Wednesday, January 10, 2018

TR Gypsy

Now has its own page! It's a temporary place until I can get something permanent set up. it's at

Still working on things for that business as well as getting some other stuff done!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Still moving along...

Serger ordered! I decided on the good one, since I will be going into commercial production. This baby is on it's way to me along with all the needed accessories.

I'm working on the business aspects and new logo for the Thistle Rose Gypsy shop which will be an Internet presence to start.  I will be working on designing and making gypsy/boho inspired clothing, with some prairie touches, maybe some early American and other re-enactment touches from my costuming past. In the future, I may even add cosplay and costuming!  Accessories and even some wall hangings may be included.  I'm currently looking for wholesale fabric suppliers (while I wait for my resale cert) and think there are even some quite close to me.

Then, phase 2, which will be a store front to include my sewn, knit, crochet, macrame, and woven creations along with a yarn shop. Also, some of my watercolors and cards. My vision of the shop will be about 75% yarn shop and 25% boutique, with about 30% of the yarn shop a place for the local fiber arts guilds to come and relax with their work. We have a few in town that I know of and I am sure more folks would love to join in. I would like it to be a very casual atmosphere with no pressures - just come and work on whatever you have to work on.  I will also offer free advice and help - with my limited knowledge.  One feature will be an area where folks can sell their own creations in the shop on consignment if they would like.   The theme and decor will be gypsy/boho inspired.

One of the reasons for this venture is for the business experience Ash would like to gain. She is learning first hand how to open and run a business, and will be helping with her expertise in costuming (she knows about characters and continuity) and cosplay, modeling creations (dang child is only about an inch shorter than I am now, and I am not short!), and eventually working in the shop itself to gain work experience for her resume. Homeschooling allows us to incorporate this hands-on experience so easily.

And, no, this isn't a whim. I've actually had this in mind for the past 20 years. My aunt Vivian, rest her soul, had a yarn shop (Viv's Yarn) in Hayward, California and I remember it well. Though, mine won't be patterned after hers, it will be a simple, hometown shop.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Movin right along...

Slowly getting into the swing of things.

Considering a Serger.  Not sure which  yet, but most likely a Singer to go with my workhorse Singer machine.  Necessary for my plans :>  Probably one of these:

I've been fighting off a chest infection, but managed to get a few things in.  Macrame:

And a birthday card I made for my mom:

What I'm working on next is a neck warmer for a friend in this basic style:
Celtic cable in center with for columns rice stitch on either side.

And, I am thinking of putting together this great idea!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!

And a safe, happy, healthy new year to all.

Plans afoot!  Based on Thistle Rose Studio - the Thistle Rose Gypsy is emerging!  She will be creating cloth creations in the very near future.  I am seeking purveyors (preferably wholesale) of natural cotton, linen, and wool fabrics for things upcoming. It's exciting! Be on the lookout for this barefoot, macrame weaving redhead bent over her sewing machine. A bit of sewing, a bit of macrame, a bit of bound paper, a bit of beadwork....

New addition to the studio!

Hub and I designed and built this nifty little sofa table behind our new sofa! BTW, the sofa has those neat recliners on either end :>  Everything is now neatly organized and labeled.  A few more organizers are ordered (one a wood die organizer coming from Ireland!) and should be in soon.  Hub has been spoiling me rotten this season (supposed to be his time off) with art supplies and working around the house.

My latest card:

Tried my hand at my first exploding card!

That's all for now!  More later on the business news.


Fun memes, though this lady describes the true meanings well: Gypsy/Boho/Hippy

Monday, December 18, 2017


Things and stuff!

Other than flu symptoms, I'm still going at it with the cards and watercolors.  Slowly building my stash and discovering my favorites! And journals! I've just learned, thanks to this video, how to glue bind to make journals, so I can make my own paint swatch and technique books for reference.

Sketchbooks   Check her out, she's pretty knowledgeable!

Now, back to my favs....

Other than the Misfit, another great instructor I've found is here: The Mind of Watercolor.   He has some great basic techniques which I plan to put into practice for my books, once my glue comes in. Another fun and informative channel is Jay Lee.

Watercolor Favs!

