Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MATS Blog Tour

Welcome to my blog!  This is day one of the MATS Blog Tour!

My name is Jill and I love to make things.  I started this blog after buying Lilla Rogers book "I Just Like To Make Things".  The book led me to enroll in the Make Art That Sells class which led me to the MATS class discussion group which led to today!

I'm posting today with two other classmates Aisha Khan @ and Linda Tordoff @
Be sure to check out their blogs too.
This blog tour will take you around the world!  Over the next 3 weeks you will get to visit the blogs of some of my fellow classmates and see some beautiful work that was created during our 5 week class.

I thought that I would invite you into my studio today, tell you a bit about myself, show you what I've been working on since school ended, talk a bit about my grandma and send you home with a recipe. 

I wish I could offer you a drink while we tour...

I didn't want to miss a minute of my daughter when she was young so I left my job as a stylist for a wallpaper company when she was born.  In my opinion... there is nothing better than a 2 year old.  I wouldn't trade those days for anything.   She is now 8!  I'm just now starting to get back into surface pattern design trying to find my own style and my niche in the world.  Lilla's MATS class has really helped me focus on my goals, it's slow going but I think I'm making progress.  I love to paint, garden, and sometimes cook.  Oh, I'm happily married too!  My family lives in beautiful Rhode Island and I'm always inspired by the ocean, and the world around me.

Here is where I spend a lot of time.  It's an 8'x13' room that was maybe supposed to be a large closet?  It's affectionately referred to as "the closet".  It is not always so clean and tidy.  The floor and walls are usually covered with whatever I'm working on.  It's really frigid in here from now until spring so that heater near my chair gets a lot of use.  My left hand is usually resting on it while my mouse hand freezes.

Since MATS has ended I have started to rework my designs from the class.  The class was so fast paced that it's been nice to take a step back and rethink things.  This week I wanted to make my fabric design from week-1 look a little less rigid and more playful.  I love pizelle cookies and I like the snowflake shape that they have so I've added them to the background.

Lately, my grandmother has been working her way into some of my designs.  I used some of her brooches in the zipper pouch from my last post about week-5, and this design has her rolling pin, pastry cutter and now... the addition of pizelle which she used to make for us.

My grandmother was ALWAYS baking.  She lived with us until I was 5 and then after moving to her own apartment she would visit every Sunday with some kind of homemade treat.  She did not always use recipes and I must confess that I preferred when she did.  She often made "good for you cookies" that would usually consist of oats, molasses and whatever was in her cupboard that day, usually walnuts, raisins and/or dried apricots.  They were often very dry but if there happened to be chocolate chips in them, I would manage to eat them.  When I was a child, Christmas time at our house meant lots of cookies, not the "good for you" kind but the ones that followed a recipe.  This is one of Gram's tried and true recipes.

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you want to hear more about my MATS experience check out my previous blog posts.  Please be sure to check out the other blogs too.  My favorite part about MATS was every Sunday when I got to see what everyone had created.  Now, you get to have a little peek too!  Here is a schedule (subject to change)...

November 20

Martina Lenhardt-
Melissa Doran-
Sarah Gager -

November 27
stephanie corfee -

November 25
Son Atwal Sonia Atwal -

November 26
Sarah Ehlinger-
Jordan Vinograd Kim-

November 27
Jen Burbridge -
Carolina Coto -

November 28
Eva Marion Seyffarth -

November 29
Anna Whitford -

December 2

December 3
Melinda Hopkirk -

December 4
Antje Martens-Oberwelland -

 December 5
Renske de Kinkelder-

December 6


  1. Love that blogpost Jill! It's so nice to see you closet and your fabric design is lovely! Thnaks for the recipe … love to bake … will sure try it out!

  2. Hi Jill, great post. I love seeing where artists and designers work, wish I had a cupboard that big to work in!

  3. Love this post Jill! Love your style and this post bought back lovely memories from the course! Thank you for the recipe I will definitely be trying it out over the Xmas period!

  4. Thanks girls! Glad you stopped by!

  5. Great post, Jill! I loved to see your closet where you got cracking for MATS. Thanks for the recipe, too.