2022 Masks Exhibit FCMOA

This year’s mask turned out great! Love seeing it under the gallery lights. They chose my mask to make a sticker too! So far it’s raised $160 at auction. May 6th is the last day to view and bid!

Update as of June 2nd, 2022…. mask sold for a whopping $395! Wow that is amazing!

Recent Embroidery

I love creating things on my embroidery machine. I also love the files that other people create for me to use on my embroidery machine. I have design software that I know how to use, but I love finding and using all the unique designs for purchase. I figure, if I took the time to design something from scratch, I wouldn’t be able to make as many things as I do. There’s always new designs coming out that I just would not be able to keep up with if I were designing AND stitching. I also enjoy being able to help out another small business by purchasing their design files then turning it into my own creation on my machine. I have several favorite places that I find my designs, and I have collected so many that I haven’t even sewed them all out – it would probably take me at least a year to try to do that! This is everything I’ve made in the past few months.

Poo bags

I haven’t even gotten to all the different breeds of dogs available for these! They are SO. FUN. And I don’t even have a dog!

Coffin Wallets

These are absolutely adorable and fun to make. They help use up small bits of extra vinyl, too!

Humorous handbags

These are a little smaller than 6 x 10″ and fully lined inside.

Little Black Book

I have a few different files for these mini composition books and I just adore them. These covers make me WANT to take notes and make lists!

Motivational Quotes

I love these so much. It’s just the perfect amount of attitude.

Christmas 2021

Last but not least, the latest holiday tree ornaments. The best seller for 2021 was the “Ho.” ornament! I made some explicit gingerbread people and was surprised those didn’t do as well as I thought in my quirky little bubble of people! The 2021 syringe ornament was a good one, too that I didn’t sell a ton of. But, I was also contacted by someone through my etsy that was looking for a customization. She had just had a hysterectomy and wanted to commemorate with a uterus snowflake with the year added to it. I felt so honored being able to help her create an ornament! -AN

Fort Collins Museum of Art Masks Exhibit 2022

I haven’t been very active on my own website lately. I’ve spent the last year thinking something wonderful was happening only to find out that it was, indeed, just a dream. It was a heartbreak I didn’t ask for. And so now begins yet another year of working on trust and self-worth and asking questions in my own head that probably don’t even matter, but have caused so much pain and confusion that they need to be answered. But what can ya do? You always have to be willing to take a risk, otherwise nothing good (or bad) would ever happen.
So that’s what I did with this year’s mask. I took a risk and pushed myself with it. Over the years I haven’t noticed anyone else do any kind of carving into the bisqueware although, I could be totally wrong about that of course. I think my heart was already breaking when I began my piece. If the mask itself would have broken, I wouldn’t have been surprised.
This one is entitled “Memento Mori“. Everything that I included is fragile, and it dies. The web and the spider, the red rose and the love it represents. Even our own mortality. They all eventually crumble.

This will be on display at the Fort Collins Museum of Art for the whole month of April 2022 as part of the silent auction fundraiser they hold each year.

Five Panel Landscape

All five panels make one giant landscape, yet individually they make their own scene.

This project was a commissioned paintings order from Project Self-Sufficiency. Each year, they give the board members a gift when they retire. I’ve been honored to create paintings for this for the past two years. Project Self-Sufficiency is near and dear to my heart and I love being able to create art for them as a way to express my appreciation for the things that program helped me do!

These are 8×10 canvasses and I used acrylic paint.

Vaccinated!

This is a new button in my Etsy shop for the people that have received their Covid-19 Vaccinations!

I designed the badge and made the buttons.