Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Funny Spring Shot

Sharing an amusing spring photo taken by my photographer son in NYC. It made me smile! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

String-Blocking my Scraps

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.

They are foundation-pieced and work up very fast. Here's one more for today. Photos aren't the same size, but the blocks are all 6 inches square. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Back to Knitting and Felting

If all goes well, I'll have a new knitted and felted vessel to share soon. I'm really enjoying working with these variegated yarn colors.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spirit Pillow and Growing Sage

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

Another Mini Beaded Spirit Pillow

At 8" x 5" this is bigger than my others. There's sage inside and Swarovski crystals embellish the two flower centers. The back is a repurposed extra quilt block. It's fun making these!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wooden Apple Cutout

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

Finished Art Weaving

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

A Scrappy Something

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

New Weaving in Progress

In an effort to quickly surpass "Ghoulie Garter Nose" below, I'm posting my new weaving before it's done. I'm really liking this one! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Happy Ghoulie

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. 

Wait, she just said she's helping the environment by re-purposing something vintage besides buttons -- do you see it? 

She's also a Spirit Ghoulie with home-grown sage inside and a crystal outside. 

New Art Weaving

This is finished and on the wall in my studio where it's growing on me. The green flower beaded pendant on the left was made my daughter. I thought I might one day hang it from a doll, but it seemed right here instead. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Little Pinch Pot

Made of natural air dry clay that took over a week to dry. It made me feel like I was in kindergarten again. I've sorta lost interest in painting it...only here for "show and tell".

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Last Mini Beaded Spirit Pillow (for now ;)

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

Giveaway Winner!

Barbara Woods is the name that came out of the bowl! Barbara, please send me your mailing 
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

More Mini Beaded Spirit Pillows

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! 

PS...I'll announce the winner of my orphan blocks giveaway in a couple days. Comment two posts below if you want a chance! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ghoulie Gallery Addition

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. 

If you haven't entered my giveaway in the post below, please do so. I'll announce the winner soon! 

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

Home-made Lip Balm

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. 

Another Wood Cutout

I played with some Mod-Podge and fussy-torn decorative paper images last week. It took me back some years, and it was fun. I want to try this again with fabric scraps instead of paper.  I must be thinking spring! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Weaving a Mood

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

Painted Wood Cutout

I'm "showing and telling" this cute little wood kitty cut by my husband with his jigsaw. Then I did the acrylic painting and sealed it with water-based varnish. It presides on the wall over the hand towel rack in our powder room. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hand Built Pottery

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

Things That Go Bump in the Night

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!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mini Beaded Spirit Pillows

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

An Oldie and the Giveaway Winner!

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. 

Now for the  the Giveaway winner:   #10 -- sewyouquilt2
Congratulations! Please send me an email with your mailing address.
I want to get this warm hat to you quickly while the weather is still cold! 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Giveaway!

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

Hand Weaving Art

This piece is finally done and on our bathroom wall. It's a darker room, and I like the softer muted colors.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Weaving by Hand

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

Bursting at the Seams

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

Happy Homemaker

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

A Fill-in Oldie

I don't think I ever posted this oil I did many, many years ago (don't ask), and it's still on one of the walls in our home. Whatta family!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Primitive Kitty #2

Here is another 25 cent vintage find -- a hand-sewn stuffed kitty. This one has the bonus of being scrap-pieced with every stitch by hand. I love it! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

25-cent Primitive Yard Sale Find

A time-worn muslin hand-sewn stuffed kitty, with button eyes and a nail for a nose!  I found this 5" treasure with another 25-cent stuffed kitty that I will photograph and post next. I love these little vintage pieces!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Soap Making - Part 3

My seized batch of cranberry-fig scented soap has hopefully been salvaged by "rebatching" in boiling water, kneading, re-molding, and cutting into bars for curing. Check back in six weeks!