Archive for the ‘arts and crafts’ Category

What an opportunity

August 12, 2012


My mother turned 75 on the 9th. In honor of this, she, my niece and I went to Sturgeon Bay to take a watercolor class.The teacher, Connie Glowacki, was delightful and I can’t recommend her enough. She is a wonderful painter and very encouraging. If you ever have a chance, you should check out her work. My mother worked on a barn in winter.

My niece Trista is new to painting but I think she did a good job. Image

My work isn’t finished but I hope to post it soon.


I need a plan for fall

July 28, 2012

At this point, I have had no responses to the job applications I submitted for jobs. I feel a little remorse for not staying at the last place but emphasis is on the “little”. I do need to do something though to keep myself employable and to generate some income. I imagine I will sub locally but I can’t take a steady diet of that so need to work out what I can do creatively.

1. I have a chip carved plate to finish.

2. I have to finish a hooked rug pattern of Christmas star.

3. I have a small mat to finish of the manger.

4. I have Christmas quilt to finish.

5. I have a carved Jesus to finish.

6. I want to paint the portrait of Heather and Scott I have sketched out.

7. I have some baby blankets to finish.

8. I want to sew some baby bibs.

9. I need to finish the Christmas dish towels I have started.

10. I have a sheep mat to finish up.

11. I want to weave off the warp I have on the big loom.

12. I have a hummingbird to finish carving.

13. I have a watercolor class scheduled for the fall.

14. I have a bunny rug to bind.

15. I have to learn to use my circular sock machine.

I have many projects started that need finishing. Now if I can find the balance and energy to get them done.

Day two of Watercolor class

June 25, 2011

Today I worked on some tulips. I came home and bought some better paper as the surface of this one doesn’t allow me to do what I want to do. I hope this gives me the motivation to keep going.

Day One for Watercolor Workshop

June 24, 2011

I was at Sarah’s Enchanted Cottage today taking a watercolor workshop. The lesson was based on the method used by Lian Quan Zhen . We derw our design on the paper using a picture divided into thirds. We used masking fluid to block out the flowers and then splashed on color. Once it was dry, we removed the masking fluid and and added more color. It has been quite a while since I have done watercolor and the paper wasn’t the greatest so I have a few spots that I would like to lift the  color out of but it wasn’t working. Oh well…………… Here is my effort today. The color in the picture isn’t great but you get the idea.

Moving forward

June 18, 2011

I ordered new business cards. I worked on my Etsy site but it still has nothing on it to sell yet 🙂 Had my sewing machine cleaned and have it set up and ready to go. I stopped at the park to look at the building they wanted me to paint some small murals on.  My final thing of note for my summer of art project was that I signed up for a two day watercolor workshop in Holton next week. I should have some pictures next week.

Still no word back on the job interviews.

It starts with organization

June 5, 2011

I am trying to be more organized in my life so I am making lists to help support my summer of art. To do that, I am making lists of what things I want to get done and what things I hope to get done.

Projects to do:


finish reading the library books I checked out on the subject

Organize my glass into the different types: stained glass, glass for fusing, glass for bead making

Make frit to use from small pieces of scrap


Take Bernina in for yearly check up

Take in White so Heather can use it

Set up sewing area

Download embroidery patterns

Take my patterns off Jim’s computer


Do some copy work to improve skills

Inventory paint and organize

Sock knitting:

Practice, practice, practice


Zigzag edges to two rugs

Bind edges to these rugs

Once that is done, I hope to do the following projects:


Make a button.

Male some beads.

Make a thimble.

Take a glass class


Do a watercolor Painting.

Do a painting based on Kaleidoscope designs.

Take a painting class.

Design and paint restroom in park.


Make shorts.

Make a peasnt top

Make an A line dress

Make some lace

Make a denim tote bag

Sock knitting:

Make lace socks

Make ribbed socks.

Make mittens

Make booties.

Rug hooking:

Finish Laurie’s rug

Finish the English Garden rug.

Dye wool

Make an original design.

We will see how much actually gets done.

Shaky first steps

June 4, 2011

June 3rd was the cut off date, the day of no return. I am officially done with my employer. It is scary and I still feel dejected some days but am working on stepping forward. I have had two calls about a possble job in the Topeka school district but we are still playing phone tag.

I am working on my summer of art project. It has mostly consisted of studying books, You Tube videos, a bit of sketching and contacting a lady in KC about some more lampworking lessons. I want to bring my skill lessons up another notch. By the end of summer vacation, I would like to be making glass buttons and some thimbles. To that end, I have ordered a thimble mandrel, some glass rods, a circle mold, fiber cloth, some kiln wash and a few other sundry items to use for that project.

In the sewing department, my goal is to make some denim tote shopping bags. I have the embroidery patterns and thread. I will buy the fabric for that soon. If that goes well, I have some lace patterns I want to try and hope to sew myself some clothes as well.

In the painting department, I have purchased some better watercolors and have some books checked out of the library. Mom and I plan on going to see someone she knows to take some lessons this summer. We also plan on going to the The Flying Pig to check it out.

Jim and I are going to a sock knitting convention later in the summer. I am taking a class to make lace socks and mittens. I already have enough yarn for that. 🙂

You see, I am trying to be positive and to move forward.

Another post and still no pictures ? Surprise :)

June 4, 2010

I need to do something about that.

So how about this…………. I bought some new software that I can use to convert my photos into kaleidoscopes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with the Mac. I didn’t want to install it on my husband’s computer which is why you see the words all over the design. I plan on using this to possibly do some paintings with these designs or do some rug designs. It would also be fun on t- shirts or tote bags.

All of these used the same photograph. I did some more but these were the only ones I transferred over to this computer. I have entered this idea in a contest to get a microgrant so I can work on this program with the kids. I hope I win as I think the kids will really enjoy this project.

Mom is having too much fun!

July 17, 2008


She is up in the craft center dyeing a silk scarf, making a basket and tie dyeing a shirt. Earlier we were making postcards with colored pencil. Now she wants to skip cowboy Brad so she can paint more silk.

I, on the other hand, am crashing as I looked at the wrong food and am having stabbing stomach pains  😦

At the visitor center at Estes Park.

At the visitor center at Estes Park.

Glass balls at the Glassblower's

Glass balls at the Glassblower's

More beautiful glass.

More beautiful glass. Mom painting a mountain.

Mom painting a mountain

Mom painting a mountain