Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New lace for the tree!

Cathy B
blogging at:
With Needle and Thread

had a photo of her Mom
selling tatting goodies

so, I gave a few of her lovely pieces a new home!

Oh, the tatting is PERFECT -- beautiful motifs : )

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


One World One Heart

(the day winners are announced) 2011

Per our host, Lisa:
One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past 4 years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants with lasting friendships (and even one love connection) formed along the way. Think of it as a GIGANTIC open house allowing you to travel without ever leaving your home........going from blog to blog(in various countries) seeing the wonder each one has created and meeting all the fabulous people behind those blogs. As a bonus each blogger participant will offer up a "door prize or prizes"....just for dropping by, saying hello and seeing their world. It's really that easy.

I have participated
in 2009 and 2010.

I have given away books
and have a nice one
to giveaway in January.

(Maybe Two)

Stay Tuned .... if you are interested in participating,
check out Lisa's post -
Link in Side bar of this blog.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


Thx so much Melissa,
the Snowman Jingle Zipper Pull
arrived in today's mail.

It is so CUTE ...

Swing by Melissa's blog,
Honey Girl Studio
and see all the wonderful things
she is creating.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Up Towne Shoppes

Sharing some 'finds' from
Up Towne Shoppes
623 State Street
LaPorte, IN 46350

Of the numerous trips into
and out of LaPorte, I
always wanted to shop
at this store - which is
CLOSED on Tuesdays.

It was getting to be a joke,
I'd be in LaPorte - store
would be closed,
must be Tuesday!

Inbetween a few snow flurries,
I was on my way to
Pioneer Land Christmas Open House,
and made a planned stop at the 
Up Towne Shoppes.

I enjoyed all the booths. And, I have to go back!
I found a RED plastic gauge (Made in England) for tatting picots.
Also, a blue bobbin (there was a big basket of blue and brown bobbins)
And, a small magazine with tatted butterfly pattern,
The Workbasket (Aug 1990)

I found a big basket of
The Workbasket
magazines, in bundles.

Maybe next time, I'll sort thru
them for more patterns.

The Pioneer Land Christmas Open House
was nice --- very very cold, but nice!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

New Books

The Private Lives of the Impressionists
by Sue Roe

I'm such a softie
for certain books.

Cannot leave them
on the shelf!

Started reading this one in the store,
couldn't put it down.

I'm doomed.

The Flowering of American Folk Art
by Jean Lipman

Used book in ok condition,
but the photos are

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Special Exhibit: "Ivory"

The Lizzadro Museum
in Elmhurst, IL

has an Ivory exhibit
thru January 9th
a scrimshaw
activity scheduled
December 11th

See website or phone (630) 833-1616 for details.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 Cottage Hill Avenue in Wilder Park
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
Phone: 630.833.1616
eMail: info@lizzadromuseum.org

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

restless + wandering

Woke to a gloomy, overcast, rainy morning.
Matched my mood, oh so blue.
I couldn't stay home.
Didn't have it in me to be in the house all day long.
Grabbed my i-pod loaded with new music from DD.
(Pink, Shakira, Burlesque sound trac, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Bruno Marz, Glee)
Grabbed DS's camera + started out of the house.
Drove thru rain, sleet, snow flurries.
Ended up in Indianapolis, IN (yeah, I know!)

Toured Madeleine Albright: Read My Pins exhibit.
Guess what? The book photos don't do the pins justice.
They are mounted + have tons of information.
I was touched viewing the Katrina Pin
which I heard about in a cbs interview.

And, Andy Warhol Enterprises exhibit was fun!
Loved the wall of portraits - from Interview covers.
Even had a Michael Jackson.

Swung by a couple of my fav paintings,
bought a Marilyn Monroe pin (how could I not?)
+ headed home, spirits soaring.

