Archive for February, 2006

Nina’s Dolfi is here!


My daughter Nina has saved all her money to buy this limited edition Japanese doll called a Dolfi. These are resin dolls that are jointed to move into any position with hand painted faces and custom eye color. This one is 18″ tall. They are shockingly expensive. Some sell for several thousand dollars. This is […]

Wicked Good!


Yesterday we went to see a performance of Wicked with a homeschool group at the Oriental theater in downtown Chicago. This gorgeous historic theater is only 3/4 of a mile from our loft. What incredible fun, I am so glad we had a chance to see Wicked before it leaves Chicago. We can hardly wait […]

In response to Terry’s question “Does he design them or follow traditional directions? ” Ty does both. My son is always searching for books that have more advanced designs that he hasn’t seen before to master. This is getting harder to do, I think we are going to have to start ordering books from Japan. […]

Ty’s Origami


My 12 year old son loves to do origami. He has been doing it since he was 4, I want him to make a blog so he can show all of the things he makes, but so far I can’t convince him. So I thought I would showcase some of his work on my blog […]

Abby’s new sweater


I just finished knitting this turtleneck sweater for Abby from my recently dyed sock yarn. Wearing a sweater around the house is a must for this little girl in Chicago. She wears this under her jacket when she goes outside and she still shivers.

Happy Valentines Day!


This cactus was on the hillside by our old house in Los Angeles.

Altered Book


The last time I was at my sisters house, she pulled out all her paints, glazes, rubberstamps, gel medium, scraps of paper and magazines and I made my first altered book. Deb gave me a book she had picked up on the discount table at a book store to use as my “canvas”. The florentine […]

Altered book part 2


Here is the next third of the book. The next three spreads use fabric that I made in a workshop with Niki Bonnett when I lived in Austin. Niki has a fun workshop where you create collages on transparency film and then run fabric ironed to freezer paper through a xerox machine. The angel was […]

Altered Book part 3


A few days before we had made artist trading cards. So I glued my cards into the book. This page has little windows cut in it like an advent calendar that reveal more pictures of my quilts.

Artella Magazine


My sister Deb is second in command for a cool magazine called Artella this is a really unique publication. They bring writers and artists together in collaboration to make a full color magazine that includes tipped in photos, coins, and stamps scattered through out the magazine to be used in your own collages. There is […]

Ay Caramba! I am crazy!


This is who came home with us from drama class yesterday. Her name is Abby. She is a tiny Chihuahua who loves everybody. I fell in love with her during the two hours my kids were in class. It ends up her owner felt like she would be better suited to a family where she […]

New Yarn Swift


I just ordered this swift from with a 50% off coupon which made it a major deal. I was so surprised when I opened the package and I pulled out a box from Lacis in Berkeley. This is a high quality wooden swift! Now I won’t have to wind yarn on my knees anymore.


My son twisted his ankle on friday night. A sort of frequent occurance that we can now blame on having EDS . Saturday he came down with a cold that turned into brochitus Monday night. After a trip to the doctor for a breathing treatment and a scrip for antibiotics he is doing much better. […]