Sunday, December 28, 2014

Word for Today

Interesting thought from author Neil Gaiman;

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Crochet Kits in my Etsy Shop!

Crochet a unique bag with recycled silk fabric and VHS videotape. The kit contains an original pattern, a spool of VHS tape, and silk fabric "yarn" to complete one bag. I create the yarn by selecting various strips of recycled silk fabric from saris and clothing which I hand tie into a continuous length. Each kit is different combinations of yarns--no two kits contain the same exact fabric selection. The construction and stitching is rather simple--single crochet is used throughout so this is appropriate for all skill levels. The ragged knotted ends create a delightfully textural surface in the bag--it is one of a kind!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Vinyl Records Recycled Into Art

An interesting local business!  Lansing, Michigan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What is an Artist?

A            always asks “what if …?”

R           resourceful and looks for creative solutions

T             takes in the world around him/her

I               intrigued by the universe!

S            super motivated and self-directed
T           takes the average and common and changes it

                   into something unusual and unique

...something to think about today!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I will be Teaching at USArtQuest in Chelsea, Michigan!


Zentangle Basics
December 4th - 10am to 12:30pm
Learn about this peaceful, delightful and 'zen-like' drawing process with pen and paper.
$35.00 - Class Fee & $8.00 Kit Fee. (Required, purchase from Instructor).

Zentangle in Color
December 4th - 1:30pm to 4pm
Jump into the colorful world of Zentangle!  We will try out new tangles and using color--WOW! Pre-Requisite:  an introductory Zentangle session with a  Certified Zentangle Teacher. $35.00 - Class Fee & $.00 - Drawing Kit (Required, purchase from Instructor).

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Wonderful Quilt!

Check this out--beautiful handwork and design!  knit quilt

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Interesting Speaker in 2015!

Harmony Hammond will be at the Kresege Art Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan! 

Harmony Hammond // Thursday, April 2, 2015 // S. Kedzie Hall, 107
A leading figure in the feminist art movement, Harmony Hammond co-founded A.I.R., the first women's co-op gallery in NYC (1972). Occupying the space between painting and sculpture, her work introduces feminist and queer content into the world of abstraction.  Hammond's work has been honored by the NEA, Guggenheim, and Pollock-Krasner Foundations.  (

Monday, November 10, 2014

Day of the Dead Crafts

I had a blast team teaching Day of the Dead crafts with artist colleague, Shirley K. Bentsen!  We hosted three classes at SmittenDust Studio (, November 1 and 2, to celebrate loved ones and friends.  I really enjoyed making skull pins and mini fiesta flags!

Mini fiesta flag with cheerful skulls and heart milagros.

For a friend who loves flamingos!

My Frida Kahlo pin!

Handstitched felt with embellishments

Art for the Soul is Coming to Okemos!

Local tradition, "Art for the Soul" is moving from Williamston to Okemos, Michigan in 2014!  Please join me on Saturday, December 6, 10AM-5PM, for a holiday home sale of handmade arts & crafts. 

A diverse group of artists are offering;
Zentangle-inspired art
Handmade beads
Fine wooden bowls
Prints and Cards
Handpainted Silk Scarves
and MORE!  Refreshments served along with much creativity!
2719 East Mount Hope Road, Okemos
Free parking at the Montessori Radmoor School lot, 2745 East Mount Hope Road

Cash or checks only, please.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I have a couple of designs in this book!

I am so excited to be part (a small part) of a wonderful new Zentangle publication,Let’s Tangle! the Art of Zentangle, by Kathleen Murray, CZT. MurrayBook MurrayBook2  It is a well laid out book, with much guidance and encouragement to find your way to tangling.  I have three tiles included in this high quality and useful book. Thank you to Kathleen for letting me participate in her fabulous new publication from Peter Pauper Press.

Day of the Dead Crafts Class

On the evening of October 29th I worked with a fabulous group of students at the Foster Center, Lansing Parks and Recreation Department.  We enjoyed a fun and imaginative "Day of the Dead" crafts class, creating skull pins, remembrance cards and sugar skull collages.  What a great group of artists!  Plus, we had fun!  Thanks to Foster for being a gracious host too.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall FUN!

This is such a wonderful recycling idea!!Aunt Peaches

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 Artisan Market

Please stop by the Krasl Art Center between November 8-13 for a fabulous and delightful holiday market of HANDMADE!  I will be offering knitted cowls in a variety of colors and textures, mostly made from silk and wool yarns.  Check it out--it is a wonderful art center if you have never been.

The Artisan Market is a fine craft venue focusing on jewelry, art and unique affordable handmade gifts. The Artisan Market features over 100 artists, a kids' art zone, personal shopping service and extended shopping hours Tuesday evening.ARTISAN MARKET

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Creative Tots Classes

I had a wonderful time with the young artists of "Creative Tots" this week.  We meet at Reach Studio Art Center  (Lansing, Michigan) on Friday and Saturday mornings to enjoy creativity and art making!  The kids worked on glitter paintings, drawing with markers, and tissue paper collage.  Tedda Hughes, another Lansing area artist, and I are teach teaching "Creative Tots" classes this semester. Loads of fun!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Join me for a New Fiber-Y Group!

We are getting together at Reach Studio Art Center the 3rd Monday of each month, 10AM-noon.  I am facilitating our meetings so please let me know if you have any questions.  

Join an informal group of yarnies working on knit & crochet projects! 
Our first meeting is October 20, 2014!
Share the creativity, keep it simple and have fun!
Bring along your yarn and/or learn fundamental skills if you are a newbie
Each meeting we will have brief instruction session (for those who are interested) on techniques like granny squares, baby hats, coasters or useful tips---share projects for show-n-tell too!
Schedule:  Oct. 20 / Nov. 17 / Dec.15 / Jan 19 / Feb. 16 / March 16 / April 13 / May 18
Everyone welcome---please register at
Cost is $10.00 per month---phone 517.999.3643 for assistance
Reach Studio Art Center, 1840 South Washington Avenue, Lansing MI 48910

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Fun Blog!

Vintage vintage vintage...Inspiration!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Last Zinnias of Summer

Spotted in an East Lansing yard...
Bees like zinnias...

Monarchs like zinnias too...

OKAY I'm not a zinnia but I look darn good!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Check out my Etsy.Com Shop!

My Etsy shop has reopened! "RetreadArt" on Etsy is offering knit kits---make up a unique, one of a kind cowl scarf soon. Kits also make a great gift for beginning knitters--it's easy and fun! RetreadArt Shop

Interesting Crochet Designs

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Crafty Garage Sale Coming To Downtown Dimondale, Michigan!

We know, we know. We fess up to too many interests, too little time or space. All those formerly loved (ahem… never opened?) art supplies? This year we’re also including salvaged treasures, cool finds and unusual doo-dads used for assemblages or mixed media or…so we thought. FIND:
Art supplies
Craft supplies
Junk jewelry
Cool stuff
Some furniture
Good projects gone bad
And...No clothes

Saturday, September 27th  /  9AM-3PM  /  SmittenDust Studio at the corner of South Bridge and Jefferson Streets  /  The only 1900 era building at this intersection  /  See you there!