Learning Something New

Trying my hand at Adobe After Effects. Attempting to teach myself. Boy have I got a long way to go….. Never believe an old dog can’t learn new tricks though. All a mindset. If you want it bad enough you can get it. This is sure to be fun once I figure out how it works….lol.

Quilling Project -In Process

Fall is my favorite season and Halloween is my favorite holiday. So why not put them together and make something? 🙂

I hadn’t worked on a quilling for some time so I decided to have another go at it this weekend. Just started this cute fella last night. Making progress. I always enjoy the photos throughout the process of any project. Shouldn’t take long to get him completed.



Jungle Illusion – Kit Available

9/17/2018 – Update

Jungle Illusion is complete! It made its first appearance at 2018 Fall Paducah QuiltWeek last week. Kits are being sold by the American Quilter’s Society. You can get yours here. This is a great pattern, easy to cut and assemble. Perfect for precuts. And gives a wonderful aesthetic affect of floating blocks when complete.



Newest addition to my illusion quilts. Like Seaside Illusion but with a twist. This one is Jungle Illusion. Made with exciting animal prints and batik-like patterns. Layer cake friendly as always. Solid green for shadows and cream in place of white.

Off to the quilter it goes. I do love Judi Madsen’s edge-to-edge quilting services!

Fabrics Used
Cream Background Fabric
Olive Green Shadow Fabric
Jungle Cruise Precut Batiks

This quilt is expected to be displayed at 2018 Fall Paducah QuiltWeek® and 2018 Virginia Beach Quiltweek®. Full kit available soon through the American Quilter’s Society.


Handmade Pendants

Made some new pendants tonight. They are still drying here. I can’t wait to see them tomorrow all dry and shiny. Great for necklaces or as keychains. They just sparkle.

My first paper Kusudama flower


“The Japanese kusudama (薬玉; lit. medicine ball) is a paper model that is usually (although not always) created by sewing multiple identical pyramidal units (usually stylized flowers folded from square paper) together through their points to form a spherical shape (Kusudama, 2018). Alternately the individual components may be glued together. (e.g. the kusudama in the lower photo is entirely glued, not threaded together) Occasionally, a tassel is attached to the bottom for decoration.

Kusudama originate from ancient Japanese culture, where they were used for incense and potpourri; possibly originally being actual bunches of flowers or herbs. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words kusuri, Medicine, and tama, Ball. They are now typically used as decorations, or as gifts.

The kusudama is important in origami particularly as a precursor to the modular origami genre. It is often confused with modular origami, but is not such because the units are strung or pasted together, instead of folded together as most modular construction are made.”

Kusudama. (2018, February 17). Retrieved February 22, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusudama



Sugar Skull paper quilling complete!

I’m really  becoming addicted to this paper quilling. I had been wanting to work up to making a sugar skull. I have a curio cabinet full of sugar skull items and this will go perfect. Here are some photos from beginning to finally in its shadow box and all done. I’d love to get some feedback from you. What do you think?

In the beginning . . .
Outline complete
Starting details
Progress . .
Progress . . .
Progress detail . . .
Detail . . .
view from the side
Eye detail . . .
Complete showing dimension
Framed 🙂

Quilling Seahorse Project

I’m absolutely in LOVE with Opal, my quilling seahorse project. This is a project I designed and completed myself. Still in the process of self-teaching the art of paper quilling. This one took me about 8 hours from start to finish. It’s 5 x7 in size and now in a shadowbox hanging at my work.