The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 28!

I'm saddened to say that today is the last day of the challenge.

I am thrilled to say that I crossed the finish line...

I am also thrilled to say that I did it with some really fabulous artists.
I met some great folks thru this challenge and
think they will become long time friends...

I think they will.... I make the vodka cubes!

~so here is my entry for day 28~

And here is the final piece... day 29
what better way to end than with my self portrait!

Once again, thank you Ayala Art. 
You challenged us.
You brought us all together. 
You made us create art.
You're the best! 
 ~
Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

29 Faces ends today - Make a book!

I have been wanting to do something to commemorate the 29 Faces challenge since I started it.

Originally I was going to create a book in InDesign. Have you ever tried working with InDesign?? Wow.. It is quite a challenge in itself. I did get started, but very quickly it became a overwhelming... so for the time being I thought ... forget it..

Then I decided I would make a DVD in IMovie. Well, I have a nice start, but I couldn't let the book idea go. If you have been reading my blog, you know that I belive in the Universe and how it leads us were we need to be... well, I stumbled upon a really cool website today called Burb Books. 

Blurb Books seems like the no-brainer solution. I'm goin' for it!

If you have something that you would commemorate in a book, maybe for yourself as a milestone, like me or to give as a gift, check it out.. 



Save 15% on your Blurb Photo Book purchase
from 3/1 through 3/31 with code SPRING15OFF 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 27

a quilt in progress:
this is a mock up of my own images.. a test for image & color


This is the piece in progress.
I added 2 dancers on the road to the Taj Mahal.
~
Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 26

digital collage
from my own images and silkscreens
Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

29 Faces in 28 Days - days 24 & 25

I love doing freemotion faces!
Once I start, I can't stop...

These are now small quilts, ready to hang on your wall!


Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

List it Tuesday - things that work for me

Today's List it Tuesday prompt: Things that work for me.

Sometimes I wonder what works for me. Sometimes it seems as if nothing works for me. The truth is that no matter how bad things get, there are always things that work for me and I am so grateful for that.  Here's a short list:

* List it Tuesday! - Yes, making weekly lists works for me
      . . . . . for so many reasons

* 29 Faces - an online art challenge keeps me on track & creating

* Maintaining old connections with people - it's comforting

* Doing digital art every night - it's good productive quiet time

* Not attending tons of guild and groups - life is more relaxing

* Maintaining my blog - love to look back at my visual diary

* Having great friends - support from people that know me is the best

* Have hubby read to me at night - love the sound of his voice

* Creating things - self expression & creative growth makes me happy

* Living without debt - great not having anything hang over my head!

* Staying indoors during a snow storm - no explanation needed


Monday, February 25, 2013

Margarita Monday

One day I had lunch with Pops at his senior living home. I did that a lot of days, but on this one in particular, he was quite agitated about not getting his second ice cream. You see, every day and night he smiled and hugged all of the girls so he could weasel out of them 2 ice creams at lunch and 2 more at dinner. One was the max allowed. But he got his 2, twice a day, every single day. He was out growing his clothes, so I tried to get him to curb his neapolitan overload. He wasn't very thrilled about it either. To cheer him up I reminded him that there was ice cream in the bistro... a little old fashioned cafe with a juke box and popcorn machine right next to the dining room.... AND that day was margarita Monday. He looked at the ground and mumbled.. "stay here, I'll be right back".

I tried to ask where he was going but he wouldn't answer and just shuffled off. He was gone an unusually long time and I was starting to get worried. As I got up and moved toward the elevator, he stepped out of it. I was pretty shocked. He had changed his shirt. When I asked why he exclaimed with a big smile, " Well, it's Margarita Monday!" 

So here he is with is special, as he called it, Florida shirt and margarita in hand. This was our last margarita Monday.

Less than a week later he was in the hospital and three weeks after that.... he was gone.

