Collage Progress

I have been auditioning fabrics to place behind the laces to show the beautiful, delicate details......

I have chosen several batiks that read like solids on their own but add some variation and interest behind the lace without detracting.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pieces large enough for the background of the whole piece so I have been trying everything I have on hand....  

Decisions, decisions......

Any opinions will be gladly accepted!


Quick Sketches of Gus

I did a few quick sketches of Gus on Strathmore Gray Toned Paper.  I am really learning to love working on toned paper!


Vintage Hanky Collage

I am working on a collage of these beautiful vintage pieces. It is a little sad to go through an estate sale and find treasures like these.....that no one in the family is interested in keeping, or that there is no family left to keep them.  They are so delicate that I have had several tear while gently washing them.  On the other hand, because no one wants them, I have collected approximately 50 of these gorgeous hankies plus other fine linens!  I was afraid to use them at first.  But I think I have found a way to preserve their beauty and share them.  I have coffee or tea dyed several pieces to add contrast, but I am thinking about layering a darker fabric under the cut-work to really show it off.  What do you think?

Please click on Comments below and let me know which one you like.


The Pioneer Woman and Her Boot Giveaway

Ree Drumond has an annual boot giveaway during the 12 Days of Christmas.  I love the variety and textures.  The stitching and detail are beautiful.  Of course, I signed up for the giveaways every day!  I didn't win a pair, but I had fun sketching them!


Our New and Improved Studio!!

We are finally done with the little touch ups and hanging my favorite things on the walls. Wayne did a fantastic job on the woodwork.  It is beautiful!

 We're so happy with the way the flooring looks now!  It will be much easier to keep clean than the carpet was.  I also love the bright white ceiling and clean freshly painted walls.

 I sorted all my batik fabric into the little cubbby holes and the top white basket on the floor beside them is overflowing with vintage hankies and lace I can't wait to use.

 My brother, Stephen Prophater is amazingly talented and draws home portraits.  He drew my dollhouse for me and made it look like a real house.

This is my drawing corner.  Stephen also did the drawing of the "Texas Hug", the cute little guy to the left hanging on the wall.  The middle frame on the wall is an ink drawing of my Dad done by another artist.  They worked together in the same studio. The last one is a piece of my Dad's artwork.  The glare on the glass makes it difficult to see but I will try to remember to post a better photo of it soon.

 I have been collecting vintage lace and trims at Estate Sales for awhile.  I just can't seem to pass it up....it is so beautiful!!  The yellow chair was my Mom's.  It was originally my grandmother's.  It sat on her back porch and she used it when shelling peas or shucking corn.  She was very short, so she had my grandpa cut the legs down so it was comfortable for her. It was in rough shape when my Mom got it, so she painted it yellow and antiqued it.  It has seen a lot of wear since then so it is more antiqued than ever!  Let's just say that it is very distressed!

 My daughter did the beautiful counted cross stitch on the top shelf and gave me the sheep (with the striped hat and dangling legs) that sits beside it.  Also on the top shelf is my collection of buttons. The yellow Bee mug, full of my best paint brushes, was a gift from my sister-in-law and her husband.  For some reason the glaze began to crack inside. When she heard about it they searched high and low to find another one just like it for me!!!  They are so sweet! I have been using the new one for my morning (and afternoon) coffee for 6 months or more and it is still perfect!

The dark brown bear on the left end was a Christmas gift from my daughter.  The bear next to him with the big heart was a Valentine gift from my son and daughter-in-law.  I love them both, they are so soft and huggable and they are way up high out of Gus' reach....for obvious reasons. : )  The framed piece is more of my Dad's artwork.  The stack of books came from estate sales as did the lovely vintage hat from Neiman Marcus on top. 

I put some unfinished pieces up on my design wall, hopefully to find inspiration to finish them.  I Believe I will finish them! : )

We were certainly able to make lemonade from these lemons!!  It was a lot of hard work, and Wayne has had some sore muscles and new bruises, but the end result is more than I could have hoped for. 

 We are now using ice cube trays, but it is working out just fine!


Perot Museum

My son, daughter-in-law and their 3 kids met me on the train and we rode to Dallas and toured the Perot Museum.  It is such a unique building, I had to draw it.  The escalator is on the outside of the building!  We saw many interesting exhibits and had a great time together!