Thinking about Spring


My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece. — Claude Monet

Groundhog’s Day is around the corner.  If it’s sunny, Mr. Groundhog will see his shadow and tuck in for another
six weeks of winter.  Fingers crossed for clouds, because I am done with winter.  St. Louis hasn’t been hit as hard
as other parts of the country, but I’m not real thrilled with my fingers going numb and white from the cold.  

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7 Lessons I've learned about crafting a creative career

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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.  --  Mae West

I recently read a great blog post by artist, curator and teacher Sergio Gomez on the 7 lessons he has learned about the art world.  I found myself nodding along as I read through it and decided to add my two cents.  Here are 7 lessons I've learned about crafting a creative career.

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video love :: Madga Sayeg, installation knit artist, yarn bomber extraordinaire


Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. - Steve Jobs

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Making Art


Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. --  Andy Warhol

I'm excited.  I am at the beginning of what I know will prove to be an entirely new line of work.  I am using an upcoming exhibition as an excuse to push these new ideas out of my head and onto the embroidery frame.  The task is daunting.  This new line of work leaped in front of me just three weeks ago and begs to be entirely bead embroidered.  There are no short cuts with this medium.  I sew each bead into place one bead at a time.  By the time I finish, I will have stitched over 20,000 beads and sequins onto a silk substructure. And that's just one piece!  My hands ache and my back hurts, but I feel so incredibly energized!

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop :: Mistletoe Ornament

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Have you been checking out the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop?  The amount of creativity and inspiration is staggering.  I am thrilled to be a part of it and thought my day for the hop was yesterday, I couldn't resist making one more item.

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NaBloPoMo - National Blog Posting Month

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -- Benjamin Franklin

I may have just jumped off the high dive without checking whether there was water in the pool.  Time will tell.  I have joined the BlogHer's blogroll for this year's National Blog Posting Month.  The event corresponds with National Novel Writing Month.  Inspired by Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica, I would love to sit down and write a novel.  I know her first novel came from this event, but truth told, a whole novel seems incredibly daunting.  The pressure to try is even more daunting given that my cousin Amor's first novel made it on The New Times Best Sellers list.

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Huichol Inspired Day of the Dead Beaded Paper Mache Skull


“Wherever I walk, wherever I sing, there is a blossoming of flowers, a rapture of song.
And there my heart is alive.” - - Huichol saying

I've long admired the handwork of the Huichols, a Native American group living in western central Mexico.  They are well known for their art, in particular their yarn paintings and beaded objects.

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embroidery :: a pillow inspired by antique crewel work textiles


A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  --  Chinese Proverb

Lately, I've been tidying and organizing my studio.  I don't believe I have previously shared this pillow
I made.  Inspired by traditional American crewel work of the 18th century, I blended embroidery stitches
on a scrap of wool fabric with some needle felting.  Crewel work is a form of free embroidery as 
opposed to counted embroidery such as cross stitch.  Linen and cotton fabrics are typically used, but
I thought this tartan was especially festive. 

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art love :: Akiko Ikeuchi : installations of thread and air

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Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to
ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. -- Chief Seattle

Japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi's art is a delicate balance of knotted silk thread and air.  Her installations are a finely
tuned balance of weight and tension.  These vortices reminiscent of whirlpools, hurricanes, and galaxies illustrate
that life is strong, yet fragile.

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