Monday, May 30, 2005


Happy Memorial Day!!!! We have a very nice day planned with tons of people and food. We are now heading down to catch my daughter in the parade, she is a majorette. This is an old postcard from a German artist in the early 1900's of our Market Street and the street we will watch the parade. I hope everyone has a great holiday.  Posted by Hello

Fire, Fire!

Late last evening I was walking with a good friend, her eldest and my eldest and the dog around the neighborhood. It was a chilly beautifully clear evening. We stopped a few blocks from my home commenting on a wonderful smoke formation, shape identification;), before long it turned into a glowing red mass of orange, flickering color. We then realized it had to be a fire, not only a fire but practically in my back yard. We then bolted across two blocks and as I got closer it almost looked like it was, praise God that was not the case. Our neighbors, across the alley, have been burning their garbage for the last 2 years and they got quite a bit more careless than usual with a couch and shingle burning this time. This particular time they were also burning and not watching I guess. Let me clarify how close our houses are, EXTREMELY! We probably run 10' to 15' away generally from each other, at times 2'.
So, we all took off across 2 blocks to find their garage in flames, an exploding propane tank and their truck in front of the fire just about ready to go. Not only that, perhaps 20' away our other neighbor's garage has some oxygen acetylene tanks. That neighbor was taking his family and running to the In-Laws. It must have taken the fire trucks 15-20 min. to get there and they are right down the street, alittle longer and we would have been gone too. Noone got hurt as far as I know but, they did lose their garage and part of the garage next to them(another neighbor).
Today we will enjoy a wonderful Memorial Day with friends and Family minus the fire WE were going to burn today.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

'Meet the Artist'


-A local paper put the announcement in for my June showing.
The Palace - Stephanie Distler and Oksana Zhurakovskaya will present "Gardens for the Soul" a beautiful exhibit of oil still lifes with flowers by Oksana and Beaded Quilts on Nature, ArtDolls, and jewelry by Stephanie. Exhibition June 6th through July 8th, Artists reception Saturday June 18th, 6:30-8:30

This reception is scheduled along side the one in the Wright Gallery at Reg Lenna also:

The Wright - Casey Brink, David Grice and Stephan Bagley will produce trio of work including paintings and photographs. An interesting combination by these young artists. Show to run from June 6 through June 30, Reception, Saturday June 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Palace Gallery 118 E. Third Street, Jamestown NY

The Wright Conference Room Gallery, 2nd floor, Arts Council Building
116 E. Third Street, Jamestown NY Posted by Hello

Friday, May 27, 2005


I completed these three themed pieces to show with my 'quilted stones' . I have played around with a few new techniques just for this showing.  Posted by Hello

Working in the sun, finally!!

Yesterday I had a full day of creating in the garden and home for, it was a gorgeous 75 degrees and sunshine. I sat at the picnic table, on the brick patio, and wove a quilted stone in a cottage garden theme. I am almost finished with my display for the gallery in Jamestown and the work. I will hopefully hang and install on the 31st. I spoke to Oksana, before going to Wilkes-Barre and we agreed upon an artist reception date for Saturday June 4th would work.

I am planning a Memorial Day gathering, to include family and friends at my home, with all the regular fare for Monday. We will have Italian sausage in marinara, hot dogs and hamburgers, mac salad, baked beans, coleslaw, dip/chips, sweet potatoes and whatever else floats my boat, perhaps a gooey butter cake for dessert. My dd is a majorette, and will be marching in a local parade also, funstuff ;) They have a very nice town wide event, in our sleepy little village of Wilcox. A carnival also comes to town for that weekend and other festivities are planned around this occasion.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Fun at Fiesta

We left Wednesday the 18th about 4pm and arrived at 8:30. This was only the second time to set up our Trimline canopy, it went well, dh is very mechanically oriented ;). We stayed at the Ramada which is right on the square and only pay $50 for 3 nights total, it is a sweet deal. The weather was a bit nippy, especially on Sunday, I am so very glad we bought a small heater. I also got 3 small dolls finished to go along with my Beaded Quilts on Nature Series and started a stone.
This year's show was the fullest it had ever been with artists but, the attendance was way down. I really loved seeing some of the same faces that I connected with last year. Thank you for tracking me down once again! You people make it all worth the trip and the nasty weather.
Taj Mahal performed Saturday evening, stayed at the Ramada and came down to the bar after the show. The other artists were so very excited and got autographs, one on his guitar. I felt so lame he did not ring a bell but, here is his page link http://www.taj-mo-roots.com/ . His style was wonderful!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


I am leaving tomorrow afternoon to set-up at Wilkes-Barre 'till Sunday after supper. Here you see my old display with Pat Eckstrom's work and my daughter's fiber jewelry. It was so difficult to lug and worry about everyone elses work that I swore I would never do it again. It was a wonderful artshow www.fineartsfiesta.org This year my display will be totally different with my Trimline canopy, awning, wall treatments, french wall, pedastals, podium and cases. There are so many things I still have to complete prior to my June shows in Pittsburgh and Manayunk. My tables will be raised 36", new table skirts and wall shots of my work. The time just did not permit before this one. Posted by Hello

Monday, May 16, 2005

I have to cook this up again!

Sunrise Chicken
This is a very special dish with unique flavors that is simple to make, I made it for my Daughter's 16th birthday party. She invited her French teacher and the teacher visiting from Morocco for her special day.
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon canola oil
salt
fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons fresh, grated ginger
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1 (15.00 ounces) can sweet potatoes, drained
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 cup dates
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1. Heat oil in large skillet over moderate heat.
2. Season chicken with salt and fresh-ground pepper.
3. When oil is hot, add chicken, cooking till light brown on both sides.
4. Add the ginger, orange juice, wine, lime juice, mustard, maple syrup, thyme, and coriander.
5. Stir, blending.
6. Add sweet potatoes.
7. Simmer for 10 minutes.
8. Remove from heat and add almonds and dates.

