Friday, October 24, 2014

I Spy Quilt

I just finished this 36" x 36" lap quilt for a special little someone for the holidays. It has squares of just about every fabric I've used in recent years, so it's a bit of a memory quilt for me, but for her it will just be a busy quilt. I backed and bound it with "Teddy's Playhouse" by Fabri-Quilt, Inc. I can't wait to play I Spy with her! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Back to Felting

I just finished this 3"x2" wee vessel. It was wet-felted on a tennis ball, allowed to dry (a warm oven helps), needle-felted for shape, then beaded. It's an easy and relaxing process!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Soap Day

They look like vanilla cupcakes with a dollop of mint green icing, but they smell like chocolate. It's only possible with soap-making! Now begins 4-6 weeks of curing before we can enjoy using it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Managerie Grows

Our condo neighbor's wall has taken on a new 3 foot critter, a whimsical sea turtle named Seamus. Like the fish above him, Seamus is crafted of beer bottle caps along with other assorted brew container parts. If you enlarge the photo, you can see the green shell is made of flattened Seagrams Ginger Ale cans. All of this is mounted on a hand-carved wooden form, as is the turtle's head. Seamus is obviously an Irish Sea turtle with his Leprechaun Seagrams hat atop red hair. Our neighbor has amassed boxes of beer bottle caps saved by local establishments that now number upwards of 7,000. Next up, a sea horse! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Beaded Spirit Doll Finished

A few posts below I showed only the finished face of the start of this beaded Spirit Doll. I didn't have a theme yet, but I decided to get back to making something with an American Indian feeling. This fabric reminded me of the full moon American Indian doll series I did a few years ago. Packs of wolves howling outside Indian villages in the deep snows of January gave that month's full moon the name of "Full Wolf Moon".

My 9" doll is embellished with glass beads and beadlettes, mohair scraps for hair, and the face rests on fringed wool felt. The long beaded head adornment is made of 3 handmade beads (Gene, do you recognize them?) and some black and white painted glass beadlettes. Spirit Doll p
ositive energy comes from the sage inside with the stuffing and the crystal holding the beaded adornment on the head. Weight of river rocks in the base keep it standing. This second photo shows the back, a cotton print of birch trees that I really like. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Little Things

This delicate little woodlands sprite is made of Merino wool roving that I wet-felted into cloth. She's stuffed with lavender buds, embellished with a hand-made and painted clay face, and finished off with Czech glass seed beads. She smells heavenly and is in my Etsy shop waiting to be adopted. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

For Now, Just the Face

I like to finish the face of a new Spirit Doll before I decide on other things. Somehow the rest comes more easily that way. Beading this face took a whole day, so I need to sleep on it now!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Handmade Paper

These three sheets of handmade paper are my latest. They are made one sheet at a time from junk mail, and I'm always tired after three sheets! The one on top has swamp-grass seeds as inclusions. The middle sheet has bits of red yarn, and the bottom sheet is plain. I don't have a plan for these, but I've seen actual "paintings" done with handmade paper, and I may try something like that. Ambitious hopes! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Enhancement Shell Box

This beautiful wooden shell storage box was a birthday gift from my son, daughter-in-law and family. I love it!

It's perfect for keeping embellishments for my hand-made paper and dolls. In addition to shells, it holds pressed flower petals, leaves, lavender buds, and yarn scraps.  

One More Photo

Then it's back to sewing and hand-crafting. This one is 
"Touch of Blue"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Favorite Photography

I'm home in NJ after a week in NC. I brought back a nasty cold, so crafting will have to wait. In the meantime, I'm glad to have more photographs from NC to post. I deleted a bunch but saved a few that I especially like. I hope you do too! 
This one is titled "Soulmates".

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More Photography

I'm not getting any crafting done while in NC, but my camera helps being creative. A Tortoise rescuer shared this one with the public. He's a baby at age 30, can live to be 200, and his weight is around 200 lbs. I grabbed the shots as he feasted on grass, his favorite snack. He likes to have his neck scratched (but I didn't ;). 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Photography Again

I'm still on a trip and have been trying to be creative with taking photos. Interestingly, I've even gotten some ideas for crafting from them for when I'm home. In the meantime here is another photo, a NC fishing pier. I'm calling this one:


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Made Me Laugh

Commercial establishments surely welcome the free advertising of being in selfies, but this outdoor mat takes it to a whole new level. Now selfie-takers are being told exactly where to stand! 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


One of my mini-careers over the years was as a photojournalist, and I learned not to miss a good photo opportunity when it presented itself. Lately I've been trying to capture some good shots to post. The first photo is a tall pine tree stand at sunset near our family home in the woods. There's always a peaceful "whooshing" sound with a breeze, and I just stop walking to listen. The second photo is our bay lagoon at sunset near our summer getaway place. There are no tall trees there to block a view of the sky, and this is a typical lovely sunset. These two NJ locations are very different, but they both have many charms!

Antique or Vintage?

These pieces were stitched by my Mother, probably in the 1920s/30s. While helping to clean out after Dad's passing, Mom found these and said she would never finish them. I was interested, so she was glad to give them to me. The long linen dresser scarf has printed blue lines for embroidery, and the three smaller pieces that match and make a set were embroidered free-hand. I don't yet know what I will do with them, but Mom also has some old hankies for me, so I'll wait until I get those to decide. I need ideas, what would you do with these special items??

