Friday, February 27, 2015

Farewell to Alice

I really had to scrounge around the attic to find an appropriate box (only whacked my head three times on beams). My doll Alice (and Flamingo) will soon be on her way to her new mom. She was made for a storybook challenge/Prims Magazine submission  for MAIDA.

I haven't made a new doll in awhile, and this one was made nearly three years ago. Fellow ODACA member Lillian Alberti has been writing a series of articles for Art Doll Quarterly magazine, and this will be a huge incentive for me to get my act together and make something new so I can be included.

prims-cover.jpg (181992 bytes)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Taking a chance...

...and listing a couple art prints on Etsy. After all, wouldn't it be nice to earn back all the moolah I've spent on art supplies? I can dream, right?

I did my taxes recently and noticed that unlike previous years, I spent hardly anything on FABRIC. Yup. I guess I can call that New Year's Resolution all wrapped up. I had vowed to myself to buy no new fabric since I've got more than enough to last a lifetime. Well, I did have to buy the Hoffman Challenge fabric, but I think that was it! Go me!

Here's a link to my Etsy store:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Art Journal video flip-through

I finally finished my last Life Book 2014 lesson, then made my video flip-through. This represents many many hours of art journaling. It's been such a learning experience!

This year (soon, I hope), I'd like to select a few of the pages and make cards and prints. They would have to be the lessons that I created with my own style (and not the teachers'). I plan to sell these from my Etsy store. Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Hugs and kisses to those I love*

Monday, February 9, 2015

Life Book 2015 February Lessons

Cool process, but need to practice much more.
I might still add something at the top of this page, given the empty space there.


Friday, January 30, 2015

The loss of a pet ~ a tribute to Cassidy

I found our quirky boy Cassidy lying in the yard this morning. It only took an instant to know he had passed away. He was lying on his side, like he'd decided to lie in the sun - though it wasn't one of usual lounging spots - peacefully, but not breathing. He was still warm, and today is chilly. I'd like to think he had sudden cardiac death or other quick way of dying. There was no sign of trauma, no sign of struggle. And while I am sad, I am grateful he went suddenly. I wish I had been there to hold him and let him know he was loved.

He was a fat and somewhat neurotic cat, but he *loved* me as much as cats can love people. He was a mommy's boy. He loved to be brushed on his left side, but hated to have his right side groomed. Like really, really hated it. He preferred to lie on his right side, so naturally this was the side that needed the most attention.
He got along well with the dogs and our other cat (Arthur). He knew who belonged in our pack, and who didn't.
Cassidy came to us via our neighbor Dick, who adopted him as a stray, mature cat. He gave him to us when he was moving away to live on his boat. So he's quite old, though I don't have any idea how old. He wanted so much to be an inside cat, but his need to mark his territory wasn't popular. So he had a little house outside, on the deck, just outside the kitchen door.
We buried him in the back yard, under the cedar tree.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Test upload from phone - WIP

I've been working on a couple art pages. This one I put off for a long time, because I felt I didn't have enough ephemera to add to it. Or maybe I was just too lazy and disorganized to remember where I'd stashed stuff. I've never been good at adding lots of embellishment on my art dolls, and apparently on my pages as well.
This is a photo of my grandmother and great grandmother. I'm just waiting for glue to dry, then everything (except the photo) will be covered with white gesso. Then spray inks will be added.
I anticipate this may be difficult to add to my bound Life Book due to the bumpy stuff. Stay tuned! 
I was able to get to the project this evening. I think I may be nearly done.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Life Book 2015 January Lessons

January 1 was the release of the first lesson. I'm currently in the process of binding my 2014 Life Book, which is quite time consuming. While I still have about 8 lessons to do, I'll get to them soon.

Today (January 2), Ivan and I worked on our Week 1 lessons (the warm-up exercise, that is). Here's his page:
And mine. I wanted to use a different color scheme than usual:
My Beacon of Light (part 2 of this week's lesson):
I used art from previous years' Life Book lessons, but didn't embellish much (not my strong point).
I struggled with this one. I haven't really used watercolor paints or Tombows before, so had a lot of trouble with the blending. Naturally, the more I did to this, the worse it got.
My own take on this lesson, inspired by Degas
This is Tam's bonus lesson for this week. Easy and fun!
This page was done using Rachael Rice's lesson for this week. The metallic paint was difficult to photograph. (
See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE

Here's to a New Year!

Here's to a very happy, content, fulfilling New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

What Now? Value Added Tax! :(

So it sounds like the European Union's VAT (Value Added Tax) is going to muck things up for those of us in the States that sell digital items through Etsy. While it's still a confusing mess, I don't want to have anything to do with the collection of taxes for these European countries - which varies by country, by the way. So until Etsy comes up with a solution, my Etsy shop will be on vacation.

Today, my Etsy vacation is official. I've posted this on my Etsy shop:

On December 22, 2014, Etsy released a statement notifying sellers of the European Union requirement regarding the collection of VAT (Value Added Tax) from EU buyers, effective January 1st. Until the Etsy site can facilitate the handling of this process, I am placing my shop on vacation. Unfortunately, this shuts down my Etsy store to Everyone, not just EU customers.

There is some discussion about a possible loophole, allowing sellers to bypass VAT by emailing PDF files to buyers. This may or may not be factual. That being said, here's my website:   Check out the pattern page if interested. Sorry for any inconvenience, but I'm not inclined to get in any trouble over TAXES.

I also posted this, if someone if trying to contact me through Etsy:
My Etsy shop is on vacation until the European Union's new ruling on Value Added Tax (VAT) collection procedure is clarified here on Etsy. If you need to contact me, feel free to email me at and I'll answer as soon as I can. Sorry for any inconvenience.

I have loved selling on Etsy. I hope they get this straightened out quickly.