Friday, September 25, 2009

Signs of Fall

My sketch group paused this summer for vacations and life catch-up, but we're back to Tues. mornings now. I felt so rusty after taking time off. We sketched this week in one of my favorite spots Luscher Farms Community Gardens. Lots of signs that fall is rapidly approaching with orange and yellow-green being the dominant colors right now.

I like the looseness of this one. It fits the bedraggled scarecrow and sunflowers.

Friday, September 18, 2009


I decided to take a week long break from creative projects as I return from vacation and get my boys settled into their fall schedules. It felt like a good time to do a little reorganizing and studio clean out.

One area that I hadn't tackled for over 5 years is my fabric stash mainly because I find it almost impossible to let go of any of it. You just never know what you might need in the future! But my cabinets were disorganized messes, I couldn't shut the doors, and I found I kept using the same fabrics from the top of the heap.


It took a while, but I finally started letting some pieces go. I really enjoyed revisiting long-forgotten fabric that was wadded up in the bottom of the stack. Basically I have two large cabinets with cubbies. I organize my fabric by color with separate bins for silks and velvets. Since I use bits and pieces more than lengths of fabric, I keep ziplock baggies in each cubbie for scraps in that color and a special tuna box full of ziplock bags of my precious torn pieces.

It's not going to appear in any fancy studio magazine, but it works for me.


Monday, September 7, 2009

Thinking Small

Playing around with making my fiber tufts very small and turning them into earrings:

I'm heading out on a family trip to Disneyland to celebrate the end of summer and my niece's magical 9th birthday on 09-09-09!