Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wanna Share?

I hate going to the doctor so the other day after my visit, I splurged and bought some Cavallini sticky notes.  Now, I'm not ever going to use up that whole tin so I shared with one of my friends, Deena, the bird lover.  I picked out her favorite colors, packaged them up in a cellophane bag, cut two slits in the folded top, put some brown seam binding through and tied a bow, punched a scalloped tag and wrote "You are Tweet!," and attached it to the bow with a found piece of cord and Voile!  Here I have a cute little gift.  I save my cellophane wrappers--you know, the ones with the sealed bottom edge and I don't have to buy them for gifts like this.  How can you fancy up a shared item?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hair Clip Close Ups

Here are close-ups of the hair clips I've put in my Etsy shop (See side bar).  Fun, fun, fun.  I'm reworking the wedding headband flowers today and continuing work on new t-shirts after I take my friend to the doctor.  Hope your day is productive.

Friday, March 26, 2010

What's New This Week

I've been commissioned to make flowers for headbands for a wedding. Here are the first drafts of the bridesmaids flowers. It turns out that three of the four have to be remade or added to--if the bride has more selvedge. I've begun the bride's headband flowers and will show them later.

Meanwhile, I've redesigned a discount store t-shirt by trimming the sleeves and resewing, removing a pocket and using the retrieved fabric for the rolled roses.  I added faceted beads to the centers and added my own label. 

I also made another brown tank top with cream roses and brown bead centers for a friend's granddaughter.  I keep busy.  It keeps me out of trouble.  I'm going to see Deena today and hopefully she'll feel like lunch.  Follow her bout with cancer and brain tumors at http://deenasstory.blogspot.com/.  (I can't get Blogger to link up on only one word so here's the whole shebang.)

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Weekend That Was

My daughter and her family came to visit last weekend and we had a bit of drama.  I had been preparing for an event in which I would be able to sell the things that I had been working on for two weeks or more.  My family came in while I was still setting up the booth and I got home to see them for about 1 1/2 hours before I was off again with Amy, the shop owner, to man the booth.  Got called by my daughter who said she was miscarrying.  I turned around and met them at the hospital, my husband and I took the two children, we ate supper, went through the bedtime routine without a hitch.  Daughter and husband returned about 8: 30 p.m.  She's doing fine but did loose the baby.  Next morning her son, 18 1/2 m old, started vomiting--same flu bug his sister had last week.  Sister started cold symptoms Sat afternoon. My husband and I were up early as usual on Sun morning for a long morning of worship leading.  New members lunch followed (from which we were excused due to the circumstances).  Sun afternoon late, before our scheduled handbell rehearsal, we were at the prompt care facility with the baby and an earache.  The family left today on a 7 1/2 hour trip that will probably take 9 hours--just normal for children, ages 3 and 18 1/2m.  My husband left in zombie-like condition for work today and I have been floating in a daze all day.  No telling what my daughter and her husband feel!  I don't want to try that one again.
Here's a picture of the booth we set up last week.  I only sold 4 items but fortunately the shop owner and her husband were there to man and take down the booth.  Four items--doesn't seem worth it to me.  In my opinion, the prices are too high but I haven't been able to convince the owner.  Maybe it's just me.  My stuff is not even getting looked at in my Etsy shop.  I'm about ready to fold and yet, I keep getting ideas to create.  What is one to do?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ahhh! Flowers!

A pretty pair of hair clips are now in my Etsy shop.  Click on the photo in my right sidebar to take you there.  I love making flowers.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Two new tank tops

Making more tank tops in the last few days.  Here's a couple of hints.
I love ruffles.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Artist Kits

I love making little artist kits.  I'd love to receive one myself and hope others would too.  I love collecting and making the little goodies inside.  It takes half a day to do so and I surely don't get back in money the amount of time I spend but it is really fun. This little porcelain jewelry keep holds a treasure trove of little goodies--some handmade by me and some I've pulled from my stash.  It's in my Etsy shop today if you're interested in knowing the extent of the contents. Just click on the photo in my Etsy shop on the right and it will take you there.  Have a great Spring (coming soon!) day.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Three Freebie Photos For You

  Here's a lovely girl for you, a cutie baby, and dashing couple.  These are all taken from a Victorian Album I purchased at an auction last year.  Enjoy them in your artwork or whatever.  Have a good rest of the weekend.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Flowers--The New Addiction

Yes, I'm addicted to making these pretties.  I began a few months ago by noticing them in shops and online and thinking, "I can make those"--words of challenge for me.  So I did.  Now I can't stop, as you can see.  Salvation Army, here I come to buy more vintage lingerie!  Watch out!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Three More Tanks

I've made three more tank tops in the last two days.  Each is a little different from the last and each has it's own personality.  When one is so close to a piece for a long time, the piece takes on a special quality--kind of like a mother of many children--you love each in a unique way.  I think that's why some artists and jewelers give their pieces names.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More Frilly Lovelies

I finished a couple more tank tops last night and....

a couple more flowers for Amy.
Plus I got to visit with M and R--always a plus.
All in all, a very good day for me.

I'm appreciating our 50 degree weather as my husband is enduring more than twice that in Africa this week. Ugh.  They are having a great and productive time there, though, as they are being allowed to pass out Samaritan Purse's Operation Christmas Child boxes to the kids.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Working on Tanks

This is one of, hopefully, many tank tops that will hold a multitude of fabric flowers.  I'm helping fill a booth for a benefit in a couple of weeks and have my work cut out for me (oh, if these fabric swatches were already cut--just dreaming).  It's not a great pic but this is a brown ribbed tank top with cream flowers and a vintage swirl bead.  Many to go so back to work.
Colossians 3:23--"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart."

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cute Flowers

Aren't these the most adorable flowers ever?  I'm getting hungry for Spring and these little ones fit the bill. Amy is going to put these on flip flops to sell in her booth at an event coming up.  I've been working on flowers for her the past week and am almost through.  Then I'll be doing some things for my part of the booth since she's invited me to help fill it.  I'm grateful but now I need the time to work.  I'll be posting what I've made maybe next week. 

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Ruffled Bible

I found this poor Bible in the lost and found at church.  It had been abused with green marker, torn pages and a scratched cover.  I stained the pages, gilded the edges and "ruffled" it.  It is a New King James Version, a comtemporary Bible, but I've made it look old and used.  It is small, measuring about 6" x 9" opened.  You can read more details by clicking on the photo on my side bar of items in my Etsy shop.

2 Timothy 3:16-17--"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do" (NLT).