don’t worry

jan-31-blog“Worry spoils lives which would otherwise be useful and beautiful.”

{ reverend darlow sergeant }

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I hope your weekend is lovely and worry-free.  I’ll be back next week to post some studio-time updates.  Love to you!

(I created the above image on my iphone using the Superimpose app.  fyi.)

January 31, 2014 - 8:47 pm

Sheila Rumney - So very true! Love your photo… beautiful!

February 1, 2014 - 2:31 am

Sherri B. - What a lovely quote – that’s a keeper (and a reminder) for a worrier like me. I love your phone app editing – lovely!

February 1, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Dagmar - Beautiful quote and hand work, ways such joy to see what you create.
Happy February to you! Xo

February 2, 2014 - 12:10 am

Andrea Spadola - Such a lovely image. And the quote, well it is timely prompt for me. Thank you.

February 2, 2014 - 12:35 am

Andrea Spadola - I want to tell you that I am so inspired by the photos of your art work. BTW, the photos are artwork too. Your creations speak to me & I want stitch some lovies up myself. I love the mix of beads, embroidery, lace & burlap. These are all things I have been collecting in my stash. Happy Happy

February 8, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Laura - Ok. That was fuN ! Just read ALL of your blog posts. Fun to see what you’ve created over the Time and how your explorations seemed to change! Enjoyed my time and will keep on following…Laura

February 13, 2014 - 11:52 am

Caty Culbertson - Beautiful artwork and inspiration. I have a stash, too… Need to get busy! And not worry!!!!

a messy week

…but a rewarding one.  These cold  freezing grey days called for some color.  So mostly that’s what I did this week, played around with paints and color and texture and such.  Here’s a look…

Some more paper play…

jan-24-paper-collagePainted lots of backgrounds…


Sketched some embroidery designs…


Made messes…

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Did a project or two for this online art class I’m enjoying…


Drank lots of hot tea to stay warm…

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Did some quick, messy, colorful painting…


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Spent a little time crocheting by a sunny window…

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Added to my collection of thrift-store art books…

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A good (messy) week…



January 24, 2014 - 8:57 pm

Dawn - Loved the peek at all your works in progress.
I am doing catch-up on The Documented Life—jumping 4 weeks in.
Also making corn bags to warm myself along with the hot tea.
Stay warm, dear.
D xo

January 24, 2014 - 9:36 pm

bethf - it may look messy to you but to me it looks simply inspiring!

January 25, 2014 - 1:22 am

rachel - One of these days i’m going to take a one-month art ‘stay-cation’. Someday! Beautiful, inspiring work as always, Rebecca. I am really enjoying your paintings, btw. Thanks for sharing.

January 25, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Cherie Wilson - It’s all lovely….. except the freezing part. I get that!! It finally broke here today. Love that you are painting and taking a class and exploring……and I get to see what you are making! Thank you for that sweet Rebecca. XOXO

January 29, 2014 - 2:36 am

Kas - ‘Oh please sell the embroidery designs you’ve shown here! I received some lovely Cosmo thread for Christmas and have been waiting for something very special to use it on ~ your beautiful birds and flowers are the project I’ve been looking for :) Thank you for sharing your lovely work Rebecca!

January 29, 2014 - 5:58 pm - Yes I plan to offer them in my easy shop. I’m waiting for the printed fabric now and will have the sample and listing up in the next week or two. Don’t you just love the Cosmo threads!

January 29, 2014 - 5:59 pm - It’s been fun and eye-opening. I needed to do this right? Are you going to Vermont?

January 29, 2014 - 5:59 pm - Thanks so much Rachel! Hope you are well.

February 7, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Laura - Rebecca, you are unbelievably prolific! Seems I wake up and its Friday and I think…I didn’t get much done in the studio! Seriously, HOW do you do It? Laura

February 13, 2014 - 12:46 am

Cherie Wilson - oh messy goodness all over these images……. big hugs XXXXX

February 14, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Linda - Beautiful projects and photos. Can you share the afghan pattern? It looks so cozy.

March 10, 2014 - 8:05 am

Melissa - Love all the works in progress. I too have multiple works in progress. If only we have more days in the week to do the fun stuff..I was wondering if you would be willing to share the crocheted blanket pattern. Just taught myself to crochet two weeks ago and thought the blanket you are making beautiful.

snapshots from my studio this week

This week I hibernated in my studio.  Gave myself permission to spend some time just playing around.  Something I rarely do.  Until this year, right?  Keeping my 2014 word (Art) in focus means I have to dedicate some of my time and self to it.  I want to, I should say:)

So I made lots of messes and lots of mistakes and lots of pieces that look like something one of my hens scratched out.  But it was good for me.  The painting and coloring and cutting and drawing and even a little bit of stitching.  Here’s a peek at what went on in there this week, most are still works in progress (or works headed to the stack of pieces that need to be gessoed over).

studio-jan-2014-10studio-jan-2014-9studio-jan-2014-8studio-jan-2014-7studio-jan-2014-2studio-jan-2014-1studio-jan-2014-6studio-jan-2014-5studio-jan-2014-4studio-jan-2014-3All said and done at the end of this week, it was fun and it was frustrating.  It was discouraging and so very invigorating.  Well I suppose that’s how it is with all things artistic.  The journey never ends.

