Friday, May 20, 2011

My new obsession

I have become totally obsessed with Robert Tonner fashion dolls, and I've spent the last two days making my first outfit for this exquisite doll.  Though I've got a lot to learn, I'm happy with my first outfit, which is a hybrid of a McCall's pattern I bought at an Etsy shop and my own design. The skirt has ten layers of tulle (sp?) over a satin petticoat, and the bodice and skirt yoke are a gauzy material with silver sparkles over the same satin. The wrap around her hips is more tulle, twisted and knotted.
I'm hopelessly hooked.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day 110: Two Flamingos and Two Parakeets

I got home from Florida a couple of nights ago.  It's always so hard saying good-bye to my Mom and my Dad.  They are both almost ninety-three years old, and my heroes in life.  There were a lot of tears this time.
Last night Watson and I were invited to Ollie the dog's birthday party.  It was a fun thing to do when I was feeling very weepy. There was even a liver-flavored birthday cake (which I politely declined to sample).  Watson had a piece, and enjoyed it wholeheartedly.  I got to give Grace her present from Florida, which was a huge hit.  Everybody wanted one!
This afternoon, Janneke came over with some new origami paper, beautifully patterned, and we made these parakeets, and the paper box one of them is sitting on.  We're still stumped by the hummingbird; we keep getting to step 18, and can go no further.  I think we're going to have to find some Origami Master to show us how.  But we had a lot of fun, and since it's still cold and rainy here, all the dogs were happy to stay inside with us.
It's good to be home, but my heart is still in Florida, with Mom and Dad.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Day 109: Sketchbook Birds

I did these two sketchbook pages last night while I was watching the news with my Dad.  I was sitting at the computer, and I did a Google Images search for "Birds", and picked two photos out of the literally hundreds of thousands available.  Before the internet, I spent most of my down time in libraries and bookstores, looking for reference photos.  Now, sadly, a good number of the libraries and bookstores are gone, and with them the chance of stumbling upon something really interesting--though totally irrelevent--that transports one to a whole new world.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 108: A Parrot at the Airport

Yesterday I spent the day in airports, travelling down to Florida to visit my folks.  Since there's a lot of hanging around at the airport, it's an ideal place to doodle.  This pen and ink drawing is based on a watercolor by an artist named Anna Heyward Taylor.  My friend Felicia, an alum of the University of South Carolina, gave me a newsletter announcing the publication of a book about this "South Carolina Artist and World Traveler."  Taylor lived from 1879 to 1956, and did paintings, drawings, woodblocks, and book cover design.  I tore this scrap from the newsletter, and it seemed appropriate that I do a sketch based on her art, as I headed south.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Day 107: A Bird for my Mom

Today was Mother's Day, so naturally I had to make a bird for my Mom.  I'm going down to visit my parents this Thursday, so I'll bring it with me.
This pattern was from Carolyn Vosburg Hall's book, Sewing Tiny Toys, see the bat on Day 42 for another pattern from this book.  This little bird was a surprisingly complex and intricate design:  with darts, slots, and curves, and it took all day to make up.  Vosburg Hall is a very accomplished pattern-draftsman.  I was amazed to see how her very odd-shaped pattern pieces all came together to make a very charming little creature.
Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 106: Another Zentangle Bird

I haven't 'tangled' for a while (that's the verb to use when creating a Zentangle), so tonight I decided to make another bird with this technique.  The fun thing about Zentangles is that you never know quite how they will come out.  This bird seems to be wearing an Elizabethan ruffed collar and cap--quite unplanned. 
When I signed and dated my Zentangle, which you are always supposed to do, I noticed that today is 5/5/11.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 105: A Kindle Bird

Quentin stopped by this noon with his Kindle, which he is loaning me for my upcoming trip to Florida to visit my parents.  I was sitting at the table tonight looking at it, and wishing I could just crawl into bed and read, but I hadn't made my bird for the day yet.  Suddenly I got the idea to make a bird patch for the Kindle cover.  Every Kindle needs a cover, and every cover needs a bird, right?
Now I can go to bed!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 104: A Collaged and Layered Bird

