Sunday, November 30, 2008

Kreativ Blogger

Patty who blogs at pcox design presented me with this award. Thanks, Patty!

Patty is a SAHM (Stay at home mom) to two children. She likes to draw, paint and she loves textiles.

I would like to present this award to the following bloggers: Jacq, Diana, Dawn, Fotf, and Lynn. Pass it on, if you like.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Snow Bear

Snow Bear, 5.5 Inches
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Snow Bear is made from a white t-shirt. His eyes are black beads. His nose and mouth were stitched with black embroidery floss. He wears a purchased doily collar and a gold ribbon bow tie. His cheeks, ears, hands and paws were dusted with pink distress ink, and clear ultra fine glitter were glued to his cheeks and paws. A variegated blue snowflake was stitched to his tummy, and white pearls were added as embellishments. I crocheted the lace around his ankle and stitched blue glass beads to the lace to add color.

My bear pattern is for sale in my Etsy shop.

We put up our tree today. I wonder if we're going to have snow this Christmas. I don't like driving in snow, but it sure would feel more like Christmas if we saw some snowflakes this year.
There will be surprises popping up on my blog soon! Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Ball of Confusion

Ball of Confusion, Fiber Art, ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

I enjoy working with all kinds of fiber, but I especially like yarns because of its colors and textures. This piece could be a self-portrait. It portrays one's path which leads to one's destiny.

There are times when I become confused because of the noise around me and the information overload. When this happens, I cannot see my path clearly. The noise could be distractions, priorities, or responsibilities, and the information overload could be the paths I'm contemplating. I've had to learn to turn down the volume and see my way through the confusion. It's a skill that I'm still working on and haven't quite gotten yet, but I'm better at it than I was a year ago.

As I progress further up my path, the way becomes clearer. I can walk over obstacles and walk around distractions. However, sometimes even though I can see ahead clearly, I think about the gems that I may be missing which can be found on the path leading in the opposite direction.

Sometimes there are two good paths from which to choose. When that happens, toss a coin, and place one foot in front of the other and walk forward. Then smell your way to your studio and transform those fibers and paints into a one-of-a-kind treasure, a unique piece of art representing the feelings of your heart.

If that doesn't work, buy more fabric or paints for your stash--using a 40 percent off coupon--of course. Just kidding. I would never support addictive behaviors. Just trying to celebrate "Black Friday." Hah! ;-D

If that doesn't work, eat chocolate and try again tomorrow. What did I just say about addictive behaviors? Okay, I'm not a comedian, but I can dream my dreams. You can too. Make room for a bit of playfulness, too.

Oh, I need to give some credit to The Temptations for my ATC's title. I was listening to their CD. ;-D Hmmm, inspiration comes from everywhere--beware.

I'm practicing to See with the heart and attempting to find laughter along the way.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Live Gratitude

Live Gratitude, Mat Board, 5" x 7"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Live Gratitude

Speak kindness,
Share gladness.

Generosity breeds success.

Open doors,
carry hearts.

Gateway to happiness.
~Fannie Narte~


The past year has brought me many blessings in the form of peace, love, joy and friendship. I'm grateful for all the lessons I've learned and look forward to those I have yet to learn.

Many changes have taken place in the past year, too. It's taken me a good year to learn to relax and learn the meaning of flexibility as a blogger. My non-fiction/essay writing style has changed to a less formal and friendlier style--I hope.

I'm grateful for my family, friends and freedoms, and everything and everyone in my life--the good and the bad. The good gives me reason to celebrate; the bad gives me lessons and opportunities for growth. Celebrations, opportunities--they're all Good!

Thank you for sharing your art and your life with me. Enjoy your day with your loved ones. Blessings to all!

Live Gratitude.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Free to Be

Free to Be, Mixed Media Original Painting, 8" x 8"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Free to Be!

Do you want to be an artist?
Do you want to be a writer?
Would you like to own your own business?
Do you want to be married?
Do you wish to have children?
Do you yearn to go back to school?
Do you wish you could run free?

What do you want in your life? Who do you want to be?