Knew the lace exhibit was closing on Friday.
Stopped at Lafayette Lacer's Exhibit in Lafayette.
I enjoyed it today as much as I did
when with GFs (on our road trip).
The tatted ornaments on the tree are fabulous.
Oh, if only I had that much talent - will keep practicing!

I came home to happy pets +
plan to finish reading Madeleine Albright's book.
It was interesting reading, but now that I've actually seen the pins,
the book is even better.

Yesterday, I finished The Swan Thieves.
Some gave iffy reviews, I enjoyed it.
It was a complicated love story.
Real love, with real issues and complications.
I enjoyed the characters, the inspirations, the artisist in all of us can celebrate.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

IMA Exhibit: Madeleine Albright Pin Collection

Blue Bird, Anton Lachmann (Austria)
circa 1880.

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

Nov. 7, 2010 - Jan. 30, 2011

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Museum Hours:
Tuesday - 11am to 5 pm
Wednesday - 11 am to 5 pm
Thursday - 11 am to 9 pm
Friday - 11 am to 9 pm
Saturday - 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday - noon to 5 pm
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

I've been reading this book:
Read My Pins
from the public library.

I hope to get down to Indy soon.
The more I read, the more I want to see the exhibit!!!

You can see photos of some pins HERE

Friday, November 19, 2010

Road trip w/GFs

Enjoyed our road trip to West Lafayette.
Thx to Beth (w/o blog) for driving. Beth + Karol, picked me up, we met up with Deb and left the rainy/cloudy weather behind us. Drove south to crisp, sunny weather!

First stop was the Tippecanoe Arts Federation for the:
What a lovely exhibit!
The Lafayette Lacers had wonderful displays of lace including knitting, crochet, hardanger, bobbin lace, tatting (and probably I'm forgetting others).
The holiday tree was full of beautiful lace ornaments!
Stunning mini-tat motifs and angels (and more). Spectacular.

In addition to the lace, there were other galleries with exhibits. This is a card available at the gallery:

Accross the hall, the Tibetan Monks were creating a sand mandela.
One of the monks demonstrated how the sand mandelas were made with sand.
When I tried, I got 'dots' of sand, not the consistent lines of color!
They had a few small items for sale:
The deconstruction ceremony is on the 20th.

Second stop on our road trip was
Von's Beads, gifts, book store, etc.
We enjoyed browsing the beads, books,
gifts, gems/rocks, etc.
I found some nice cards + small stone for DS.

In the lower lever, I found a small paperback:

Samplers by Donald King c.1960
It is a nice book with b/w
sampler photos.
I haven't read the essay in the front.
There is minor wear to the corner,
otherwise is in great condition.

Before heading home, swung by the
Triple XXX Family Restaurant
for root beer + a burger.
I tried this one (from their menu):
Duane Purvis All-American - A very special taste treat!
1/4 lb. of 100% ground sirloin served on a toasted sesame bun with melted cheese on top with lettuce, tomato, pickle, Spanish onion and French fries. Add thick creamy peanut butter on the lower deck and you?re in for the touchdown!

Had no room for the Purdue Sundae - butterscotch & fudge ... maybe next time.

Headed home, chatting all the way with GF Deb, Karol, + Beth. What fun. Let's plan another road trip - SOON!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Beyond the Arches ....

Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from McDonald's Corp Art Collection
Thru Feb 13th

Newspaper Article + a few Photographs of collection: Lubeznik offers glimpse of McDonald's art collection in 'Arches'

While in the exhibit, don't forget your cell phone as there is a 'tour' by cell phone: (585) 627-4173.

I noticed on the web site,
Joan Chesterton (Prof Emerita, Purdue Univ)
will be a guest lecturer
7-9 p.m. / ($3.00 Admission, members+students Free)

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
101 W. Second St.
Michigan City, IN 46360
Tue-Fri 10-5
Sat/Sun 11-4

New to the book pile ....

The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver

I get the best books
from my hairdresser aka 'the magician'.

She has books in her
waiting area - just waiting for readers
to pick them up
and give them a new home!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

today is Button Day!

