Stay at Home Project

So what have you been doing during the Pandemic? My home is my sanctuary so being isolated hasn’t been much of a burden. I took the time to give the master bedroom a needed makeover . I ordered a new bedcover to go with the new velvet drapes. Both are getting some added pizzaz with Pottery Barn linen fabric trim. Actually, the drapes were too short and I didn’t want to move the curtain rods! I finished the drapes and made a matching curtain for the adjoining bath. I ordered new hardware to update the vintage 1980’s dresser. It’s coming from China so it may be awhile before it gets here. When it is all finished I will decide if the dresser still needs paint to bring it into the new century. It is huge and heavy and would take professional movers to get it out of the room so it is a permanent fixture. With the left over linen fabric I will make a quilted bed scarf for the end of the bed because Buddy and LuLu have claimed that area as their own. Baby steps to get it done.  We aren’t going anywhere soon even if our state is opened for business.

Where Did This Year Go?

I can’t believe it has been over a year since I wrote a post here. Bless you everyone who has checked in during that time. It was a year of very little creativity.

So where was I and what was going on? My 94 year old father had been checked into a nursing home in Illinois. I had always promised him that I would not allow that. So Ron and I moved rooms and furniture around to make room for Daddy. We became his care givers until he was called home to be with my mother a year ago November 1. He made it to his 95th birthday. I had a card shower for his birthday and the joy he had opening the cards as they came in the mail! Thank you to all who participated.

I was the executor of his estate. If you are ever called upon to do this, let me tell you it is a thankless job. Well, not all the time, one brother thanked me for being strong and standing ground to carry out Daddy’s wishes. It took a year to get his Social Security finished and I am finally free to be creative.

I do have work in a new book. OURstory is available for order on Amazon. This is the label from my piece in the book.


Just Because

I am so rich to have such a wonderful friend as Geri deGruy. We ‘met’ in the SAQA online critique group. I invited her to play along with the Arts in the Cards atc trading group and we got to know each other better as artists and people. Once in awhile there is that rare soul that you just make a connection with. Geri is one of those people.

Imagine my surprise when I received a box in the mail with her return address. Inside was a box with 6 of her wonderful small art pieces. Not prints, the real deal! And the best part, besides being from her, is they were ‘just because’.  How cool is that to have such a wonderful friend! Click her link above or on the photos below to visit her website. I think you will be in awe of her talent!


A Little R & R

Ron and I took a much needed weekend away. We hired a babysitter to spend the nights with our tiny pups and hit the road. We decided we needed to check out Springfield, MO a little more. They have a new boutique hotel Hotel Vandivort to explore. We used to take weekend trips like this quite often in our younger days but since we purchased a small motor home they became a thing of the past.

We made certain to plan our stay around a First Friday Art Walk. The weather has remained balmy so walking would be pleasant. We had no luck finding the kind of restaurant we wanted for dinner. Most of the offerings were the standard sandwiches and fried foods, maybe that’s what the hip people eat now and we were showing our age. We found a neat little place that looked upscale, nice interior, nice wait persons.  Odd menu items but we decided to give it a try. Ugh! The best thing we ate was the salad so that should give you an idea.

A gallery was next door with mostly architectural offerings. They had many oriental rugs and we gravitated to them. Rather than show us, they said they had many in the basement and if we wanted to come back another time they would show them to us, but they were really tired from working all day ?????

We had a map of participating galleries. And found 2 open. Amazing, right? On our walk back to the hotel we stopped at a bistro market for ice cream. Next to the hotel the gallery we could see from our hotel window finally was open, all be it  an hour and half too late. My arthritic joints were screaming by that time so a walk up 3 flights of stairs to see the art wasn’t going to happen.

Here are some photos I took that I think are more exciting than the non-existent art walk.

Tunic top Completed

Love how this looks completed. It is perfect  paired with black leggings and black shirt. I finished off the rolled neckline with a simple chain stitch hand embroidery. The sleeves are cuffed and the front is split. I used Sew Tina Givens Bloom Dress pattern with modifications. Nice to have something that flows over the hips!  image

Slow Stitching Snow Day

A glaze of ice and sleet on the roads means a day to stay home from the studio. With more frozen stuff predicted, it may mean more than one day with no studio time. I am thankful there was a warning ahead of time so I brought home some hand stitching.  First on my list is finishing  a long tunic top from the great Liberty of London fabric I bought in Arthur, Illinois last fall. I’m using  a Sew Tina Givens pattern with a difference or two. Always have to break the rules and give it my own twist!