Friday, April 14, 2017

Too inspired to stop!

Sometimes creativity pulls like a mighty river, leaving no option but to swim along.

What an abundance of making has happened lately!

And apart from all the creative endeavors, the studio got a thorough spring cleaning for a photo shoot. Yes, dear friends, there will be a magazine article this summer.

The Spellbinders Joyous Celebration crafting dies  continue to bring craftiness to the studio. 
Here's the Swallow and Heart die with its sweet little flowers and bird tucked into a paperweight- perfect for spring!

 And the brushes have had a workout lately, too.

The studio has been humming from morning to night!

What are you making?

Friday, March 17, 2017

A few of my favorite things

One of the most wonderful parts of being an artist designing for the crafting industry is that you get to play with those products.

This sweet little house is made from dies produced by Spellbinders and it's so much fun I think I've made at least 50 of them. No kidding.

This little house works as a wee gift or favor box, votive holder, cake ornament or string of party lights.

Want to make a little house?

You can find the die here

and see how-to tutorials here
and  here.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Winter serenity

Every season has its beauty, but winter's mood seems to me the most serene, the most contemplative.

The chilled light and stark forms of leafless trees has a quiet beauty all its own.
I love to walk with the dogs and let my eyes wander.

The farmlands are resting;
my dogs and I walk briskly alone along the river past field after field.

A sharp contrast to the bright lights and holiday bustle, this kind of quiet brings balance and peace.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


With so much troubling talk all around us,
I've been thinking a great deal about peace

and how I can't control the atmosphere everywhere
but I can bring a gentle spirit,

a kind word,

a smile everywhere I go.

I can't change everything for good
but I can do something small...

I can cook someone sick a hot meal
and pass out snacks to the homeless man at the traffic light.

If you're lonely, I can listen.

Merry Christmas, friends.

Tidings of comfort and joy!

Let's leave a trail of compassion and care everywhere we go.

Let peace begin here.
With us.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Merry & Bright

Time to decorate the tree, light the candles, sip cocoa.

Time to make merry!

I sneak out to the studio in the middle of the night and turn it into a Christmas workshop.

My Winter Wonderland snowflake dies are perfect for making everything feel festive.

Cut lots of them and stitch together into garlands, add a sprinkle of mica glitter and they glow bright with twinkle lights!

I took red and white felt and some quilt batting left over from another project and put them together with some snowflakes I cut from the steel rule snowflake die

Just cut a rectangle from red felt and some thin pieces of white to use as accents. 
Stitch together wrong sides facing one another- we're not even going to turn this inside out!

I used half a snowflake to fancy up each corner...

Stuff with whatever you happen to have on hand.

Now stitch it up.

Even for a completely inept seamstress like me, you'll end up with a darling little pillow in less than an hour!

Time to curl up with a good book or make another for a friend!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Autumn in the valley

It's autumn, and the fields and forests are changing by the hour, it seems.

I've been wandering through the farmland sketching and taking photos,
allowing myself the freedom to simply make art.

Simply immersed in art and beauty and wonder.

The Pacific Northwest in autumn...
so much to be thankful for.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Creativity = Happiness

Do you ever wake up itching to create?

Me, too.

It's true:
Inspiration really is all around you.
 Sometimes it strikes at 2am.
Sometimes it comes when you're looking out the window.

The thing is to indulge the creative impulse,
to do learn and try and relish the experimentation.

Allow yourself the opportunity to try something new,
to fail until you discover and grow and succeed.

Don't be afraid. 
Spread your wings.

I've let the studio slip into messiness
and laughed at the chaos.

Too busy creating to care.

I hope you're off on your own creative path, yourself.
It's too much fun to miss, whatever it takes.

Don't wait another moment, friend.