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"Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage." Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

Procrastination... I'm a master at it. I work in a flurry for several days and then I allow myself to fall into old habits. I spend my time thinking and planning what I WANT to do, researching techniques I want to TRY and then I put everything on hold. Can't figure out if I do this because I'm afraid of failure or maybe I'm afraid of success??

However, I did finally finish this small art quilt I started in a workshop back in October with Laura Cater-Woods. It is titled "Driftwood". I used the small piece of driftwood attached to the center as inspiration and sketched the driftwood, made a pattern and used an assortment of dyed silks and a couple of commercial cotton batiks to create it.

Here is a close-up:


After completing the free motion stitching I did add a few beads here and there and of course I added the driftwood with some dyed cheesecloth wrapped around it. I plan to hang it from a piece of driftwood. Currently I don't have an actual piece of drif…

Another Play Date With Bleach

I spent a few hours playing with good old household bleach experimenting with different weight fabrics and different applications. My last play date with bleach is posted here.
This time I decided to play around with a 'resist' in the form of a crocheted doily.
I have lots of these doilies. My grandmother used to crochet them and I've picked up a few in antique stores over the years. They come in handy while working with clay. I use them to lay down on the clay and send it through the slab roller or use a rolling pin to impress the clay with the design of the lace. Very cool results on clay. SO... Here is my first piece with using the doily as a resist on some black cotton.

I actually used Tilex spray instead of chlorox since I wanted to spray over top of the doily. This worked just as well since Tilex's main ingredient is bleach. I sprayed the Tilex pretty heavily and the doily became saturated and actually started to absorb some of the black from the fabric beneath i…

Whatever Happened to the Multi-tasker in ME?

It used to be that I could do 14 things at once. And actually know what was going on.
Well...That was then and this is now. Rather than multi-tasking I should maybe call it dual-tasking. I can handle a few things at a time and that's about it.
Currently I have been focusing mainly on painting, sewing and more sewing and more painting. So forget about blogging, forget about laundry, forget about dishes that need washing, doctor appointments that need to be made and my poor dog barely gets to go outside because I'm so caught up in my feverish frenzy of art-making.

I'm patiently waiting for my daughter to arrive home from college right now. She is gracing us with her presence for 2 nights, then she's off to Florida for spring break. Once upon a time I used to get to go on spring break with her...
Oh well, I've got art to make!
Anyhoo, since I've got a minute or 2 to spare while waiting for her, I thought I would update my poor old blog.
These photos are way ove…