Monday, September 14, 2020

the journey ...

I'm only '62' but ...
over the years I've learned ...
one or two things here and there ...
one important piece of information that
was passed on to me when my two were littles ...
'you're only as good as your next piece'
This hit me as harsh but
I saw the truth in those words.
So they immediately became motivational.

This morning I watched a video clip a friend does
on artists called
The artist spoke of how a creative can feel a bit of a let down 
when finishing a piece.
My mind understood this and his next words
resonated as well. 
I can feel this way when I finish a piece that I've been so 
focused on. However, it doesn't last long because
I'm already turning to the next. It's usually already drawn
or painted and staring at me with a small pile of 
materials I've begun to gather. And the thoughts of 
'what crazy idea will come to life on this piece' ...
after all ... You are only as good as your next piece!!
... and that my friends is freaking exciting to Moi!

My day typically starts with a large strong cuppa Chai.

Father and Son beginnings

To begin a canvas, I usually see how
much I can pull from my limited stash.
Ideas are normally hand written and changed
as the piece often tells me a different story 
once I begin working. 

the Son, stitched

I still can't remember what I was thinking 
when I decided to add this little one peeking
over the top of the big guy.
...and so the story in my head started.

Father, right side

He soon became the son to this massive
amazing Father dragon.
The father told me his son was 
being very reluctant about
his first flying lesson.

Philly Wallpaper

I take a ton of pictures, I always have.
Even before camera phones!
My brain sees patterns.
I was an extreme Tetris player
at one point ... until I realized what 
a time waster it was. Many other
things to do that were so much 
more creative.
The above became the background.

Father, left side

... or is this my best side?
'Father and Son, first flying lesson'

This is being taught for 
in Houston, Texas
February 27, 28 and March 1, 2021

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

smiles ....
[titled long before our world changed]

I know this year has qualified for many of you, 
on so many levels, as 
'the worst'
but ...
I've witnessed and continue to witness 
joy, beauty, & little miracles.

I could write a dozen blogs listing them all.

I do recognize that I've had fear, sadness ...
and a couple times felt myself plunge
into a pool of depressed feelings ...
still, there is that ...but
I have plenty to be grateful for.
First and foremost on a personal note ...
a new grandchild is due October first.
The force is strong in this one for sure!
My sweet niece had her babe arrive into
this world well ahead of schedule ...but
this one too is feisty and strong.
Every day I read of her growing and 

My year started off with many classes, I met
with long time friends and new to me stitchers.
Had I not had this good fortune, not sure I'd have
kept my head above water these last few months.
So a huge thank you to all who made that possible.

I've sold several original pieces, started a news letter,
written on this blog! I've designed and painted 
several new pieces that will eventually 
debut when life once again becomes

I'm just back from my first bit of travel to teach.
I'd like to give a shout out to Tampa International
for their vigilance in social distancing.

I taught for Labors of Love in Atlanta.
Mark and crew were fantastic!
I did not feel uneasy at all, tables were
arranged and students were spread out
[unless they arrived together].
Luis handed me a marvelous contraption to 
wear so all could hear me.  A shield that fit
over my glasses and covered my face completely.
I'm soft spoken, hearing me through a mask
simply wasn't working.  The shield was perfection.
Beautiful shop, beautiful people!
this is more wordy than my typical blog.
Obviously I had a lot on my mind that 
needed to jump out.

I wish you all peaceful and healthy days!

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Friday, July 17, 2020

developing doodles ....

... once upon a time ...
I was playing with my adorable
granddaughter. As any adult comes to learn,
the best toy is most likely the box 
it arrived in.

Decorating it can be the best fun....
and sometimes, every once in a while,
my brain takes it further.
No rules when coloring on a cardboard box!
Taking it a step further,
thinking about color and stitches
for needlepoint canvas.
Initial lines drawn before adding paint.
Doodles are important for all of us.
It helps me to think.
'Abstract Vase'
will be added to the line this fall.
Watch for it and several other new designs.
'Abstract Vase'
Black and White high quality prints
are available.
Inquire by email to

Saturday, June 27, 2020

my favorite job ever...

