What’s Your Confession?

Last month, my sister-in-law and her band made the trek down to my house from Bloomington, Ind., for a photo shoot. The occasion? Her next CD, Hotel Confessions, which will be released Oct. 23.

Jenn and I had been talking about doing these pics for several months and one thing we’d agreed on very early was not to share any of the photos before the CD release so the impact would not be diminished. What we really hadn’t counted on was how tough that would be!

The photos turned out even better than I expected. She’s so fun to work with and needs very little direction. My biggest challenge was to make sure I left myself room to crop the pictures properly for the front of the CD. Normally, I crop in nice and tight with the camera, which does not lend itself to that fabulous square format.

I was glad to have some time to hang out with the guys in her band before I threw them in front of the camera. I think it gave them the chance to relax so being photographed wasn’t as heinous an ordeal! It really helped me get the kind of pictures I’d hoped.

Of course, I can’t show them to you. Yet. Well, except that one up there. Which is similar to the photo I used for this promo poster. So you’ll just have to believe me when I say we made something amazing that day, something perfect for the music it accompanies.

Just wait and see.

ETA: I updated the link to the poster, since it apparently was done wrong the first time. Sorry!

Shop Crafty

If you’re looking for something fun and crafty to do this weekend, then think about checking out the Sugarloaf  Crafts Festival. It’s going on today through Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre and looks like it’ll have lots of great art and crafty things so you can shop and make a dent in your gift-giving list. Or, you know, treat yourself to something special.

There’s also music, live demos and family entertainment — plus food! (I’m looking forward to sampling some handmade candies. Yummmmm!)

Oh, and you can print a coupon to save some money on admission. Just head over here, click and print!

I think I’ll be heading over, probably Sunday (lots going on tomorrow). If you see me, be sure to say hi!

Fine Art by Patricia Dibona

Playing With Paint

Back when I moved my blog, I gave a little peek at a non-sewing project on which I was working. Boy, that seems like forever ago! Today I finally finished it, as well as a companion piece (of sorts).

“Lovely” (above right) is a 12×12 canvas featuring white gloves and pearls. I soaked a pair of vintage white gloves in a mixture of Mod Podge and water (probably 3-1 ratio) and then squeezed them out and arranged them on the canvas (which already was painted blue). After they were dry, I brushed on a little pearlescent paint to give them a little sparkle. I used the same paint for the swirls and title, and affixed the pearls.

“Fancy” (above left) is another 12×12 canvas. This one is painted a dark/hot pink, which I mixed with a little pearlescent paint to give it a slightly marbled look to the background. The “necklace” is made from faux jewels and embellished with a bit of silver paint. The title and swirl are both chipboard; the letters are embellished with silver glitter and I used just some silver paint on the swirl.

This is my first experiment with this type of mixed-media art and I had loads of fun playing with the different elements. It’s definitely given me a lot of ideas for other works, not necessarily like this but not fabric-based, either. I think anything that inspires me is a worthwhile endeavor.

Blog Sweet Blog

Welcome to my new blog home! Thanks so much for making the trek. I hope you’ll stick around and maybe even add/update me in your sidebar and/or feed reader.

I made the move to my own domain for a couple of reasons:

1. Much easier to share this link with people than the previous URL.

2. I can finally get a working Flickr widget.

3. Custom CSS and graphics that weren’t available to me on my prior blog host. (Although this remains a WordPress blog; it’s just WordPress installed on my own domain.)

No. 3 was the biggie for me. I had a picture in my head of what I wanted my blog to look like and now it does. (Big, huge props to Shabby Miss Jenn Designs and her beautiful blog graphics, which are key to my new look.) More or less. I’m still tinkering a bit, so if you stop by one day and it looks like someone smacked my blog with the ugly stick, you’ll know I’m cussing at the CSS.

I’ve moved all my posts, comments and pictures from my previous blog to here, although I did have a couple of issues. For a very brief period, I was “mirroring” at this blog. Because I had changed my commenting link to here, if someone followed that link and posted a comment here, when I did my final post merge, it caused me to have double entries with separate comments. I ended up manually copying over the comments and deleting one of the duplicates; otherwise it would make me nuts.

But enough with the housekeeping. Let’s get on with the crafting (and the news I hinted at earlier)!

Art in progress

My current work in progress. It’s shaping up nicely although it’s definitely a challenge not to hurry up and finish it. A totally new direction for me — and I’m finding it rather liberating and refreshing, from a creative perspective. I already am sketching out ideas for other pieces. Don’t ask me what I’ll do with them when I’m done. I have no idea. I’m just enjoying the process for the time being.

I also have a lot of fun ideas for some photos I want to take, my passion for the hobby reignited by a little bit of news I got recently. OK, not so little for me. Big. BIG. As in … two of my photos have been selected for publication in a magazine. I have waited to say anything until I got the high-res versions of my images off to the editor. And I’m still holding back just a little bit because I’m a wee bit superstitious and am afraid of jinxing myself by saying what publication and which issue. I promise to spill more details when I get confirmation that they are definitely on the page and rolling off the press (although you’ll have to see which photos were used when the magazine hits stands).

And to spread the love around, I’m going to do another giveaway!



This cute, handsewn apron is my latest flea find. (Miss L and I went “treasure hunting” Monday.) The fabric is actually a bit more pink than it looks in this photograph. I fell in love with it as soon as I picked it up, even more so when I realized all those neat, green stitches were made by hand. It is so sweet and will be going to a new home as part of my Big News/Blog Move Giveaway! All ya gotta do is comment on this post. Easy peasey, right? So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment already! LOL! I’ll draw a name on Sunday evening.