Yes, I am in love with yet another British import. If you haven't seen Sherlock, the modernized  version of Sherlock Holmes, you NEED to. (Watch the trailer here). Unless, of course, you're a purist who doesn't go for change, then you might want to pass. But still, you NEED to at least try it. Benedict Cumberbatch is the perfect Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century. I've only seen him in The Other Boleyn Girl, but I think this is his first starring role. Watson is played by Martin Freeman, of The Office UK and the upcoming version of The Hobbit. My favorite role for him was the movie stand-in the Love, Actually; there he was so sweet. In Sherlock he is a worn-down doctor and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who ends up rooming with Holmes and dealing with his excessive quirks. Oh, and the guy cast as Moriarty is deliciously creepy. There are only three episodes in the first season and you can stream it on Netflix for free if you're a subscriber.


Belated Father's Day post

With all the excitement of my Mackinac weekend, I forgot to give a shout out to my dad for Father's Day, and I wanted to share a bit of him with you all...

I grew up listening to jazz every day thanks to my dad, Doug Collar, who has been collecting records since he was a little kid. He had everything; Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, the Dorsey brothers, Stan Kenton, Joe Venuti, the list goes on. He took me to see Dizzy Gillespie perform when I was about 9, then Benny Goodman a few years later. We even went to a frame store once to make a frame for his Charlie Parker print.

When I was in high school, we would have "music duels", with him playing Art Blakey to my Billy Squier. Needless to say, I tended to lose. We used to sit around on weekends catching old movies on AMC that involved jazz, such as A Song is Born with Danny Kaye, Sun Valley Serenade with John Payne, or The Benny Goodman Story with Steve Allen.

In 1980, the local public radio station had a slot open, and my dad pitched an idea for a half-hour jazz program. He got it, and has had a jazz show in one form or another ever since. He has been the host of a four-hour program for quite a while, and it currently runs as Jazz Til Midnight on Saturdays from 8-midnight on WKAR public radio in East Lansing, MI. You can stream it live on Saturdays if you feel so inclined.

Oh, and I should mention he did all of this while being first a high school English teacher and now a college professor. And getting his PhD. And coaching softball. And being a parent.

Here's a virtual secret handshake, dad, for doing such a good job. Happy Father's Day!


It was a lovely weekend.

Hahn Cottage

I had the best weekend! I went with my knitting group up to Mackinac Island and stayed at a gorgeous, historic home called Hahn Cottage, with views of Lake Huron and the Mackinac bridge. (If you've never been to the island, just watch Somewhere In Time, which was filmed there.)

 Our "cottage" was located past the Grand Hotel in a beautiful wooded setting, but in between the house and the hotel is an amazing row of mansions along the bluff. The island is also celebrating Lilac Festival, so there were a profusion of blooming bushes, as well as flowers galore that have already gone out of season down here in southeast Michigan.
Our view from the back porch.
The Grand Hotel
The hotel porch where Christopher Reeve slept in Somewhere In Time.

Another "cottage".

The poppies by the tree were extraordinary.
A charming scene along the bluff.

The getaway was exactly what I needed, and I am so grateful to the Hahn's for allowing us to have such a lovely experience.


Older artwork - with original subject photos.

 Just wanted to share... This image is of a piece I did for my alumni show two years ago. It incorporates vintage silk embroidery floss in the water. It was called "By The Lake Side".

This piece was called "The Summer We Were Sisters", for my alumni show three years ago. It got a people's choice award, and it sold and went to New York!


I'm done. And so over it.

I finished my artwork for the alumni show at 2:00 am this morning. I could keep on tweaking it, but really I am so over it. I like it, but I am also sick of it, if that makes any sense. I have to drop it off at the art school today between 12 and 4, so it will be quickly out of my hair. The size is 24"x30", and the fabric wraps around the sides of the frame. When the show is up I will take some photos at the reception and post them.

Now it's back to miniatures, woohoo!!!


Deadlines bite.

Hi there... If you've been waiting for another post on Rosehill Cottage I wanted to tell you why it's been so long. I committed myself to making something for my alumni show at the University of Michigan School of Art + Design. Of course I waited until the last minute (it's due by Saturday) and every spare moment is going into cranking it out. Sounds pretty inspired, doesn't it?

I've done a few of these fabric collage/illustration pieces before, and they have actually sold! I find a candid vintage snapshot with a composition that I like, and re-interpret it in fabric and colored pencil. Sometimes I use embroidery as well, but I probably won't have time on this one. The yellow background will be filled in with other stuff - it was the largest piece of scrap fabric I had. I am determined to finish this without buying anything for it.

 I also wanted to share my fabulous new-to-me wooden desk that replaced
my old computer table. My neighbors are moving and had a yard sale, and this desk belonged to the husband's grandfather. It has a huge surface and really deep drawers. It also matches the old swivel chair I use. I can display all my vintage bric-a-brac really nicely now. (Be thankful I edited out the mess on the floor!)

Another new acquisition is this sweet little footwarmer named Lucy. She is 6 months old and truly is the best dog I've ever had.