"Menopause is a Bitch"

Those hot flashes are NOT caused by Sven

That extra weight isn't because you're a greedy lazy little bugger
what the hell was I going to say
I forgot

August 2013
Sad isn't it, that the image is obscured, kind of ruins it eh! Unfortunately like most of my images posted on this blog others have felt free to just take it and use it for personal or

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

The sun was shining and the bees buzzing and I started to read my book that I got for my birthday The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman .

"Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. "The Blue Tattoo" tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapais Indians, Oatman

Stuff, Scary and Otherwise


"12 steps to nowhere"

12" x 12" oil on canvas

I liked this painting OnCe, BUT now I really really don't like it.
I'm glad it isn't in my house otherwise I would cut it up or paint over it.
You ever feel like that about a piece of work?
I called it 12 steps to nowhere because it was based on the story of the first great migration north by African Americans in which many trying t

Guerrilla Art:Okay I admit it

Okay I Admit it
LOL! I am a guerrilla artist at heart
Thanks for the shout out Modern Living Cyber Cafe and the Creative Perch
I guess I didn't really think of my blog as a Guerrilla Art blog per se, but I suppose since my blog is a reflection of me and me likes it, the concept of it, and doing it it is a case of the "if the shoe fits."
I thought I would make a slide show and well, ahem I didn't

Cancer Voodoo Doll

A friend of the JafaGirls has been diagnosed with Prostrate Cancer so Nancy and I made
a doll with a image of a cancer cell that I printed on fabric, and a pouch to keep it in.
Pins were supplied.
The good news is that it was detected after a psa test and caught early.
There has been some controversy about the psa tests, but I am not sure men who have been diagnosed feel it isn't worth it.

Embroidery:Dinner Guest from Hell (parental guidance advised)

"dinner guest from hell"

I chose tea stained linen because it represents a stained tablecloth and that is certainly how I felt about the dinner that evening, stained. Stained by behaviour that I felt warranted a pecking by the crows on his little dunghill of ignorance and insults.
While I didn't personally take offense, his offensiveness was astonishing.
I can't tell you more because


art+craft=craftivism had a blog entry about donating knitted squares for the codepink's mother's day banner for peace. It is an issue close to my heart because as a mother of a veteran (marines), and as strongly as I supported our military I did something that was unpopular, I was against the war in Iraq.
“freedom means nothing without dissent”
Many paid lip service to that and went after

Buttons, Paint and Thread

A couple of years ago I was experimenting and did this embroidered painted copy of my daughter's childhood drawing. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it at the time. Now I realize it was an early stage of trying out an new idea. I have loved doing the latest embroidery and it's inspired a desire to explore further how to integrate my painting and embroidery (as well as

graffiti alley ann arbor

Graffiti Alley March 17th, 2009
I find it very difficult to create a chaos of colour, shapes and text on paintings (and embroidery) so I always enjoy it when I see it, if not on a canvas, then on a wall somewhere. Creatively I always seem to veer away from colour yet I LOVE it.
Here is another view and of course I had to leave one of my stickers.

I didn't notice where I was putting my

William Morris: Myth, Object and the Animal

It has been a while since I've been to an exhibit that left be gobsmacked.
And this one at the Dayton Art Institute did just that. The quality and craftsmanship was beyond admirable, it was stunning and inspiring.
But it wasn't just that, it was the fact you could hardly believe they were made of glass. I wanted to touch them, photograph them, draw them,drool over them, take one home.

Art of Embroidery Stitches

I got this from my gran years ago (Supplement to Weldon's Ladies Journal No.688) and I'm guessing it's from the 30's/40's because it has 4d on it LOL! I still have some of the transfers too, including this one from another set of transfers she gave me.


I am using an old transfer that I will add my own elements to as the piece goes along. So far I have used satin stitch, long and

Creative Cycles: Up and down like a Yo Yo

I love this quote I read on Sheree's Blog

Making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."
Dr. Maya Angelou

I had a friend mention I should get over my art mood because after all I don't "have" to earn a living with it.
Nobody HAS to earn a living with art, that is a choice.
the need to create isn't
Just as talking and eating

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