Sunday, December 20, 2020

Being human...

Happy Holidays! 

I just sent off a newsletter full of information 

and happy occurrences during this time of isolation.

If you wish to be included please send me your email address to

make the subject:  newsletter 

First order of business in this post is to bow deeply for my

typo in above newsletter. I can not believe I misspelled 

Ruth Schmuff's last name!! We've only been friends and a force together

in the industry for approximately 28 years!

She texted me laughing out loud, that's a true friend!

Next order of business...


Looking ahead to February. 

My classes have students but we are still hoping to fill 

at least one more 'socially distanced' chair at

 The Needle Works 

in Austin, Texas for my 'Choose Your Own Journey' class. 

This is a unique opportunity to stitch any piece from my line of 

painted canvases and have me at your beck and call for 

three days of fabulous stitching. 

There is still time to sign up and get your favorite design. 

The class runs February 19, 20 & 21.

The Needle Works assures me that all precautions are being 

taken for everyone's safety.

The class is small in size in their beautiful large classroom, 

plenty of space to spread out.

In other news ...

I've been exploring and learning, stretching

my creativeness with new to me techniques.

Above is this years Christmas Card.

Every year I create a new holiday card.  This year I decided

to spread my wings and try something different.

The painting is 16" x 20" rendered in a way that

colors are layered to create the shading. 

This is sooooo different than my normal approach.

When I paint needlepoint canvas, every color is mixed or

bought to use directly. There is little blending, sometimes

I may bleed two colors together but never as I did

on this painting. 

Best part of this, I had a blast and I want to do more.

I'll never give up line drawings, they sooth my brain.

I'm totally focused when working with lines, 

my meditation.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Grateful ...

 This year has been a test ...

Growing up the TV would periodically go into 'TEST' mode.

It was like the outer limits was taking over, it would buzz loudly ...

a different screen would appear and ...

the collective 'we' thought 

nothing of it!

I'm not sure what brought me to the above but

it's been that kind of year and here we are at the end 

of November.

My focus has been to be 


To focus on what I have ...

Like a new grandson!

His two amazing siblings!

My daughter and son,

who both hold my heart.

Having my Mom here!

My family, my friends,

my creativity and my wild imagination that fuels it!

I was recently honored to win an award for my work.

With all that has been going on, I've begun to enter local 

gallery shows. It gets my work out there and keeps me

motivated to do MORE.

Therefore, you could have knocked me over with a feather

when I won an 'Award of Excellence' 



Friday, October 16, 2020

Looking forward ...

 To say it's been a different world,
understatement comes to mind.

As the title of this post implies,
I'm looking forward with hope 
for more balance.

Safe, social distance smart classes
are on the schedule.

February will see me flying non stop to 
Austin Texas to teach for 
The Needle Works
a different kind of experience we're calling
'Choose Your Own Journey'
follow the link for more information.
It's going to be great fun!
February 19, 20 & 21, 2021

To keep the needles flying,
'Father and Son'
February 27, 28 & March 1, 2021
I put my heart into each piece I create.
This one is no different but WOW! Did I 
have fun and is he ever a proud dragon.

Father and Son, original hand painted needlepoint canvas.

'Father and Son'
aka 'Pater and Filius'
first flying lesson
This design took on a life all it's own.
From the brocade like borders to the use of
real metal paillettes to add all kinds of shine.
You will learn gobs of technique with this design.

Father and Son, hand painted needlepoint canvas original

Monday, September 14, 2020

the journey ...

I'm only '62' but ...
over the years I've learned ...
one or two things here and there ...
one important piece of information that
was passed on to me when my two were littles ...
'you're only as good as your next piece'
This hit me as harsh but
I saw the truth in those words.
So they immediately became motivational.

This morning I watched a video clip a friend does
on artists called
The artist spoke of how a creative can feel a bit of a let down 
when finishing a piece.
My mind understood this and his next words
resonated as well. 
I can feel this way when I finish a piece that I've been so 
focused on. However, it doesn't last long because
I'm already turning to the next. It's usually already drawn
or painted and staring at me with a small pile of 
materials I've begun to gather. And the thoughts of 
'what crazy idea will come to life on this piece' ...
after all ... You are only as good as your next piece!!
... and that my friends is freaking exciting to Moi!

My day typically starts with a large strong cuppa Chai.

Father and Son beginnings

To begin a canvas, I usually see how
much I can pull from my limited stash.
Ideas are normally hand written and changed
as the piece often tells me a different story 
once I begin working. 

the Son, stitched

I still can't remember what I was thinking 
when I decided to add this little one peeking
over the top of the big guy.
...and so the story in my head started.

Father, right side

He soon became the son to this massive
amazing Father dragon.
The father told me his son was 
being very reluctant about
his first flying lesson.

