Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I had an idea...

I was working on my big cupcake canvas and I had the urge to try some embroidery. So, I put the canvas aside and grabbed my embroidery supplies. I curled up in my favorite chair in the den and did a few sketches. Cut a pattern and traced it on some linen. Threaded a needle and dove right in. I outlined everything and then filled it in with watercolor pens. Added some french knot "sprinkles" and put a 5x7 frame over it to see how it looked. 
I like it!!
Actually, it's still on the embroidery hoop as I have a bit more work to do on it.
But, before the day is done, this cupcake will be hanging in my red-and-white kitchen and I can go back to my canvas.

I love quick projects (that turn out OK) !!


Saturday, March 26, 2011


Spring... where are you?
We got a taste of warm weather
and then it was snatched away.
We had several days of ice, snow, and slush!
It will come.

Otter loves the snow!

He loves to run in it no matter how deep it is.
He just sinks in
and plays some more.
He has a bad knee on his left back leg
and I bet the snow feels good on the
inflammation... which he takes pills to help.


I'm working on a new canvas.
It's a BIG cupcake for the kitchen.
Wendy always says, "A cupcake is the
perfect dessert."
At her wedding she had
hot pink & lime green cupcakes
made by this award-winning baker in the area.
They were yummy!

I should finish my "Cupcake" this week
and will share it as soon as it's completed.

Make this a great week!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tea for Two...

Just finished this mixed media canvas.
I made it for a friend who always has time for
"Tea and Sympathy".

A side view to show you the music notes
around the sides of the 8x8 canvas.

I learned so many great techniques from
the "She Art" class created and taught
by Christy Tomlinson.

I'm overflowing with ideas for my next
canvases. Hmmmm... who will I make my
next painting for?

Yesterday was Kristin's birthday. Happy birthday again, Kog!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Monday began as usual... a cuppa Chai Tea at the computer while I watched the videos for my "She Art" workshop in my jammies. By the way... loving that workshop and would recommend it to everyone.

My daughter Kristin called. She lives in Denver (Cherry Creek) and said she was in the Chicago airport and on her way to Boston. I continued to watch the videos from my class while we talked and she said, "What are you doing today, Mom?" Her voice sounded like there was an echo. For some reason I turned around and she was standing right behind my computer chair... grinning her beautiful smile!!
It was the best surprise ever!!
Kristin was so excited that she had "pulled it off" as so many people knew she was going to try and surprise me. And she did!!

We spent the day and night together and then she had a meeting in Green Bay and then back to the airport to head home to Denver.

What a WONDERFUL 24 hours!!

Thank you sooooo much Kristin!!
Love you mucho,

Sunday, March 6, 2011

"She Art Workshop"... week #1

From this mess...
And this mess...
I produced this canvas.
There were so many techniques and materials that were
new to me, so this is all an exploration of them.
I like things neat and tidy and this
Mixed Media art form goes against what my brain
is telling me what to do.
But I refuse to give up!! 

BUT... it was fun!!

I look forward to week #2 which begins tomorrow.
Christy Tomlinson is a fantastic instructor.
I have indeed learned a lot!

I promise some giveaways in the near future.

Make this a great day!