Sunday, December 20, 2015

Photography Collaboration

Today, I did something that felt important. There was a photo shoot inside of me that wanted to have a voice.

The moment that my artist friend Aubrey Pinckney announced she was pregnant, I knew that I wanted to paint her belly and capture a story. She was absolutely game and trusting of my idea.

Louis, my loving husband, was willing to join in the collaboration, as was Jordan, Aubree's husband.

They came to my home studio where I painted her belly and styled them in preparation for the shoot.

I am going to share some photos. In order to honor my husband's role in this adventure, I am making them tonal. Once he releases his photos, I will share his in all the beauty that they are.

This tree has such interesting roots.....and colors......I wasn't sure how her tree was going to look when I started, but I knew that it would turn out. 
It turned out just right.
I think it is important to know, that Aubree loves trees as much as me. 

And it rained on the way there. I was worried......but the rain went away.

We took them to a forest and asked Jordan to play and Aubree to look like she was apart of the forest.

They played their roles quite well.

Jordan built them a home.

And he also threw stuff while she cheered him on.

I have decided, that if these two needed to live in the woods, they would survive just fine.

Aubree did an amazing job of 'being'. Her beauty is great and she suits the forest. Looking forward to meeting her little one that she is carrying.

I have snuck a peek into Louis' camera and am delighted to what I have found. It will be fun to share once he releases them.

You know the things that pull on your heart. Honor the ideas that come to you. Your life will be adventurous and more satisfying.

I promise.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Over There

I blogged over there:

You fashion blog.....wait. Did you expect me to have one blog?
You don't know me well enough yet.

I do it all.
Honor the idea.
Try it out.
It might lead to something amazing..... or a disaster....hopefully a small one.

I digress.
Just hit the link.

Friday, December 18, 2015

This Isn't Your Grandma's Pillow

I might have used your grandma's vintage button stash to make this art pillow, but it definitely isn't your grandma's pillow sham. Funk factor is going on all over the place.

This art pillow was a sample for a class that was scheduled for this afternoon. The class was postponed and I couldn't stop sewing buttons on it. The obsession was real. The focus was supposed to be thread. Yeah.....all I see is buttons.

Sooo......there you have it.

I will be doing another class sample in which the button attaching is a little less button-y. However, through this process I have come to really enjoy vintage buttons. It might become a new obsession or it might just be a splash in the pan. One never knows with me......equal creative obsession opportunity.

Anyway, it was fun. This piece is full of texture, color, and FUNK FACTOR!

Oh! Yeah, you can see some thread. Right there. Peeking out around THE BUTTONS.

It is kind of funny.
Yeah......and pretty cool.

We will see how I redeem myself and exercise a bit of self-control.
I will try.

See you later.

Oh wait! This fabric is the main panel of my Discovery Tree fabric collection for Frond Design Studios. All the pictures were taken in Delve MIY, our artist working studio. I will see you later!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Rainy Sunday

Today.....was my brother-in-law's birthday. We showed up at his church with secret plans of what we thought he would enjoy doing to celebrate becoming 31. Nate is a great guy. I am blessed to have him as a brother....and he really does feel like a little brother. I try to only boss him sometimes. Lol! He is a talented graphic designer. When I am struggling with a painting, he is great to ask because he sees composition, is honest, AND he likes my work. There are many more things that could be said about him.

On the way from the parking garage, in downtown Cedar Rapids, to the church I saw this gorgeous, linear scene. My angles are not perfect in the capture....but close enough to capture the mood of what I saw and felt.

Isn't is beautiful? Coming.....and going......imagine the conversations that linger in the air.......hmmnnnn.

And while I was making my husband, Louis, wait for me why not take advantage of his photography skills and capture my latest adapted recycled garment.

I took a tweed blazer that was given to me by my friend Chris, to be recycled and made........A CAPE! I am spending a year wearing a cape. It's ok if that doesn't make sense to you. It makes perfect sense to me and that is what matters.

This back picture needed a little tug on the right to get the shoulder in place....but that is can imagine it laying nice and smooth....right?
I just cut the arms off and tucked in the arm hole. It isn't perfect....but it was fun to wear. 
We had lunch together and then headed off for some shopping. Nate really enjoys shopping and we had somewhere in mind that was a bit of a drive, therefore made it special.
I rode with my Mr. Handsome.
The trees waved hello.
They told me that they wished the rain was snow.
I agree. It's ok if you don't hear them saying this.
And out of a field is the Outlet Shopping Mall. It hit me how strange this is. Driving and seeing field, field, and field.....then shopping mall. Hmmmnnn.......
And here we are.
Serena, Nate, and Sharon looking cute for a picture.
The whole Collins gang! I love this family that I married into. They are really wonderful people. Anyone who knows them would agree.
Well...who is this I see? Lijun! 
Hello Lijun! Let's take a selfie! 
I know the world kind of makes fun of the over use of selfies, but I really enjoy the expressions that come when people see themselves looking back. It is pretty precious. And so is this lady. She has become one of my Cherry Building friends. We have such interesting conversation.
And a shot of Dad Collins. He was rocking his classic hat as it protected him from the rain.
And there is my shopping partner! She got a lot done. We shop well together.
And time to go home. Ready to snuggle in with my man and dog. Ready to make a pile of veggies and butter beans. It's ok if that doesn't sound good to sounded perfect to me.
Talk to you soon!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Into The Trees

As darkness fell upon the earth, I requested to go to nature. Being surrounded by buildings gets a little old to my being. I needed trees.

We drove to one of our favorite spots.

And we found trees. 
And mood.
A beautiful grey mood.
It was quiet, yet full of sounds.
The trees posed for me.
Or at least, I pretended they did.
One day we will own a forest, I thought.
With many trees.
It doesn't have to be a big forest, just big enough.
Then the photography journey continued.
He posed for me.
Not really. I imagined that too.
And then we left.
My heart feels content.
That is a beautiful feeling.

Seek beauty. 
You will find it.
Open your heart and let in.


Friday, December 11, 2015

A Painted Garment

Organic Bamboo yummy and gorgeous. My former Maryland now Nashville sister, sent me a box of yummy fabric from Nature's Fabric awhile back. She exposed me to some pretty amazing knits. Now I am hooked for when I am craving making a tshirt.

And it was a perfect canvas for a painting.
The cut was simple and sweet. 
I was able to cut and sew this piece in a jiffy.

Life is short.
Wear ART!!!

Photo credit to my man. 

Here is a link for the fabric:

Be might develop a crush on their natural blends.....I know I have.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015



The place that I make sense.
The place where I can see how I feel.
The place where I feel very present.

My inner world.
My mysteries.
My discoveries.

It safe here.
It is beautiful here. 
It is one of my favorite places.

Photo by Louis M. Collins, my love.