... a friend posted,
'slightly overcast, but any day at the beach is a good day'
This made my mind wander, doesn't take much ...
I was also asked this week during a Zoom meeting what
my favorite job ever was ...
mind you, caffeine had not been consumed yet ...
it is Saturday and I'm not moving fast on purpose.

Thankfully, I was last to answer and had time to ponder.
My first thought was, being a Mimi to the two pictured below.
Although, I don't even consider that a 'job', so my answer 
was, being an artist and exploring it daily throughout my life.

Then I saw a comment in my email, 'haven't heard from you in 
awhile, hope all is well'. 
This came from anonymous but I answered.
Then felt the guilt of not posting here in a bit, 
even considered not doing 
this blog any more several times of late.  BUT ...
recently views have jumped and interest seems to be renewed.
It could be the new normal we are all living 
or maybe the wonderful
group Zoom I joined out of Sarasota 
or maybe because I recently made
the leap and purchased my .com  
Who knows for sure BUT ....
Seemed I'd better sit myself down and post.

So enjoy the pictures of me living my favorite life 
with my two favorite humans ... soon to be three!
Mimi and Bird getting creative.
Little Fox and anything with wheels.
Painting rocks with Mimi.
Accidents and magic ... Bead fall ... ugh
Magic happens in this studio.
They fell right into this dish!
Thank goodness for sturdy drawers.
Just pretty.
Sunset through my Frangipani.
These are babies from my
original that Irma knocked over. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

This came to mind today....


’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)

Friday, January 3, 2020

a day in the life....

Last Sunday found me roaming around 
Florida Botanical Garden
in Largo, Florida.

I was shutter happy with many pops of 
color but the below had my full attention.
I'm drawn to plants that are, of course,
a little weird but also architectural in nature.

As I was capturing angles of this particular plant....
my brain is itchy with recognition but WHY?

Then POP, we have history.  This is the plant
my 'Little Dancer' is balanced on.
'Orange Pops'
'Little Dancer'
original canvas by a Kimberly design
available through 
Ruth Schmuff Designs
shops order through

Sunday, September 8, 2019

what did you do on your summer vacation ....

This was the title of a newsletter this morning ....
and I'm totally stealing it for this blogpost!

It's been a full of fun summer and since I live in Florida, 
hard to decide
when summer actually started.
Family, Art, Friends, a get a way, more art ...

