Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! 
So grateful for all the many blessings in my life. I have wonderful friends, a supportive family and get to spend time doing art.  And a bit of travel thrown in too!

Here is the family dining table before I got it cleaned off for Thanksgiving. It's my favorite spot for all the various art projects that I have going on. My sewing machine is on the end to the left. I'm sure it will go back on the table tomorrow!

I have been busy making lots of things since we returned from Mexico. These funny little guys are off to a show and sale at Art From Scrap for the month of December. All of the linen animals were created from one sample book of designer Italian linen that I found at the reuse store. I loved all the dots and have enough to make a few more.

Beaded hearts make nice ornaments and a great way to use up some of those beads that we collect.

Some wool owls and a little wolf went off to the Art Hus in Solvang.

Mrs. Crow and her friends below will be going to "Just folk" in Summerland tomorrow for their annual Christmas tree.

A few hooked ornaments that were pretty quick to make.

Mr. Gnome took a few evenings to hook.

And more hearts with a kind of primitive look for Just folk.

I made 20 dog ornaments for their tree this year out of felted sweaters.

Hope you all have some creative time this week.

 I still have quite a few projects to finish up before the Holiday Marketplace sale at the Wilding Museum on Dec. 6 in Solvang. Come by and say Hello if you are in the area! I hope to have lots of new hooked items for sale.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Oaxaca in October

Before our workshop started a few of us went off on a little adventure to Josefina Aguilar's home and studio. We all came home with some of her wonderful ceramic pieces. She is now blind so it was even more special to get a chance visit her home and give our respects and appreciation for her lovely art.

Some of the pieces that came home with me.

We visited the Rudolfo  Morales museum again and saw some of his murals and collage work.

A wonderful lunch with local squash blossoms at Jacoba's on our way home.

A stop by the small weaving village of San Tomas was a new adventure full of color and local women weavers selling their wares.

The next day we took a trip to town to visit the Stamp Museum (MUFI) in Oaxaca. They had an interesting show of letterboxes that were created by local artists.

And fun photo op pieces that we had to try out.

Our next stop was the Graphic Arts museum with wonderful bird watercolors by an early scientist-adventurer documenting birds and wildlife in the New World.

We had time to visit many of the colorful markets that were filled with flowers and treats in preparation for the Dia de los Muertos celebrations.