Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reflections on the Year

I spent most of  December sick-first mild food poisoning, then a stomach virus that knocked me out, then a respiratory "thing."   I work for a casino party company and Dec. is the busy month.  I was lucky enough that the stomach thing happened after the first busy wkend.  The respiratory/head crap-not so much.  I could barely talk one wkend.  Made it kind of hard to deal blackjack and joke around but i managed.  The most unusual party this year was my last one.  It was held at a daycare.  (for the employees) There were only 3 of us working.  I was in the toddler room. Roulette wheel and abc's...
  I was also hosting Christmas Eve again this year.  For 13.  I decided to do spaghetti again-it's easy and everyone liked it last year.  I also decided (in between 5 million trips to grocery stores/errands/shopping) that i needed to move furniture around so we could fit two tables in the living room and all sit together.
 I found "chalkboard" table clothes at walmart.  I made mini menu's for each place.  I did my seating "cards" with my vintage anagrams/scrabble tiles.  Chalk on the tables, Christmas dishes-candles-you get the picture.
I hope so because i forgot to take a single picture.  It was down to the wire getting it all ready in time and when the first person showed up, I totally forget to get a shot before everyone got here.  Oh well.  Food was good, played a movie trivia game (i had the cards on the tables) and opened gifts.  The nephews and niece played blackjack.  Addie (8) won. :) 
   I shoved a bunch of stuff into my art room so the house would be in order.  Now comes the time that I must head into said room and start back on the task of getting it in order so that i can actually create in there again.  I stopped doing anything in there when i got hooked on my sewing.  So my goal will now be to put the room in order for real this time.
  I started thinking back on the year and what art i have done.  I realized that I did no journaling, no mixed media that i can think of-it was just sewing.  I also worked on the room a bit-moving stuff around a lot.  This year i want to do better.  I still have sewing projects i want to do.  I want to get back to my art journal.  I really wish i could concentrate on one real medium...fabric/sewing/books are where i lean right now.  Maybe that is what i will concentrate on in the new year.  I also signed up for some online classes that I need to finish or even watch.  No more until those get my attention.
  So here is hoping for a more artful year for me-and anyone else who is so inclined.
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Current Obsession

Fun pink ribbon
After taking an online class where we made a fabric scrap tie to close the book and seeing /making paper ribbon with scraps, i'm now obsessed with making "fabric ribbon."
Part of my "use up what you have" mentality.  I'll admit i have bought a few new fabrics/tulle to match what
I have when I don't feel there is enough variety.  What can i say?  Fabric is addicting.  I've been playing with fabric one way or another since i was 5 or 6.  My mom used to work for Stretch & Sew, World of Fabrics and taught sewing.  I can remember in the early 70's-the "make your own lingerie" fad came about.  The local paper wrote an article about my mom-"Mrs Moody" (never once did they use her name.)  I can remember some women coming to our house (maybe for a class) and i was messing with some scraps making a flower. (gathered fab)  My mom would make them for house shoes.  I remember hearing one of the ladies ask my mom if I knew what I was doing.  (I think she thought i was just messing around "copying" they actions of my mom.)  She told them "yes she does."  So there.
  Back to now~I can't seem to stop making my ribbon.  I recently used a piece to wrap a baby shower gift-it got passed around the room because some people wanted to look at it more closely.  I made it so that it could be hung as garland after used for wrapping.  Below you'll see a sampling of some of the rolls~
This is my "floaty" style

The silver/gray was added to a baby shower gift-you can see a peek of it.