Book: Education, learning, teachable

Pillow: Comfort; a soft place to fall when things don't go right; represents family and friends who are your soft places to fall

Piano: You are the musician; you create your own path; you pick your music and sing your song

Geometric squares: represents people in your life who connect you to a larger world outside yourself; lives overlapping, intertwining, connecting us to each other.

Antique look: Age, wisdom, experience, memories, imperfections

You are free to be whoever you choose to be. Or maybe you just want to be left alone, to turn off the noises, to determine for yourself who you want to be. You're Free to Be!

This is an original mixed media painting on an 8" x 8" gallery profile (1-3/8"), 100% Cotton Duck canvas, with solid wood frame. It is hand-stretched and back stapled. The sides are painted black.

Her hair is textured with acrylic paints and gold leafing. Gold leafing was also applied to three of the geometric shapes.

Are you doing what you want to do? Are you free to Be?

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fearless Journaling

Journaling Tasks, Booklet, 3.5" x 5"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

I've been working on journals for my Etsy shop and created this laminated booklet of eight of my favorite journaling tasks, which are:

* Carbon
* Image or Photos
* Ink
* Paint
* Paper
* Stamp
* Stencil
* 3-D


I don't know if anyone else uses this phrase, but it's a phrase I coined. My definition of a journaling task is a technique or process I use on my journal pages. Some of these techniques are also used in my mixed media paintings. Although I use more than eight different techniques in creating my journal pages, these are my favorites and are usually included in all of my artwork.


The creation of this booklet was inspired by e-mails I've received asking about my art techniques and processes.


These journal prompts help me out of paralysis. I created eight tags of some of my favorite journal prompts. When I feel like I'm stuck and can't think of anything to journal or write, these prompts have rescued me. My original prompts are scribbles on index cards, and these are more user friendly because they're laminated.

JOURNAL BONUSES: Tasks and Prompts

I often use these tasks and prompts as a springboard to help create all of my artwork, including my mixed media paintings and fiber art.

I've added these two items to each of my journals currently in my Etsy shop as a bonus: Don't Look Down, Just Fly and Anything is Possible. The original prices remain.

My future Etsy journal offerings will include journal prompts and tasks.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Friendship Notecard Set 1

Friendship Notecard Set 1

© 2008 Fannie Narte
These three cards, including Kraft envelopes, are included in the Friendship Notecard Set.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friends are your Second Set of Wings

Friends are your Second Set of Wings, Notecard
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Friends are like angels who carry magic in their pockets or pocketbooks. They're there to listen, to encourage, to speak honestly, and to show another perspective. They give hugs freely; they send virtual hugs. Life is all the better because friends give you their set of wings when your set is broken.

Friends are your Second Set of Wings.

Friday, November 21, 2008

I'm glad we're FRIENDS

I'm glad we're FRIENDS, Notecard
© 2008 Fannie Narte

This is another notecard I made using Photoshop and an image from one of my art quilts.

Have a great weekend, Everyone!

I'm glad we're Friends!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Friends Help You Fly

Friends Help You Fly, Notecard, 4" x 5.5"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Diana is a talented artist, blogger, writer, and illustrator who started a new blog, "Daily Art Stop," which includes a challenge on Wednesdays. Yesterday was her first challenge on that blog. The theme for her challenge is "Friendship." Most of my work centers around the theme of friendship and participating was an easy decision. However, I wanted to think outside of the box and create something different. The idea to use one of my images and create a set of notecards was inspired by Diana's challenge. The Friends Series is in the works for my Etsy shop.

Isn't that what challenges were meant to do? To inspire us to think outside of the box? In doing so, I realized that possibilities were standing before me all along, but I didn't see them.

Ideas are spilling all over my studio floor. I can make my art and my words available as notecards, and in time for Christmas Etsy shoppers and gift giving.

Thanks for helping me fly, Diana!

Help Diana fly. Join Diana in her first challenge. Pop on over to her blog and find out how easy it is to participate.

