Sunday, November 04, 2018

To Remember a Happier Time

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I've disconnected myself from the daily assault of bad news in the media and began thinking of my childhood, and how that was a happier time.  Sometimes we just need to disconnect from social media and the nightly news to reconnect with home and family.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

New Pillows - New Look

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Would you like to know how to make envelope pillow covers?  They are very easy to make and can dress up your sofa, chair, or bedroom decor in a flash.  Check out my tutorial in this post!

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Backpack Bonanza

Making Backpacks can be fun and challenging if you love to sew as much as I do!  In 2010, I made backpacks for my school age children, and they lasted well and took a beating.  Click on this link to see how they were made!

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

"Pride of Annapolis" 30x40 Oil on Canvas

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I get so busy with everyday tasks, I forget to share important milestones.  For instance, this wonderful commission of the Naval Academy Chapel for a collector in Texas.  It took months to complete, in oil on canvas, but was worth every minute.  I am so proud of this piece.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 10 - Finishing and Binding

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In this post, I will show you how to bind a quilt.  Then you can do it too!

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Big Ben

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Meet Big Ben ... The newest addition to our home.

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Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 9

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It's almost done!  It is completely hand-quilted and off the frame.  In this post I show you how to prepare your quilt for binding!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Easy Christmas DIY Table Runner!

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With the Christmas season fast approaching, it was time to get busy making gifts for friends and family!  This year I am making quilted table runners, quilted Christmas stockings, and a Double Dutch Quilt for my mother.  So, I'm definitely busy!  Here, in this post, you will find instructions and tips for making a 14" x 48" quilted table runner.  So lets get started ...

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Sunday, November 05, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 8

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Hand quilting has begun.  It isn't as difficult or as intimidating as I had anticipated, and as for design of the stitching ... I'm being very random, and enjoying the process

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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 7

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Boy was this a process! Yesterday was all about getting all three layers of the quilt onto the hand quilting frame! I've gotta tell you, it was not easy, and finding instructions on how to do it was impossible with the old frame I have. So, I thought it was probably a good idea to do my next blog post on putting that daggum thing on the frame, if for no other reason than to prevent me having to figure it out again 10 years from now. So, if you are wondering how a hand quilting process begins ... here it is ...

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 6

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The quilt top is complete!  Now the actual quilting begins.  But first, let me show you the finished quilt top and how I got there!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 5

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I made it this far today without having to rip out any seams.  That's a good thing. 

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 4

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Today was much more than just a day of sewing.  My 93y/o mother made it up the stairs with help from my Big Bear, and worked with me on her quilt.  We shared stories and laughter and she enjoyed being involved in the making of her Double Dutch Quilt.  It was a special day, with family stories from her childhood that she also shared ... and I share with you.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 3

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This post will have you piecing like a pro, trimming for perfect squares, and creating beautiful full quilt blocks!  It always feels so good to complete the first quilt block.  It's a confidence builder that I didn't mess up on my seams or cutting along the way!

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Educating our Children for a Powerful Life

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What can I say, education is key to success in life ... but so is letting our kids follow the passion of their heart and what brings them joy in their life ...

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt Part 2

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Part 2!  Cutting, piecing, precision, pinning, sewing, and pressing ... it's all in this post

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mother's Double Dutch Quilt

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It's been several years since I enjoyed busy hands in my sewing studio and I've missed it.  I am making a beautiful blue and white "Double Dutch" quilt for my 93y/o mother for the holidays.  I've got to start early if I am going to get it finished!  Follow along as I make this quilt!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Life's Been Good

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It's been a while since I posted here on my blog and thought I would update all my friends out there who stop by on occasion. ...

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pastels & Places

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I have been busy in my studio working with pastels.  Recently, my brother commissioned me to do a painting of Santorini, Greece, based on a photo he had taken while there with his wife, several years ago.  It was a challenge, but the end result was beautiful.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pet Portraits and More Pet Portraits!

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It all started in 2008, when friend, Ree Drummond, lost her beloved Border Collie, Nell.  Nell was a regular subject on Ree's blog "The Pioneer Woman" and when she disappeared with no trace, I felt inclined to do a painting for Ree and her family, hoping that it would help with the healing.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Festive Time of Year

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It's that time of year again, that time when we all look at our bank accounts and cringe just before we cry.  LOL.  Seriously though, I am cringing.  Big time.

 

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Three Cowballeros

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Painting cows.  There is something beautiful about the animal, something peaceful about seeing them grazing in large open fields.  This leads me to have fallen in love with a photo taken in the UK of 3 Dairy Shorthorn cows grazing on the Robinson farm.  I learned that son, Jason Robinson, took this picture one day on his farm, and they were very happy that I wanted to paint the cows on their farm.

 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Burda and A Summer Maxi Dress for Sarah

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Around the middle of July, I purchased a pattern from BurdaStyle.com.  The Island Placket Maxi Dress.  My daughter, Sarah, had asked me if I would make her this dress after looking through a hundred patterns for various maxi dresses.  

