Friday, September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

lovely brown

I just love the rich colors in shades of brown
and this set showcases some of that i think,
thanks for looking..


Thursday, August 25, 2016

pincushion

I love to make pincushions and have a few 
this is one i finished today...


Thursday, August 4, 2016

NEW BAG

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!
Heather





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

RSD/CRPS



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

projects

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
Heather

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Happiness is...

What can I say I'm obsessed with taking pictures of my fur kids...



And black and white photos are my favorite.



It's all about a dog and her bouncy ball finding happiness in simple things...




Friday, April 22, 2016

Hand Stitched...

Every now and then I enjoy some hand stitching...

Made a nice bag for pens/markers etc or whatever.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

insomnia and creativity

Unfortunately with me having so many health issues I also suffer from insomnia.
Last night I had a bad case of it and was still awake at 2 am.  If finished a book I was reading, started another and then bam my muse visited me and i had a rough draft to a new poem.  I love writing and haven't wrote any new poems lately so this was at least a productive insomnia night.

Do you have suffer from insomnia and get bursts of creativity like this?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

so cheeful

i was really drawn to the white/orange beads
was a fun set to make....



Thursday, April 7, 2016

bead happy

Had a blast making this set

i love it when an idea in my head actually turns out!




Wednesday, April 6, 2016

upholstery material

I really enjoy being able to use 
different types of material

this set i used upholstery material...






cats and boxes

I was sorting through some magazines 
and using a box
and when you have a box and cats
you know what happens next......



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

denim obsession

i love working with denim....
so many things can be made from it.



ABBY

Abby keeps me busy everyday, she is very much an active dog,
and I just love taking pictures of her she makes me smile....



Thursday, March 24, 2016

spring hasn't really sprung....

while i was doing dishes today spotted this robin
and thought while the calendar may say spring
mother nature has yet to agree...




Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy First Day of Spring

lovely view for the first day of spring...



Pocket love

I just love it when something I have been saving
finally finds a way into a project like the cute
pocket on this bag....



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

bag hardware not just for bags

I like to think outside of the box
and try to think of different uses for things

like i did in this jewelry set
using bag hardware ...


Friday, January 29, 2016

Being Stuck

It's not fun having health problems
even more so it's not fun having health problems * being disabled*
and being stuck at home most of the time.

Not being able to drive, not being able
to go to art/craft/music events or have others ask 
you if you'd like to ride along....

no it's not a fun world at all.

Being stuck somedays are really awful 
but I'm so blessed to have a gift 
of being able to create ....

for without it, i'd be totally lost.

Heather


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Red and Black

Red is my favorite color
and Red and Black is my favorite color combination...

i enjoyed creating this bag set



Sunday, January 10, 2016

skull bag

I had a lot of fun sewing this up

I always like to keep a watch for different fabric,



Saturday, January 9, 2016

Seller's Permit

Here's a topic that I don't see many who sell discuss.

Seller's Permit...

I have one because if i sell out of my house or in an event
i felt it was the right thing to do.

I however see and notice many do not.

What are your thoughts on this?

Monday, January 4, 2016

nautical

always so much fun thinking of different
themes and different things to add to them

the anchor button on the bigger bag was my happy moment lol