Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9am - 2pm INDOOR TAG SALE IN FLORENCE, MA

I'll be set up with antique linens, beads, fabrics and much much more! 
Come by and say "hello". Mention my blog and you'll receive 10% off your purchase.

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Went over to Mount Holyoke College Botanical Garden last Friday. Drew a little in the succulent room. Then went over to the Art Museum and oh my....There was a small exhibit of Yoshida Hiroshi and his family that created prints in Japan for the last 3 centuries. I never have drawn a boat. (Pencil sketch) I copied it ...The originals (4) were done at different times of the iphone was totally out of juice so I couldn't take a photo of these 4 beauties but I'm definitely going back.
Then I opened up a little set of inexpensive gouache tube paints....and I've been having a lot of fun painting with them. I love the way you can get flat color backgrounds.  I tried a turtle swimming deep in the sea.  What I learned was that the background water had to be dark in order for it to look like he was swimming underwater rather than above it.  Then the hardest of all -- a selfie -- using the gouache.  You can remove the paint easily giving way to highlights underneath (if the color is light, that is)....

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Sketchbook Artist for Danny Gregory to add to his list of teachers in Sketchbook Skool!

I literally stumbled upon a blogger who, in my humble opinion, is a creative sketchbook artist. And an instagram phottographer, and a calligrapher. His name is Jose Naranja. You can find him by going to

Leaf study in my sketchbook!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving dinner

Got to spend quality time with my grand children. Jessie and Jacob. 13 and 16. Jessie enjoyed squash, turkey and brisket along with a few pecan tarts and egg nog. The stuffing was Pepperidge Farm with cooked onions, celery and Chicken stook. The asaparagus was cooked on a tray covered in olive oil, with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Jason brought the turkey that he cooked for the first time. Hot baked rolls and pumpkin pie were there, too. Oops, almost forgott the marshmellow and fruit side dish and cranberry sauce. Yuuuuuummmmeeeeee! Wish you could have been here. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A page from my sketchbook journal

Sometimes it's the ink color that inspires. Most of these drawings were taken from the internet. Some were sitting at my kitchen table. My 5.5 x 8" journal has just the right paper for pen and ink. "Black Swan in Australian Roses" is the name of this ink. Love it. From

Monday, March 10, 2014

You're Invited to the JFK Middle School Antique Show and Sale

March 16 from 10-3

Florence Road,
Florence, MA

I'll be there in my usual spot selling all my favorite things from lots of lace, all handmade, from around the World; as well as lots of smalls, jewelry, beads, old keys, old safety pins (really large ones); small woven textiles, antique quilts, antique photographs, German scrap, advertising cards, hand painted ukraine eggs, and much, much more.  Just ask for "JudyKahooti".

Homemade chili, sandwiches, desserts all benefit the after school program at JFK Middle School in Florence, MA.

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Little Lace Project! Happy Day!

The day began with sorting my vintage lace trims that I have been collecting for 15 years. Some I hadn't seen in years because I bought them, brought them home, put them in a storage suitcase and that is where they lived. But today, I decided it was time to see what I had. 

I've had a couple of wonderful painted wooden hangers (one pink, the other blue) and I deciced to dress them in my lace. Very random. Some sewing in place, while pinning in other places. I spent about 2 hours making two. I like the one above because it was the second one I made. The first was an experiment, and I was thinking that this would be a good way to sell my lace at the upcoming (March 16) antique show at the JFK Middle School (proceeds go to the afterschool program, which is always a good thing) in Florence, Mass. So, here's the first one below...

There are about 10 little hand crocheted doilies pinned on the left and one white one on the right. Oodles of lace, even antique bobbin lace, yards of it, tatted lace, netlace that came off of a doily.

A string of mother of pearl antique buttons, dead center.

And the sweetest word...."fairy" embossed on the corner of the hanger. 

For the lace collector, this would be quite a find. All of the lace is removeable and could be used for your own projects or just hang it up and enjoy all those ruffles and history.

Join me at the JFK Middle School on March 16. We'll talk lace!