Sunday, March 9, 2014
This one is from a favorite fabric, a tree print with golden threads throughout. I backed it with a leaf print. It's the same as my others (only taller) with sprig of sage inside and a crystal for positive energy. Then I can call them "spirit pillows"!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Barbara Woods is the name that came out of the bowl! Barbara, please send me your mailing address...email@example.com
Barbara has a few blogs, and this one really caught my eye. I will now follow along:
(copy and paste, sorry I can't make a hot link with my iPad)
Barbara, I hope you can do something with the UFOs that have gone begging in my sewing room! Congrats! :)
I'm going to try having a giveaway about once each month. Stay tuned!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Here they are as mentioned earlier, 4" to 5" in width and height with a sprig of sage inside with the stuffing. Along with a Swarovski crystal and glass beads, they are full of positive energy wherever they sit. I'll have one more soon. Making them is addicting!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I've been experimenting lately, but I still enjoy making dolls the most. This is my latest spooky addition to my Ghoulie Gallery. Her body was cut from hand-woven fabric (yarns and fabric strips), and her eyes and belly-button are vintage buttons. There is also a button under each of her arms. Her mouth is a vintage sash buckle, and I embellished her with silvered glass seed beads. Her pigtail is braided from woven yarn ends, and it has a Swarovski crystal for positive energy. She also has home-grown dried sage inside, for good vibes as well. The second photo shows the vintage button print I used for her back. She really isn't that scary, but she thinks she is.
Monday, March 3, 2014
I need to de-stash some UFOs! The biggest is about one yard square. The others are smaller unfinished units, strips, and blocks. Top right are two Food Network napkins I picked up in Kohls on clearance. I thought I'd do something creative with them, but so far I haven't, so they are included. If you would like a chance to have these things, just comment below. Comment twice for another chance if you pass the word, doesn't matter how or where. I will pick a winner soon!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I'm addicted to Chapstick, but tired of buying it. Then I discovered I only lacked beeswax in my soap-making supplies to make silky lip balm at home. I found beeswax at AC Moore, mixed the 3 necessary ingredients, and added a couple dried, crushed rose petals from my Valentine bouquet to make it pretty. It's easy and fun to make, and so much nicer than Chapstick! Let me know if you want the recipe.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
As I sit and meditatively weave on my frame loom...over, under, swish, over under, swish...I was suddenly struck by the peaceful mood created by this repetitive motion and the sun streaming in the window. I decided it was worth sharing a photo. Finished piece coming soon!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Before potters had wheels, they were creating useful pots and forms using only clay and their hands. I made this little pinch pot in a local library workshop. The instructor fired it in her own kiln. There was something very special about creating a piece in this purist tradition, and I'd like to do more of it. Guess I'd need a kiln!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
This happens almost every night. I go to bed with all dresser drawers and doors closed. Bumping and thumping sounds punctuate my sleep during the night, but I've learned not to be alarmed. Hard to believe, but this is just the work of my little kitty who only weighs 7 lbs!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Here's what I've been doing this past snowy week -- making and embellishing Mini Beaded Spirit Pillows. They measure between 4 & 5" in width and height, and have a sprig of homegrown sage inside with their Fiberfill stuffing. They also have a Swarovski crystal worked in with the glass beads. Voila -- positive spirit energy on a tabletop or bookshelf! I'm thinking of shipping them over to help fill my my Etsy shop. These are addicting, and I have more in progress.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
First the Oldie, one of my first jointed teddy bears whose paw pads have faded, but he's still content in the rocking chair that all of our kids once used.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
In honor of this winter from "HE-double hockey sticks", I'm giving away this warm hat I knitted last summer. I made it to see how the variegated yarn would work up, and I really like it. But I already have a favorite hat knitted by my daughter. So this one needs a new home where it will be put to good use. I'll pick a random winner in one week. Leave a comment for one chance -- two comments for two chances if you share it on your own blog. Thanks!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I'm really liking this art piece in progress. I've learned a lot with each piece, and this one has taught me to use bulky yarns. Otherwise, a piece takes too long to complete. I hope to find a place on my wall for this one, and it will have the distinction of being the first one I have actually finished!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
