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Balancing it all

First of all, thanks for all  the AMAZINGLY positive comments on my photography efforts of the other day. I’m pretty sure I answered each one individually, but please know that I am so happy that the pictures look great to you all, and that the palette idea works the way I want it to! I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that by the time I’m done with a photo, I no longer know if it looks good, and external validation is needed! So, thank you! I feel validated! 😉

And then…look what I woke up to yesterday!


Yup, my houses were featured on Design Hole! How exciting! Not only is it fun and head swelling to have some other blogger feature you, it also is marketing, something which is…work! I’ve explained to my husband how I actually HAVE to spend time reading & commenting on blogs…it’s market research and development – I’m clever, aren’t I 😉 What started as fun entertainment has now turned into part of my career as an artist! Any old who, this Design Hole mention kicked me in the pants with a reminder of my main point of this little business is to be able to financially support my artistic endeavors, and to continue to grow as an artist. So although half of me wants to dye and photograph the other 10 palettes I’m working with right now…I really NEED to make some more of these houses this summer, and let the business of Candied Fabrics take a little back seat action!

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Selling Art

Tonight I sold a piece of art I was still attached to:

Home Cabot Trail (37)

Home Cabot Trail (40)

Yup, I sold “Home is Where the Art is: #3, Cabot Trail”. A friend of mine is going to give it to some friends of hers for their wedding present. I’m happy that she wanted to buy this, and I’m sure her friends will appreciate it…but oh, it was harder than I thought to let it go! I’m hoping that it’s because it was so new…I made it in January, but it spent 6 weeks in a gallery, so I haven’t been able to spend much time with it! I’ll have to make another something with this color palette – soon!

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Teahouse for Liz

Quick…what’s bergamot?   Some sort of wildflower, you say?  Well…yes…and no!

My good friend Liz had a birthday this week. I had to do something extra nice for her because she’s such an awesome friend. Anyway, she’s English and loves Earl Grey Tea. She also really loved the art houses I did recently. Couple that with the fact that I saw this little house over at Sue Bleweiss’s blog awhile ago, and I knew I had to make Liz her own little art house that stores her beloved Earl Grey Tea!

So, as any self respecting tea drinker knows, Earl Grey is File:Koeh-184.jpgblack tea flavored with bergamot, so looking for inspiration, I did a quick google and discovered that the bergamot that flavors Earl Grey tea is an orange, Citrus aurantium ssp. bergamia to be exact! (Info and image from Wikipedia) It’s a pear-shaped, bitter fruit and grows best in Calabria, Italy! Who knew….certainly not me!

The other bergamot (Monarda didyma) is also known as Scarlet Beebalm. Pretty, but not a tea flavoring!

Any old who… this was the inspiration I needed to focus on a design for a teahouse! I constructed it similarly to my other 3-d houses, but becasue of the small size of it (the sides of the house are 3.5” x 4”), most of the construction was done by HAND! Through PELTEX! AAAHHH! The only thing that made it bearable (besides a strong thimble) is that the zigzagging around all the edges made little holes for the needle to go through. Anyway, I got this far on the sewing machine:


And then I spent some quality time with my thimble. The end result is worth it:







Yes, that is a homemade Dorset Button. I Hope she likes it…and I hope she can keep from peeking at my blog like I told her until she gets it in person!

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Well, I finished the 3rd house last night! I took lots of pix (boy it’s hard to photograph these) and then handed them into the RAA for jurying. I’m really happy with the 3rd one. It’s called “Home Is Where the Art Is: #3 Cabot Trail”.


Home Is Where the Art is: #3 Cabot Trail


Base is 12" x 12.5", 10" high


These colors reminded my Hubby of the houses on Cape Breton. Cabot Trail is a spectacular drive along the coast.


The base is made from a piece of hand dyed fabric I made years ago and have been saving for that special day - well, that day was yesterday! Look at the little leaves falling onto the ground - I LOVE them!

To recap: I was inspired by Jane Davila to make a 3 dimensional house, where each side of the house is it’s own little art quilt. My early experiment ended up being so vigorously complimented by many people (like..5 or 6!!!) that it was deemed not a prototype, but a keeper:

#1 Olive Avenue

Home Is Where the Art is: #1 Olive Avenue

Base is 12" x 12.5", 10" high

Base is 12" x 12.5", 10" high

It’s named after the street I live one – 2 olive branches are free motion quilted on the house.

The second house, entitled “Home Is Where the Art is: #2 Baltic Avenue” was the one where I realized I wanted a base to ground the piece (which made me go back and make a simple one for the Olive Ave. house). The way I finished the edges of the base, combined with the simplistic house shape reminded my husband of the game Monopoly. Which property name do you most associate with Monopoly? For me, it’s Baltic Avenue (that and Ventnor, but it’s such an ugly name).

#2 Baltic Avenue

Home Is Where the Art is: #2 Baltic Avenue

Base is 12" x 12.5", 10" high

Base is 12" x 12.5", 10" high

My Uncle Winnie (boat captain by summer, photojournalist by winter) wrote me with the following questions as to my motivations:

“While it is quite striking and certainly well done I’m not confident that I get the point of the 3-D aspect? Is there a functional angle I’m missing? Or is this simply the making of a normally 2-D art or graphic into a 3-D art or graphic? None of this is meant to be critical, you understand, it’s just that as an old codger I’m probably missing something here and need you to clarify your objectives in creating the piece. Perhaps it is just fun?”

