Wednesday, October 31, 2007

happy halloween

my kitchen window this morning
happy halloween

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Girls Inc.

This morning I went to a Girls Inc. fundraiser at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe. My daughter has been in the after school and summer program at Girls Inc. for two years. Today she spoke in front of a couple hundred people to tell them why she is strong, smart and bold. I cried. She said she is strong because she is confident ALL of the time, she is smart because she has designed her own line of robot tshirts and bold because she tries new things even if they are a little scary. She is also in the video/commercial for Girls Inc. talking about being a girl and how she can become everything she wants to be. WOW! I was so impressed with this function and spent the morning smiling, laughing and crying! It was really exciting and if you have a daughter, you may want to look into this program. They work on a sliding scale and take donations of all/any kind. I am really proud of my daughter and proud of the women who make this available to our girls!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

End of October

Wow, October of 2007 is nearly over and it was a busy month! My daughters birthday, school Halloween carnivals, guests in town...whew! It flew by for me and I am ready to get busy again with sewing. I spent most of yesterday sewing and made two hats I am really happy with.
I managed to cut my thumb (left hand) with my super sharp scissors and used cotton/tape to wrap it up good so that I could keep going. Later I used New Skin Liquid Bandage and now it almost looks like nothing happened. I really love that stuff - it actually WORKS. It does burn a little when you apply it, but it's worth it - it seals AND heals (no, I don't have stock in that company-though I should!) Today I will spend the day sewing! One more cup of coffee and a little more Etsy and I am ready to go!
I listed the pink floral hat on Etsy yesterday just after finishing it!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

kind words

I found this plaque in a thrift store in Trinidad, Colorado this summer. I keep it in the kitchen above the chalkboard I use for lists of things to remember. I think it's very sweet!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

X O x o

Yesterday I was inspired to make another ladies cummerbund. I found a wonderful piece of vintage fabric over the weekend and made it into this unique accessory! I used this vintage golden yellow fabric, lace, ribbon, yarn, vintage sew-on rhinestones and a button. This piece is machine and hand sewn (I used red yarn for the handstitched edge and black & red yarn for the x's on each end) A series of X's and O's - hugs and kisses! I just listed this cummerbund on Etsy this afternoon.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

New Creations

I managed to make new hats and brooches this week EVEN with a guest in town! It was some week - my friend visiting and my daughters birthday was on Wednesday...I thought it would be impossible to create more than a birthday cake and a nice place for a friend to stay. I did it! I had some late nights, early mornings, excellent coffee and good conversations to keep me going. Here are a few things I created and listed on Etsy.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

My World

I took a few photos of things around the house today - the light in this old house was just perfect! It was a little chilly but really sunny - I took these photos around 3pm.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sew Busy!

I had a busy weekend at home sewing. I drank coffee, listened to music - made a complete mess of my house! I made and listed a new hat in a new syle. It took most of Saturday to make the pattern, then I finished my first one like it on Sunday and listed it on Etsy. I really like this style and have started more like it with plaid fabrics. I have also started more of the quilted version of the hood (I love them quilted!) I have several brooches to list this week on Etsy and a few hats for Etsy and Dawanda. I sold my first hat on Dawanda last night (very exciting!) and it came as a wonderful surprise - I am new to that site. This weekend flew by! I look forward to the days that I have EVERY day ALL day to work on my creations. (Soon!)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Process and Inspiration

I got up at around 7am today. Coffee, internet rounds (Etsy, Flickr, Dawanda, Indiepublic)...more coffee, then to the studio. First I worked on brooches - my latest version is a corsage. I finished two and have three more that are nearly done. Then I started a new hat pattern inspired by a vintage hat I found at a thrift store for my daughter. The one I found is like a beanie with ear flaps - made with velvet. I found a little guy at the thrift store yesterday that reminded me I had to work on this (his hat is dark green like the hat I found)! I am getting there with the new hat! I am now making the first one with the pattern I made earlier today (so far so good) I hope to have some ready this week for Etsy, Dawanda and an upcoming local Christmas art fair. ahhh, it's been a good day!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ingeniously Creative

Wow! I love this blog ~ IngeniouslyCreative! The author is Carol - she is very sweet and has a great blog about artists. She just wrote a little something about my work and I feel very special! You will also find links to Carols shop and other great artists shops! Check it out!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Coffee Break time! Today I made Turkish coffee. Mmmmm, this stuff is STRONG and very delicious. You are boiling the coffee in this cute little pot with the long handle. You don't want to stir the coffee though once it's in your cup - the grounds will settle at the bottom.
I love the "ahhh, coffee" thread on Etsy (in the forums under Etc.) I get a kick out of the devotion and love for coffee. I am with you Coffee Lovers! Coffee makes getting out of bed in the morning so much more exciting - and gives you the extra energy you need to keep crafting in the afternoon. ahhhh!

Sunday, October 7, 2007


This is a display I made several years ago for my earrings - an old lamp shade! These earrings are made with large sequins - paillettes. I have the tiniest ears and I love to wear big earrings, so these are PERFECT! Big, shiny and super light! I made several pairs for myself nearly 4 years ago and people would stop me to ask where I got them - I made several sales just from wearing them around! I take them to art and craft sales, too. What I love about doing these local sales is that I can bring a variety of the things I make - and since I love to experament with different materials, it's a great way to get feedback and show off some good ideas! It's a little harder to do this on the internet because of the listing fees and competition. Even our local markets don't have room for any more jewelry booths. I have been allowed to add these earrings and other odd pieces of odd jewelry because they are ... well, unusual! This is one of those projects that is fun to do between sewing and painting. I will sit down with a box of the materials, put on some great music, have a cup of tea and make a batch of earrings!

Friday, October 5, 2007


My newest creations are made with vintage papers. Like the flower brooches I have been making, they are handsewn and one of a kind. The Christmas ornaments are three sided with sequins, beads and glitter and ricrac trim for hanging. These ornaments will be gifts with items purchased from my shop on Etsy. My daughter will help me with a special batch of ornaments for local homeless shelters and retirement homes!

The corsage is something I have had in mind for awhile - I will be making a series of this style in the next couple of weeks! I am working on some now using old maps, comics, wrapping papers and sheet music! I love these flowers with leaves and they are getting more elaborate (with feathers and more styles of leaves all made with paper!) This comic corsage is the first of this series - I just listed this creation in my shop on Etsy!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Studio Stuff

Ahhh, the studio! A mess, a workplace, inspirational and exhausting - heaven! Many of these things were collected over the years - on road trips, vacations, local thrift stores and flea markets. I took a few moments to look around the place I spend most of my time and here are a few things I saw.