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May 27, 2014


Announcing She Matters with Christy Tomlinson!


Super excited to announce that Christy Tomlinson is returning this July to teach She Matters in Studio Crescendoh! Enrollment is NOW open here.See ya in the studio!

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May 14, 2014


Part 2 :: FangGrrr Adventures


Some of the sorrowful days happened without notice. For no logical reason, actually.

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Where there were pink ears, FangGrrr saw antlers.

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Where there was sunshine, FangGrrr saw raindrops. She was certain that she felt them too. Every single, cold dark drop.

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By the way, this is the beginning of Part 2 of FangGrrr adventures by Jenny Doh.

 

FangGrrr4P.S. Beginnings are great, aren't they?

May 11, 2014


Top 10 List :: Motherhood 2014


10 things about Motherhood on my mind.

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10. I've not always done my best. Not surprising. No one ever always does their best. Sometimes, I have done average. Or less than average. In spite of that, my kids turned out ok.

9. Motherhood isn't the end all be all. Sometimes it's really tough. And even if you never become a mom, I think you can live a fulfilled life.

8. Having said 9, I know for sure I've become a better human because I have had the opportunity to be a mom to Monica and Andrew.

7. Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like to have had a 3rd or even a 4th child. I like to imagine what they might have looked like. And how Monica and Andrew might have related to them.

6. I am grateful that I didn't stop at just Monica. If I had, I may have become a preacher of dogma about how to raise children after just raising one child. But with Andrew, what I learned is that each child, no matter how similarly you try to raise them all, are different. Each child is wired differently. I am grateful that I didn't become that mom of that one child going around being unable to understand this important truth.

5. When my kids were little, I became frumpy. Hair, make up, clothes, body ... lots of neglect. And then after they started getting older, I thought to myself: "Why am I frumpy? I still have a life to live. I'm not just a mom. I'm a mom and so much more. I don't want to be frumpy." And so I took action. Just because someone's a mom doesn't mean they want to be invisible in terms of their womanhood.

4. When I think of my own mom, I know she hasn't always done her best. And I need to recognize that is because she is a human. Just like me. Sometimes, she's done average, other times, less than average, and occasionally, the best.

3. The thing that makes my heart happiest is when I see my two children show affection and protection for each other. It makes me believe that once I'm gone, they will be there for each other.

2. I hope that at the end of it all, my children and I will love each other as we remember the best we did for each other and forgive each other for all the ways in which we did less than best.

1. Because it all happens so fast. And without a manual.

Have a happy Mother's Day. If you want to. ;)

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May 08, 2014


Staying in My Own Business


I was recently asked what advice I'd give to a person just starting out on their creative journey. I responded by saying that I'd give no advice at all. When asked for clarification, I said that I'd never give advice to anybody unless that person came to me specifically, seeking me out to ask for my perspective. I mean, who am I to go around advising this or that to a hypothetical someone? I have my story and my experiences but those are my experiences and my story. Others have their stories to live and learn from, right?

This desire to focus on my story and expressing my story without preaching, commanding, or judging others has been growing within me for the past couple of years. As I get better at it, I am acutely aware of Byron Katie's observation that indeed, staying in my own business is a full-time job.

I hope that with each passing day, that I become better at staying in my own business. Because I don't want to be that person ... you know the one ... the one in everyone else's business ... wasting time and creating energy that is the opposite of elevated ...

Photo-99As I've shared here before, I have a therapist. I'd say that that is one relationship where I seek Therapist out and I pay Therpaist to give me opinions, advice, insights, and even commands. But even Therapist knows that effective therapy isn't about telling me what to do, but asking me thought-provoking questions that I answer for myself where I discover insights on my own. 

The beauty of art I feel is that as I stay in my own business, I can choose to express what my business looks and feels like ... packaged not as advice or anything like that but simply an offering and sharing of who I am. A portal to view and experience that offering if you want to. And for those who happen to peer in, it connects with who it connects with and it repels who it repels. That in and of itself is endlessly interesting.

May 07, 2014


My Days


After almost two years of shooting arrows, I feel I'm finally starting to shoot semi-decently. I had one major problem about a year into it when I had a wrist injury from boxing that just made me regress with all things archery. I had to go back down in the weight of my bow limbs after having worked my way up and generally, I had to rest my wrist and hope that time would heal it back to health. It was so discouraging. Cause when your bow is light, arrows don't fly or land with strength.

IMG_0539My coach who used to come to Santa Ana no longer does so I go to Long Beach to see her. It's worth it though. She's got the goods. She's been reminding me all this time about the importance of practice. Of course I know that and agree with that but finding time to actually do what I know and agree with has been a whole different matter.

But finally I feel I'm in my groove.

It's all about protecting my time. Making time for what is important to me and not letting things that aren't important to me rob my time.

My days.

