Wednesday, July 30, 2008

a little bit about me - the human behind the blog

I was looking through blogs today (from the forums on Etsy) and saw a wonderful idea - get to know me better Wednesday. Very cute - I love it. I thought I would start today with some basics ~

I'm a mom. I have an 8yo daughter (the most darling person I have ever known!)

3 chickens, 2 parakeets, 2 sisters

I ride my bicycle or walk. I can drive but don't. I live in Santa Fe (right in town) so it's easy to live without a car.

I have a part time job at a hair salon. My boss opened this salon 4 yrs ago - we had worked together at another salon and when he opened this salon, I went with him... we are pretty much like family. We argue, we laugh a lot, we care about each other. It's a cool job. I basically know how he likes things to be - how to make it all work well day to day - and I know his clients and they freak out if I'm not there *they neeed me : )

I am pretty energetic - I don't sit still for long. I sew (clothing, hats, a variety of other accessories), paint, draw, book binding, lino cuts, collage, lots of other odd creations and art (I have an art blog - , play a variety of instruments, bake pretty good pies, play cards and take lots of photos....

Coffee is very important to me.

Laughing is very important to me. I have some very funny friends - I cherish them.

I can be very impatient, a little bossy and a little edgy sometimes.

My favorite color is green (if I have to pick one, red and green if I pick two).

My house is filled with odd little things that seem to entertain guests. It's very colorful.

I love animals...all of them.

I am really freaked out by spiders.

I am not shy but a little too shy to be a clown - otherwise that is what I would be doing right now. I saw this amazing clown from Alaska - realllly cute, really cool, very funny. Not creepy at all. He made me want to be a clown.

Wow, hope that's not the most boring thing you have ever read!

Friday, July 25, 2008

party time

My newest hats are made from recycled papers! I use several layers of newspaper for each hat and a variety of fun recycled papers as the top layer - each hat will be one of a kind. I sew them with my machine first then do all of the details by hand (sewing)and finish them with a layer of varnish. The elastic band is sewn to the hat as well. I came up with idea late the other night when I was wondering what kind of hat I could make for under $10 that would be fun for everyone! I started by making the pattern from newspaper - you would think I would have a party hat around to copy...I don't! So I just made it up and it's a bit taller than your average party hat, but I think I like it better that way. Many more to come - the two you see here are available in my shop on Etsy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Unique Cuffs - Girly Stuff

I really love the cuffs on vintage gowns...that is what inspired me to make cuffs one can add to any dress or outfit for a sweet and very retro finishing touch. I like them as a set and originally imagined them over plain long sleeves. Now I really like them with sleeveless tops and short sleeves, too. I started with sets and now I am working on single cuffs to wear more like a bracelet. My studio is full of wonderful old things just begging to be something new...the ones you see here are available in my shop on Etsy. Like everything I make, each set and cuff is one of a kind and handmade.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Work Is Good

work is gooood. no work is no good - Antonio

Antonio was my neighbor, landlord and friend many years ago in Cambridge, MA. He lived on the first floor of the house and I rented the second and third floor. Very very sweet man from Portugal - he barely spoke English but would ask if I was on my way to work when he saw me with my bicycle...then he would say "work is goood. no work is no good"...then he would hug me! I have been very busy sewing and with art book projects. I love the work (not so much for other people and very much for myself) I am working on new designs and concepts right now between other sewing projects. Very exciting to feel inspired. I love summer.