Archive for the ‘sale!’ Category


Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

7-1     blanket

It is July and this amazes me. Suddenly temperatures are scorching. It is incredibly dry. Keeping the gardens watered enough for survival is a challenge. The bonuses are vibrant color and daily treats from the veggie beds.

My days begin very early. Channeling my grandmother <G> (minus her cigarettes), I start the morning with a cup of coffee and whatever correspondence awaits. Then it’s out to weed a veggie bed and then to the river with the dogs. When we get back it is time to deal with the chores of watering, household stuff, whatever needs doing. By late morning or early afternoon I am, finally! at long last! in the studio.

This is a radical shift from my habits of 30+ years. My peak time for thinking and making was always in the morning. I’d work until late afternoon then shift gears. With the changes in my life the last years,  it has been necessary to alter my routines. The difficulty was identifying the issue and figuring out how to approach the requirements of my new life.  But here we are, working again and moving forward.

Now it’s time to dig out the tripod in order to get better photos, then I can update the website. There is a relearning curve after the sabbatical of the last long while – for example, I wrote this blog entry and promptly lost it! sigh.

Little things have been a good way to get my hands and eyes working together again.

in-process     strata

Waiting in the wings: a series dealing with my river walks. This piece is ready to be worked on. [altered photo on silk organza, layered on monoprint]. It wants marks, thread, perhaps sticks and stones, we’ll see.


If you are in the US, have a safe celebration of the 4th!

putting a lid on it!

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

After years of water damage (and inadequate repairs) to my studio ceiling I am finally getting a new roof! Actually the entire house is being re-roofed in the next two weeks, but my insurance does not cover the studio roof.

My challenge is to raise  the money to cover this major repair, in addition to my deductible so here’s the deal:

It’s yet another SALE!

There are new items on the store page, new small works on the gallery 4 page (and more coming this week, including works on paper and in wood).

Any order that totals $50 or more will get a bonus of a small embellishment potluck for mixed media/fiber artists.

Orders totaling $100 or more will get the above as well as a choice of one of my two .pdf workbooks.

$500 or more will get a bonus of the two above as well as a small artwork, ready to frame. (my choice on this one!)

This is my final sale of the season. I am looking forward to getting back in the studio this Fall following the re-roofing and remodel of the interior. It’s interesting how unearthing and clearing out  all sorts of stuff this Summer has helped renew my creative energy. Now to get the rest of the work done so I can explore my ideas in an adequate space. The dining room table is fine but gets cluttered so easily.


goodies and treats?

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

No, it’s not Halloween, just getting to the bottom of the year long clearing out process.

Between the studio (which needs a gutting due to prolonged roof leaking) and the wood shop, which has been mostly emptied but still has a ways to go, to the yard, where only the rusty bits I like are left, it’s been an adventure. A lot of potluck boxes, fabrics, fibers, threads, etc. have been added to my store page. Now we are looking at different materials.

All the tools that I can’t use are gone, a lot has gone to salvage, a box is being put together for the H for H Re-Store, and now the real treasures are emerging from the bottom of boxes, bins and drawers.

Now, some of you will not see the value in any of this but there’s more than I can use, and who in their right mind would pay mega bucks for slickly prepackaged replicas from a clever marketer. (Well, I have, and so have some of you, but these are real, have substance and history and would welcome new homes.)

I think my DH saved, collected or acquired, literally, thousands of keys. Then there are the various washers, interesting small gear shaped things and more. Collage artists use these, mixed media artists use these, book artists use these. Rather than send them to salvage, I am pleased to pack them up and make them available to you.

See them and oddball bits from the studio at:

Additional interesting bits are being added daily. Thanks for visiting!



Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Temperatures are projected for the high nineties all week. This means any out of doors work needs to be done in the morning and that the sun/shade patterns must be honored.  This is also the week the robins are fledging. There have been a many as 7 adult robins dive bombing my cats in the morning. The cats don’t like it, but they are confined to quarters for the next week or so. I prefer unhappy cats to dead or upset birds. Interestingly, Beau is curious but shows no sign of trying to retrieve the ones that get away. Mice on the other hand…

“Wafting in the Garden” <LOL>. Those of you who have had workshops with me know exactly what this means and does not mean. Suffice to say, the big floppy hat is in place but the long flowey skirt is not.And I am working HARD. Today I planted a twining honeysuckle to replace the dead grape vines, and a variegated dogwood in front of the South facing front windows. – behind day lilies and iris etc. I want year ’round visual interest. It seems to me another privacy screen plant would be a good idea,  but not today.

Next on my list is to procure chilled beverages and rebuild the side fence. Now that the steps are in (I did it! I got tired of waiting for other people’s schedules to clear and took matters into my own hands. I did it, all by myself.)  The steps  are level and to code but still require a railing. Designing the stone/brick foot path into the garden is an interesting process and will be fun – later.

Then the process of prepping for my “crazy woman clearing out the studio” sale begins. We’ll have an early bird reception Thursday, 3 p,m and the Public sale  Saturday. 8-3.

If you are in the Billings MT area, drop a note for the address and please, spread the word. All this stuff has to go so I can gut my studio, finally!


I hope you are having beach time but protecting your skin., that you are making stuff and doing well.


