Sunday, December 30, 2012


I'm so lucky.   DH took me into Chicago to the
Smart Museum.    I wanted to see the 
exhibit (which closes Jan 20th).

What a fantastic exhibit!   Loaded with wonderful
prints from Japanese and French artists.
The display was lovely and there were books
open to various sketches, too.

They had an i-pad (or something) that showed the 
many images needed to create one print - also, video
showing how the woodblocks were hand carved.
Provided a wonderful introduction to these creative prints.

and the COLORS!   Rich and elegant.   Some
full of details - some more modern and classy.
Try not to miss - if you are in the neighborhood!

Special thx to Marjorie
about this exhibit.

Did I mention I purchased
the exhibit catalog?   It is loaded
with color photos ; )

Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints

This is one of the images off the web site - 
Henri Riviere
Vegetable Garden at Ville-Hue (Saint-Briac), 1890
Woodblock print.

More images shown on their

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Isn't this lovely?
I am so happy to have this lovely
heart stitched and finished by
CathyB blogging at
My Adventures in Stitching.

We have been on-line blogging friends
for years + finally met at House of Stitches earlier this year.
What a treat!!!

Her blog is loaded with needlework and travels
and treasures!!!   Head over ....

and ...

Isn't this pretty?
I enlarged the photo so you can see the detail.

This will give you an idea of the size.

This necklace was a gift from Marjorie
blogging at

If you have not visited her blog -
get over for a visit.   She is always into the most creative stuff!!!  

I've had this bookmark pinned to my wall
for a few years now.
The image is from a woodblock print.  It is from the
Clarence Buckingham Collection.

And, I just noticed on the AIC web site,
that they have PART ONE of a Japanese Print exhibit
(gallery 107) from the 
Hurry, closes Jan 27, 2013

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bent Creek: Bunny

Bent Creek pattern
The Little Bunny

I used Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art:  
Pink Azalea, Willow, Oatmeal (blended with DMC 712), Evergreen; 
Simply Shaker Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art Harvest Basket, Grape Leaf; 
and DMC 3021. 

It took me awhile to find fabric for finishing.
I chose Heidi Grace Designs

I don't think I will accomplish the 'finishing' until after the holidays.

Keep an eye on Cucki's blog
as she is next in line for the traveling pattern + envelope of embellishments.

(I just realized I forgot to add the bead on the flower!!  oops!!)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Gifts in the mail ...
my Mom sent these ornaments:

Val's Stuff
JCS 2012

I know I've seen this ornament before,
tho, cannot recall where,
and don't know the designer!

Christmas Eve
Pickle Barrel Designs
JCS 2012


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