Dragon’s Horde 0046: Strength



Title: Dragon Virtues – Strength
Designed by: Jennifer Aikmen-Smith
Stitched by: Jennifer Conley
Completed: October 26, 2015

Stitched for Shrew

Hey Shrew,

I stitched you up a little something. I hope you don’t mind. I love reading your posts and I always enjoy your comments on mine. You are such an amazing person. You are strong and determined and you inspire me. You show life isn’t about being perfect. It’s about trying and doing your best.

I wanted to make you something to show that you’re a light for me, and for others. You’re not backing down, and that’s awesome. Thank you so much for being who you are and for always being free with your words.

I would like to be able to send this little guy to you. If you wouldn’t mind sending me an email at conley.setup@gmail.com I would appreciate it.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day. : 3


Dragon’s Horde 0045: Life Abstract



History of Visual Communications
Project 2 – Life Abstract

Artist Statement

This is the first time that I have ever really worked on an abstract piece. There’s always been some sort of structure behind my work. Creating a label, structuring a form, concepting out a pose, or exercises focusing on particular things such as anatomy, shape, or lighting.

Very little of my work has ever been free form, so this piece was actually intimidating for me. How does one go about creating an abstract piece? How can you make art if you don’t know what it is you intend to make in the end? How can you do something without having a thought out process, step by step plans? That’s what my whole life is based around. To-do lists and structure and time tables and end results. How do you let go of all of that and just create?

In a way I feel that I’m not that great of an artist because it’s so hard for me to simply let go and find that creative streak that so many other people seem to have. But I was going to have to figure out some way, some trick, to allow me to do this or fail the assignment.

I was sitting at Crispers, having just eaten, thinking over the requirements for the project and the suggestions given to help jump start the creative process. I was listening to music and simply looking out the window on most people would consider a dreary, rainy day.

I thought about all of the different areas of my life, all of the things that are important to me. All of these different things that add up to make me who I am. All of the colors and feelings and memories I associate with these things.

I took out a mechanical pencil and my sketch book and just started doodling really while I thought of all of these different things. So I suppose these are the swirls of my life. My mom, my brothers, my co-workers, my hobbies, my fears, concerns, hopes, dreams, aspirations, all mixing together.

I used green, blue, red, and purple for the swirls because those are the colors of the charkas I most identify with. The heart chakra, the throat chakra, the root chakra, and the crown chakra. I used blue and purple as the background color because those were the colors I was drawn to. Looking back at it I wish I had gone with a gray or some other solid color so as to let the swirls pop more.

Everything in hindsight I suppose.

This was the first piece where I used color pencil since my art classes for my Computer Animation degree over three years ago. It was fun working with color again. Lately if I do anything traditional I stick to graphite shading, which is still a passion of mine, but this piece is special, in part because of the color.

It was a fun assignment and while it’s not a masterpiece, it was emotionally healing for me and helped me think through some of the issues I have been struggling with, mainly my financial fears and how those fears have been bleeding over into the other areas of my life.

All in all, I’m happy with it, and myself.

Dragon’s Horde 0044: Greatest Treasure



Title: Greatest Treasure
Designed by: Jennifer Aikmen-Smith
Stitched by: Jennifer Conley
Completed: October 16, 2015

Stitched for Mama Spike

Hey Mama Spike,

I know things have been rough for you. They have been for me, too. Life just can’t seem to take a hint can it?

I finished this piece yesterday but never got a round to posting it for you, and then I read your post just now and I feel if there was ever a time to post, now it is.

I know this can’t make anything better. It can’t help do a load of laundry for you, or cook dinner, or any number of the other 10 billion things that we manage to bend time and space to get accomplished every day. Hopefully, what it can do is let you know that I care about you and that I am so incredibly thankful for your friendship. With every stitch I thought of how happy I am that we stumbled into each other in the vastness of the Internet.

I would love to be able to send this piece to you so you can have it. If you could send me a message at conley.setup@gmail.com I would super appreciate it.

You’re always in my thoughts, and I’m wishing you, Spike, and the girls the best. You’re awesome, and amazing, and even though things aren’t always easy, or graceful, you’re getting stuff taken care of, and you aren’t giving up.

You’re strong. You’ve got this, and I’m cheering for you every step of the way.

I hope you enjoy your evening. *cyber hug*

Dragon’s Horde 0043: Wedding Gift


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Title: Dragon Love
Designed by: Jennifer Aikmen-Smith
Stitched by: Jennifer Conley
Completed: November, 2014

I was going through all of the files on my computer, basically cleaning house, when I stumbled upon this little guy. I completely forgot that I had this image. It never made it to my Facebook album or my Dropbox folder, much less my blog.

It’s been almost a year, but I still want to post it. It was stitched for one of my best friends from high school, Joe, and his now wife, Katy. : 3

Dragon’s Horde 0042: Time Well Spent



Title: Time Well Spent
Designed by: Jennifer Aikmen-Smith
Stitched by: Jennifer Conley
Completed: September 29th, 2015

Stitched for Seven Years

Hey Seven Years,

So I know this isn’t an origami crane, but with every stitch I thought of you and your amazing friendship. I thought about the support and kindness you have given me. I thought about every time you gave up part of your day to respond to one of my posts or comments.

I thought about how you’re a fantastic person and how grateful I am that I have been able to connect with you through our little blogging sphere.

I would love to be able to send this to you so you can have it. If you don’t mind sending me a message at conley.setup@gmail.com we can figure something out. : )

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. *cyber hugs*