Saturday, April 30, 2005


The weather here has been rainy and cold for the past week and 1/2, c-r-a-z-y. It is perfect weather for stringing, organizing show paperwork and the search for insurance to cover my shows and canopy. OH MY!!! and I have taken the plunge and ordered a www.flourish.com Trimline canopy. Christopher was very helpful and gave me a sweet deal. I am extremely relieved to have a stable booth instead of my flimsey EZ-UP from Sam's. It includes a sky light and vents and then I ordered some extras: sta-bar, french wall, 30" awning, universal wall and bags for storing the canvas. It should be arriving the end of next week. Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 28, 2005


This is the front under the flap. She tore apart a denim purse she had and appliqued one of the flowers here. You can see the painted Russian buttons, a webbed strap and the blanket stitch. Their designs were so different considering that they are sisters. Posted by Hello

This is the back of Larissa's hand felted purse. She added stitch embellishments along with her felted symbol.  Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 27, 2005


Larissa just grabbed some recycled fabric that she had in her room for the linings and Thea snagged this right off. Isn't it funky and fun!!! Posted by Hello

Thea's felted CD player case. She did a fantastic job on felting and design. The buttons are made in Russia by a wonderful artist and the roving was purchased from www.peacefleece.com. I have to show the inside lining choice too in another post. Posted by Hello

Stuff and more Stuff

Perhaps I will journal all of my day to day planning, creating and general hysteria of getting ready for all these shows, gallery showing and the raising of 3 daughters(18,13 and 4).

Would you really care or enjoy it? Probably not, so, I promise not to do it.........often, lol..

My Mother is going to take Tameryn after preschool today around 11am until tomorrow after supper sometime. I could have had a full day of doing and then I remembered I promised Larissa to help her out in explaining different stitches tonight at her Felted Purse Class for the Arts Council.
She is doing an awesome job teaching her students and this also includes 2 of her high school teachers, her French and one of her math. The women are making absolutely beautiful color choices and the choosing of their symbols is very interesting. I will take some pictures tonight to show at some point.
We had an anxious moment when we realized that there was NO stove, hot plate or even hot water to have hot soapy water for the felting process on Monday. I went to a couple business's on Main Street with no luck. My Mother lives in the same town and she came through for us. I used the coffee pot also and just kept running water through. It was all good for we were very early....:0) I figured that there would be at least some running hot from the faucet.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Journal it Create it

My youngest, four, is at my Mom's leaving me 2 days of uninterrupted work time. I designed a center piece for my gallery exhibit in June, dh is building case for said occasion & pillars, 3 frames to display special jewelry, blow up of jewelry pic needs to be produced/framed, wall treatments for booth & podium covering, more artdolls, jewelry, brooches, earrings, wire sculptures, silverwork, face cabs, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. Needs to be completed plus more for upcoming shows and exhibit.
Today is the making of neckpieces and rosaries galore. So, here I am playing around with the pc with the changing of format on my http://stephinthegarden.blogspot.com/ and posting here, lol... oh well ;) The white was just too stark for the overall look of my garden blog. Check it out and tell me if you approve.
Time to work! I will show my endeavors later in the evening or perhaps tomorrow morn'.

Thursday, April 21, 2005


Another view showing all my wintered over scented geraniums and herbs. My dh redid the entire kitchen for it had nothing but 2 free standing rusty metal cupboard, a dividing wall and no trim. My thoughts were of a kitchen that appeared to have always been.  Posted by Hello

I just grabbed a cup of tea looked about my kitchen and thought, hmmmmmmm.... This is my studio at the moment, I should put a pic up. Here are a couple fairly recently. They were taken for part of my dh's portfolio. Posted by Hello

I thought this was interesting for an ArtDoll idea.... Found in Clive Barker's ABARAT Posted by Hello

Book It

I saw this on ArtDolls http://www.artdolls.info/ which is a Fiber Arts blog by Judi Wellnitz. Judi has been experimenting with bead embroidery on a mermaid doll. She is a wonderful cloth doll artist who manipulates cloth and fiber into her creations.

Book It!
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually next to you

Here is mine:

It was the largest room he ever entered in his life: a vast, round windowless chamber with stacks of books rising perhaps forty feet in the air.

I have been using some of his artwork for inspiration on my beading, Clive Barker's ABARAT.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


My bead buys recently....I am so very pleased with the faceted gems asst., glass asst., Bali and pearls. Here is a 'sampling' of my purchases. Too exciting!!! I picked up more 15 size seed beads, tons of toggles, prayer boxes, crosses, pearls, threads and other wonderful finds. Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Fig Preserve Cake

This is an absolutely awesome recipe. I first tasted this wonderful cake back in 1999 when I gave a lecture at a local church. The ladies gave a small dinner followed by my lecture and this was one of the many desserts provided.

