Saturday, December 1, 2018

Let It Snow, Let it Snow, Let it snow

We've had our first 'snow' prediction.  So far the snow predictor's were wrong and  I've continued creating my own snow men in my nice warm, dry studio.

Next up will be Santa's.  Looking at the designs they will be a bit more difficult than snow men but still fun to see them appear beneath my hands.

We now move into the time of year when I can spend hours in my studio (dry and warm) without one single bit of guilt.

How do you plan to spend the winter?

"The woods are lovely  dark and deep and I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep."  Robert Frost

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thanks Giving -- Giving Thanks

Thinking about "Thanks Giving" and all that those words imply made me think about my "Gratitude" jar.  Filled to the brim with little bits of thankfulness.Wouldn't it be more appropriate to take it from Thanksgiving Day to Thanksgiving Day?  

This shortly passed Thanksgiving I went through the jar I've been filling and read all of the little scraps of paper. 

 Once finished I set up this jar (which is a tiny bit bigger) for filling from this Thanksgiving to next year's Thanksgiving.  

We have all sorts of celebrations and holidays in this country but I do believe that Thanksgiving should be the most meaningful holiday of all.  

My 'thankful' thoughts go to each you for taking the time to read  my words and enter my world even though we have never met in person.

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."
William Arthur Ward

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Celebrating Winter

What fun I'm having 'building' snowmen without getting cold and wet.

 I'm celebrating Winter a bit early this year.  But sharing my studio with snowmen seems to be a high priority for me.

 Here are a few Teresa Kogut designs that I'm working (or playing) with. I highly recommend her designs.

The above designs are created by Teresa Kogut. Oh how I love 'working' these designs and seeing them appear beneath my fingers.

I promise to show you my version in frames later this month.  Meanwhile here are 'good' thoughts of Winter.

* Turning our gas fireplace on for the first time in the year.
* Spending more time in my studio because its 'too cold' outside. (good excuse huh?)

*Bundling up with coat, hat and gloves and taking a walk on the first sunny day after a week of grey, cold days.

A good excuse for hot chocolate and/or hot tea morning, noon and night.

" Snowmen fall from heaven one flake at a time."

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Different Me!

With Fall all around me I've gone through somewhat of a metamorphose of my own.   Its taking me into "quietude" each day while celebrating the season. 

A big step, for me, is to use the pattern designs of others - rather than pushing myself to create original designs. 
This has two benefits.  It lifts the responsibility of the whole design off of my shoulders and I'll be able to share with you some of the designs created by others.
These designs are by Teresa Kogut.

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." - Henry David Thoreau




Monday, October 1, 2018


Owl patterns are abundant here in my studio.  I've collected these darling images over time.  Now I'm ready to go through the process of making templates for the various    'species'. What fun this is going to be.

First I enlarge the original drawing to the size I want to make. Using cardboard (the thickness "of cereal boxes). I draw the owl design and then cut out the shapes within the pattern.  I end up with puzzle like pieces which I use to draw the design on Weavers cloth.

Of course the real fun doesn't begin until I choose colors which I promise you, won't be always be the 'real' colors of 'real' owls.  Isn't this fun?

"A forest bird never wants a cage." - Henrick Ibsen


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