Sunday, December 17, 2017

Almost Christmas!

As Christmas approaches, I'm finding myself caught up in the usual preparations and enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. This week I made a floral arrangement for my sister,
with a final touch of battery operated lights! She loves bling, so it was a big success.


Our first snowfall coated tree branches, utility wires and rooftops with a heavy white frosting - really quite beautiful to see. Our snow thrower was in the shop for repairs at the time, and my husband gallantly shoveled everything by himself. 


 Rosie is missing her brother Angus, sometimes wandering around the house meowing, but she is also enjoying her new stature as queen of the house. She seems to enjoy all of our extra attention. Although they didn't seem to get along that well, Angus and Rosie were together with us since they were kittens, so I'm sure she is wondering where he is. Really miss our little boy.


On the creative side, I made this cut paper picture for the feast of St. Lucy on December 13. Her face is drawn and shaded with colored pencils and a bit of acrylic paint. It feels so good to create something, I have to ask myself why I don't do it every day. It seems to be a constant question for me, with an obvious solution - just do it!! Hmmm...New Year's resolution?


In any case, in a few days we'll be heading off for Toronto to spend Christmas with our daughter - the perfect Christmas gift for us! Can't wait!



Meanwhile, whatever holiday you are celebrating, even if it is just the beauty of the winter season,
may you have a wonderful week, filled with joy.

xo Judy



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Angus

 Feeling a bit heartbroken...










Rest in Peace, little Angus. xo


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Grateful...

Thanksgiving is over, but I've been thinking a lot lately
about the many things I have to be grateful for.
I have an amazing husband and daughter,


Two mischievous little kitties,


who love to help me sew,



a house with a favorite little light-filled porch,


friends who gather around a table to chat and stitch,


and, once again, these two sweet people who make my life meaningful.


I have a terrific extended family, and many creative and loving friends,
including those who read my blog.

And to you I give this wish...


May you have a wonderful day.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Art Every Day Month?

Now, who was that imposter who said that I was doing Art Every Day Month? I had the best of intentions, honestly, but never really got it off the ground. Life seems to be a bit too much lately and I've been having mixed feelings about what I really want to make. That has led to a real feeling of sluggishness - does anyone else have this problem at times?

Meanwhile, it's getting very cold here in New England and Angus and Rosie are hunkering down.
Rosie loves her new catnip toy,


but also buries herself in a fluffy throw when the weather is cold.


Angus always seems to be deep in thought,


and hides on a dining room chair, under the table, where he sleeps away the day.


My little Christmas cactus is starting to bloom, reminding me of my mom.


I have to confess that a feeling of sadness has settled around my shoulders lately.
My older sister is in a nursing home with dementia, and  I'm witnessing her losing more 
and more of her grasp on reality, and any desire to take care of herself.
Her type of dementia has made her hostile and angry, but fortunately the hostility
is lessening. She has no interest in doing anything, and I do what I can when I visit
to make her laugh and bring her some joy. It's very difficult to see her this way, and I
can't help feeling a bit helpless 

So, I have to listen to my heart and not put pressure on myself right now.

I'll be creating, but at my own pace.
Hopefully I'll be more "up" for AEDM next year!

Thanks, dear friends, for reading -
Hope you're having a good week!

xo Judy

Saturday, November 4, 2017

AEDM Day 4

 We are moving into true November weather now, with cooler days and leaves tumbling down. I'll have to move our little space heater from the garage to our enclosed porch, where I love to work.
I found this sweet poem on Pinterest, which brings some whimsy to the leaves we'll soon be raking!


I've been working on my fabric weaving and I'm declaring it done for the moment. I may tweak a thing or two, but I'm happy with it. Something totally different for me! I can see myself doing more!


So, on to a new project! I have something definite in mind. Can't wait to get started tomorrow!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Art Every Day Month and Happy November!

I love November. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are falling, and the holidays are right around the corner. My favorite thing is when it rains and tree trunks look black, contrasting with the beautiful colored leaves. I once did this fabric picture inspired by Autumn rain.


And today begins Art Every Day Month, a traditional challenge hosted by Leah Piken Kolidas.
You can get information about it by clicking the AEDM button on the right.

I'm starting the month off with this fiber weaving, which incorporates yarn, fabric and ribbon. I'm going to work on it a bit more, but this is a start. My theme for AEDM is to do whatever strikes my fancy. I've participated 6 times in this challenge and have always enjoyed it. I'm planning to post once or twice a week, hopefully with creative work I've been working on. It feels good this year not to have any shows or sales to plan for during the holidays, so I have time to play!


I hope that you are enjoying your week. Thanks for visiting and please stop by again!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cacti and Stitches

Hello Friends,

My husband and I went to an Antiques Marketplace in New Hampshire recently, and I came home with this sweet dish garden of succulents. The elderly couple who sold it to us seemed really delighted with the sale, which made it seem all the sweeter.


Honestly,  I've been feeling a bit down in the dumps lately. I try to stay "up",  realizing that others have far worse problems than I have, but the constant negativity in politics, plus the strain of dealing with a family member with dementia has been taking its toll on me. Also, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my artwork, as I skip around from one medium to another, trying different things. I'm often influenced by what I see on Pinterest or Instagram and get too engrossed in the work of other creatives, admiring and praising their work, while being unsure about my own. I'd like to find one medium I love (I'm pretty sure it's fabric!) and stick with it.

What keep me going are my classes with Amy, and my Thursday morning stitch group - creative women working and laughing together. A few friends and I meet at Amy's house on Tuesday nights, taking a continuous stream of classes. There are usually little dogs under our feet, cats making rare appearances, and a parrot or two talking (or singing) in the background. In our last class, Amy made a digital copy on fabric of a photo chosen by each of us. I chose a print of Matisse's "Goldfish Bowl". I stitched the goldfish with some slightly metallic thread, which gave them a little shimmer. I'm still working on the leaves and will post the finished piece when it's done. Our next class, which begins this week, is an introduction to weaving.



And finally, that Thursday morning stitch group I mentioned has moved from our friend Susie's dining room, to a cottage she had built in her back yard. She named it "Freedom Cottage", filled it with a large table and chairs, sewing and ironing tables and two comfy armchairs. I made her this fabric picture as a "cottage warming" gift. Such a charming place for our meetings!


We're moving into cooler weather, although warmer days keep popping up. Soon enough the snow will come, so I'm planning to get out and enjoy these fall days as much as possible!

Here's wishing you a wonderful week to come!