Monday, February 1, 2016

Hard Pressed and Totally Blank

Wow it's hard to get back into the swing of blogging. So so very sorry about that.

I'm currently cutting crazy quilt fabric in between my office job and working on a duplicate of the keepsake memorial quilt for a lady here in town. I feel like my pictures are boring but I'll add them anyway.

 Cutting up prom dresses is fun.

 Piles of burgundy goodness to be pressed and rolled

Finished burgundies, Really classy looking.

 Steampunk bundles 

I'll be adding these to my website soon. If you ever want a certain color combo let me know and I'll try my hardest to make it so.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Making Memorial Quilts

I have been asked to make some Memorial Quilts this winter.

The first request came from my sister on behalf of one of her friends then not even a week later someone tagged me on Facebook in response to a call for someone to make a quilt from her deceased mother's clothes. I got the job and I  have another one in the wings, again from Facebook. I did four quilts back around 2000 for a family from their mother's clothes.

For some people giving up a loved one's clothes after they pass away is heart wrenching and nearly impossible. I hope I can help these people out with one of a kind quilts that reflect their loved one's personalities (based on their clothes -so far I haven't done one for someone I actually knew in life).

The hard part is deciding on a design. The cutting of the clothes comes easily for me since I deconstruct lots of garments for my crazy quilt fabrics.

I've been really good about keeping track of my designs this time. It's good to do that when you want to charge a fair price yet not cut yourself short.

This lady was an EMT. I got two of those pink t-shirts with Fountain County EMS logos. The lady who requested this quilt actually wants two. She gave this one to her sister for Christmas. I will give her a choice of replicating this one or a whole new design for her personal quilt.

Finished size 35" x 35". Reversible. Crazy quilted on front and back made from t-shirts.

The next lady, my sister's friend, didn't want anything so fancy. She told me her dad was a simple man who liked nothing better than working hard and sleeping in a warm bed. She sent quite a big selection of his clothes and I decided to do a traditional 9 patch design. She also sent a quilt top his mother had pieced and two of her hankies to write their respective names and dates of birth and death. Below is how it progressed.

Finished size 68" X 68"

If you would like a Memorial Quilt for your loved one please text or leave a voicemail at 719 200 2193 or email me at Prices start at $100.00.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Grungy Reclaimed Art Journal Project

Behold some pages in my new art journal.

I had a leftover wine journal from last year which was in the Xmas stuff at work. I offered it to the building manager first and when he declined I decided it was mine for the make over.

I glued about half the pages together and ended up with 22 full page spreads. It started out that I was only going to do the right hand sides  using Shannon Green's Journaling by Fives method. But that didn't last long and before I knew it I was going full blast on both sides. 

I did roughly follow her steps though.
1. Background with paint or inks
2. Add Texture with collage or recycling
3. Add Pattern with stamps or stencils
4. Focal point with words or images
5. Details with pen and pencil

This page is in reference to The Phases of The Moon Festival which I did not get to attend (obviously). They held it at Kennecuck Cove and it poured down rain for the first few days. Government Mule was there and I really would have liked to have seen them, but at least I did get to watch a live stream,

 I've had a horrible time with my new local library. I dedicate this page to the gals behind the desk (you know who you are)

 He is tacky but he's not really my boyfriend

First person ho "gets" this spread wins a domino necklace (for real). Leave a comment explaining what you think it means. I even hope for more than one winner.

I hope to get pictures of all my quilts tomorrow and all the quilts I have lined up to do after that.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Breaking News...I Have Returned!!!!

Yes. I now have internet. My very own internet. All mine. Mine I say. I will try to post more, share more, blog more, sell more, keep in touch more. Since it is the start of a new year I should do some sort of challenge which will probably entail using up this ginormous stash of craft supplies, yarn, and fabricthat I STILL HAVE AND HAS GROWN!!! It's going to be all under one roof eventually. I should start NOW trying to downsize it (a quick trip to Goodwill with it would not be as much fun). Hey maybe I should run a bunch of contests to help me keep motivated. Hmmmmmmm. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Succulents in a Log

No it's not a school lunch item- duh.

It's epic in its simplicity, some succulents planted in a piece of log I found last year- The search is always on for another one.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Badazz Saddle Pads

Badazz Saddle Pads

Do you have a high performance horse who needs to be comfortable and always on the top of his game? Does your horse have a sway back or one shoulder bigger than the other?

These saddle pads have a unique shimming system to help correct these sorts of problems and more.