Christmas colors

Purple for an art friend

Christmas with a vintage twist (the green and touch of pink)

Another Christmas style-this one was for my mom
Colorful roll

Two on left were from a book tie-made more than needed.  Two on right were the silver/gray

Monday, September 28, 2015

Recent Artwork

 I recently took an online class from Nellie Wortman.   (Altered Fabric Book)  Really enjoyed the class and even though   I'm still working on this book, i look forward to making more!
This is the cover-i still want to add a bezel at the bottom.  A closer look at the spine.
 A peek at the pages.
vintage envelope

lace hankerchief

another peek at a page

Saturday, August 08, 2015


dave "all american boy"
 When we emptied out my grandparents house last year, my sister brought home a big box of family photo's.  We decided we would go through them once we got back home then distribute to family members.
I have only seen a few pictures of my dad and aunt when they were young. (and grandparents) this was a treasure trove.  It's been fun going through them all and getting them ready to go to their new homes. We have also been digging into some family history-and found some very interesting details.
Harry Moody

Kate K Moody-this captures her spirit

Linda Moody (beck) love this shot
I think a few pictures may find there way into some art.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hoarder in the Making...

Anyone out there who enjoys mixed media knows what the "thrill of the hunt" means.  That dusty corner of an antique mall or thrift shop where you spy that "thing" that everyone else has overlooked.  That "thing" that would be so cool in a project-someday.  You buy it.  You take it home.  You place it somewhere that you can admire it.  For years.  because you are waiting for "just the right project"  or it's one of a kind and once you use it, it's gone. While sitting out front of an estate sale one day, an older gentleman once said (about the contents that were in the house that we were waiting to go in and snatch up)-"it's a shame she didn't use it-now she is gone and someone else gets to enjoy it" (another woman and I were 2nd/3rd in line waiting to hit the room full of sewing stuff)
    Those words really struck a chord with me.  It made me start to think of all the cool stuff i had accumulated that was sitting on a shelf or in a box-waiting for just the right project.  Some really cool stuff I might add.  For a while I did start using some of that stuff-usually on something for myself-that way i still had the item but I put it to use.  If it was a gift or for sale, i sometimes used the "2nd favorite" item :)
  Here it is-years later and a lot more stuff.  Couple that with a few years of major spans of time with no inspiration or desire to do art.  Occasional desire to hit an antique mall brought in more "stuff."
 Recently, as I mentioned my grandfather passed away-the last of my grandparents.  My parents and aunt had one month to empty out his house-as it sold a month before his death.  I've never had to help clean out someone's residence.  It's a lot more work than you think.  Even when they lived fairly simply with out a lot of clutter or "stuff."   You have to go through EVERY drawer in every room, every closet, every inch-which is what they did-and I helped some.
    That was my mistake.  Don't get me wrong, i was very glad to be able to help. There were certain items going to different family members-furniture mostly, some kitchen items and family photos.  Clothing was donated, misc given away.  The next round was letting the "junk guy" come take what he wanted. He had a thrift shop in their city.  When he loaded his truck and saw what was still left he had to get another truck and help.  Dad wanted no money-just wanted it out of the house.  Well, knowing that they were coming kicked my "hunter/gatherer" instinct in.  Big Time.  I set aside few smallish boxes for me.  Went out to the garage where i knew everything had not been gone through thoroughly.  Again, set aside some items for me or my husband.  Tool kit that had never been opened for my dad-and then i found "stuff."  The rusty metal, little wheels, rulers and thing-a-ma-jigs.  The laundry area downstairs had stuff stored as well.  And the boxes under the stairs and the large "closet"-both of which were full.  Probably things they packed up in st louis and never opened again.  The small moving box full of every cancelled check they wrote in the 50's and 60's.  The kind you see in an antique store.  Which i mentioned to my husband and before i could put them in the trash pile i thought "what am i thinking?!  I can use these, sell these and or give them to friends."  duh.  so that box went to my pile.   I don't know how many boxes I came home with-it was all stuff that no one else would have wanted.  It would have been donated or thrown out.  So it came to a good home.  The bad thing
is, my art room is already full.  Disorganized really.  If I would just get in there and consolidate/organize it would make more room for my haul.  I have more fabric, sewing notions, thread, rusty stuff, old jars, vintage christmas doo-dads, ephemera....Enough to start my own antique mall booth.
       It's going to be a big job.  So I keep putting it off.  So it sits in my hallway, my dining room, my breakfast nook. (and that doesn't include the furniture we're trying to find space for-and get rid of the old.  At one point there were 3 couches in my living room.  That has now been rectified.  Now just couch/love seat and 2 recliners.  oh yea, the treadmill just folded up and waiting for an empty spot again...
  Let's face it.  You can now call me a Hoarder.  I have the pictures to prove it.
but i have some cool "stuff."         UPDATE:  I am now working on the room (and garage) time to purge/sell/give away etc...

