Sunday, July 23, 2006

Weekend away

We had a restorative weekend in Greenport, located in the north fork of Long Island New York. We walked and swam and ate and took pictures and had a grown up good time. If we had not had cel phones it would have been perfect.
Just thought I'd share the view. I did not shop much or create. Just rested.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bag update..

This felting stuff is too cool. I love the way this bag body turned out. Now for a lining and some embellishment and handles and who knows. I bought some tortoise shell handles and I have to dig up some stuff for lining.
Nappy bag is a gift. Pattern is by Amy Butler.I had some left over minke and a piece of denim from the bag so I made a quick little quilt to include in the gift bag.
I guess this was a very baggy day.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Finally a cool day

Although I am still headachy from the intense sinus pressure, the heat finally lifted and we can stop our excessive sweating for a while.
I went to Joannes today and bought handles and iron on interfacing for my projects, and Mike and I had some ice cream cake, from Trader Joes, to celebrate our anniversary. Belatedy. I also bought some patterns for clothes which I may attempt to get done next week. Or not. I have the fabric so it depends upon how crazy it gets around here.Tonight I continue work on the nappy bag.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Lack of lack

Self Portrait in 1980

Reading the posts in a group that I belong to called "everydaymatters". It is a wonderful group of artists, hosted by Danny Gregory, author and artist. There is a wiki page and a yahoo group also..
I mentioned in a previous post the little demons that keep me from my artstic endeavor and one more has revealed itself and its name is Lack. I am afraid to use up all of my precious materials. For most of my life I could not afford any.Or I did not allow myself to have them. Or I had too many kids-whatever...Now that I have become a lover of fine art suppies it is scary how much stuff I have and I love it all! Now I need to go and use it all up. Anyone else scared by the sound of this? Shudder.
Still sapped by this bronchitis scourge. Not feeling as bad but not really able to breathe either. Knitting is good when you are chair ridden.
Folded book made from watercolor paper, cover made with paper from Thailand. I read that the paper from Thailand is made from a plant that does not have to be killed in order to harvest the paper making pulp which is different from other methods that use the inner part of the plant.
Closed book
The idea for this book is from a book called "Making and Keeping Creative Journals" by SuzanneTourtillott. I bought the paper from
I went Yarn shopping this weekend.

The blue is the almost
ready to be felted bag mentioned
in a previous post. The green
wool and luscious
is for my next project.
There is a wonderful place in
Greenport, New York called
Now and Zen Yarns.
If you love yarn,
you will love this store.
The owner, Christine Henson, is so nice and she
is excited about her work.
It is a blissful place to shop.
Her very nice mom was
there too.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Bailey goes to Columbia

Here she is on her first day, two weeks ago. She is having great summer, meeting people from all over the world and studyingliterature and art. I ask you, what could be better?

The Florence Griswold Museum

The Florence Griswold Museum
If you are ever in Southern Connecticut, and you are an art lover, you must stop here and see this enchanted place.
We were stuck in traffic due to accidents for hours and still it was worth the trip. I love these museums tucked away in the country side. They are treasures.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Fun change of course-felted bags

nonibags-felted bags
I am making the Felted carpet bag in the medium size in a solid blue. Need an easy hand work project with quick results.
I am allowing this summer self indulgence. I am enjoying it.
Click on links for pictures.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Spent last night and tonight stuffing my little friend. She is filling out quite nicely. This body is done in a different fabric than the fabric which came with the kit from Gail Wilson. I wanted to make sure I could do it before I used the lovely doll body fabric which came with her kit. It is also ready to be stuffed.
While I stuffed I watched a movie that we borrowed from our library called"Everything is Illuminated". Wonderful film. I want you all to go out and get it right away.
I wrote a poem today filled with pain and anger so I probably won't publish it because I don't want to hurt anybody. But I have to say that I do like it because it said exactly what it was meant to say. I will have to think a while before I release it. Words are powerful and they cannot be unspoken, especially if you publish them on the internet.hahaha
Today was a busy day filled with errands and struggles with my daughter and I am glad I had time to sit and do some work on my doll. I am always amazed at how I forget about all of the troubles and cares I carry while immersed in any creative moment. Makes life bearable and even joyous.

Two gessoed dolls drying in cups.
Had to clear away all the doll making stuff to accomodate guests for the day. Using two different fabrics the bodies really did stretch to become different shapes. One is taller and more elongated.The other is more the shape it was designed to be. I like them both. Today I will re read the instructions for sewing them together. We may be heading north to a museum in Connecticut, The Florence Griswold Museum in Mystic. We are still having coffee, we have not decided how ambitious we want to be today after our weekend of birthday parties and bridal showers...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Looks like a quilt!


John Lennon

The Peace Fountain

Noah's Ark

Our day in the city -Saint John the Divine Cathedral and the Peace garden next door. So hard to capture all of the beauty and creative energy.