Keeping up with a blog has proven to be difficult for me. I am in a constant state of creation. Sitting on the couch drawing, knitting and making jewelry. All of these things are like breathing. Taking the time to share my work and myself is not so easy.
When left with an empty page, my pen does one of two things:
1: Zen doodle, paisley floral mix.
2: Faces a la Picaso esque
I use black ink. I start with a simple line and build and build. It is the pure definition of doodleling
This is when the pen takes over. Time and time again a face will form.
Any way it is put, my pen does what it wants. What does your pen do?
soft pencil over an acrylic base
Bold and simple
Happy 2017! With my studio running full time, I have challenged myself to learn new techniques to use upcycled materials
January is rag rug month!
With the help of a crafter friend I have learned the basics in crochet. Together with basic weaving skills, New products are being born.
When I first began knitting I didn't know how to use needles. To be honest, I still only know two stitches!
I was blessed with finding a large selection of yarn in a thrift store approx 15 years ago. Since then I have developed my talents in color blending yarns.
Alone color can be so different than when blended together. Swirling in my fingers I use a simple braiding stitch to make a chain. With chains combined a scarf can be formed.
Over the past few years I have made more than 100 scarves! I have also been blessed wil more and more yarn!!
Still here. Working the long hours in the real world. I will be back soon
Showing your artwork is a stressful event. As an artist, opening up your studio multiples the anxiety by ten
When I first started going to markets I would be on the lookout for things to make that people would buy. Simple right?? Supply and demand. The problems that arise are also simple. Am I a product or an artist?
I make things and sell them. I am both an artist and a business woman. I love the combination of both sides of the brain.
The truth is I love selling as much as making. Interacting with people and telling my story never gets old. Actually, the longer I practice my art the more enjoyable it gets
What is your art form?? Painting, sewing or knitting?
how about accounting, cashier or mother of three? Everyday life is art.
When I open my house to the public I open my heart
Simple supplies are the easiest to use when staring a project.
As a child colouring and drawing went hand in hand. Hours of sketching and doodling turned into a lifetime skill for coping with stress.
Art saved my life
Layers of paint covered with pen, crayons and pencils keep time slipping by calmly.
There is no end. There is no goal other than putting color and lines together
A trip to the dollar store is all you need
She may not be finished.......
A stash of yarn donated to Seven Threads!!!
I have been lucky in my art endeavours once again! A donation of yarn left on my step.
I spent the evening sorting and hugging the beautiful new friends that came to live with me!!!!
So happy to upcycle and blend all the colors into new designs!!!
Whenever I reach into the heaps of yarn I have stashed in the studio, out comes blue.
This time it was three blends of fuzzy teal, pink and greens. With a size 19 needle and a simple knit stitch, I made this lovely soft infinity scarf.
I know only two stitches. The knit stitch and a drop stitch. By blending my own colors, I make the design unique.
Huge and cozy!!!
Mixing colors is a passion of mine. Weather it be paint, beads or yarn, putting contrasting and complimentary colors together always serves to please me
With yarn, simple colors get a boost when twisted and blended together.
Digging deep to the bottom of the stash to pull out bits of yellow and purple lead to this new scarf color combo.
Cozy and cute!!!!
My favourite type of recycled materials to work with are sweaters!!! Thrift stores are full of them and yard sales have sweaters galor.
This soft grey knit is beautiful to work with. I decided to keep it a sweater, but completely redesigned the cut.
Oversized snaps added a modern touch along the shoulder and neck.
Perfect with skinny jeans and tall boots!!
New sketchbooks make me nervous. Beautiful blank pages. Pristine crisp cover. When I start something new I try not to worry about the outcome. A new sketchbook brings hopes of magical creations as well as fears of tragic failure.
I jumped in! No plans. No thought of the ending. Lots of color and plenty of help from my son. Sebastian inked the eyes and gave her a flourish
There are so many small bits of yarn in my stash, I search constantly for ways to use them.
This scarf is a simple knit stitch with a row of drop stitching in between the changes of colored yarns and strings
My fave thing to do is blend the colors together and knit with 3--5 strands at a time. I used 10 mm needles to give a loose and casual look to the final piece
I think the design is simple, beautiful and dead one of a kind!
.......so many ideas!!!!
Now I never have to toss any yarn cause it's "to small to do anything with"!!!!
I found this lovely piece of fabric for a dollar. That's 100 pennies!!!
Decided to make a simple dress with matching belt.
I took my fave t-shirt for a pattern and just made it longer. Two side seams and two shoulder seams. Total time 21 min..... But who's counting ;)
Sometimes making a fast fashion piece reminds me of why I do the things I do!!
I use sweaters to create many of my designs. Upcycling clothing into bags and accessories is fun and economical.
Witha all the scraps of fabric I make mini creatures
I don't use a pattern. Simple shapes are rolled and stitched together until a face appears.
Big kids love them. Many adults have come up to me saying "hey, your the woman who makes the little monsters". Yep. That's me
Sometimes, a pen and notebook is all I need
The thing I love most about knitting is blending my own colors together.
This scarf slash caplet is a mix of four different reds. I cast on the stitched with all four strands at once and knit like I am using a large chunky yarn.
So simple yet so different!
I think these vintage earrings need to become fabulous dinner rings!!
Oh what fun!
In school I covered my notes with doodles. Something's never change
Many of the finished pieces get turned into the covers of journals or I make art print greeting cards.
I carry a sketchbook everywhere as a way of distressing. Waiting for a bus, sitting at the Dr office, etc..... Nothing fills time like doodling!