Celtic knots

I’m working on calendars for my mother and sister for Christmas, and right now they are fighting me every step of the way. It is, of course, the calendars’ fault, not my inability to count. Anyway, when I get frustrated I turn to doing watercolors of Celtic knots. They are done on watercolor paper postcards, in ink and watercolor. I’ve just sent three to friends, and I thought I would share them with you.

What I like about them is it takes just enough creativity to keep my mind from wandering, but not so much that I need to think hard and figure stuff out.


Let me introduce you to the unharmonious Harmony.

Harmony has done a little damage around our house. This is the grill cloth from a 1938 Sparton console radio, grill cloth that survived decades, until Harmony came along.

And this is the way Harmony feels about our wallpaper. I am always reminded of Oscar Wilde’s last words, “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.” Harmony is a bit more determined than Wilde.

Harmony is our evil kitty, I will introduce you to my good kitty at a later date.

Quilting Arts Magazine

My good friend Lynn Krawczyk has written an article for Quilting Arts Magazine. Lynn makes amazing art quilts, it’s wonderful to read about one of the ways she works on them. The article is about using embellishments as the inspiration, making them the starting point, not concepts and ideas. It’s an interesting way of working backwards. Lynn gave five of her friends the same set of embellishments to see what each of us would create. To see my creation, along with those of Joan Potter Thomas, Deb Kolar, Mary Dyer, and Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk, go here. To see Lynn’s quilt, along with a couple of her other creations, you need to buy the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine and turn to page 46. Lynn is an extremely creative artist, I’m very proud to have her for a friend. Check out her website here.

Blog Action Day

I just got back from my morning walk to find out it’s blog action day, a day when bloggers talk about a single issue, this time it’s the environment. It fits nicely, because I passed by my small garden and picked a tomato and a green pepper. I’m very proud of my garden this year, it’s been a long time since I’ve managed to keep a garden watered until I got vegetables. This past weekend I made stuffed peppers with peppers and tomatoes from the garden. There’s a lot of pride in growing food, I highly recommend it.


A few weeks ago The American Sewing Expo was in Novi, and I was fortunate enough to be able to display three pieces. Since I claim to be an artist, I thought I’d better post some artwork, so I’m posting one of the pieces. This is called “missed connections” and it speaks to my issues with my aging body. It was in a show called Connections that my tireless friend Lynn put together, it was an amazing show with amazing pieces, and I was honored to be in the show. To see more of the show, check out the fibra artysta website listed in the blogroll.

BMC factory

This is the BMC factory in Plymouth. It has been (obviously) vacant for many years, and used as graffiti canvas. It is beyond vast on the inside, much larger than you would imagine when looking at the front of the building. Absolutely beautiful, cathedral-like when you get inside, but undoubtedly it was a terrible place to have worked. They will start tearing it down this weekend. I’m glad I got a good look at it before it’s gone!

My new blog

Welcome to my blog. My name is Leann Meixner. I am an artist living in Plymouth, Michigan, and I’ve finally decided to jump on the blogwagon. I live with my husband Mark and our two cats, the pure and good Rhythm and the evil Harmony.

Today was a downtown Detroit day, my friend Julia and I went to MOCAD.   MOCAD is the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit.   It was a very happy day, lots of art containing lots of words.

This is me, enjoying a morning cup of coffee on a recent trip to NYC.