Thursday, June 28, 2007


I want to express a very special thank you to Patricia (Pokey) Bolton for the wonderful write up in the Cloth Paper Scissors web magazine. Her interview with Tracie Lyn truly expresses the relationship that Tracie and I share. The essence of the article captures in detail the love and companionship that we have been blessed to experience together.

Words cannot express how grateful we are that Pokey included us in this fantastic artistic media! The article in the July/August 2007 Cloth Paper Scissors that is available at book stores across the country was super and this on-line piece is truly the "topping on the cake." To be included in these publications with some of the best artists we know humbles us. We could never have dreamed our fun together could touch so many.

Thank you, Pokey, and thanks to all our wonderful family and friends who are supporting us spiritually and emotionally on this - the experience of a lifetime!


Love to all of you,


Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Wheggies of Willowbrook

Today I want to introduce the Wheggies to all of you. These are little angel fairies that I feel are ever present in our world. I hope you enjoy meeting them. Please feel free to leave me a comment regarding how you feel about the Wheggies. I will be posting short stories about them from time to time. I hope you enjoy the pictures of these small creatures. I have created these angel fairies so that you can see what I envision these lovely beings look like in their various surroundings.

Who Are The Wheggies of Willowbrook?

In all the land that is near, Wheggies scurry about spreading joy, happiness, beauty, and love. Wheggies are small angel fairies present everywhere. They are various colors and no two Wheggies look alike. Individuality plays an important part in the role of a Wheggie with its name being indicative of the function it performs. Each instinctively knows its purpose and immediately pursues its daily tasks with vigor and purity of heart.

While all humans enjoy the fruits of the Wheggies’ labor, rarely are they aware of the Wheggies’ presence. Often the only time a human will experience awareness of a Wheggie’s presence is when a slight touch is felt but nothing is seen, or a gentle drop of moisture falls unexplained upon the check. The slight touch that tickles the skin is a Wheggie’s wing brushing gently as it swishes past. The moisture drop is the gentle kiss of a Wheggie.

Words cannot describe the feelings of joy and happiness within a human that the loving, caring nature a Wheggie creates. It matters not whether a human is blind, crippled, or deaf because the love of a Wheggie is “felt” not seen touched or heard. A Wheggie can only be felt within the human heart and can never be duplicated.

Some Wheggies go about their tasks during the day while others work under the cover of the darkness of night. Regardless, a Wheggie always sleeps in a willow tree beside a babbling brook. During the nighttime hours the leaves of the willow surrounds the sleeping Wheggie like a curtain of moonbeams. And as the Wheggies of the night sleep during the daylight hours the willow creates a gently curtain of shade protecting them from the bright sunlight.

From time to time humans lose pieces of treasured jewelry that go unfound no matter how diligent the search. When a Wheggie discovers a lost treasure it places the cherished gem in its hair or on its garment. It is considered the ultimate act of love to rescue a lost gem. The Wheggie wears the gem forever with pride and joy.

When a Wheggie flies about the land, the fullness of its hair creates a breeze that blows gently to assist the bees and other insects as they move about. The hair is a distinguishing mark of a Wheggie and flows about it like a soft cloud floating in the sky. The Wheggie’s garment, hair and wings reflect the colors surrounding it as it works, thus enabling it to blend and remain unseen. The gem it wears reflects sunbeams creating a prism of color. Clouds capture the colors, and then transform the colors into a beautiful rainbow one sees following the rain.

There are times when a Wheggie becomes ill from various hazards in the environment. When this happens all Wheggies gather together and pray for a speedy recovery. As they cry tears of sadness for their friend, the tears form raindrops that fall to the earth. The falling tears nourish the plants and quench the animals’ thirst. This gift of rain created by a Wheggie’s love for a cherished friend provides a way for the Wheggie to share the gift of friendship. The trees bow in admiration exposing the underneath of each leaf enabling it to absorb the raindrops as they fall to the earth. Animals drink from the streams where the tears gather to receive nourishment after the sun pushes the clouds away. The sun then smiles upon the earth bringing warmth and comfort to the Wheggies. As the sun touches their wings the Wheggies bask in the joy of knowing that love and happiness continues to spread aimlessly about the land. They fly happily about giving thanks that their friend is well.