Art Weekend in the Country

Mary, Melody, Donna G

Mary and Donna singing to us (not)

Mel, Mary, ME (donna), Donna G

I think i was trying to blow in her ear or whisper something good

bed-luxurious bed

example of attention to detail.  This is one of the closets-even they are decorated.
Some friends of mine asked if I would like to join them the first full weekend in Nov at an "art getaway" in Forney Tx.  Of course I said "yes."  I haven't done anything like that in yrs and it sounded like a good time to get away from real life and get some things i was working on finished (insert snorting laugh here)  Good intentions anyway.  The "Ruby Rose Retreat" is located in Forney Tx.  It sits across the street from Big Mouth Scrappers.    I didn't realise the scrapbook store was there-they had taken a class there and learned about the retreat.  The owner of the store owns the retreat also.  It rents out thurs-sun at noon.  Sleeps 6.  You can see by my pictures that Angela pays attention to details.  The house is decorated in a shabby chic/antique/fun style.  3 bedrooms, 2 baths.  Full kitchen. (bring your own supplies)  Bedding, towels, etc... are provided.  Comfortable bedding :)   Even the closets contain vingnettes~
The scrapbook store is just as wonderful-very well stocked and full of everything a scrapbooker, paper artist or mixed media person could want.  5 rooms full and a HUGE class/crop room.

Broken Leg and 4 wks of Drama

On mon June 29, my husband passed out and broke his leg (fibula) in the fall.  He didn't know at the time it was broken, thought he sprained it.  The next day after running some errands, he felt around and something was poking that shouldn't be so decided better have it looked at.  Went to one of the new "hospitals" that isn't a hospital or minor emergency place.  They x-rayed and confirmed it was broken.  Did a temp "stablize
the area" abd gave him some Rx.  He called an orthopedic guy the next day, then found out he had to go
to his primary care dr first and get a referral from them.  The x-rays and dr confirmation didn't count. Mind you this was fri by the time he found out he needed to go to pcp.
  He called the PCP that ins assigned to us back in jan.  We never go to the  dr so never saw this person to become patients.  When he called "not accepting 'new' patients"  but the nurse practitioner would see him.
SHE confirmed the break and gave it over to the woman that does the referral work.  THAT took until fri
for her to call with the name of an orthopedic dr he could call.-of course it was too late fri to contact them AND it was July 3-holiday wkend.  He calls on mon (now wk 2 of break) and office closed for holiday.
Calls tues.  Leaves his info.  Calls back on wed.  yes, dr can see you on Aug 2.  "do you not realize I have a broken leg, that's been broken for 2 wks now?"  so she re-checks.  They will see him the following wed.
July 15. 
  3 wks go by, he goes to dr (still in the temp binding) where dr says "we normally like to set these 7-10 days after the break."  Well, he tried to get in sooner. duh.  Said there will be complications for waiting so long.
They will re-break the bone then put screws in.  Will more than likely have arthritis in that joint after waiting this long.  HOWEVER, dr will be out of town the following wk so surgery will be mon JULY 27...
The dr said the stuff he had on his leg was probably too tight.  Well, no shit, it was meant to stabilize his leg until he saw the dr-NOT be there for 3 weeks.  They gave him an Rx for a boot.
 Fri, july 17th rolls around and they call to say, can't do surgery on the 27, hospital is booked so she (the woman who schedules) will get it as close to that date as she can....
so it will be 5 wks + by the time leg gets repaired.  FIVE weeks.  His collar bone is hurting badly too.
It was fractured yrs ago and healed.  Reading online found out that using crutches can re-aggrivate a fracture like that (or re-fracture)  He told the dr this 3 times.  3.  and it was ignored.  I guess you are supposed to call your PCP and see them and get a referral for a separate "item" than the original.  WHAT the hell happened
to health CARE?  it's all about pleasing the ins company.
 And the INS company...BCBS.  I wrote on their facebook page as this was all going on.  They first said, you need to see primary care physician.  (duh)  then when they saw not taking new patients "we'll be glad to help you find a new PCP if you give us all your info"  (NOT a word about we'll find you a dr to set the leg)
When she saw he had an appt w/the ortho dr.  "so sorry you had issues, glad he has appt"
He even called BCBS directly and the girl tried to find a dr who could see him sooner-nope. seems a broken bone doesn't matter anymore.  You have to go through "channels" ~yet they ideally want it set/repaired in 7-10 days.
   Can you say "lawyer?"...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Angel Numbers and Circles

