11/27/2016

Punch Needle Ornaments available now...


Thanksgiving roared by like a freight train,
in the wake of a crazy political season.

Christmas carols are playing in the stores,
and the holiday ads are already picking up speed.


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I'm hoping for a simple holiday season,
without the commercial chaos & stress.

Focus on family, good health and blessings.
Spending time with loved ones,
and being thankful.

It will be the new year before you know it!

11/22/2016

Snowmen and a rusty heart...





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I love punching little projects like this.
I have  stash of paper mache boxes,
and this was a perfect way to use up a couple.


Whimsical, and bright; yet toned down to be primitive.

The designs were dipped in a walnut bath...

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The boxes were sponged with a walnut paint.

This punch needle design was mounted to
a rusty heart, also in my supply stash.

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 I love embellishing with seed beads to add texture and interest,
and the jingle bell and sari ribbon just tops it off perfectly.
This heart was also dipped in a walnut bath.
I have to say I prefer the time worn aged look.

I listed these items in my ETSY SHOP today.

Slowly, I will be adding more things to the shop in the days to come.



Have a great day!

11/20/2016

My new crochet obsession....

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I've been pretty busy in the studio lately...
I needed to unplug from Social Media in order
to concentrate on getting things done.
I actually got a lot accomplished.

I'm in love with making these crocheted beaded wraps.
It's my newest obsession.

I'm showing a few that I have made here.

Saturday I set up a booth at a local Craft fair
The weather was awesome,
and attendance was a huge turnout.
Met some pretty nice folks too!

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I didn't get any good photos of my booth,
or of my items before the fair for that matter.
I snapped a couple photos, but the lighting
was so florescent it wasn't worth it.

I spent the first part of the day organizing 
and putting things away.

My studio looks like a tornado passed through,
and I'm anxious to do a deep cleaning.
But that will have to wait a bit
until I list some new items in my Etsy shop.

 I spent the rest of the day taking and editing photos.
It was a dreary day, so without some good natural
light, it means extra time editing the photos.

I didn't get any items listed yet, but I've got quite
a few of the photos ready.
Doing the descriptions is the next time consuming step.

These are some quick shots of what I will be listing soon.

I'm going to call it a day for now,
and hopefully will get these listed 
during this week, although it's
hard to say what to expect with the 
Thanksgiving holiday around the bend.
Maybe over the long weekend then...

Thanks for stopping by!


9/30/2016

I'm back....

It's time to dust off my blog.
It has been an incredibly busy summer.
The last 4 weekends of summer were spent here.

Now that the weather is getting cooler,
and family obligations are settling down,
I am back in the studio.

I have been really digging in to get things done.
I have a big craft fair that I am preparing for,
which will be the weekend before Thanksgiving.

I want to get back into posting what I am up to here.

So I hope you will come back to see what I am up to.

Thanks for being here.

4/14/2016

How one thing leads to another


I was inspired by a Creative Bug workshop
She created a beautiful quilt
with a focus on flowers.


My initial attempt was to create a similar project....
but my creative process steered me into another direction.

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I began sewing a pile of patchwork squares.
They just sat there....because I couldn't take the next step.

I moved on to another experiment.
Without hesitation, I began ripping 
a white on white damask tablecloth
into strips.  I then used the 
quilt-as-you-go technique to sew the strips
to a square of batting.

Eventually I had a pile of patchwork squares,
and a pile of quilted damask strips.....
and a new idea took shape.

I brought out my stash of embroidered linens,
floss, buttons, ribbons and zippers.

That is how this little pouch was born.


2/28/2016

Springtime Wishes - Old Farmhouse Gathering Team

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Today marks the first day of the 
Springtime Wishes launch
hosted by the members of
Old Farmhouse Gathering on Etsy.

The launch ends on March 13th.

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The special tag to search for all members items
is STWOFG.

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Simply type those letters in the Etsy search bar
and you will get a preview of all the new items
listed to celebrate Spring!

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This is my first launch with this group.
Click on each photo if you would
like to know the details of each item.

Happy Spring! 
I'm so ready for a new season!


1/16/2016

Beaded Heart - Kelly Green

“The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.” 
― Benjamin Franklin
 Kelly Green Beaded Heart

Something about beads and sequins
make me want to create.



I am not a bling sort of person,
but I love the way the light
bounces off the sequins.

This is one of my favorite so far.
More to come!

11/15/2015

Bead it!

I have a hard time throwing things away.

I had accumulated a generous pile of painted muslin 
used to mop up paint spills.
(during other projects).

The fabrics were so pretty, but it took me
a while to come up with a project 
in order to use the fabric.

I decided to cut off little pieces
and appliqued whimsical flowers
to torn scraps of vintage tablecloths and linens.

I stitched assorted beads around the edges...

and Swarovski crystals in some of the centers.

A different color in the center 
with complimentary beads to make it pop.

 It was very relaxing to stitch in front of the TV.
But my finished appliques began to pile up
before I could decide what I was going to do next.

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I decided to quilt around the flowers,
using a mix of scraps that would frame
the applique projects as focal points.

The fabric pieces later turned into zippered totes,
which I have listed in my Etsy shop.

This project was an experiment dying crocheted scraps,
and later stitched and beaded like the other flowers.