Per Holiday Insights web site

Button Day (always on Nov 16th) is a fun day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons. Button come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors and designs. There is an amazingly endless variety of buttons for your collection.

But, wait a minute.... is that the meaning of this day!? Maybe, the purpose of this day is to wear buttons. You know, those diverse buttons that send a message for political purposes. Or, ones that have funny sayings. Or, a button with a smiley face to cheer everyone up.

The origins of this day are unknown. So, we can't be certain to the real meaning of this day.

And, that could be a good thing. It means you can celebrate today in anyway you want. Here are our suggestions. I suspect you may have more.....

Button Collecting and Display Day - collect and display clothing buttons
Button Up Day- 'cuz it's cold outside!
Pushing Your Buttons Day - you're kidding me, aren't you!?
Belly Button Day - now, here's one that could be real fun
Belly Button Fuzz Day - it's amazing what you find in there.
Wear Buttons Day - skip the political buttons. My favorite is a Smiley button.

However you choose to celebrate, have a Happy Button Day!

Monday, November 08, 2010

reading and punching

Slay It With Flowers
Kate collins

I'm reading the 2nd book in the Flower Shop Mystery Series.
The first book was Mum's the Word.

I am trying to get thru Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper.
I get thru another chapter and
just put it down. I cannot
imagine going thru anything like that.

Lizzie Kate
Halloween Hang Ups 2

I couple weeks ago, I met up with a NANI
friend, Diana, at the public library
and we did some punch needle.

I'm still punching Halloween
designs + need to see if I have
any Autumn or Christmas
designs (with fibers)
in my stash.

Punching is so quick
compared to stitching.

I enjoy it so much ; )

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Textiles Galleries reopen at AIC:

Contemporary Fiber Art:  A Selection from the Permanent Collection

November 3, 2010–February 7, 2011
Galleries 55, 57–59

This exhibit includes 60+ works of fiber art!

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, Illinois

Museum Hours
Monday–Wednesday, 10:30–5:00
Thursday, 10:30–8:00 (Free Admission 5:00–8:00)
Friday, 10:30–8:00
Saturday–Sunday, 10:30–5:00

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tapestry Exhibit

June Wayne's Narrative Tapestries: Tidal Waves, DNA, + the Cosmos
November 3, 2010–February 7, 2011
Gallery 50

The exhibit includes 11 dynamic tapestries inspired by Wayne’s innovative graphic designs
and woven between 1970 and 1974. Mag

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Museum Hours
Monday–Wednesday, 10:30–5:00
Thursday, 10:30–8:00 (Free Admission 5:00–8:00)
Friday, 10:30–8:00
Saturday–Sunday, 10:30–5:00

Adults: $18
Children, Students, and Seniors (65 and up): $12
Children under 14: Free
Members: Free

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

America Windows

Marc Chagall's America Windows reinstallation
ready to be unveiled at the AIC

Member Previews
Friday, October 29, 10:30–8:00
Saturday, October 30, 10:30–5:00
Sunday, October 31, 10:30–5:00

Opening November 1, 2010
Gallery 144

Hours: Monday–Wednesday, 10:30–5:00
Thursday, 10:30–8:00 (Free Admission 5:00–8:00)
Friday, 10:30–8:00
Saturday–Sunday, 10:30–5:00

Monday, October 18, 2010

Revised Pattern

The Honey Bee Block pattern has been revised.
Patterns are available at the Deep River County Park, or see pattern below.
Deadline extended to February 1, 2011

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tatting Corner - Tatting Day

On Saturday, The Tatting Corner hosted
the 10th Annual Tatting Day.

The Frosty Fun projects
were designed + taught
by Kaye B. Judt.
IMO - Kaye is a positive and encouraging instructor.
She is so patient + demonstrates WELL.
I would watch her, try it + next thing I know,
.... "I GET IT!"
Thx Kaye - you are the best.

