Thursday, March 31, 2011

Impressionist and others

I spent a delightful day with my daughter-in-law strolling through Monet's garden and over the Japanese  footbridge.
Well, not really, but we did see Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Van Gogh, and many of their friends. There is a wonderful show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. "Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. It was great to get up close and see those impressive  brush strokes. A new feature (at least for us) was the ability to call a number on your cell phone and get some information on several of the pieces, as you stand in front of them. Wonders never cease!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Doodle, doodle

This is one of my favorite activities. Doodles on an old music sheet creates interesting patterns.
You can do it anywhere (easily portable) and there is no "right way" or "wrong way" to it.
I was gifted with a lot of old music books, so I use them  for many projects.
I thought the name Rhythm Study was apropos for this piece.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Workshop news!!

K C Willis will be in Taylor,TX for a workshop !!! Take a look at her web site at
and see her beautiful work. The workshop details are right there under the tab:
 "K C on the Road"  This is a great chance to learn something new and to meet some new
friends.  The first workshop is April 8-10th, at The Clark Mansion  so be sure to check it out before it is filled.I have saved some old lace to use, however she is also bringing supplies. I think I am going to make a photo album for all the women who have influenced my life in one way or another.Very excited!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring has sprung!

We have been very busy this last week greeting spring. Spent one day in the yard and another washing all the winter dust off the house. We have 27 windows in this little house; I like to see the flowers blooming and the trees starting to bud, so you know what that means, get out the Windex pads and the hose and go to work!
The geraniums are beautiful this year, so the blue and white pots got filled. After all the work is done, we sit on the front porch and enjoy life.

Monday, March 21, 2011


 Saw this journal folder in Cloth, Paper,Scissors last evening. I don't know what got into me, but I just had to try to make one.. The sewing machine has been in the back of the closet for years, but this project is just what I needed, to see if I liked sewing on paper! I did like it, so will probably be doing some more. The article was written by Heidi Sekovski and Karin Winter, and I basically followed their directions, using some scrapbook papers that I had in my stash. Next time I will probably make my own collage papers, but was anxious to get started sewing. There is actually a lot more to this project. The pages need to be decorated, as well as some cards made, to slip in the pockets. You will probably see it again when I get further along. It will be used to journal a special event in my life.

Friday, March 18, 2011

More jewelry

Here are a couple more pendants made from "found" objects.
 It is hard to stop putting these together.
Each one I design gives me an idea for another one.
Tomorrow I will be in Taylor at Artisans; come see us and see what is new.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I am so grateful to my friends and family when they send along game pieces to by recycled.
My sister sent this box of dominoes all the way from Washington State, and another friend made a domino donation just yesterday.  The smallest ones here are scrabble pieces and rumikub. I had never heard of the game tri-ominoes, but I found the triangle pieces in a thrift shop. These are fun to paint and quite popular. I am going to have so many of these soon, that I will have to think about opening an Etsy store.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Collage a Pear

Heirloom produce is all the rage. Create a work of art coveted by the generations.
Using a variety of materials, participants will give a humble pear form a custom makeover.
A thoroughly modern twist on Grandma's plastic fruit.
All skill levels welcome.
This is the blurb that is going around. I couldn't have written it better myself, so thank goodness for copy and paste. The class is at Artisans in Taylor, TX on Saturday, March 19th at 11:00.
Call  512-352-5518 or 512-897-1775 to hold a spot.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Great Day

What a great day at Wonderful Things! Thanks to all the friends who came to see and buy.
I sold lots of jewelry, and the black and white book marks went first. I loved seeing what the other artists have done. Thanks to Sharon for allowing us to share in her wonderful gift shop.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Free gift with purchase

Sunday is going to be a fun time at Wonderful Things in Georgetown. I made some cute book marks the other day, which I will give away with a purchase on Sunday. I printed a watercolor on photo paper and then cut them and mounted them on card stock. The black and white ones are copies of my pen and ink creations. I guess there are still some tactile people, like me, who would rather hold a real book in their hands, rather than an electronic book. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Game piece pendants

These are so fun to make. The bee is a scrabble piece and the other one is a domino.
Some of the pieces I will take to the show on Sunday.

All About Art

This Sunday, March 13th from 2-4 PM,  7 artist will have their latest works showing and selling at Wonderful Things in Georgetown. There will be refreshments for all, and lots of fun. Come see what this is all about. Tried to show some pictures, but Blogger is not cooperating right now. See you Sunday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fun project

This little purse was so much fun to decorate. I used a black fabric pen and drew right on the canvas purse.
It is just the right size for the essentials. Also looks very artsy, I think!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


 This lady is in a 15X28 frame. It is one of the many Asian inspired artworks that are on display at Franklin's Fine Jewelry.  Nancy Brown and I will be there this Friday evening, March 4th, from 6-8PM.
Our reception last month was cancelled because of the weather. I hope many people from Georgetown and Austin come out for the wine, food, and music around the square. Hope to see you there!