Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Come play!!!

I haven't put much up here lately. It has been one excuse after another, burning my hand, going shopping, procrastination, you get the idea. But I have a little class coming up on Saturday, and by then, I hope to get off procrastination and such and get back in gear. Wanna come play??? We would love to have you. See a sneak peek of the sample book here at the Frenzy website. There are many hidden pages, so you get more than you see!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jeane is on the cover of CPS!!!

Go here. Go now. My daughter, Jeane, is on the cover of Cloth Paper Scissors! We knew she was a finalist to be published in a reader's challenge for "Skeletons in Your Closet," but we didn't know she was ON THE COVER! I AM SO PROUD and happy and overjoyed and oh my gosh. Three of her dolls are on there. What is this girl of mine going to pull off next? Yeah, Jeane!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Both my daughter, Jeane, and I have been chosen to be published in magazines before, and we will be published in an upcoming magazine together along with another group of artists for a collaborative book we did, but today we both received word that we will be published in the next Sew Somerset, each on our own merits for our own individual projects. My work is currently on the cover, and I am so excited to have been chosen to be in the magazine again. We have to get our feature articles written and in in just a few short weeks.
Sure, I am happy that my work will be in there, but I'm even happier for Jeane. We went to Art Unraveled today together, met up, went to our favorite breakfast spot, took the first part of class, met for lunch with friends, finished class and rode home together. It is amazing fun when you and your own kid enjoy doing the same thing TOGETHER. We both then checked out email, and just as I picked up my cell phone to call her, she was calling me on my land line so we could tell each other about our emails from the editor. How funny. There is a certain joy a mom knows when her child does something well. It makes you know you had a hand in helping your child add beauty to the world, whatever that thing done well might be. But most importantly, you know your kid is in a happy zone. If you follow Jeane's blog, you may have noticed that I sign all comments with XOheartP. That has been a secret code since she left for college that I never abandoned when she came home. Today the secret goes out. The P means, "I'm proud of you," and today I could not be any prouder!

I am hoping to find time this weekend to show some or all of my projects from my classes at AU. Stay tuned. So far, this has been the best year ever there.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Think Off White

I know it has been a while since I got around to posting anything. I have been transitioning from being a Nona full time to going back to work. This year, I am working with teachers instead of kids, so I have needed to go in and get some presentations and things done before they come in next week. So far, the job is great. I am so used to helping other people and then trying to get some alone time to get ready for my own kids, and this year, I only have to do one of those things.
Well, for the next few days, I am off to Art Unraveled to take some classes, my last days of my summer. Another load of excitement to add to the crazy schedule, right?
I meant to take pictures of my last class I taught at Frenzy Stamper, but when I pulled out the camera, my memory card was full, and I didn't want to take the time to delete pictures so I could take photographs. I figured the students needed my time more. I still might get a shot or two of what greeted the students when my life settles down a bit. I made a kit that didn't get used.
Debbie invited me back to do another class, and that will be a monochromatic book of whites with vintage linens and laces, mixed with newer ones, and it is a trifold book. It houses replicas of old photos. One is dated 1942, for example. It could be used to house other people's old photos or used for a wedding, baby, baptism, quinceanera, etc. People who sign up get to keep the photos in the kit if they bring their own in. Almost all the supplies are included in the price, so I am hoping the class will fill. I have a limited supply of the vintage linens, so the registration is limited, too. I was going to photograph that also, before I dropped it off yesterday, but I misplaced previously said camera and didn't want to hold up getting the book to the store. Debbie took pictures and put them up on her site. There are four more pages besides the ones she is showing if you would like to go in there and take a peek. I have since found my problem camera in the pocket of my traveling supply case. First thing I've done right with it in a while! I guess it goes without saying that it is a good thing that I am better with a sewing machine than taking snapshots!