Friday, April 29, 2016

Pages from My Sketchbook

I have to admit, I am stuck at home with the kitchen remodel answering questions, accepting shipments and working with the contractors.  I am missing my studio very much and the opportunity to play with fabrics, my Sizzix machine and Mistyfusing.  I know I will get back there very soon, but in the meantime, I have my sketchbook and drawing is ever so soothing to me. Please do not copy my drawings.  All rights reserved.
The Ikea mouse re-dress. I have a bunch of stuffed mice from Ikea.  I have dressed some in fabrics, and one lives in the Mistyfuse booth - Heavy Metal Mouse.   I think this drawing would translate well into a quilt (via Sue Bleiweiss' suggestion), and that may happen.  I loved dressing the mice

Flowers

Textures

Favorite things

Heavy metal alphabet A-P

Heavy Metal alphabet Q-Z and some other fun drawings

Beach houses


I am always testing myself in my sketchbooks not to use pencil.  This is one of those drawings.  Pilot Razor Point pen in black.  It's not perfect, because it was a straight on drawing project with pen, no pencil.

Abstrations.  Looking at objects and making them into something else.  These were done at a medical lab waiting to have my blood drawn for a physical.  More drawings to come.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Kitchen Redo 2016

I admit that I haven't been spending very much time in my studio, since we started the remodel of our kitchen.  Got a bunch of deadlines done, so I could spend most of my time here for the beginning of the project.  Here it is on the first demo day.

And other angle so you can see the upper cabinets.  The uppers on the right side are leaving and never coming back

The pantry and door will be completely reconfigured

Ovens, frig and stove have always been really cramped and only one person at a time can cook by the stove. Super frustrating.


Funny thing, the sink was not centered under the window. New design will have it in the right place

Let the demo begin!

Frig out, and upper cabinet doors.  This wasn't a smash and throw, like you see on HGTV, but a more meticulous demo

The creepy look from the family room with the plastic sheeting to shield us from hoards of dust

My temporary kitchen.  Toaster, coffee maker, kettle, George Foreman Grill.  Not enough counter space, just like our kitchen

another view inside the kitchen with the cabinets out

Cabinets, ovens, frig and stove all out
The gut

Narrowing down my paint colors.  Still undecided at this point.

Pantry framed out.  Stay tuned for more progress. Going to sneak in some time at my studio today.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

In the Garden

My other love is gardening

I love this.  It is bouganvillea leaves and flowers floating in the pool after a wind storm.  I think it would make great fabric. The perfect amount of color and contrast.


Succulents, geraniums and azalea's

A higher view of the same area

My favorite part of the garden

More flowers to plant
More succulents

Vegetable garden, and some really hungry animal ate all of my Brussels Sprouts.  Did not touch anything else.  Doesn't like Swiss Chard

After years of replanting this window box with flowers that got too much sun and not enough water, I planted succulents here.  They are thriving in the sun.  I only need to water the box once a month.  Water actually brings out the beautiful colors that are sometimes hidden in these amazing plants
And here is Bandit soaking in a bit of sunshine, while I am in the back yard.  Happy Spring!  Happy gardening!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pages from My Sketchbook

Pages from my Moleskine Storybook sketchbook.  Each square is about 2 x 2-1/2"  I really enjoy working small. Many things that I draw are about my life and what is happening to me right now.  I usually draw two pages per day.  This is drawn with a Pilot Razor Point Pen

It's a new day!

Eichler inspired homes

Contemporary Modern.  The little squares are about 1 x 1-1/2"

Good news!

Coffee

A day in the life of me!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Works in Progress

Zen Stitching.  I have about a dozen of these different squares of wool felt and embroidery. Maybe I should make a quilt with them? 

This is a fun little practice quilt with fabrics from RJR and the Flaurie and Finch line.  I used the Sizzix machine to cut out the triangles.  I think it's pretty fun!

Same line, different pattern

I've been doing alot of gardening around my house, adding more succulents.  I have one garden dedicated to the butterflies with Milkweed growing and re-seeding itself.

Take time for friends with a good cup of coffee

My biggest work in progress is our kitchen redo.  These are the tile colors for the backsplash.  I am still working on how to get what I want, without it breaking the bank.


This one thing helped me so much.  Using solids (I know it's funny that I would have solids, but they are for an upcoming quilt project)  I cut them into 2" hexagons on my Sizzix machine.  These could be potential colors for our backsplash...

Then I made a design, took it home and taped it to the backsplash wall, so I could look at it for awhile.
Then i go back to the tile store and see things like this.  So beautiful.  It doesn't come in my color palette, but it would be gorgeous in our pool.  Stay tuned for more fun in my kitchen, and if I ever get back to my studio.  Yearning to sew something!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Art Street Collective

Sue Bleiweiss, Lyric Kinard and I are part of a larger group called 'art street collective.'  Our first venture is advertising our coloring books on the Sew Mama Sew site. See the website here. We felt that this one yet another way to get the word out on our individual coloring books. The Sew Mama Sew site is a great source for sewing projects and ideas!  I hope you will check it out!  
art street collective is home to artists - Sue Bleiweiss, Deborah Boschert, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Lyric Kinard, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Judy Coates Perez, Melanie Testa and me!  Your source for inspiration, education and creativity. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.  There is a bookstore, all of our dvds, art supplies, links to workshops, tutorials, an art gallery, and a photo booth just for fun! It's kinda fun to have everything in one place, the art street!