Presenting the Miss Ghoulie Gallery Beauty Pageant winner, "Miss Handmade with a Touch of Silk"! With her curly ribbon hair bow, piercing vintage button eyes, classic carpenter's nail nose, luscious red button kissy-mouth, and stunning turquoise cabochon adorning her high-fashion scrap-pieced ensemble, she was the undisputed crowd favorite. (Back to knitting, felting, weaving, etc. soon...promise!)
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Many were making "string blocks" awhile ago, but I was busy beading and doll-making. I've been wanting to try something different, so now I'm catching up to everyone else. These blocks are fun, maybe even addicting, anything goes (even intentionally off-kilter, especially the second one because I really like the pink fabric), and I surely have heaps of scraps.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Here is my latest Mini Beaded Spirit Pillow. The Swarovski crystal is in the eye.
Also, here is my home grown sage that I harvest to put inside my spirit pillows and spirit dolls. This plant started small in an herb garden, but has become woody and bush-like over the years, always surviving NJ winters, even this last one!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
This apple is another of my husband's jigsaw wood cutouts. I've been enjoying the decoupage process to finish them and have found I get a crinkly vintage look by using very thin paper. I tore decorative paper napkins and applied the pieces to the wood with layers of Mod Podge. It's pretty as is, or useful as a pen/pencil holder. I think it's a great teacher gift, but my kids are no longer kids!
Sunday, March 30, 2014
I intended to weave the hanging yarn ends back into this 15" x20" piece, but then decided on this more primitive look instead. The beaded pendant is one of our daughter's hand-painted papier mâché pieces. I know weaving would be easier, faster, and more precise on a heddle loom, but I really enjoy the simple frame loom process. It often gives me unpredictable results which is always fun, and I learn something new with each piece I weave!
Monday, March 24, 2014
I'm not sure what they will become, but I'm sewing my overflowing bin of scraps together. No pattern, just mindlessly sewing. I think thy multiply during the night! No need to comment unless you have suggestions. I'll let you know if and when this becomes something.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
This gal is made from scrappy quilt blocks and isn't very spooky. Perhaps the most ghoulish thing is her mouth of "evil eye" beads, although she's smiling. Or maybe it's her vintage button beady eyes? Whatever it is, it doesn't scare me.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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!