Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

ornament swap

My first swap with my Red Lead swap sisters in a long while. Head on over and read the details if you want to sign up!

We are swapping 2 of these wooden ornaments sold by Red Lead. I'm not thrilled with these, but I sure do enjoy the playing time in my studio.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

not scary at all

my friend heidi made this tag. she really doesn't like halloween or making scary looking things, but this one is decidedly NOT scary! i think it is a little slice of heaven! i love it!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Isn't this awesome? I saw this on a friend's blog and just had to share! I love the images on vintage patterns, and this is just a hoot! Don't miss the best part... the girl in the background bopping her head to the music!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

one more lantern

I made this as a gift for my friend Cathy. The colors are much more vibrant than the pics show. This one consists of 160 2" circles punched from my handpainted papers and coordinating scrapbook paper. Very fun to make and she really loved it.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

SEWN paper lantern

My first paper lantern, using several of the SEWN paper strips that I made. Very fun to make. I can't wait to make more!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

more SEWN class play

flowers and pinwheels... fun!

Monday, July 22, 2013

baby steps and how art imitates art

First of all, I want to make about a bajillion pairs of these adorable socks for my favorite babies and toddlers, present and future. I think they are stinkin' cute. So I ordered the specified yarn and it came today. I opened the box on the dining room table right next to my SEWN class fabric paper that I was photographing and lo and behold! Matchy matchy! It certainly was not my intention to create matching socks for my fabric paper... but those are obviously the colors I am drawn to work with right now. Such fun!

making paper fabric... part two

Next in our SEWN class, we cut our sewn paper strip into strips and sewed those together to make this nifty paper "fabric"... Oh lordy, I can feel an addiction coming on! I have drawers FULL of unused, forgotten, yet still very lovely scrapbook papers getting their hopes up- just longing to become part of a beautiful tapestry of paper fabric! My poor sewing machine will be smokin'...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

making paper fabric...step one

next in our SEWN class adventures... taking our patterns that we painted, and cutting them into strips...adding a few favorite or coordinating papers, also cut into strips... and sewing the strips together to make pretty sewn fabric paper ... these are just the first 2 that I made. there's more more more... stay tuned! I took these pictures out on my deck in my flower pots... my flowers are looking so pretty this year!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

SEWN class project #1: pattern book

This was fun. I don't sew much anymore, and as much as I love the look of sewn paper, I just never sit down and do it. So this class has given me the opportunity and motivation to sew on paper! I did not use any of my painted papers, just some scrapbook paper from my enormous stash. It was fun! A new project will be introduced tomorrow. In the meantime, I think I'm going to do some more of the random painting... I really enjoyed that!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

painting patterns... big and small

So fun! I really enjoyed painting the big, random patterns. I found it harder to be spontaneous when painting the smaller ones. The dots were spontaneous, then the flowers started getting a little more detailed. When I made the rectangles, I decided they reminded me of the row houses in Washington, DC and then I just lost my mind making doors and roofs and windows ...I felt like a little girl again! I had a ball painting again! Can't wait to see what the next steps in the SEWN class will be!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

SEWN class prep

Finally ready to get started on this fun class! It is offered by Mary Ann Moss, who has already gone above and beyond in prep work for this wonderful summer adventure! I've been joining the related flickr/pinterest/yahoo group/instagram groups and gathering necessary supplies (almost everything I already had in my studio). Just bought a couple of brushes and paint colors. I cleaned off my work table, set it up with a few personal necessities (like my favorite Raggedy Ann studio lamp and a cup of hot coffee,and last but not least, my favorite tunes to serenade me, and I'm ready to dip those paintbrushes in the paint and get started! We're starting off by painting patterns- big and random, and small and detailed... I'll show you when I've finished!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

the engaged couple!

My wonderful son, Justin and his sweet fiance Julie! We're so excited! Maybe next summer, but no official date set yet.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23rd

Wow, I've been planning to update and work on my blog and when I finally logged on today I realize that this is only my 2nd post this year. My blog has become "semi-annual" this past couple of years. Where has the time gone? I'm so out of the blog "loop" that I couldn't even remember my Blogger password. My my. So here it is June 23rd. Today would be my mom's 87th birthday. The picture on this post is my mom when she was young- it's one of my favorites. She's been gone for 15 years now, yet sometimes it still feels like yesterday. I still miss her everyday. Oh what I wouldn't give to hear her voice... oh well. I know many of you can relate. For those of you who still have your parents... give them a hug today. So much has happened since my last post in January. My niece Kathryn Rose got married and I got to help plan her wedding. It was perfection! Another niece, Christine had her first baby. My oldest son, Justin got engaged! No date is set yet, but we are so excited! My 2nd son, Andrew is in grad school; and my sweet baby, Mary Grace will be starting her senior year of high school in August. Most of my crafting has continued to be knitting, with a few other little projects here and there. Finally this past week I began digging my studio out of the hot mess that it has been in this past year. I'm beginning to make progress... So I will end my rambling update. I just wanted to say hello to my old blogging/swapping/art friends, and to let you know that I believe you will be seeing more of me... I am beginning a new artsy adventure, at the urging of my good buddies and my sister... the online SEWN class by Mary Ann Moss. (see the button and link in the left column.) I am so excited to start painting and sewing and creating again! I plan to blog along with the class and show what we're creating. I can't wait! It begins July 4th. You really should check it out- there may still be time to join. See you soon! (I promise!) Linda