Friends Help You Fly! That phrase defines friendship in all its forms, doesn't it?
A view of the notecard with the envelope.

Another view of the set of three notecards available in my Etsy shop.

Friends really do help you fly!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tagged by Lisa--Random Facts

Lisa is right: Who can resist a friendly tag between friends?


1. A dream: I would like to visit Italy some day.

2. Another dream: I would like to visit the museums and historical sites of Europe.

3. If I had a housekeeper, I could concentrate on my art and play with my Grandkids, and maybe write a book.

4. I'm having difficulty finding four more facts about me. If I had a cook, I would eat healthier. "Dear Santa . . . ."

5. My husband and I say the same words, phrases and sentences on a daily basis. What does that mean?

6. J.K. Rowling's newest book, Beedle the Bard, will be available soon--can't wait!

7. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells . . . I'll Be Home For Christmas . . . Away in a Manger . . . the sounds and sights of Christmas--my favorite time of year.

Thanks for the tag, Lisa!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Double Reverse Applique

Double Reverse Applique, Art Quilt, 9" x 12"
© 2008 Pattern and Design by Ellen Lindner

Wow! Look what I made! ;-D

Thanks to Ellen Lindner's e-book, "Double Reverse Applique', An Apple a Day," you, too, can make your own apple quilt. Her website is easy to navigate, and purchasing her e-book was quick and easy.

The photos that accompany her easy-to-follow instructions are great, and her extra comments help the student better understand her technique. She even tells you how to save your printer's ink by recommending the pages that should be printed in color, and the pages that can be printed in black and white. It's almost as good as having Ellen beside you.

The actual quilt's finished size is 12" x 12." However, I scanned my quilt for my blog, which is the reason for a smaller size image. I need to determine what border, if any, I'll add to finish this quilt, and the quilting should be fun to do. I'll post my completed quilt--full size--when it's done.

Thanks, Ellen! I look forward to more e-books.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Friends are the Flowers . . .

Friends are the flowers in your Garden, Collage, 5" x 7"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cheryl--Blogging Friends Forever

I received this "Blogging Friends Forever" award from Cheryl of Scrappy Cat. I would like to present these to the following bloggers: Michele, Stephanie, Nancy, Beth, and Diana. If you are one of these artists--SURPRISE--feel free to take this award and share it if you like.


Fabric Postcard, 4" x 6"
© 2008
Cheryl Gebhart

Cheryl began blogging three years ago. To celebrate her 400th post, she had a BIG Giveaway--fifteen items! I was one of the lucky fifteen! Her workmanship is extraordinary!


Cheryl is an "Artist."

This is what her profile states:

"It's taken me quite a few years to actually refer to myself as an artist, but that's what I finally realized I am. My media of choice include fabric, paper, camera, and computer."~Cheryl Gebhart~

Yes, Cheryl is an "Artist." Her posts are representative of her love of multiple media. She explores, creates, and shares her discoveries so all her readers can learn along with her. If you get a chance to receive one of her treasures, you'll see her extraordinary workmanship up close and her remarkable attention to details.

Cheryl is also a kindred spirit. Thanks for your friendship, C!

Friends are an extra set of wings.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Birthday Gifts from Michele

Michele from EYEmbellishments sent me these beautiful birthday gifts: a Pashmina, a special ceramic button with a phrase I coined--"Friends Help You Fly," and a matchbox necklace containing affirmations. I love all of them, Michele! It's great to see my phrase in a work of art by someone else. You've paid me a high compliment! I'm still thinking about how to use my ceramic button. Thinking . . . .

Yes, these definitely are treasures. But the gift I treasure the most is her "gift of friendship."

Michele and her business partner, Terry, were recently featured in the July/August 2008 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors. If you visit Michele's blog, you'll see photos of her Sibs, her delightful friends.

Michele is a fellow chocoholic--although she prefers to eat hers in the form of cake and rum. ;-D I'm just a plain-old chocolate bar junkie.


