Friday, July 18, 2014

Journal Time


Wow, I can't believe how fast this summer is flying by.  Last evening I was feeling a pull to create something quick so I pulled out my journal and this is what resulted.

Supplies I used for this spread include:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Stabilo pencil
  • Titanium white gouche
  • Stencils - Flower Party stencil and Marrakech stencil from StencilGirl Products.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy July

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a fun and safe July 4 holiday weekend.  I didn't do anything exciting, pretty much just stayed home except for a visit to my parent's house for a yummy meal and a visit with my West Coast brother. My parents live about an hour's drive away from me so I didn't have too far to go.

I've been keeping busy but with not a lot of photos to share. I did create some fun and quick paintings over the past couple of weeks. These are all done on paper.




And here are a few shots of my granddaughter Rylee. These were taken at some point over the past couple of weeks while I was babysitting her.






Friday, June 20, 2014

Painting Finished and Painting in Progress

For some reason I never got around to sharing this painting once it was finished. So here it is...I still need to put a protective finish/sealer coat on it and hope to do that within the next few days. I haven't been able to come up with a name for this painting. She measures 30" x 24".


And here are a few progress shots of a new painting I'm currently working on.






I would like to offer my paintings for sale in my etsy shop...but I'm not sure about shipping something like this. Any of you have experience with this?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Bags



These are two new bags that I've recently finished and added to my Etsy shop.  I finished two other bags as well and shared a peek at them while in progress about three posts ago, but silly me forgot to take a photograph of them before they sold.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

AMB Blog Tour Winners

Wow! Thank you to all who stopped by my blog on the American Made Brand blog tour. It was fun participating with you and reading your comments.

Winner #1 in my giveaway is:


Cynthia Brunz Designs will receive the fat quarter bundle of AMB fabrics and the sample of Mistyfuse and Transdoodle. Congrats Cynthia!

Winners 2 & 3 in my giveaway are:



Teresa Evans and MooseStashQuilting will each receive a fabric swatch set and sample of Mistyfuse and Transdoodle as pictured in my previous post. Congrats to you both.

And all three winners will see an extra bonus gift in their package as well. Yay! Surprises!  Thanks again to all of you and I wish you a fabulous summer.

Friday, June 13, 2014

American Made Brand Blog Tour

Welcome to Day 20 of the American Made Brand blog tour. 
You can find American Made Brand online at americanmadebrand.com. These fabrics are 100% American made and they are made from US grown cotton. There are 50 yummy colors as you can see in the color swatch image below.


The AMB blog tour coordinator asked me if I would participate and make a block to represent North Dakota. If you are wondering about the other 49 states and their AMB blocks, visit the following page to see all the state's AMB block blog posts. Click here for the entire blog tour line up.

Let me first give you a little information about North Dakota.
  • Bismarck is the capital
  • Fargo is the largest city
  • Agriculture is the state's largest industry
  • North Dakota is one of the least visited states as far as tourism goes. We do have the Theodore Roosevelt National Park which is in the Badlands. Another place to visit is the International Peace Garden, located at the border of North Dakota and Canada.
  • The state is mostly known for its wide open spaces.
Here is the block I made for the AMB blog tour.



The block has a sunflower on it which represents one of North Dakota's major crops. The state bird is the Western Meadowlark, and the state flower is the Prairie Rose. All of the state blocks from the blog tour will be put together into one quilt and I will share a photo of that here when it is completed. If you would like to make a block like mine, click the following link. North Dakota AMB Block instructions.

Okay, are you ready for a giveaway??  AMB is allowing me to give away a fat quarter bundle, like the ones pictured here. The fat quarter bundle contains 8 fat quarters.


I'm also going to give away two more prizes. Each will include the leftover fabric swatches from my AMB fabrics and a sample of Mistyfuse fusible web and a sample of Transdoodle, a reusable tracing paper for fabric. The winner of the fat quarter bundle will also receive the Mistyfuse and Transdoodle samples. 


So that means I will be drawing three winners: One for the fat quarter bundle prize, and two for the remaining fabric swatche prizes. To enter, please leave me a comment and tell me if you have ever been to North Dakota.

THANK YOU! THE DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED.

Please only enter if you live in the US or have a US address where the prize can be mailed. I will draw the three winners on Wednesday, June 18.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the tour.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Last Day of May

Wow, it's the last day of May today and I'm wondering where the time goes. In my neck of the woods it seems like we went straight from winter to summer and skipped spring. We've had some terribly warm days, one day was in the 90s. Too hot for this time of year.

Here is a small, cross-body handbag I made. 


And here are a couple more handbags I'm working on.


The next two photos are more painted cotton duck panels that I continue to create. I recently sold the six I had in stock and now need to replenish so I have some ready.



I realized recently that May marks the anniversary of my blog. I started blogging in May 2006. Wow, where has THAT time gone. I've enjoyed blogging all these years but I'm starting to see a change. I feel like more sharing is taking place elsewhere, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., and while my blog may still get visits, there are less comments left. I think everyone has gotten used to hitting a "like" button and the actual activity of leaving a typed comment is becoming more and more rare. What do you think?

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Stencil Designs Available


Hi everyone! I am excited to announce that I've got 9 new stencil designs now available through StencilGirl Products.  If you click over to the StencilGirl Talk blog, you can see a project I created using the stencils. And if you get over there soon, you can enter a giveaway. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Just Dilly Dallying

Hi! I haven't spent a lot of time in the studio lately. Our weather has turned nice and I'm outside flower gardening and taking care of the yard. I've also been a busy homemaker and doing some spring cleaning...and YES, that includes cleaning windows. But oh how sparkly clean they are and I can actually see through them now. Ha!

When I do get a chance to play with my art supplies, I've been keeping up with some cotton duck painting.


And here is a journal spread I am working on.


I've also been using up some of my scrap fabrics and making some zippered pouches.


I love love love spring and just yesterday I saw the first of the Orioles return. Good thing I had some grape jelly out and their nectar feeder hanging. Now I will try to patiently wait for a hummingbird sighting.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

American Made Brand

Have you seen the new solid line of fabric by American Made Brand? The line is made in the USA with USA grown cotton. How cool is that? Look at all the scrumptious colors they offer--50 colors in all. Check out all the colors and their names here.


AMB is kicking off this line of fabric with a nationwide blog tour scheduled to start on May 19 and going on until June 20. One quilter from each state will share a "license plate" block they created using AMB fabric.


I was honored to be asked to create the block for North Dakota. Each day of the blog tour, two bloggers will share their blocks. You can see the blog schedule and who is participating by clicking here.

And guess what? There will be prizes offered. Yes....PRIZES!!! So mark your calendar and be sure to follow the tour across the USA and check out some fabulous quilt blocks.