Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Luscious Color Leads To Lots Of Creativity

Spring is practically officially here.... and I've kicked it off by planting pansies, sorting through and replenishing bits of my wardrobe, and lots of hooking and weaving!

I've made a few more shawls.... and just LOVE the ribbon addition!

The one above I paired with this sweet little bag (bag already sold).  Love all the greens, pinks, and blues...... I made this same one below, minus ribbon, as a gift for my friend Maria.  She just moved to Greece and I felt the luscious greens and blues were the perfect colors to go with her new life.

Recently dragged home the sweetest new find!  This pretty little shabby, but much loved, velvet chair.

My latest hooked piece fit perfectly on the back.  Size and colors!

Of course, the addition of a new chair means new slip covers for the previous chair that was in that corner, as it's been moved.  I'm feeling the need for lots of springtime updates.  Love heading into my studio for new possibilities!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Husband, Jim Mayfield

There's a wonderful article about my very talented husband, Jim Mayfield.  You can read it here.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Rugs and Snow

I finished this rug, and have had the most fun hooking it as anything I've done in a long time.

I did what I like best... something whimsical, colorful, and happy.  I'm so enthused right now, that I immediately started a new piece.  Here are a couple of peeks.

You may have noticed that the owls are done in a bit of velvet.  Also, I'm so attracted to the wool with some sparkle.  Have been using lots of bright sparkly colors.

Valentines Day was nice.... did the usual Valentines sort of things.  But, nothing says Valentine like a husband who is out first thing in the morning digging paths through the snow for our little feral cat Firefly to get to his food easier.

As I've mentioned here before, Firefly is completely feral and won't let us near him.  I do have a little shed that he goes in with heated food bowls, heated cat mat, and down comforter. 

Also, grabbed a shot of my Valentine this morning digging a path for me to get to the studio.

That's the perfect gift for Valentines Day, or any day, as far as I'm concerned!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Rugs, Wristies, Shawls... COLOR!

Beautiful spring like weather makes me happy thinking of the garden, spring clothes, creative pursuits, and always, lots of color!

Working on a new rug that I'm having great fun with, and very excited about.  Here's a few bits and pieces.

I have two different venues that I'm going to show my work in next fall and early winter.  So, since hooking is so time intensive, I'm already working and setting things aside for that.

Just off the loom is this lovely shawl in the most fabulous blues and teals.  This one is traveling to it's new home in Greece!

And below, a sweet pair of wristies I knitted for a friend......

Last night we had a lovely evening at Tea Bar and Bites where hubby, Jim Mayfield, is currently showing photos from our trip last spring to the Netherlands and Belgium.  The theme of his show works well for February, lots of tulips and gardens.... plus windmills and bicycles.  I took this prior to the reception.  Lovely turnout, and lots of good company.

I really must include this sweet photo of Willow basking in the warm sun falling through the window.  She's got it made!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Simple Happy Projects

Enjoying home, spending time in my studio, and working on small projects.  I spent an evening crafting with artist friends.  I'd found a sweet little origami envelope project here.
Peggy over at Woman With Wings has the most lovely and interesting posts.  We made several, including little necklaces.  Each has a tiny surprise inside.  We thought these would be fun to just leave about in public places as abandoned art gifts for whoever comes across them.  These are a few I made.

I used catalog pages, ribbon scraps, old buttons, whatever I had squirreled away.  Everyone did something different, and all were wonderful!

I finished knitting a little shrug.

This selfie doesn't show much, but you get the idea.  Here's another shot.

Anyway, an easy little pattern, and just right for cool spring days and tee shirts.

Another completed project is a shawl for my lovely friend, Janet.

I'm not going to give it the ribbon treatment since Janet is the Ribbon Queen and she'll take care of that part.

Today I'm beginning a new hooked rug.  It's only in my mind's eye right now, but I'm excited about what I see!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Destination Eureka Springs

Hubby bought a new car a month or so ago, and we haven't had the weather or time to take it on a short road trip.  This past weekend was perfect with temps in the 60's, so we hopped in and headed to a favorite little village south of here, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Eureka is a small very old community nestled into the the side of an Arkansas mountain.  It's Victorian and rose around the properties of it's healing spring waters.

Above is one of the old bath houses.  Eureka has been a home to artists and mystics over the years.  I've enjoyed many trips and the wonderful characters I'd see about.  Much of that has changed as it's become the destination of tourists, B&B's, and motorcycles.  But the spirit is still there.

We discovered this little cave, many of which are accessible throughout the town.

Once inside we found this sweet little altar.  I think it would make a lovely painting.

