"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." 

~G.K. Chesterton

i'm so thankful for you.. enjoy using these coupon codes at checkout in my shops for 10% off until December 15..

for art at my studiogypsy shop: GYPSYTHX

for chalkbags at my rokrok shop:




dribbles and face practice in my artjournal .. 
using Jane Davenport's awesome.for.me.book - Beautiful Faces..
and my scribbly handwriting hair..

"Laughter is the sun that drives 

winter from the human face."

~Victor Hugo



i love the seasons. i really do. except for dreary, cold january/february. otherwise..i am pretty smitten with each one. i would have to say that autumn inches just above the rest of them in my mind, though. it reminds me of a setting sun for the seasons.. it has for a long time. and i love sunsets.

this glorious month. some friends of ours (whom we set up)..got married. :D

we escaped one day to Starved Rock State Park and did a little hiking and exploring..

i've been doodling away for #inktober over on my instagram account..

been trying to get outside as much as possible before the cold hits..

and dreamed up some new beauty fiber art pendants..

my HARP series.. hand woven wool on steel wire..with a patina ball chain.. scrumptious and dreamy.. these 3 in my shop now.

happy aumtumnal.ness.. drink in the sunset before it's gone.. xoxo




is an immediate reaction, 

drawing is a meditation.

Henri Cartier-Bresson



i am on another fiber adventure.. after seeing Mad in England's interview by Mollie Makes -- and her gorgeous creations.. had to have a try myself at this new-to-me-but-old-to-the-world artform! it is quite addicting.. as all fiber forms are to me.. but there is something in the repetitive nature of wool thread - without having to think of what stitch to use.. due to the open square work canvas.. nice and easy and soothing. and creating patterns are a treat! also - i found a treasure at a flea market last week for $5 - 49 set of Tim Holtz Distress Markers - barely used.. and perfect for creating patterns on the cotton needlepoint canvas. :D  inspired by the lovely Mad in England duo.. i created wee 2 inch lavender filled sachets.. i can't make them fast enough!

in other news.. my littles are back in school and it is so bittersweet.. bitter since i miss them terribly..and sweet that i get to putter around my studio without interruptions.. :P and my oldest is in high school now! what?! also.. get the latest publication by Interweave Press called Craft Girl - i have 2 awesome projects in it.. and it is such a sweet, fun magazine! get it while it's hot! :D  autumn is coming..

and last but not least.. the newest chicago rock climbing gym has opened up and is awe.some.ness! they even ordered chalkbags from me.. and it was a record for me - as my sewing machine was "smoking" while i created 40 chalkbags in 3.5 days! yes. i know. i had lots of spiritual help.. God let all things run smoothly around me.. :P  if you're not a climber and you live in chicago..check them out.. even take a class. climbing is so therapeutic and fun!



we are still summering. and trying to squeeze out all the laziness and adventure before the busy school year starts. so. thought i would share a quick and simple project to make or do for the students or readers in your life. if they still use real, page-turning books. ;)

Paint up some canvas strips. My sizes are about 7" x 2".

Grab a stencil brush and some stencils and block printing paint (or regular acrylic paint works too.)

Pounce out some inspiring words.

Try them out in your favorite book.

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle
it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world,
worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who
we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; 
they show us how to live and die.” 

― Anne Lamott

oh. and check out this awesome bit of art my thing1 created and loves doing..CLICK HERE.
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