For me to get to the point where I can work this haphazardly means that either I'm really, really tired, or that I've finally gotten to a place in the artistic process where I don't care how the piece comes out.  This bird, created from layers of cut and torn paper, glue, white acrylic paint, and brush  markers, is a real stretch for me.  With my background in illustration, I'm far more comfortable working with very controlled watercolor washes, over a tight pencil drawing, with all the 'bugs' already dealt with on scraps of trace, and certainly NOT on the final piece of art.  Getting my hands, my work table, and especially the art itself all messy and wet and sticky just isn't in my comfort zone as an artist.
But part of my reason for doing the 365 Bird Project is to get away from my tightly controlled environment, to get my fingernails dirty--literally--and to try new things.
Actually, once I got going with this, and had abandoned all hope of a satisfactory outcome, I started having fun.  It just took long time of neatly gluing down fiddly little pieces of paper before I finally rolled up my sleeves and just plunged in.
Now that I'm finished, I'm rather pleased with this little guy, and with myself!
I'll clean up the mess in the morning.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Day 103: A Tiny Coin Purse

I am delighted to report that today I appeared on Noah Scalin's Make Something 365 Blog!  You may recall that Noah is the guy who started this whole thing, with his project of making a skull a day for a whole year.  You'll want to be sure to check out his blog, where you'll see folks from all over the world who are making all kinds of fantastic things, every day.  It is truly inspiring.
Noah himself has published a book, has appeared on  Martha Stewart, and is going around the country giving workshops.  He is a phenomenon!  My own fame hasn't spread quite so far, but I must say it was fun to see my work on Noah's site.
Today's bird, a tiny coin purse, is a pattern by Naomi Tabatha, from her book Felt Friends from Japan.  You can see two other little birds I made from her designs on my St. Patrick's Day post, March 17th.
Oh, and don't forget to check out Noah's blog.  My fifteen minutes of fame!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 102: Love is in the Air

Royal Weddings, Springtime, the beginning of May, love is in the air! This little bird carries a heart in his beak to celebrate the season. The pattern comes from Elizabeth Ruffing
who found a pattern on Martha Stewart's website, then adapted it for a charming little bird of her own. I was looking around the internet for inspiration, and found Elizabeth's bird in Google Images using the keywords "Bird Patterns for Sewing". What did we do before the internet?
Now I'm going to google: "Who paid for the Royal Wedding?" I'll let you know what I find out.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day One Hundred and One: Nest

Wrapping a coiled armature to create a vessel is an ancient technique, no doubt learned by our ancestors from observing birds' nests.  Here, Nesting Bird sits in a coiled and wrapped nest of fabric strips and threads, made far more randomly and hastily than any real bird would construct a nest of her own.
There's a sweet, homely, comfort about a nesting bird: a subject worthy of further exploration.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day One Hundred: A New Nesting Bird

Tonight's bird was much more successful, since I actually followed the directions--duh!
She's not quite finished, but I've got to get to bed, since I'll be waking up at 2AM to watch The Royal Wedding.
I woke up in the wee hours to watch Diana and Charles get married, so many years ago.  Such a sad ending to that fairy tale wedding.
I like to think that Prince William's mother is smiling down on him tonight, and his beautiful bride.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day Ninety-Nine: Oh Dear

Oh, dear.  Tonight I decided to make a darling little nesting bird from Agibail Patner Glassenberg's marvelous book The Artful Bird, only I thought I'd make some 'slight' alterations to the pattern, and use patchwork scraps for the fabrics.
Well, obviously I don't understand this thing about the gussets, those odd pieces that give a two-dimensional shape its third dimension, and my poor little bird has somehow completely lost his head, and is lopsided on his bottom half and keeps tipping over.  And, my studio is now a huge mess.
Clearly, it is time to go to bed, and start over in the morning.
Next time, maybe I'll follow the directions.
Good night, all.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day Ninety-Eight: A Dodo Bird

