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A "Pandula" is a flower which blooms only in one's imagination.


Monday, April 27, 2015


 I am Absolutely thrilled with my latest project!

This drawing is done in color pencil on a piece of scrap board a neighbor contributed.

In the past I disliked using color pencils and had pretty much disregarded them.  Until last Saturday morning.  I decided to give them another shot. I wanted to see how well they might work on a piece of wood. 

Now I think I am in love with them...and my results.

We start with a line drawing.

Then a start.

The picture below shows the point at which I decided to try the hairdryer. Redon and you will understand what happened.

So just a little FYI, I drew this with pencil and then inked it with an ink pen that is erasable.  Mind you I didn't even know that such a creature even existed as an erasable ink pen.   EURICA!  

And for those of you who may not know, the reason or the "science", behind erasable ink is friction... Friction produces heat and that erases the ink.  And, actually, on certain services like wood it will erace with the regular eraser, if you rub long enough, again producing heat.  

Also, you may or may not know, that color pencils have wax in them. So like the genius that I am I decided to hit the art with my hairdryer, thus melting the wax just a tiny bit and giving me even better blending.

Within 30 seconds POOF my entire line drawing was gone! Including the outlines on the color pencil work.  I just about cried. But it also turns out, that after the ink is gone there is some sort of residue left behind that makes it very hard to draw back over the top of it. So even though I got a little bit better blending, I had to redraw the entire piece and re-work the edges of the already completed color pencil work. 


The moral to the story? Don't afraid to try new things, but be cautious and prepared for dramatic learning experiences. LOLOL

Fortunately I was able to save it without having the sand it off the lumber and start over.

Now that the main design is completed I have to figure out what to do for The eye and the background.

Wish me luck.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Things have been kind of hectic… Still… But I do have a few pictures to share with you. I have been working on my drawing, especially since my other arts gave me tendinitis in my left hand. So here are a few pictures of what I've been up to.

I thought I was doing pretty well with this one, but things went horribly wrong. Keep looking further down.

His eyes are beyond weird and I can't figure out what to do to fix him. Clearly skulls are not my strong suit. But of course this is only the fourth or fifth one I've ever drawn.

But I learned a lot, and practices what it's all about.

Then I warped my inkle loom AND I FINALLY got the baltic threading correct!!!  The purple thread is hand dyed and hand spun by one of my Ravelry buddies.  Mailed to me a few years ago in a swap.  I made her a hand woven backstrap.

This warp will be for little pouch bags.

Then a friend cut me a few more boards out of my Juniper stump.  Aren't they wonderful!!!

Then a tiny drawing...too small for my liking.  Not sure how to complete it.  Maybe a car charm?

Then I drew this and HATED IT!!!  Soooooo I sanded it off.

The wood will be reused eventually.  

Then I tookmy first art instructional class. Acrylic painting.  Clearly I need a whole lot more practice. Although I will admit that I had more control of my brushes and paint than I ever thought that I would. You might remember this flower though from this drawing I did a few months ago…my first charcoal piece.

I don't know how many of you are familiar with the fact that I love dragons.  But I do so I bought a little book on drawing dragons, I've done a few before but it's been a very very long time. And this is what I got.

I was looking at this tutorial…so sorry for the sideways picture.

And here is the one that I drew.  It was the first time I had drawn on paper in quite some time and I did him very quickly. He was meant to be more skatchy than most of my art.  My art is usually tight I was trying to loosen up, he still ended up tight. But I do like it a lot.

He is an Amphitere dragon.

Then I moved onto a Phoenix.  He is on a piece of scrap lumber (think re-claimed) that a neighbor gave me. 

I have not picked up a color pencil in months and months and months. I cannot even tell you how long it has been. But I really like using colored pencils on the lumber and I think he's turning out beautifully so far.

And that girls and boys brings us to the present day and time. For now I'm going back to my color pencils.

I hope you guys stay tuned to see how things turn out with the Phoenix. 

Don't forget you can find me at the farmers market in Saint Augustine at the amphitheater on most Saturdays. Right now I am only doing every other Saturday and there is no market today and on the May 2nd, it will be closed also due to Flagler College graduation ceremonies. 

But I will be there the following weekend and every other weekend from there on. It may even be that I go back to every single weekend. So stay tuned same bat time same bat channel.

Monday, April 13, 2015


How about some nice green. I've been thinking so much about what a short Spring we had,  that I am  thinking about doing a series of bracelets in seasonal colors Of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  

And actually I'm using Crosstitch floss in various textures and thread finishes,  for instance some of them are metallic, some of them are just shimmery and some of them are not shiny at all. I'm using the Baltic threading (on my inkle loom) and I'm really liking the way it's going.

Friday, April 10, 2015


And when they grow up they became little bags/couches! 

Here we see the before...

And now, all grown up!

Don't forget girls and boys every other Saturday, and tomorrow is one of them, I will be at the St. Augustine amphitheater farmers market from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30. 

All the items that you see listed on this blog are indeed for sale. And please don't forget I do ship.  

Contact me anytime if you see something you like but would like in another color. I don't mind customizing and I do not charge extra for it.

See you there!

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Not much of the post girls and boys just pics of what I've been up to… A couple little table toppers.

They are actually a beautiful salmon color with the stripe down the center that is a smoky pink, beautiful if I do say so myself. They may eventually become envelope pouches. I'm not sure yet what they will be when they grow up.

Then a few bracelets/cuffs.  

Some of those buttons are handmade cedar tree limb slices that I made myself. And of course we do have various techniques.  This blue one fits ankles.

And even a little graphite pencil work.

Even a 'lil pastel chalk.  This one will have hooks in the center of several of the flowers, it could be used either for keys or for jewelry to hang on.