Sunday, September 30, 2007


Sometimes I feel really lucky! Just after moving into this house I found a box of old wrapping paper in the crawl space (we don't have a basement). It was used and most of it still had little tags and ribbons. I have turned this paper into these paper flowers. More recently I found an atlas and a few comic books from the 80s - more flowers! I love the variety and love how wonderful these papers look in the shape of a flower. Each flower has a pin back - so they look great as a brooch or as an accent in your home (on a curtain or ribbon). This is my original design. I never get bored - the possiblities seem endless! Today I will be listing a few paper flowers on Etsy and over the next week I will share my Christmas ornaments made in a similar way.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Trashy Treasure

Pillbox Productions Handmade Paper Flowers

Ten years ago I found several 1950s Illustrated Weekly of India magazines in a pile of trash on Cerrillos Road. I was on my bike so I had to strap them on my bike rack and didn't really take a good look until I got home. What a score! Most of them were in pretty bad conditon, but I knew I would eventually find a way to use them. Over the years I have used parts of them for collage and in the last 4 years I have used them for my paper flower brooches. All of the flowers in these photos were made with pages from these magazines. I use several layers of varnish on each flower (after hand sewing the paper into flowers) - so they are very durable!

You can find a variety of these flowers in my shop on Etsy. I am in the process of making these flowers with vintage wrapping papers, comics and maps. Let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Influence and Inspiration

This is the image I come home to each day - tile work next to my front door. I have been renting this house from the original owner for about 4 yrs. - she is 96 yrs old. This bullfighter and raging bull seem to have influenced my work (the style of clothing - not so much the bullfighting) Almodovar is one of my favorite film makers (All About My Mother, Matador, Tie Me Up,Tie Me Down, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown...) so when I first came to consider renting this house the tiles made it feel "just right". My latest belts, chokers and some of my hats are starting to have the brave and bright look of a traditional performer!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Cherry BunBun and more!

Meet Cherry BunBun! He came in the mail just after 4pm on Friday. I found him on Etsy when I met Moonstr in the Etsy chat room. I love Etsy chat! As you are typing away you can browse other chat room shops and pick favorites to show in the chat room (go check it out!). Cherry BunBun has been a favorite for a long time and I cannot believe it took me this long to make him mine! Moonstr (Anna) makes a variety of magical stuffed friends and dreamy paintings. I am blown away by the two paintings I got from this shop! I am sooooo happy with my new favorite Etsy seller - please check it out when you get a chance!

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Beauty of Upcycling

I discovered the sweetest shop on Etsy this week - A World Invented. Hanna Vanderstoel is the shop owner and person responsible for making this shop so special! She upcycles vintage purses, little tins, boxes and pendants using vintage lace, buttons, ribbons, flowers and feathers. One look at her shop and you can see the special attention she gives to each item. The talent does not stop there - Hanna is also a painter AND she and her husband have an art studio for children called Van Grow. See aworldinvented on Etsy for wonderful gifts and treasures!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Ladies Cummerbund

I have been working from the neck up...until yesterday! Accessories are a great way to bring attention to wonderful places. The neck, the head and now the WAIST! I have been working on chokers and headbands - then I imagined them as belts! Here is one of my first, made to tie in the back to get a perfect fit! See this one in my shop on Etsy and stay tuned for more in the next couple of weeks!

Monday, September 10, 2007

the Interview!

This made me blush! My first interview online - by Hobo Camp Crafts. A really fun blog to read and keep in touch with - and I am so honored that I am in it! Check it out and check out their wonderful shop on Etsy while you're at it~

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Mini Crafty Peep

My daughter (7 yrs old) is very creative. She made an "I love robots" tshirt for herself about 6 months ago and gets orders for one like it every time she wears it out! She just made this one tonight for one of our friends ~

She has made about 15 of these tshirts with unique and special robots on each one. It kills me how creative and sweet she is! I just had to share the joy!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Paper Flowers

My grandmother introduced me to costume jewelry when I was very young. Ethal Labelle (best name EVER!) sold costume jewelry from her farm house. She had a wonderful display of rings and brooches - the kind of jewelry that makes a little girl excited to grow up and wear it! I have a collection of vintage brooches and my favorites are handmade. The paper flowers I make are inspired by my grandmother and these vintage handmade brooches.

My original idea for these flowers was to use scraps of fabric - I always have pieces of fabric too small for hats. I played around with that idea for awhile and liked the results but was not "blown away"! So I started to play with paper and made a variety of really cool flowers - but they were hard to make durable enough to be used as jewelry. Finally, after probably 2 weeks of trying a variety of materials and flowers, I came up with the flower I make now. These flowers are sewn by hand. Glue would work, but sewing the petals together makes them stronger (and so old fashioned!). I spend lots of time on each brooch and no two are ever the same. I use original vintage papers - 50s magazines, wrapping papers, comics, maps, sheet music...the possiblilies are endless! I have even made these flowers with photographs of my daughter for family members! You can find some of these flowers in my shop on Etsy! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, September 3, 2007

ART is my Happy Pill

I get high on art. I really do. Turn the music up loud, talk to myself, laugh outloud...get lost in my own world! It is my favorite place to be ~ the wild world of my imagination. And just like any party, it takes awhile to get warmed up. I get all set up and stand there waiting for inspiration (like waiting for someone to offer you a drink) then I just start...start a conversation with myself with and without words...then the paintings become the conversation. The problems and the solutions! I like to paint on recycled objects. I paint on old records right now - they are easily available because if they are scrached they usually go to the dump. I SAVE them! I also love that they are round. The circle is a wonderful shape. I have some of my paintings listed in my shop on Etsy! Check them out when you get a chance and let me know if you have any questions!