FIG PRESERVE CAKE

Grease and flour pan and preheat oven to 325'

In mixer bowl, cream 3/4 C. margarine (or butter) with 2 C. sugar. Add 4 eggs,(one at a time) beating well after each.

Dissolve 1 t. soda in 1 C. buttermilk and add to mixture. Add 3 C. flour, 1 t. nutmeg and 1 t. vanilla. Then add 2 C. fig preserves(recipe follows) and 1C. chopped pecans.

Spoon into prepared pan and bake for about 1 1/2 hours. Check with pick at end of 1 hour and judge accordingly.

FIG PRESERVES:
First, cut the figs into large raisin sized pieces.Cut or grate lemon rind until you have used 1/2 of the lemon.Place figs and lemon rind in pan with the following ingredients: 2 1/2 C. Water2 C. Sugar1 T. Allspice1 T. CinnamonJuice of One Lemon Mix together and let set covered for about 2 hours. Check the amount of fluid on the mixture, if it looks dry, all a little more water, cover pan and then bring mixture to a boil. Stir and then turn down heat to a simmer until mixture starts to thicken...stir often. When it is thick, turn off heat and leave cool down. When cool, place fig mixture in a blender run long enough to break up skins. It will be very thick, so you will need to do small batches at a time in the blender. It does not have to be totally smooth.

Friday, April 15, 2005


Isn't it strange how all our special tidbits end up in our china cupboard. My Daughter's 6th grade hand made out of pottery, snippets of their first hair trimmings, Grandmother's tea cup and my beaded dolls all end up behind glass doors meant for fine china. Posted by Hello

My two recent beaded crazy quilts on nature. My scanner is a nasty thing, I really dislike it. I need to get my digital camera up and running once again. The smaller one has a mossy forest floor feel and the larger pink piece is based on my one perennial garden.
 Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Building stock

Lovely beads, tons of beads are on there way to me, :0).
Semi-precious, Bali, all types of seed beads and Czech will be pouring into the studio to become necklaces, earrings, bracelets and bangles. I am in a real chunky, multi strand mood using earth tones and some vivid contrasting beads layered in at the moment.
I have been working diligently on my quilted stones and ArtDolls that I truly miss my stringing and wirework. It is good to have many sides to one's art. I never get bored or feel confined...
My first big show of the season is next month which means I have to stay super focused.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


still creating patches...... Posted by Hello

The piecing of the patches has begun for this pink garden. Nymo size D beige thread and a selection of 10 different pinks in size 11 seed beads to cover. Posted by Hello

The bottom work showing netting, freeform peyote and tubular flat peyote. I left open work over the cracks and crevices of the stone. Posted by Hello

Monday, April 11, 2005


'Beaded Crazy Quilts on Nature Series' Posted by Hello

creating quilted stones

My love for nature continues to find a place in my art. Two years ago I saw beaded stones and just had to create one which, involves using tubular flat peyote and seed beads to make 2 patches. The patches sandwich around a stone, you continue the weaving of beads until you completely fill in the mid section to connect the top and bottom. I made my first one using this method and then after that it evolved. The combination of stone, beads and freeform stitches builds an organic melding of materials into one thought.

Friday, April 08, 2005


This one is in my collection. Patti created this shadow box of polymer sculpted tiles to represent memories from our long friendship. It has a Bridget Jones flavor, along with a green man, moon, sun, kitty and likeness of me. I have many of her works on my walls and someday will put it up here for all to see how very talented Miss Patti is.... Posted by Hello

Louise and Pat


A glimpse into the wonderful world of my friend Pat Eckstrom's work. My friend Louise, who has this acrylic 'Geranium and Claypot" in her Pat collection. Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Artist Bios for Gallery Show "Gardens of the Soul"



Aksana Zhurskovskaya Bio:

She is a recently arrived artist from Russia and Jamestown resident. "Art in Praise of the Creator" is the theme of the exhibition, with pieces reflecting Biblical scenes in addition to still lives, landscapes and portraits. Ms. Zhurskovskaya described her work saying, "Art is joy in my life. Through the process of creation, the Creator has set an imprint of life, which gratefully, He endows some to capture in representational art. It is in awe of what has been made that I attempt to fashion images and feelings which derive from His creation , and from His call in my life." Known for her descriptive Biblical imagery in oil, her works are on permanent display at various Christian institutions in Russia and the Ukraine, and can be found in private collections of individuals ranging from Moscow, and Kiev, to Seattle and Los Angles. Her first visit to the US found her painting at Bestor Plaza, in Chautauqua Institution, with a photo of Oksana later used by the institution in their national advertising campaign in 2003. Ms Z studied painting in Russia at the Academy of Art, Komi Republic, where she received highest honors; at the famous Surikov Academy of Art in Moscow; and had private studies with the Russian master, Sergery Minosyan-Peoples Artist of the USSR.