My Amazon wish list is getting quite long with some of the things I'm finding I simply can't live without.  To that, my favorite brands are emerging, such as:

THE paper. The stuff I originally had was like pressed toilet paper, and about all it was good for. This stuff is lovely!
Only the cold pressed and 130# and greater.

Watercolor in liquid. 

And inks to match!

Really lovely tube watercolors. I find I don't like pan colors so much.
Grumbacher brushes. 

All this is coming together to define my style I think, both in painting in general and the cards themselves.  My cards, I think, will settle more into the watercolor and acrylic painted cards with the embellishments from the dies, stamps, and embossed pieces. My next major addition will be a light box, which I find are coming in more compact and inexpensive LED versions now, thank goodness! UPDATE: Got this for Christmas!

Another thing I will be getting (back) into, and something I did as a youngster way back when, is lino block printing.  That was a lot of fun and can really add to my card making style. So many things, and stuff (as Direwolf says!).

And, adding to my card making things, my next piece of equipment will probably be the stamp platform.  I find the newer type stamps that are clear to be so much cleaner and easier to use than the old rubber stamps.

Plus paper quilling...

And speaking of things... my mother shared this on my FB page and wow... if only!

Until next time!


Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter days...

have hit, even though it's not exactly winter, per se...  been chilly here in middle Tennessee!

I've been making cards and even have a commission! Yay.  Just wanted to share my latest, as it incorporates my newest endeavor - watercolor. I've been learning a lot from a Youtuber who goes by the name of the Watercolor Misfit and she is an awesome teacher. You can find her here: Watercolor Misfit

And here is my latest card and watercolor creation.

I found the inspiration for this on Pinterest, and had it sketched and painted before I found out there is actually a rubber stamp for it! So, yeah, I have that stamp on order. But it was fun to get it sketched and painted. I've some decent supplies on order that should be in Saturday, and hopefully will be able to start my first official course with the Misfit to learn more watercolor techniques.

This one done on commission from my wonderful hubby - for a co-worker and his wife. Not a good picture of it, and I'm having such trouble with the cheap watercolor paper I have. I can't wait until my good paper arrives - hopefully very soon!

I did get into my trains this past week, in spite of an oncoming flu bug.

I decided to put them on narrow shelves above my computer.  This is the Flying Scotsman and the Hogwart's Express, as well as a little toy train my daughter gave me from the Rainforest Cafe at Nashville's own Opry Mill's mall at the new Opryland. Most know that Nashville is known as the Country music capital of the world, but did you know that Nashville is also home to the Barbershop Harmony Society, which is the Barbershop Quartet music folks?  So awesome to live in the Nashville area!  Speaking of music, once Christmas is over, I hope to be getting back to my piano lessons as well as the mandolin and violin (remember the purple violin?) once I can get all the decorations off the piano!!

And, as everyone who knows me knows, I dearly love barbershop music!  I wish I had the voice to do this, and even sing a Capella again.  They have classes... maybe someday I'll get down there for it.

Minecraft. Ah, I've not had much chance to do this of late with the holidays, but I have been following Direwolf's Season 9 let's play and downloading his worlds.  I so love his modpack.  So chock full of great mods and easy for beginners.  Interested? Check him out here: Season 9

Anyway, that's all for now. Back to my cards and art!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Stay tuned...

I've been rather under the weather lately and having a lot of tests and stuff done to figure out why I can't seem to keep food in my system, so I've not been doing a whole lot. But... I have plans! Bwaahahaahaa... many plans.

I have a lot of new dies and embossing plates in for the Sizzix Big Shot Plus, as well as stamps and things.

More importantly... I have the Flying Scotsman! Yes!
This baby was a gift from my wonderful hubby a while back, which took its place next to the Harry Potter train (yes, I still have that lovely little collector item, currently selling for $425 on Amazon).  I just wish I had the space to permanently set these up! But, I will be getting this one out shortly and testing it out, and posting some pics, hopefully.

So, yes, plans in the making! In the meantime, I've been watching more of Direwolf20, cataloging my incoming Sizzix stuff, listening to more Main Street (Congrats on your gold, boys!) and other barbershop, and designing cards and other artsy things.

Stay tuned!