My studio, that is! Beaded dolls, knitted and felted vessels, sachets, and bowls are taking over. Some have been gifts, but the rest are still in my studio along with some vintage items. I can't keep everything, so there's a BIG SALE in my Etsy shop. If you take a peek, let me know if anything strikes your fancy. These things need new "forever homes" Here's the address, or there's a hot link in the sidebar.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
I came into a batch of sample "Happy Homemaker" squares at guild once that no one wanted. I didn't want them to go to waste, so I took them home and started to work them into a design with red cornerstones. Although I was thinking placemats, I ended up with something I needed more -- a cover for my sewing machine. It really brightens up my sewing room corner!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
What's a blogger to do when there hasn't been enough time to create something new? Post something old, of course. This is an array of originals from my tree series days. It's a conglomeration of water color, brush and ink, acrylics and photography from years ago. Stacie, this is for you!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
This is my first batch of soap in the making, and BAM(!) it went from the first photo to the second in minutes. It's called "seizing", something soap makers do not want. One must be a chemist to understand this process! Now I must "rebatch" it. I'm always learning something here, but that's good for aging brain cells. Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 28, 2013
This is the work of my visiting daughter who always enjoys keeping her creative hands busy. She didn't have a real plan but raided my yarn drawer and went to work. Now she is leaving me with this lovely cable-knit square. It's perfect for a hot pad, or I can picture a whole afghan of these someday! Life events have challenging recently, but I hope to return to creating myself very soon. Happy New Year to all!
Friday, December 13, 2013
I was away in NC helping to care for my 96 yr. old Father who has not been well. Mom was sick too (94) so I've not been keeping up with my blog. When I returned home I found the most wonderful package waiting. Feeling a bit down, this came at the perfect time! It was from "Yoborobo" (her blog link is on the right in the list of blogs I follow). I had enterd her giveaway and didn't win, but in the spirit of the holidays she generously sent beautifully wrapped gifts to everyone who entered. Whatta gal! The two little note cards sport her original imaginative drawings, the larger print is one of her incredible collages, and the somewhat spooky, yet endearing, doll is mine, all mine(!) button eyes and all (now you know where I got that idea ;) Thank you, Pam! This is one talented lady, folks, and did I mention she is also an author?! Check out her Etsy shop too. It's linked from her blog on the right.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
I have never seen the show and probably wouldn't have taken notice when a local quilt shop announced Downton Abbey fabrics are in stock. However, my daughter likes the show, so it got my attention. I googled and learned this British period drama is set in the early1900s, and the styles of that era are classic, so I went to see the fabrics. They are lovely(!) and I bought 2 fat quarters (below) just because I like them. However, not only are there fabrics inspired by this show, but there is a whole line of additional items for *each* of the 4 main characters -- patterns for quilts, bags, and more may be coming. I came away loving my fat quarters but muttering something about "commercialization". THEN in my mailbox this morning was a promotion for a "Downton Abbey Quilt Retreat". Only $165.00 for 3 days at a hotel (overnight room not included) working with the special fabrics in 2 classes to make a quilt and a bag. Sewing with others is always fun (includes meals), but I'm still muttering "Bah, commercialization". However, to be fair, if the show wasn't a commercial success, none if these lovely fabrics would exist. Hmmm...I might start to watch the show.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I experimented with yarn tension while weaving the second piece on my new frame loom, and it ended up being woven too loose. However, it took much time and effort, so I wanted to do something with it. Then it came to me -- make a doll! Here is the result -- about 8" tall, vintage button eyes, and quite "owlish". I like it!
Monday, November 18, 2013
This is what I found when I decided to finish a cardboard loom weaving project today. I think my kitty already considers it finished, and hers! She bent the cardboard totally out of shape, and I have my new wooden loom anyhow. So, I guess she can keep it.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
I love glass and have it everywhere. The first photo is a piece from Belle Mead Hot Glass in NJ
The 2nd is a hand-blown Witch's Ball I bought in Salem, MA -- perfect!
I once thought I would learn stained glass. I bought supplies, set myself up with a place to work, and then discovered that using tools and good hand dexterity are important, neither my forte. So I just enjoy the work of others instead!