Archive for May, 2011

Can I do it?

May 30, 2011

I am challenging myself.  June 10 is the deadline for submissions to a local, fairly large quilt show sponsored by the East Cobb Quilting Guild and I want to have a quilt in it.  My problem is that I don’t have one to enter!  So here is my challenge.  To create and quilt an art quilt by June 10.

Step one – decide what my image will be.  I can check that off.  Here is my colored pencil sketch.

I’ll keep you posted.  If you don’t see any progress on this, you will know I have totally failed at this particular challenge!

The Graduate(s)

May 27, 2011

Here are some recent graduates who are now on their way to new adventures.  Haha.  While photographing these needle felted birds, I was reminded of taking pictures of my son and his 3 roommates who all graduated recently.  Their interaction was amusing to watch and I gave those personalities to these little birds.

Three Little Birds

May 24, 2011

Filling down time creating fun things but I can’t just create and then let them sit here.  This disarranged studio is filled to the brim!  So here are 3 little birds for sale in my Etsy shop.

Still trying to tie the blog with Etsy.  Well, I haven’t tried too hard but it is my excuse for not taking the time to figure it out!  I would rather make little birds!

Blue Ribbon Nest II

May 18, 2011

My watercolor needed punch so I added pastel and ink.  I am not the purist I use to be.  Compare this to my thread painting here.  I think I like the tread painting more.  The thread painting  sold, which I am very happy about, but it may also be the first time I really miss something I created.

Here Comes the Bride…

May 17, 2011

‘Tis the season of weddings.  And someone pointed out to me over the weekend while attending a wedding that flowers are most numerous now.  Is this the reason brides choose this time of year?  I myself had a June wedding many years ago.  Funny thing about the flowers at my ceremony, I never saw them.  Other than what I had in my hands of course.  And they didn’t show up in any of the photographs (don’t ask).  So, I really have no idea what I paid for.

I was commissioned to create something for a wedding gift recently.  Jennie and I decided to use an engagement photo as reference for the piece.  After gaining permission from the photographer, I created this piece using free motion machine embroidery.

Brides these days many more details in their weddings to fret over  than I did.  The one I attended this weekend was beautiful to the nth degree.   I imagine the wedding of the recipient of the above was designed every bit as beautiful, not to mention the one that took place in London last week.   I have to wonder about the desire and effort and cost that go into making the perfect day.  The rest of your life will not begin to compare but I guess that isn’t a consideration when you are young, in love and experiencing a day about which you’ve always dreamed.   I wonder how far this will go before the pendulum swings the other way and people get  married in the parsonage with 2 attendants and a corsage like my parents did or some variant of it.  Perhaps the longer the economic downturn lasts, the simpler weddings will become.

I have a marrying age daughter but I have been informed that I have no say in how, when and if she marries. I think I will take her up on that.

Read thru to the end!

May 14, 2011

I have just opened an Etsy shop!  Well, I opened it a long time ago but have just listed items for sell!  Now if I can figure out how to create a link or button on this page to it, I will be all set.  I called the shop The Disarranged Studio after the blog.  The name comes from the utter chaos my studio is ALWAYS in.  It’s not that I cannot keep it clean, I can’t even manage to get it clean.  Not enough space when you dabble in all the stuff I do.  BUT, I am trying.

I digress though… I am the world’s worse self promoter but will place items in the shop occasionally, so take a look.   If I can figure out this button stuff.

A couple of weeks ago, the First Friday Art Group gathered to play.  Mary Ann Clayton showed us how to make these wonderful creations from generic Barbie dolls.  So much fun and so creative of her!


a very big congratulation to my clever and talented son, John Lewis Taylor Finley, who graduated from the University of Georgia last night.  It was the culmination of two great days. Thursday, when he accepted his congratulations from the Grady School.  Thursday night at the GradyFest where we were treated to viewings of the best of the video productions Grady students created and the award ceremony afterwards. (Four productions Taylor worked on in various ways were viewed including the top award winner SCOPE.)   And Friday night when the (seemed like) thousands of graduating students from UGA all sat on the field at Sanford Stadium and accepted their addresses and accolades.  With these young people going forth, I think the world might just turn out okay after all!

long, hot spring nights

May 11, 2011

Each year as the spring temperatures rise, I sweat profusely and sleep fitfully determined to keep the air conditioner off and the windows opened until the first of June.  Each year this gets harder with global warming and menopausal hormones.  So last night in an effort to keep cool, I sketched and painted  in a new journal with the lights out using a little travel set of Winsor Newton pan watercolors.  Didn’t want those bulbs to heat up my studio space*.  Good thing the sun is staying  up longer these days.

Here are my sketches-

a kookaburra,

a parrot,

and a rhino beetle!  Do you know that rhino beetles are pets in parts of Asia according to Wikipedia?  That might be one pet I would mount after its death.

* I have switched the bulbs to fluorescent ones before but the supposed long long life span is only about a month in my fixtures.  Anyone know why?

Anyone know the Academy of Motion Pictures number?

May 1, 2011

Bragging Mom here.  (I prefer Mommy but it really embarrasses my 22 and 25 year old children to have to call me Mommy.)  My son, Taylor (the 22 year old) is about to graduate from the University of Georgia, Grady School of Journalism, with a degree in communications.  His final project is an 11 or 12 minute movie (done in conjunction with another student and a lot of volunteer help) but his most recent contribution to it, is the trailer you can watch here.  He has always been creative with a camera, when he was about 12, he filmed the dog with the camera looking up at her.  This isn’t easy when the dog is a beagle and stood about 16″ or 17″ off the floor.

Enjoy the show…. (or at least the trailer)!