Monday, October 29, 2012

Love and Prayers

All the people who I have loved since I am a young girl who are still with me in this lifetime are under the gun in New Jersey and Long Island, please send them your love and prayers and hope that when this horrible storm is over I can go and rejoice in their safety.  Prayers and love to everyone in the danger zone and may we all be able to dance and sing and rejoice in their safety when this storm is over.  I believe in a loving God and a loving and abundant universe so it is my hope that the loss of life will be little.  Possessions are meaningless, it's the people who are life blood and the reason we love every day.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Brown Happy Bag

This is my latest addition to my Ebay store.  It is a hand knit brown bag, has a very interesting hand made beaded clasp, beads dangling and a black satin lining. It's neutral color and interesting flap will make it a conversation piece when you wear it.  The handle is hand crocheted and can be worn across the chest.   You can find it here.

If you have any questions I can be reached by email. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

No Excuses

I've been working but not enough and my head is still a little scrambly and tangled so nothing insightful to say.  Feeling stronger every day and finding that the zen of knitting and crocheting is slightly easier and more creative than embroidering at the moment.  I'm still moving towards my dreams but on days like today feels like I'm going at a snail's pace.  Well perhaps a turtle, and tomorrow who knows maybe a hare.  I'm just checking in. 

I did make a scarf and I'm making a bag so perhaps pictures and a little story will come tomorrow!  Have fun be strong!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Valley Artisans Market

This is a current view of my work here at Valley Artisans Market.  I am working here this morning and filled with peace and joy.  I have brought in a few new pieces that you may remember.  The Scream and Running Away(renamed Lines, more appropriate) are now living here until they find a new home.  Please come on by and see my work and the beautiful work of my fellow artists here at Valley Artisans Market.  Please buy local and handmade this holiday season as artists work very hard year round for this one special time of year and your dollars may mean the continuation of someones creative spirit.  The world would be a far sadder place without art so please support your local artist.  You may just be supporting the next Grandma Moses(my personal favorite) or the next Michelangelo.

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Productive Day

Finally a productive day.  It's been a long time coming but I feel a change is gonna come( a line from a lovely blues song done by so many artists I can't name them all).  I finished this bag this morning.  I worked on a hand embroidery piece which I will take a picture of soon.  I mailed the scarf off to my cuz.  I brought my books back to the library.  Donated some crafty stuff that I will never use to the senior center and feel a heck of a lot better.  I guess movement is good! 

Not too much else to say but this lovely bag will have more of an internet presence when I figure out where to put it and then I'll let you know. Have a good night's sleep and hopefully tomorrow will be productive too.  Yes I can.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Ginger the Bird

Ginger was a funky little bird.  She spent most of her time wondering why she couldn’t fly like the other birds.  She thought all the other birds were prettier and lovelier and more special than she was.  But what Ginger didn’t know was that she had extraordinary powers which allowed her to look at the world differently than everybody else.  She had a knack for hearing what people didn’t want her to hear and for saying things people didn’t want her to say.  In other words, Ginger had the inane quality of being exactly who she was.  Only problem was Ginger didn’t really know it. 

She so wanted to be like everybody else and have a tidy little nest and plenty of worms to eat and a lovely little nest of cute little bird babies that she could brag about to all of her friends.  Ginger did have one special little bird of her own, one she could love from morning till night and care for.  But soon her lovely little son Igor the bird would have to fly the coop and learn to fly on his own.  Igor had special powers too, he could remain steadfast even with a mother who wouldn’t fly and he could fly as his father was a regular bird with a nest and a whole lot of worries.  But Igor sometimes would let his mother get the best of him and he wouldn’t fly either. 

Ginger and Igor went on and on like this for years until one day, Ginger decided that being a bird that didn’t fly didn’t really work with a bird that could fly and couldn’t understand why she didn’t. So one day Ginger decided to fly the coop and finally find a place where she could be appreciated for the unique bird she was.  That was when life really started to change for her.  Igor thrived without her he became much more air born and found his own lovely unique bird and they had lovely little bird babies that Ginger could just love and love and love.  Billy, Igor’s father found a new bird and he and his new lady love, loved Igor to pieces and loved the grand birdies too.