Wheggies labor relentlessly to ensure that flowers, fruits and trees display their deepest colors and fragrances. They enjoy watching the insects, animals and children at play. Laughter is a song to their ears and brings warmth to their tiny hearts. They know the feelings they share are also felt deep within all creatures that roam the earth. The beauty of the land forms the basis for a pallet where the various colors come together and blend creating a beautiful canvas.

So, as you smell the sweetness of a breeze, see a beautiful flower, or admire the twinkle of a star, think about all the Wheggies working in harmony and synchronized in the feelings of love. Don’t brush away the tickle felt on your arm; don’t wipe away the gentle drop of moisture on your cheek. Instead, you should smile and enjoy the warmness in your heart as you have been touched or kissed by a Wheggie as it passed closely by you.

© Copyright 2004 Marylin F. Huskamp

™ Registered Trademark Pending

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Here are the completed 4x4's for Elise's swap! I decided to embellish them so I used various ephemera. Also put beads and buttons on the yarns. Hope you like them!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Heart Card Swap

Here I am creating my 4x4 Heart cards for the swap hosted by Elise Buskey. I am having so much fun with this project. As with all my work, I simply must include fabric and fibers on the project somewhere.

I decided to cut my watercolor paper into 4x8 pieces using scissors with a decorative blade to create a shaped edge. Once all the pieces were cut,I painted them with purple metalic acrylic paint using a crumpled paper towel. On top of the dried purple paint I dabbed silver metalic paint using another crumpled paper towel. This was random to create a pattern of purple and silver.

Of course now the fabric comes into play. Using the fiber techiques Tracie and I teach in our classes I made this beautiful piece of fabric.

I cut a heart template from a piece of watercolor paper scrap and began cutting fabric hearts. Each card will have a large heart on the front then I will make a tiny heart to put on the back.

Using a satin stitch on the machine I sewed the hearts to the watercolor paper. Under the pointed edge of the heart I placed strands of yarns and ribbon. I haven't decided whether to leave these dangle as is or if I should put some beads on them. Guess time will dictate that decision.

The final step was to fold the card in half to create the 4x4 size for the swap and stitch the edges together. Once I have all of them completed I will punch holes in the left side so Elise can bind them in her book.

I can hardly wait to see all the beautiful cards that everyone will be making for the swap.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I've Been Tagged Twice!!!!

I hope getting tagged twice - once by my friend Debbie and once by my lovely daughter-in-law, Tracie Lyn -does that mean I have to tell 16 random things about myself? I hope not!! I have been frantically creating art and almost forgot they tagged me! Let's see I think it was eon ago!

Well, here goes:

1. Yellow is my very favorite color but no one would know. When I look in my closet almost all items are blue. In my art I seem to gravitate to pink and purple, go figure! Maybe I don't that yellow isn't my favorite color!?

2. Love to be around people but yet I really enjoy my alone time! I love the early mornings - love the sunrise and the birds singing! It is the time I love reading my favorite book with no interuptions. Views of my garden keep me connected to God's wonderful gift of nature undefined. It is fun to watch the small animals - they have such personalities!

3. Art has always been a secret passion! While I have my day job, I work to support my passion --ART!!! When I am in my art room creating I am totally absorbed. My husband refers to it as my cave. He ventures in once in a while but does it cautiously as he never knows what to expect!

