Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Power of Art

12" x 12"

Last year an artist friend of mine died of pancreatic cancer. It was such a short time from her diagnosis to her death, and honestly, I wasn't prepared for either one. After her death, her husband shared some of her fabrics with me. For a while I couldn't imagine what I would/could do with them. I loved them, but they were "hers". Eventually I pulled them out and started to experiment with them on my design wall, and then the magic happened. A peaceful calm came over me, and I started creating a new artwork --- her fabrics, my paints and stitches --- and I swear it felt like she was working beside me. "Caring" was created as a donation for the 2015 Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Click here for all the details on how you can participate.

Caring II (in progress)
20" x 16"

The more I looked at "Caring", the more I realized that I wanted to create a second piece for myself as a remembrance piece. "Caring II" is currently on my design wall, and I am ready to add the machine and hand stitching to it. I like that it echoes the first artwork in many ways, yet it has its own uniqueness as well. 

Creating both of these artworks has been very healing for me. I can't say I don't still miss my friend, but I think she would be very happy to see how her fabrics are being used. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Meet & Greet






It's Saturday, and that means I spent my afternoon photographing rescue dogs. There were so many adorable dogs today! It was hard to pick just a few photos to share with you. Each of these dogs is sweet and cute and available for adoption through Little White Dog Rescue in Omaha, NE.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Sketch Books

I love making my own sketchbooks and journals. That way I can use whatever papers I want inside, make them whatever size I want, and create covers that inspire me. I also like to use more than one sketchbook at a time, depending on my mood and what size paper I want to use. These are my first 5 sketchbooks for 2015. Each one is about an inch thick, so I think I am set for a while.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

In Between

Today the weather was in the 50's, and that caused the snow and ice to melt, including the area ponds and lakes. I spent some time at one of state parks and took a ton of photos of the reflections in the water. It was so intriguing to see reflections in the open water next to the blur of the areas that were still frozen. This photo is one of my favorites!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Flash & Dickens

Flash & Dickens
Male Yorkshire Terriers


These two puppies were rescued from a puppy mill at an auction. Generally the mills sell their puppies by the time they are 8 weeks old to pet stores or online buyers. These two guys are 3 months old and hadn't sold yet, so they were dumped at an auction. Little White Dog Rescue saved both of them, and I am puppy-sitting them for the weekend. A friend of mine bought the little coats for them. Don't they look adorable?