Monday, December 7, 2015


Annually, Mock Pie Studio decorates a holiday tree at TreeFest, a fundraiser that benefits the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) and local families.  The trees are decorated just before Thanksgiving, enjoyed by the community the first two weekends after Thanksgiving, then given to families in need...ornaments and all!  It is my annual charitable contribution and I always have a lot of fun putting the trees together.
This year's tree theme was Yuletide Glam and I used A LOT of pink with some purple, silver, and a touch of teal.
I adore adding crazy tree toppers.  I make huge bows, add flowers, and usually have some sparkly goodies poking straight up out of the tree.
900 sparking lights were only the beginning.  The tree looked stunning with all the trimmings!
A photo published in the local newspaper, The Press Enterprise, showed me hard at work.


It's your big day, little lady!  Welcome to the world!  Don't be scared, most people are very nice.  I bet some of them may even want to have a little lady of their own.  They admire your free-hand machine stitching and just LOVE that you are hand painted and embroidered!  Be sure to tell them that your mama will make more just like you on demand ($30 + tax & shipping) and that your younger sisters are available in Mock Pie Studio's Etsy Shop!

Saturday, December 5, 2015


MOOOVE out of the way!  Cowsmanaut CowBella will have her day and she's udderly determined to rock your world.  She was part of the Fiber and Fairytales show I did in 2013 with my friend and fellow artist, Linda Doucette.  CowBella reminds me to fly higher than the rest.
(Or to at least give it my best!)

By the by...this is my second post for December 5th.  Computer updates prevented me from blogging yesterday, so you get a two-fer today!  Enjoy...


Every year, I create a different Babushka ornament from an original design.  This, the fifth year, it's a sweet little ginger kitty lover.

She's hand painted, free-motion machine quilted, and hand embellished.  I'll finish up the edging and then show you the whole kitten and caboodle!

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Annually, the Stairwell Gallery in Bloomsburg, PA hosts a "Cash & Carry" show from mid-November through December.  Work can be purchased and removed from the wall immediately with 80% going to the artist and 20% going to the gallery.  These fifteen art quilts were made for this year's event.
It was a scrappy affair all the way around.  I raided my anally organized scrap stash (everything is separated into different containers by color) and pieced at random. 
I had a blast watching the compositions come together and it was SEW FREEING not conforming to a master plan of attack!
This is what I came up with!
I "whipped" up some binding...
...and mounted the work to canvas boards before placing them in clear envelopes.  I was interviewed by the local press regarding my participation in the show.  And you know what else?  Eleven of the fifteen pieces have already sold!  Ra-Ra-Reee!  Gooo me!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


It's Day 2 of Cheryl Sleboda's 31 day blog writing challenge and look-eee what I finished up!  I found these beaded cross stitch kits manufactured by Mill Hill back in the spring.  They reminded me so much of my Farmer Gram that I just had to make them.  The kits come with magnets, but to turn them into tree ornaments, I simply added cording made from embroidery floss, mounted them to bitty black canvases, and added buttons.   

One thing to know about me is that my hands are rarely, if ever, still.  I'm always working on something.  That can be as much a curse as it is a blessing.  No matter my desire to rest, my mind is forever racing back to the current project or the next 10 I'm going to tackle and I just have to get busy!  (The need to create is strong with this one.) 
In any case, working mindlessly on predesigned kits are about as near to chill and zoned out as I get.  It's a nice departure from planning every step of a project.  Here, most of the design work is done for me.  Although, now that they're finished and hanging on my tree, you know what?  I think I'll close up shop to sit and stare at them amid the twinkling lights.  Toodles!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Phew!  It's been quite the stretch, eh?  I'm closing in on about two and a half years since I up and left my sweet baby blog...and my family.  The drama went something like this:  I found a new love, went through a separation, moving, divorce proceedings, moving, custody issues, moving, turmoil, a broken heart, moving, loss of "friends" (who needs 'em?!), moving, moving, and, finally, reconciliation.  Or something like that.  Now I'm right back where I started, except that absolutely everything has changed.  Also, I never EVER want to move again!
On the upside, Cheryl Sleboda just issued The 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge.  Well, I accept!  What a perfect opportunity for me to get back in the habit of bliggity bloggin'!  While my life flipped upside down and inside out, my work continued to develop and evolve.  It even freaked some people out!  I intend to use this 31 day challenge to fill you in on just what my art has been up to the last couple of years.
So, buckle up and away we go!
(Tomorrow.  I'll be back tomorrow.)

Monday, July 29, 2013


Losing teeth?  Stash 'em in Mock Pie's super cute toothy troll pillows.  It'll surely garner you some cash from the powers that be!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013


I was recently given the sweet, sweet gift of possibility and the idea that there exists a time and place where dreams come true. 

Sure, I'm confused regarding what the future holds, but I'm also convinced that the best is yet to be.  Upon entering college, we had to sit through a mandatory seminar where they told us a whole lot of things, but two things that stuck with me in particular.  First, never give up what you really want to do, and, second, that every day is a wonderful chance to be what you've dreamed and to do what you've imagined.  Wow!  The possibilities in those statements give me cause to pause even now.  So why wait?  It's a seemingly simple idea.  Just plug away until you get what you want.  But for the artist, the urge to give up is around every corner.  Aside from self doubt, which is ever present, there's just the reality of things.  I often feel like my life is a ceaseless stream of exhausting requirements I must achieve, namely domestic, in order to obtain a few quiet, late night, topless hours creating in the studio.  And to what end?  An outpouring of my very essence that is merely glanced at on the gallery wall, occasionally purchased, but often overlooked entirely.  As an artistic entity, I have no choice but to pursue the creative life despite these obstacles.  The crazy and quirky "me" is constantly aching to get out and so I must continue to work, and work, and work.  Each and every day is a wonderful chance to be what I've dreamed and to do what I've imagined, so that's what I'm going to do and I'm going to start today (after a few hours of shut eye)! 
"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."
-Pablo Picasso

Monday, May 6, 2013


I just spent three hours stumped in the studio.  Inspiration finally struck, and I'm thankful, but I sooo need to get this off my ample chest:  ART IS IMPORTANT!!!  And so are artists!!!  We don't create merely for fun, to avoid "real" work, or as a hobby.  It's a calling and a need and a crucial aspect of the overall social construct.  Otherwise, would I have spent three hours staring at a piece of paper contemplating the best way to convey a feeling visually?  Don't bet on it.  And don't tell us it isn't necessary or that we give too much of ourselves to it.  That isn't by mistake, it's entirely by design.  It's who we are.  To quote Shakespeare, "Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me."  Your lack of support is a blow to the very heart of us.  In the face of so much opposition, it's no wonder we're often lacking in motivation and stumped creatively.  A word of advice?  Life can't possibly be better with your eyes wide shut, so open them!  You'll be glad you did.  Meanwhile, we artists will stick together and stay strong.