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Wishing for Spring

Recently life has been full of finishing projects and starting new ones, sprinkled in were some really awesome snow days with my favorite little dude.

It seems that babies are popping up all over the place. I have wanted a good reason to make SpoolSewings bird mobile for a while. Well, I finally got to make one for my co-worker!




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Playing in the snow with your favorite 4 year old is pretty much the best way to cheer up and get rid of that crabby feeling you’ve had for a few days. Even though winter seems to be dragging on. And on.


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Wandering around on one Sunday Afternoon I found a pile of free books. I have only ever seen a book exchange at the Logan Square one. Hers’s to hoping that more free book places pop up around the city.







Now I am just dreaming of spring while its snowing outside.  What are you excited for about spring?


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This week this video has been floating around social media, it’s from Soul Pancake. I had been ignoring it until about five minutes ago.

The kid makes some good points, my favorite I think is “what will your Space Jam be?” and “Don’t stop believing… Unless your dream is stupid.. then get a new dream.” The video is cute and makes you want to be a part of something awesome. A friend of mine is starting something awesome on the South Side of Chicago called Good Things Grow Midway The group strives to build community through art, ecology, community and action. They are just getting started but it is sure to be awesome and I can’t wait to help in  any way I can.

On another note I am in the process of backing this beautiful hand embroidered quilt my sister got me from Thailand. The process has been interesting since currently I am washing it before I start the actual backing. It started like this …















and ended like this. Three rounds of rinsing and I have got the water slightly less blue but clearly this is going to take a while









to hoping that this coming week is a little warmer than last week.


Good thing I had a super warm hat knit by Indigorchid! I still had to really bundle!


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Around Here. 2013

The new year always makes me want to make changes, most of the time it seems to be what can I change in my house. Sometimes it ends up being a new hair color, however this year is just going to be the year of getting things done. These are what I’ve been up too lately.

field museum

field museum

piles of alterations

piles of alterations

studio design.

studio re-design.

heart shaped m&ms

heart shaped m&ms

bobby pins

bobby pins

piles of head bands

piles of head bands



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Its been quite a long time! Whew! Lots and lots going on here! First the exciting stuff. I have been working on costumes for Cristina Tadeo’s Senior concert. It was a dance about social media and the effect it has on our society. It was a beautifully crafted dance. (pieces of jersey tea dyed for Cristina’s costumes)Image 
I have also been working on costumes for Paige Cunningham and Pam McNeil both are faculty at Columbia College Chicago. Their dances were shown as part of Manifest at Columbia this past Thursday and Friday. (pictures to come soon) It was a mad rush to get all the pieces built or shopped, a total of 20 costumes in a month and a half! 

After that mad rush was over I spent some time updating my website and building a mobile one! I am not super tech savvy so I felt like a champ when I was done! Now its on to building a raised bed vegetable garden in my backyard with the help of Julie from South Side Horties!! I will also be job hunting and updating my etsy store which is in some pretty sad shape right now. 

What are your spring projects looking like? Anything fun you are looking forward to?

Oh, I almost forgot! The Collaborative I co-founded is doing well! We have raised some interesting research questions for us all. I am currently searching for answers for these questions:
(sidenote: we are researching the American 1950/60s. I was drawn to the women of this era and how women’s fashion was an outward expression that nothing was wrong. Many women did not talk about their problems and continued to pretend that they had none.)  

Is the woman that comes to mind when some one mentions the 1950’s housewife history or a myth that we have now accepted as truth? Why does she look like Betty Draper in our minds? 

Why is the only image of this woman that comes to mind middle upper class? She is usually white, blonde and wearing pearls and red lipstick. 
Why pearls? 

All of us have our own questions we are researching, those are just a few of mine. 

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Flying By

I seem to be project jumping these days… mostly all of February really. Working on a custom headband for a bride to wear to her shower and sorting through The Attic applications and still making some small barrettes to sell at Flourish. Meeting with new freelance clients for costumes for a handful of projects.  Pair that with a slightly endless stream of visitors in this month and February flew by, thankfully since I loathe it. February in the Mid-West is usually below zero and covered in snow, this one has been quiet different: no snow and a handful of days that have been in the 40s. Strange month.

Here are a few pictures of the headband I created for Monica and her bridal shower.

The Attic Update: This week we (Alicia Wilson and my self) are sorting through applications and compiling a group of artists. Letters will go out to participants and we will  have our first meeting in March and I could not be more excited to see something we have been talking about for two years finally start to happen! Stay tuned for more updates!

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The Attic
Research, Discover, Build, Experiment.
Hello! I am co-founding a new artists collaborative with the lovely Alicia Wilson, and wanted to put out a call to spread the word here. If you or any other artists you know would be interested in a research based experimental group of many different types of artists, I would like to share the below information with you! Even if you are not that interested, or not in Chicago, help us out by posting our link and get the word out there! Any way you could help us gain exposure for this project would be greatly appreciated, and I hope you will take a minute to see what we are all about!!

Thanks, and please pass this along!!!

What is The Attic

A research grounded collaborative, gathering artists across multiple disciplines to share inspiration, methodology and creative process.

Guiding Principles: 
We exist to foster a community where research is the basis for artistic discovery. The Attic provides a forum for creation through the lens of various disciplines and aesthetics. We believe in the power of the creative process, that experimenting leads to innovation,
and that a strong collaboration lays the foundation for greatness.

A Call To Artists:
The Attic is looking for artists across a wide variety of disciplines, experiences and viewpoints to be a part of the launch of this project. We will meet bi-monthly, 7-9pm on
Wednesday evenings, beginning March 7th.
Focusing on American culture in the 1950’s
and 60’s, this group will research, discuss and create work under the guiding principles listed above

To apply go to the Chicago Artists Resource posting for the Application, or email TheAttic.Chicago@gmail.com  for more details and with any questions you might have.

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Super Sunday

While the most people were watching the Super Bowl today (by the way who did win?) I was at home baking some really lovely cinnamon rolls and rooting around in my studio. I came across a mason jar of beach stones I had collected this summer on a trip to Union Pier, Michigan. I had them tucked away with a handful of images I had forgotten about. They were the perfect thing to come across on this slightly chilly February morning. They will be inspiration for the upcoming collection of headbands and other pieces.

After some rooting around on Pinterest for more images of nests and eggs I found this

 pinned from here.  I have been thinking a lot lately about how to make other’s day just a little easier and different ways to make strangers smile. This one is a beautiful idea and I think I will try and post some around the city.  Do you have any creative ideas on how to make strangers smile?

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