Tuesday, July 3, 2012 is up and going!

Please see my new website at:

I have been working on this for a while and it is finally up and going.

From now on, my blog posts will be there, so please keep up with me there!

Take a look. Tell me what you think. Share if you like, and watch for new updates and announcements coming soon!

Thanks for you 'following' here on Blogspot, and hope you will
continue to follow my antics!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Art for three good causes!

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This is an art quilt that I did a while ago. It was done after watching a home burn to the ground. Some of the remnants of the home are included in the quilt itself, as are photo images of the aftermath.

This is now being offered for sale in charity benefit Auction at MIT in Boston. The opening bid is $200 and I really hope that it sells, so the charities will benefit from my donation. The three charities are Troubadour, Children's Glaucoma Foundation, and Humanity in Action. to find out more about these charities, click here.

There is an on-line auction, followed by a live auction on Thursday night. You can see more (or bid!!) here:

to go directly to this image and the information click here!
Also included in the auction is this wood engraving by Ray Gloeckler. Ray was a professor of Art and the University of Wisconsin, and other institutions, for many years. His are is focused on a satiricaal look at current issues, and uses the wood engraving style. Ray is one of the premiere artisans of this media in the world.

If you are in or know anyone in the Boston Area, please pass the work about Thursday night! And about the on-line auction as well.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

It is that time again at jill2day! T-shirt tunics are coming. Starting next week I am switching from sweaters to t-shirts for production!

Turquoise floral

Pink patterned
Click here to see some examples from last year.

I have just posted 14 groupings of fabric on my Facebook fan page. If you would like any of these fabric groupings made in your size, go check it out and follow the instructions. Also, on some of the groupings, you are able to choose to have it made in either the Panel or Asymmetrical style, and specify a sleeve length.

East Indian Print
Three of the groupings are shown here on the left. (clicking on the caption will take you directly to my Facebook page with the picture) I am making, them for the shop, and so if I should be making them in a particular size, now is the time to mark it.

This is NO OBLIGATION to you. I will make it, post it, and let you know when it is available... then you can choose to purchase it, or leave it in the shop! 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Where all the woman are beautiful and the kids above average!

(as Garrison Keillor would say!)

Not the venue,
just a welcome sign
I saw downtown!
The jill2day road show is at the River Center for the American Craft Council arts and craft show. It is a very well run show and great artists around every corner! It is a very good thing I have little shopping time!

Yes, selling items is the purported purpose of attending these shows, but truth be told, that is about three on my list! the real "first" is the people! I have been lucky enough to meet a few of my Etsy customers (and fellow sellers) at shows I have done.  Add to that the show customers who 'discover' me at shows and the other artisans who become my compatriots in set-up and tear-down dramas and help to pass the hours (and chocolates) during the show.

Yesterday was the first day of the show, and I met groups of mothers and daughters, sisters, and friends out for a day shopping together; Some very interesting couples who are enjoying walking through life together; and many both professional and non-professional artists and craftspeople.
Nancy rocking her new sweater!
Seth and Nancy were one of the couples who entered my booth... you know how some people have sunshine surrounding them? Well this is one of those couples! From Seth's enthusiastic smile and photo taking  (and you can tell from his blog, that is his 'normal' state of mind!), to Nancy's glee at wearing her new sweater, you could tell this is a couple who are enjoying life!

I had better get going, and get to the venue to prepare for another busy and fun day... more tomorrow! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Etsy; its not all snuggley!

'stache cup cozy
The shops on Etsy are not just soft garments and pretty jewels! Once you make it through the sparkles and pottery and cowls and arm warmers, there is another world of off-beat and different shops. There is a wonderful edginess to many of these shops. I love this part of the selling community, because it usually means the sellers are a bit "edgy" and fun in the forums and teams also! There are four sellers that come to mind immediately when I think about "edgy". I would like to introduce you to their unique shops.

apple cozy
Diane at KnotWorkshop is a crocheter... but not your grandma's crochet (as they say in the car commercials!) Being able to use her items at work, is one of the very few reasons I would enjoy the corporate world again. I fantasize being back in meetings I have previously sat through, and think how much better they would have been with a 'Stache cup cozy!
Then when the noon whistle sounded, I would release my apple protected by my KnotWorkshop cozy and let the attitude shine! It would have kept me smiling all morning long.

It is my fervent hope to sit and have a shot with Diane some day, just so I can hear her wonderful quips and snark in person!  Who knows, maybe I could even learn how to crochet from her!

shadow box
paperanji is a shop after my own heart. You have seen my posts on the various rocks, moss and bones that I find in our area. My kids too, hauled home more things than I can remember. Finding a store that celebrates these goodies is a visual treat.
smoking allowed
Whether you need just a beautiful rock or piece of moss for your project, or a shadowbox of intriguing things for your wall, paperanji is the one for you to visit.
When you are done in that shop, head over to her second shop, resonanteyes, and browse through it. There you will find her artwork. Anji is a tattoo artist in Portland, and her artwork is the natural outcome of that talent. As someone who has not smoked for many years now, but still misses it everyday, I love her section of smoking fetish paintings.
heart and femur