Sunday, January 25, 2015

How was your week?

For some reason, I always seem to have a difficult time settling into the new year. The first weeks find me drifting along, unable to focus for long on much of anything. Lists are made and promptly lost in the clutter of the studio - so more lists are made, ideas jotted down on whatever is at hand and promptly lost or inadvertently discarded, etc, etc. It's a vicious cycle that can only be broken by one thing - a good decluttering of the studio. That done, I was finally able to be productive this week.

Much stitching took place while listening to several recorded books - Sarah Addison Allen's Lost Lake and First Frost. Next up is Alan Bradley's latest Flavia DeLuce novel, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust.

While working on my piece for Silvermine Arts Center's Signed, Sealed and Delivered fundraiser,

the abstract left on the newsprint when ironing the excess bees wax out of the piece caused many new what ifs to spring to life.

We had a skiff of snow earlier in the week

which graced the rusty gears with just enough to be charming.

I played with photographing shadows

and yesterday morning's pre-dawn snow

which was heavy, wet

and perfect for making snowballs and snowpeople...or so I've been told.

You see, while the family ventured to the ski mountain yesterday (my little urchins are on the ski team's development squad this year), I trekked upstairs to the studio

where cutting, cropping, repositioning, stitching and bees waxing took place. 

It's time to heat up the iron and see what emerges.

How was your week?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saturday in New York City - January 17

Winter = ski season = Saturday in New York City for me while my family skis.

The first stroll (read near jog to stay warm) of 2015 through NYC had me looking up in honor of Ronnie and her 2015 daily series of looking up photos.

Vogue Knitting Live NYC at the Mariott Marquis was our first stop. My friend and fellow fiber/mixed media artist, Deb Jansen, joined me.

Ute Lennartz's hand-knitted teepee dominates the entrance to Vogue Knitting Live. It is breathtaking in its simplicity, size and artistry.

Ute Lennartz uses wool to cover everything from trees to entire bridges. You could call her work yarn bombing, but her attention to detail and the meaning she puts behind each project makes them much more. Her latest project is a series of hand-knit teepees that are the result of a conscious effort to encourage people to come together in a place that is beautiful and safe. This is her first installation in the United States. She lives in Remscheid, Germany. Find her online at *

Mariott Marques lobby 

It was impossible to take photos inside the Marketplace as the aisles were so packed with knitting enthusiasts that being jostled was a constant and I was afraid the camera would meet the floor in a not so good way. Needless to say, anything and everything involved in knitting or crocheting was available.

Our next stop was ABC Home with it's eclectic selection.

After enjoying a lunch of the most delicious cheeseburgers and french fries courtesy of the ABC kitchen, Deb lead the way across the street to Fishs Eddy.

The store is a life-sized treasure box of restaurant ware and vintage goods.

I don't know if Einstein really said this, but couldn't resist taking the shot.

If the weather allows (meaning if it's not so wintery that I wimp out), another trip to NYC is planned for next Saturday to see Debra Smith's Shifting Territory at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts and the Textile Study Group of New York's Square 2015. Stay tuned.

*from Vogue Knitting Live placard

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Searching for Roy G Biv 4 - Red - update 2

Welcome to a new year of searching for Roy G Biv! Being as Julie and I are going back to the beginning of the Roy alphabet, January's color is red. Enjoy!

 Ann Hamilton's ONEEVERYONE at the Transformer Station, Cleveland, OH

strolling to the Cleveland Museum of Art


 Charlotte, NC

 having fun with the family in Leesburg, VA

 Philadelphia sidewalk


Yearning for more red? Take a stroll over to these blogs then:

Ronnie of art & etc has been looking up this year. I just couldn't resist including her latest post with it's pop of red against a gorgeous blue sky.

Fiona of Paper Ponderings is back with her insightful Thursday Thoughts.

Maya, who I know best from Million Little Stitches, is beginning the new year of Roy by moving him to a place of unexpected adventures, take diversion.

Want to join in the fun? Just leave a note for Julie or I and we'll link to your post. Stay tuned for updates!


The new year has brought some new searchers our way. Welcome Fran, Elfi, Linda and Roxanne! When you have a chance, take a peek at the luscious reds offered by:

Elfi at elf2mani
Mary Ann at Blue Sky Dreaming
Charlton at Charlton Stitcher
Lisa at arzigogolare

Eric at Cerulean and
Roxanne of Ideas in Cloth have joined in the search for Roy.


February 19 - orange
March 19 - yellow
April 16 - green
May 21 - blue
June 18 - indigo
July 16 - violet
August 20 -brown

September 17 -gold
October 15 -grey
November 19 -pink  
December 17 - blogger's choice

Monday, January 12, 2015

Searching for Roy G Biv 4 - reminder

Do you know what this Thursday is?

It's the first 3rd Thursday of 2015 and that means we're kicking off a new year of Roy G Biv. We're going back to the beginning and starting with red. If you're joining in the search, just leave a note for Julie or me when your post is up and we'll be happy to link to you. 

Hope to see your reds on Thursday!

January 15 - red
February 19 - orange
March 19 - yellow
April 16 - green
May 21 - blue
June 18 - indigo
July 16 - violet
August 20 -brown
September 17 -gold
October 15 -grey
November 19 -pink

December 17 - blogger's choice 

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Five years ago today - yesterday actually by date, but today being as we've arrived at the second Sunday of the new year - I was sitting in Starbucks, venti chai at the ready, laptop open, fingers poised over the keyboard, trying desperately to write the first post of what was to be my art blog...this blog.

Those first words just wouldn't come. It seemed years...decades even...before the first coherent sentence flowed onto the screen. And then the post was written. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Being an ex-accountant, I thought it would be fun to take a peek at a few stats while reflecting on the past 5 years. My most viewed post is

Cleveland - India Flint workshop day 1. While my bundle photo from that day is very popular on Pinterest,

it's this shot of India's hands that I prefer.

And that got me thinking about my favorite posts. Two quickly come to mind. The first was one of the most difficult to write and share because of the strong emotions associated with it. Tactile Notebooks and the Written Word - After not only offers insight into one of the exercises Sandra asked of the class, but is a treasured example of how my world opened and expanded because of beginning this blog.

Another favored post is Santa Fe - Sunday. Pam and I arrived in Santa Fe the evening before, tired and excited about the week ahead. Our first full day, Sunday, was an all round magical day and won't be forgotten any time soon. We both fell in love with Santa Fe and are planning our return later this year.

The writing of this blog has brought about so many connections with kindred spirits, new friendships formed, opportunities to travel, exhibit my work and even write a magazine column. All would have been unthinkable 5 years ago.

From me to you, a most heart felt Thank You! for sharing the years. Here's to another 5 more.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Make Your Mark

One of the best opportunities that came my way in 2014 was an invitation 
from Jeannine Stein, editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine,

 to write a recurring column for the 2015 issues.

In Make Your Mark, I will be sharing some of my mark making techniques and the tools used in the process.

The January/February issue of Cloth Paper Scissors is out now. I'm thrilled to be in the company of Seth Apter of The Altered Page. In The Creative Pulse, Seth will address issues that all artists deal with beginning with ways to identify your own signature style. 

Stay tuned! 2015 promises to be a fascinating year.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January 7

Mother Nature graced us with a skiff of snow yesterday.

Wind is roaring today and tossing things about.

My little urchins and I marveled at Wind's leaf collage in the driveway.

The birds are thankful for a full feeder of seeds and nuts.
I am thankful for the ideas their footprints are spurring.
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