Tuesday, July 28, 2009


My mother has been ill and I’ve been spending a lot of time in hospitals, nursing homes and now hospice, but one thing has kept me going throughout the process, Martha Lever's online Calligrafun class. I’ve just been able to watch two of the five videos, and have not had a lot of time to practice, but I decided to make a project. Since my Mother has always gone by her middle name instead of her first name, I made a name plate for her door. Now everyone calls her Carter instead of her medical chart name. This doodling is so much fun!

Carter Cobb

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Art Camp in Progress

we are still having lots of fun, and the books are beginning to take shape.

Phoebe Joanna

Eme and Phoebe linda


Their creativity is apparent as they try new techniques



tooling foil

Tooling and coloring metal foil

Phoebe's pages  joanna's pages

Arranging images


Most of the wet work is done, and we will begin lettering and embellishing next week.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Our first transplanted bloom

Three years ago we a home in Indiana and moved to Florida. We had a collection of exotic daylilies which we dug up before listing the house and transplanted to Tom’s sister’s yard in Kentucky. Having made a place for them in our Florida landscape, we divided them on a recent trip to Kentucky and brought them home with us. Here is our first bloom. Since we cut them back so much to transplant them we didn’t expect any blooms this year.


Friday, July 3, 2009

sewing camp day 3

The final day BJ worked mostly on her own. We spent part of the morning making fleece chicksflock

then she cut out and assembled another pair of shorts (this time with a much better fit)

After lunch we took a beach break. We swam toat the beach the sandbar and gathered shells. We had a great time and left just before the rain.

During any down time, BJ worked on making more fish placemats, and by 9pm, the sewing room was picked up, the machine cleaned, and the graduate posed with her creations.

pomp and circumstance

She’s leaving tomorrow at 5:30 am, but not before giving me a gift of this fantastic bead and button bracelet.


Many thanks to Tom who fixed many of meals and washed all the dishes.

washing dishes

Thursday, July 2, 2009

sewing camp day 2

Today we started the day with a trip to the fabric store to take advantage of their super Fourth of July Sale. BJ saved over 60% on notions today!

We came home and started cutting out her shorts.cutting out the shorts









The project hit a few snags, but she’s becoming adept with the seam ripper.ripping out







Here they are ready to finalize fit and hem.

ready to hem










Ta Da! Another completed project. We cut out fleece chicks this afternoon, and will work on those after our break.

another completed project afternoon breakBiking this morning, and swimming this afternoon. Maybe more sewing tonight, maybe a movie. Maybe both!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

sewing camp

BJ arrived today, to learn to sew. She had neverbj at the machine touched a machine before, but has been  very willing student. As soon as she figured out where the presser foot and the foot pedal were, she started sewing. We’ll get to all the technical things later. 





Right here she’s working on a flip and sew placemat

assembling her fish placemat


Oops…every sewer needs to learn how to use a seam ripper..










almost finished Almost finished


A little paint to give her fish placemat a personality. Isn’t it great?

finished product


Tonight we went to the fabric store and purchased fabric for tomorrow's project.