Friday, April 27, 2012


This is Princess Freesia one of the original KittenHeads. Not the best picture (blurry) and not the best execution of Photoshop, but it is a start for me. It was kind of fun. I've had the program for a couple of years, but never really played around with it. I just use it for cropping and enhancing photographs.

Princess Freesia unfortunately gives that superior look more often than I'd like to admit. She is a piece of work. But aren't they all?

Baci e abbracci

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

As promised the book that I was telling you about last night is create your own free-form quilts by Rayna Gillman. Cannot wait to try some of the ideas.

And KittenHead...

A friend of mine ordered a KittenHead and this is the one I made for him, however, I will let him choose from all of the KittenHeads I have finished before the deadline for delivery.

Baci e abbracci

Monday, April 23, 2012

Oh my gosh! I made a comment on Melanie Testa's blog in response to a short You Tube video asking about how to measure a buttonhole correctly and mentioned that I thought a snap on the inside of the little bag might be a better option than the button and the buttonhole. Well she noted my suggestion with my name in the post that followed. She is going to try my suggestion. Ms. Testa is kind of like a celebrity (in this community of fiber/journal aficionados). Made my little day!

What did not make my day was that our cat, Black, gave me a little scare when she darted outside while I was handing my husband a bag at the open door. Luckily I was able to catch her and  give her a little talking to about that kind of behavior. She is the only one that has any interest in getting outside, but has not made an attempt in so long, and then she surprises us like that. I feel bad that she does not seem to be happy. She loves us--especially TOMA--but does not get along with Freesia and Blue. She must have had a bad day and thought--ENOUGH OF THIS!!! I AM OUT OF HERE!!!

The art supply store where I work was having a 40% off sale so I bought a few things including gold and silver inks, pastel pencils, a few books including a color mixing bible and three stretched, primed canvases. I thought I might try acrylics.

On Sunday my friend and I went to a fabric store in Pennington, NJ (Pennington Quilt Works) for some more striped fabric. Of course I waited too long and they no longer had the same fabric, so I bought other striped fabric and ordered some on line. I bought a really inspiring book about cutting strips of fabric and sewing them together all wonky to make some really great looking quilts. No measuring, no rulers (for the most part), no lining up, and no perfect seams. But they turn out great. Just my style! I am exercising my right to be lazy and not get off the couch to get the title and author of the book--next post...

I also fine tuned the KittenHead pattern. I am pretty pleased. This KittenHead was inspired by my little Mr. Blue. So I will be making Miss Black and Freesia KittenHeads as well as some other fun combinations of batiks and prints. I will take a photo to post soon.

I also have two projects to start and finish--both due very soon. Getting a little nervous.

Now you are all caught up. Baci e abbracci!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

What I've Been Up to Lately

I'll be working on the doll today. Changing the shape of his head a little.

Baci e abbracci

Friday, April 6, 2012

A New Find

I just was looking through the Uppercase Magazine "Peeps" for issue #13 and found a site that I added to my blog roll. Check out felicita sala illustration. Look at her illustrations and sketchbook!

I made another KittenHead today. Yeah!

Baci e abbracci

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Project

My new Kittenhead--really just the head. I made it as a gift for someone who is sick hoping it will make them smile. 

Baci e abbracci

Sunday, April 1, 2012

What I've Been Up to Lately...

I purchased TWO new Moleskine Sketchbooks. Not my usual paper, but I want to use just my fountain pen and to me using watercolor paper for that (my Fabriano book) is wasteful. Of course adding absolutely no color is just too severe so I am going the Teesha Moore route the tutto a posto way. That would be less collage, more drawing, using Teesha's method of lettering, but not so much journalling. Trying to use the things that inspire me about her work without outright trying to copy her style because what fun is it if you cannot call it your own in the end? And we all take inspiration from someone else even if we do not want to admit it.

I blurred out my husband's name as he is not into this social media stuff and having your personal information on the Internet. He is trying to stay off of blood pressure medication, so he takes his pressure in the morning and at night to monitor it. I tease him about the process because of the way he totally relaxes before he takes it--he looks almost dead. (Don't worry, he teases me about so many of my idiosyncrasies he totally gets me back.)

I enjoyed adding the color with Inktense pencils. I even used a little bit of water to make the color more intense in the lettering and the birds. Not so much that the paper would crinkle. I think I will continue to draw this handbag like Liz Steel draws hers again and again. I think it is a good practice object for shading, etc.

And another go round of the church a block away during my lunch break. I am just not good at architecture, but will keep at it. I am inspired by many of the Urban Sketchers and their great drawings.

Baci e abbracci