I had never made a dress using Burda patterns, but I was up for the challenge.  It was a beautiful dress pattern.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

How to Assemble a Burda Style Pattern

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This is a first for me - working with a Burda Pattern, but hopefully it won't be as difficult as it looks.  My daughter, Sarah, found a summer maxi dress on burdastyle.com and asked me if I would make it for her.  I love making clothes for Sarah, and thought it would be fun to tackle this Burda pattern.  I've always been game for trying new things and new challenges.  The pattern claims to be "Advanced" but we'll see how difficult it is once I dig in.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

My Dad

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My heart skips a beat when I think that I am, right now, the same age my father was when he passed away all those years ago.  They bring back a flood of memories of a time gone by, and a man who I cherished.  

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Guarding the Homefront

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Guarding the homefront  -- that's exactly what our wonderful Adolf does daily.  Adolf joined our family in January, 2007.  He was 10 months old.  The minute I saw him I fell in love with him.  He jumped up on the leather sofa where I was sitting and put his head and paws in my lap, as if to say "Please take me home and love me."  That was all it took for me to say "yes" and bring him home with us.

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Monday, December 02, 2013

"Oreo - Little Man" 8x10 Soft Pastel on Sennelier Pastel Card

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When you are filled with emotion, sometimes the creative energy just pours out.  And, in this case, that is exactly what happened.  My daughter, Kim, and her husband, Zak, have had "Oreo" since before they were married.  He has always been a part of their family, and Oreo was there as their family grew and they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Reagan, in 2009.  Oreo was always the one and only family pet.  We all loved Oreo, and Oreo loved us all. 

Sadly, Kim and Zak had to let Oreo go to Kitty Heaven yesterday after a long struggle with kidney failure and various other illnesses, but he had lived a long life.  Oreo was 18 y/o, and like all of God's creatures, we get old and things start to short circuit and break down.  Oreo held on, though, as long as he could. 

As a tribute to this special kitty, and the love he gave my daughter and her family, I have made this pastel painting for them to enjoy in remembrance of Oreo.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy Holidays! - A Giveaway for Artists!

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It is that time of year ... time to give to others and enjoy the spirit of the season.  I am having a giveaway just for you!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

"A Bentonville Winter" 9x12 Soft Pastel on Pastel Card

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I've been very busy.  Holidays are fast approaching, and my house is a mess, laundry is piling up, and I've been preparing the grocery list for Thanksgiving.  Craziness abounds this time of year at our house.

Still, preparing for gift giving involves, at least for me, painting.  This year, I have completed two winter scenes in soft pastel for my daughter, Kim, and her family, to enjoy in their beautiful home.  

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"A Blue Ridge Winter" 8x10 Pastel on Pastel Card

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I think I'm having too much fun this week playing with pastels.  I did this pastel winter scene last night while my hubby watched the football game.  

 

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Painting for the Holidays

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As the holidays fast approach, I have always found that handmade gifts hold a special significance, especially if it comes from the heart.  Sure, an iPad would be great, but since I never really grew up, and I like to play and craft, and sew, and quilt, and paint, and and and ... well, that's what I start to think about once November kicks in.  I probably should start sooner, but November is about the time I really start thinking about what I want to give my family for Christmas.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Painting with Pastels

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Although I have done a few paintings in pastel in my career as an artist, I really did want to take the plunge and play with the medium.  The first landscape painting I did was ... well ... in my opinion, "crap."  But such is the learning curve with a new medium like this.  My brain keeps wanting me to put away the pastels to collect dust in my studio and just stick to oil paints.  But, for some reason, I'm getting brave.

Brave, because, as an artist, treading into new creative territory is like jumping off a cliff and hoping the parachute opens.  

I'm going to try to do several pastel paintings a week, crap or not, we'll see how it goes ... or grows. 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Evolution of the Painting "The Lakota: Children of the Prairie"

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Of all the subjects I have tackled in my career as an artist, horses, sailboats, and people in their natural element are my favorite.  I can't explain it, I'm just drawn to those subjects.  So, when I first saw the image from photographer Aaron Huey's journey to the Pine Ridge Reservation in the Badland's National Park, South Dakota, I knew I had to paint it.   

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday Afternoons and Cool Breezes

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Sunday afternoons are my favorite.  Especially when the sun is shining brightly on a cool November day.  
   
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"Peanut" 9x12 Pastel on Fine Tooth Paper

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Studios Magazine and Me

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Prom Dresses and Rolled Hem Frustrations

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Decoupage as Art - Easy How To

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Beautiful Ruffled Pillow You Can Make!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Reconnecting with All of My Friends ...

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Monday, January 09, 2012

How To Make A Laminated Vinyl Book Cover

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Friday, January 06, 2012

A Quilt For My Daughter Kim - The Finished Quilt

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Miracles

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Scented Sachets - An Easy and Sentimental Gift This Holiday

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Friday, December 09, 2011

A Simple Handmade Gift this Holiday

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

This Chick has Sticks - 2 Great Books for 1 Great Love

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Quilt For My Daughter Kim

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

No Greater Love and One More Day

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Sometimes You Just Need To Paint Cows

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

My Goodness, An Update Already!!

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