Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Creative & Colorful!

What a wonderful use of yarn, fiber and fabric!  Thanks for modelling Grandma--you are GREAT!  chinami mori  

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Quotes for Today

"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers."
James Baldwin
"Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions."
Earl Gray Stevens

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star."
Friedrich Neitzsche

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Art in the Sky Billboard

I am incredibly excited to have a billboard on US127 just north of St. Johns!!!!! I am on the west side of 127, 4 miles north of exit 99, Old 27, for St. Johns--by a store with big chairs on its roof. And my neighboring billboard artist is Kimberly Lavon--WOW!!! Many thanks to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and Adams Advertising!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

I enjoyed looking at exhibitions in the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art  UICA yesterday..."Coming Home" includes various artists and installations through March, 2016. If you can, definitely check out Jerry Gretzinger is a Michigan artist whose works embody themes of mapping and making real the imagined. His huge, massive "map" is a fabulous collage of an imagined city/world--very interesting. Also, Sandra Wilcoxon shows a wide range of skulls--it's unusual--you need to see it. "Embellished Bones" explores the theme of memento-mori while honoring the spirit of the animals used in her work. Sandra Wilcoxon served as the first Executive Director at UICA.  2 Fulton Street West in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Just Plain Fabulous!

Fantastic yarn bombing art by London Kaye!  London Kaye

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Political Cartoon

This image conveys a strong, undeniable message Jim Margulies

Monday, December 7, 2015

Whoa! Holidaze!

This is a great idea for upcycling those little plastic animals & dinosaurs--maybe mix in a few army men?  running with a glue gun

Friday, December 4, 2015

Comments From SPROUT

I was sad to take down my art show on Wednesday but here are additional comments from the guest book;

I have a love of Zentangle also

I like all of your art work

I'm blown away by this work!  The color, the combinations of materials and mingling of all your skills/gifts.  It's impossible not be inspired to create something after seeing this.  I'm lost for words!

Love the colors!

I feel the LIFE in your work!

Your work oozes with life & joy.  Love it!

Great fun!


Fantastic and wonderfully creative.

I brought my 4 year old daughter with me and she said these wall hangings must have been made by fairies!
Two Shrines to Creativity

Monday, November 30, 2015

Faig Ahmed

Intriguing art with textile imagery--WOW! Glitch Rugs

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fourth Annual Festival of Trees

56 trees decorated for the holiday season–WOW! Both groups and individuals offer up a fabulous array of specially designed trees for the historic Turner Dodge House in Old Town.  I am showing a Zentangle-inspired tabletop tree with tangled star paper ornaments.
Trees are displayed (and some are for sale!) until January 3, 2016.  All sales of trees benefits the House, 100 East North Street, Lansing, Michigan. Turner Dodge Friends   Admission is $5.00 and kids under 12 are free.  Call 517.483.4220 for more information.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Reactions to Sprout...

My art exhibition, SPROUT, is on display through December 2, 2015.
Viewers are saying....

"Huge color and joy!"
"This is a very lovely and inspiring exhibit! I love your Zentangle and mixed media pieces."
"Love the colors!"
"Your exhibit is so fun! Playful, colorful and inspiring"
"Your work oozes with life and joy. Love it!!!"
"Wow--no boundaries! very joyful and expressive and exploratory. Love it!"
"Fantastic and wonderfully creative."
"Your inspiring work is truly a balm for the soul...I love how your talent makes the art seem accessible and fun, as well as dazzling."
"You pulled out all the stops!"

PLEASE NOTE: Hannah is closed on Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Yarnie Project for the Holidays!

Just an idea for using some yarn scraps creatively...Ornament

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Found by a Friend...

Just sharing...

Once upon a time,
When women were birds,
There was the simple understanding 
That to sing at dawn
And to sing at dusk
Was to heal the world through joy.
The birds still remember what we have forgotten, 
That the world is meant to be celebrated.

- Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds

Friday, October 30, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pretty Tree!

A friend's Japanese Maple is showing spectacular color this week!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Thank you to the State of Michigan!

I am the lucky recipient of a Professional Development grant ($950.00) from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs! The grant will help support my participation in a 2016 quilt workshop with Gwen Marston, ( I will be going to the Madeline Island School of the Arts ( and I am SO EXCITED!! 

Gwen is on the left with her quilts behind her.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Detroit News Event on October 14th

I enjoyed a fantastic afternoon at the Detroit News with Jocelynn Brown and her Handmade: 2nd Detroit News Stitch-Together!  She invited 15 yarnies to join her for an afternoon of sharing patterns, projects and ideas----as well as donuts and coffee.  It was great! Stitch-Together  I hope that Jocelynn and the News can host another fun event like this soon!

November Issue is a Must See!

Check out the new issue of "Cloth Paper Scissors"! on pages 76 &77!! My garland of zinnia photos is there--zinnias always remind me of my Mom. 

YES, OK, the other garlands are creative and imaginative too...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Autumn Zinnias

I enjoyed seeing zinnias in an East Lansing yard on Tuesday.  Wonderful colors and shapes---inspirational!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Word for Today

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: "I am here to live out loud."

Emile Zola, 1840-1902

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

New Finger Knitters in Dansville, Michigan!

I enjoyed an afternoon of finger knitting fun at the Dansville Public Library on Saturday!  What a wonderful group of enthusiastic knitters!  They were all extremely adept at knitting without ANY needles--what a great group--and all ages.  Three motivated knitters made scarves for this fall.  Many thanks to the Library for being excellent hosts!
All right, he's not REALLY texting and knitting at the same time!  Some finger knitters have a sense of humor...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Skullflakes for Halloween

This is a fun project (you can use recycled newspaper/paper) for Dia De La Muertos or Halloween!  Skull Flakes!  Thank you to Abby at Crafty Lady Abby for the inspiration!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dina Belenko, Artist

She has some wonderful photographs!  Weird, funny, imaginative...BELENKO

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Upcycled Shirt Idea

This is a wonderful idea for being creative with your shirts!  Drawing on a Shirt

Fun Project!

What a wonderful way to be creative on your ceramics!  Paint on Your Mugs

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Yarn Bombed Trees are Delightful!

Check out the FABULOUS yarn bombed trees in downtown Lansing, (Michigan) before September 1st! Lansing Art Gallery encouraged beautiful, colorful and lively yarn bombing this summer with their PopUp Project! Peruse the artful trees on the 100 block of Washington Avenue---and go see the fantastic gallery exhibit while you are there too!

Courtney's detail work is stupendous!