I tried to keep it somewhat Moroccan for Amina and invited Larissa's friends also to partake. It was a very enjoyable time for everyone. I was so very pleased with how her friends tried everything plus came back for seconds.

Friday, May 13, 2005


If you have been following my garden blog http://stephinthegarden.blogspot.com/ here and there, I have mentioned my good friend Pat a lot. Well, here is a pic of her beautiful self, at one of my Herb and Art fests and her 5 foot paper angel being displayed in my home, for one of my Open houses. She is such an innovative artist that goes over to the next level everytime I am privileged enough to see her new work. I cannot for the life of me find the pictures I have of her framed pieces in my stash of albums, baskets and piles of past pictures. I have tried to be organized in cataloguing all my shows, gatherings and family photo ops but, I still lose hours trying to locate certain ones.  Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Here is my new business card. I really like being able to have a small portfolio on the backs.  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


A mixture of faux stone faces from my Saturday flurry. I really like a sense of nature with my ArtDolls and a shiny pinkie pearl face just will not do. These apricot hued ones will be a perfect start to many works. Some of them will still get a wash of acrylics and then baked once again for permanence.  Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 08, 2005

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

It is going to be joyous one here in beautiful sunshiney Pennsylvania. We have a very eventful day ahead with breakfast at the Red Fern(where my eldest daughter works), soccer game an hour away for the mid daughter at 3:00 and then amongst all this, I will be finishing up stuffing and sewing on doll forms. My work is traveling with me and hopefully the stuffing will be completed and some bead embroiderying on a few of them.
The last 3 days have been pretty productive my one goal also was to find a good artist insurance, I think that I have and to get my frames/case finished for the gallery exhibit for June. I feel that they are almost complete. My new Flourish canopy is arriving this week and once it does we will set it up will all the bells and whistles of a show. Hopefully I can then get my table covers designed and my wall draperies also. I am so very excited to have a more stable structure for shows and to house my work in.
I did chop away at my list over the last 3 days too; 65 faces completed, forms sewn up/some stuffed, doll instructions/labels all printed and designed and made a sketch of said sunflower necklace. I ran into some problems with having to design labels once again, for my old Printmaster program now will not work on the xp, and that is where they were. So, I decided to design one physically, scan and print them out. I could not get the desired end product on any of my other programs, errrrrrrrrrrr.......
Loving life, time to get my body ready for the day!
~enjoy

Friday, May 06, 2005

Projects for the Day

Today I need to:
  1. sew up the rest of doll forms and stuff
  2. make extenders for silver linked bracelets
  3. create a sunflower necklace
  4. make face cabochons
  5. print out small doll instructions and package kits
  6. non fun inventory numbering for jewelry gathered from ECCOTA

Now perhaps I am being an over achiever for the day or a little insane, especially since it is 11:30 and I should have started 4 hours ago. I love a good crazy day of making!!! This is my last full weekend before my first show in Wilkes-Barre that my Mom has my youngest daughter. This allows me uninterrupted time to just do and eat whenever. I picked up a good bunch of cilantro and will make a big plate of nachos for lunch. I AM OFF ;)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Tossing one more out there :0) Posted by Hello

Here is another..What I did was type in 4 different word senarios one was my biz name another my slogan etc. Posted by Hello

Here is another, cool stuff... I love the color combinations..great ideas for incorporating different color thoughts Posted by Hello

I was visiting Sharon of 'In a Minute Ago' and she mentioned this fun site that generates type http://www.typogenerator.net  Posted by Hello

Monday, May 02, 2005

Mother's pins a sense of nostalgia


I keep these in one of my sewing boxes. Yes, I have many, one for my dolls, one for buttons and one just to carry about my current beading project to just name a few. I think that is almost as enjoyable as the creating, the combining of elements to form a kit. My favorite *kit* is the old lunchbox from the 20's that I keep my current projects in. It is the one that goes with me in the vehicle, to shows and to gatherings. It also serves as a mini office/studio complete with pictures in the lid of my children.
These pins are an added comfort to place me where I need to be for that creative flow. Posted by Hello

These are some of the forms and a dribble of the medieval spice/resin/herb blend.  Posted by Hello

Felted forms

I have this wonderful wool felt that I found locally from a woman. I first met her and her partner at a yearly herb festival in Cook Forest where they had this really cool set-up of finished items, fibers, felts and materials. Even though it was a miserable rainy day, the kind of rain that soaks you to the bone, my daughter and I had a great time buying felt and fiber. We conversed with the two of them for quite sometime about their now passion of wool. I say their now passion, for her shoppe in Punxy is just loaded with all her past loves, 2 kilns, macrame, potters wheel and quilt stuff to just name a few. Punxsutawney is the home of the famous groundhog www.punxsutawneyphil.com if you remember the movie with Bill Murray you may have seen a shirt she designed that he then wore in it. So, I have a fantastic stash of felted wool used for my ArtDolls and some of the brooches.
Today I am sewing up tiny mermaids, fairies, goddesses and larger mermaids to be stuffed with poly and a medieval spice/resin blend/lavender/roses/chamomile. This combination allows for an attack on all the senses, such an exotic yet earthy mix sewn into a locally made felted form. I love using the form as a palette for freeform bead embroidery to paint upon.

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