Archive for December, 2008

Have you been making New Years resolutions?

I am not the best at making resolutions, my usual goal is just to get through the next year in one piece with a conscious effort to live it in gratitude and creativity. That includes making art myself and helping others make art by sharing the skills and techniques that I know. If you want […]

Ho Ho Ho

Here’s Abby taking a short break from keeping herself warm in someone’s shirt and posing for her Christmas portrait. Actually Nina added the antlers in Photoshop, Abby is not real fond of wearing any kind of clothes. Doesn’t she make a cute little reindeer? I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, thanks for visiting […]

Holy Moly it’s cold!

Last night the wind literally shrieked all night as it blew across the city and over our roof, following several inches of snow from earlier in the evening. We woke up this morning to -6°F with wind chills of -30°F!!!!!! and it did not warm up more than 3 degrees all day. Why is wind […]

Christmas lunch with the CSOF

Sunday was the annual Chicago School of Fusing Christmas lunch with Jane Sassaman, me, Frieda Anderson, Emily Parson, Laura Wasilowski and Anne Lullie. Frieda brought Champagne and cranberry juice for Poinsettias, yumm! Emily brought out her 25 little knit socks for an advent calendar she is making. They were so cute, every one wanted to […]

Riverwalk Quilters Guild

This week I gave a lecture and taught a workshop making Fiesta Ornaments at the Riverwalk Quilters Guild. The weather was lousy but the spirits were high. A wonderful adventurous group willing to move out of their comfort zone painting and sewing metal.Beautiful ornaments were made by all.

Nina has been busy!

My daughter Nina had a big order to make 50 of her Happy Monsters for Christmas. She has been sewing like a fiend, but has finished her order and sent them off to their new homes. They vary in size from 10-14 inches and are made from polar fleece and super soft fur.I want a […]

One of a Kind Show

On Friday, I picked up Laura Wasilowski and Frieda Anderson at the train station and we drove over to the One of a Kind show at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. It has sort of become tradition since I have lived in Chicago. It is so much fun lunching, chatting and looking at all […]

Mixing RIT dyes for new colors

When I was working on the project for RIT, I experimented with creating some of my favorite jewel tone colors. I found that I could create a really nice range of bright and earthy colors. These are some of my favorite color combinations.The wonderful thing about low immersion dyeing is getting the range of values […]