Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

I'm off to work in a bit. I know it's going to be a busy day in the ER - it certainly was yesterday! I heard an estimated 30,000 people were coming to the north Oregon coast for the holiday weekend. Let's hope people make good choices this year.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hoffman Challenge 2015

Just finished my Hoffman Challenge doll!



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Plea for Hoffman Challenge Dolls

Morning, everyone. I've been busy with life, work, grandkids, music, and making a few dolls to take to UFDC/ODACA Day in July. I've also been working on my Hoffman Challenge doll - a bit here and there as time allows. I think all I've got left is hair and costume details and accessories. That actually sounds like quite a bit left to do.

I've been working on getting my Hoffman pages set up as well. Now I just need photos of the dolls to make it worth looking at. So far, I've only received Patti LaValley's fantastic doll. I hope more of you are participating (or know of someone who is). Please consider sending me a photo or photos of your doll. Plain backgrounds are best, but I'll work with whatever you have. Send to and be sure to include the name of your doll, pattern you used, links to your sites, etc.

I'd be ever so appreciative. I know I'm not the only one who wants to see the dolls :)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Welcome, Lorenzo!

We're happy to welcome a new addition to our home ~ Lorenzo.
I thought I wasn't ready to fill the void left by our beloved Arthur, but this handsome guy needed a home. A friend who volunteers at the local animal shelter told me about this feisty fella (apparently he was a bit of a handful there). He seems to be fitting right in at our place, though our dog Cooper is very selfish for our attention. He'll get over it. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Couple New Quilts

As I recently had the house to myself, I decided to finish a couple quilts. The first was made for the young daughter of a friend. I used (for the most part) fabrics I had on hand. I used a pattern I purchased for an online benefit:

The second was a quilt made from a charm pack I started sewing together in December of last year. I'd intended this one to be for my sister, but it goes so well with my living room that I'm keeping it for myself. She'll have to wait for hers, which will be made from the fabrics I'd originally intended for myself (see them here:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

RIP Arthur

Today we had to let our kitty go. Arthur was a wonderful cat. So much personality, and loyal to the end. May he rest in peace.  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Life Book 2015 May Lessons
I used acrylic paint, acrylic ink, stabile pencil, china marker, Tombow

I'll be scanning my page soon, but wanted to share what Ivan (age 6+) did the other day... his is the one on the right. He did a fantastic job!

See my Life Book 2013 pages HERE
or Life Book 2014 HERE

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Abstract art and the task-oriented personality type

Lately (the past month or so), I've been focusing on getting some new dolls done for a magazine article featuring ODACA artists ( Tonight I decided to take a little break, and started working on a journal page instead. This one is for Life Book - a lesson by Jenny Doe (, which is very abstract. This is my first layer, which is currently drying.

 I have trouble with abstract. I like it (or much of it), but have trouble creating it. I think this is because I'm a "Task" person, according to the People Mapping exercise we did yesterday for work. I can't say I was surprised, because the description fit me perfectly (I also scored very strongly toward People, as do many other nurses).  I guess I have to work harder at relaxing my brain.

You'd think as a Task person, I would have a very neat and organized studio. This is not the case.

Pin Doll patterns converted to E-PATTERN format

I spent some time this morning converting a couple of my older patterns to e-pattern format.

This one is Miranda the Mermaid, to make a pin doll, ornie or barrette. I haven't made one of these dolls in a long time. I can sure see how my faces have evolved!
I also converted my Heavenly Wings pattern as well. This pin doll/ornie was originally designed as a hands-on activity for my doll club.

I've got these patterns listed in my Etsy Store and have just updated my website as well.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day!

Here's to all the mothers out there. Hope your day is special.