Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wonderful Birthday

I just celebrated my 50th birthday party, OMG, did I really just write that number down. I am ready to let go of my expectations of what life should or would be and embrace this life with all it's glory.

My artistic journey is a series of successes and failures. Disillusionment and disappointment has thrown me into turmoil for several months at a time. I questioned everything regarding my creative life, while being completely unaware that I was making a difference in the lives of others. This struggle opened the door for some very special people in my life to come forward with priceless encouragement .

With this birthday I gave myself the gift of art without expectations, premission for imperfection, art without obligation, art without a destination. To be an artist not seeking approval or acceptance.

I still aspire to sell my artwork, teach classes and maybe even someday write a book. However, the joy of just creating and giving gifts to my friends and family is priceless. With that said, here is a picture of a beautiful, amazing doll that I received from my sister. This priceless birthday gift will be a constant reminder of my artist journey.


p.s. the lettering is my own font.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Free Motion Stitching Class

I signed up for this really cool Free Motion Stitching class with Cynthia Shaffer
and Jenny Doh. This is week one and I'm sharing pictures of my sewing machine.
I purchased a Janome DC 4030 last year, this machine is so easy to use! More importantly, it's pretty. Yes, it's pretty! I have a lot to learn about sewing and what better way to learn than playing with art projects.
I recently participated in my first Free Motion Quilting class at a local fabric/quilting store.
But this online class with Cynthia is all about playing with your sewing machine,
some of my practice sheets look like I'm scribbling with my sewing machine, LOVE IT!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hearts for Winter

You have to love February because of Valentine's Day
With all the snow and cold weather we all could use a few heart warming
words from someone special.
"I Love You"
"Be Mine"
"Your My True Love"
There is nothing greater than loving someone and being loved.
I used my Fanciful Outline Alphabet stamps on canvas,
fabric ink, FW ink, rubber stamps, and fabric scraps,