Archive for April, 2010

Maneki Neko, May’s Embroidery Pattern

Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Maneki Neko

 Someone in my Flickr group, Badbird Patterns,  requested I do  Maneki Neko, so I thought I would give it a try.  Enjoy.

Click on image to print out pattern.

Play time for The Doom Girls. Little toy clown.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

  New with The Doom Girls, Toy Clown.  I thought it was only right that the girls had something to play with.

Sue and Ducky

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Sue and Ducky

 I have a brand new print at my Etsy store, The Doom Girls.   This one is called Sue and Ducky.  I consider Sue my little mod girl.  I think the duck is pretty cool too.

You can click on either the print or the image below to get to The Doom Girl store.


Mother’s Day Gift Tags.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010


Click Here for printable tags:  Doom Girl Gift Tags

Your Mom knows you where a brat.  There is nothing to be a shamed of.  We all went thought it.  You can use my gift tags to embellish your gift of appeasement ( Mothers Day Gift) for your Mom who had to live through your brat phase.  Besides,  your Mom was a brat once too. 

ps – You might want to think about giving Mom a extra great gift considering that your head was the of a watermelon.

Lucian Freud. When I need to be grounded.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

  You all know me mainly by my needlework.   I embroider, quilt and sale embroidery patterns.  But,  in the deepest part of my soul I am a painter.   I believe that oil paints  have their own life.   I feel privileged to have the ability to use the life in oil paints to communicate.

  I do get lost though.  The images in my head become distant.  The flash of pictures in my mind tumble out  before they can reach my hand, paint brush and canvas.   My ideas vanish leaving only a crude idea of what I was thinking.

  That is when I open my book of work by Lucian Freud.   His images stop the leakage of  my ideas.  The simple concept returns.  I stop the overthinking and analyzing.  Because what I really do in my art is paint people.  I may put them in headdresses or costumes, but what interests me is that they are just people.

  Mr Freud’s paintings are just people.  But these people are extremely alive.  I never look for the symbolism or possible hidden messages in these paintings.  What excites me about Freud’s work is how human and alive he paints  his subjects.

  The painting of Queen Elizabeth is a good example of what I like about Freud’s work.  It’s a very simple composition.  You can see the crown, the done up hair, but he has made this queen human.

I know my work doesn’t compare to Freud’s, but if I can get just a touch of humanity in my work, like he does, I would say that I had a good day painting.

Stitch magazine. I am more famous than ever.

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

     So there I was, minding my own business, reading the most current issue of Stitch magazine, and what did behold!  Why, it’s  my Flickr group, Stitched by Hand, listed as a resource for the Stitch article:  Needled, The Art of Embroidery (pg 20, lower right hand side).  Also mentioned was the super awesome Flickr group, Embroidery, which I am a member of. 

So , for all of you that belong to either Stitched by Hand or  Embroidery, at Flickr,  you might want to brush your teeth, comb your hair and have cookies baked because we might be having a few visitors come by.

A Desert Drive. The Mammoths have returned.

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

                  Sculpture by Ricardo Breceda

( Please Click on the images to get a larger view)

     Today my Husband and I took a drive to the Desert.  T he Flowers are blooming now, but what caught our eye where some large sculptures that had been plopped down in the middle of this stark landscape.   These sculptures are in  Borrego Springs, CA.  I was able to check them out on the internet and  found that they where made by an artist named Ricardo Breceda.  The sculptures are spread out in a area called Galleta Meadow Estates , .

      Our dog found these creatures to be very suspicious.   He likes to growl at larges animals from the safety of our car.  Cows, horses, deer and turkeys don’t have a clue to the rage that is lurking in our car as we drive by.  As we drove down the dirt road to get a close up of the sculptures we heard a  subtle growl and  mild phoofing (phoofing is like barking, but softer and starts with a “F” sound) coming from the back seat.  Once parked, I told my furry son he could get out of the car.  He immediately ran over to the smallest mammoth with hackles up and in full phoofing mode.  You can see in the image above that my boy is trying to smell the butt of this animal.

Sculpture by Ricardo Breceda

  Our boy continued to circle this horrible beast until he was satisfied that the Mammoth wasn’t carrying a knife or gun.

Sculpture by Ricardo Breceda

If your scared, you can always dig.  This is the basic principle our dog lives by.  And, just so you know, we don’t have any holes in our yard.  He saves his digging for exploration time and please don’t let that creepy animal eat me time.

                Sculpture by Ricardo Breceda

Sculpture by Ricardo Breceda

 This view helps to demonstrate the odd sight  we found in the desert.

There are many more sculptures located at Galleta Meadows Estate.  It’s great to see them at their website, ,  but  photo’s can’t convey the feelings of seeing these animals up close.

Fairy Princess

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Fairy Princess

New Print, Fairy Princess!
This print can be found at The Doom Girls at Etsy.

The Doom Girls