Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One World One Heart Blog and Give Away

Welcome to all new visitors and returning visitors. I have joined with a large group of bloggers all over the world. The idea is to get to know more creative people. If you read my blog and reply to this post, you will be eligible to win one of my beautiful green felted scarves. You have to reply by Feb 14th and the winner will be announced on the 15th. This should be a fun experience for all of us. This is the 3rd year this event has been held and it has grown each year. Here is a picture of the scarf. It is cobweb felting so is very light to wear but still warm. In this picture it almost looks like a magic carpet.

Some of this and that

Some of you may have noticed that I have not been blogging as much or posting as many pictures as usual. I have problems with depression and I took a downward spiral during the middle of Dec. All I wanted to do was sleep. I had no energy or interest in doing any of my artwork and that is definitely a sign that something is up. Yesterday I went to my doc and starting today, my meds have been changed. It might take awhile until we find the right meds and doses again so I may remain quiet for a bit longer.
I am really wanting to get back into making things, I have thousands of ideas, just no drive to start on anything.
The saga of the chartruse roving is now over. I never did get it quite as the buyer wanted but she was so sweet and patient with me and left me good feedback. This weekend I hope to gather all my greens together and take a picture to show here. I think my next few projects will have some green in them!
Thanks for hanging in there with me, I promise my next post will be more fun and have pics!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Review of a Wonderful Artist and Her Shop

The artist I am featuring in this post is Jane M. Loedding. Her decorative wall art is both colorful and full of whimsey. She paints on both canvas and wood with acrylics. Soon she will be offering prints of her lovely art. Her shop on Etsy is http://www.Etsy.com/shop/jlmart

Jane is a happily married mom of 3 lovely children. She also runs 2 other website shttp://www.imagesofhome.com/ and http://www.creativenamesigns.com/ Jane also does custom pieces. You can contact her on her Etsy pages.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

oh yea

I forgot to tell you to scroll down to my mini etsy on the right hand of the page and you will see that I have added 4 new items. More coming this week.

Quiet start for the week

Well last Thurs. evening, we had snow, rain,ice and freezing rain. It was a total mess. Here in the south we don't often see bad weather so most of us just stay home and watch the idiots on TV that are trying to drive in it. My only way to work was actually closed on Friday so I had to take a personal day but that is ok. I got out my ancient carder and started working on blending some greens. They are really turning out pretty.
Our temps are climbing back up into the 50's tomorrow so if it stays nice this weekend, I will be felting again. I found a website with freeformed felt pieces that were knitted and crocheted today. Looked very cool and I would love a vest like that.
So what is everyone else doing? Are many of you snowed in?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

too cold to dye

You know it is too cold to dye wool when it starts to freeze as soon as it comes out of the dye pot. Also when it is warmer hovering over the dye pot outside than it is inside the house, well for Alpharetta, Ga that is just too cold. Predicting snow on Thursday but it will never happen. We want it so much in our area that I sort of feel sorry for our local meteorologists. They have cameras right there if even little flake shows up. I do wish we would have a decent amount so I could watch Larkin's reaction to it.

Back to art, I stayed home today with the makings of a huge cold but I still did some art. Aside from freezing wool, I did take lots of photos of items that I have been making lately. I finally got one up on Etsy today. I would love to get to the point that some others do which is list a new item a day. Here is what I uploaded today , a new collaged necklace that is enclosed in glass. Fun to make and a good way to use scraps for all of us who don't have the heart to throw anything away.
Today's drama, there always is some isn't there....I opened the door to my studio and in flew a little Carolina wren, one of my favorite cheeky little birds. So now I have a bird flapping at the windows, 3 dogs insisting the little bird is theirs' and pieces of art work flying everywhere. Not going to discuss the bird poo. I finally get the dogs out of the studio and spend 20 minutes trying to convince this little bird to go out the studio door and be free again. She stops panicking, almost lets me touch her and finally flys out the door with no damage to anyone or thing. That is all for today!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Well we really did intend to watch the big ball drop but the Blues Brothers was on and that was so good, we missed the ball. LOL, this was probably a much better way to ring in the New Year anyway. Phil and JT went to the movies and I have dyeing wool all afternoon. I have a sample of yarn from a good customer that you would think would be so easy to match. We decided it was chartruese (sp) and when I dyed wool that color, it came out fluorescent yellow. Hmm, not what we had intended. I added some Key Lime green which gave me yet another pretty color but still not the right one. I finally made a pot of chartruese with some dark gold in it. Very close so I dyed 2 ounces which is what fits into my pot. Went to dye the last 2 ounces and the dye was not exhausted but had really lightened in color so I added some more green and gold and it is sitting overnight. Last check was fluorescent green. Hopefully I can get the 4 ounces she needs but I am going to have lots of dyed green wool, all merino if anyone needs some. Just ask and I will send a photo.

I also set up my embellisher today but haven't played with it yet. I have the clay station all set up for our clay night, which was supposed to be this morning but I overslept. We may have to put this off until tomorrow. The guys are going to love making these little odd dolls.

Hope you all had a good start to the New Year. I have been going back over the old year in my head and it is amazing how far I have come. I have learned about marketing, social media and all sorts of things I never even thought of the year before. We are blessed that Phil's health while still a mystery, seems to be better. Jonathan is doing so well in school this year, it is amazing. The dogs are hanging in there, hopefully Jack's ACLs will stay repaired this year and Harley will have no more tumors. Larking will continue to be the king of all he sees. We have been really lucky in so many ways, you have only got to believe that it is only going to get better this year. Thanks to all of you who follow me and I hope to get to know all of you better!