Philly Wallpaper

I take a ton of pictures, I always have.
Even before camera phones!
My brain sees patterns.
I was an extreme Tetris player
at one point ... until I realized what 
a time waster it was. Many other
things to do that were so much 
more creative.
The above became the background.

Father, left side

... or is this my best side?
'Father and Son, first flying lesson'

This is being taught for 
in Houston, Texas
June 4, 5 and 6, 2021

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

smiles ....
[titled long before our world changed]

I know this year has qualified for many of you, 
on so many levels, as 
'the worst'
but ...
I've witnessed and continue to witness 
joy, beauty, & little miracles.

I could write a dozen blogs listing them all.

I do recognize that I've had fear, sadness ...
and a couple times felt myself plunge
into a pool of depressed feelings ...
still, there is that ...but
I have plenty to be grateful for.
First and foremost on a personal note ...
a new grandchild is due October first.
The force is strong in this one for sure!
My sweet niece had her babe arrive into
this world well ahead of schedule ...but
this one too is feisty and strong.
Every day I read of her growing and 

My year started off with many classes, I met
with long time friends and new to me stitchers.
Had I not had this good fortune, not sure I'd have
kept my head above water these last few months.
So a huge thank you to all who made that possible.

I've sold several original pieces, started a news letter,
written on this blog! I've designed and painted 
several new pieces that will eventually 
debut when life once again becomes

I'm just back from my first bit of travel to teach.
I'd like to give a shout out to Tampa International
for their vigilance in social distancing.

I taught for Labors of Love in Atlanta.
Mark and crew were fantastic!
I did not feel uneasy at all, tables were
arranged and students were spread out
[unless they arrived together].
Luis handed me a marvelous contraption to 
wear so all could hear me.  A shield that fit
over my glasses and covered my face completely.
I'm soft spoken, hearing me through a mask
simply wasn't working.  The shield was perfection.
Beautiful shop, beautiful people!
this is more wordy than my typical blog.
Obviously I had a lot on my mind that 
needed to jump out.

I wish you all peaceful and healthy days!

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Friday, July 17, 2020

developing doodles ....

... once upon a time ...
I was playing with my adorable
granddaughter. As any adult comes to learn,
the best toy is most likely the box 
it arrived in.

Decorating it can be the best fun....
and sometimes, every once in a while,
my brain takes it further.
No rules when coloring on a cardboard box!
Taking it a step further,
thinking about color and stitches
for needlepoint canvas.
Initial lines drawn before adding paint.
Doodles are important for all of us.
It helps me to think.
'Abstract Vase'
will be added to the line this fall.
Watch for it and several other new designs.
'Abstract Vase'
Black and White high quality prints
are available.
Inquire by email to

Saturday, June 27, 2020

my favorite job ever...

... a friend posted,
'slightly overcast, but any day at the beach is a good day'
This made my mind wander, doesn't take much ...
I was also asked this week during a Zoom meeting what
my favorite job ever was ...
mind you, caffeine had not been consumed yet ...
it is Saturday and I'm not moving fast on purpose.

Thankfully, I was last to answer and had time to ponder.
My first thought was, being a Mimi to the two pictured below.
Although, I don't even consider that a 'job', so my answer 
was, being an artist and exploring it daily throughout my life.

Then I saw a comment in my email, 'haven't heard from you in 
awhile, hope all is well'. 
This came from anonymous but I answered.
Then felt the guilt of not posting here in a bit, 
even considered not doing 
this blog any more several times of late.  BUT ...
recently views have jumped and interest seems to be renewed.
It could be the new normal we are all living 
or maybe the wonderful
group Zoom I joined out of Sarasota 
or maybe because I recently made
the leap and purchased my .com  
Who knows for sure BUT ....
Seemed I'd better sit myself down and post.

So enjoy the pictures of me living my favorite life 
with my two favorite humans ... soon to be three!
Mimi and Bird getting creative.
Little Fox and anything with wheels.
Painting rocks with Mimi.
Accidents and magic ... Bead fall ... ugh
Magic happens in this studio.
They fell right into this dish!
Thank goodness for sturdy drawers.
Just pretty.
Sunset through my Frangipani.
These are babies from my
original that Irma knocked over. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

This came to mind today....


’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)

Friday, January 3, 2020

a day in the life....

Last Sunday found me roaming around 
Florida Botanical Garden
in Largo, Florida.

I was shutter happy with many pops of 
color but the below had my full attention.
I'm drawn to plants that are, of course,
a little weird but also architectural in nature.

As I was capturing angles of this particular plant....
my brain is itchy with recognition but WHY?

Then POP, we have history.  This is the plant
my 'Little Dancer' is balanced on.
'Orange Pops'
'Little Dancer'
original canvas by a Kimberly design
available through 
Ruth Schmuff Designs
shops order through