Today is John James Audubon's birthday. 
I drew this Reunion solitaire Dodo bird, Raphus solitarius to mark the event.  Unfortunately, this dodo bird, along with the other two known species, are all extinct.  They once lived on the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, but these slow, clumsy, and flightless birds were unable to defend themselves against man, and by the eighteenth century, they were all gone.
Audubon never drew a dodo bird; he wasn't born until 1785, and by then these birds were extinct.  His masterwork, The Birds of North America, is generally considered to be one of the finest collections of natural history illustrations of all times.  I had the great good fortune of seeing the original watercolors at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston many years ago, and it is truly an amazing accomplishment.
But Audubon wasn't a very nice guy.  In order to accurately paint his birds, he shot dozens, often hundreds of a single species, and then would wire the dead birds into realistic poses.  It's true that before photography, drawing from a dead bird was the only way to be accurate, but his slaughter was excessive.
His obsession with publishing his masterpiece put his family into serious financial straits.  His wife, who bore him many children, was forced to work to support the family, while Audubon went off again on one of his lengthy trips to paint birds.
And he employed a number of other artists to paint foliage, flowers, insects, etc. in his paintings, but he never gave any of them any credit.
Still, his realistic paintings were a new and daring way to depict birds, and they have certainly withstood the test of time.  He remains a master of the genre.

Happy Birthday, Audubon.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Day Ninety-Seven: A Rayon Mesh Origami Crane

Tonight's bird was one of the most challenging to date:  it is an origami crane made from a square of rayon mesh.  Who knew that such a thing was even possible?  I saw this package of origami paper down at McGuckin's today, and I just had to get it.  It's really not paper at all, but a very loosely woven netting material, that feels like fine window screening.  When I sat down to make the bird, it was like working blind.  Though I was familiar enough with the sequence of folds, my creases wouldn't hold.  Moreover, I was looking through every single layer of the folded piece, seeing all the layers at once:  a truly surreal experience for anyone who is familiar with the process of making origami.  It was as if I were looking inside and through the structure, as I was creating it!  It's hard to describe how odd this felt.
Aside from the technical difficulty of folding and creasing a material that felt more like wire than paper, it was impossible to see what I was doing.  I might have been better off if I had closed my eyes, and just made the folds from memory.
As you can see from my final result, I failed miserably with the points of the beak and the tail; the material was stretching and shredding as I worked.  But still, it is an amazing little bird.  I'll definitely have to practice this many times to improve my technique with this strange material.
Origami is an awe-inspiring art:  to take a piece of flat paper and make a three dimensional form with just folding--no cutting, no gluing, no clipping--is magical.  Now, with this transparent material, it's inner secrets are fully revealed!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day Ninety-Six: A Be-Ribboned Easter Bird

Today was Easter, so I thought I'd make a bird in bright Easter colors and add some ribbon plumage. I think she looks quite pretty in her Easter finery! Perhaps she and Eggbert will start a romance. Who knows?
Happy Easter, everyone!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day Ninety-Five: Eggbert

Eggbert, the egg shaped bird, is done, just in time for Easter.  He's sitting in some Easter grass in a tiny teacup, waiting for the Easter Bunny's annual visit.  In case you're wondering how big he is, he's not all that much bigger than a hen's egg.
I think this idea has a lot of potential, and it's one that I'd like to develop.  But for now, I'm just happy I finished him in time for Easter.
Happy Easter, everybody!  And may all your chocolate bunnies be solid, not hollow.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day Ninety-Four: Eggbert in Progress

Eggbert the egg-shaped bird is starting to get some personality.  I wish I had some Suncatcher eyes for him, but my latest order hasn't come in yet, so I'll make his eyes from felt.  He's also going to have a topknot, and more embroidery.  I really like this idea of an egg-shaped bird, and I want to make more of these.
Check back tomorrow night for (hopefully) the completed bird.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day Ninety-Three: An Egg, An Egg!

Rarely, if ever, does something work the first time around.  Such, however, was the case today.
You may recall my musings yesterday on how to create a three-dimensional egg shape out of flat pieces of felt, and, if achieved, if it would stand up or topple over.  I knew how to make a felt ball, out of eight 'orange wedges,' (remember those flat maps of the world that the teacher used to pull down over the blackboard?).  But a ball would roll, as all good balls should, and besides, it was round, not egg shaped.

