Friday, May 30, 2008

Apron Season

It's apron season.
Can there be a season for aprons or is everyday an apron day?
I'm thinking about putting some of these on Etsy.
Tell me what you think please.
Abby at a Feathered Nest 's apron swap is coming to a close.
Check out the Flickr site to see some of the wonderful creations.
Here is an adorable poem I found....enjoy.

Grandma's Apron

The strings were tied, It was freshly washed, and maybe even pressed.

For Grandma, it was everyday to choose one when she dressed.

The simple apron that it was, you would never think about;
the things she used it for, that made it look worn out.

She may have used it to hold, some wildflowers that she'd found.

Or to hide a crying child's face, when a stranger came around.

Imagine all the little tears that were wiped with just that cloth.

Or it became a potholder to serve some chicken broth.

She probably carried kindling to stoke the kitchen fire.

To hold a load of laundry, or to wipe the clothesline wire.

When canning all her vegetables, it was used to wipe her brow.

You never know, she might have used it to shoo flies from the cow.

She might have carried eggs in from the chicken coop outside.
Whatever chore she used it for, she did them all with pride.

When Grandma went to heaven, God said she now could rest.
I'm sure the apron that she chose, was her Sunday best.

I miss you Grandma...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Friend Sue

I have a friend named Sue.

I don't know how we met, I don't know where we met and I don't know how long ago we met.

But, I do know, she has been part of my life for a very long time.

Carnival Knockdowns by Tinsell and Whimsy
Sue's an encourager.

She's one of those people who exudes creativity. A true artist to the core.

Her stories and names for all her creations keep you in stitches.

She's always smiling and her art always makes me smile.

I am so happy she has entered the Land of Blog.

Stop by and welcome her at Tinsell and Whimsy.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Minnie the Mermaid

I'm not too sure what most people think of when they think "mermaid"...

Maybe a romantic, graceful, fantasy creature
that glides through the waters enticing sailors at sea?

Not me! No, no, no....

My earliest and pretty much only memory I have of mermaids

is listening to my Dad and family friend "Klap" playing guitars and singing a song called,

" Minnie the Mermaid".

Have you heard it?

It was after years of hearing this song I began to realize that every time they sang it the words were slightly different.

Later when my two brothers and I gathered to compare notes on what we could remember were we able to put together the entire song.

It was obviously a fraternity beer drinking jingle!

Or as I say to my children a "very inappropriate song".

That could be why I couldn't find it on Project playlist.

In fact the song that I have playing right now on this blog is quit tame by comparison.

So, I dedicate this piece to Dad, my brothers and all you Minnie the Mermaids.............

This is the mermaid I created for Marilyn Butler for the mermaid swap.

I wonder if she knows the song? ~smile~

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fiber kelp

What is it that I love about blogland?

Oh, Yeah, because I get stuff like this in the mail!
I just love surprises on my front porch.
Well, most of them. The mouse guts my kitty leaves I could do without.

This is the beautiful mini quilt art that my swap partner Marilyn Butler sent.

I was happy to have received Marilyn as a partner. She too has a love for all things fiber.

The elegant mermaid is embroidered and swims amongst a pool of colorful fiber kelp.

Marilyn, I just love it and Genevieve thank you for hosting this swap.
You can see more of the mermaid swap here.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Color, texture, fiber

I find myself intrigued by many different artists.

cocoon designs etsy

I actually was feeling quit anxious about creating a blog because

I didn't feel like I had a clear visual style.

Atelier Mônica de Godoi's flickr

I just was not sure what my" look " was.

cocoon designs etsy

There is a definite difference between my appreciation of other artists

and what my personal God given style is.

Kat Wise

Blog land has given me the opportunity to try to hone in upon my "look".

I'm not sure I there yet,

but I am beginning to discover what I am consistently drawn too.


Studio Karma


Studio Karma


cocoon designs etsy

and a synthesized combination of different elements.

So there you have it. Where my look is today.

Now make sure to go visit these artists:

Kat Wise who made the sweater jacket and cuffs. She's my hero...wait until you read about her and see more of this girls prolific adventures in life and art.

Karna at Cocoon designs does the wonderful soft sculpture dolls. She is also doing dolls in polymer clay. Amazing work!

And Studio Karma....She does the fun and whimsical jewelry.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Funky Art Queen


Is that a word?

If not it should be, because it is the only word I can come up with to describe this art.

I won the drawing from Lesley at Funky Art Queen for an art store gift certificate.

But I love HER art, so I asked if I could have something of hers instead.

I would have been quite happy with just a print.

And this is what I got!

I love her work it's bright, animated, whimsical and colorful.....just like my hubbie... ~smile~

You too can own your very own if you go to her etsy shop.

Thank you Lesley, it is all wonderful and much more than expected.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

2009 Journal Project

OK, as soon as you read this you have to go over to Fantazya's and sign up to create an art page for the

2009 Journal Calender

There are pages still left to register for.
This project is very cool. I wish I had thought of it
It's great for gifts, great for self promotion, great to find other artists,
great visual art and a great way to remember when to mail your next swap gift
(that's the part I need).

Now click here and go sign up, but remember to come right back and finish reading my blog!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mermaid Swap

Here is a sneak peak at the mermaid I'm creating for the Bella Enchanted swap.

My swap partner is Marilyn Butler.

Who by the way, was a runner up in the contest to name our house snail, Freddie Mercer.

I decided after attempting to work with paper for the last swap that I'd go back to what I'm comfortable with....FABRIC.

I'm just a textile kind of gal I guess.
It started small, but she has taken on a life of her own and has grown into quite a gal in many ways.

These are NOT auditioning for eyes!
She'll be back for her swimming debut after she arrives at Marilyn's.
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