Sunday, July 16, 2017

making faces


A break in the (work) action and just what I needed. Permission to play.
After several weeks of no creative time, I decided to pull out a package of paperclay and just play.
I ended up making a face. And it was fun. So I made another the following day, and the day after that.

Now I'm out of clay, which is probably good because I have a lot of work to do.
The nonprofit that I work for is moving to a new location and there is much that needs to be done. 

But then, I might have just ordered another package of paperclay so maybe there is a little time for play...

 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

finding cross rocks


We did a little exploring this weekend, right in our own neck of the woods. We camped a few nights in neighboring Little Falls and played tourist. We had donuts at a local bakery, wandered a pretty little park on the Mississippi, and searched for cross rocks, or, Staurolite at Blanchard Dam in Royalton, MN. 

I hadn't even heard of cross rocks before this weekend, but a search for "rock hounding, Little Falls MN" turned up one result...cross rocks. Naturally, we had to check it out. After a short drive and a short hike, we found ourselves at the river's edge at the bottom of the dam. We weren't really sure what we were looking for, or where we should be looking, but once we found our first piece we were off and running. Each of us found at least one cross, and gobs of straight pieces. We had a blast!

This was my best piece:



E had a good selection of her own. Her favorite being the one that looked like a little plane:



I found two heart stones, but this one was my favorite:


We also found this little friend and the kids loved on him for a minute before we set him back in the water.


We cooked our meals on the fire and I read aloud 'Ronia, the Robber's Daughter' to eager listeners who didn't even seem to mind that their tablets and phones were nowhere around. I felt connected in a way that I've been missing lately, with the busy-ness of work and life. Good stuff, all of it.

Have you been exploring lately?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

landscapes and beads ahead


I'm teaching a landscape workshop this weekend at the Franklin Arts Center. I hear the weather is projected to be 95. The building doesn't have air conditioning so this class may become something of a strip tease in an attempt to stay cool. Stories later! (but no photos, I promise)



This afternoon I'm giving a demonstration on simple wet-felting at our local library. I believe their space is air conditioned so we'll all be suitably modest, probably.


Sunday, June 04, 2017

wool bead necklace


A little time spent arranging wool beads and braiding leather and I have myself a necklace to wear to my "how to make wool beads" demonstration this week at our local library. They feature a new craft/art form monthly, which I think is really cool, and June 9th it's felting courtesy of me.

In the Brainerd area? Stop by and get sudsy!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

sweet diversion


Art time has been slim lately due to the demands of my day job and family, and then along comes this sweet diversion. The pendulum always swings though, so I await a return to balance. 


Sunday, May 21, 2017

stitched stones for sale


A collection of stitched stones has gone to The Crossing Arts Alliance online shop. As you may know, TCAA is a lovely little nonprofit arts group that does good work in greater MN, for which I happen to work.

If you are interested, please have a look at their shop. There is some great work from fellow MN artists there that is surely worth an ogle.

Thank you!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

finally, a red stone


Check that one off my list.
I confronted my fear of red.
A stone inspired by the crimson-hued House Finches that have been visiting my feeder. Apparently they lay blue speckled eggs, usually a clutch of five, but I got carried away and gave them a nest overflowing.

Adding this one to the little pile in hopes of a shop update soon.

Happy Tuesday. I hope you have a bright and cheery day, abundant with just the right things.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

wool inspiration packs


I'm trying something out.
Erin and I were playing with colorways and we decided to put some of our combos up for sale. She has a real knack for colors, this 8 year old girl of mine. She picked the combos and the names and I did the rest. There are a few of these packs o'inspiration in my shop in case any of you want to round out your palettes or get a little color inspiration. 



I hope your weekend has been inspiring and colorful too. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

tutorials, openings, and general busy-ness


Regular busy-ness at work with grant writing, meetings, and the like, coupled with the opening of our children's art exhibit and a basket weaving class the next day, a segment on the local radio station, and two appearances on our public television station is enough to wear ya right out.