Ginger honed her new abilities and became quite the conversationalist and found that the best way to fly is to accept yourself and build a life that reflects who you really are.  She found some new friends, learned to appreciate her old friends, learned to appreciate Billy, learned to let go and live life a little lighter and soon found that the reason she couldn’t fly herself was because she spent so much time worrying that she wasn’t like the other birds that she forgot how special a bird she really was all by herself.   

Once she realized she could fly doors and windows opened.  She found herself and her own true love who loved her just the way she was.  He had loved her from afar for many years and sat outside her window every night singing a sweet song that he wrote especially for her.  It took a while for the two of them to find each other but eventually Ginger met her Prince Starling and all of them lived happily ever after.  

P.S. DebraAnn the bird has decided that being a hand embroidery artist and a writer is something she really wants to do so she is going to write short stories, illustrate them and someday publish them in a book.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hope Revisited

This piece is my first art piece made in 1997.  It was the first piece I made where I considered myself an artist and not just a crafter.  I am revisiting this piece and adding some background to it
 at the moment.

It came to me as a vision the first day I worked at Valley Artisans Market on the way home.  It was hope for a wonderful new opportunity and a new beginning.  It was also the first piece of art that I actually experienced pain in making.  The blackness went on for months and the small hand in the middle represented the hand waiting to grab me out of the blackness.

I guess I am revisiting this piece because at the moment I am in need of a symbol of moving forward.  I wrote an entire blog post talking about the situation I find myself in now, but it is a rehash of the last few months of blog posts so we will leave it with the hope for a wonderful new opportunity and the hope for a new beginning.  I am at least ready to admit that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and I am not dead.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Et Cetera

I am working on ornaments, I cannot find my camera so I used my cellphone.  Every time I move my clutter I end up losing something today it is the camera, when I find it I'll share the ornaments.

Tomorrow I am going out with my friend Cheryl and we are going to the Potluck Artist Dinner at Desolation Road and enjoying a concert by Victoria Bouffard also playing at Desolation Road at 7:00.  I am looking forward to it.  I haven't really been doing much socializing and it is time to kick back and have a little fun.

I'm still having a really hard time thinking of anything clever or interesting to say.  I'm a little bit lost and hoping to find myself soon along with my camera.  Have a great weekend and maybe a night out on the town will give me something to talk about next time I'm here.  And I should have found my camera by then.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Soul Crossings

After yet another near miss car accident yesterday I am going to embroider and go with the flow until I can figure out my next move.  When I embroider all feels right with the world so  I am going to embroider and hopefully that will bring some clarity to my life.

I am unsure as to what I believe except I know longer think I am responsible alone for the woes of the world.  I think I am part of a collective consciousness which has exploded unto the universe.  It is therefore important that I remain peaceful.  When I am peaceful I find love.  I am going to continue to have love  as a companion in my mind.  I release it from the future but in my imagination I will work towards becoming wholly in love again some day.

My mind is so unfocused not to know the direction of the future.  Embroidery helps me to focus so that is where my focus will be until I figure it out. I will start putting my work out into the universe in as many avenues as possible and hope for the best and work towards the rest.

I take responsibility for the mess I’ve made up until this moment and will just do my thing joyfully and believe in a loving and giving universe and God.  It is time to put an end to the chaos. 

I am having a hard time letting go of things so if you are reading this and looking for something, a book, a magazine, a skein of yarn send me an email and if I have it,  it is yours.   I have a lot of different things as I become interested in everything so perhaps I have it if you need it.  Also I am offering myself up for lessons and service so if you would like to learn a very relaxing hobby or have a project that needs finishing please contact me at  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Be the Love

Be the love you wish to see in the world. Find it in your own heart. Love is really all there is in the world.  Try to fill each of your days with something you love, try in every moment to find something that speaks to you.  Something you love. 