"EYEmbellishments is a new division of Expressly Yours, creating whimsical embellishment cards and kits. Terry and Michele (aka tt and myc) have handcrafted ceramic buttons and art cards for your creative endeavors. These pieces can be taken apart and used in your own crafts and quilts or simply enjoyed as they are."


Your gifts are appreciated, and they brightened my day!

Celebrating wrinkles with friends is fun. Friends make your heart sing!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Magic Happens . . .

Magic Happens, Mixed Media Fiber Art Quilt, 8" x 10"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Good Monday to All! Hope you had a great weekend.

"Magic Happens," was inspired by my conversation with friends, which includes family--those who leave comments to my posts, and those who communicate with me by private e-mails. In my world, the words "friends" and "family" are interchangeable.

It seems that there is a need for validation, acknowledgement and encouragement. These needs will always be present as long as hearts live.

To hear someone say:

"You're okay,"

"Everything will be all right,"

"Yes, you are entitled to those feelings,"

"I understand,"

or "I'll hold your hand,"

can replace fears with confidence; it can fill a void or dark hole, or it can fill the darkness with light. It can be the saving words that one needs to hear in order to return to creativity or return to life.

Give yourself permission to explore an idea and to make mistakes during your explorations. In my world, "mistakes" do not exist. Mistakes, in my world, are opportunities that lead to new discoveries. Partner with courage and step into the exciting world of explorations. In that world, you may find new techniques, and you may discover new ideas that make your heart sing. In the world of explorations, nothing is guaranteed, but everything will take you higher.

"Yes, you are an artist." You are whoever you want to be.

"Yes, people will buy your art." Diverse tastes and the Internet makes this possible.

"Yes, there's room for your brand of art." Marc Chagall and Picasso flourished in the same space.

"Magic" is free to all who can imagine. It is yours without conditions. Let "Magic Happen."

Magic Happens . . .

~when kindred spirits meet

~when possibilities become realities

~when knowledge becomes wisdom

~when faith flourishes and hope wins

~when hearts learn to fly.

Friends Help You Fly!
~Fannie Narte~

And, "Yes, you are loved."

"Magic Happens" in a frame.

I like to frame small works of art, 8" x 10," 9" x 12," 4" x 6," etc., and randomly hang them on a wall in a collage design.

How do you display your small works of art?

Friday, November 7, 2008

AAQI at the Houston International Quilt Festival

Photograph by Katy Kapasi © 2008

Ami Simms sitting in front of two of my AAQI art quilts: "Where I Live, There Are Rainbows," dedicated to Gayle and her friend, Lois, who passed from Alzheimer's, and "A Rose Each Day," dedicated to Regina Rooks and her grandmother, Geneva, who passed from Alzheimer's.

Photograph by Katy Kapasi © 2008

Two more of my art quilts: "Spread Your Wings and Fly," dedicated to Sherry Carrigan and her grandmother, Ruby, who passed from Alzheimer's, and "Imagine," dedicated to Jacq Christensen.


Katy Kapasi, sent me these jpegs of four of my art quilts and Ami Simms at the International Quilt Festival held in Houston last week. It is nice to see my quilts hanging at the AAQI booth and surrounding Ami--sort of like hugging her. ;-D


Last month I hurriedly registered and shipped a box of art quilts for Ami to take to Festival. She normally emails "worried" donors to let them know that their quilts are safely in her possession. Instead of the customary e-mail, Ami called me by phone, and left me a nice message. I was so sorry to have missed her call, but happy to know she received my quilts, and that they would make it to Houston this year.


It's fun to receive e-mails from the purchasers of my art quilts and to hear their stories. I've received communication from two ladies, and I hope to hear from the others.


Ami and her dedicated volunteer staff are busy updating the AAQI website, and soon I'll learn if I reached this year's goal of raising $1,000 from the sale of my art quilts.

Thanks for your thoughtfulness, Katy-K!

Friends Help You Fly!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Lovely Gifts from Jacq

Hand-dyed fabrics by Jacq Christensen

Jacq and I share the same birthdate, which makes our friendship extra special. She's a talented artist. Look at all these handmade lovelies.