PS: My new mascot, Boomer, looks on. He was a joke gift during a particularly challenging winter when deer reatedly ran into my car on the road. ;()

Friday, August 15, 2014

I'm Branching Out!

Many of you seem to be abandoning your blogs for Facebook. I LOVE blogging, so I wont be leaving here. However, not wanting to be left behind (or more accurately, being a "late bloomer") I've created a PINELANDS TREASURES Facebook artist page. This kind of page has no "Friends", only "Likes". If you want to connect with me there instead of here, click on my link below, then click "Like" when you get there. I'll continue be in both places and hope to keep seeing all of you somewhere!

Pinelands Treasures on Facebook

Monday, August 11, 2014

Handmade Paper Note Cards

These note cards are my first successful handmade paper items. They're made from up-cycled junk mail and embellished with fern fronds, Rosemary leaves, and vintage buttons. They have white paper lining for writing a personal note to be sent the traditional way in it's accompanying envelope. I hope these will help get my hands off a keyboard and back to this peaceful old-fashioned way of communicating!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

My Gifts!

These were recently received in the mail from my daughter, aka "Handmade by Beth" on Etsy. The bangle bracelet has strawberry grosgrain ribbon encased in resin. She's also now making children's heart-shaped bangles with candy and tiny toys preserved in the resin. So cute! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Soapmaking Continued

Here are my Cucumber-Melon soaps unmolded, standing at attention, and ready for a 4-6 week nap. I love my flower-shaped silicone mold, and I also love the color lilac, so I just plopped a bit of that on top of each soap. Now for the long wait of curing. That's really the hardest part!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Experimenting with Soapmaking

These are cold-processed soaps I made today, and they sit in the mold for 2 days before readying for 4-6 weeks of curing. I experimented with lilac color, shape, and a new scent. I'm not sure about all of that, but the Cucumber-Melon scent smells fantastic! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Perfect Chair!

My friend and neighbor, Mary, was walking her dog past some trash ready for pick-up when she spotted this little wooden rocking chair. She thought of my dolls and salvaged it. It's quite beat up, and actually looks like it could have come from an abandoned (haunted?) house, so I'm not changing a thing about it. It's perfect for a Ghoulie!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Ghoulie Gallery #2

This is my next "Ghoulie Gallery" addition. I found the oyster shell with two holes on our bay beach, and I knew immediately it would become spooky eyes on a doll. It looked that way lying in the sand! His round mouth was in a jar of vintage buttons I bought on eBay, and he has shell buttons for shoulders also from that jar. He sits squarely with the weight of glass pellets in his tush. His positive energy comes from sage in his stuffing and an orange Swarovski crystal on his ear. Otherwise, the only embellishments are hand embroidered stitches. I think I'm on my way now, Halloween isn't far off! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Handmade Paper Update

Today I made this small piece of handmade paper. It has better thickness than my last post, more color, and is the diameter of a tin can. I've orderd a real mold, but until it arrives I'm guessed it, a tin can. It's a great elementary school craft. I'm a late bloomer once again! 

I decided to use it for backing a photo of my friend's grand-daughter (now all I need is better printer ink). I'm thinking that with some pretty ribbon, these small handmade papers could become gift tags. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Making Paper (or something like that)

Upcycling junk mail to make paper intrigues me, and this is my first attempt. I want to make something pretty and usable. Unfortunately, this is neither! I'll work with my supplies, keep trying, and post the results here no matter how they turn out. It will be an exercise in humility. Wish me luck and stay tuned!

Monday, July 28, 2014

2014 Ghoulie Gallery

Opening this year's Ghoulie Gallery is this ghostie gal with big vintage button eyes. They are plastic, shell, and anchor buttons from an old pea coat. Her tuft of hair is braided and secured with a Swarovski crystal for positive vibes (along with a sprig of sage in her stuffing). She sits by herself on a tush weighted by glass pellets. She wears a reflector because she likes to go haunting at night -- better to be a safe Ghoulie than a sorry Ghoulie! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hand-made Wedding Band

Our son will be married in September, and he hand-forged his own wedding band from carbon steel, meaning the steel was heated and shaped by hand in blacksmithing tradition. It was then hand-ground and polished. The ring design has a lovely flow, and it can be easily adjusted for size if needed. So special! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seashell Angel

Our bay neighbor who made the clever beer glass below also made this Seashell Angel placecard holder. Actually he made at least 100 of them for his daughter's wedding. Two scallop shells, a sand dollar, silver marble, glass pellets, shiny ribbon, and some hot glue are all that's needed. Oh, also a tiny clip glued to the back to hold the placecard. Now post-wedding, it doubles as a recipe card holder. The second pic shows it in my kitchen! Thanks for sharing Mary and General Jan. I've been a bit lazy and really needed something new on my blog! ;)

Crafty and Clever!

Our next-door condo neighbor. General Jan, used a glass cutter to make this upcycled beer glass. I think he has created a very unique product! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Update on last post!

An exact replica of my American Indian friend in my last post is being offered on eBay for almost $130.00. So far, no bidders. I think the price is high, especially since I got him for only 90 cents. LOL! This all means nothing unless he sells. I will be watching