Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Look!

I'm getting wound up to return to Hawaii! I have dressed my blog in hibiscus and lots of green! We've still got 4 months before we actually leave, but only 3 months before our stuff is packed up and shipped out. We're shipping early so, hopefully, everything will arrive in Hawaii at the same time or right before we do. I'm even shipping my car early. On Monday, our cats are going to the vets to get their blood test and shots so they are all ready to go. The moving is going to be hardest on them. They are old and it's a really long trip. We are stopping over on the east coast before we get to Hawaii just to give everyone a break. It's not quite halfway, but it will be a rest stop for about a week.

I've been cross stitching a lot hoping to get a few things finished before I leave. I'm already packing up my craft books and some supplies. Europe has been fun, but it will be nice to be home again. I'm not fond of living in rental quarters. I owned my own house for over 20 yrs and I prefer it to being paranoidly careful at home. Anyhow...onward and upward!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Work

I hope everyone had a good holiday! I finally got time to take pictures of some new mixed media work I've done. Some of it is quilted, some not. I had great fun making it all!
This piece has been done for a while, but I never took pictures of it. It was done using water soluble interfacing and layering fabric, then stitching through the layers. This was my first piece like this. I embellished the piece with fabric beads, fire-polished beads, Swarovski crystals, and a couple of yo-yos for good measure. The following are close-ups of the embellishments:

This is a close-up of the yo-yos and fabric beads. The yo-yos have Swarovski crystals sewing to them.

Close-up of the bottom of the piece. Fire-polished bead dangles, fabric beads and a yo-yo.

This next piece is a quilt I made and then beaded. I stitched freeform beaded flowers. The last picture shows how I "tied" the quilt with beads.

This is a piece I did to experiment with using used dryer sheets which I painted.
I used flowers that I had used watercolors on and after placing on the quilt top, I thread-painted and beaded the flowers. More of these are to come.

This piece is done on a stretched, painted canvas. I used layered painted and melted Lutrador. I added a string of beads for sparkle and texture. I call it: "The DNA of Life."

This piece is also done on canvas. I used some painted, melted Lutrador, Angelina film, polymer clay beads, glass beads and a copper metal sun charm.

I call this: "Sunrise On The Beach."

This piece is on painted canvas with painted and melted Lutrador, Angelina film, glass leave beads and polymer clay beads. I call this one: "Sunlight Through the Leaves."

That's it for now. I do have some experiments that I've been working on. I'll be posting them in the next few days.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 4, 2008


I've dressed my blog up for Christmas! I'm finishing up all Christmas presents this weekend and getting them in the mail by Monday! Pictures coming up!