Wednesday, September 30, 2009

eBay Top Rated Seller

eBay began showing a new program today called 'Top Rated Seller'. Basically a top rated seller is one which no one has rated as a bottom-rated seller :-)

Works for me :-)

And so today I get to show off a new badge that appears on my eBay pages.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Why Did I Forget the "Y"??

Checking back through my French alphabet posts, I noticed I forgot to blog about the "Y" artist card! Why Did I Forget the "Y"??
I guess I was too wrapped up in kitties, quilts and pictures!
Oh and then there is work and house-hunting.

I actually really like the "Y"...well, I like just about all my work, but I think this has nice balance, and I'm proud at having found the French words to cut out of a magazine, especially the 'seulement'.

French ribbon and lace from Paris adorn the sides and bottom.

On the back I used a great paper I bought for pennies at the ZNE fest (what was that was something Italian...) with scribbled Je t'aime, and added a few stamped images.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Eiffel Towers Proliferate

My non-collections of Artist Trading Cards and Eiffel Towers have simultaneously grown.

These adorable cards were created by Megan Suarez, known as mycreativebliss on eBay.

I'm just a sucker for an Eiffel Tower stamped onto a piece of pretty paper, colored and embellished :-)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

No Unfinished Projects Allowed

Sometime during the summer, which seems so long ago, Megan started making herself a new quilt, for her new apartment, which of course we had not even started looking for yet.

She dutifully cut out the templates and mounted and laminated them (how cute is that!), and cut out the required 459 pieces (I am not exaggerating, this is how many pieces were required). The fabric collection is Chocolate Lollipop from Anna Maria Horner.
The quilt design is Anna Maria's Garden Wall quilt.

She sewed and pressed the 51 pieces required for each block, and got 6 of the 9 blocks sewn together. The remaining blocks were somewhat on the design board, somewhat sitting on the mosaic table in the studio.

And then things got busy...time to move, finish all the summer design project homework, get on with the business of finishing the last year of school.

And so little by little I plugged away at these last blocks, and got the top put together. Because we do not want to proliferate unfinished projects!

A weekend trip to The Granary yielded the perfect backing.

But the border fabrics are all in San Francisco...hmmm, how long before borders are chosen, cut and sewn so that this can become a warm quilt to take the chill off a San Francisco morning or evening?

Let's aim for Christmas :-)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Another Quilt Top Farewell

While rummaging under one of the tables in my studio, I came across a quilt Impressionist scene of a bunch of tulips. Who knows how long ago I made this top. I had left it in 4 pieces to be able to show students how to sew these kinds of quilts together when there are set-in seams involved.
Well, I decided to tackle those 4 set-in seams (not at all a problem for a pro like me) and list this top on eBay.

On the one hand it may seem like I didn't get very much money for the top, but on the other hand, think about how exciting it would be to find more than $50 under the table in one's studio!

Farewell, tulip quilt top, may you bring pleasure to your new owner in Canada!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Z Zebra Zed...La Fin

Twenty six artist cards, front and back...52 little piece of French art...ending with this "Z".

Onto white fabric mounted on timtex, I molded , glued then sewed into place tiny strips of black twill tape and ribbon, focusing in on a section of a zebra flank and upper legs. To this I added the paper ephemera...clockface "Z" embellished with a Swarovski crystal and faux typewriter letters spelling out the word in French, "zebre".

A black and white fuzzy trim is sewn around the edges, encasing several black and white ribbons and trims, each ending with a metal fleur-de-lis, since, after all, c'est un z├Ębre, pas un zebra.

On the back I did a little digital collage, with stripes of course, on top of which I blended several images scanned from my vintage French dictionary.

What's next? Hmmm...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Approaching the End of My French Alphabet Series

Twenty six artist cards...5 most fun things, I don't want it to end!

But alas, I am working on the "Z", and thus this, my French Alphabet, the longest ACEO series I have ever done, is about to come to la fin!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Europe 2009 Book

This has been a week to play with pictures.
More and more, I find myself irresistibly drawn to pictures....looking at them, playing with them, arranging them, printing them, making them into books. Must be a part of that 'growing old and wanting to leave a legacy' thing.

It's also a great exercise in culling, even though I don't throw anything away :-)
Picking the best of the best, the most important of the important, the most significant of the significant, the cream of the crop, perhaps not in terms of photography, but in terms of memories.

Click here to view this photo book larger

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Summer 2009

I don't want summer to end...ever. I am not a "seasons" kind of gal. I like it hot and sunny, all the time. So it's hard to see the darkness going away later and later in the morning, and creeping up earlier and earlier in the evening. I find myself looking at photos over and over, reminding myself of the best summer ever.