But, starting with the standard 'orange wedge' shape for a ball, as shown here from my Modern Soft Toy Making Book, I adapted the wedge shape to what I thought might work, making the bottom half slightly wider than the top, for stability.  My pattern, on cream colored paper, is shown on top of the the patttern page of the book.  I didn't think I'd need eight pieces, since an egg is narrower than a sphere, so I cut out six, four in yellow, two in cream, and started sewing them together.
Much to my surprise, I only needed five pieces.  Does this mean the surface area of an egg is five-eighths the surface area of a similar sized sphere?  Isn't pi in there somewhere? What is pi, anyway? Well, never mind that, what's really astonishing is that I got exactly the shape I wanted on the first try! 
Now, this little blob may not look to exciting to anybody else, but as far as I'm concerned, it's pure genius.
Now I get the fun of tuning it into a bright little bird, with eyes and a beak, embroidery and beads, anything I want.  
Check out the blog tomorrow, when Eggbert will be revealed.
I am humbled by my own greatness.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day Ninety-Two: Sketchbook Musings

I've been thinking that I'd like to make a sewn and stuffed egg-shaped bird, so tonight I decided to sketch my idea out, to see if it would fly (or roll, as the case may be).  What would it look like, and how would I make a three dimensional egg-shape out of fabric?  What if I used fewer than the usual eight 'orange segments' that are used to create a sphere?  Would that work?  And how would it stand up, without tipping over on its face?  Weigh it down at the bottom?  Make the base flatter than the top?  There's really no way to find out besides getting out my scissors and some felt, and starting to sew.  But sometimes thinking it through on paper ahead of time can really help.  I definitely want to try to make this little guy sometime!  I think I'll call him Eggbert.
Stay tuned....

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day Ninety-One: The Bird is Back!

How could I NOT have known that Day Ninety would be such a milestone--both in achievement, and in the totally unexpected danger of "falling off the bird wagon?" 
Everybody in a 12-step program knows that ninety days is a critical juncture in the road to recovery.  Why would it be any different in a 365 Birds program? 
I almost quit making birds for good.  For one whole week I did not make a bird; I did not even visit my Bird Blog to see if anyone noticed and left a comment. 
But in the past few days, I've gotten some concerned e-mails and phone calls from my loyal followers.  To which I can only say, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Today is a warm and beautiful spring day. Today, I made this simple bird from cork and Lotka paper, and hung him outside for a photo shoot.  Can I say that I'm safely past the danger of giving up completely? Well, no, I can't.  But today I made a bird, and today is all any of us has.
Just today.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day Ninety: A Balloon Hummingbird

I didn't actually make this little balloon hummingbird myself, the Balloon Man down at the the Farmer's Market did, but I just had to post him for today's bird.  The Balloon Man made him so quickly that it was truly amazing.  He twisted and turned two skinny red ballons for the wings, then attached them with a flick of the wrist to the green balloon body (don't you love the beak?)  Here he is on my bistro table out in my back yard, under the watchful eye of Miss Frog Planter.
Could it be love?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Day Eighty-Nine: Draw a Bird Day

My friend Liza, told me that today is Draw a Bird Day.  Who knew?  You can read the heartwarming story at  So here's my bird, a great egret in flight, drawn with pastel pencils from reference in The Reader's Digest Book of North American Birds, which has surprisingly excellent illustrations by a whole flock of bird illustrators.
Pastel pencils always baffle me.  There's the issue of sharpening them, of course, and then there's the almost irresitable urge to smudge the colors together with one's finger, something I remember being admonished for in some long-ago art class.   I don't know how many sets I've bought over the years, seduced by their glorious colors, only to have my teeth set on edge by the sound of the pencil point being scraped across a rough surfaced paper.  And the tips wear down as fast as the colors muddy up.  But though I am seldom satisfied with my results. they are quick, and immediate, and good for a quick sketch at the end of a long day,
Maybe it's best to leave them to more experienced wings  than mine.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day Eighty-Eight: Fred the Cardinal