Mid June news

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012







This afternoon was spent with more cleaning and sorting in the studio. Will it ever end? I’ve uploaded some small, older pieces to Gallery 4. They are more in keeping with the work in fiber that most of you know me for.  As a reminder, my MayDazed Sale ends on the 15th. On the 16th, things go back up to their retail value. If you are in a location other than the US and want something, let me know and we will work out the Customs/shipping issues!

I’m about at the point of stuffing things in boxes and participating in a Flea Market Sale. This sorting, ironing and so forth is taking time away from the gardens and from the new work I need to be doing.

Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. I am missing Michael. All this clearing out has been therapeutic, if time consuming but it does seem to go on and on. I am finding wonderful stuff in the tool shed now that the major clearing has been done: wooden boxes, rusty keys, interesting bits of who knows what… All vintage, all probably updated with electronic tools by now – but aesthetically lovely. What to do with these things?.

Let’s get the clearing out done with, fix what needs fixing and get on with the outdoor work! There are shrubs to prune, weeds to pull and perennials that did not survive 2011 to replace.






My walking buddy, Ken, keeps a blog about the island and our dogs. His writing is as good as his photos. You might enjoy seeing some of Beau’s buddies, and a very good picture of  Beau as well.

This morning, Beau, Karen and I walked in a different area along the river. It was quiet, no other dogs or people.  Neiki and Beau are a good match and quiet friends, but likely to burst into wild running at any given moment. Fortunately they both have “off buttons”.  Along the way Karen and I cleaned up fishing line (dangerous to the birds as well as the dogs) and a mile into the walk found a still smouldering campfire, complete with beer cans: emptied, half emptied and full. We cleaned it all up but I must admit to being irritated at the disrespect for the Park.

The River is still running high but it was a lovely morning and Beau had good opportunities to swim. Neiki wades.

Tomorrow I will upload a memorial song for Michael on our anniversary, have a quiet day with my dog and dinner with a friend. Friday is the beginning of my new year.

Please join me in marking a significant new beginning.

all best, laura



clearing out the studio…

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

and finding all sorts of things. The entire space needs to be cleared in order to make it easier to repair damage to the ceiling and walls. I think my house was built under a water sign <G>. Anyway, more items are being added to my store page and to my galleries. It all has to go -there’s no place to store it, I don’t need it and you might enjoy it. Consider this a major artist stocking up opportunity.

There will be fabric collections, collage collections, odds and ends of paper and ephemera. I am enjoying touching and sorting all these things. It’s a great project for these windy, rainy June days.



The MayDazed Sale in gallery 4 continues through June 15, then prices will go back to retail. Thanks for visiting.

a rainy day

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

   The final mark downs in gallery 4 are in place, more work goes up this weekend.

Today will be spent stocking my store page: fabric packs, leftover potluck boxes,  ephemera potluck packs and other miscellaneous supplies for the mixed media artists.





Come visit! Early and often as the updated additions take time to load and there’s a dog to walk, coffee to drink and probably other miscellaneous tasks.

At least there will not be the distraction of the gardens today, although they desperately need all the attention they can get right now.


Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

In the garden:


This peach colored poppy bloomed yesterday. The traditional scarlet poppies are done now and my favorite, a deep blue based red did not survive the winter of 2011. On my outings today and Monday I’ll be looking for replacements but that color is not an easy one to find.

Last Fall a dear friend sent a box of treats, including this Iris. It too bloomed yesterday and is much loved. Thank you!






And in the studio/Gallery 4,  Some new work has been added and the MayDazed Sale continues. Some prices are changing today, more work will be added this afternoon and tomorrow.

This piece is part of a series where the batting is surface rather than filler. It’s wonderful to paint on, tear up and collage  with <G>.

Enjoy this wonderful Day!



May Dazed!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Thank you all for your comments and inquiries. There were some glitches, but for right now the “may dazed sale” pieces are on Gallery 4.  We all know the old adage about the last minute don’t we?

Prices will fluctuate and new things will be added from now until the June 15, after that, I am hoping to get back to a regular listing of new work. Right now, these things need new homes. Maybe you will find something you like and snatch it up before someone else does <G>.

The Museletter is back, let me know if you’d like to subscribe. It may be a few days before the proper links are on my Home page and elsewhere.

I hope that May has been good to you and that June is even better.

MayDazed SALE!!!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

  “the Moon and the Sea”, 5″ x 5″ x 1.25″   ©2012

Acrylic, paints and inks on Museum Wrapped canvas.  hang or display on shelf.

$85 includes shipping in the US.







Etsy doesn’t like how my images are sized – and that’s a crowded place to be for someone as impatient with technology as I seem to be these days<G>.

My website galleries aren’t happy today so here goes:

All  prices include US shipping. Time stamping is important – as in first come gets the item.

If you are outside the Continental US, contact me, we’ll figure out the shipping together.

All Payments will be billed via PayPal. If this is a serous issue for you, I can take credit cards by Square. They are equally secure but Square requires you to call me. (email me and I’ll give you the number)

If you have had your eye on something on the website and want it, let me know. We will work it out.

I will be posting items here, on my blog, as they are photographed. Look for lots of postings in the near future (into next week, at least twice a day!)

thanks, laura