We really miss you 'Pops' and think about you every day....you still make us giggle.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - days 23

Called 'Looking for Stumpy'

Many of us participating are already worried about and/or experiencing withdrawals... the challenge ends in just a few days.
 ~
Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Friday, February 22, 2013

UPDATE to List it Tuesday

Please see the Update at the end of the List it Tuesday post for Feb 19.
I found a whole bunch of new things to stencil and stamp with!
And they were all free!

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 22

fabric face from a photo
then quilted


Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 21

Prom Bride Princess
Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

List it Tuesday - stencil materials

This week, it's odd stencil materials for our list. I love stencils. I use them every time I create something (almost anyway)...They add richness and texture and I am always on the hunt for some new and exciting materials. My fave place to find things to use for their non-intended use (see last weeks list) is the dollar store! Yep, you got it. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend that you march right over to your closest one. You'll smile all the way home.

For me stencils are interchangeable with silkscreens, templates, batik items and (rubber) stamps. I will use whatever I see that might make great image. . .  or at least try it out. Sometimes what seems like it will make a great image turns out to be a bomb in reality, but it's still fun to experiment.

So here's just a short list of tried and true standbys:
produce - cabbage, brussel sprouts, potatoes, lemons, carrots, peppers
my own photos - made into silk screen
utensils - potato mashers, knives, chopsticks, forks
screening, netting
fly swatters
bones
nuts, bolts, washers
laces
pipes
bottles
crumpled paper
bubble wrap

For more ideas, go to: http://artsyville.blogspot.com/


UPDATE:
I went to a little shop yesterday that had a pile of stuff ready to be given away or thrown away... all kinds of goofy things...

(possibly) too good to throw away.. but too crappy to keep or they just had no use for.... AND there are lots of recyclers out there after all..

So, here's just a small amount of what I got...2 big brown paper grocery bags full of FREEBIES!

Monday, February 18, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 20

Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 19

Making lots of scarey faces these days.

Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

29 Faces in 28 days - day 18


Back to digital...

Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Friday, February 15, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 16 & 17

 I started out going in one direction today,
but ended up in a completely different one...

 
Both were done on canvas,
one with gesso applied first, the other not.

Layers of paint were applied, then stencils, papers and fabric.
 The freemotion face was stitched last.

I had numerous thread breaks...
and probably won't stitch on painted canvas any time soon.
At some point I will add embellishments.
~
Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 15

Just a goofy piece to say,
Happy Valentines Day!


Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 14

I did this free motion face (actually I did 2 ) with the intent to paint it. 
I haven't gotten around to the painting after a week,
 so I thought I would post it in its naked state.


Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

List it Tuesday - things used for unintended purposes

Todays List it Tuesday is all about: Things used for an intended purpose.

I have to laugh. That's how I use everything! I rarely use things for what they are supposed to be used for. Now, let's not be silly. Of course things like pots and pans get used normally, in the kitchen anyway...and until they're no longer useable for food...but most everything else is fair game.

So to prove it's true, here's a short list:

tupperware container for pie slices   used as paint bottle holder

prescription bottles for water jars

ironing board for painting & stamping surface 


water and pop (soda) bottles for dye bottles

scraps for garbage become quilts

kitchen utensils for batiking 

dining room as art/painting room

living room as sewing room

treadmill as closet

bedroom drapes as design wall

bed for an office - gotta love a laptop

car as storage for fabric & art supplies


* There's a lot more listy stuff to see @ http://artsyville.blogspot.com/


29 Faces in 28 Days - day 13

This was a photographic accident that became a 12 x 12 quilt.

Bored one day looking for a photo to make into a quilt, and tho I passed this one up many times before because it was a boo-boo, one to delete,
I just never did.

For some reason that day it spoke to me.


original photo

Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

Monday, February 11, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 12

The last few days have been challenging.
I'm trying to work thru it.
 
Still working on 29 Faces.


Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Milestones Winner!

The little dude and I both say,
Thank You to everyone for sharing your milestones with us.

