Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For Jill

Jill K Berry is an amazing artist, author, and teacher.  Under normal circumstances she would be teaching at Art and Soul this week, but due to a very unexpected health issue she is in the hospital recovering from major surgery.  She wrote about her situation with such grace and clarity on her blog.  I cannot imagine being so articulate under these circumstances - Jill is truly and inspiration.  In her post she wrote, "Rejoice in your good working happy bodies. Leap around and yell today, for me."  At the gathering of the LOLAS both Jan and I had the same thought - LET'S DO IT!  So Jill, these leaps are for YOU!!!

Jan and Sonya (photo by Janet)

Wendy and Sally

Wendy and Diane

Janet and Lulu


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Class Announcement

HEar  ye!  HeAR  Ye!

Glenny Moir, the founder and director of Art & Soul Retreats, has added on one more class taught by yours truly to the Portland 2015 retreat in March!  So now, in addition to The Kid Inside You Class on Thursday, March 5th, I am now also offering Fabric Collage Storybook Dolls* on Saturday, March 7th!  Come sign up for some major fabric collage sewing fun!

*(As seen in the new Spring 2015 issue of ART DOLL QUARTERLY!)

Saturday, February 7, 2015


sitting here early early on a Saturday morning
when i could be sleeping in.

being a workaday person right now,
always so busy with homework for the job,
i am lonely for my art.

it is breaking my heart,
and i want to go home.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Getting stampy

In December Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (artist/crafter extraordinaire!) was running a stamp carving daily on her blog.  Although I was unable to participate due to other obligations, I was nevertheless SO inspired and had the urge to carve!!!  This month I've had some time to dabble in it.  It seems I especially love to do the carves that can be rotated and stamped together to make a larger design.  FUN!

I love seeing how the designs change depending on which way you rotate the stamp!  Somewhat of a Moroccan flavor, n'est-ce pas?

Multiple tiles - oof!  I made a few mistakes!

A new carve made a sort of Mexican flower design.

On the left, the same stamp as above rotated so it wouldn't make the flower.  On the right, going geometric.

Each carve and stamping makes me want to do another one. Very addicting!

And then there are the carves I do for letterboxing.  Here are two of the latest:

A bald eagle looking to steal an osprey's catch of the day.  This stamp was inspired by an event that Rattollie got to witness on one of his dog walks by the Sandy River.

I carved this stamp this past weekend while up in Victoria, BC.  It's inspired by the First Nations wood carvings - in particular, a Haida wood carving.  I didn't get the chance to plant this letterbox while we were up there, so I'll have to wait until next year's annual hockey tournament when we go back!

Do I wish I could just stay home and carve all day?  Yes!  But alas, time to get ready for school.  See you later!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Celebrating with family and TraLaLa

Decorations, gatherings, baking, dressing up as celebrities - just for fun!  Cherishing time with my daughters, all grown up now, the life of the party!

Just a few of the celebs that came by: Jackie Moon from Semi-Pro, the ghosts of OSU past, present and future; Katniss Eberdeen and Willy Wonka, Clark and Ellen Griswold, Danny from Grease and Frozen's Elsa, Bono and Yoko Ono!
Ok, Robbie - we're expecting great things from that GoPro!
TraLaLa - Friends, secret Santas and surprises galore - an extra day of celebrating and arting! 

Kellye knits a cap, Sally and Diane open gifts!
Sonya, Sally, Janet and Jan
Cute d├ęcor and gifts galore!
I hope your holidays were merry and bright, filled with love and joy!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday

When I was a kid I always loved wearing my cat ears.

(Somewhere there is a photo of real me wearing my ears,
but they are actually Batman ears!)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Playful pirates and a special book

How delightful to get more requests for custom work!  First up, a pirate play doll for a little girl:

Meet Dread Pirate Buttercup!  (Her name comes from the little girl's nickname, given to her by her auntie.)
She's a strawberry blonde with a reversible skirt, striped leggings, and boots!
Skirt flipped inside out to show the stripey side.
Another nickname "tattooed"onto her arm.
Happy sailing!

Next, our dear Diane requested a pirate family for her sister Kathy.

Kathy and Dapper Dan
Kathy sports a personalized braceelt.
And could it be their dog Spot?

Aarrrrghhhhf, Matey!
And finally, a special and personalized fabric book for a specail friend.

I hope you had a Merry Little Christmas, one and all!