Recently I kept seeing someone on Instagram that posted her "angel numbers" and how they kept showing up.  I have been seeing the number 1234 a lot lately.  For at least the past month i see the time 12:34 so I figured it had to mean something.  I googled angel numbers and found out that it could be 123, 4 or 1, 234.
 Today when getting ready to leave the house I looked on my entry table and saw this-
I've had this old mailbox door for years~today the numbers stuck out.  I looked up what 1 means:
 Angel Number 1 encourages you to look to new beginnings, opportunities and projects with a positive and optimistic attitude as these are appearing in your life for very good reason.

 and 234:  Angel Number 234 is a message to put some extra focus and effort towards your creative endeavours to ensure that you manifest long-term rewards on all levels.  If you have been considering a new direction or beginning a new project or venture, now would be a most auspicious time to make that choice.  Trust that the work you do today will bring benefits to your life in the future.
(if you click on the purple # it will take you to the website where i found this info and you can look up any number that appears to you)

In numerology:  Your name number is a 9. It represents your destiny.
A 9 destiny is to bring beauty, art, and romance into the world. It is a charitable, generous, and kind number and comes with a desire to help the world.

Pretty interesting stuff.  Maybe that is why i've been doing a lot of artistic things the past month.
Shannon Green posted a series of video's recently on "circles."  I have been needing to paint some duck cloth for a project but kept putting it off.  After watching her video's decided just to paint circles.
The entire piece is about 60" long and 16" wide.  Hard to photograph the entire thing so here you'll just see a few snippets.
When I finish the actual project, i'll post pictures of that.
section of painted fabric

close up of section

close up of one circle

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Curious Bundles-the class

I recently took Susie LaFond's  online class-"Curious Bundles."  I have long admired her work-and here was an opportunity to see her process.  It was well worth the cost.  I've made my first "bundle" as she calls them
and am hooked.  I now have a great way to use fabrics i've been hoarding for years for that "special" project.  In her class you learn 3 different books and some extra techniques to use in your books.
   I can't wait to try it all.  Here are some pictures of my first bundle.

section of bundle-

bundle with blank pages-each pocket can hold loose journal pages or art

pocket close -up

close up of bundle. 
Screen pocket
another section with blank pages
 I really hated to cover all my fun fabrics with the pockets so i added some screen pockets. I "outlined" them in coordination fabrics and sewed them on-so you get a peek of the art or fabric.
inked and stitched
here is bundle spread out with decorated pages ready to journal or play on

