feather my nest · Holidays! · instant gratification! · reincarnate::giving old things new life::

Easy Fabric Pumpkins

I love pumpkins 🎃 If I could afford it, I’d have a wagon full to decorate with. For some reason, I can’t seem to grow them in my garden. Soooo- I’m making my own.

I used balls of thread but you can also use toilet paper. You can use squash stems or branches for the stem. I love these fun and easy colorful pumpkins!

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Animal Antics


I’ve been enjoying this online workshop and exploring a totally untapped part of my creative brain. 


One of my favorite things to do is cloud watch with my girlies and use our imaginations to find shapes and animals. This course is exactly like that but with paint! 


It allows me to give myself permission to PLAY and get messy and not think about making finished pieces.  I highly recommend it for anyone looking to experiment and get out of their creative comfort zone.  Have fun and get messy!!

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Quilt Market 2016

I did it again! Packed up my gear and headed for Houston. What a trip.


You know, I love a good theme and my Quilt Market booth was no different. I did a THRIVE theme with cacti and succulents. I had fabric printed for stitching up my samples. It all came together!


I built my booth walls from pegboard. The original plan was to stitch through the holes with yarn, but after everything was up it seemed like overkill. I kept it simple. This was the half booth space and was perfect for little ol’ me. Actually, it was pretty much all I could handle. It was just me and assembling it all was such a bear! I unloaded it all myself. 


One of the fun things about market is all of the eye candy everywhere. So inspiring!

Another Quilt Market is in the books!

decoupage · painting · reincarnate::giving old things new life::

Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no.4


I spent Christmas break in the studio experimenting and playing and getting messy- it was the best.

The next section of Unfurling focuses on backgrounds. This is where my hoarding comes in handy. I have tons of paper ephemera waiting to be used for just the right project. I loved decoupaging the pieces on, covering them with paint, and then uncovering them again! It’s all about the layers.

They are so beautiful on their own but add so much to a piece as the starting point.

Book Review · decoupage · painting · reincarnate::giving old things new life::

Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no. 3

I am loving Christmas break and in the studio pretty much all day everyday. It feels so good just to experiment and play without a destination for the end piece.



Still practicing my portraits. Much better than the last. I need a tabletop easel. The perspective is so different sketching and painting while the work is flat on the table than when you look at it upright.


Painting my hubs was my best attempt, yet. One thing I wish the book would elaborate on is blending and brushes to use. Round, flat, big, small…

The next few pages are on backgrounds, the fun and free stage!

Book Review · painting

Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no.2

I’ve been taking advantage of Christmas break to play in the studio. It’s been fun practicing sketching and shading. It not only exercises your hands but your eyes! Amazing how we draw what we want to see instead of what is actually there.

Today I started the portrait painting. I used a picture of my Mia and ended up with this rough sketch.



Believe me, I thought it was ugly, too! A good tip that is in the book is to keep going when it seems unsalvagable. It’s all about the layers!!

 While it doesn’t at all resemble my Mia (maybe 50 years later), I am pleasantly surprised at how much better it turned out than I thought it would. Not my forte but I love pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Gotta have the courage to push past the ugly!