May each of you have a lovely weekend with those you love and a little bit of art.

January 18, 2014 - 1:27 am

joyce - SO glad you played.

January 18, 2014 - 2:44 am

Kelly - I am always inspired after seeing your artwork, even the things you are trying out. I have become a bit afraid to create and I’m not sure why. Your artwork gives me hope that I might find courage to create again some day!

January 18, 2014 - 5:53 am

Lorrie - Beautiful lines and colours in your work. I hope you enjoyed your week in the studio. What fun to dedicate time to Art!

January 18, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Dagmar Leuenberger-Swift - Your work is always filled with such joy and light!

January 18, 2014 - 8:41 pm

rachel - Whoa.. you hit the ground running with your focus word! Beautiful work…you’re so talented.

January 18, 2014 - 11:43 pm

Dawn - I like the results of your playtime!!
The second one is my favorite!!

January 19, 2014 - 12:17 am

mandysea - It’s so soul-cleansing – a time to gather thoughts and just let it all out onto canvas (or whatever)
Beautiful work.. love the red cross…love the flowers and love the maps and birdies… sweet!

January 19, 2014 - 12:40 am

KateinCleveland - So lovely, the colors, lines, words! The pink is dreamy! Thank you for sharing.

January 19, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Sheila Rumney - Love to see what you are creating! My word is create for 2014 and I too have enjoyed being in my studio creating. Thanks for sharing your artwork… so inspiring. And thanks for you sweet email… made my day.

tissue paper art

Cleaning off my studio table always comes with a spark of an idea to cover it back up again with a new project.  It’s like a blank canvas.  This box of patterns and designs on tissue paper are the latest result…

tissue-paper-boxMy table is a simple one made by my husband years ago (taller than average because I’m a taller than average girl).  The top is 4×8 feet.  Big.

If I know I’m going to be doing a lot of painting and inking, etc., I cover it with butcher paper.  Which I did here.  Then I taped big sheets of plain tissue paper leftover from Christmas all over the surface of the table.  Prep work is always tedious and boring and this was no exception.  But finally I got to play…

tissue-paper-tableAnother bonus to cleaning the studio was discovering things I’d forgotten or stored out of sight (and mind).  Like boxes of markers and paints and pens.  So these were all pulled out and put to work…

tissue-paper-closeup-1tissue-paper-closeup-2tissue-paper-closeup-3tissue-paper-closeup-4tissue-paper-closeup-5tissue-paper-closeup-6The trick is to move quickly so the inks, paints won’t spread.  And use permanent inks so when you’re using a gel medium to adhere the tissue paper on your project the colors won’t run (and you can place some images face down when you’re adhering too).  I used these paints, these pens and these pens.

Can’t wait to use these in some art projects I have in mind.

Hope your day includes art!

January 10, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Lynette (NZ) - Fun idea. Hope you gets lots of time to use them :-)

January 10, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Sheila Rumney - Beautiful! Can’t wait to see what you create with all of them.

January 11, 2014 - 12:23 am

joyce - yummo fun

January 11, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Jill - These are wonderful and such a fun idea! Can’t wait to see where these end up in your work!

January 11, 2014 - 4:30 pm

mandysea - oh wow… what a super idea! Love the end result with all the designs in a box ready to go at whim! Each tissue piece looks fabulous!

January 13, 2014 - 2:59 am

rachel - I could zone out for weeks at a time with a table that size! What a sweet & useful gift from your hubby. Beautiful paint doodles too, can’t wait to see what you’ll do with them.

January 13, 2014 - 3:28 am

Kelly - Your artwork makes me so happy. Thank you for sharing it!

February 7, 2014 - 2:01 pm

Laura - This is a brilliant and such an efficient use of time! Now, you have supplies for your pieces, ready to inspire you! Can’t wait to clear off my table and do THIS!
By the way, I am going to tip toe my way through your blog! I’ll be very quiet, along the way, so I won’t disturb ;) Laura

February 13, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Ingrid Petrini - Wow

February 23, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Tawnya - You are such an inspiration. Although, I spend most of my free time looking at what you have accomplished, therefore, my free time is gone. So, I like to think we made it together. LOL. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

2014: the year of art

My 2014 word…ART.


