So last week, we decided to purchase a nice sewing machine…one that could handle some bigger jobs than the simple things we had been sewing up to this point. I have been having SO much fun learning a new craft. I have done some quilting and made a pillow and a few small blankets. Then this week, I branched out and began making dresses. They are FAR from perfect. But they are so fun! And of course, now all of my daughters want new dresses. Haha.
I also love that they can work right alongside me. My 9-year-old sewed a large quilt for her baby sister this week, too. After all of the work at the sewing machine, I looked around at the mess of scraps and couldn’t help but re-purpose them. So now I have begun a new series, that I am going to call “Sunsets from Scraps.” I just love all of the colors and patterns!
Spring is officially here! And so are the beautiful pieces hanging at the Hamilton East Public Library – Fishers…downstairs in the IGNITE studio! I have a unique floral piece with some gold leaf.
Stop by to take a look when you get a chance!
I took a few days this week to work on this fun mural in our home! And I LOVE that it doubles as a growth chart for our kids. I thought it would be fun to show the progress as it has evolved throughout the week…
I have a few things up around town this month! I have one piece up at the Hamilton East Public Libary Ignite studio space for their “In Bloom” exhibit this spring. I also still have two pieces up at the Birdie Gallery for the new members exhibit. And have submitted two pieces to the Nickel Plate Arts March exhibit: Healing Through the Arts. I also have one large piece up at the Noblesville City Hall. I love that I have pieces up all around town. But I also find myself missing my work. Haha. It is such a strange thing to create artwork, and then to pass it along for others to enjoy. Still getting used to it!
But overall, I am just feeling SO thankful for all of these amazing opportunities! And my new studio space in my home is a reflection of that:
I had the blessing of being part of this amazing publication again this year. And I can now officially say that I am an award winning photographer, artist, AND writer! What an honor! I was also asked to read one of my pieces in front of a group of total strangers. I sat in amazement as I listened to the others read and perform their selections as well. When I got home, I couldn’t sleep, and wrote this in my journal:
” I sat, Coca-cola in hand, and drank in their words and song as they poured out their hearts. I listened and swelled with pride over this group of creatives – gloriously unique and gifted. I know not one. And yet we are one…these people and I. Just by listening to them speak and sing, and reading their prose and song, I cannot help but be inspired. So here I lay at midnight, wide awake with words dancing about my head and ideas ricocheting in creative chaos. Thanks to these creatives and some Coca-cola.”
I had a concept for a photoshoot, and my oldest daughter gladly helped me with it. Thanks to her tiny stature, she was able to squeeze into a very tight space. Haha. We had fun with this shoot!
I am super excited to have several NEW works hanging at the Nickel Plate Arts gallery all next month! The theme for January is In Perspective – a look into abstract art! I hope you are able to join me at the opening reception on Friday, January 4th! The reception will last from 6:00-9:00pm.