Yes, I help make them thank you for asking

Monday, February 9, 2015

Some Things I Have Been Working On

Trying to launch a new website for my boss. Slow going but I have been able to create some cool quote pictures. We ran into some problems with copyright issues so we downloaded all these pics off her phone.

and my personal favorite so far...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Art Abandonment- Not Nearly as Tragic as it Sounds

I have joined a strange and wonderful movement on Facebook called Art Abandonment. You leave all manner of art out in the wilds of the big bad world in various places for people to find. They can keep it or pass it on. Here is one I did:

First I left it at Casey's in Milford but when I checked on it later it had blown down and was laying in the parking lot.

The next day I left it at the laundromat in Rossville. I didn't go back to check on it so I hope it went home with someone.

Here's the link to the Facebook group:
You can Google it too- Art Abandonment.

I have a few more ready to go- updates to come.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Breaking my Own Rules

Have you ever made a rule for yourself you later broke?
Count me in on this one. I swore I would 
use an eReader like a kindle.
Well guess what?
I use one now.
I love it.
I have about 75+ books stored on it. No more late fees at the library (for now).
I get an email everyday with free/cheap Ebooks deals and I can borrow plenty from the media mall from the library for free with NO LATE FEES. Oh did I already mention no more late fees? Bahahahahahaha!!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

How I feel Without my Art

Yeppers, that's me.

Big blank canvas hanging on a brick wall.

I need to make art. I thought knitting again would fulfill me but so far it hasn't. Of course I may not have given it a fighting chance quite yet. I have a pair of socks for myself in the works but lordy they are slow going!

I hope to get a new art journal today. That might help.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

World Turning

It's time to come back out of hiding and face my new life. Oh Lord why can't things just stay the SAME for longer than two years anymore? I complaining about my lot in life? Never may that happen! (Bonus points to anyone who knows where that phrase came from) I'm not COMPLAINING I'm just EXPLAINING.

When I moved to Danville I did not know two important things; that the neighborhood really was THAT BAD and that my friend who had the apartment was bipolar. Don't get me wrong, I loved the space despite the bad wiring, bats and other creepy crawlies and it being upstairs, which to my unending surprise kept a lot of people from visiting me. Who knew so many people can't manage one flight of stairs? That still boggles my mind.


I knew something was wrong with my landlord/friend within days but I chose to ignore it seeings how I spent 16+ months in a little pink room at my daughter's house sharing a bathroom with 4 other people. Having your own bathroom goes a long way in overlooking bad behaviors. But slowly, surely it became glaringly obvious that this was not going to be something I could disregard forever. Other people started dropping hints about her mental state and I had to make a choice to stand my ground or run. Life lesson-standing your ground is easy when you have no money to run.

The neighborhood had it's ups and downs then took a turn for the worse this past summer. Gunfire, unexplained explosions, people screaming in the street at 2AM, rap music booming from cars day and night, well you get the picture. I was living in the ghetto.

Ghetto +crazy=stress

I wanted to leave, I really did but I had some additional health concerns and my doctor was only a few blocks away. My family begged me to move, my friends not so subtly hinted it was time to MOVE!!!!! I was torn over wanting out so bad and leaving my friend there alone in her unsteady mental state- she had told several others how afraid she was to be there and how glad she was that I was around.

All for naught- I was forced out at the worst possible time for me and my business hopes. Said bipolar so-called friend decided to sell her other house and she thereby needed my apartment to store her extra furniture. She gave me like one week notice- yeah right- try again- someone must have told her to settle down coz she extended it to Nov 23. So instead of focusing on my domino art business I got to look around for a place to live none of which I could afford so I moved in with a childhood friend and put all my stuff in storage because this ain't happening again. I told MsCrazy she was NOT ALLOWED to complain to anyone about being scared in that big old house in the GHETTO all by her lonesome.

Now I'm back in the town where I graduated high school. It's ok but dang it I miss having the library right down the street and going to Royal Donut for supper.

Watch this video why don't ya?

Fleetwood Mac – World Turning Lyrics

Everybody's trying to say I'm wrong
I just wanna be back where I belong

World turning
I gotta get my feet back on the ground
World turning
Everybody's got me down

Maybe I'm wrong but who's to say what's right
I need somebody to help me through the night

World turning
I gotta get my feet back on the ground
World turning
Everybody's got me down

Maybe I'm wrong but who's to say what's right
I need somebody to help me through the night

World turning
I gotta get my feet back on the ground
World turning
Everybody's got me down

Turnin', everybody's got me down
World turning
Everybody's got me down

Let me roll

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Feline Rescue Center

Center Point Indiana $10 adult Admission $5 Kids, Very informative. Lots of tigers. Read more here:

There's a bobcat behind her.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Almost Like Being There (but no real selfie)

A couple of videos I took a few weeks back when I unplugged and went on vacation.

Turkey Run, Indiana.