Thursday, December 31, 2009

Do It Yourself Magazine

Well, speaking of magazines...I thought it was cool that a pillow I bought from a fellow artist on appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of Do It Yourself Magazine.

It's block printed by hand onto 100% linen fabric using a carved linoleum design that looks like old vintage wooden type used in letterpress printing. Since I used to be a letterpress printer and love typography, I was immediately drawn to the design.

Check them out at They don't have their website up and running just yet, but there is a link to their Etsy shop from there. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What is Freestyle Embroidery?

As a member of The Embroiderers' Guild of America I get a quarterly magazine called Needle Arts. You could have knocked me over with a feather when it came in the mail a few days ago! Inside was a fabulous article written by one of my dear friends and fellow freestylers, Nancy Claiborne, titled "What is Freestyle Embroidery?". In addition to the 6 page article, the inside and outside of both covers was also splashed with photos of the Freestyle group's original artwork. It was so fun to see some examples of my own work, and that of my friends as well...published in a magazine for all to see! Nancy, you did such a good job with this article! Thank you, thank you for all your dedicated work! :)

So...enjoy this gallery of original artwork from that article created by a lovely, talented group of ladies that I am so blessed to be able to call my friends. Simply click on any photo to view it larger.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Merry Little Christmas Tree

I don't know what happens to me when it comes to picking out our Christmas tree. My husband's family always teases me because I want to cut down and take home the saddest looking tree in the whole field each year. :) Usually we end up with a compromise and it's a rather symmetrical but decoratively "sparse" little guy. This year was no exception.

We've gone without lights for a few years, and I like that old-fashioned look. I can't bring myself to add all those wires to the simple branches I like to look at so much.
I love our eclectic mix of gradually aquired ornaments...both new and old...each with it's own memory. My mom always gets a new ornament for each person in my family every year, and the tradition is still going strong. Plus all the handmade ones too! I have boxes full of cherished ornaments and we are never at a loss for treasures to put on the tree each year.