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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mixed Media Collage Fodder: Vintage Books & Sheet Music

I bought this cute children's book today at a new thrift shop. 
They had a whole set of them. I may go back and buy the rest!

I hit the jackpot today, finding lots of vintage sheet music, 
an old "dictionary of thoughts," and a cute little
edition of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion.'

I love thrift shops!
In Australia, they are called, "opportunity shops."


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quilt Update | Top Sewn!

I finished designing my quilt top blocks on these cool design boards.

Then, Sandie and I laid out the blocks, designing the quilt top with color value and 
direction in mind. Then, we went upstairs to get a bird's eye view for better perspective.

I am so proud to have my quilt top (minus the borders) finished!

Stay tuned for more...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Artwork at Bungalow by the Beach

"Hot Mess" | Mixed Media on Canvas 8" x 10"

I've got these four new pieces for sale at Bungalow by the Beach,
228 6th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250.

Please visit the gallery and shop. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you browse!

"Duo" | Mixed Media on Canvas 12" x 12"

"Elephants" | Mixed Media on Canvas

"Crazy Eight" | Mixed Media on Canvas 8" x 10"


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Turning Twenty Quilt | Piecing

I had a great day piecing my quilt blocks.

My friend, and mentor, Sandra Kaye's quilt studio is beautiful, spacious and well equipped (including dogs).

My 32 year old Singer sewing machine and I are honored to be creating there!

I learned how to pick out thread for my quilt today.

I also learned that my sewing machine was made before machine quilting was much of a thing, so the built in seam measuring marks are for clothing construction, which is a 1/2" seam and not the 1/4" seam required by quilt patterns.

Sandie fixed my machine right up with a piece of bright tape, calibrated for an exact 1/4" seam. 

It worked like a charm!

Stay tuned for more adventures in quilting...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

My First Juried Art Show | Archway Gallery and Framing

"Elliptical Orbit" | Mixed Media on Canvas | 12" X 12" | $90

I was so nervous submitting my art to a juried art show and was
beyond thrilled that both pieces I submitted were accepted
into the show. Squee!

The show was sponsored by the Society of Mixed Media Artists
and featured art created by its members.

"The Fallen Lady" | Mixed Media on Canvas | 16" x 20" | $190

The show runs from March 19, 2015 through April 11, 2015

The Society of Mixed Media Artists is full of awesome talent. I am honored to be in the show alongside these very gifted artists.

Please visit the gallery and check out the show!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Turning Twenty Quilt | Cutting (and Pressing)

My dear friend Sandra Kaye is teaching me how to quilt!

I made one quilt, in the early 1990's, but forgot how to do it.

Sandie is a quilting master and I am soaking up her vast knowledge.

Here are the block pieces I cut out (by myself, squee!) ready to be
sewn together and pressed.

There is a LOT of ironing in quilting, LOL.

I will be making a "Turning Twenty" quilt. This pattern lends itself
to the novice (no curves) and to my fabric stash (lots of fat quarters).

Stay tuned for updates!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sneak Peek!

Here are some detail photographs of six mixed media canvases
I am working on for submission to a juried art show at Archway Gallery and Framing
and to show and sell at Bungalow by the Beach gallery and shop.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tea Time

I have begun treating myself to a pause (and a cookie) and a cup or two of tea at 4:00 pm every day that I am home.

In an increasingly hectic life, it is important to find a bit of quiet and ease when and where we can. 

Self care is important. 

Nurture yourself!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 2015 Gluebook Party with Christine Hiester of Bare Branch Blooming

I attended another fun Instagram Art Journal Party, 

She hosts these online Instagram parties on the first Saturday night of each month.


We worked on different art journal / gluebook prompts every 30 minutes.


"Work in Progress"


"White Space" (my own self-prompt)