Holy c**p, I think he put more work into thinking about that paragraph than I did about why I wanted to make these! But the asking did get me to think a bit more about my process, and here’s what I think were my motivations:

  1. Because it’s cool.
  2. There’s also the challenge of physically creating them – met, but not enjoyed! (Especially with the last one where I used – DOH! TWO layers of Peltex!!!)
  3. I REALLY LIKE creating smaller pieces that are part of a larger whole: “Once in a Blue Moon” or  here or here for example. To make 8 small pieces that are specific dimensions (those gable ends being neat spaces to fill) and hold together as a unit but are at the same time pieces that can stand on their own really stimulates my creative juices!

It’s also really neat to see how my ideas change and grow from one complete piece to the next. As these were created to enter into a Multi Media Mini show (< 14 ” on a side). the intention behind the “MINI” show is to draw people in and make them look closer at a small piece of art – and these houses really do that. I’m glad the deadline pushed me to make them. I’ll continue to make more – I’m thinking smaller, roofed, quirky birdhouses. I’m also digging bird nests right now, so will be working through that as well

I swear, the worst part of this whole project is taking pictures of the darn things. I’ll be posting more to my Flickr site as I get them processed. The shadows are going to KILL ME! (not really…but ARGH!)


Taken indoors with two 30 Watt Trumpet Top Bulb CFLs


Taken outdoors, obviously with direct sunlight. I couldn't wait for clouds - don't hate me, but here in S. CA, clouds are hard to come by!

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3rd Iteration Done!

Here it is…I’m happy with this one!




Once it was done, i decided it needed a bit more stucture/grounding, so I made a board for it to sit on from 2 layers of Timtex fused together.

Unless i regret it tomorrow, I’d decided to call this series “Home is Where the Art is…” Hokey, but it seemed brilliant at 6 AM and hasn’t made me totally gag as the day has progressed. I’ve got until Sunday to decided. And speaking of Sunday, you folks were so enthusiastic about the prototype, I thought i’d enter that one as well. So, now I’ll ahve to make another one, so it truly is a series. One reason why I’d like to continue in this vein is that the intention behind the “MINI” show is to draw people in and make them look closer at a small piece of art – and these houses really do that. It’s a bugger trying to get pix of the inside after the house is assembled…I’ll try again tomorrow. Until then, here are details of the sides before assembly:


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Progress on house #3

I’m just about done with house #3 and I’m very happy with it!
Here are some teaser shots:

Also, I need a better name for this than “Art House #3″…anyone?

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On your marks, get set…

I, like lots of other folk, find many ways to procrastinate. Here’s my plan on how to be very creative this weekend:

  • Deadline…check. I’ve got to get some pieces done for the Multi Media Show, take in is a week from Sunday.
  • House clean…check. My cleaning lady was here today, so we already are picked up & cleaned up. All the laundry has been folded and folks have put it away (except I haven’t done mine…but it’s in front of my closet!)
  • Colors chosen….check!
  • One beautiful piece of inspiration fabric I dyed from a palette I’m working with:


  • A couple of dark to light pieces I dyed to go with the fancy dancy fabric:


  • Lots of shades & tints of the main colors of the inspiration fabric. Value is important! A simple lesson that was years in the learning!


  • Plan of attack…check! I’ve got some little printouts of the house sides printed out, and I’ve sketched some possible layouts on them. This helps me get beyond the “what do I do” phase when faced with a blank sheet of release paper, just waiting for fabric. Another genius tip from Melody.


Now,  let’s see what I can get accomplished tomorrow!

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Art House – Take 1 & 2

One art quilter who has been quite an inspiration to me is Jane Davila. Last Spring she posted about a 3-d house she made – it’s AWESOME! Please go look, I’ll wait. I love the way that each side is it’s own little quilt unto itself, but the whole things works together as well. I love how the pieces suggest a house, but is not wholly representational.

Anyway, this concept has been kicking around my head for awhile. Jane published a simplified verison of this in the Quilting Arts Gifts magazine this winter.  Although I wanted to make some little holiday houses, that never transpired. But then, the deadline of the Redlands Art Association Mini Multi Media show reared it’s head. For this show, “mini” means anything that is 14″ square or less OR anything that can fit in a 14″ cube.  This 3-d aspect made me want to try to make a little art house to enter.

Take 1

I made this simple one the size Jane used in the magazine. I just grabbd whatever scraps I had to hand, I just needed to try out the assembly method. Knowing that my little one would want it, I added a window and a door so his Lego people could go in & out!



So, my son loves it, and I can make a house out of peltex. But I definately want to make a larger one, this one is about 4″ x 6″.

Take 2

Scaling up, I chose a piece of multi colored fabric and some mottled solids that  have the same hues and set about making 8 little art quilts – 4 for the outside on a layer of batting, the inside ones were constructed on either stacy fusible (the purple ones) or craft fuse. I didn’t try to create any sort of cohesiveness between these – rather I was trying out my different styles of construction, trying to get a feel for what would work and what wouldn’t. Here are the sides before construction:



Here it is during construction – that last seam is a doozy!


And the final result. It definatley is all over the place stylistically, but it served its purpose, I know that all the different types of quilting I would want to do will work well.







Now on to something that works well together!

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