Stephanie Distler Bio:

Being born into a small family, small community and smaller town, emerging artist, Stephanie Distler, became self taught. She learnt from her environment, books and people closest to her. They educated her to enjoy the simplest of pleasures in ones day to day life.

Early on Stephanie loved texture, color and movement in the calico rich quilts of her Grandmother, the wood her Father hand crafted and the contents of her Mother's jewelry box. The jewelry stayed with her throughout her young life and was never forgotten.

The artist opened an herb shop and gardens in her early 20?s. This venture made her further realize where she should be in life with her work. She loved everything about the gardens and wanted them to carry that organic touch over into art. So, 5 years ago she began a more professional venue for her work and Moss Designs was started. The designs in the beginning developed around body ornaments and soon took on a life of their own into the beaded figure. Here is an excerpt taken from one of her class booklets:

"A Realization of Self"
All roads have lead to my love for beads, freestyle bead embroidery, painting with beads and bead weaving. What was started as a desire to create body ornaments has turned into a deep search and study of all facets of beads. I find myself wanting to know its origin, culture, and type as I go about my design. These little bits of history draw you in and ask to be made into something to please the eye and quiet spirit. As I start to build a piece, my mind contemplates where I will eventually end up, will I stay with my outline or surprise myself yet again with a fragment of my inner most self? What may start as one thought may turn into a journey of self-discovery and freestyle bead work is a wonderful way to express this.


Classes taught include:
The Beaded Brooch
The Beaded Figure "A Realization of Self"
Jewelry Designing Techniques
Wire working in Jewelry

The emerging artist, just in the last 2 years, has started to show at larger art venues throughout Pa. and New York. She received an 'Excellence in Jewelry Award' at Bellefonte, Pa. for their 2004 show. She hopes to continue building her show credits to include fine art shows across the US.

This year's show schedule includes:
~Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Dates: May 19, 20, 21 and 22nd http://www.fineartsfiesta.org/
~Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, Pa. 9th-13th(I will be there) it runs 3rd-19th. They have 3 separate groups of days artists can display so, it is always new and fresh http://www.artsfestival.net/
~Manayunk Arts Festival in Philadelphia, Pa. Sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine June 25th and 26th

-This is just a sampling of some of the larger shows, please go to http://www.stephaniedistler.blogspot.com/ to stay current.

Board Member of Elk County Council of the Arts, ECCOTA
My Statement:
My love of nature inspired art overflows into my beaded ArtDolls with materials used, organic stylings of ‘Beaded Quilts on Nature’ and color choices, materials and flow of my jewelry designs. My Realizations in Texture, Color and Movement can be seen through each piece of my work as a ,work onto itself, for I do not generate multiple items of one thought. Semi-precious materials, artist cast face cabochons and beads, handmade fibers and beads purchased throughout the world are some of the elements fused in this very mixed media type of art. Posted by Hello

Gallery Showing

I am going to be showing at The Palace Gallery in Jamestown, New York for June along with Oksana Zhurakovskaya. Oksana is a wonderful painter of botanical art from Russia. My work will consist of how my art and gardens are connected in thought and process with my 'Beaded Crazy Quilts on Nature Series', beaded figures and bead paintings.
Rebecca Thomas has tentatively planned on mid June to mid July
Here is the link http://www.reglenna.com/
The Palace Gallery is now opened next to the Reg Lenna Civic Center, which was once the Palace Theatre a "High Class Vodvil" house. Please look into the history on this lovingly restored building http://www.reglenna.com/index.php/RegHistory
I will be including Oksana's information later along with my bio and statement.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Teal/copper mermaid front finished in very random stitching including back stitch, fringing, buttons, picot, single and tubular peyote.  Posted by Hello

The finished back of teal/copper mermaid. Backstitch was used in the swirling of 8's and 11 seeds. I wish I could get depth on my scanner so, you could see the variation of the stitching that the tail has and the peyote on the tail tips.  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

MY INTERVIEW

Brooke, at http://phoenixknitter.blogspot.com/ has posted interview questions for me to answer on my blog. If you are interested in being interviewed by me, here are the rules:

1. Leave me a comment saying 'interview me'.
2. I will respond by asking you five questions here. They will be different questions than the ones below.
3. You will update YOUR blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions

~And here are the five questions Brooke asked me:

1. How does living in a small town make you different than the average American? I feel that living in a small town develops, perhaps, a more imaginative sense towards art. I do not have the cultural stimuli that city dwellers have in their day to day life and this gives me at times, a unique/naive spin when creating. This lack of *city life* drives me to over create my own cultural nook with my home in books, hung art, music and the internet. My gift then to my daughters is the same desire and drive for finding knowledge. They amaze me everyday with their own desire to learn and even teach.

