Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Work in progress

I'm working away as the summer days get shorter and the sun is setting earlier here in the northeast. Seems like a lot later in the evening when I get to my studio and I'll get sleepy faster. This coming weekend, we will trek to Portage, Maine to visit with my aunt and uncle. It will be much cooler by then as we will be beyond this late summer heat wave :(((( I bet I'll return with a bunch of great outdoor photos!

Here are a couple of project pics. I'm enjoying hand stitching embellishment and have more to go. Can't wait to see how they develop!

I'm using some of my new thermofax screens! Love the look!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Waiting on the weekend!

I've got lots of new ideas floating around in my head right now. I'm happy about that for sure but sad that this week is going by so slow, delaying my time in the studio. This weekend will be all about finishing up my Castine wall hanging project, a mini-book to submit to the CPS reader challenge and using the brand new thermofax screens that I made 2 weeks ago. I'm loving my new designs and can't wait to see them on fabric so I can start incorporating them into a project! I'm patiently waiting for Quilting Arts' response to a submission I made recently and new projects are germinating every day.

I am loving these two images using my flower pictures and will end up creating something soon with them. Maybe something Ruth Rae-ish. I've been dying to make one of her soulful doors ever since I received my QA DVD. I love her book as well!

I'm super charged up for Traci Bautista's new art marketing e-course, discovering Y.O.U., that starts Monday, August 23rd!! I've taken her workshops before, both on-line and in person, and I love the format and the loads of inspiration and information she provides. Next week will be hectic at work but I'll be be glued to the computer every night!

I can't wait for the new Quilting Arts Gifts issue coming out! I've decided that this year, all my holiday gifts are going to be handmade, even the ones for the kids. I'm thinking handmade journals, wall hangings and cloth dolls for the girls and no ideas yet for the boys. I'd better get the machines cleaned and oiled up!

I finally broke down and bought myself a new computer. It's been hard designing on my laptop since the screen is so small. It's running slow and the new computer will have a large screen and lots of speed! This Friday, the Geek Squad will be here setting it up! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

Stay passionate, stay creative, and stay open!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Camp Fatima

This weekend, I joined the local HOG members for a ride out to Lunenburg, MA to a great little restaurant called Harley's. Fabulous place for brunch! After that, the group rode all the way up to Camp Fatima which is located in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. The group had recently done a ride for charity for Camp Fatima and they were asked to come up for the kick-off of Exceptional Citizen's Week, a co-ed week-long camp for children and adults 9 years and older with mental or physical challenges. You can find more information here about the Camp and CE here http://www.ecweek.org/. This week there is one volunteer for each camper that dedicates their time 24-7 to one of these campers. They are an amazing group of people, truly angels.

While we were visiting, we met Lloyd Caswell from Marblehead, MA. The more I learned about Lloyd, the more I was impressed! Read more about Lloyd's involvement in the community here http://www.wickedlocal.com/marblehead/news/x289807635/Lloyd-Caswell-to-be-honored-at-legislative-breakfast. What I didn't realize was that this year is the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lloyd is an active member of the Marblehead Disabilities Commission and much more. I was truly honored to meet Lloyd and to talk with him about his contributions and awards. His challenges were very apparent but they don't seem to hold him back any. It was a pleasure meeting him and sharing a part of his day at Camp Fatima.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

From Image to Stitch

I'm loving Maggie Grey's book From Image to Stitch. I feel like it takes my current process to another level that I will enjoy playing with but not so sure it's for me. Still, a fabulous book for anyone who loves creating artwork in digital format and taking it to textiles. I made a trip to Lowell to Friends Fabric Art at the Western Ave Studios to make some new thermofax screens. You can never have enough!!! I will be playing with my new screens today as well as finishing up my wall hanging of Castine.

I was just notified that my Scrap Wisdom Collage article from Quilting Arts Oct/Nov 2008 issue will be included in their upcoming free e-book!!!! Time to do some serious contemplating (13 days left) on what I want the viewers (if any) to see when they go to my website (which I have not been able to update since I posted the pics of that article).

Got to get busy, busy, busy!!!