The winner of the two patterns, selected at random is Vicky H. 
Check your email for a message from me.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 11


Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 
~
Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals. 


Friday, February 8, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 10

My computer is my friend..
especially when it works properly!


~
Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 


Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Milestones - don't forget the giveaway!

Someone wants to remind you that . . .


. . .  there's just a few more days to
leave a comment helping to celebrate
his one year birthday and one hundredth blog post
milestone!
 ~
Leave a comment telling me about your milestones..
it can be a life's accomplishment or a creative one.
~
On Saturday, February 9, 
I will select, at random, someone to win 2 more patterns.
 
 
(not all comments have been or will be made public)


29 Faces in 28 Days - day 9


 Digital
 
Oh Ayala Art... you've created a monster!
~
Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists:
http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face:artfacedesigns.blogspot.com 


Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals.

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 8


Went digital this time


Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists: 
 
This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face: 
 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 7

Today is a total WTF day. I swear. You all think I'm nuts but there is some entity in my house doing weird things to my electrical stuff. So for more than a week it has been the computer. Today, my sewing machine.

I have been sewing on a machine for forty plus decades, and this has never, EVER happened before...  While I was sewing, the needle dropped out. Thankfully it didn't break. In fact, the top and bobbin thread were still intact, ready to do their job. That in its self is very odd, but then it gets even worse. I could not get the needle back in. It was like the hole had just closed up. Not kidding. Not being dramatic either. I was getting mad and for sure frustrated. What is going on?? The needle came out of a hole so the danged hole should still be there, right??

I ended up having to take the needle, bobbin, bobbin case, and faceplate area all apart just to get a needle back in... no, no, no... this should never happen... unless some trickster from the 'other side' is trying to be funny and torment me for some unknown reason. Ok now...haha.. now could you please let me go back to a normal boring yet peaceful day-to-day life? (miss you too Pops)

For this piece I took another scrap piece of fabric to use for the base, cut a scrap that had the face screened on it, tore some painted book pages with a Stencil Girl design, gessoed the paper down, added paint then stitching.


 Note: Please be respectful of my images, which are all originals. 

Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is her baby:http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists: 

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face: 

List it Tuesday - my choice!

This weeks List it Tuesday is all about whatever we want to list, rather than being given the prompts. I typed up a really nice post about what List it Tuesday has meant to me.... and with the blink of a computer hiccup, it was gone. I've found myself suddenly in computer hell for just over a week now and temped to list how I really feel about technology at the moment, but I am resisting and sticking with the original plan. I added an additional challenge, using one word to tell you -

How I feel about List it Tuesday:

happy -
I'm happy to have found Aimee and her list
It makes me happy to be part of it

thankful -
I'm thankful to have a place to visit and a group to be part of

introspective -
I've had to look inward to complete some of the lists

comradery -
I like the fact that friendships are forming as we meet online each week

awestruck -
I am in awe of the really cool talented peeps that list each week

supportive -
I love the fact that we are all vested in each others lives and can be so there and supportive to total strangers

suspenseful -
I love the suspense of seeing what gets posted each week plus the accompanying artwork and photographs

anticipation -
I can't wait to see the comments that other listers leave for me

growth - 
I am growing stronger and confident as an artist and
learning to open up more about my lfe

grateful -
I'm grateful to have found a soft place to land each week

Thank you to Aimee and all the gals at List it Tuesday!
There's more listy stuff to see @ http://artsyville.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Had to add stitching


I couldn't help myself....



first photo: stitching added
second photo: back of piece

As for the recycling aspect, this canvas was someone's throw away.

I can't stand to see usable 'good' stuff pitched
when someone (me!) can use it for something.
(ding!)

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 6

Back to fabric...

Here's an artsy fartsy face.


Though I have tons of fabric, none were the color I wanted for the skin... 
so like any obsessive creative person, I had to create it.
Heaven forbid that I be forced to use something too light or too dark
...no, no, no.

