Thursday, August 4, 2016


I absolutely love upholstery fabric and corduroy...

This one took me a while to do I even used recycled material for the batting

My mother had a heating mattress pad and she

seam ripped apart the usable material for me.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

What it's like to be a disabled artist

What is it like to be a disabled artist?...

Living with a long list of health issues and being disabled on many levels.
Being a creative soul with a disability has it's own set of frustrations.

Before I was in the wonderful world of sewing, quilting, jewelry making and card making I was
a musician.  I played Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone, and Keyboard.

I also enjoyed composing classical music.

Then out of nowhere I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma Stage 4a.
I was given a 50% survival rating.

Because the cancer started in my arm pit and then progressed
to my lungs causing me to be left with Lung Disease.

I am left with 50/60% lung capacity
Post infalmatory fibrosis
and Asthma

That awful combination left me impaired to no longer be able to play.
I became very depressed.

I remember looking online yes back in the day when the internet
wasn't quite yet so widely used.  And I saw some beautiful sewing projects.

I then decided I was going to teach myself how to sew.  I'm creative
by nature and I felt I needed to still be creative.

I saved up aluminum cans and bought my first sewing machine.
I live on a very tight budget with not being able to work.

I went to the library when I could and researched sewing.

Then of course after cancer I unfortunately developed some more disabling health issues

I have CRPS in my right arm and hand and on it's bad days no creating.

I have lymphedema in my legs which when it flairs I limit my sitting time.

Prior to cancer and chemo 
I have Menieres disease with nasty vertigo so when that flairs
yep you guessed it no creating.

I also have epilepsy and am diagnosed with
generalized non convulsive epilepsy with absent seizures 
and myolonus in my head and mouth.

I can't drive because of the menieres and epilepsy.

So unlike other artists I can't just hop in the car
and go to other events and hope to sell my creations. 
I really wish I could that more.  And no I refuse to do Etsy
and pay someone to sell my creations and i don't have a lot of $$$ for shipping etc.

I have to wait for weekends when my husband can take me.

Through dealing with it all I would be extremely LOST
if I could not create at all.

Creating is my passion, it's what makes my soul smile and be happy 

and on the good days creating itself is my therapy!

Happy Creating!

Monday, July 25, 2016

sewing bucket list

one of the things i have always wanted to learn was to sew myself clothes.  starting with some shorts and pants.  here are some shorts i made....

Friday, July 15, 2016



Dealing with RSD/CRPS is very frustrating.  All the more I enjoy the good days!

Friday, June 24, 2016

pushing away fear in learning something new

When you are self taught in doing the things you love like jewelry making sewing and quilting there is always that fear factor of learning something new.

Well I finally pushed some of that fear away and decided to try a new sewing adventure.  I've always loved dolls and doll clothes especially when i see some of the most beautiful and beautifully embellished handmade ones.

This is my very first attempt at trying a shirt and skirt for an 18" in doll.

Far from perfect and needs tweaking but I'm very proud of myself for trying something new that I have wanted to do.

Thanks for looking....

Monday, June 20, 2016


I have some projects that I'm working on.  One is a table runner, another is for my daughter so i can't really post that one yet and another is something new i'm working on in my sewing world.

have a great week