Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week 2--1 Year in Stitches

Week 2 and a little embroidery.
Cold temperatures, ice, and school called off on Friday. It turned out not to be as bad as the weather channel said it was going to be. We did not have to leave the homestead so I was content to stay in and work on some of my projects. One of them being this week's stitches. When I started I debated whether to do a pattern or draw a design, however I did not really want another obligation or set project. So I decided to do free style--just stitch a little when the mood struck me.
This is harder than it appears. It is like the abstract paintings I

Two of my abstract painting at the Gallery
love to paint but that frustrate me to no end!! When you do a representational work of art you communicate through concrete ideas that most everyone agree upon. But when you do abstracts you have no common ground--ideas are individual. The same with going freestyle with this embroidery--not sure where to start, where to go, or where to stop!! One thing that I understand now that I didn't before, is this, sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it!
Oh well, it is a journey with no pressure-- something I don't engage enough in.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

1 Year in Stitches:2017 My First Week

Winter's Coming
Tints of cold, of wind and ice, and colors of snow
Pale sunsets, late sunrises, brittle branches and crunching grasses
Between now and Spring my stitches will be of winter.
My preference for satin stitches takes over when my mind wanders. As it comes back to my hoop I remember a stitch from a long time ago.
When I started 1 Year of Stitches I thought I had been a voracious stitcher... in my youth and early adulthood. However, as I looked around I only found a very few pieces I had completed. Mostly small things like pillow cases. I could remember doing so much but most of it was gone. My Mother was an artist who left many works of art behind. Sifting through them to keep only what truly represented her creative self has been difficult. A piece of her needlework has made the cut. I want to add a piece of mine to the collection, as well as, my Grandmother's so someone, someday will know we were women of stitches. I am unsure as to whether this piece will be added or whether it will spark my passion to do another one more exemplary of my life. A collection of my Grandmother's pillow cases, my Mother's Christening dress she made for my daughter, and something from me will be tucked away in a muslin wrapping. Complete with a letter telling a little about the lives of 3 women.

Monday, January 2, 2017

1Year in Stitches 2017

Embroidery was a great love of mine in years passed--when I was younger and a bit more nostalgic. My Mother and Grandmother taught me some stitches and I learned a few on my own. I saw how beautiful their work was and how happy it made them to use their hands to make something lasting and individual.
I embroidered denim skirts and jackets. Tea towels and pillowcases. Doll clothes and aprons. I used patterns and I drew my own. Going to the Dime Store (Ben Franklins) to see new books and patterns, colors and hoops was a delight when I was 12. Even when my children were small I embroidered their names and small animals on their clothing. But as the children grew up and I began to teach art, my time for the pure selfish pleasure of sitting down to needle and thread was gone.
Half-heartily perusing Facebook in the wee hours of the morning I chance upon the 1 Year in Stitches Challenge.
It kind of stirred my memories of embroidery. I loved the visual on the page of the hoop filled with color and lines. Since I am on the verge of retirement I thought I might engage.
I liked the page and asked to join the group. My niece in Texas commented on the page as well. She mentioned that my Mother--her Grandmother had taught her a few stitches years ago. I offered to send her some of my Mother's embroidery paraphernalia.
And I decided to start to make some stitches for 2017. I rounded up the hoop, needles, floss, and a beautiful piece of white linen I have, admittedly been hoarding.
Sadly, I do not seem to have any pieces from my youth.
The only piece I could find was my granddaughter's Christening dress. My Mother made it for my daughter in 1977, embroidering her name on the slip. I am now embroidering my granddaughter's name above her mother's.
A name and a legacy.

 I will post on the blog my progress this year.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall is my Favorite!

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The soft sun filtering through the trees starting to lose their leaves and window panes catching a few final rays of sunlight, delights me beyond description!
A new painting of Miss Kitty (accompanied by the photo) and some items for Halloween.
We are working hard on Bowser's Emporium that will travel to Springfield MO in November.
2Friends&junk at the Ozark Fairgrounds. Lots of great stuff!
 Eying .

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Farmhouse decor and Vintage Style Signs

Hot July Afternoon getting some items ready for Bowser's Emporium Unlimited at 2friends&junk vintage/junk show in Springfield Mo. The event is the first weekend in November 2016. It's a great show with an unbelievable amount of vintage junk, collectibles, and MY Art!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Got Your Goat!

Goats are amazing critters! They are sweet and affectionate as well as curious and entertaining. They are also destructive and sometimes just plain onery! In my post-college years we raised goats--Nubian Goats. And we milked them twice a day. Our children drank goats milk, I made the best aged cheeses I have ever eaten, and baby goats were a constant presence in our daily lives. Then we moved to the city because a job was the reason we went to college. I mourned  as they were lead away to a new home and I have missed them since then. So when looking for subjects to paint I remembered how much I loved goats! Here are two signs depicting goats. They are hand painted-one on old barn wood and one on an oak table top.
They will go to Bowser's Emporium (my booth name at 2friends&junk) in Springfield MO in November.
The "Smokin' Goat" is $300.00 and the "Farm Fresh" is $280.00. They could hang outside in a protected location or be great above a mantel.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bowser's in the Fall

Sometime back I mentioned that I would add some photos of the progress of Bowser's Emporium Unlimited. Now that school is out we are working on some pieces to add to the collection. Here are some photos I took last weekend. Nothing fancy--just some pieces I love.

Some new pet portraits for the fall show.

More to come in a few days-- we are really getting busy!
Do you think shabby chic, restoration junk, and pet portraits all belong in the same booth at a Junk Show? Leave a comment--let me know!