These are (my) beginnings of the two projects
Jack Frost + Onion Ring Snowflake c. Kaye B. Judt, 2010.
One project had split ring + split chain technique
(new to me; however, I think can manage with instructions in front of me).
The other project had onion skin join
(which I need much practice).

The blue edging (c. Kaye B. Judt, 2010)
was a tatting contest.
Participants had 15 min to tat the pattern.
The winner had the longest edge.
(I made it thru the pattern in 15 minutes - it is all good.
I'm sure my GFs who know me well,
are laughing knowing how slowly I accomplish ANYTHING)

Such beautiful tatting on display
of show-n-tell items & challenge items,
brought by participants. Inspires me
to try harder and create more!

New Stash - always fun.
IMO, Jennifer does a
nice job acquiring the tatting fibers, books,
supplies, + fun notions we enjoy using.

The lovely tote was full
of goodies: a window cling, letter opener (w/post its), jar opener,
special fiber, + additional supplies for the projects.

I chose a needle tat DVD as door prize.
You never know, I may give it a try!

Jennifer, you out-did yourself.
Thx for being you + hosting such a
fabulous event.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Needle Art Exhibit

"The Threads That Bind"

Needle Art Exhibit

presented by

Needle Artisans of Northwest Indiana

October 2-3, 2010

10am - 4pm

Munster Community Social Center
‎8751 Lions Club Drive, Munster, IN 46321
(219) 836-6921‎

Enjoy the needlework on display
made by our chapter members!

Stop by the
"Learn To Stitch"

Visit the Members Boutique
Ornament Sale Fundraiser
(Made by Members)

Opportunity Drawings for prizes
($2/ticket or $3/five tickets)

On Saturday, we will be honored
to have the attendees from
The Great Lakes Region
meeting attend our exhibit.

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For more information on our EGA chapter
click here

or visit
Our Blog

E-mail Needle Artisans

Monday, September 27, 2010

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

October 2-3, 2010

The Feast is held on the grounds of Fort Ouiatenon
Historic Park, a primitive country setting, four miles
southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana.

3129 South River Road,
West Lafayette
For more information:
Visit www.tippecanoehistory.org
Email feastinfo@tippecanoehistory.org
Call 765/476-8411
Fax 765/476-8414


Vendors and Crafts

Ticket Info

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Did you hear about this?

Catching up on blog reading, I noticed
has a wonderful offer on her blog.
She is tucking in some extra goodies
on all etsy and artfire shop purchases.
In addition to that,
is adding more ciggies (images)
and lengths of hand dye
silk to her shops! Lucky us : )

details on her post
Happy Birthday to You

Thursday, September 16, 2010


The Blue Castle
by L. M. Montgomery
(who also wrote Anne of Green Gables)

thx to my bookworm friends
for telling me about the similarities in The Blue Castle
and The Ladies of Misalonghi

I went back to the public library
and picked up The Blue Castle

From the book summaries - they do seem similar.

I had been looking for this Art Bin
since seeing it on (somebody's) a blog.

Found one at JoAnn's Fabrics (+ used a coupon.)
near the crochet hooks

My 'stuff' is a perfect fit
: )

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Ladies of Missalonghi

I checked this book out of the public library
after reading about it in the most recent issue of
PieceWork Magazine.

It is The Ladies of Missalonghi
by Colleen McCullough.

Enjoyable read so far.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz Festival
September 17, 18, 19

Chesterton, IN

Free Admission on Sept 25th

Check out the Museum Day section of the Smithsonian web site.
Select a museum and fill in the form;
provide your e-mail address.
You will get a free admission to the museum you select.
Good on Sept 25th!

Friday, September 10, 2010

What Day is it?

Sewing Machine Day!

According to Holiday Insights:

When : June 13th and September 10th

Sewing Machine Day celebrates a very important invention ----- the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s.
It wasn't until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S.
What a great invention.
Prior to it's creation, clothes items were sewn together by hand...stitch by stitch.