Wednesday, January 27, 2010

And so, it begins

I had to do a mental and literal shake of the head to grab hold of the notion of 2010. I remember when the passing of 1969 to 1970 was of great importance to me. Wow, a new decade! Oh, the delight in being a witness to and a participant in the movemenet of one decade into another!

After 1970, the clocks and calendars conspired to leap and bound in an effort to outpace me. So far, I'm staying the course.

In 2010, I will embark on one of my life's biggest adventures. My path will be rugged and will need a lot of my attention. More on this later in the year.

Also in 2010, I'll tackle several art projects.

A piece for our Fiber Art Fusion show in September with the theme "Movement." The ideas are swirling -- a gypsy woman twirling gleefully by firelight, her colored skirts flashing in the warm light; a simple wave of beads or embroidery, echoed with many colors across the whole piece; or something based on the yin/yang theme, starting with the traditional black and white and radiating with color. I want to surprise myself, so I haven't develped my design yet. I'm still noodling.

A moorish crazy quilt design is in the works that promises to be a colorful, crazy piece.

Our Round Robin in the Fiber Art Fusion group is so much fun. Like a child, I await each month's package being passed to me from Julie (the artist on the list before me). I like not knowing what will come and seeing what other artists have added as embellishment. Our "charge" this year is to work in the abstract and work LARGE. Also, we have to work outside of our comfort zones. I thought, "no big deal." That is, until I picked up the first piece and automatically stated envisioning beadwork. It's nice to walk the line of those old limits and take the path of the intrepid to the other side!

And, then there is the Bead Journal Project. One journal page for each month, with beads. My first piece is almost ready for its close-up. More on this by the end of the week.

May we encounter this new year gently, with reverence, and with whatever stamina it requires. May we use our God-given gifts and our Waterford crystal. May we clear the clutter, reshape all in our purview to please us, and have deeper knowledge of God with every passing day!

My words to live by: compassion, perseverance, passion, sense of awe.

Peace out!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bead Journal Project 2010

Come join me (and many other bead artists)! Robin Atkins hosts a marvelous Bead Journal Project where you create a beaded journal page for each month next year.

I've watched from afar for a couple of years and now want to take the plunge. So interesting to see how beaders make thoughts and feelings and life events manifest in beaded works of art. Their sources of inspiration are as varied as the number of stars in the sky -- their muses, life's stuggles and joys, their interpretations of the archetype of a given month, you name it!

I can't wait to "play" in this new (to me) forum.

Robin's great blog:

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Blog of a Friend

Nine years ago, I met Cathy at a crazy quilting class at John C. Campbell Folk School. Betty Pillsbury was our teacher. I'm glad to call both of these talented, smart, beautiful, and authentic women my friend!!

Cathy has a prize drawing on her blog. Now, this isn't a seen-one-seen-them-all blog. It's a delight to the eye. Cathy's sense of humor, her love of the art of CQ and collecting is obvious in her postings, and her charm is pervasive. She's sponsoring a give-away. I'd like to invite you to visit her blog: Enjoy!

Having mentioned Betty Pillsbury, you're in for a blog treat there, too! Check out her Web site as well and visit her gallery. Quite the accomplished artist and a marvelously gifted herbalist. Go to:

I'm glad to introduce you to these special blogs!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Feeling Groovy

This week was full of inspiration. Friends. Color. Art. Music (loading my iPod with goodness). Warming temperatures. Riding with the top down (and the heater on). A peaceful mind, but high energy. Tomorrow night, friends are coming for dinner -- a great time to try new recipes. Not sure why, but I always try them on friends first. I started reading two new books. Wrangled with some stacks of paper that threatened to take over my desk. Simple things. Good things.

Want a fun little quiz to create your own rainbow?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

This week at our Fiber Art Fusion meeting, we gave the Round Robin blocks back to the owner. I am thrilled no end with mine. The 11 women who worked on it during the last year added so many beads, buttons, machine and hand-stitching, glitter, and all kind of special effects. I LOVE the result. Great results can come from collaborative art!

Monday, January 26, 2009

2009 Out Of the Gate

Twenty-six days into the new month, the new year, and I haven't checked my birthday book. I just realized that I missed a really important one for a dear friend. Bad!

The flip side of this year is all of the new at my house. Little things. Simple pleasures.

I got an iPod for Christmas. I asked NOT to get one. Technology is a good thing -- as tools go. I like what they can do for us. But, I'm not a big fan of what they require of us. Learning how to load the iPod is a chore. My husband had it engraved, so I can't return it. That kind of "forced march" gets me going. Worse than futzing with technology, I hate to waste things. Particularly gifts. They represent the care another has for us. No little thing. Meanwhile, I have to labor long to load Mozart....

New furniture in my studio! A map chest and another little stacked set of drawers. Great news. Then came all of the making room and vacuuming and moving almost every ding-dong thing out there. It's beginning to take shape once again. And I can FEEL the organization on a cellular level. I can sense the absence of stuff formerly stacked on every surface and in bags and boxes all around me on the floor. I can think with greater clarity. Clearly enough to start another bead project (instead of finishing something already started).

I'm beading around a rather large raku face bead. This will be the sixth in a series of bead embroidered face cabochons. My idea for them will come out later this year -- possibly for the "Exploring Dimension" show for our Fiber Art Fusion group. A far-out dimensional piece, unlike any other I've created, is whirling around in my head. Shows, challenges, and even Round Robins are good for that. They cause us to think in fresh terms, to create with our best artistic selves -- wide awake and present.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My Christmas Wishes

For each of us, my wishes are many and heartfelt. I think I wish nearly the same things every year. And not just at Christmas!

Peace...the kind that brings your heart a seamless quietude and calm.
Hope...A sense of well-being and energizes your waking and your every movement, mixed with that feeling that the best is yet to come, that God is in His heaven, and all's right with the world. Cockeyed optimism? Well, maybe. But, at Holy Mass, when I say that I "believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen ... and the life of the world to come," what's not to hope for! (ref: Nicene Creed)
Love...more than anything, I wish you the blessing of loving and being loved. May true compassion become the order of the day.
Simple pleasures...a game of Pictionary or Scrabble that leaves you laughing until you cry, the taste of tiramisu, good books, wonderful music, hugs that last long enough to really feel them, the gift of a smile from another, "Merry Christmas!" yelled with gusto by a child, thoughtful/prayerful moments under a clear night sky.

I hope your Christmas is special this year and always, with new and old memories to fill your heart.