Friday, December 14, 2012

It's That Time of The Year

It's time to count those blessings.  I am blessed to live in a beautiful place, surrounded by my loving pets a marvelous husband and fabulous friends.  Although I am not nearly as "social" as I used to be I find that I really have a true sense of place here where I live now...and then my husband and I discovered Taos, New Mexico.  We only get to go twice a year now, but we see our future there.  We just returned from our traditional December pilgrimage and we both, I think feel renewed.  We see a wonderful retirement in a few years with an already established group of friends, something we don't really have together here.  I was almost relaxed just about the day before we were to leave, but that is okay.

 I don't relax easily and it had been a more trying than most fall this year.  Home is where you make it.  Home is where your heart feels a certain pulse of contentedness, not the blinding fury of madly in love and can't get enough.  Home is where you don't have to be any certain "way" or someone, where you just are.  Can't wait to be in the place I feel "at home" for the second time in my life.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's About Time

Lincoln Tapetes de Lana

Cotton Looper Rug

Bambi In Yard Day After Election, Look He Is Laughing


Holidaze closeup

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hello Hard Frost

 Change is in the air.  All around the season in giving way to Mother Nature.  I am giving way to a little change here with this piece.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cool Colors

Sometimes the only words are pictures.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Block Street Holiday Art Sale

It has been far too long since I last posted, but my life is crazy busy it seems.  I have spent the last 6 weeks working on a new website for the Block Street Holiday Art Sale Group I am a part of here in my town of Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The group has a long and rich tradition of having the most wonderful art sale every year the first weekend in December.  I feel honored to have been made a part of it just 5 years ago.  Here is a bit about the history of the sale written by our fearless leader, Marie Demeroukas.

Photographer Don House had the holiday blues back in 2001.  To shake them off and create a sense of community for himself, he hosted an open house at his studio in Elkins, inviting a handful of friends to display their work.  The group had so much fun that they repeated the show the following year.  A tradition was born.

With the show’s success came more artists and a move to a larger venue at the Fayetteville home of Mike Shirkey’s GoodFolk Productions.  Taking a cue from its street address, the group eventually began calling itself the Block Street Art Sale.  

Although the roster of artists has changed over the years, the quality of artwork and the enthusiasm of the artists and their guests have remained high.  For many the show feels like a great, weekend-long party.  This year the group will make its new home in Parker Hall at the Mt. Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center.  Expect a few more artists, a roomier exhibition space, easier parking, and even more amazing art.

What began modestly with a pitcher of eggnog, a handful of artists, and several dozen guests has today blossomed into a much-anticipated community event.  If you haven’t done so already, we hope you will become part of a Fayetteville tradition.

So that is our story and I am sticking to it.  Here are some shots of our group and our offerings.  Please check us out and remember to shop locally and support your local artists and craftspersons.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

It Has Been A Long Time

Sometimes life just gets away from us. That is how this past month has felt to me. I had barely gotten home form our New Mexico vacation when whoosh!!! life just went off and running and I felt like I was just hanging on. I found myself getting ready in a big way for my next show coming up in December, The Block Street Art Sale at Mount Sequoyah, by dyeing loopers outside. What I did not realize is how exhausting dyeing in 99 degree weather outside was... here are some shots of the process and the resulting colors.
Another thing that kept me really busy was creating the new website for my weaving guild in New Mexico, Art Through The Loom. The site turned out great and I think that all involved are pretty happy with it. Check us out, and check us out on FaceBook, too.
Busy is good, but sometimes you just have to slow it down a bit as I learned this week. Take one day at a time and don't get your plate too full. Blue skies and tailwinds...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Last One

This has been an unusual runner for me. I cannot seem to get the pictures right on this one. The runner looks so much better in person than it does in the photograph. I guess I will have to wait and see if someone can give me a tip. I have tried cloudy day, no direct sun, etc and they all aren't quite right. it is a learning is life.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Little Bit of Progress on Tiger Lily

I have been playing with various iphone apps after my friend Audra told me how cool they were.  My fave right now is hipstamatic.  It has taken me a while to "get" it and I don't know much about it at this point other than I like the old-timey feeling it imparts to a photo.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Talented Friends

My friend Faye makes the coolest bags.  This is the newest in her line of handbags.  It will be my new knitting bag.  She has several new designs and projects lined up and it will be so exciting to see what she comes up with.  This bag spoke to me and I love it.

Faye is so talented in so many ways I can hardly begin to describe her creativity.  She can see an  old worn looking piece of fabric and picture in her mind just what she could do to bring it to life, and she does. She creates incredible costumes for the theatre here in Fayetteville and makes everything she creates sparkle with life.

Everyone has a talent,  an artistic flair, you might call it, yet some folks don't give themselves enough room to find or experience their talent or artistic side and go through their entire lives not realizing if they had just opened up to their creative side a little bit more that their lives might have a little bit of a different spice to it.

Figure out your talent and go for the gold ring I say. Find that artistic side of yourself and set it free.   I want to be a weaver when I grow up and live in New Mexico.  What do you want to be?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Headed to Ghost Ranch

The time has come to ship off  a few pieces to New Mexico for the Ghost Ranch Show with my guild, Art Through The Loom.  Here are my selections for the show.  I tried to use yarns produced exclusively in New Mexico and tried to get a more "natural" look with my runners.  I guess more "organic"  might be a better way of saying it.

I guess I should tell the names on these pics.  At the top is Rio Grande Gorge, the second is Arkansas Sunset in Winter, the third, My New Mexico, and the last Summer Runner.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

It's June!

baby Downy woodpecker

Fibonacci Runner

Rug wool runner

Lincoln wool runner