Early morning boxing/training. Then arrows right after that. And then work on my computer. And then a good lunch. And then art. If I'm lucky it goes that way. Sometimes I'll put it all aside for someone/something. But I've learned that there aren't many someones or somethings worth doing that for.

I like my rhythm. It helps me worry less about this and that.

May 06, 2014


The Ultimate


I've been tongue tied as of late in terms of writing here on my blog about my art. I'm trying to get back into it. Because it's all part of it, right? Making the art, writing about it, taking photos of it, uploading it to sell, shipping it, showing it, trying to expose it to a wider audience, getting more supplies, and on and on and on it goes.

Sometimes it feels like I'm spinning my wheels.

Other times, it feels like I'm on target. Like when convos like these happen. And similar ones from people I hardly know who come up to me to say they feel deep emotion and honesty when they see my art. That's the ultimate.

PhotoBut even so, even with convos that make me feel like flying, it can be exhausting, and the nature of the process sometimes endangers what I want most, which is to make deeply honest and uninhibited art.

Every day I wake up reminding myself that I have one day less than I had the day before, to make my art, to make my mark. And so I'd better get going and avoid wasting time making bullshit, saying bullshit, or doing bullshit.

Sometimes the non-art-making part of art-making feels like the ultimate bullshit but actually, it's more like necessary bullshit. I don't know of any artist who can just paint 24 hours a day without having to do some bullshitty markety things.

I guess what I consider the ultimate bullshit is making art that is phony balogne. Art that is full of commands and preaches authenticity but is actually inauthentic. That's the hole I don't want to go down.


Evolution of Stitch Along Book Cover


How the cover of a book comes together is different from book to book. For my latest book, how the cover came together is especially interesting and so I thought I'd share the story with you. At one point, we were all thinking about white back stitches with sans serif lettering on red fabric. But then somewhere during the process, we decided to change it to white satin stitches with slightly different lettering on coral fabric.

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Even before that, my first attempt was making red back stitches on white fabric.

IMG_6221We all knew that the other cover images would fall in place like this ... and we were going back and forth as I tried all of these different stitches and fabrics. It took a lot of time but it was really fun and exciting.

IMG_6238Once it was decided that it would be white satin stitches on coral fabric, they asked me to not stitch the letter O in the word ALONG so that the designer could place a piece of embroidered work right there at the O. SUCH a cute idea!

IMG_6407I worked during daylight and well into the night for several days to get all these variations stitched.

IMG_6353And Scout watched me stitching for those days.

IMG_6361And once the cover came together, we all knew we had a winner.

And that's the story of how the cover of Stitch Along came to be. :)

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May 05, 2014


Announcing My New Book :: Stitch Along!


I am honored and excited to announce my brand new book: Stitch Along!

Photo 110 Master stitchers offer 30 amazing projects in this truly adorable book. The designers are:
Jackie Bowcutt, Liesi Cross, Megan Eckman, Carina Envoldsen-Harris,
Pam Garrison, Mollie Johanson, Charlotte Lyons, Rebecca Sower,
Sami Teasdale,
and Nicole Vos van Avezathe.

This book is available everywhere books are sold, including Amazon!

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May 04, 2014


Announcing :: Art Jewelry with Diane Cook!


I am happy to announce two very special art jewelry workshops coming up in Studio CRESCENDOh on July 11th and 12th with Diane Cook.

On July 11th, she will teach the Brave He{ART} class where students will learn to design and assemble a repousse heart. Repousse is a method of decorating metals with hammers and punches.

Brave Heart AquamarineOn July 12th, Diane will teach the Viking Knit Bracelet. Viking knit is a form of knitting and looping, which you will do with wire!

Untitled-2Can't wait? Me either. Enrollment is NOW open here and here.

See you in Studio CRESCENDOh. If you want to. :)

April 23, 2014


Happily and Sorrowfully Ever After


IMG_9973FangGrrr and Butterfly returned to an all-better Lion. The magic yarn had brought Lion back from death. "Lion, what were you trying to say to me when you were dying?" asked FangGrrr.

 

IMG_9976"I was trying to say that we all have flaws, FangGrrr. And we all have fangs. I have them too ... see?"

"If you think you're the only one with flaws and fangs, you're wrong. You are not along, FangGrrr. We all hurt."

 

IMG_9986"AND we all love. We all hurt and love," said Lion.

 

IMG_9987"But what about Snake?" asked FangGrrr.

"The more you engage with Snake, the more you empower Snake. Snake is an asshole. Disengage with assholes. Snake is Snake's own worst enemy," said Lion.

 

IMG_9988And with that, FangGrrr, Lion, Butterfly, Fox, and other friends played ... and they lived sometimes happily AND sometimes sorrowfully ever after.

 

IMG_9989The end (of part one).

More adventures of FangGrrr to come. ;)

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