Friday, February 5, 2016

Checking in with a few new pieces...

10" x 12"

Everything I Never
12" x 14"

These are two of three paintings that have been in the works for a few weeks.  The third and largest piece underwent a little change this morning and so I had to set it aside for a few more days.  Softer colors and deeper thoughts are filling my head these days, I have been keeping my hands busy and I will have more projects to share next week.  For now wishing you a weekend full of clarity and creativity.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

done and done and...


Is it just me or is 2016 off to a kind of wobbly start?  I mean, things are OK around here and there is a lot of creative energy in the air but there is also an underlying sense of being overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time.  Too many projects piling up, too many meh results.  My plan for this year is to sort through what is working and what is not and then to pare down and chose projects wisely.   Pictured above are the mittens I finally finished (and love), this bread which was more involved than expected (but smells amazing) and three paintings I am working on (today). Is your year off to a smooth start or do you feel it too?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

She asked for a pop of orange...

::scrap garland::

My daughter moved into a new dorm room over the weekend and she mentioned she needed a pop of orange to set off her purple bedding.  I poked around Etsy looking at paper circle garlands and fabric flag banners but didn't find anything that seemed quite right.  So yesterday I made a quick trip to the fabric store, cut a million 15" strips,  and then Sage and I made this scrap garland last night.  It's bold, funky and homemade and it should add just the right amount of cozy to her new space :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Back in the groove-

r e a d i n g :: e a t i n g :: m a k i n g

Happy New Year people.  I've started the new year off with a flurry of activity.  Listened to 'Station Eleven' while taking P back to school and loved it.  Am reading 'A Little Life' for a book discussion at the this awesome little bookstore.  Have made this yummy and healthy dish twice in the past week for lunch. Am just finishing up Tiny Objects No.4. And... I'm wishing on each an every tiny star that your new year is off to a lovely start.


Monday, December 28, 2015

A hand sewn surprise...

corset top::wrap skirt

Hi there.  I am so excited to share the secret hand sewing project that took up many mornings in December.  I let my oldest (who is home from college) sleep in each morning while I quietly stitched this special surprise.  The skirt is made from two layers of mid weight organic fabric in plum and is soft and warm and super comfortable.  The shirt is made from two layers as well.  The bottom layer is mid-weight organic black knit and the top layer of fabric was a much loved but totally falling apart concert t-shirt from Lollapalooza 2007.  It was tucked away as a keepsake but stopped being wearable 2 or 3 years ago.  I snuck it out of her closet, mustered my courage, and cut it up hoping the project would turn out the way I planned.   It came out better than expected, fits her perfectly, and she absolutely adores it.  I love the process of sewing by hand and I really love the visible stitch work.  I have also made myself a long black skirt and was given a kit for the polka dot factory dress which I will start in a week or two.  I feel as though I've been on a creative walkabout with hand sewing.  I dove into these 1st projects with intention and a deadline, but now, with a few pieces under my belt, I'm ready to slow down a bit and integrate sewing into my creative process.  I'm looking forward to getting back to painting, finishing up some knitting and starting a new hand sewn project in the new year.  But, for the next few days, I am just hanging out and enjoying the company of my oldest before taking her back to school next weekend.  Wishing you all a peaceful end to the year full of beauty in all its forms.