Monday, September 28, 2009


This is an invitation for you to join Tracie and me on a memorable trip to Italy. Next September 2010 we will embark on a most wonderful journey to Orvieto where we will record our moments in special one-of-a-kind journal. We will share secrets for bringing the cherished experiences and the breathtaking surroundings of this ancient Italian hilltop town to life through paint, collage, and journal entries. The result is stunning "art pages" imbued with the colors and textures of Orvieto, as well as new found skills for use in future journals.

You will learn how to take photographs and turn them into your own work of art to cherish and enjoy. The techiques will enable you to keep a record of the natural beauty that surround Orvieto. Distressing fabric will be taught so you can add an "old" unique look to the journal.

Lovely architecture and gardens will capture your heart as you spend the day enjoying a trip among the local inhabitants of this romantic and captivating town.

Your heart will whisper "Thank you for this gift of beauty to myself!"

Vist Kristin and Bill's site, Adventures in Italy, for the details. And Please contact them, Tracie or me if you have questions.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Wheggies for Art and Soul - Portland

I have been working away in my studio creating for the Art & Soul vendor show. Decided to make a few of my Wheggie ornaments. These are figments from my imagination based on adventures I have been creating for a couple of years now. Following the pictures on this post I have included a brief description of what the Wheggies are all about.

As I stitched heads, wings, tiny bodies and dresses I am always touched by the meaning of the Wheggies and wanted to share that with you. Each of these small creatures represent a loving and giving way to share in the caring and nurturing world around us. Their tiny stature, only about 5 inches tall, contains a large heart!

This is the group of Wheggies that are waiting to be packaged carefully for their adventure to Art & Soul and, perhaps, a new home with one of you.

Closeup of the "Sand dollar Wheggie" hoping to move closer to the ocean than I live. She is seeking a home with the smell and feel of the sea.

Meet the Wheggie that found a lovely piece of Vintage jewelry in hopes of finding the owner or someone who will love the piece an cherish it.

Packaged and ready to go: (I am only bringing 12 Wheggies as that is all I could get assembled.)

Here is a brief synopsis of the Wheggie Adventures and what the Wheggies are all about:

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 look alike. Individuality plays an important part in the role of a Wheggie with its name being indicative of the work 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 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 when a gentle drop of moisture falls unexplained upon the cheek. 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 of a Wheggie creates. The love of a Wheggie is “felt”.. not seen or touched. The love of a Wheggie rests within the heart.

Some Wheggies go about their daily tasks during the day while others work under the cover of the darkness of night. Regardless of when it works, 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 gentle 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.

As a Wheggie flies swiftly 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 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 with the environment and remain unseen. The gem it wears reflects sunbeams creating a prism of color. Clouds capture the colors then transform them into a beautiful rainbow following a gentle rain.

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, smile and enjoy the warmness in your heart as you have been touched or kissed by a Wheggie as it passed closely by you.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Art and Soul - Portland

I discovered an old pattern from 1978 for fun little rope dolls so I decided to attempt them. This is the and whimsical little 8 inch dolls with wild hair. These were so much fun that I had to share and figured I should bring to Art and Soul for vendor night

What a cute little gift for a special little girl or the "little girl" in you!

Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment. Then, you will also be entered into the drawing for the September prize!

Well, back to creating for vending at Art & Soul!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Well, I have always believed in "better late than never" and this post is surely a testimony to that belief. My sincere apologies to my dear and wonderful readers and commentors. I am so late with posting the August winner for the prize. No excuse... just can say life has interfered with my blogging lately.

The winner is "paperbird" and if she will send me her snail mail address I will mail the prize. There is a print of Monet's "The Water-Lily Pond", Vintage pictures and buttons, one of my fused papers, one of my fused fabrics and an altered notebook. I hope you enjoy this small appreciation for visiting my blog.

Please see the upper right had of my blog regarding my monthly drawings. I will be doing a special drawing in December for those who have been an faithful follower during this year.

THANKS Paperbird for visiting!