doors. 
Mess hidden!

One of the big selling points of my new home was the location. I was in an area that was once quaint, then it went into a downward spin and crime entered the area. 
Most recently it was being revived. 
Old houses being torn down and often replaced with 3 story very modern homes. Referred to by the locals as tall skinny boxes. 
With 37206 becoming a hip zip code and people flocking to east Nashville in huge numbers per day - well, it was time to move. Now instead of seeing the alley and neighbors from the deck I have this.  


I no longer hear loud music, traffic, loud parties. 
People blocking my driveway and the street. 
Here you see the sky and sounds are distant and non invasive. 

One of the first creative thing I did after I moved was a painting for
my guest bath. It ended up having a few octopi in there and I figured
hey why not go all the way. So I painted this.


I was out shopping for fabric one day at JoAnn's and saw the fabric below on the right. 
The other 2 swatches are my couch and rug. I thought it would match but had no samples
with me, but was very happy when I got home and saw how well it looked. It was half off too
 Here is the result

This weekend I have my first show since I've moved. I got a good bit behind in making jewelry so I had a rush the past 2 weeks. Car is loaded and I'm ready for the
St Stephan Fine Art Festival Saturday and Sunday
14544 Lebanon Rd, Old Hickory TN 37138
Saturday 11:00 - 8:00 with reception (wine and horsd'lures from 6-8)
Sunday 9:30 - 7:00

For today I will chill a bit. Picking up my favorite 7 year old from school.
Turning into a kid myself playing with him while mom and day shoot a wedding. 
It's wonderful to be just 15 min away from my sister and her family now. 

Monday, July 18

Another Big Change...

               that I'm thrilled about. 

Next week unless something unforeseen happens I'll be closing on the sale of my 1925 house in East Nashville and moving away from the part of town I was born, grew up and lived in for the bulk of 61 years. 

This little town is no longer little, or quite, or like I remember. It's growing by leaps and bounds. I like change don't get me wrong but this is too much too fast. I think it's great that for the first time in my memory there is a restaurant close enough to walk to. 
There are great little art galleries, shops and wonderful restaurants popping up all over the place. The meat and three I've eaten at for 15+ years is now very popular. All of this is good - great even. 

But now I want slow and quite.  I've heard that 90+ people a day are moving to Nashville! So I figure this is the time to sell my house and move out of town to a nice quite place. So I call a friend who just happens to be a great realtor and bam! She finds me a house. I'm the next to last house on a dead end street and at the end of the dead end is a...hay field. There are no houses behind the new house either - ahhh quite. I'm outside the city limits and that's great in multiple ways, taxes being a good one for sure. This move will move me to my final place where I'll start a new chapter of my life. Create new art, meet new friends and begin new adventures. 

My current coffee doodle


This will be the first time I've ever gotten to pick out where I live. That sounds odd but my Bobby already had his house and I love this house still. It took me a while to be able to leave it. The time has come now thou, I know in my heart it's a good thing. I'm getting more and more excited about this as each day goes by. Moving into a "new" house and making it mine any way I want. This has brought about many lost hours on Pinterest, but the ideas are flowing and the excitement builds. So for now it's pack and pack. Last week I thought I was the hulk and pushed a loveseat with one arm and now have much less use from that arm/hand cause I was an idiot. So I slow down now (as I was told to do) I know I don't listen. With the help of my friends thou it will all get packed. 

More to come in
Part 4 - New Adventures In The life Of a Silly Girl


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. 



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