Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Peek Inside My Sketchbook

This weekend I spent a little time in my studio relaxing, listening to music and playing in my 

It seems like I've spent more time with fiber arts lately so I wanted to get back into practicing 
some faces and shading. 

Getting symmetrical facial features is still quite a challenge for me.
I'm thinking I should just adapt to the style of Picasso and pretend it's supposed to be that way.

I want to add more to this face, and I'm thinking about scanning it, and adding different media like papers, paint, fabric.  Any ideas?  

My lotus flower sketch was inspired by the design on the inside of a Yogi tea box. 
I enjoyed the process of sketching the flower then using shading to add dimension. 

The color added here is with watercolor pencils.  Since it's just sketchbook paper I decided not to add water.

This photo, even though dark I thought captured the warmth and light in my room last night. 
Another reason I like it is because you can see how my Fetzer's white nose stands out even in low light. 
He is such a sweetheart...he's "mama's boy

I hope you've also enjoyed a relaxing weekend. 


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Crocheting with Lucy

Wow, what a week it's been! 

I'm ready for a little fun how about you? 

Nothing like a goofy kitty to help you forget your troubles! 

I usually have to wait until Lucy goes to sleep before I can get my crocheting out. 

I walked into my studio this afternoon and she was on my desk already helping herself to some hemp yarn and crochet hooks.

Silly girl...

(I've never tried this iMovie stuff before, so I hope this works.)

Hope you have a fun and "goofy" weekend! 


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On My Mind...

Rest In Peace
Aunt Betty...

I'll miss you, 

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Creative Break from Life

Doesn't it drive you crazy when you're so busy with life that you don't have time to get your
 creative mojo

I finally took the time to sit down and crochet a few hearts.
After all, tis the season! 

I love how I'm so busy counting or talking in my head while I crochet to keep track of where I am that the stress of whatever else was going on diminishes. 

These are just a few little fun mixed media pieces I created using my crocheted hearts. 

The above hearts are made with perle cotton embroidery thread while these below are a bamboo blend of yarn.
The color is called "Ocean Spray"
Doesn't the name alone just take you away?  

Lucy likes the soft bamboo yarn too.

This is another small piece, like a tag size,  where I just cut out felt flowers and created a design with embroidery stitches.

Now that I've fed my creative spirit I feel so much better!

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead, and don't forget to take a break from life and do what you love to do!   


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dear Friends

Just dropping in for a quick hello and to let you know that I'm back from what seemed like a rather long week in Seattle.

I took this first photo from our hotel room the first night of our visit.
Pretty amazing to see sun, rain and snow all within one week! 

My apologies to those of you that are tired of the winter weather and don't want to see snow, but
since I never grew up around snow,  to experience it while we were in Seattle was kind of neat for me.
OK, now I'm in the Christmas spirit! LOL

Remember I told you in my last post about getting to meet a blogger friend?
Well, here's the photo!  I'm a little late getting this posted, but couldn't wait to tell you how excited I was getting to meet Catherine of
Catherine was visiting Las Vegas with her family recently so my friend Linda and I had a fun morning of coffee and chatting with Catherine.  She's such a fun person,  just like I imagined her to be!  
I think if Catherine lived in Vegas, the three of us could find lots of trouble to get into! 

Then, if meeting one blogger friend wasn't exciting enough, I got to meet another one during my recent visit to Seattle! Wow! 
Judy of
and I have been following each other for a while now.  She lives in the beautiful city of Bellevue, Washington not far from where I will be moving to in the spring!  
Judy and her husband joined us for lunch one day and gave my husband and me some great tips for places to eat and things to do during our visit.
I have to say that moving to a new city is a little daunting for me, but now knowing I already have a friend there makes me feel more at ease.  Besides that, I already have my first knitting lesson lined up with Judy when I settle in! :-) 

So, one more photo of the snow OK? 

(Texture by Kim Klassen)

I feel like I've been away for so long this time.  
I'm looking forward to getting back in to my craft studio and doing something creative! 
Oh yea, and more packing! :-) 

See you soon, 


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Sunset Ferry Ride

Hello friends.
Today we arrived in's time to "start" looking for a place to live. 

I wanted to share a few photos from our ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island.  It was a beautiful, clear day.

After boarding the ferry, we heard beautiful cello music resonating from the outdoor deck.
This young girl sat down and began to practice her cello.
I didn't want to disturb her, but I was so taken back by how she played.  It was as if she was the only person on board...this girl and her cello.

I wish you could have heard her.  
After rehearsing different pieces, she ended her practice session with 
Bach's  prelude Cello Suite No. 1 
I was so moved by this, it brought me to tears.

I've always wanted to play the cello.

To hear this beautiful instrument while seeing the beauty before me that I will soon call "home" 
was simply bliss!

I had an opportunity to meet a blog friend that was visiting Las Vegas last week! 
Unfortunately, I don't have that photo with me, so I will post about it when I return.  Some of you may have already seen it on her blog...if not, you'll just have to wait and see who it was!  

I hope to get by for a visit with all of you soon.
Sending good wishes, 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hearts and Flowers

I'm on a crochet kick again, and since the only thing I know how to crochet is a flower, you'll probably be seeing a lot of them! 

Looking at the flower I wondered how difficult it would be to make a heart...after all, it looks like part of the flower right? 

After a bit of searching on YouTube, I discovered that yes,  it is basically the same stitches to create a heart. 

I took this photo on my "hearts and flowers" succulent plant.
The plant usually has beautiful pink flowers, but this one is not at it's best right now, so I'm only showing you a part of it with my own hearts and flowers. 

Of course, it's the hemp yarn that makes my heart go pitter patter.

Whatever type of hemp yarn or thread I can get my hands on is what I like to crochet with. 

I found these beads at JoAnn's yesterday.  
I bought them on sale and hope to make a "wrap bracelet" with them.
 Have you seen those bracelets?  I LOVE them! 

So, hopefully I'll be able to add macramé  to my minimal crochet skills! 

 Don't you just love a new, creative year? 

What do you hope to learn how to make this year?