Click here to view this photo book larger

Monday, September 21, 2009

Farewell Blue Quilt

Before I started designing my own quilts, I tried many techniques, learning about fabric, color, values, and practicing and perfecting my stitching. One of the techniques I dabbled with was "Impressionist Quilting" in which small squares are arranged, "on point", which means that one is really arranging diamonds, to create an overall "impression".

"Blue Bouquet" was not the first of the quilts done in this technique, nor the last, but was somewhere in between. I have had this quilt for sale for the longest time, and while many admired, none bought.

Until this past weekend, finally, I have sold a quilt. Not for anywhere near what it is worth, but worth of art being what the buyer will pay, is now on it's way to a new home, for which I am very pleased.

Blue Bouquet, 38" x 41" (SOLD)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Kittie Update - Curly

Curly has always been the most docile of the trio, very mellow, the first to allow himself to be petted, the first to purr, and the first to eat! a lot! He's going to be one of those 'fat boy' cats. He likes to play as well as the others, loves the fake mice, and will sometimes start the wrestling, but usually keeps things more low key.

Unlike his siblings, he has long fluffy hair, including a couple of long tufts that poke out of his ears.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


After 3 years of wishing I could make this, we finally got to attend a Roadworks street festival. Roadworks is an amazing annual event at the San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB). Artists linocuts are laid on the ground, covered with blankets, and printed with the aid of a steamroller!

Featured artists carve an entire 3' x 3' block, with amazing detail.

Additional artists carve 1' x 1' blocks and they print them shown revealing the first printing after the steamroller had done its job.

One print goes to the artist and a second one is auctioned at the center's annual gala.

It was truly exciting and inspiring to see this event. There were also a lot of vendors displaying and selling their print works.
Printing, which at one time helped the world go round, is moving out of the mainstream. SFCB is a somewhat rare organization attempting to preserve this wonderful art form, and the art of the book!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Kittie Update - Larry

This is Larry, Mo's little sister. She's the same age but much smaller than her brothers, and looks just like her mom Arnold (who we have not seen for well over a month).
Until very recently, Larry was extremely skittish and a very hissy cat. It was even difficult to feed her early on, because she was afraid and also would gladly back away when one of her brothers would go after her food.

But Larry changed while we were in Italy, I think due to the socializing efforts of our neighbor Peter, who also helps care for these strays.
Larry has now become a sweet little purr monster, often coming to the door with a little meow, just to be petted and scratched.
She's just as active as her brothers, was the first to discover climbing trees, is an expert bug catcher, and is now the fastest eater of the three.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kittie Update - Mo

This is Mo. He's about 5-6 months old, and lives in the yard with his brother and sister (who are not yet as cooperative about picture taking).
Mo is strong, playful, and very energetic.
He likes to eat, loves playing with his fake mouse, or anything that moves, and enjoys wrestling with his siblings...he usually picks the fights.
When he's tired, he'll condescend to being scratched and rubbed.
His tail, which is just out of the picture, is black and matches the spots on his head, ears, and the little roguish spot on the mouth.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's a Beautiful Morning

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

X Marks the Spot

I finished my "X" card in my French alphabet series.
May not look much different than yesterday, but everything is now glued, sewn and otherwise secured, with a couple more embellishments.

"X Marks the Spot" that is France, also known as "la hexagon" because of it's shape.
On a background of gold artist paper from Arch, I stamped "la hexagon" and overlaid this with a clear and black swirly overlay from Hambly.

On top of this is a paper map of France, which I colored and stitched into a prominent hexagon by crocheting around it in red thread. An Eiffel Tower brad marks the location of Paris, and the clockface "X", embellished with a gold crystal, sits in the middle.
A fleur-de-lis brad embellishes the top right corner.

For a bit more flourish, I added 3 French ribbons, purchased at the Loisirs et Creations store in Bercy Village in Paris. Two of them feature geometric elements...stripes and circles, rounding out the shape offerings of the card, and the third pronounces "la vie est belle", or "life is good"!

On the back I used an ATC sized print featuring the Eiffel Tower. I liked how the colors from the front of the card are mimicked in this print.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Next Artist Card in Progress

Doing the end of the alphabet is tricky! There are just not that many words that one can depict in a meaningful way, especially in a language that is not one's first!

I thought I had the perfect candidate in "six", after all, it is the same word, although pronounced very differently, in both English and French.

Well, "six" lea me to "hexagon"...mais bien sur! la hexagon!
Still in progress...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Quilt in Progress - Details

I am so thrilled with how the quilting is coming on the Circles quilt!

The non-patterned metallic-like fabrics take the quilting so beautifully!

I am also so pleased that my health is enabling me to do this quilting.
And...Go Tiger!