pretty song friday




wordless wednesday


I’ve wanted to make one of these since the first time I saw one. And then several years passed, and finally there are loads of tutorials on youtube.

Boy, is this a simple bag.

First, I wanted to test my hexi skills, so gave those a go. All hand-sewing and a lot of ironing, but they are pretty satisfying. I got to showcase some favorite fabrics. When I was completing the sewing of the whole hexagon applique, I said to myself, “You better remember to place this so the apple is not upside down.”

Wouldn’t you guess I forgot when the time came?


I didn’t clip the round corners, either. It looks awkward in this flat version, but isn’t noticeable when in use.


I forgot to take a photo, but the lining fabric is that the same as that one with little red and pink flowers. It’s a line called “Forget-Me-Not” by Riley Blake. It has a pretty, folklore feel, and I really like it.


This will be my new project bag, so I can carry around my little sewing box and some embroidery thread and maybe get to work on more tiny necklaces during spare moments (like I have any! spare moments, that is).

I’m already picking out more fabric, because this would make a great lunch bag, too….

Is this year galloping along or what? April. Wow.

I sent this one out in my newsletter a couple weeks ago, then realized I needed to touch up the background a little. Here it is, ready to go.


8″x16″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.

happy dance

I admit I totally did not *get* Fantastic Mr. Fox the first ten times I watched it. (When you have a child, movies get re-played). But then on the 11th viewing, the light went off *BING* and I Totally Got It. It was brilliant.

The first Wes Anderson movie I watched was The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) because Robin recommended it (Hi, Robin!) and I totally did not get it. I said, “That was not a good movie.” I have not watched The Life Aquatic ten more times, so I don’t know if it would *BING* come to life for me now.  I love Bill Murray, so I can see giving it a second chance.

Based on Robin’s say-so,  I also watched Rushmore (1998) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and said, “I don’t think these are very good.”

And then I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox ten times, and the light went on. *BING.* So I watched The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and I thought, “This is a pretty good movie.” So I watched Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and wondered if there were more Wes Anderson I could catch up on? The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) followed, and I was won over. I had been totally all wrong about Wes Anderson.

It’s funny how sometimes you have to grow in certain ways before you are able to understand certain things. Yes, that is vague, but that’s life.

So it is a happy dance I am doing because this Friday Isle of Dogs is being released, and it looks like he’s working with the animators from Fantastic Mr. Fox.

I am so excited!


Didn’t they turn out lovely?

18″x24″ oil on stretched canvas. Available in my etsy shop.

This is a lovely dog who was at the park a couple summers ago, I’ve painted him several times now. I asked the lady about his heritage, and he was way outside of my price range, I think his relatives become police dogs.


12″x12″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here. SOLD thank you