Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Something Else

I am in the between time of finishing something and waiting for new fabric to show up in the mailbox. Funny to think that a yard of cloth can be folded to fit in your mailbox. Next is a photo of a car my nephew is selling. He does employment checks but because of covid new hires were down. In the meantime he is re-selling boats and cars. He had a really neat car photo on facebook that I talked him into sending me. I did a little printout, a scan,  some photoshop and now some printing.

While waiting there are buttons and sequins being added to American Beauty, why not? 

And I am always doing small collages on encaustic panels. I use the panels turned inside out. Makes them like a shadow box. And I have the fun of doing 3D objects to them.

I bought a pack of HO gauge railroad figures. And I have been printing on gampi paper that I coat with acrylic varnish or tar gel medium, Either one will give the paper a transparent look.

It's not always sewing. But mostly sewing!

Thursday, April 1, 2021


 At last, I think it is finished. No room for more doodads. Or as they say in Britain, bits and bobs. I have watched to much Escape to the Country. But I love the country they drive through. It is the one place outside the US I would like to see. Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland. Of course I am enamored with African DVD I have that aired on PBS (Henry Louis Gate), we should teach African History in our schools.I believe that earths people had their genesis in Africa.

Friday, March 5, 2021

What Can I Say?

 This thing just cycles in my head and tells me what to do next.

It said it needed saints! On the dash board. I was thinking about putting holy medals on it but I would have to go to the store and I have been trying to cut down on spending so I googled saints and printed out some images then I thought about it and put the Fab Four on it also.  Anything to make joy! And to use up sequins. I have quite the collection. Not sure where I could find more. Maybe JoAnns.

It's now titled the Saintly Chevy.

It's a beautiful sunny day here in Northern Ohio but cold, 34°F Bob and bundled up and went for a short walk. He loves a walk, proudly showing off his sweater.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Nothing Succeeds like Excess


More beads

More sequins

more stitching!

Stay tuned!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Red Chevy

 The Red Chevy in the body shop! Trying out fabric, adding buttons and lace. Perle cotton embroidery in progress. I like the Perle cotton but it is a bear to tug through 2 layers of cloth and batting. I use felt as the batting. It adds stiffness to all the stitching that I like to work with. It will be fun to see where this goes. By the end of each day I have another idea for embellishment. Keeps me off the street and out of the cookie jar. 

The weather has been very cold and snowy. Too icy to walk the block safely. Spring, where art thou?

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Red Chevy

 I am still beading my winter scene - Snow Day - but this one is on the design board.

I am envisioning lots of embroidery. I bought shades of red Perle cotton but sometimes these pieces ask for things I did not think of, it's part of the process. Listening.

Sunday, February 7, 2021



Buttons and beads and lace, oh my!

Add in some sparkly netting, a bunch of free motion stitching and some jingle bells for good measure! What fun! I had to buy more white thread and some bells but not that much. 

When I was a kid one of my tasks was to cut the buttons off any old shirts and add them to my mom's button box. I still haven't used up all the white shirt buttons. at least they are going to good use. Recycling before recycling was a thing. Of course you don't want rags with buttons on them, it wouldn't be good for dusting,. Personally I would rather cut the buttons off than dust. It's the one cleaning chore I detest.

The funny thing is this photo which seems very faded and pale kept showing up in my desk drawer. It isn't something I would pull from an album. But when I finally scanned it in and messed with the contrast I found it very interesting. You just never know where inspiration will come into play.