Tuesday, August 26

A Good Day

Today started off a bit bumpy but is now what I see as a good day. A day when I used the Scarlet O'Hara method of dealing with life and just said oh that is for another day and walked into my studio and reclaimed happiness. These days are a blessing and I embrace them with all my heart. 

Here are a few of my latest pieces I've gotten done since the last post. 

The scarab is from Egypt and is beautiful front and
back so I wanted to design something so both sides 
would show. The copper wings have a blue/green patina. 

Simple little earrings of corrugated copper.

Very bright blue sea glass with a woven wrap
and hand made clasp

Little metal tubing experiment

Copper kissed with fire and a inlay of aluminum with
a swirl of pretty colors

pretty little things all come together

A few found objects - relics of my past

A little of my signature style



These are boxes but they are so cool I just
couldn't pass them up. They will be risers in my
booth to sit displays on. 

I've made other earrings and a couple other bracelets. 
I've not gotten this much done in months. It feels real good. 

Well time for a snack and then maybe a little more creative time. 

Monday, August 18

Very Good Mail Day

Since my dear Bobby passed away going to pick up mail at the post office has turned into a drama most of the time. So when I can go and pick up something that is not a bill or horrid something or other I have to deal with it's good. 

This was a very good mail day. 
The lovely ladies in the "Love Of Art Quilt" group on Quilt With Us got together and made this for me. I'm so very touched. I was talking to my friend Paula when her hubby snapped this so I didn't "pose" with a smile but this quilt makes me very happy and all warm inside. 

Here are some close ups of just a few of the blocks.










There was also a beautiful poem printed out and pieced into the back of the quilt and a really cool necklace/locket that is a pocket watch. You can see if you have seen my art that these ladies really took special care to do things I love so much and use my fav fabrics and topics/techniques. It's so very special. 

Today my beloved has been gone 3 months - I miss him so very much and it's hard to sometimes realize he's really gone. I have good support from my family and friends and I'm so very thankful for that. Last week I sold his pick up and when I saw it drive away for the last time it filled the rest of the day with off and on crying spells. I know I have a long way to go and that part of my heart will always be his. Moving on with my life is hard and I have no idea who I will be at the end of this, but I do know I will have changed and change is a part of life. 

Tuesday, August 5

Planning Ahead

During grief my plans for my creative self are all that get me threw. They give my mind someplace to go and not be pulled into a sadness, but to think of joy. I'm so very lucky I have my creative self to hold me up. To keep me from falling into a place I do truly not want to go. I know I was given this gift to help myself and make others happy - so for now I will grab hold of it and ride it into my future. Planning shows and trying very hard to work at my bench - I have to push myself but things are getting made - thou very slowly. 


Music City Modern Quilt Guild is having a dye workshop next Saturday (Aug 16th) which I'm excited about. I've not been to one of the meetings in months and it will be nice to see folks again and play with dye. I love dying fabric so it will be great to get some pointers from a real pro like Jayne. Here is her blog - and her Etsy

This weekend we are celebrating my niece's collage graduation - wow time flies. Speaking of time flying my little Ian is going to kindergarten next week! Yikes how did that happen. 

Today I made several pair of earrings
this being one of my new patterns. 
 This tiny wire coiling is very relaxing and these small
projects are easy to do while watching hours of Criminal Minds. 

This is a very organic chunky pendant
I really liked the textures. 
Natural stone/clay and wood


Sunday, July 20

Searching for the Creative Zen

Each day I try to do something that is creative - it's my happyness. It is not as easy as before but I'm seeing changes in the art I draw and the jewelry I make. My first fiber piece was very different than anything I've ever made before. The colors and subject were "not me" at all but I did enjoy the process. 
So how my art will evolve is a path I'll take and discover what I will see along the way. This new path I think will be branching off into new directions that I might not have taken before. 
This little mini quilt was done just to play around. The quilting was done just to get my groove back. I changed patterns as I felt like it and no pre thought was given to any of it.
See how un Royce the colors are? My friend Stefanie said I didn't think you even owned such colors! Well I didn't but now I have a new set of dye pens and just wanted to try them out.  

We had 2 work benches in our hobby room (which I am now trying to learn to call my studio). So with one of them gone now I have replace it with a new desk work area where I cut fabric, cut out my note cards and draw.



Friday I took down my old kitchen curtains and have picked out
this fabric to make new ones. More on that later. 


Now for a flash from my past (about 40 years past) I thought I'd give
macrame jewelry a try. I'd not forgotten how and found it very 
relaxing and soothing to make the small knots. This is a long
way from the even smaller thread I used in the 70's. 


And here is a few of the jewelry pieces I've made recently. 
Found this tiny caliper in Bobby's tool box and
thought it was so cute I made myself a necklace from it. 

This sand-dollar fossil was picked up at Red Dog Beads 
I just couldn't wait to play with it. 

A segment from another fossil

That's all for now. Have a creative day


Friday, July 11

Life's Changes

Very often in life changes come alone that will end one part of your life and start another. In May I had one of these changes. I'm not sure what will happen next - I don't know from day to day how I will react to tiny little things not to mention bigger bumps in the road. I do know if not for my faith I'd be rolled up in a ball in a corner someplace with little light in my life or in my soul. All I know is I miss my husband so much there are no words to tell you. 

During this time my creative life has slowed to a near stop. My drawings are sad and my quilting is non existent. 


I know things will continue to change and evolve
but for now it's hard to see past the hour I am in.