Thursday, June 16, 2016

Doing the ICAD 2016 Challenge

Last year I kept  hearing the word ICAD on my fav Youtube channels. This year I found out that ICAD stands for Index Card A Day. The challenge is put on by Daisy Yellow over at her website You can jump in and start at anytime and you can follow her prompts or do your own thing as long as you MAKE SOME ART! Get some 3 x5 or 4 x 6 index cards and paint, draw, collage, sew... whatever you want. She has a Facebook Group too. The eye candy is mind boggling.

I jumped in feet first ad immediately found I wanted to do more and more and more. They have taken a very personal twist dredging up painful memories but I am soldiering on. Here are the first several:

 Cover Page

Mix Tape/text,writing 


 Prompt was Snoopy which made me think of his friend, Woodstock, which made me think of the music fest, which made me think of hippies, which made me think of peace love and happiness.
 Bird inspired by Cat Hand.

Typewriter...I used song lyrics I typed on a typewriter over 20 years ago.

 Cloud/Text, writing Poem from an old book on Nature Study Sharie gave me

Top Ten List. True story. All gifts from this list accepted gratefully.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

ATCs with Jay (Artist Trading Cards from Playing Cards)

Taught my mini me granddaughter to make ATCs this weekend. We used playing cards, paint, stamps, Mod Podge, and a baby Godfather meme.

Behold the results:

Too much fun I say.

Check out her blog at

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Where the Mysterious Drawing Went to Live

 I finally bit the bullet and ripped the mysterious drawing from the Hemingway Book. It went to live in my junk journal on the Mermaid Page.

I love it.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Monkey See Monkey Do or How I Trained my Grandkids to Art

I apologize ahead of time for the quality of these pictures. I need a new camera (hint hint).

The past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure to teach my Granddaughters the fine art of mixed media journaling. They picked it up really quickly although they all had different learning styles. The youngest watched me and copied my movements like a pro. Gramma is so proud. I even convinced them it is okay to be a little weird.

I am making an art kit to take with me when I babysit Gabe's girls later this month. We made the girls each a journal when they spent the night this week. FUN FUN!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Mysterious Drawing or How to Freak Yourself Out Without Even Trying

You may or may not know that I love books. I love to read books, hoard books and alter books. To satisfy all of those things I went shopping at my favorite thrift store we commonly refer to as "The FREE Store". Can you say low low prices?

I hadn't been there for awhile so the gal behind the counter gave me a really good deal on five books I picked up- a whopping 45¢ for all five. One was a collected works of Hemingway I selected for the big H on the cover.

When I opened it up I saw this drawing:

I thought "Oh goody a bonus!" I snapped a shot of the sketch and shared it to Instagram and Facebook where my friends proceeded to convince me that Hemingway himself might have drawn this while in Key West!!! Hence I got freaked out without even trying. Had I almost ruined a priceless piece of American ephemera? I had to find out.

Google searches revealed nothing so I felt a little better. However, Dr Donut sent me his findings, which once again had me worried. I asked an artist down the hall at work what she thought and she told me about a used book store near where I work and I set out to get their advice.

I entered the unassuming store and was blown away by the sheer number of books facing me. The lady at the front desk listened to my story and looked at the book. She said since there was no signature, no providence of the book being owned by Hemingway and the fact that these little Viking Books are so common that I could go ahead and alter to my heart's content. Then she told me about a special room up on the third floor for people like me who re-purpose books (WHAT... THERE IS MORE TO THIS WONDERLAND??!!??) I plunged ahead and was again blown away by sky high book shelves and so many books calling my name.

I found a couple of things I could afford (blog about that soon) and declared the Jane Addams Bookstore to now be my favorite place in downtown Champaign.

Here are a few more pics of the Hemingway book. I tried to read it but, do I say this? I don't care for his writing, sorry old man.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

A Glimpse Inside a Private Journal

I have public art journals and private art journals. I force the public ones on anyone who will look at them and I guard the private ones with my life. The thoughts I write down in those are catty and sometimes harsh so I do not share.

However the artwork is share worthy. Weird but share worthy (just like me). I am drawn to the Styles of Teesha Moore, Shannon Green's Journaling by 5s (JB5) and Mike Deakin. I am also following along with Cat Hand as she does Mixed Media Morsels. Look these guys up on Youtube you won't be sorry.

Behold- scenes from my private art journal:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Doing What They Said Couldn't Be Done

I started this particular quilt many moons ago...maybe 2004? I got as far as quilting most of the center checkered part then gave up. Something was off but I didn't know quite how to fix it. I came to Colorado in 2007 or so and there it sat still waiting to be finished. I took the opportunity to take it to Quilt Guild in 2010 for a special program where a committee would look at your problem UFOs and give you some advice. Well guess what? They had no advice for me other than cut off the border fabric and make pillows out of the rest. Not what I wanted to hear. I left the quilt in Colorado when I left in Oct 2011 but it made it's way back to me in April 2012. I didn't have the space to work on quilts until I moved into this apartment. I drug out several quilt tops and UFOs and this one begged me to finish it somehow, some way.

I started by finishing up the quilting in the center then did the ecru inner border. I made some tuck pleats in the hateful outer border then sewed on the binding and hand sewed it down in the back.


Is it perfect? No. Does it represent me perfectly? YES! It's made from unconventional materials, it was told it wasn't good enough,  it's been drug halfway across the country and back and it had to wait patiently for its time to come. Just like me.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Second Memorial Quilt for Lori P Plus a Bonus Gift from Leftovers

Amanda P commissioned two memorial quilts from her mother's clothes, one for her sister and one for herself. I did the first one back in early December so it could be mailed off in time for Christmas. I just finished the second one. It went a lot smoother as I knew what I was doing this time (lol). Amazing how that happens.

Finished size about 34"x34".

I made this rug as a bonus from leftover t-shirt scraps and jeans strips.  I have another one started from the leftovers from the Tennessee memorial quilt also.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mourning Fictional Characters

 (I originally wrote this back in January but randomly chose a date in the future for it to post because I was afraid someone would figure out at least one of the movies and yell at me for semi-spoiling it)

I have been in a funk after watching a couple of movies recently in which some of my favorite characters died. Bought the Farm. Met their Maker. Bit the Big One. Is it normal to get so attached to people who don't exist except on paper somewhere? All I know is, I have a bad case of the Feels and I imagine the Feels will hang around awhile.

Yeah sorry about that typo there. I was all shook up n stuff when I made this meme.

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.