Thursday, February 28, 2008

Seven Things About Me

I was tagged by Tracy to answer seven things about myself...here goes:

1. I met my husband in Paris.

2. I want to live at Lake Tahoe. It's one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.

3. I once studied boxing with a professional boxer. He told me I had to tap into my anger so I would think of how my ex-boyfriend broke up with me and then got engaged to someone else three weeks later.

4. I packed up all my things in my little Saturn after passing the CPA exam and moved from Michigan to Las Vegas (by myself). I planned on only staying 6 months….turned into 4 years. I started out working at the Luxor and then moved to working for most major casinos on the strip auditing their records and doing internal audit. Really interesting to see behind the scenes in the count rooms and surveillance rooms. But, it was nothing like Ocean’s 11. One of the best things I ever did in my life!

5. I never lived in one place for more than 6 months up until I was 10 years old.

6. I don’t like mayonnaise, lima beans or olives.

7. I was born in the UK.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Gifts in the mail

I received some really beautiful things from Fanny and Pat.

Fanny does the most beautiful machine stitching thread painting. Just look at this beautiful heart. I wouldn't even attempt to try those little flowers she does. And look at the backdrop...looks just like wood. So beautiful. Thank you Fanny!

And, I received this lovely PC from Pat for our Calendar Girls swap. I love the musical background and little wool vase. Just beautiful Pat and greatly appreciated!

Lastly, here are my tiles for the LB trade. So glad they are finally done. It takes some time to do 9 of something!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


I've been working on the March PC swap for Calendar Girls. I was playing around with Photoshop and here is what I have come up. I've almost finished the PC but I'll wait to show. It's funny how interpreted this.

Original photo:

I liked the colors on this altered version:

And here is the basis for my PC. I took a small portion of the backdrop of the original altered it and created a new backdrop. Then, I took one of the smaller flowers and multiplied it in various directions. It may seem like this was a quick process but you can spend hours on Photoshop just playing around.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Perfect Circles

I'm in a journal trade to do "Perfect Circles". I thought it would be interesting to do just one big circle of the moon. I really like how perfect circles work. The moon is turned under. The trees in front of the moon are thread painted. I'm thinking I did a little too much sewing into the water. If I did a composition like this again, I'd just do a little stitching in front of the moon to show reflection.

Friday, February 08, 2008

A New Blog To Check Out

I just love the work of Deidre Adams. She has a blog that she just recently started. I suggest you all book mark for some great visual eye candy. It really is amazing to me how some of you out there have this incredible talent of combining elements together and creating masterpieces! Her work really is fine art.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Library of Congress

I was browsing on art and perception and they had this post about the library of congress and how they released these color photo's from the 40's. Really, really interesting. We are so used to seeing this time period in black and white. How interesting to look in color! It is so interesting to see the women of this time in color and also how simply people lived "in color". Really puts a different take on things.

40's photo's

Monday, February 04, 2008

On my wish list

I really want this book. I wish it came out before May. I've seen some of Anna's quilts before in person and have been amazed at how they were woven.

Here's another on my want list...can't wait!!