Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Few Favorites of Mine....

My sewing machine is getting tired- so I decided to get out the "good beads" and have a relaxing evening making a few more of my favorite designs. I have to be in the right mind to make these little bird cages. After drilling holes in the bottom, each cage has to be carefully pried open and the vintage glass bird slipped in so the wire goes through the bottom hole- and trying NOT to break off the little tail!
I can never keep these in stock- and I can't take special orders (because you never know if that tail snaps off after working on one forever- then I have to put it all away & start something else!) I just love working with the "good beads". I think tomorrow I'll snap a few picks of my private little stash of vintage glass- I covet the wire embedded birds- Venetian birds from the 40's and 50's. I just found a few more of my little hour glass charms.... I'll be making a variation of this design I made last year. About 1 inch tall, the glass timer is filled with real sand and actually turns. I LOVE these!

So, off to my bottle of red, my audio book (because I'm hosting book club Friday & I haven't started the book), and my apothocary jar filled with the "good beads".

Monday, April 25, 2011

Some New Work....

Here's a few new cushions I've been working on.....using vintage fabric scraps from old quilts, appliqued on linen. This is a series of scenes I've been sewing from sketches of mine and my son's- like little memory quilts. The sand castle scene is dear to me.....
...the "head stand" is a snippet of a memory from my childhood (when life was carefree!)...... is the "puddle". These are all characters from my past & present, but I don't want to be too descriptive, as I hope people can attach their own personal memories.
I'll be listing a few in my Etsy shop, but saving most for summer shows.
More soon!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Shop update- A Few More Leather Wrap Bracelets...

I'm still here! I spent the morning photographing piles of new work- leather bracelets and new pillow designs. (I still have to photoshop the pillows) Not everything will make it to my Etsy shop, as I'm working hard to get a variety of inventory for summer shows.
So far this summer, I'll be participating in:

*Art By the Falls- June 11-12th in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

*Summer Comforts Exhibit at The Log Cabin Gallery- June 24- Aug 14th in Peninsula, Ohio

*Summer Market- July 29-30th in Avon Lake, Ohio

I'm also trying to get in a new outdoor art festival here in Lyndhurst at Notre Dame College called Art on the Circle June 25-26th. The deadline to enter is May 4th, and I think it will be a good show. Spread the word! It's a beautiful campus, and a great opportunity sell locally.

More pillows designs this week!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Shop Update- New Leather Wrap Bracelets

Just a quick note to share a few new leather wrap bracelets- new in my Etsy shop. I just acquired more antique lace "flowers" and will be making more of the lace studded style.
All are one-of-a-kind- I use a variety of semi precious stones, vintage glass, vintage religious medals, various trinkets, and antique lace.
New applique pillows will be coming later in the week.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I'm a bad blogger...

Sorry friends! I just realized after a few emails from friends that it's been weeks since I posted. All is well- life stuff has kept me away from my computer. This is one of my favorite photos- so simple but it speaks to me. It says "hope".
I'll be back soon and "hope" you're all well.