Saturday, December 26, 2009

more tyvek brooches

After doing 10 more brooches they are improved to where I'm happy to share them. Here are a couple of new ones.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

tyvek play

For a new project for our recently started Fiber Arts Club I did a workshop using tyvek postal envelopes. Here are the brooches I made starting with the tyvek and using, toilet paper rolls, polymer clay heads, glass glitter, micro-beads, feathers, parts of silk flowers, beads and very old pearls. They were fun and I like the way they turned out. LOL But what a mess in the studio!!!!

Friday, December 04, 2009

New cuties

I just don't make baby dolls but I did for my sister's 2 toddler grands and I just love them. They are so darned cute. At least I think so. ;-))

Sunday, November 29, 2009

our year around present

Beethoven chose to lie under the tree even before it was finished. He is our all year present anyway.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Something new

A new project just completed. YAY!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Gkids with their projects

Here they are with the penguins and a photo of them holding three things that they have made this fall.

Monday, November 02, 2009

jacket back showing the bargello

See the back of the jacket here and scroll down to see more pictures.

Jacket nearly complete.

Here is the newest jacket. Unfortunately it may be too small for me. ;-(( I need to do a few stitches on the sleeves and add a fancy brooch on the right shoulder.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bob and Beethoven

Son Bob stopped in for a short visit while he was in Phoenix for business. He made quite a hit with Beethoven. Beethoven is a real chow hound so guess why he took to Bob but it was sweet anyway. Here they are in Marv's recliner.

The new jacket is coming along.

I have been beading on my new jacket and have several more hours before it's ready to line. However, it's coming along. ;-))

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My newest projects

Here you will see my newest endeavors: a large bag and finally a completed doll.;-))

Friday, October 02, 2009

Halloween fun

I love the brilliant fall colors and halloween, too. Here is a peek at some halloween bags I made as well as a couple of dolls made on presewn muslin dolls. I used them as samples for my grandkids who come to play regularly. Then I had to do my own Mr. Halloween. I drew a pattern on newspaper and went to work. He is finished but I know things that I's do differently on another one. LOL

Monday, September 21, 2009


Today I started to make a paper mache penguin as a sample for the grands when they come on Wednesday. It is turning into quite a project. Will share when I get further along. I hope I finish one before Wed. LOL

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The third piece of wall art just completed

This piece is heavily laden with beads, a part of a silk flower, some scraps of a dryer sheet that is dyed purple, a piece of a vegie bag, a polymer clay piece, an old dangly earring, glass glitter and some micro beads, the photo transfer of a cell phone, and other things. Instead of binding I finished it with several twisted yarns that I blanket stitched in place. Doesn't it look like an underwater scene??

Another of the three finished pieces of wall art

This piece I used when teaching art quilts to demo the use of lots of different things and stuff

finished wall art

I finally finished 3 pieces of wall art that have been lying around for months!! This one is called Chicken Glitter in my Garden. A closeup may help you understand the title.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

tutorial for making TP roll ornaments/bracelets

This is a fun and easy project. Look at an empty toilet tissue roll and you will see a swirling seam. Tear the roll open on that seam and you can pull the ends and the roll will spring back. Using a pinking scissors cut a generous strip right out of the middle the long way leaving 2 pieces on either side. Using clear drying glue, German glass glitter and micro beads cover the inside of the ornament. Now roll it back into another empty roll and set aside to dry. I usually let them set over night. Remove the ornament from the roll and cover the outside again using clear drying glue, glitter and micro-beads. Once again roll it back into the empty roll to dry over night. You will probably want to do some touch up when you remove it from the roll and can add more of whatever you want at this time. Punch a hole in it with an awl after determining where it will hang best. insert a ribbon and it's ready to hang wherever you want to add some glitz or bling.

If you want you can also make bracelets in the same manner that just roll around the arm and are inexpensive glitz for that night on the town. For bracelets I just paint the inside with gold or silver arilyc paint following the same steps.

I use Grrrip glue and German glass glitter and micro-beads that I order on line. However, any clear drying glue and and regular glitter will work for the ornaments.

I'm working on some other things using the German glass glitter and micro-beads but they aren't ready to share yet.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

the grands make teddy bears

Here you can see the grands and their teddy bears that they made yesterday with grandma's help. They each used thread and needle as well as the sewing machine. It was a very fun but tiring day for this old grandma. LOL

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Metallic ornaments

Along with the multi colored ornaments I decided to try gold and silver metallics and love them. Here you get to see some of them and a close up of a couple of them. This is so fun but my fiber arts are beginning to get left behind. Oooops!!!

Friday, August 07, 2009

What I've been doing lately

I've been busy with various things, playing with great grands, playing at ornaments made from toilet tissue rolls and glass beads, paint and micro-beads. They really are fun!! I also made a teddy bear from wool felt. I'll do presewing and then help the grands stuff and finish them on their next play day. They come every other Wednesday afternoon on early release days from school. They are loving it and are so enthusiastic. A few hours wears me out. LOL They are 8 year old Makayla and 5 year old Logan. Also there is a photo of the quilt I finished for Makayla. LOL

Friday, July 10, 2009

Rooster in the Kitchen

My friend, Brenda, gave me this rooster as a house warming present. My son finally hung it for me. It is perfect in that niche.

Patti Culea doll

I also finished the Patti Culea doll but she is a barefoot princess. Lots of other work on her, though.

Adeles, class doll finally finished

Having taken Adele Sciotino's class awhile back I finally was compelled to complete it. This is not about the doll or her expression and strictly about costuming. I'm happy with the way she turned out.

4th of July

We here at Sun City and Parkside at Merrill Ranch had a small 4th parade. Here is my son's dog, Strutt, in the outfit I made for him to parade with other boxers.Isn't he a beautiful Boxer and he can strut!!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

entry hallway

Here you can see what the entry hall looks like. One photo of each side as you enter.

More photos as the house comes together

We have slowly been getting the house together. The master bedroom and guest bedroom still have not been completed. More photos when they are ready. Here you can see Marv's new television, more of the great room, looking into the kitchen from the great room, better photos of the sitting/reading room.

Friday, June 12, 2009


I posted the wrong picture. Here is the picture of my going away pindolls.

more studio stuff

Here you can see the bathtub full of UFO's each in its own large plastic bag. Also on one part of the design wall are the pin dolls that my Las Vegas dollmaker friends made for me and presented to me at the wonderful going away dinner that they planned for me. In addition you can see my collection of Diane Little dolls.