This little yellow cottage has always been one of my favorites.  The size can be deceiving as many of the homes drop 2 and 3 stories below the street built into the mountainside.

Finding the quirky and odd is still pretty easy in Eureka.  Nothing says "Christmas" like a dino dressed in lights!

There used to be a theater production called "The Passion Play" which I believe has been closed for a long time.  But the symbolism remains on the mountaintop.

The mountainside gardens are beautiful, well kept, and lovely even in the dead of winter.

Eureka has nice galleries and shopping, but we chose to use our day for a hike through this hilly burg.

We were married in Eureka 12 years ago on the winter solstice.  Our tiny private ceremony was in what was then known as "The Old Stone Church".  It's now a theater.  Very fitting transformation to this lovely old structure.

We had a wonderful day, and of course I took my current knitting project with me, just in case!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Friends, Food, Family, and Art

It's been a great start to 2015!

Took Ava to a New Year's Eve party at my friend's house..... not to worry, that's sparkling grape juice.

Working on new ribboned shawls.  These two are for the shop.

I just love choosing the ribbons that will work with these.  Great fun with color!

Had the most fabulous afternoon sketching away with friends Mary and Tammy.  We haven't had a good sketching session since before the holidays.  I'm so remiss to not get their pictures today or their sketches, but will next time.  It was the perfect combo........friends, food, and art!

Another great start to the year was receiving my new piece of mixed media art by artist, Heather Murray

So sweet..........

And Iris enjoying a beautiful sunset to end the day (plus a bit of warming temperatures......)


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Doorstep Creations and Serena

Our home has been happily full of children and family, and still is off and on for the next week or so.  It's been wonderful, but I love this post holiday quiet time of year.  The new year looms, and I'm excited yet peaceful.  I'm already looking ahead to the greens of springs, but so enjoying the winter browns and golds.  Christmas brought me this lovely lady to reside with us.  She came already named, Serena.

I think she'll be happy here.

I've been rug hooking and playing with designs and colors.  I did this piece and incorporated a little fiber collage I made a few years ago.  I had acquired the piece of antique paisley, and instead of cutting it to hook, I kept it whole and worked it up into this rug. 

I made these bags awhile back, but recently added the pretty vintage-like ribbons.  Have sold a few that were very similar, but decided to keep these for myself.  I find that I don't keep many of my smaller creations, and later wonder "why?".

I did the same with my flirty ribbon shawls.  I've made five, and sold every one.  I didn't take a picture of any of them!  But I was SO happy to have moved two shawls on to a lovely lady visiting here from Mississippi.  She had the most fabulous vibe about her, and I was honored to connect and share a creation of mine with such a lovely person.  The following is a shot of one of my shawls that is long gone.  But not to worry!  Another is currently on the loom. 

Hoping to get back to my sketching this week, and out and about with my sketching buddies, Mary and Tammy.  I feel really rusty! 

Lovely New Year's Wishes,

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Calming Books and Beauty Oil

Hello!  Such a busy time for many of us, so I'm going to share a few "lovely" things that are making me content, calm, and happy.

Firstly.... a couple of wonderful little books have come my way.  I've been reading gobs of fiction lately, and these two little gems are a nice change of pace.

The first is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

This is more than your average organizing system.  Actually it's way more than that.... so far it seems to be about decluttering not only your space, but life in general.  The author teaches her method all over the world, and it's just a nice peaceful read.  Great for this time of year and excess.  Even if you don't feel you have clutter, there's plenty to learn and a different take on organizing.  You can find it here.

Another book I've got in my pile is The Gifts Of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You Think You're Supposed To Be An Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown.  I've just started this one, but I'm liking where she's going, and her happy writing style.  You don't have to be in the middle of a "life drama" to get something wonderful out of this book.

You can find this one here also.

Okay..... here comes the beauty part!  It's all about oil, especially in the winter.  I've almost completely given up on lotion because oil seems so much better for winter skin (well.... and summer too).  Here's a couple of products I've been using.

The first I discovered when reading a book by one of my favorite "common sense" authors, Mireille Guilano.  She writes about an oil called Aragon Oil.  I've been using it daily (actually throughout the day) on my face, nails, and hair for over a year.  Oh Gosh!  I love this stuff!  I know Walgreen's carry it, but too expensive.  I buy pura dor' and one bottle lasts a good year.  I buy mine here.

Another new oil that I'm so pleased to have found is......

Dr. Teal's Olive Oil Bath & Body Treatment.  You can find this about anywhere.  I came across it at the market.  It smells heavenly, and no oily residue.  The price is right too!

So.... just a couple of "happys" to share with you over these holiday times.