Monday, July 28, 2014

Christmas in July

We made this for the snack table at church. I thought of making a bow out of bacon, but decided against it. It seemed kind of gross.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Purses made from old pants

This is a quick project that's pretty easy for kids to make. Take some old pants, cut them off right above the crotch. Turn them inside out and sew the bottom closed. Then use some material from the legs to sew on a strap. Then they can add buttons, ribbons, whatever to decorate. Heidi had a neat idea of sewing on a photo of her and her cousin.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


I always wanted to have a vanity, like the fancy people in the movies. I found this old beat-up one at a thrift store for cheap and painted it, and added some new hardware.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Another dress

This is the third dress I've made with this pattern and I've got some green fabric to make another one. I'm just in love with the style.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bird of Paradise

I've been playing with some paint again after a long hiatus.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Flower and A Goat named Little Bear from the story "Heidi"

The paper headgear didn't last too well in the wind and rain. But we got the candy. That's what it's all about.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tree of Life Wall Hanging

Look at this awesome thing!!! It makes me so happy!
My wonderful dear friend Rachel Galloway made me this amazing wall hanging based on a design we made together a few years ago.  I love this thing! Isn't it awesome to be able to print your own fabric at spoonflower?  

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Elsie and Heidi with the Sock Critters they made

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I made Elsie and Heidi some Easter dresses this year. Elsie picked out her pattern and material and everything. For Heidi, she wasn't with me so I picked out some sparkly purple fabric with rainbow butterflies (gag!!!) that I knew she would like.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Raggedy Ann Dress

Quote from Heidi after putting on the Raggedy Ann dress I made for Elsie a few years ago: "Me and Rag are gonna match outta town!"

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mail Thing

Here's a do-hicky I made to keep mail and junk and clutter off the table. I hate clutter! Do you ever feel overrun by papers? What do you do with all of it?  So glad to finally have finished this project. It's been bugging me for months. Really, I could use about 8 more of these. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tree of Life Dress

This is Heidi in the "Tree of Life" dress, which was a collaborative effort by mostly Rachel Galloway and a little bit me. We designed the tree of life a couple of years ago together, then Rachel took the elements and made them into a dress, using to print the fabric. Alas, her youngest daughter, the very interesting Eleanor Galloway, master of solar system facts,  grew out of it before she got a chance to sew the dress together. My Heidi is the same age as Eleanor but much smaller, and Rachel was so kind as to send the fabric to me. So I've sewed it up and tried it on and yahoo - it's perfect. Thanks Rachel!! There's also another one to come soon...

Monday, July 30, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Barbie Cake

I just spent all day making this birthday cake for Heidi, who is about to turn five. Five!! Oh my. Here's the link I got the instructions from. This thing is now in my freezer. I had to take the rack out so it could fit. It's a pretty huge cake, it's made from 2 mixes, 4 cakes and 3 cans of frosting. But when it was said and done, I think I only put about $12 into it (not including the barbie - we just used one of Heidi's).

Friday, May 4, 2012

Spring Show at AABC

Here's me with my paintings at AABC. My friend Marcia Furman won a prize for one of her photos. Yay Marcia!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Yahoo! I own you now!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Esther - Part II

I finished Esther today. I've documented the first part of the process in an earlier post if you're interested in the nuts and bolts. Here is the second half.

I started with a rough sketch on canvas:

Then did a very fast, loose painting with the intention of just getting color all over the canvas. At this point, it looks nothing like Esther. Not sure why I didn't get a shot of the whole thing.

Next, I spent ALOT of time on the face. I wanted to get it right first, because if you can get the face right, the rest of the stuff is pretty much a breeze. Here's a closeup of the face at this stage.

Next I reworked every bit of the canvas with a palette knife. I really glopped on paint here. I tried to bring out more depth and warmth to her face. Although I captured her pretty well, she looked pasty and cool.

A face closeup:

The table looked odd to me, so I added some color to it, and touched up a few final things. Like, the lemon now looks more like a lemon, and her arms look a little more natural. This is the finished canvas!

Here is a closeup of the finished hat.

And her face! Esther, you are a beautiful little girl!

Monday, February 20, 2012


This is what my office looks like when I'm having FUN in it.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Elsie's Lyrebird

My daughter Elsie (age 6) made a lyrebird of her own! I totally love it.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Lyrebird Wall Hanging

My Lyrebird design, printed at Spoonflower, made into a stitched fabric wall hanging. The background came out too purple, I had wanted a navy blue. But other than that I'm happy with it. The lyrebird is an Austrailian native bird, known for it's ability to mimic sounds, and for the male bird's magnificent tail. This one is the "Superb Lyrebird" Menura novaehollandiae.

Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; 
Many will see and fear 

And will trust in the LORD.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Heidi's First Sewing Project

This is Heidi's first sewing project. She is 4. You should know this about Heidi. We bought one of those infrared box heaters for our attic (playroom/sewing room), and Heidi named it. Peter the Heater.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Esther: Part 1

I snapped this photo of my friend Rachel's daughter Esther when they were visiting this summer, and I'm getting ready make an oil painting of it. To me this image is irresistable - the hat, her sly look, the bright colors - I have to paint it. So I've never done this before, but I'm taking photos of each step of the process and I'm going to post them here.

1) The original

2) Cropped to fit a long narrow canvas, which seemed to suit this compostion

3) Black and white

4) In photoshop, removing some of the unnecessary elements, the cross, the cup, the table in the background

5) Changed to outlines in photoshop so I can print what I'm going to sketch. This makes it so much easier!

6) Added my grid

7) My actual rough sketch on the canvas. It's pretty light.

8) In photoshop, I removed the stripes from the shirt, changed it to green, and manipulated the background color. I also adjusted the shadows and highlights. All this could be done when I'm in the painting process, looking at the orginal, but I prefer to get it right in photoshop, print it out, then just paint what I see.

Next step - PAINT! Stay tuned for more.