Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Little Memories…..

…little memories of a friends visit

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Bit of Magic…...

"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day
a fresh more start...with perhaps a bit of magic waiting
 somewhere behind the morning."
                                                                     j.b. priestley

wishing you a bit of magic this sunday morning…..

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Brightness in a Radiant Emptiness….

"When you rest in quietness and your image of
yourself fades…and your image of the world fades…
and your ideas of others fade…what's left?…a
brightness in a radiant emptiness that is simply
what you are…."

this is who i am….
it's enough...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Doubting Thomas (jody)…...

Being unemployed and without money sure does boost my
innovativeness…(is that a word?). I'd like to have some screens
made to print my drawings but that's just not in my budget so I
decided to try transferring them using gel medium….ok…but 'iffy'…
sometimes they looked ok…sometimes not. My next idea was to use
a light box and trace the image onto the fabric with permanent marker.
Since I don't HAVE a light box I commandeered an old picture frame..
taped the image to the glass…layed the fabric over the 
frame…held it over a lamp... and transferred the image.

Finally…something I can live with! I like doing a 
combination of paint and free motion sewing to finish 
these up. I had planned to use regular pin backs on the
brooches but couldn't figure out a way to ship them...
without worry of damage... that I could afford. After a
little research the solution is to use laundry pins. I had
to source them from overseas to get a price I could live
with. In the mean time I'm trying to get a few finished
up so they'll be ready for the laundry pins. My 
plan is to put a small selection in my Etsy shop
 to see what sells and what doesn't…always scary
putting your art out into the world. I look at the art
of some of the published artists I follow and  think…
mine is just a good as theirs…but then when I think of
putting my own out there I have all these doubts….
I'm pretty sure that's what most artist go thru…
we'll see….

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


I joined an online journaling group that will be given prompts
once a week for this year. After some thought I decided instead
of making a journal to use the weekly prompts to create something
I can list in my (empty!) Etsy shop. The prompt this week was "Up..Up..
and Away". This quote by Luciano de Crescenzo immediately came
to mind. It's always been one of my favorites!

Now….once I decide whether to back it and make a hanging or
mount it on a canvas…I'll add it to my little stock pile until I get 
enough pieces to list.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Art of Being…….

At the beginning of each new year…do you choose a word
of the year? I've been mulling over my choice for 2014 and
have decided on "be". Do you remember the feeling of lazy
summer days as a child when all you had to do was just "be"…
lay out in a field of clover and watch the clouds…explore the
magical world of the creek running through the woods….or 
just curl up somewhere with a good book and lose yourself
to this world….? I want that back!

I have so many self imposed "musts" controlling my life. I feel I 
must do this or must do that or dress this way or say this
 or the Keeper of Promises Spirit will be knocking at my door.
 Why do we live this way? Since losing my job and paring 
down my life to just the essentials I've come to know a
 kind of happiness and peace that I haven't had in 
years. Now I plan to start paring down the "musts"
 and cultivating the art of "being"….