Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Back to reality!

I'm back!  It feels like forever since I last posted.  The downtime was absolutely necessary to recover from the wedding plans and preparations.  Maine was so beautiful.  Thank goodness it had cooled off on the day of the wedding so that I could put my make-up on, roll hot rollers in my hair, and put on layers of polyester and nylon.  Of course, there was no A/C at the reception so I melted anyway.

The day was perfect and the food fantastic and the flowers and the pictures.  It was made even more special by Charleen Wiseman conducting the ceremony!  Charleen, recovering from numerous surgeries due to cancer, pushed herself to be there for me to conduct my ceremony and it couldn't have meant more to me.  Charleen is a quilt artist, I had come to find out, and I felt connected to her in more than one way.  We shared the love of Castine as well as fiber art.  Visit her blog here !!  I am still thinking of how to thank her for her gift to me by being there for us.

Here are a couple of photos to share with you. 

Just before I left for Maine, I met with Pokey Bolton and Ellen Seeburger of Quilting Arts Magazine to deliver artwork for my article in the upcoming October/November issue.  I can't share all the details yet, but I have been invited by them...........

Oh, what a tease I am!  As I know more, I will share :)  PROMISE!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Studio Sunday and Another Giveaway!

First things first!  Can I just say that publishers and editors of Quilting Arts Magazine have been so completely generous with me this year!  It is always a pleasure to work with them as they are such great people!  I had one other submission with them that they were considering for publication and, on Friday, I found out that they will be placing it in this coming October/November issue!  So, to summarize my 2011 artistic accomplishments, I will have had two articles published (April/May and October/November), two projects included in their special publication, 101 Patchwork Projects, and a project included in the upcoming Quilting Arts Gifts issue this fall as well. 

Of course, I have to include my upcoming appearance as Guest Artist on 3 Creative Studios Blog beginning August 15th!  I can't help but feel so blessed to have been given the opportunities this year that I have and I need to thank all of my family and my new husband for all of their support and understanding when my artwork took priority over a few family events.  Without that understanding and support, I would not be able to spend as much of my weekend time in my studio as I do.  Finding time to dedicate to your passion is hard when you work a full-time job because after all of the daily tasks, commuting time, and end-of-day fatigue, the weekends are it.  So thank you Jim, Mom, Dad, Sue, Dave, Melanie, Erika, Andy, Sarah, Noelle and Bobby!

There has been a lot of artwork preparation this weekend as well as last minute tasks to complete before my wedding ceremony next Saturday.  That probably explains my on-going headache :)  That said, I have a ton to catch up on still!  I have this lovely little artwork piece that I would love to give away!

So on top of my other GIVEAWAY that I announced in my previous post, leave a comment on this posting if you would like it and I will put all names in a paper bag and pull one out on Monday, July 25th!  Thanks for standing by while I get back on track in the studio!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Terri's Twelve by Twelve and a NEW GIVEAWAY!

I need to share how inspired I am by Terri Stegmiller's use of one of my new Thermofax screens in her current art quilt!  CHECK THIS OUT!!   It is really great for me to see this because it just counter-inspired me.  Does that make sense???  My design inspired Terri, and Terri's design has made me look at the design elements I created in a completely different way! 


I welcome everyone who has purchased one of my Thermofax screens to send me a link or picture of how you have incorporated my design into your own artwork.  It could be a completed or partially-completed project.  I will post all pictures or links here on my blog and add your name to my drawing for one FREE Thermofax screen of YOUR choice.  (You can see them in my ETSY shop.)  The deadline for sending me your pics is AUGUST 30TH!!  I will select the winner on August 31st.

For now - you've got to visit Terri's Blog!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Studio Sunday

Well, it sure is good to be back to my regular Studio Sunday post!  First, I have exciting news!!!  My digital artwork is being displayed on Create Mixed Media as THIS WEEK AS ART as Visualized by ME!!!  Check it out, it's a week of hearts and it will be up all week!

Next up?  I've been really busy working on videos!!  Yes, I said videos!!  They will be featured on 3 Creative Studios beginning August 15th, so if you are not a member yet, sign up for their Newsletter and jump on board!  You can participate monthly in the Color Palette Challenge and Journal Art Quilt Challenge and more.  Don't forget about all their free projects!

Here is a sneak peak of one of my samples..

I've got to jump back in it as I still have plenty to do before August.  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!  I'm still as pale as a ghost!  I'm going to need a fake tan before the 23rd!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Anyone got a time machine???

Does anyone have 24 hours I can borrow?  If I had known in January what I know now (how busy the month of July was going to be for me), I would have run!  Well, maybe walked fast in another direction :)  It wouldn't be so bad if other people didn't need so much from me right now.  You know how that goes, I'm sure.  I have tonight and Sunday to complete a full-page of tasks in the studio.  I apologize for not posting my usual Studio Sunday last week but this is how it's been going.  I promise to get back on track soon!

I'm totally excited about my new Thermofax screens on ETSY!  I've had a number of sales already.  But, what's even more exiciting is to see Terri Stegmiller using one of my originals in her current Twelve by Twelve group color play challenge!  I can't wait to see how it turns out!!  Check out her posting HERE!

I am working on my June Color Palette Challenge for 3 Creative Studios.  Here is a picture of how far I have gotten.  I had been painting some fabric and the colors of this one closely match the palette so I decided to work with it.  I screen-printed one of my new designs over the top in the darkest tone.  But, I have been looking at it for days and it just won't speak back to me.  I'm waiting for that little light bulb to go off over my head.  Of course, I have been know to start over completely.

Check back later for my Studio Sunday post!  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

ETSY Shop is Up and Running!!!!!

Well, I finally did it!  I have loaded up a huge selection of Thermofax Screens for sale as well as some of my original art work from my Scrap Wisdom Collage article in Quilting Arts Magazine's October/November 2008 Issue.  These journal art quilts mean a lot to me because they were the result of my first ever article created from the creative energy and artistic high that I was on after returning from ArtFest in 2008.  But, it's time to let them go and make more room for new artwork.

[What I would give to go back to ArtFest again!!  If you can only go once, GO!!!  There is nothing on this earth like it!  Thank you Teesha Moore!!!]

Check out the Thermofax screens if you get a chance!  I've been having a lot of fun working with these and you can be sure I will share more on that later!

I'm working hard this long weekend in my studio and I hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July weekend with sun and cookouts and swimming.  Here is a shot of one of my mini quilts in process!