Wednesday, April 20, 2016

square eyeballs...

Computer time ... charting, writing, 
creating new symbols!  
When my kids were little, 
one of them told me I was
going to have square eyeballs from 
too much charting.
notes, notes, notes
Once I sit myself down to it ... 
I thoroughly get into the adventure.
Guiding the beast ....
My Castle, My Dragon©

Pssst .... scheduling class time for June!

Friday, April 15, 2016

"Happy Little Bug"©
Class time is second Saturdays in 
June & July!
Come join us at
The Black Sheep Shop
Color, texture, sparkle, and glitz!
BEADS!! to the rescue.  
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram
you know that I stitched this little bug twice. 
The first version was just 'eh'!
So out came the scissors and
Voila!  Much much better. 
[no you don't get to see the first]
Playing with new to moi fiber.  Big Thank YOU to
Jill Likes  The Needlepointer
for some new toys in the studio!
Stitching begins on "Curly Flower"
next up on my stitching list.
"Caps N Curls"
[right] is down the list but
wow to the color fun I see.
I sat last night writing down ideas for Curly,
so I'm anxious to get started.
Easily distracted....
Sunny window above my desk casting shadows....

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

hearing this...

"The colors you use make me happy."
...makes my heart happy too!
Best compliment ever!
Pictured above are...
"Yes, I'm Special"
"Tree of Life"
all three are available through
The Black Sheep Shop
in Orlando, Florida
These designs are the first of 'The Nine'
a collection of five by five inch canvases.
Each features an array of different techniques. 
If you're in the area, please join us!
We're offering them as a two Saturday class. 
Lots of instruction, plenty of time between classes
to stitch away and hopefully finish each piece. 
When complete, you'll have a wall of art!
As well as a visual wall of stitches to give you plenty
of ideas for future painted canvas stitch interpretations. 
April 9, this coming weekend we begin the 
Tree of Life


Friday, March 25, 2016


When I was a kid ...
not that long ago!
I had a long bus ride back and forth from school.  
As I stitched on the little mushrooms in this piece 
I remembered drawing in the condensation on the bus windows ....
mushrooms, happy faces, peace signs 
and didn't everyone make "Hang Ten" feet with the 
side of your hand and fingertips for the toes???
Of course, now happy faces are called emoji ...
go figure?
"Tree of Life"
The next design in my series of The Nine,
Just how much can you pack into a five inch square design??
Don't ask!
Class sign ups are ongoing for this piece!
The first of two will be April 9 at
The Black Sheep Shop
in Orlando.
Call or click away for info.
Basketweave beading with a few ribbon flowers tossed in.
My tree has tiny little beaded Bluebirds too!
I know many of you are afraid of ribbon embroidery ...
BUT! If ... you can relax with it,
you'll change your own mind.
Beads, little stump work with felt, polka dots for fun,
and my mushrooms from the sixties ... bus windows.
Happy Easter!!
Emma will be two very soon! This adorable picture
was after her very first Easter Egg Hunt!
She is the sweetest granddaughter ever!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Tree of Life

Seems appropriate to blog about my
Tree of Life 
today, on this first day of spring!
Tree of Life
is the third in my series of The Nine.
The first class will be held April 9th
The Black Sheep Shop 
in Orlando!
Call or Click the link for information.
Cute, just cute!
Played with different backgrounds again.
Darning dots on the left,
Couching to the right...
and a little bit of felt with beads & ribbon embroidery.
You can see the two different backgrounds really well here.
The quilt 'ish' looking circle will be mostly beads!!
Next up in The Nine series...
Happy Little Bug!
I have some really fun threads pulled for this
and of course,
some wild ideas on how to stitch it!

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Time to create new designs 
stitch guides....
Looking back and designing forward!
Bead and bullions...of course.
Stitching on my Tree of Life!
I do love playing with ribbon!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Reviewing last week...

Most of you know about the 7 day challenge on Facebook...
below are my seven.
It was a fun challenge, didn't involve any 
restrictions on diet or large amounts of exercise!
And I found pieces I'd forgotten about.
Many have posted, what I call "vintage pieces" of mine.
It was a blast to see them popping up on my wall!
"Camel Flowers"©
My Biscornu Collection!
"Provence Purse"©
"Austintatious Peacock"©
"Flying Jewels"©
"Yes, I'm Special"©
Voila! Fini!!
Wish you could see how much he sparkles!
Class starts Saturday March 5th!
at The Black Sheep Shop
in Orlando!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

the eyes have it....

There is still time to sign up for this class at 
[click for details]
"Yes, I'm Special"
Peacock feather eyes, that is!
Just having a little fun!
A little bit of this, a little bit of that,
topped off with sequins and Swarovski crystals!
This bird is blinged out and oh so special.
Evening sanity check.
Chocolate Vineyard makes all
the other colors pop!
It's NOT cold here by a stretch.
Not compared to what my northern
friends are experiencing this month.
But he doesn't know that.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

happenings in the studio...
Emma and Mimi colored ... a lot this week!
Crayons, stickers, oh yeah!
Playing in the fountain is as much fun
as playing with bubbles...
even in the rain!
Some stitching occurred during naps
or while watching a few toons here and there.
The evenings were quick as this one was fairly worn out!
Breakfast at Tiffany's aka GG's
love my grandbaby's variety of expressions!
See ... changes every instant!
My Girls!
My so very beautiful daughter and my
so very silly grandbaby!
Mimi tried to wear her out before
their flight back home.
Thank you to Dada for letting us
have them both for a week!
See that grip Mama has on her,
what a giggle she is!