Pine Needle Pin Cushion
Copyright 2008 Jacq Christensen

Jacq explains her process of making this pin cushion on her blog.

Padfolio, by Jacq

Inside view.

Jacq introduced me to Sue Bleiweiss and her journal making classes. Since then, I've made several journals as gifts and will probably create more for Christmas. Sue's classes are great and she is a wonderful teacher.

This padfolio was made by Jacq following Sue B's free padfolio tutorial.

Thanks for my birthday surprises, Jacq!

Celebrating wrinkles with friends. Wrinkles can be camouflaged with smiles. ;-D

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"Hope Won"

Hope Won, Mixed Media Original Painting on Mat Board, 8" x 10"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Update: I watched "Oprah" today and was pleasantly surprised to see her walk onto the stage wearing a white t-shirt with the words "Hope Won" across its front, the same words that titles this post and my painting. Serendipity? Amazing and awesome. (Hi, Katy-K!)

We have a new President of the United States--Barack Obama.

Much of my art is inspired by words, thoughts, and ideas, and last night's election coverage offered a wealth of inspiring phrases and words by President-Elect Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

Regardless of who you voted for, in my opinion, we all won because we had the opportunity to make our voices heard, to vote for a president who stood for our values, and to vote for a president we thought had the better plan that would address our concerns--to let our voices sing our songs.

I watched Obama's victory speech and heard his words of unity: "I will be your President too." The images of optimistic spectators that flashed across the television screen during his speech defined the feeling of hope I felt. They wore my heart on their faces. I watched the video of his speech again today and transcribed his speech to keep in my journal.


This piece was created around Oprah Winfrey's quote during one of her interviews last night: "It feels like hope won." The red and blue stars represent the two opponents or the two parties, and the heart represents the "United" States of America--purple results when red and blue blend or "unite," when hands reach across the aisle and join forces.

Also included are quotes by Obama:

Change has come to America.

Anything is possible.

Yes, we can.

We are and always will be the United States of America.

Printed text from an online article from the Washington Post's website "Change Has Come," is included in the background.

The campaign is over; the work begins.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Believe in Your Song

Believe in Your Song, Mixed Media Original Painting, 8" x 8"
© 2008 Fannie Narte
For Sale

Sing your song.

Others will dance to your music
if you
Believe in your song.

Sing from your heart.

You are loved.

~Fannie Narte~

This is an original mixed media painting on an 8" x 8" gallery profile (1-3/8"), 100% Cotton Duck canvas, with solid wood frame. It is hand-stretched and back stapled. The sides are collaged and painted. Signed, dated and ready to hang or frame.


Sing "Your" Song

The sound of honking horns in rush-hour traffic, the cheers of fans at a football game--noises all around. "You should do this; don't do that. Run faster. Paint this way--not that way. My way, not your way."

Others will dance to your music
if you
Believe in Your Song

Afraid to break traditions . . . afraid to walk beyond cultural lines . . . afraid to explore beyond comfort zones . . . afraid of being alone . . . afraid that no one will like what you create . . . afraid of rejection . . . afraid you will fail . . . afraid no one will like you . . . .

Sing From Your Heart

Allow what's already in your heart to surface. Be free to be you. Give yourself permission to be who you want to be, create what you want to create, write what you feel inside . . . .

You are loved

You are great just as you are. No conditions; no expectations. You are enough. You are loved. Sing your song.

Believe in your song.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Heart's Journey--Exploring Art Journals

The Heart's Journey, Fiber Art, 8" x 8"
© 2008 Fannie Narte

Today is my birthday, and I'm commemorating my "new year" with a new goal. "The Heart's Journey" is the cover of my art journal and the first piece in my new adventure--a weekly art journaling blog: The Heart's Journey. Follow the link to see my first post.


After preparing the fabric with gesso, I used acrylics and Neocolors to paint this quilt. When it was dry, I scanned it into Photoshop and added the text using different fonts.

We don't need to wait for January 1st to start a new goal. Every day is an opportunity for a new beginning, a new challenge, a new goal, a new "Heart's Journey."