It came easily to me for all kinds of reasons…

Which I could list, but the one that eclipses all the others is that I’m not getting any younger.  I’ve fallen back into the exercise of making things.  So much fun and even creatively rewarding.  But not quite the same as creating art, not quite as good for my soul.  There’ve been no big a-ha moments where I’ve stepped back and thought ‘I did that?’, not for a long while anyway.   Those moments may still evade me but my wish is that it will not be for my lack of trying.

Oh I think of things I’d like to create in my studio.  I picture them in my head.  I do that a lot.  But to get them out into the real world it requires figuring out new techniques and conquering new skills.  And while I’m pondering all this I reach for my crochet basket or sit down in front of my sewing machine.  Lame for me because my comfort level is so high and happy when I’m doing those things.  I’m a great big scaredy-cat of learning curves and practicing and ‘wasted’ hours…which are all required for bringing new levels into one’s artistic repertoire, right?

All said and done, I’ve been procrastinating on stretching myself artistically because I haven’t made up my mind to take the time to just do it.  That’s the truth of it.  It might get awkward and messy and discouraging.  And I don’t like the way that feels.

So is 2014 the year to stop being a big baby artistically?  I’m hoping!


January 1, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Bari - Love this post! I’ll be looking forward to seeing your glorious creations!

January 1, 2014 - 5:40 pm

tim holtz - i fully encourage you exploring new artful things and excited to see your creativity come back to life for you. you’ve always inspired me and many others – welcome home…

January 1, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Patty - You said what is in my heart. Love this post and I say Amen to stop being a big baby artistically, too! Happy New Year!

January 2, 2014 - 12:14 am

Lorrie - Stretching oneself. Yes. I need to do that, too. Loved this post. Have a great year exploring ART.

January 2, 2014 - 2:15 am

cynthia/omaha - i look forward to your “stretching” as you have always been an inspiration to me. perhaps this year i’ll stretch with you. happy new year.

January 2, 2014 - 3:26 am

Jillayne - Oh Rebecca – I could have written this – I am so very much the same. Taking the easy road while I think about the tough stuff… I am making changes of my own, to push me from the easy chair, to do the hard work and feel the great, happy love that comes from trying and doing… best of luck to you!

January 2, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Dawn - Awkward? Messy?
Nothing is wasted.
Learning is just that way.
Cannot wait to see where your art journey leads you.
Inspiring us all.
D xo

January 3, 2014 - 6:25 am

Katiebob - Rebecca, thank you for the thought provoking post. I am not a believer in New Year’s resolutions, but I am now rethinking that. I think New Year inspirations is the way to go. Happy 2014!

January 4, 2014 - 1:59 pm

June - I find this interesting because I am so inspired by your work. I love your journals and aspire to achieve a similar feel in the journals I create. I hope you find the level of creating art that you are looking for in 2014 – we all look forward to seeing whatever you choose to share with us.

January 4, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Dagmar Leuenberger-Swift - Happy New Year Rebecca,
Loving seeing all your wonderful creativity..I hope this year will be filled with love and joy for you.

January 5, 2014 - 5:50 am

Janell - I’m so looking forward to your art this year!
I’m going to incorporate some of your quotes into my Project Life.
I wish you would make some 3×4 or 4×6 cards of your art and/or quotes!!

January 6, 2014 - 4:19 am

Joni - Hope to see more of your beautiful work!

January 6, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Sheila - Boy do I know how you feel! “It might get awkward and messy and discouraging. And I don’t like the way that feels.” To that I say Amen, sister! You’re one of my faves, I love your work!

Sheila in Oregon

January 7, 2014 - 6:38 pm

pam - love you. so cool!!! excited for you, you got this!! xo

January 9, 2014 - 12:44 am

phyllis - This made me laugh…I remember a girl who “doesn’t know how to quilt”. So obviously…stretching for you might be using a plasma cutter on steel or something haha!!
Me? I am eyeballing those leather stamping things…might try some bracelets where you paint inside the stamped areas. (probably because I’m too cheap to buy one!)

January 9, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Sheila Rumney - Can’t wait to see your art! Your post was thought provoking and I am ready to “waste” hours and learn a new technique. By you putting it into words, I now realize that is why I have been reluctant to start as I only have a few precious hours to create. My word for this year is CREATE. Happy New Year to you.

February 21, 2014 - 7:56 am

Judyinthepines - I’m 72–times a wastin’. Thank you for your post. Your work is so inspiring it makes my nerves tingle. I’m clearing out my work space now and already collaged my granddaughter’s birthday gift wrapping. Create is my word for the year and it’s expression is art. Thank you again and good luck.