9 – 2 – 18

Hi welcome to my August post. I have always hated August, maybe because growing up I correlated it with having to go back to school and it also being MISERABLY hot in Phoenix.  I’ve had a lot to celebrate in the last month, however.

I graduated with my Master’s in Occupational Therapy. I only have eleven weeks of a fieldwork rotation and the board exam between me and my career (and a paycheck, finally). I started my fieldwork rotation at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the Barrow’s Neurological Institute treating adults with brain injury, stroke recovery and concussions.

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I’ve been working on a few exciting embroidery projects. My shop is open for business Processed with VSCO with c6 presetwith custom piece options. The shop platform is not ideal, however, it’s a start! I also became a member of Society for Embroidered Work. It is a new society that supports embroidery artists and addresses the lack of embroidered work in the art world. The founders and committee members all have such beautiful work and I’m excited to be apart of it! Visit societyforembroideredwork.com to check it out.

I have been incredibly inspired lately, so my plan for September is to take advantage of that and continue creating pieces that mean a lot to me. My current work in progress is inspired by a book of poems written by my great great grandpa. We discovered that he wrote poems about Arizona. He wrote a poem about his favorite places and things in AZ, which is what I have been doing with my embroidery. So I am in the process of embroidering the cover of his book from 1936.

“I write this book to tell you
Of a State I dearly love;
Of things I see about me —
Mines below, and skies above.
To tell you of its climate,
Of its people kind and true,
The healing, pleasing sunshine
We would gladly share with you.
Experience, my teacher,
Lends the thoughts I pass to you
I boast no special merit,
Neither claim my thoughts are new.
But as you read these verses
May your joys and hope expand,
And you love, more than ever,
This, Our Baby State So Grand.”
-John J. Phillips

8 – 5 – 2018

July was a fast month. A fast, (blistering hot) month. Summers have been hard for me since being back in Phoenix. The heat is gross and sucks all of the motivation out of me.

But I’m doing it!!!! Tomorrow is the start of my last week of school. Then I will soon have my Master’s in Occupational Therapy.

I spent the last month admiring my city and admiring the artwork of others. I also spent that time getting angry at people for the amount of disrespect they show towards others. Not only my neighbors disrespecting the murals in our neighborhood but people disrespecting others in general. I’m telling ya’ll, the heat makes me angry! I’m going to take this 25th year of life (25 as of the 17th :o) to start vocalizing my appreciation for others more and to love everyone and everything I have thoroughly.

My Northern AZ hoops hung in my favorite bar, Hops on Birch in Flagstaff, AZ during the month of July. I raised a couple hundred dollars that will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy. This idea came to me after working in a children’s clinic during my last rotation and noticing how often children get denied for the equipment and services that they need in order to live a functional life. I am so thankful for the kind words I have received about my displayed work.

Hops on Birch in Flagstaff, AZ

Any hoops that were not sold in Flagstaff will be present in my NEW SHOP opening on SEPTEMBER 1ST (I’d open it sooner but I’d honestly like to take a little time to catch my breath). The shop will be on this website and it will have pre-made hoops as well as options for commissions. I don’t produce multiple of the same hoop so selection will be limited, but worth it I promise!!!

Also, continue to look for personal projects of mine! I don’t think I will be letting go of the South Western theme anytime soon. I plan on starting projects involving historic buildings.

Lastly, an update on the animals. Mo is already a grown ass cat who doesn’t have much going on in his life at the moment, however, he is loving life per usual. Johnnie has accompanied me on many adventures this month and its so amazing to watch her blossom. She went from having to be carried to and from the car to happily jumping in every time we go somewhere.

Happy August everyone

 

 

7 – 1 – 2018

Hello and welcome to my first blog post.

Here is the deal: I will be posting the first Sunday of every month. The purpose of this is to recap the previous month and to share with you my experiences with embroidery/art and my personal endeavors. Feel free to follow along. If you don’t find me particularly interesting then that is okay, thank you for at least making it this far.

Today is July 1st (officially my birthday month !!!!). Exactly a month ago on the 1st of June, I returned to my humbled abode in central Phoenix after spending three months in Flagstaff, Arizona doing a fieldwork rotation at Flagstaff Medical Center in the Children’s Health Center. It was a life changing experience getting to work with all of these children despite all of the mucus they produced and the number of times I ended up getting sick. I thoroughly enjoyed my time back in Flagstaff, getting to spend time with close friends and getting to finish some Flag inspired embroidery hoops.

The inspo for the Motel DuBeau embroidery I finished back in December

Okay so, I have never had “baby fever” before, but I have heard much about it. Apparently when you have baby fever it seems as though there is an infant everywhere you look and you feel as though it is the universe telling you to HAVE A BABY. Hey you momma’s out there, is this accurate? I’d hate to have false info in my blog.

Stitching in my front yard in Flagstaff

Anyways, so I guess the same thing can happen when you have “dog fever” and while staying in Flagstaff, the universe was clearly telling me to ADOPT A DOG. I met so many sweet pups and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I went to the shelter once I got back to Phoenix and found a sweet, very scared, girl named Huffle Puff (now named Johnnie Mae). She was found on the streets in Phoenix and was brought in and treated for Parvo. In the last three weeks that I’ve had her she has blossomed tremendously and is developing a personality… she’s quite the sass queen if you’d ask me. She is a huge sweetheart though, and I’m pretty sure she’s fully housebroken now too so that’s cool.

My cat, whom I have had for a year now is SLOWLY warming up to her. Meaning he acts like a tough guy when she’s around but when I wake up in the middle of the night they are sleeping only inches away from each other in my bed. I feel a nightly cuddle session is in the works.

In mid-June, one of my closest friends and I went on a small road trip to Colorado. Having lived in Arizona my whole life, I’ve tried to visit places that I could potentially find a job after I become certified… such as Portland, Santa Cruz/San Jose area, and now Denver. We stayed a night in a cabin in a small town called Red Cliff (population 267 ppl) and the cabin was owned by an artist and was one of the most eclectic places I have ever stayed. The next day we drove to Denver and it was a treat! I have one complaint regarding the woman who decided to walk up to me and say “have I ever told you…. that I hate your f*cking guts?”. It was troubling but I have to respect her feelings I suppose. Other than that particular instance, the city welcomed us with open arms, happy experiences, cute dogs, nice weather and great beer.

My plan for July is to finish my collection of Northern AZ themed Embroidery hoops of which will be hung up in my favorite bar in Flagstaff starting on first Friday. I will be focusing on my grad program as we only have 6 weeks before graduating (and a ton to do in those 6 weeks). I will be spending quality time with the wonderful people I’ve met in my program because we realize that as our program comes to an end, it is not likely that we will all always be living in the same city and/or have enough free time to spend with one another once we start our careers. I will continue to work on embroidery projects and most likely be opening up commissions at the end of this month, so stay tuned, you beautiful beings 😉

If you live in the U.S. have a safe 4th of July and don’t leave your pups home alone during the fireworks!