The face fabric was painted using one of my own silkscreens,
some paint added in other places here and there,
then some sketchy free motion stitching.
~
Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is herbaby: http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists: 

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face: 

Monday, February 4, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 5

I've been feeling like I'm in the wrong group.
My group-mates all are wonderful artists, painters, charcoal users, watercolorists and I work primarily with fiber. Hmmmm.
So on a whim... (omg, I have so much other work to do)... 
I decided to see what I could whip up.


You want us to stretch outside of our comfort zone... 
ok, well this is it for me!

I cut a piece of heavy canvas, lightly sketched the face, colored in with Derwent Artbars (which I totally forgot I had), oh-so carefully ran a slightly dampened brush over each color to spread the paint, 
then added acrylic where I thought it needed it. 
I like the messy, drippy, fusion nature, so I added more water... 
just for fun.

It needs more work,
but I need to sit back for a few days and figure out what....
or I'll just wait and add some stitching (ding!)

~

Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is herbaby: http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists: 

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face: 

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 4

Do you believe in spirits? I've been struggling with this for quite a while now. But, I do. This morning it happened again. I heard a crash. No not cars outside, but inside the house. I'm in one part of the house and in a totally different part, with no one around, a pile of things crash to the ground. I know who it is...


~ R.I.P. Jimmy: Tu eres ido, pero nunca se olvida, mi amigo ~
  
My best friend of twenty years passed suddenly away last year. He was bigger than life, Mr. Personality, the center of attention and yes, Mr. Entertainment. You may think I'm some nut job thinking that this departed one is moving things around in my house, but it has happened before. . . . on his birthday and the anniversary of his passing. Still think I'm crazy. . .  ask me about the missing cell phone some time.

So in anger, disbelief and pain, I cut out his image from black fabric, stitched it down and wrote him a personal note. He already knew what I was going to say. I'd said it all before, but I said it again. . . . 


Here's the link to Ayala Art. This project is herbaby: http://ilove2paint.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the list of participating artists: 

This link will take to to my artFace blog dedicated to all things face: 


Sunday, February 3, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days - day 3

I've been a bit house bound of late. Because of it, I have spent a lot more time on the computer than usual. Turns out to be my good fortune because I have found some great websites and blogs, met some really cool people and learned some new things too. 

While hopping from one blog to another I found some really cool stencils. I use stencils. I love stencils. A LOT!... so I was thrilled to make the find.


I bet you're wondering. Yes, of course I bought one! My wonderful purchase, which you see in the photo above as the background green and purple image, showed up and I couldn't wait to try it out. I grabbed a piece of paper, slapped some paint down let it dry, pushed some white gesso thru and then a bit more paint.

After scanning the page, I added some random bits of my own digital images  - including a face - put it all together and voila!

To see more faces, start at: 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

29 Faces in 28 Days!

Ok, I'm goin' for a new challenge. 
Faces... 28 in 29 days to be exact. 

I love faces. I've always had a thing for faces...so this should be great!

 
The piece above is called "Take Your Own Damn Picture"

It was created from a photo I took of myself. You have to know that I hate having my picture taken. I always hide my face, or make a face. It's just never been in my comfort zone.

On a driving trip out of state, I was bored. We were in the car, going thru boring flat land, nothing to look at, nothing to keep myself amused. We were all talked out and we don't agree on music. So what to do with 278 miles left to go....

My husband had his brand new little point and shoot camera along for the ride. With his permission (I think just to keep me out of his hair), I started shooting pictures out the window as we traveled down the boring ugly highway. Well, I soon got bored doing that so I turned the camera on him. 

At first he was amused. That wore off quickly. Amusement turned to agitation. Then anger. Thru very clenched teeth he said, "why don't you take your own damn picture". So I did. I started snapping away. 

When we got home from the trip, I needed a project. So I grabbed one of the photos and created this little (roughly 12x12") threadwork quilt.


For more faces and info on this challenge, go to: