Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rats

Did some sketching of baby rats. For a larger project I'm working on. Really want to get that going very soon.


I finally got a new voodoo doll pattern made and new minions started.


The first pattern was small and didn't think it would work. So I made it a little larger. Then I asked friends if I should make the small ones, the larger ones, or both. It was unanimous to make both. So I started the first batch.


Stuffed and ready to be painted. I have no idea how they will turn out but if I don't do anything, I will never know.

Still Around

"Keep moving. Keep moving."
                         - Gimli

Yes, it's been that type of year. Keep moving. Never give up. Never surrender type of thing. Either extreme highs or very deep lows. I haven't given up though. Not after I needed a new starter on my truck or my laptop crashed or my vacuum in my studio broke. Yes, there's carpet in the studio. After dusting myself off and the power wash to get the grim, I got back up again. Slowly but surely I'm getting back on track. I finished up the last three of my first batch of mug rugs.



I got more Blythe dresses worked on and had a full work table. I got snaps on and will now add trim to finish them up.




And I met some cousins for lunch at Penny Path Crepe Shop. It was great catching up on just about everything and discussed the state of the planet we live on. Had so much fun and the food was good.


My writing is getting back into being a habit again too. Been working on expanding a fantasy story and working to finish the rough drafts of three short stories. Still working on the sketchbooks too. I've got a lot to do in them to get three filled by the end of the year.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Blythe Clothes

I'm still working on clothes for my Blythe doll. From one of the sketches I did, I've come up with a nice 1960s dress pattern.



Working on an underpants pattern.



Very tiny undies.



They fit.


I will redo the bow on the headband. It's too big for me.


#blythe #1960sblythedress #blythepinkyellow

Sketchbooks

I have three sketchbooks that I need to fill up by the end of the year. Why? Because I should be practicing in them anyway and I can't buy new ones until I've put the work into the ones I already have. I so love sketchbooks. Big ones, little ones, medium ones, leather ones, handmade ones... you see what I mean. Someone gave me this watercolor sketchbook/journal and I decided to use it. I'm not too fond of the paper, it's Strathmore 140 pound weight, cold press. It doesn't take my watercolor paint that I use very well. It does take the Derwent Ink Tense paints quite well so I will use mostly that in this book. The top one I used Yarka watercolor paints and Ink Tense.



This one I used Ink Tense. I was trying to do bamboo but they look like antennae. That's why this is practice stuff.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I'm Still Here!


I'm still here. It's truly summer. Lots of wicked lightning and thunder storms, and rain. Lots of rain. Oh, and the humidity that makes my curls curl. Ugh! Summer in the south. I know... it happens every year but geesh! I'm so ready for autumn. I do hope we get a proper one this year because each year seems to be just about summer.

I couldn't get online because my laptop crashed on my birthday. Yeah, what a month. First my truck starter needed to be replaced and then my laptop. Was not a happy camper but I'm still here. I had a nice staycation because I couldn't afford to go anywhere. I couldn't even binge watch Netflix, which was the plan for the holiday weekend. So I read. Finished two books and started a third. Of course that whole concept of life reared its head. Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? Amazing how the lack of a laptop or computer or smart phone can make you sink several lows. After a few days, it didn't matter, except when I wanted to watch a movie. I cleared out more things in my apartment. Wrote a letter. Pulled out the paints.

I survived. I've had to reinstall several programs and I know I'm forgetting a few but my new computer guy got my mouse to working properly. I was afraid I would have to bury it.

So I'm in the process of getting back into create mode. Gotta get some more things off my list. Have a good one!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Done

Day 30 of my challenge. I'm proud of myself for sticking to it. This is the second challenge I finished this year. It does stretch the brain matter. Sometimes I'd just do a small sketch before I went to bed. Like tonight. I've got 15 more faces to do for my 29 Faces. I'll get that one done. Still working on filling up my sketchbooks.



I finished another three mug rugs and worked on my second art quilt. My magnolia.



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Challenge Day 29

Almost done with this challenge. I can't believe I stuck with it.


I also finished some mug rugs, pulled fabric for two preemie quilts, and did some more guy faces. The new AC is working in the studio. Thank goodness.





Monday, June 20, 2016

Errand Day

Did a lot of running around today. This morning. Four different stops and back home to put things away and have lunch. Taking care of business emails and zoned out. That usually happens when I have to do errands. It sucks the life and creativity out of me. But I did manage to get two sketches done. I saw these faces on National Geographic website. I don't know who took the pics but the faces captivated me. Now that I look at them they don't look much like the photos. I've got to practice more on my people sketches.


Tomorrow is another day. I will work on my list from today. See ya soon.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Plot Twist

There's a meme going around on Facebook that says something like, 'If life is not going the way you planned, call it a plot twist and keep going.' Not the exact words but that's how I'm feeling right now. I don't know what has been going on this month. My birthday month. The month I had such promise of nice things and it kind of went the route of a poopy diaper. After a month, the AC in my studio was finally fixed but now everything I'd been working on is off track and I'm trying to get things back on the rails. And it's been a slow month for longarming but I've been hanging in there with the 30 day challenge. I believe I can keep it up once the 30 days are up. We shall see. What was a 30 day challenge is morphing into a bona fide project. A large one that will be in progress for some time to come. The cool thing is that I'm ready for that challenge. Scary? Yes. But I'm feeling this down in my soul to keep going. I'm still working on details of the uber project, so I can't give out too much information at this time but stay tuned. It's going to be fun.

Grateful for my friends but one in particular who has been really great when the lave heat of life just won't leave me alone. She has kindly held the tiniest fan with the greatest breeze and with kind words of encouragement helped me through this month. No one can tell me I don't have determination and perseverance. I guess I have a hard head but my heart is bursting with creative things I want to make and show the world. Even if some don't get it. Because my light is great. I'm going to repeat one of my favorite quotes.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is out Light, not our Darkness that
most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Get ready to put your sunglasses on.