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Creative Organization

Whenever I go into my studio it's like Christmas morning when I was a kid. I don't know what to play with first!  I always have a bad case of ADD when I walk in without a plan. SO, I definitely have to have some sort of schedule before walking in there. My friend Cindy & I embarked on a goal setting plan at the beginning of 2013 and for the most part it has been working well. At the beginning of every month I write down my artistic goals for the month. Then on Sundays I write up a plan for the week. Each day Cindy & I email each other our goals for the day. Sounds a bit regimented and doesn't sound as though it would allow for a lot of spontaneity. Emailing each other keeps me motivated to reach my daily goals.  I try to stay accountable. You'd be surprised at how prolific I have been for the past year and a half. Even though I haven't posted on my blog regularly I have been busy. Writing down the daily goals gets me in my studio and with a plan in place i…

Blog Tour Monday

I was invited by my long-time friend and art buddy Sandy to be a part of this blog tour monday.
She has been an inspiration to me for years.  She recently created her own blog and it's awesome so go check it out. Hopefully, this blog tour will spur me to get back to blogging regularly. I must confess, I sort of got sucked up into the vortex of Facebook. It unintentionally became my 'blog'.  That has been where I've been posting updates to my work and finished pieces. It was quicker than going to my blog and creating a post. Sad, I know.
I have become a tad bit frustrated with Facebook and have vowed to stay away from it except to post artwork and a link to my recent blog posts!  With that said here are my answers to the blog tour monday questions:

                         what am i working on?

I usually work on several projects at once.  I currently have several necklaces laid out on the jewelry design board to finalize and I have a couple of bracelets to finish. Then …

Evolution of a Bead Embroidered Buddha

I have become obsessed with beading. I've always liked beads-making jewelry, stitching them onto art quilts, buying them just cuz they're pretty. But last year I embarked on a year-long art journal project to try out some new techniques and to refresh my memory on a few old ones as well as hone some of my skills. In the process I learned quite a  bit about myself and about what I love to do. One of the things I learned was just how much I love to do bead embroidery. The process is meditative. In January, I embarked upon another year long project-this time a bead project. I am doing this with a small group of friends. We have a color for each month and the only other rule is it has to be 8x8 inches. Being the art nerd that I am, I wasn't satisfied with doing just ONE project per month. So I decided to stretch myself with TWO per month or more if inspiration strikes me in that color scheme. One of my pieces each month is doing a beaded Buddha. I have chosen to do the beadin…

Home...

How do you define home?

Webster's defines it as 'the place where a person lives';  'the social unit formed by a family living together";  'a familiar or usual setting'; 'a place of origin'; etc, etc, etc…..
It is all of these and so much more.

I have been thinking a lot about homes, families and the memories made there lately.  It was provoked by the guild I'm in- North Suburban Needlearts Guild.  We have a yearly project challenge that is purely elective. I had not participated in a couple of years due to time constraints and the subject matter.
But this year's was different. The theme was 'Shirt Tales".  Create your tale on a shirt whether it be an old shirt, newly constructed shirt, deconstructed or even No shirt at all. Your choice, your design.

It eventually dawned on me that I had finally thrown my favorite shirt EVER into the scrap fabric bin in my workshop. It was way past it's prime. Actually, the shirt was my husband…