Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday wishes...

My mom just gave me this photo of myself at Christmas time, (circa1975) very close to Sayer's age & it makes me smile. What ever happened to Mrs. Claus & her cool Go-Go boots? You never see her these days. It's really not that hard to remember the feelings I had about Christmas as a child. It was magical. But if I do ever forget... Sayer's here to remind me. Having him around sure does make Christmas a whole lot more fun. The kid's excitement is infectious! We aren't going anywhere faraway, but I do hope to chill out, relax, & take in the festivities a bit- so it might be a bit quiet here on the klt:sketchbook in the next few days. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday full of peace, joy & some yummy cookies! 

Click Merry Christmas for a Theiss Family Dance... 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

{Hutch Demos} A thread drawing for you...

On November 5th, Chris & I both did demos at hutch studio. We spent the day working together in the same space- Chris worked on various whirligigs & I drew with thread by using free-motion on the sewing machine. My parents actually live on the other side of the fence from hutch studio & Sayer was hanging out with them while we were at the studio, but he did come over to watch a bit & was our first visitor. I know he really enjoys watching us work & being in that creative space. Maybe someday all three of us can do demos together. 

It was such a pretty, sunny day & I thoroughly enjoyed working next to Chris & chatting with the occasion visitor. There were two teenagers that hung out watching me for the longest time & I got a real kick out them. My brain usually works fast - plus I had consumed my share of coffee that afternoon & even I couldn't keep up with their constant banter. 

My friend Chantale edited some footage we had of the afternoon & gave me this video for an early Christmas gift (I know, she is the sweetest!). You can sort of get a feel of the space & the way that I create my drawings that I use for my klt:works tees & plushies. I hope you enjoy it! 


One of the things that Chris & I try to instill in Sayer is the importance of making things by hand & how special a drawing or piece of art is. He has been drawing like crazy lately & we are encouraging him to give everyone a special drawing for Christmas. With that in mind, I thought I would "walk the walk" & do a special giveaway that comes from my hands & my heart. I'm actually not really sure how it will be received, but I thought I would give it a whirl. It's not meant for any other reason than to say "thank you" for sharing your time & comments with me. So... during this demo at hutch, I did quite a few little owl drawings - they are fairly quick & on small pieces of canvas. I would love to give them away to people who would enjoy them. If you would like one, just leave me a comment (& a way to reach you). If necessary, I will draw names & announce it here on Friday. Thanks again for reading this blog & for reaching out. I truly value the connections & people I meet here!  Hope you are having a great week! Happy Holidays! 

Monday, December 19, 2011

{Music Monday} Shine...

This new song from Benjamin Francis Leftwich feels good to me today. I always love the imagery & lighting in his videos - they calm me down & fuel my imagination. I'm trying to chill out before I brave the post office - I think this did the trick. Besides, it's a good holiday wish, don't you think? Happy Music Monday! 
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