It’s Beginning to Look …

Family Fun Ornaments

Many times we can feel bombarded by all the “stuff” that comes about during the holidays. Listen to Christmas music! Create a holiday feast! Buy this! No… buy that! Buy everything!! Make this! Make that! Bake cookies!! Make the perfect Christmas!
Then the crash/breakdown can occur when reality hits, and we find we have 24 hours in a day, a certain amount of time, a certain amount of energy, and a certain amount of anything.

As a way to put more enjoyment into my Holiday time, I called my sister and suggested we put up Mom’s Christmas tree. Ideas swirled about and gelled into the ornaments shown above.  We made a pretty good start of many of the decorations that will adorn her tree.
Using family photos,  I drew different kinds of bodies to go with the faces based upon the holidays and different family member’s likes or abilities. As you can see some are just plain fun!
A ribbon hanger will be added to these before they are sent off for my nephew to hang them on her tree!  My sister will then add little embellishments to complete!  I hope my family enjoys the love put into each of these.
May each of you enjoy your creative time, and remember to sit still and have a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate to take a little break!

Story of the Dress Part V – Crunchtime!

Short of one month before the wedding and the dress is progressing along!!  The bodice returned from the cleaners without a trace of the sewing machine black grease! Whew!  After working to get more stains out of the skirt, I discovered I created new unattractive watermarks.   Next step, take  the skirt part to the cleaners to have the watermarks taken out!

It’s interesting how something bad, like a grease stain and watermarks, can actually turn into something quite wonderful!  After picking up both sections at two separate times, each part returned pressed and looking much better than when I left it!

I sewed the skirt on without an issue and even the invisible zipper went in quite smoothly!

Catherine and John came back up north this past weekend.  She tried on the dress and about an inch was taken in on each side.  Catherine put on the dress again, and she looked beautiful.  The beading was taking shape and the bodice, now, was a perfect fit!  I worked another couple of hours on gathering and sewing netting for the skirt underlining.  Catherine walked into the sewing room and said, “Look at all this poofiness!”  Poofiness indeed!  It was time again for another try-on of the dress, this time with the gathered netting sandwiched between the two underlinings.

Amazing, simply amazing!  Standing before me, looking at herself in a mirror was my beautiful daughter, glowing.  The underskirting gave more shape to the dress and support to the train.  Words cannot fully express all the emotion that came to my mind.  It was a dream come true.  I proceeded to have her turn with her back toward me as I began to plan out how the train would “bustle up” for the reception.  The pinned up train just added one more beautiful dimension of folds and highlights to the dress.  The beading, hemming, and sewing on hooks are the only items left to do and those will keep me very busy until the wedding.

I think of our matriarchal line and how important those family connections are.  I have such gratitude for my mother who took the time to teach me how to sew.   Thanks, Mom!


After a wonderful time of getting away and refreshing the mind, body and soul, I’m back in the studio ready to begin new creations.  Thanks to our trusty technology helper (TTH), Luke, I’m navigating my way through another technology hurdle, forcing my brain cells to fire rapidly and begin making new connections.  If nothing else, this should be helping me to build a new platform of neurons for my old age!  I’ve found putting myself into new situations for learning (like this blog), helps me to have and create fresh new energy, and least we not forget, it also makes life exciting.   Let’s just intend, this is exciting in a very good way!

During our recent explorations I saw wonderful works of art ranging from contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum, touristy art in Breckenridge, working artist studios in Portland, master works of art at the Getty Center and breathtaking architecture, gardens and ancient sculptures at the Getty Villa.  I loved seeing how artists (from all time periods) incorporated their daily living into their art work.

I saw for the first time at the Portland Art Museum an original Van Gogh painting that the museum had recently acquired.  The docent told us it really hadn’t been seen before because it had been hanging above a fireplace for the past 60 years in a home outside of Portland!  Years of soot were removed to discover not only another bird in the painting, but also finger smudges by Vincent!  The thickly applied trenches of paint in the leg of the ox showed his trademark strokes.  Just as his daily living garnered in sites of the natural world around him, I look at my daily living.  What do I absorb from my daily surroundings that meshes with all that energy within me?  As the days progress I’ll keep you informed of the results!

If you have time, visit my website by clicking on the image of En l’air to the right. You’ll see a glimpse of what goes on in my world! En l’air was created a few years ago with a mixture of gesso, crayon, mat medium and water color on watercolor paper.  I enjoyed creating this painting because of the lightness I felt while creating it.  She always reminded me of the feeling one gets of jubilation when being at a celebration!