Pretty in Pink

I’m working my way through a course on my new Baby Lock sewing machine I’ve been telling you about. Did I mention that I love the machine? After my lesson the other day I put together this credit card pouch. I love it! so much so, I’m thinking about making  a lot of these in different fabrics and taking them to a craft show.  What do you think?

Before Christmas I made a table runner. Turns out it looked good over the holidays but it was too Christmas-like once we got in to January. Here’s my latest. I can’t see making many of these, I spent days on it.

table runner

my latest table runner

I’m happy with how it turned out though.

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A Very Red Poppy



acrylic on canvas painting of a red poppy

very red poppy

I usually spend weeks on a painting and sometimes they never come together the way I envisioned them.

Once in a rare while, one  comes together in what seems like minutes.

This is a rare one: It’s exactly what I was looking for and it just flew together.

And,  I’m proud of this one!

It’s 24″ x 18″ x 2″, acrylic on canvas finished on all sides so there is no need to frame it.

You can  learn more about it on my Etsy page

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My Art: A Look Back

A lot of memories that come flooding back when I look through this gallery of most of the art I’ve done over the past few years. I am now re-energized and excited about my art, both painting and my fabric art, and look forward to many more creations in the future.

The following pictures are where I’ve been with my art. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

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The Return of the Perfect Pocket

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Now that I have my new Baby Lock sewing machine I’m super excited about sewing again.When I was thinking about what I was going to do with new machine I kept coming up with new ideas for my Perfect Pockets, so that’s where I started.

Today, I completed my first Perfect Pocket and just now have put it up on Etsy for all to see.

Please drop by my Etsey site have a look and leave me a like or a favoriite.

Stay tuned:I’ll have another, different purse to add in another day or so.

I like my pillows

We’ve lived in this house for well over 2 years and I’ve always wanted to design and make decorative pillows for our living room. I’ve just never got around to doing it.

My new sewing machine has changed all that.


decorative pillows

They really brightened up our space

Baby Lock Serenade

I must have been an especially good girl this past year because for my birthday I got a new Baby Lock Serenade sewing machine. The Serenade comes with almost all the bells and whistles so I can professionally almost anything including draperies, Perfect Pockets, garments, costumes, blinds and valances. What did I miss?


Of course with a fancy new toy I need a new project so for my first I chose this table runner.


I have some new ideas for my Perfect Pockets and our daughter is looking for a blind. I plan to keep my new machine busy.

Any ideas?

 Want to make your own table runner?  The pattern is at the website So Sew Easy 




Studio M


For years and years I’ve dreamt of having a craft room of my own set up so I could easily paint or sew. I envisioned having the whole room organized.



I started with a new paint job, then added a bright LED light. Then I made some matching covers for my machines and tables.



A clipboard for projects, a blackboard for reminders and a wireless speaker for some tunes.

I love it.

Morningstar Mill

Historic Morning Star Mill

Historic Morning Star Mill

We often hike in this area, it’s just a few minutes drive from home, on the edge of the escarpment with many hiking and biking trails. It’s still a working mill, and they often offer demonstrations of how the mill worked back in the mid 1800’s.
Both Larry and I are fascinated with the the area, the waterfall, the rocks and the architecture so I guess it’s only natural that I wanted to paint it . Conicidentally, this is the last painting I did in oil. I’m not saying last oil painting ever, but I did want to try my hand at painting acrylic.




Last winter Larry and I often went to St Catharine’s Jaycee pool to get a little exercise and change things up from our many hikes. In this building there is a long South facing row of  windows on a  hallway to reach the pool and in this area a number of employees have taken to tending to beautiful flowering plants. It is there that we discovered this beautiful flower.
This was my first attempt at painting with acrylic paints instead of my old favorite oil. I have to admit it was a bit of a struggle, the paints just didn’t flow like the oils did. In my more recent works I’ve used nothing but acrylic paints and I think I’m getting in to the medium. I especially like the ease of clean up using only water, compared to the stinky varsol I used before.
Chances are there will be another oil in my future but I’m starting to see the advantages of acrylic.