Friday, April 23, 2021


Meet Allis Markham. A taxidermist. Found her via Atlas Obscura.
One of my faves for finding strange & wonderful things all over the world.

Her Instagram is loaded with great "stuff". No pun intended. Well maybe. 
Check out the trailer for a film about taxidermists, anatomical sculptors.
 Allis is one of the featured artists.

  About the craft of taxidermy. Follows several young rock stars in the field.
The range of skills involved is amazing. 
 I watched it twice. Once on my own & liked it so much I had my hubby 
watch with me. Fascinating sub culture. Available on Amazon & iTunes.
Julie Drew. Wow.
A great article about her process.  
Her animals are made from fabric, but looks like taxidermy to me. 
She called it fauxidermy when she started. 
I'm a huge fan of "art dolls". Her creatures take them to a new level.

Take a scroll through her Instagram. I am smitten 
with her rabbits and whimsical creatures of all species.  
Who doesn't love camels with braces & critters smoking cigarettes?


Wednesday, April 21, 2021


S is for Spools. I have quite a collection. 
My plan is to soak the labels off then submerge them in a rust water bath. 
That's how these cloths pins got their weathered look. 

For now they live in this "pod" that hangs in the studio.

I've seen some fun artsy projects with spools.

These card holders might come in handy

I like the idea of adding imagery to them. 

I have a collection of these. Spools of another sort.
I use them to wind yarn.

The spent plastic spools from all the thread I go through 
comes in handy to wind embroidery floss from it's original skein. 

How do you organize your "stuff"? Or don't you?

Roll With It


Batttle cry for the last year. But we took it literally. 
I like things that roll easily in my studio as I move stuff around constantly
to have space for whatever I am currently working on. 
Hubby wanted to upgrade the wheels on my chair since they were a strange shape 
that didn't move well. So glad he did.

These roller blade type wheels allow me to fly from place to place.
A little scary at first, but I'm into it now.  They are quiet. 
The originals didn't pivot well & were noisy. 
I should do a video of me zooming across the floor.

Then I thought: wouldn't it be nice if my old trunk was on casters so I don't have to drag it around ? 
My husband loves a project so he was on it. Casters on the trunk. Done.
They all pivot & make the trunk another nice surface to pile stuff.  
It's all about the horizontal space with me.

I've had this table for awhile now. More casters. 
It's my go to work surface for many things.

I can roll out large amount of fabric for cutting, wet block a knitting piece,
  spread out any number of projects so all the pieces are together in front of me. 

I feel very fortunate to have a space like this for my wacky art life. 

Last caster upgrade.

A desk chair we've had forever. Old casters were plastic, didn't roll 
well on carpet, & would fall out of the legs lately.
There was hole plugging, redrilling & finesse involved here. 
Another fortunate thing. A husband who can fix or upgrade anything. 

What things in your life do you feel lucky to have?
What have you upgraded this past year?