Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lisa's World

About a year ago Lisa Kaus suggested to me that I make my Doggies a wee bit bigger ( about 7-9 inches tall) and add wheels. Well it took a while but here one is. In honor of Lisa I named it " Lisa's World".Thanks Lisa, I had fun!!! Now I am on a roll TEEE HEEEE

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Deb has spoken

Ok Deb says, not just jewelry for the show ( A taste of Art and Wine ) this weekend. So these will be there too along with doggies and dolls and other things These tiny guys I call "Gouditos" because they are made with tiny jewelry gourds I get them at the Wellburne  Gourd farm on line.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A place to bark

Maybe some of you already know Bernie Berlin in blog land but I want to take the time this morning to tell you about her. She runs a "No kill Shelter "and trys her best to rescuce dogs at high kill shelters . Here is her site. Please pop by she has good rescue stories to tell it will warm your heart  and pass the word . This weekend if you live in the Phoenix area I will be doing

A Taste of Art and Wine  show and I will be donating the proceeds of one of my doggies for sale to
Bernie's cause.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Show this weekend

This is the season for shows I have one too this weekend . I am thinking of just selling my jewelry . But I better consult my Aunt Deb first, She may have other thoughts!! She is so wise with the advice.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


I am feeling a bit lost tonight. Like I am waiting for something to happen. Yet know I need to be the one to make it happen and do not know how. I have been in a wing phase with my work lately. Everything seems to need them. I think maybe it is because I feel a bit ungrounded....

Friday, October 16, 2009

Botanical Whimsy

Hey everyone! After teaching "Botanical Whimsy" at Kim Caldwell's Artistic Affair. I have had several request for the kit. So I thought I would offer it on my blog for sale and try the "Buy it Now" button that Pay pal offers. Did you know you could put this on you site? So if not for anything else this is to let you guys know you can do this with pay pal..... Cool!! Oh it's $50 and includes shipping.

Disneyland at halloween

I am POOPED !!!!!! just got back from a 5 day trip to Disneyland with Grammy ( my Mom), my sister ,my niece and the two wonder kids ( my great niece and nephew) it was their first trip to Disneyland. Who would want to miss seeing  the wonder in their eyes, and did we ever ! They went non stop!!! What a wonderful treat for Grammy to give us all!! Thanks MOM!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

steam punk Millie workshop

Hi everyone here is a chance to take a 2 day workshop from me in a gorgeous setting in southern Ca. We will be doing this fun little guy and I am so excited as I created him for teaching, yet needed a 2 day venue to do so .Lisa Larosa's Inspirational Retreats is just the perfect place . Hope to see some of you there!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bee Witched

New on my etsy. See I can even sneak my whimsey into jewelry! Oh and my little faces too... but he is lucky, he does not have to wear these fricking glasses!!! My eyes are still working hard to make the adjustment ,but I think it is getting better!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

out with the old and in with the new

For quite some time now My Aunt Deb (Beth Quinn's Mom) and I have been planning to do a make over in  her home . Little did we know how the project would grow and come to include the whole family..... That is My Aunt Barb, my Mom ,Beth and Cal  have all played rolls in this first phase face lift ( 4 rooms to go) of Debs space. The goal was to get her feeling like her condo of 7 years is finally her home!! To do this it was needed  to give it the cottage feel she  adores and to make a space for her creativity and ebay business while still keeping in mind that she loves to entertain her family and needs a cozy feel as she  lives by herself. Here is what I came up.  I used black and white as the main feel as it gave the 80's oak a chic sophisticated feel and would be a simple background  color theme  that  would tie all these multi purposes together in one big open  space. We all pulled together in cleaning, painting and repairing to make this happen. Deb had a lot of good things to work with, they just needed a new twist put on them to bring them into  their new environment . Oh and 10 trips to the dump and Goodwill with a tad extra stuff no longer needed!!

Four Eyes

Here I am in my new glasses . I finally bit the bullet and went to prescriptions. UGHHHH they are progressive lenses and I cannot see I thing. All I do is move my head around trying to find the " Sweet spot" where things come into focus. They say it takes about 2 weeks to get used to them.  I am amazed I can see to write this post !!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Up on my etsy!!

This little guy is now on my etsy. He has an old style crank music box in his base. His name is "buzz"

...How she submitted ---. Loved.
Loved her interior world,
her interior wilderness,
that primal forest inside her,
where among decayed tree trunks
her heart stood, light green... ~Rilke

Monday, October 5, 2009

from the heart

This morning I wanted to blog about something very special to me and hand made with love. My Grandmothers creative art form was knitting and crocheting. I wish I had her gift of patients for this creative work.She made sooo many beautiful things through the years for her family .My favorite gift from her is one of the first things I would grab if the house was on fire. It is the ivory afghan that she gave me in 1977. WOW that makes it 32 years old . It  always holds a treasured place in every home I have lived in. I would also call it my security blanket as it is the item I love most to wrap up in when I need to feel warm and comforted. I see it daily and  it keeps my Grandmother always close in  my mind.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Open studio tour

Today is open studio  for  Quilting arts Magazine's studio's  of Cloth Scissors Paper ( Interweave Press)I know I just posted my studio but wanted to participate in this tour. So here we go again. What I love most about my space is that it is in the heart of our home. We have one big room that is part living room part dining room. I made a rolling drywall" Gallery Wall" it is in an L shape and is 4 feet by 6 feet and 6 feet tall. It separates the Studio ( the dining room part ) from the living room. The wall rolls around on very large casters . It took me about 2 days to  make this and was it heavy! Thank God my dad taught me carpenter skills. When I have friends over for a creative day I can just roll the wall to the side and open up the room . I also love that I have a separate sides  in my space for my computer as we all know this is a BIG part of our creative world .I can just switch over to the other stool on the other side and have a coffee break while I blog. Oh for those of you who would like to know, the white furnishings are from Ballard Design. I believe it is the Abbyville collection . I love them!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Chenille bug infestation

We called the exterminator but he said there was nothing he could do about the chenille bug infestation in our garden!!!! Aren't these so darn cute!!! They just came in the mail as a surprise treat form Maija She got them at the French  General!!SOOO CUTE!!!I guess she knows what I like...TEE HEEE