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Happy New Year! One of my resolutions this year is to reconnect with people. So I'm back to my blog to say hello and to wish everyone the very best in the new year. I want to share with you 3 wonderful creations that my dear sister made for me this Fall. My birthday gifts included this handmade birthday book, which is precious beyond words... each page a treasure. This hootingly fantastic owl pillow which she made- she even drew and created the pattern! And then this collage she made for me for Christmas. "Playmates, come out and play with me..." was a song that we sang as little girls and holds a special place in our hearts. The image of the little girl with her "dollies three" is one of my favorites! Oh how difficult life can be sometimes, and this year hasn't been the easiest. But these wonderful handmade gifts made just for me by my one and only precious sister remind me to be grateful for the many blessings in my life... the most important blessing being my family and friends. So Happy New Year to you, dear blogger friends! I hope to see more of you in 2013

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

little witchy feet

I collect baby shoes...snatching them up anytime I see them at estate sales. And one of my dear friends finds them for me as well. My favorites are the black Mary Janes. Who can resist them? I saw one made into a baby witch's shoe on Pinterest and I couldn't resist making some! Here they are. They were so much fun! Special Note to a certain Sister of mine: If you are looking at these, AND you recognize one of the photos as being one of your own babies... AND you leave a comment... you MIGHT just be lucky enough to receive it as a gift.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


I took a really long break from swapping. But this one, hosted by my dear cyber friend, Joyce, was one I couldn't resist! It felt great to create something special for a special someone. My partner was Marie, and I made her this canvas in reds/teals. I wanted it to be happy and cheerful and something she would really want to hang.
And take a look at the stunningly gorgeous pastel one I received in return!
She sent some wonderful goodies along as well. And I just LOVE the tags she tucked in there too! I will be hanging this in my bedroom, and will think of Marie each time I see it. Thanks Marie for the wonderful artwork, and thanks to Joyce for hosting this fun swap!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


One of my knitting resolutions for this year was to make a scarf each month and then I'd have a MAJOR jump on Christmas gifts for next year, plus some for charity. Well, after the 3rd scarf I am TIRED of scarves!! I moved on to a pair of booties for a family friend... not to mention a sweater, a blanket and a tote bag that are now on the needles. The red scarf in the picture I made for a local charity- women at a local hospital who have a heart attack/surgery, etc are given a hand knitted or crochet red scarf in support of women's heart health. A nice idea! The bright pink scarf will be a gift. It was my first attempt at knitting cables, and it is called an Irish Hiking Scarf. What did I do before I started knitting? It is my favorite thing to do and I do it everywhere... in waiting rooms, in the car, and during my quiet TV time in the evening. I especially love to watch Cardinal baseball, so I get alot of knitting done during games.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hello again! Nearly a year has passed since my last post on this blog as well as on my swap blog. I guess I just needed a break. I needed to do other things for awhile. Not to mention, I discovered Pinterest! Wow! What a diversion that is! More inspiration there than you could possibly ask for. I also spend quite a bit of time working on my Etsy shop, which I really enjoy! But here I am, back to say hello and to see if anyone is still out there. I think I am finally ready to start posting again. I have been knitting up a storm and have some photos to share. Knitting has been my main creative outlet, with a few art projects here and there. I'm hopeful that Spring will breathe some new creative life into my windows and get me moving again! If you see this, leave me a hello comment. I'd love to hear from you again! xox Linda

Friday, May 27, 2011

my may tag

i've had this scrapbook paper for so long. i love it so much i've never wanted to use it! but i added it to my paper stash for the Happy Homemaker Tag Swap and decided to pull it out this month and actually cut into it... gulp... they are such simple tags, but the paper is so cute it doesn't matter!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

the language of flowers

atcs for a swap with my Red Lead Swap Sisters. so fun to make atc's again!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

the necklace round robin... round 2

becky chose a mix of vintage and new metals for her neckace. she made the 18" starter, then it went to halley, and then to me for the 3rd installment of metallic goodness. it's looking great! I had such fun putting it together... and i didn't buy a thing! it's all found treasure from my studio stashes! it has just one more stop! (gee, i wonder how mine is looking about now!!)