Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
It makes me sick.
I'm going to do three things about it. First, I'm making a donation to the American Cancer Society for their work in preventing and curing different forms of cancer. Second, I'm making a donation to the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, for treating and curing so many of my friends and family in East Texas. And third...
I'm giving away FIVE FREE CHEMO PILLOWS during the month of November. If I can't rid the world of this terrible scourge, I can damned well comfort some of the people who have to fight it.
Chemo (or Comfort) Pillows are 14" x 14" pillows that I personalize for the recipient. The pillows feature pictures of the patient's family and loved ones (that includes pets!) and motifs and colors that they like. They are emotionally comforting and physically soft, and give people something to look at and think about while they go through chemotherapy sessions. And as two people have said, they make the recipients remember what -- and whom -- they are fighting for.
Monday, November 03, 2008
My friend Lucy sent me a link to a very worthwhile project today. The Caps to Cap-Haitien Project is an initiative to send homemade knit caps for newborn babies to Haiti, as a part of a larger effort to create and distribute safe birthing kits. In addition to the little stocking caps to keep the babies' heads warm, the kits contain a plastic sheet, hand sanitizer, and a sterilized string and razor blade! As someone approaching labor myself, this seems like the epitome of "the bare minimum" necessary for a safe birth.
As it happens, I had thrown away a bunch of my husband's old T-shirts last night. There were so many that I had to cram them into the bedroom trash can with my foot. This morning, when I got Lucy's email, I took them back out.
The pictures show the before and after of the project. It took about three hours total to make forty little caps, and it did my heart good. I hope Paddington is willing to give up his hat for some little Haitian baby. If worse comes to worst, I can make him another.
Check out the Mama to Mama site, which is coordinating the homemade caps effort. There you can find a very easy pattern and instructions for making your own caps. I think this is worth the trouble, since it's barely any trouble at all, and could save some little baby's life.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Based on a Flickr.com photo database, the new site lets you see slide shows of lots of my previous work, and lets me update it as I make new things. The result is a very user-friendly site with lots and lots of pictures, all organized in a way that makes sense.
The site also features some useful information pages (see the tabs on the left). There you can see a consolidated price list, two pages of touching testimonials, a description of the custom art making process, and more.
I am really excited about the new format and the potential to show a whole lot more artwork. Have a look and let me know what you think!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I have two new quilts to show you. The first is a baby quilt -- the first one I've ever made for our own baby (for one of the twins coming in February or March). I poured a lot of love into that one.
The second quilt is a T-shirt quilt made from a friend's collection. Because she grew up all over the world, she said, she never had a hometown: her T-shirt collection became her "home." She was unable to part with any of her shirts! So here they all are in quilted wall-hanging form. The two themes are sports and world travel -- you can see this both in the quilt design and in the logos on the shirts. The baseball and globe circles are fitted into an infinity sign to represent her spiritual beliefs and (according to me) how she can do anything and everything she puts her mind to.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
It's been a while since I made anything shiny, and I do love shiny!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The family tree (and detail) were made for a grandma and grandpa moving into a new assisted living facility with limited wall space. Rather than bringing all their family photos with them to clutter up the walls, their children are giving them this wall-hanging with everybody included in one piece of art.
The elephant on the pillow is the Hindu god Ganesh, made for little Tara Grace, a new baby with Indian roots herself.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I just found a picture of me in my kindergarten play -- as a monarch butterfly! I like the costume I made better (see previous post). Still, I'm pretty impressed with the teachers' ability to make so many paper butterflies and bunnies without having the kids rip them up.