Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Summer 2023

This lovely dress was made by Wanda Harrigan. Thank you so much Wanda!
Silhouette Angel, pattern by Pamela Hastings. From the May 2009 Soft Dolls and Animals.

The Barbie movie has made pink gingham the fabric of the summer
I made this angel doll in memory of Robin Campbell, a good person who lived a full life.

 Bought used from Thriftbooks

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Spring 2023

 I am learning how to used colored pencils.   Adapted my colored rose from a book by Cynthia Knox


Order from JetPens


Sunday, March 05, 2023


I got these soft pastels at Five Below. On Wednesdays I am taking a class with Dan Hauben on using soft pastels. It's at Riverdale Senior Services.
On Facebook "Repeat Crafter Me" gave this crocheted pattern.

13 Ct Manga Drawing

How to Draw Manga


Dolly is ready to party

Monday, November 14, 2022


Saxon Avenue, December 2022

Hugs, pattern by Pamela Hastings


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Summer 2022


July 2022

I got this Faber Castell sample box











 June 2022

Yesterday, the first day of summer, at the Van Cortlandt Village Older Adults Center, we made tie dye shirts.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Winter Dec 2021 - March 2022

Sunflower, Mungyo soft pastels
Locker hooked basket

The background was an acrylic pour, the bear was traced from a stencil I had

Friday, December 17, 2021

Autumn 2021

Embroidered mandala, kit from Art101

November 28, 2021 finished little book from a kit bought years ago

Chess pieces coated with sparkle Mod Podge

Friday, August 27, 2021

Summer 2021

Angel, September 2, 2021 completed. The day after a fearsome storm. Pattern by Pamela Hastings

Pamela Hastings posted the pattern for this doll on Facebook

 Seth Apter Urban Insiders stencil on canvas panel painted with acrylics

Monday, May 31, 2021

Spring 2021

 May 30, 2021

Scratchboard Art

 April 28, 2021

An acrylic pour

Music Woman stencil by Stencil Girl

April 20, 2021

I bought the cotton canvas paper and the easel at Five Below

Stencil made with Dura-Lar

I used Dura-Lar .005 matte film
Copied a design from the Dover Publication "Folk Designs from the Caucasus" by Lyatif Kerimov
Used card stamp ink, with makeup sponges to pounce the ink.
WARNING: Do not use in a printer, use Computer Grafix Film for that.    

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Winter 2020

February 2021

Punch needle, pattern "Autumn" by Yvonne Buus

Hamsa stencils cut from Yupo

Items from Stencil1

January 2021

3.5 x 3.5 inch punch needle, background crochet thread

 The little dolls have a new punch needle rug.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday in New York, October 25, 2009, a visit to Michaels

Alas, January 2021 this Michaels is closing

Today, October 25, 2009 a Michaels opened in Manhattan.  Here is the story of my visit.  The store is located on Columbus Avenue near 100 St.  I took the 1 train to 103 St.  The 231 St. station is where I began my trip.

This is the 231 St. Station looking south toward Manhattan. The mural you see is above Lot Less, a store with a little of everything including craft supplies and clothes.

I got off the train at the 103rd St. station and walked to 100 St., then I turned east. This was the view, two blocks to walk to Columbus.

Around the corner from Michaels.

The blue balloons mark the entrance to Michaels. It's in the basement. You take an escalator to reach the selling floor. The aisles are too narrow, typical of stores in NYC.

This unfinished building is across the street from Michaels. The overpriced apartment boom is bust.

Walking back to Broadway along 100 St., I spotted this Fall Festival across Broadway. This was a special event, primarily dedicated to children. An entire city block closed to traffic and dedicated to children's crafts.

On the same block as the festival was this ping pong studio. I understand it was founded by someone who was a ping pong champion in China.