In the midst of that I taught two rabbit workshops to some truly lovely people, and began work on writing my "how to stitch stones" tutorial, which I hope will help people manage some of the basics and gain some confidence in creating them.

A glance at my week...

Over 400 people came to the opening of our 'Young at Art' exhibit celebrating children's art work.


You have to have fancy finger food at gallery openings. We made sure the kids would enjoy it. These are nilla wafers with a mint cookie sandwiched in between with red and yellow icing to look like little hamburgers. The "fries" are shoestring potatoes.


We had a whole group of kids and grown ups come to our Second Saturday to learn to weave baskets. We provided two projects, one involving reeds, and one where kids wove yarn into plastic berry baskets. They all turned out just great. 



25 people, over two days, learned to needle-felt bunnies. My favorite part is how they all turn out differently. These two were made by young twin girls who hung in there for the long 4-hour class. They did so well!


The lovely Zoma traveled up for the class and made such a sweet little bun.


I also made some prototypes for my next needle-felting workshop - cacti. I think this one will be fun. I'm also working on a couple of wet-felting workshops but am trying to find just the right space to hold them in.


All good stuff, but I'm ready for a little nap and a curl up on the couch with a cuppa.

For those that celebrate, have a wonderful Easter.





Thursday, March 30, 2017

sleeping mouse



Shh...the mouse is sleeping.
A little project I've been envisioning for a while, tucked inside one of my favorite enamel cups.
I'm going to be the featured member artist at The Crossing Arts Alliance Gift Shop in September. I'll need to bring in some gifty type things so I thought this would be a good place to start. I feel so prepared! Though, if I run true to form, I'll be making the rest of my pieces in mid-August sometime.






Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I've been branded!


A little gushing... 

I'm a happy camper today. I picked up my new business cards, notecards, and packaging for wool bundles yesterday from my favorite local print shop, Lakes Printing in Brainerd MN and they're beautiful! Designer Sera put together a logo for me (I feel official!) that I'm thrilled with, the quality of everything is beyond my expectations, AND I'm supporting a local business that supports my community. (Kevin, the owner, is a champion of non-profits)


I had been using an online printing company for years for my cards. I liked their quality well enough that I was willing to overlook some of their shipping issues (boxes of bent cards, anyone?). I didn't think that I could get the same quality and prices locally, but clearly I was mistaken. As much as I like supporting local, I'm surprised it took me this long to get on board with my printing. Kind of kicking myself, actually.



Blatant plug! If you are in the Brainerd Lakes area, give Lakes Printing a call when you need to give your business a fresh start or a little marketing oomph. Kevin is amazing and full of ideas to help your work shine. Give them a call.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

forcing sunshine


I had the day off so in between doing my taxes and whining about doing my taxes, I did a little wet-felting.
I thought that maybe, just maybe, if I started laying flowers on top of the lingering bits of snow, I'd chase winter on out of here. Time will tell, but I'd bet that in a couple of weeks, I'll see if it worked.

True to form, my pal Charlie tried his best to help.
And by help, I mean get himself in the picture somehow.



But at least there's sunshine.



Monday, March 13, 2017

I'm on Instagram now


I'm a little late to the game, but I've finally joined Instagram. 
I'm looking forward to figuring out my way around there. I've already run into some old friends I don't see on other social networks, so, so far so good.

If you're there, you can find me HERE.


Friday, March 03, 2017

felted bunny workshop


There we go. That's a bunny I can teach. Cute, doable in under 4 hours, and introduces a few new skills.

For those that are local, I'll be holding two days of bunny-building where we'll focus on making firmly-felted shapes, blending colors, and incorporating glass eyes and bendable legs. It will be fun!
Please join me.

You can enroll through The Crossing Arts Alliance HERE




Thursday, March 02, 2017

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

an opening sky


A return to self, via a different path.
Like the sky has opened.
Some of you will understand what this means, and what it means to me.

There is a stitched stone on my table, and in my shop.
There is gratitude in my heart.







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