The pattern for this jaunty little guy comes from Eleaner Bruce, at  I found it in my favorite book, which I've mentioned on this blog before:  Little Birds--26 Handmade Projects to Sew, Stitch, Quilt & Love.  I had to put my own spin on him, which included making his body and wings out of sewn and stuffed felt, but needlefelting a lot of the details.  My beaks always seem to come out huge, but in this case I like it.
I haven't done any needlefelting since way back in January, on Day Fourteen, when I complained that I found it tedious.  This time was much better, since I wasn't creating the entire form from needlefelting, but only adding the details.  I thoroughly enjoyed working the beak, eyes, and dark feathers with my felting needle and rovings.
Eleanor says this about Fred:  "Quite frankly, when your everyday is everyone else's Sunday best, you're bound to feel a little pleased with yourself." 
Well said, Eleanor.
We should all feel this good about the way we look.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day Eighty-Nine: LoveBirds Redux

My followers may recall that I wasn't completely happy with the LoveBirds I did on Day Eighty, shown here on the left.  Rather than start over from scratch, I decided to try to rescue the existing piece.  First, off came the huge beaks--not an easy task--and new, smaller beaks were sewn into place.  Then, some additional embroidery was worked around the hearts.  I think it's all a definite improvement, but I'm not convinced that it's complete yet.  I may do more another day.
You can judge for yourself, below.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day Eighty-Eight: Done At Last!

This Bird is done at last, and not a moment too soon.  I must say that by today, I was heartily sick of working on this, and it was hard to keep going until I felt it was finished.  Tomorrow I'll probably like it again, but for now, I am done!
Here's a shot of Sage and Bear, lounging in the studio.  You'll note that no one is interested in sleeping in the eighty dollar dog bed from

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Day Eighty-Seven: Almost Done!

I'm almost finished with this bird; I've added more embroidery and I decided to add some grass at the bottom.  It would have been easier to put this grass in right at the start, before I did the legs and the flower stem, but I'm trying hard not to do too much planning ahead of time, so these problems will inevitably come up. It's hard for me to work spontaneously, having worked as an illustrator, on assignment, for so many years, but I'm enjoying the freedom of not being so invested in the outcome, but just going where my needle and embroidery floss take me.
I also seem to be in a secondary triad mode:  that's purple, orange, and green, in case you're wondering.
Hopefully this little guy will be done tomorrow, and I can move on to the new bird.
PS:  I hate this new format for  I can't figure out how to get the image at the top anymore.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Day Eighty-Six: Progress Report

I think I skipped a day yesterday, but  no matter, I'm catching up today.  And, apparently, without consulting moi, has changed it's format for posting, and nothing looks the same as it did two days ago.  I HATE it when things like this happen. This font is so small I can hardly see it.  Darn it, this new format is so distracting, that I can't think!  And what happened to sizing, and center, left and right?  And why is the image in the middle of my text, instead of at the top?
Where was I?  Oh, I'm still working on Purple Bird, and I'm posting my progress to date.    Now I'm in a bad mood, even though I did get a lot done today and I'm happy with the way this piece is coming along.

Nobody asked me, but hey, guys, If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day Eighty-Five: Purple Bird in Progress

I had to finish up some illustration work today, but I did manage to make some headway on Purple Bird. I'm pretty happy with her so far, and I can't wait to get to the part I like the most, the embroidery and embellishments. There's just never enough time!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day Eighty-Four: Purple Bird Beginnings

Somehow the day got away from me once again, between illustration work and dog walks, so I didn't get to work on this new bird 'til almost bedtime. I'm basing her on one of the sketches that I did while Quentin was in the hospital. I've barely started, but I'll post what little I've done so far. It's too late to do any more tonight; tomorrow's another day.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day Eighty-Three: Janneke's Owl Complete

I finished the Owl for my friend Janneke today. I'll give him to her the next time we get together to do origami.

This new Owl is so much more magnificent than his predecessor; his tummy is much more elaborately embroidered, and he's bigger and I did a better job putting him together. But my favorite thing is his colored toenails. Who even knew that owls had toenails?


Monday, March 28, 2011

Day Eighty-Two: A New Owl

Janneke asked me if she could buy my owl from way back on Day Five, so I decided to make her one of her own. I'm not sure why he is so much bigger than the original, but that's one of the interesting things about of making stuff: things never seem to come out the same twice.