2. If you could be a character in an Anne Rice book, which book would you choose and why? Would you be a vampire if you could? definitely the book Blood and Gold about the vampire Marius. Marius was one of the immortals who even though he had lived over 1000 years still had a desire for life and learning. It is nice to escape in that world but, I would not care to become one of the *undead*, :)

3. I had a garden in California that was so amazing I often stood in wonder at the process of it all. Do gardens have a spiritual aspect to them? What gives them their life?
Gardens have such energy to them and provide the gardener an immense sense of inner peace in the maintaining and care. We gardeners have our own little circle of life with seed starting, growth, harvest, culinary preparations and ,of course, composting. We give the gardens a bit of our lives and in turn they give us theirs. Such a wonderful process.....

4. What is your favorite thing about art festivals? What is the strangest thing you have ever seen sold at one?
I love the camaraderie between artisans, positive feedback from clients and visiting new towns/cities. Being at shows gives me time to work on my artdolls and the like with out interruption and most of the time get inspired from my surroundings and passersby.
Hmmmm....... I am not sure about the strangest thing. It is all good, I cannot say that I have ever seen anything that was that bazaar or strange. I was invited to attend a nudist artshow one time...Now that would have been strange for I would have had beads in some very awkward nooks and crannys.

5. What is the difference between crafty and artistic?
This depends on who you ask for you can be artistic about so many things. Craftspeople/artists are all in the business of creating something which is aesthetically pleasing. However, craftspeople or artisans mainly create objects that serve some practical/utilitarian purpose as well as being decorative, while traditional art is for the most part merely created for the purpose of viewing. Although so many utilitarian pieces are just as artfully done and should be considered art. This falls in the range of fanciful jewelry, quilting, wirework, pottery, weaving, knitting, etc. Are now coming into the fine art circles too.
I have such a hard time in the jurying process on artshow applications deciding what I am, am I mixed media, jewelry, fiber and so on. There are so many jewelry artists that do not get into artshows because, there are so many trying. The jurors try to keep their acceptance at a minimum. I am just as much fiberart/fine art as jewelry but, if I don't put jewelry I may not be able to sell jewelry. Such a pain...

Thank-you Brooke, that was fun

Sunday, April 03, 2005


The teal/aqua/copper mermaid wants to be stuffed and fluffed, not a brooch. I have a 3 bead picot almost all the way around and stopped on the tail tip for now we are going to be stuffed. The mother of pearl carved fish button was purchased with my antique/vintage pre WWII German button finds from my friend. Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 02, 2005


I just added quite an assortment of work here on Moss Designs www.mossdesigns.blogspot.com ~enjoy Posted by Hello

Friday, April 01, 2005


This will be my next project, to complete more individual wrought stands for my ArtDolls. This stand used a round stone for the base while 12 gauge copper wire formed the framework. The stand and the small mermaid were show stoppers together.  Posted by Hello

I am absolutely in love with this song...

Anna Nalick - Breathe (2 am) LyricsAlbum: Wreck Of The DayListen / BuyArtist Chart HistoryReviews for this song
Lyrics:
2 Am and she calls me cause I'm still awake
Can you help me unravel my latest mistake
I don't love him and winter just wasn't my season.
Yea we walk through the doors so accusing their eyes
Like they have any right at all to criticize
Hypocrites you're all here for the very same reason.

Cause you can't jump the track
We're like cars on a cable and life's like an hourglass glued to the table,
No one can find the rewind button girl
So just cradle your head in your hands.

And breathe, just breathe, whoa breathe just breathe

May he turned 21 on the base of Fort Bliss
Just today he sat down to the flask in his fist
Ain't been sober since maybe October of last year
Here in town you can tell he's been down for while
But my God it's so beautiful when the boy smiles
Wanna hold him but maybe I'll just sing about it

Cause you can't jump the track
We're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass glued to the table,
No one can find the rewind button boys so cradle your head in your hands

And breathe, just breathe, whoa breath just breathe

There's a light at the end of this tunnel you shout cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out
And these mistakes you've made
You'll just make them again if you'll only try turnin' around
2Am and I'm still awake writing this song
If i get it all down on paper it's no lonmger inside of me threaten' the life it belongs to.
And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary screamin' out aloud
And I know that you'll use them however you want to.

But you can't jump the track
We're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass glued to the table,
No one can find the rewind button now

Sing it if you understand...yeah breath
Just breathe, ohho breathe

Here is the site: http://www.tophitsonline.com/lyrics.php?songid=10002

Created freeform wire ss earrings today. These also have a hammered texture applied with my ball pein hammer. I still need to file, tumble and put the hooks on tomorrow.  Posted by Hello

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