Thursday, April 20

Craft Projects Overtake Murfreesboro Woman's Home

Well that is what you would think if you were to drop by. There is a big queen size quilt on the long arm. A sketch pad color pencils on the kitchen table and a canvas on the stand in the garage. There is fabric on the regular machine too for a new shower curtain. So to say the least I have plenty going on. I just came in from digging in the yard. The front flower bed was over crowed and several of the small bushes had died so I've started working on that a little bit at a time. At this current rate it may take me till the end of May to get it all done, but it will get done. 

The big quilt is taking longer than I had expected. I am over half done then the binding - not really looking forward to that part. This is the biggest quilt I've ever quilted. 


I really enjoyed this Easter. The Church I go to had 2 services on Saturday night and we went to the early service. Then Sunday I slept a bit late and put my bunny cake together and went to my sister's and had a wonderful time. My nephew hunted eggs and we had a wonderful meal. Angel made brownies with strawberry's on the side that were covered in strawberry icing (oh that was to die for) and I made a bunny cake. My mom used to use jelly beans for the eyes and nose. I was lazy and just printed off a cute face and used that. The cake was chocolate and was so moist it was hard to handle and ice. So I called him freckles cause he had a few chocolate crumbs in his white icing. The coconut covered up those for the most part. 


After a too long break in jewelry making I am getting back at it. These were a custom order and I like the way they turned out.  This shows a few of the steps to making such a simple little earring. I love how the light catches on the hammered edges. 


About a month or so ago I got out the poly clay and started making elements for my jewelry. I'd not done any clay stuff in several years. The elements I created were a bit different than my older stuff, but not quite the different I wanted. So I am going to revisit this in a day or two (oops another project) maybe I'll wait till the quilting is done and the binding cut and ready. I have several cool found objects that are sitting on the bench patiently waiting for me. 

My nephew said I am obsessed with octopus and pigs.  Pigs tend to end up in my kitchen and the guest bath for such a small room has 5 octopi in there. I guess this is what happens when you live alone you let your quirky out. So this is a little 3" x 9" and the background was done with the flow paint technique. Tried out a new paint pen for the drawing. 




Monday, April 3

Back to the world of wire

Well after having fun painting for a bit I'm back at my bench. I know there are a lot of jewelry designers who have a "look" to their designs. When I see their jewelry I know who made it. Mine not so much. I'm not sure as an artist if this is a bad thing or not. I guess some artists/designers develop a style. Then there is that whole thing of selling your creations and different people having different taste in colors etc. So if you want to sell do you need to make a wider spectrum of work? Or do you just make what you want and hope it will sell? I have no idea. I know I don't want to make mainstream pieces. For the most part I make what I like and that makes me happy, so I guess that is the right path. I sure hope so.

Here are a few of my recent pieces. 

I have noticed as much as I try it's hard for me to create "random" looking jewelry. 
You would think it would be easy and I'm sure for a lot of people it is, but
my brain seems to want structure even in an off center design. Maybe it was
too many years being a graphic designer - always lining things up just so...who knows. 


I had drifted away from steampunk type designs and have gotten
back to making a few over the last few months. I enjoy the mixed 
materials I use in these. 


I finally completed this free form bracelet and gave it a test drive and
it wears very comfortable. 


A slight eastern influence, so I added jade in the mix. 


Here is one of the abstracts I painted and I used it for a background for
my dapper octopus. He is hanging out in the guest bath which I now call 
the Octopus Garden. 

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Well the bloom is off the rose with my new little house (really 12 years old). Sunday morning was off to a odd start with the outside part of my ac unit screaming and grinding to the point I went to the back door to see what was out there - dragons, transformers? 
No just the possible death throws of my ac unit.

I stopped on my way home from church Sunday and got a sub at Publix - oh they are wonderful if you haven't tried one - much better than any of the chains to me.  I was all set for binge watching the new episodes of Midsummer Murders on Netflix when...
I had a little flood in the guest bath, seems the toilet isn't draining out properly. Oh the joys of owning a house. So I have repair guys coming tomorrow and Wednesday and hopefully I won't be on a ramen noodle diet after I pay for the repairs. It's times like these I sure wish I'd paid more attention when Bobby fixed things around the house. We never called a repair person and it is a helpless feeling to have no clue what to do, or who to call. I'm learning thou but somedays it's just real hard. I'm just a 60+ southern woman spoiled by her husband and now trying to learn to stand on my own two feet. Sunday I stumbled, it won't be the last time I have to just keep walking.