I never know what to say to people when they want to buy one of my little creations: pricing has got to be my least favorite part of being an artist. Everything takes such a long time. If I were a CPA or an attorney, I could charge a huge hourly rate, but if it takes eight hours to make a bird, what do I do? I'm no good at this!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day Eighty-One: An Origami Dove

In keeping with my recent theme of Love Birds, tonight's bird is an origami dove. Once again, I am struck by the beauty and elegance of origami. To take a simple square of paper, and create a small, exquisite three-dimensional form, is truly magical. This dove is certainly not one of the artform's complex folds, but it manages to capture the gentleness and grace of the subject in a way that all my struggles of the past two days failed to do.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day Eighty: Done For Now

This is as far as I'm going with this particular piece, but I'd like to return to this idea in the future. I think the beaks are too big here, and I'd like the stitching to be more delicate. Also, I'd want to add more embellishment to the heart shape, maybe crystal beads as well as embroidery, maybe introduce some small floral forms. I'm not sure if this very neutral palette is the way to go, either, though I do like the softness about it. It appeals to me more than the more expeceted pinks and lavenders I'd initially thought of using.
Rather than continue with this piece, I'd like to start from scratch to make the revisions I think are called for. I like the general concept, and the way the birds embrace, so it's worth another go.

Art doesn't always work the first time around. But an idea that is worth doing once just might be worth doing again.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Day Seventy-Nine: Love Birds in Progress

My friend Sara, who moved to West Virginia with her husband last July, came back for a visit today. It was so good to see her. She's one of my very few friends who will put up with all the dogs. We went for a walk around Twin Lakes with all of them this afternoon, just like old times, except that her dog Kovu wasn't with us--he had to stay back home this trip.

I didn't get much Bird work done today, but here are the Love Birds, in progress. I'm working on them while listening once again to The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Now that I know 'who did it', I can really appreciate all the subtle hints that Agatha Christie gives the reader throughout the novel; things that I, of course, never picked up on the first time around.

I hope I'll finish these Love Birds tomorrow so I can move on. I'm having a lot of trouble with the beaks: I spent an hour on them tonight, and couldn't get them right.

Tomorrow's another day.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day Seventy-Eight: Love Birds Beginnings

I've decided that my first Applique Bird is done, so I'm starting my next project: Two Love Birds. I'm really loving this felt applique work. It lets me do so many things I love to do: design, sew, embroider, and all in a small enough format to experiment. I've decided to keep going while my enthusiasm for this technique is still high. This time I'm using a neutral palette, and, as you can see, I'm in the early stages.
I know I've departed somewhat from my Bird a Day routine; these pieces take a long time. But I want to keep with them for now.
More will be revealed...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day Seventy-Seven: Almost Done!

I'm almost done with this applique piece. I need to get to bed, then look at it again in the morning, to determine what, if anything, still needs to be done. Also, I need to figure out how to flatten out the ripples of the fabric.
I listened to an entire audio book while I worked on this: Agatha Christie's classic mystery, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. What a surprise ending it had! I will probably always think of that novel when I look at this piece.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day Seventy-Six: Progress Report on Applique Bird

I was hoping to finish this today, but as usual, things take so much longer than I think they will. I'll have to continue tomorrow.
I really enjoy this process of cutting out shapes and embellishing them with embroidery; I'm not quite sure just how the whole thing will come together, but that keeps it interesting.

To be continued...


Monday, March 21, 2011

Day Seventy-Five: Applique Bird in Progress

This is going to be another project that takes more than just one day, but I'm off to a good start. In keeping with my recent desire to "think less, do more," I didn't plan this out ahead of time, but just pulled all my pieces of felt and my skeins of floss off the shelves and started cutting out shapes. Of course, now my studio is a huge mess again, and naturally, it's time to go to bed, since dogs will be arriving early tomorrow morning.
For so many years, I had to be really neat because I had to work in the same room I lived in, ate in, and slept in. Now, for the first time, I have a proper house, and a real studio, and what happened? I've become a messy person. Sigh.