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The Dream Keeper

Since 2010, instead of making new year's resolutions which have generally fallen by the wayside within a few weeks or months, I've been choosing a single word and using it as a guide to navigate through the year. A single word is a powerful thing. It's a simple...

PhotoArt Pincushion Tutorial

With gift giving season just around the corner, these pincushions are a perfect handmade gift for your sewing friends ... or even for yourself. And they are so quick and easy to make you won't be able to stop at just one. You can easily personalize these pincushions...

The 3-2-1 Creativity Tracking Journal

Do you ever find yourself wishing you were more creative? I do my best to make at least 15 minutes of creative space in my life every day, if not more. I find that having a regular creative practice not only helps me to be more creative, but it's also where I find a...

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to make a PhotoArt Fabric Tray

Fabric trays are quick and easy to make and are so useful in the sewing room for holding needles and threads and other small items. I like to be creative in my design, so my favorite method of making these fabric trays is to print my PhotoArt designs onto fabric and...

Sentiment Cards – the Perfect Handmade Gift for the Holidays

It's hard keeping secrets but now it's time to share - I'm so excited to have one of my stitched mixed media projects featured in the latest issue of Somerset Studio magazine! This issue is perfectly time for the upcoming holidays and features several beautiful...

Fragments of Nature as ephemeral art

After spending several weeks making "Fragments of Nature", this project is finally complete. It was an intentional decision to make these stitched pieces fragile and ephemeral in nature because the inspiration came after the recent hurricane here in Florida, which was...

Fragments of Nature – seeing with new eyes

The walk around my back yard last week ended up being quite inspiring, which just goes to prove that inspiration can strike at the most unexpected times because I've walked around the back yard hundreds of times before and never really "noticed" what I noticed that...

Aspects of Nature

Today I wandered around my back yard for the first time since it was finally cleaned of debris from the last hurricane. I don't really have much of a garden back there, but it's a lovely place to walk around in the summer when the tall trees cast lots of shade....

Some Final Fabric Collections using Assemblage Hand-Dyeing

This week we finally completed the last lesson of the Assemblage Hand-Dyeing Workshop and what a journey it's been! During the last 10 weeks we've covered the basics of color theory and color mixing, then moved on to experiment with some creative hand-dyeing...

Printing Images onto Fabric: Thinking and Printing Out of the Box

One of the most creative things about printing images onto fabric is that it doesn't necessarily have to be a photo or a picture. Thanks to today's amazing digital technology, you can print any type of image at all onto fabric or paper - or even fabric paper. One of...

After the Storm

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I love to visit new places and revisit old ones. So as the recent Hurricane approached Florida last weekend and shifted it's path onto land, I decided if there was ever a time for a mini-vacation, this was it. With last...

Sewing on Monoprints Printed on Fabric

Since I've been making gel prints on fabric these past few weeks, I've had several questions about the hand of the fabric after the fabric has been printed, and how this affects sewing. For making monoprints on fabric I generally use acrylic paint and it makes the...

More Amazing Fabric Collections using Assemblage Hand-Dyeing

We're now over half-way through the 10-week Assemblage Hand-Dyeing Workshop, and judging by the photos that students are sharing, they are creating some amazingly beautiful fabric collections in all sorts of color combinations. These past few weeks we've been...

Finishing Pages and Preparing for the Hurricane

Today I'm very short on time due to getting things prepared for the imminent arrival of Hurricane Irma this weekend in Florida. However I did manage to complete the last of the pages I need for the journal I'm currently putting together. Hopefully I can get the cover...

Image Transfers on Gel Plate Prints

While I was making some gel plate prints yesterday to use as pages for my new journal, I had problems with several of the prints and no matter what I did they just wouldn't print the way I expected. Like this one. I didn't want to toss them out because the other side...

The Beginning of a New Journal

I really enjoyed making this little journal last week. It went together so quickly, particularly the pages which were so much fun to make using my gel plate. So today I made some more gel plate prints on cardstock to use for the pages. This time I'm going with neutral...

Chasing Butterflies

As with anything, the more you practice the better you get. I'm still trying to get that "perfect" butterfly photo, however with my new camera lens, I have to admit my photos are getting a little better. Plus getting out into nature is the perfect way to relax and...

Monoprinting with Golden Open Acrylics

After picking up some Golden Open Acrylic Paints yesterday while I was out shopping yesterday, I couldn't wait to try them out. Ordinary acrylic paint dries fairly quickly, but open acrylics are slow drying which means that you can take your time mixing and blending...

Time for an Artist Date

Ever since I read Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way many years ago, I've always been a big fan of the Artist Date. This is a date that you make with yourself to do something fun and interesting, not necessarily creative, but it usually ends up being that way. One...

Gathering and Collecting

It's been another busy day with work but I made time to print a few more gel plate prints on fabric in greens and browns. These colors coordinate nicely with the other fabrics I gathered yesterday. I even managed to find a few skeins of thread that will work...

One Thing Leads to Another

After making some gel plate prints on fabric yesterday, today I printed a few more fabric strips in contrasting colors. After I had made the prints, I realized that the colors reminded me of a photo I took last weekend, so I printed the photo onto fabric. It looks...

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