I had a delightful surprise yesterday! I was invited by Patience Brewster to participate in their
"Get to Know the Artist" project in honor of the recent Artist Appreciation Month.
And of course, I said, "YES!"
Using Godey's Ladies patterns, my great grandmother was sure that every detail was perfect.
This is one of the few remaining dolls in my family's possession.
I keep her under a glass dome and still am amazed at the intricate handwork.
This is where I started...noticing detail and wanting to replicate things I observed. I am a Jack of ALL Trades and Master of None! My husband says that I never met a craft I didn't love...and he's right. I have tried it all. Photography, painting, ALL forms of needlework (except tatting), mixed media, making jewelry, cards and baskets, weaving, sewing. I truly feel at peace when I work with my hands. I cook, decorate, undecorate and redecorate.
I could care less about clothes, although I like jewelry.
So I guess I am destined to be a rag tag old lady with pretty earrings on.
|Here I combined photography, acrylics and paper.|
|Acrylic and tissue and scrapbook paper.|
|My grandfather, Harry A. Alexander's marble collection influenced my love of color. |
Here I have separated out the blues. As a child, I loved to separate the colors and then mix them all up!
(I was always a little nutty..)
|This miniature Crazy Quilt was featured on the cover of a book!|
A Stitch In Crime was the book authored by my friend, Cathy Elliott.
(You truly NEED to read it!)
See more about this below.
|My love of Crazy Quilts and inspiration from Linda Causee,|
led to this small jewelry box
for my mother, Anne Alexander.
|Here is my mother's Poppyseed Chicken recipe that I printed on fabric and attached|
to a kitchen potholder for family Christmas gifts.
Nothing is safe with me around.
|Faux cakes made from sheetrock mud and Styrofoam.|
You'd be surprised at the enjoyment people get from these!
|I re-purpose and garden!|
The mushrooms are wooden salad bowls.
|I actually taught my mother to cross stitch!|
Once she learned, no surface was bare.
My love of table-scaping came from her.
ALWAYS there was a centerpiece on our table.
|(Just a side note here: I miss my parents very much.)|
The older I got, the smarter they became.
|This is a re-creation.|
I actually made the originals over 40 years ago!
|I weave fabric to make old chairs new!|
|I collect Fiesta dishes...what a table setting that would be.|
|I make fabric placemats and build fabric baskets on my sewing machine.|
|I re-purpose costume jewelry into crosses.|
A nice remembrance using "Grannie's" pearls.
|Applique is my favorite quilt method..|
|Chalk paint is my friend.|
|Old hymnals into angels, anyone?|
|Photography...my daddy, Robert Alexander, a professional photographer for over sixty years|
inspired my love of texture and color.
|The beginning of a quilt for my grandson, Ryan.|
It is made with my father's (his great grandfather), my husband's
(his grandfather) and my son's (his father) shirts.
I need to take a picture of the finished product.
I think he loved it.
|Table-scaping and decorating my home is a passion.|
But not with new stuff..for the most part, I like OLD.
|Summer before last....I've moved on to turquoise.|
|Don't you all eat breakfast like this? Ha.|
This was for a blog post.
Here are a few tablescapes and decorating ideas I enjoyed putting together.
|I enjoy photographing flowers.|
I am becoming more comfortable with the color purple
in my old age. Ha!
I get very attached to my art.
I have to really like you to sell it to you.
I've been known to change my mind at the last minute.
Sometimes I give it away.
I LOVE doing that.
|My house isn't a palace, but my family is rich with blessings.|
We share a faith in God, respect for our elders and a deep
abiding love of our country and each other.
Enjoyment of simpler times and art began early for all of us.
Below are some of those simple things.