4. Never had 5th or 7th grade. Went from the 4th to the 6th grade, did 8th grade work in the 7th grade and in the 8th grade worked on high school work. Went 2 years of college, got married, stayed home and raised our boys---LOVED all those wonderful years!!! MISS them TERRIBLY! Then went back to college and got my BS and MPA. I tell everyone I still haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up!! My mom used to say I would go to school the rest of my life. (God Bless her soul)

5. Want to finish a book I have started about angel/fairies I call "Wheggies". I love to write although I tend to let it take a back seat to other artistic endeavors. Please watch for their adventures in future blogs.

6. Have always wanted to go to Hawaii. It is my dream vacation!

7. My family is the most important thing in the world to me - I would sacrifice anything for our children and my husband is truly a keeper! My art teaching adventures with Tracie Lyn rank as some of the most wonderful experiences in my life! I love Tracie Lyn like she was my own - would adopt her but then she couldn't be my fantastic daughter-in-law and my son would be lost without her! They are truly a couple in love!

8. Retire? NEVER! Too many things yet to accomplish! Working in my art room takes me to the "Fifth Dimension"!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

New Items in My Little Shop

Finally got my etsy shop updated with a few items. My goal is to get more items out there as soon as possible. I got some journals posted but haven't gotten the berets on there yet. Seems there just aren't enough hours in the day.

Hope you enjoy the items and these preview pics. Please do leave comments to let me know your thoughts. Also, if you have some suggestions for various colors for journals as I create any color.

This is sure to be a favorite. This is a one of a kind altered composition book that will make a great journal.

This is another one of a kind altered composition book.

Some small 4x4 spiral books for your purse so you can take notes:

Monday, June 04, 2007


Here are two of my favorite pictures created using fiber fusion:

This first picture I call "Sea Beauty" as it reminds me of life beneath the sea. A beauty that floats with the current yet is mostly left unseen by the human eye. Notice how the one long leaf seems to be brushing the eye of the beautiful sea creature. It is made of various yarns, fabric and peacock feathers on a black velvet background. I had to take the picture unframed as the glass was reflecting and the details were not apparent. When framed it will be in an 11 x 14 plain black frame.

This picture is also on a black velvet background and will be in an 11 x 14 plain black frame. I call it "Eye of the Storm". The center reminds me if the center of a hurricane. The sequins on the sheer fabric look like the stars in the clear sky beyond the storms reach. The yarns create the sweeping circle surrounding the eye. It is made of fabrics, yarns and sparkly trim.

These are completed journals that I need to get on my etsy shop. Those of you that visit often know that I am waaaayyyy behind. Every since losing my mom I seem to have so many things to catch up on. Getting etsy updated is one of the items that has suffered. I am hoping to get these new items on there this week so I hope you will keep checking or at least check on the items later this week.

I seem to sell what I make as soon as it is completed and have some difficulty getting extras made for etsy.

These are but a few of the journals that I will be adding.

The star on the journal is actually a metal star that I embedded into my fusion. Love to create new items into the fusion! What fun!!!

These next two larger journals are actually altered composition books using a fiber fusion techique.

It is a fun technique and really gives a terrific look to an otherwise boring book. What a great gift for teens and college students!

This next pic is just a grouping of many of the journals together.

Please stop by again. I love hearing from all of you!

Happy Creating!!!!


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Spring's Inspiration!!!

Sun is shining and birds are singing.

I love the spring!

It has such a fresh and alive feeling about it!

Looking at the flowers blooming in my garden inspired me for the folders I am making to send to Tracie.

As always Nala is "helping" me create. Since she arrived on March 1 my life has not been the same. Nala is very playful and of course my room is a super place to play! When I am working with sheers or ribbons Nala literally jumps right into the action, as you can see.

Then when I need to do the final touches such as adding the flowers and ephemera on the folders she want to lay on the folders. What a helper!!

She has added a lot of joy to my life!

Folder cover is finally finished! (With Nala's help, of course.)

I hope you like the new look on my blog. With all the things I have had to wrap up since I lost Mom I have been very behind. Hopefully, I can now keep you updated on my art events and post more artful candy for your eyes to enjoy!