I've created a lot of art both on paper and on canvas.
The theme was spring flowers, if I recall for a spring
4 Square Makers pop up show with
Lakeland Art Guild.
The Lily of the Valley was the star of this show!
SeaWorld ... I'd not been since I was a teenager.
The penguins were a riot to watch.
I'm sure you don't want to see the dozens of
pictures I took of them.
Orlando hosted a Spring Market
for the needlework industry.
I've known many of these smiling faces for
many many years but I'd not seen them
in far too long.
This was a locally hosted show titled
Pink Moon.
My piece called
was accepted for this show.
They had an amazing turn out of all ages.
Fabulous ART of all different media.
Food and live Music too!
Full Pink Moon in attendance as well.
We have two lovely gardenia bushes.
This year as I went to cut blooms for the house,
poof, in my face a mama bird.
Thankfully we have two and the other was
not a home to any babies.
So we were all happy to coexist.
June was another
4 Square Maker show, hosted by
Hillcrest Coffee.
These birds flew away to new homes
very quickly.
I submitted two of my pieces to the
Lakeland Art Guild
for their big spring show at
The Melvin Art Gallery.
AND they accepted both!
The larger named Trio
 is in another show opening this Friday at
The Marc Gallery
here in Lakeland, Florida.
I'm very honored.
May ... Mothers Day!
and here in Lakeland we host a huge art festival
Mayfaire by the Lake.
My friend Lynore, who is my longest friend from when we were little,
came for the weekend. We had a blast, didn't know I could cram
that much into one weekend! She was also there for
my opening at the Melvin Gallery. What a treasure she is.
I doodle, a lot .... this one took on several more
versions of itself. The wall hanging was shown
in a collective show of many local artists at
Mitchell's Coffee House.
The lower picture is a tease, you'll just have to
wait and see more of it down the road.
Grandbabies!!  and my amazing daugther!!
What a joy, I dreamed my grands would love
my studio space as much as I had loved my
Gramps workshop as a child.
They did, we had sooooo much fun.
We also went to Disney to see some
Princesses, oh my!
Our first character siting was appropriately
After their visit, it was time for me to buckle down and get busy.
I was once again honored to be a part of
Fine Art at the Magnolia.
 This time I was determined to have nine new pieces to show.
Each with some super rebellious stitching using anything and
everything to make them amazing pieces of
mixed multi meda fiber art!
Show here are Center [sold], Focus [sold]
and Dewdrop.
I pumped out those pieces as I knew I was going away
for a trip to my home in Pennsylvania.
I landed in Philly, did the requisite visit to the
Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall.
I grew up in this state, so of course, I'd never
seen either of these!
Now I can say I have and all were
very inspiring.
None of which did I take pictures of ...
I guess I was all into the history and reading and listening to
our tour guides that I just did not think about it.
I have crazy pictures of buildings and architecture I took.
No bell!
August is Fireman Carnival time, so many of my
classmates were in town. Perfect time to visit.
One day was spent in my friend Michelle's studio
playing with fluid acrylics and alcohol inks,
oh my gosh, crazy. This was a planned
activity she came up with to help me loosen up
with my art. It sort of worked but I still found
ways to control bits.
This one was a blast and took me
down some different paths than I'd
originally planned.  For one, it was supposed
to be all creams and whites.
did what it wanted to and I'm so glad.

As I talked to people about my work at the show,
I heard myself telling them ...
'this isn't any one type of stitching, there is
stump work, gold work, embroidery,
couching, open and pulled work ...
it's like
needlepoint on steroids' ...
which made them and
myself laugh.
Back home and I was in full on art mode.
I'd started the nine new designs by drawing them as
black ink line drawings. Now it was time to keep going, get
the last six painted and stitched.
Above is 'Bloom', I loved how this one painted
up so freely after the lesson back home of letting
go of my control ... I had a hard time stitching over it!
From upper left
Can you tell I was having such a great time
creating each of these pieces.
Last but not least, this one was not from one
of my drawings. Down to just days before the
show was to open and there I sat at my desk ...
what to do.
I've collected several pieces of my friend
John Kellum's Raku Pottery.
My paintbrush water pot is a test piece
of his to see how long a special coating he put
on it will last. I think it's been a year,
still water tight!
So there I sat and there sat this sweet little vase.
The colors in his raku are amazing and so ...
I decided I was going to paint a canvas based
on this little vase.  Ha! I pulled paint tubes and
went a little nuts trying to capture all that color.
He told me later that his Mom was a watercolorist,
she'd tried to do the same and was shaking her head as well.
So I was in good company at least.
In the end, I was very happy with the results.
We all made it, sanity somewhat in tact!
This was not all of us, some had other
plans for after set up ... like maybe a nap!

My Summer wrapped up with a hurricane
that saw me at my brothers place in Tampa for a few days.
We are all very grateful that we did not
have a direct visit from Dorian as did
the devastated Bahamas.

Here's to fall and more adventures.
I have a solo show at
Mitchell's Coffee House
this November.

Later in November
I'll be in Houston at
teaching my 'Marbles' design
to a full class.

See my blog titled 'Classes'
for up coming dates.
I've hopefully more to post
in that list soon.