I am currently working on this piece, it is called Running Away.  This piece is bringing me focus and color and light.  It has brought me out of my very conflicted head and back to the basics of loving what I do.   I am using the running stitch which is a small little stitch which run consecutively in a straight line.  It is also referred to as Kantha stitching.  One by one, inch by inch until they fill up the muslin or canvas.  They are peaceful beautiful little stitches and they allow me to focus.   They are an easy meditation.

I am so grateful that I am able to find love in each stitch and I am finding the peace I am looking for in my life, even if it is only while I allow myself to sit and stitch.   The holiday season is upon us and I have been out to lunch for a while so I’m going to be working a bit more, computing a bit less.  I will share my new projects and sharing Running Away when it is finished.

Find something you love, do it with all of your heart and build your life around love.  Stitch yourself back together.  That is what I am going to do.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bluebird Heart

A new design, just in time for Christmas although I'm pretty sure Bluebirds are probably down south for Christmas.  Of course they do celebrate Christmas down south so perhaps the bluebirds will enjoy their stay.  Or perhaps some notherners will decide they like the idea of a bluebird hanging out on their tree and the bluebirds will feel toasty(not too toasty I hope) in front of the fireplace. 

Have a great day. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Autumn Tree

A new skinnier heart ornament.  I hope people like them.

Autumn is lovely up here in Upstate New York.  Reds, oranges, yellows and green dot the landscape of the beautiful mountain ranges.  The air is crisp, the syrup is fine, the harvest is plentiful.  So much to do and see and don’t  please don’t forget all the wonderful art galleries, restaurants and taverns awaiting patrons. 

With the economy and gas prices a little bit higher than we would like them we have to remember the beauty and splendor of nature and escape.  Please come visit us and buy our local fare. 

Tangled Threads Abound

This is a scarf I made for my lovely cousin.  It is gray and black and I hope she likes it.  She is a brave and courageous gal who has been to hell and back and deserves the best in life.  She inspires me from afar. 

I am going to let my cousin inspire me today as I share a blast from the past that pretty accurately describes my journey today.  Although I have come a long way since this post that was written on October 3, 2008 it still pretty accurately describes my journey up to yesterday.

But today is a new day and I am off to plan a new day and certainly a new way to move forward.  When honesty smacks you in the face there is nowhere to go but up.  Have a great day, I intend to.  I will share my work with you and hopefully think of something witty and entertaining to share it with.

Tangled Threads Abound

Oh what a tangled web we weave(or more accurately embroider). Been working pretty hard and hardly working. Got side-tracked by knitting(yes knitting). When I embroider I have a filter, a filter that lets me do anything I want(including watching politics) and being able to work through it(love the windy wisty tangled threads). Well brought some purses in to the store, knit purses. Since knitting makes me happy and seemed to make other's happy too figured I'd knit myself into oblivion. Unfortunately when I knit I can do more then one thing at a time and it's much too easy to put down the knitting, so got back into the politics. Right around the conventions, and then the nasty commercials, and then the debates and then the financial meltdown and well been kinda wasting my time with my nom de plume in tact debating politics online. Kind of twisted myself up in a million zillion little tangles and realized that I am a person that has a hard time taking myself seriously. In other words I feel like I'm on the cusp of something big almost reaching my potential(as a fiber artist not a political pundit) and screech on the breaks. Took me a couple of weeks to realize it was the knitting, not your normal average reason for letting your budding career grind to a screeching halt that allowed me to escape from my greatness. So here I am again, hopefully now that I've figured out the method to my madness or more importantly the method out of my madness(those wonderful embroidery threads comingling in the most extraordinary way)I will be hanging out a bit more often here at my blog. And have lots of projects to share. I have a couple in the camera so hopefully will be back soon with pictures, lots of them. Hope to see you soon. Hope to see me soon.