 Looking forward to more inspiration from this class!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Journaling By 5's

front cover
I mentioned Jb5 in my last blog post (and linked it) so I thought i would post some pictures of my book in
progress.  I am not left brained, therefore i am not adhereing to the 15 min time limit.  I don't obsess over what i am going to do-i just smear paint and slap on paper.  So far I have painted (and inked) and added some background papers.  Next i will add my focal images to each spread.
back cover

view of pages

spead 1

spread 2

Each of my pages were painted white first. I then added paints w/a credit card and kitchen spatula thing from dollar tree.  Since I wanted my pages to be more cohesive, I sprayed each one with ink and water and rubbed it around to cover the entire page.  I used mostly vintage photo, bit of walnut ink and frayed burlap.  The page to the left i used black because it went better with the colors.
spread 3

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Houston Bound

April 10th found me bound for Houston to visit my friend Shannon. Although I had not seen her since 2007 when a group of us got together in Fredricksburg,  I know pretty much everything that has gone on in her life thanks to youtube and facebook. :)
i'm pretty sure this is what lives in the room in the attic.  Accessed from the guestroom.
  My 4 1/2 hr trip turned into a traffic nightmare-2 separate wrecks-huge back-ups.  I finally had to pull off and kill time (better than sitting in traffic) so i perused Texas Art Supply  and waited out the traffic.  When google maps said it was a 30 min drive, i hit the road.    We spent the evening catching up on life, talking about art and watching a movie. Jayson too-well, he watched the movie with us-he didn't care about the girl/art talk.
  Sat i got up, did my "routine" then appeared downstairs.  Shannon had scheduled a"Journaling by 5's" get together at her house-which coincided with my trip.  There were 8 of us in attendance.  Shannon came up with a way for people who are too anal retentive to just journal-to slap stuff in there w/out thinking so you
can actually do it.  (my words)  you can see the video-or the info about Jb5 by looking at her page on you tube (link above)  We had a lot of laughs.  We were tired after that so both decided to nap.  i read, then actually slept for about 30 min. she didn't.  We snacked, watched 2 movies-jayson and shannon had a few words about lighting when i turned off a lamp.  Apparently that is an issue with them :)  had i known, the light would have stayed on-

 Sunday we ventured into Houston to check out Glenwood Cemetery.  Can not believe i've never seen this one as many trips as i've taken to houston-AND it's right by an area i hang out in.  We got out of the car and i figured there would be no problem  (this will link you to her video of our "trip") finding our way back when we were done. HA.  little did i know how big this place was-84 acres.  Hilly, treed acres.  At least we got to see areas we wouldn't have seen had we not been lost.  When we made it back to the car-it was off to Auntie Chang's.  (only chinese food i like) if you can call lemon chicken chinese.  but theirs is the best.  We got our sustenance, then off we went to the Menil museum. Shannon wanted me to see the hairy cheese. We saw old and modern art.  OK. so "art" might not be what some would call it.  Like the hairy child's legs coming out of the sink.  Or the silhouette's-where one image of a woman pushing a man? into an oven was questionable.  At least where her tongue was. (the sink replaced the Hairy Cheese)   We wondered to the Rothko chapel.  looked at the large canvases w/different shades of black.  Then went to see the Frescoes.   They were gone. In their place was a yr long exhibit.  The Infinity Machine    The most awesome thing i've ever seen as far as art goes.  If you are in houston this yr, i suggest you see this-it's free and worth the time.  We spent a good 45 min watching it rotate, seeing something different everytime it went around.  We also decided we'll each be starting our own collection of vintage mirrors.  a good way to end the outing.
  Sun night was snack night, watched Game of Thrones then visited and painted in journals.  And caught up on more life issues.   Mon i packed it up and headed home.  I made 3 stops, decided since i was "in the area" i needed auntie chang's again.  not like they will notice.  Wrong.  The same guy waited on me as did sun.  AND remembered a)what i drank and b) what i ordered...that's service!
  At this point traffic would be bad, so i took the "backroads" to 45-and hit one more art store for good measure.  FINALLY got home at 10:30   It was a good weekend, good laughs, met new people and got to eat at Auntie Chang's.