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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…
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 t…

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 sh…

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…

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 b…

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…

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 w…
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 techni…

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. 

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 coz…

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…

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 e…