Monday, April 23, 2007

Donate Yarn for Families of Child Murder Victims

Hi, folks,

Here's a great chance to clean out your craft closet and help families in need! Please donate your extra yarn and knitting or crochet needles -- and even your crafting skills -- for a project to help the families of child murder victims in Washington, DC.

The project is called "An Afghan Memorial Project for Child Victims of Murder: Wrapped in Love" and has two components:
  1. Teaching families of murder victims to make Afghan blankets to express their feelings about their fallen children and create a warm, tactile memorial, and
  2. Creating a tapestry for the MLK Jr. Public Library in DC, where the children's names can be hung.
If you have extra yarn and knitting or crochet needles, please consider donating them now. You can also come knit and crochet with us on May 19, 2007, when we'll be making the tapestry for the library.

Send donations to the Art Division, MLK Jr. Library, Room 209, 901 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. The phone there is 202-727-1238 and email is For more information, contact the Project Manager, Deirdre Wright, at 202-494-2724 or This project is sponsored by the MLK Jr. Public Library and the Frantz Fanon Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies and has received grants from the DC Humanities Council of the District of Columbia.

I can't imagine a better cause. Please help.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Before and After

Thought I'd show you a Before and After of how a photo becomes a pillow. This is a photo of Luke Balicao being lifted up to see his baby sister for the first time twelve days ago. I printed the photo onto fabric, cut it into a heart and appliqueed it to some fleece and the fleece to the pillow. Then I stitched the words "Love at First Sight" around it with the kids' names and Sara's birth date. Luke loved it! Sara, well, she hasn't commented yet. Give her a week or two.

Art, Words & Poetry Opening

The Art, Words & Poetry art opening was a tremendous success. I elbowed my way through the crowd to take pictures of my two pieces, both of which were accepted into the show. I can't say enough good things about the Del Ray Artisans -- organizationally and artistically. It was a top notch event. And the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center is as charming as can be.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

April 10, 2007 Newsletter

My dear friends,

Here’s a quick note about noteworthy art events you should check out:

1. Words, Art & Poetry – a show I’m in (Alexandria, VA),
2. Smithsonian Craft Show – a show my former step-brother, a glass blower, is in (DC),
3. Hoopla Traders – a one-woman show I’ll be putting on next February (DC), and
4. CraftyPod – An Internet radio show that’s interviewing me about my business.

April 13 to 29, 2007

I have two pieces in this Del Ray Artisans show, which explores the juxtaposition of words and visual art. See my blog at for a sneak-peak at the quilt made from my Mexico travel journal, “My Mexico.”

Place: The Nicholas Colasanto Center, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301.
Times: Opening reception Friday, April 13, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. After that, Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00 and Sundays 12:00 to 4:00 through April 29.
For more info:

April 19 to 22, 2007

My former step-brother, Pablo Soto, is a phenomenal glass artist in Penland, North Carolina, and will be showing some of his work at the 25th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show. For pictures of his glass, see For information on the show overall, see

February 9 to March 3, 2008

I will be holding a one-woman show next February in this artsy Capitol Hill shop. See to learn more about the store’s fair trade, hand made, earth friendly enterprise. You can see previous featured artists and their work at

May 4, 2007

I will be interviewed for a CraftyPod podcast (an Internet radio show) about the business of Fiber of Her Being… the concepts behind my art, some marketing strategies, and my custom artwork business model. To hear the interview, go to and follow the instructions. Welcome to Cyberspace and 2007!


Sunday, April 08, 2007

My Mexico - Quilted Journal / Journal Quilted

The Del Ray Artisans released a call for entries for an art show featuring poetry and word themes. So I brought out my journal from when I lived in Mexico after college. It's the best source of words -- united with art -- that I have. So I copied twelve pages out of the journal, including drawings and paintings that I'd done, sections of text describing my adventures and loneliness, and photos and do-dads I'd pasted in. I printed the copies onto fabric and put them into this quilt. The crowning element was a sequinned Virgen de Guadalupe applique my Dad had given me years ago. Brought just the right amount of sparkle to the piece.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sara Hillard Balicao, born 4/5/07

Announcing to the world the birth of a sweet little girl, Sara Hillard Balicao. She weighs in at 6 lbs., 8 oz., and had a smooth delivery into this world. Mother (Betsy), Father (Francisco), Big Brother (Luke), and Baby are all doing fine. Welcome, sweet girl! We love you!