Thursday, December 31, 2009

messing around with linen and buttons and lace..wip

This is an old linen napkin that I dipped in coffee [ with vanilla ] . a work in progress .....
I don't know if I like the stitching or the aroma of vanilla coffee more ,
I used to do this years ago but it doesn't come easy to me .... and I really don't know how to embroider [ I fake it ] ... I drag out my mother's old embroidery instruction book , look at the diagram photos and wing it .
as I looked at Flickr photos one night > I found Pam Garrison . She inspired me to try again
Yes > if you enlarge this photo you will see two drops of blood . HA ..... but I keep stitching . I should be painting or drawing or CLEANING but I will keep stitching away .
I like the week after Christmas . It's a time to just relax and play a little .
P.S. > the idea for adding vanilla to coffee wasn't my idea ..... I read it on someone's blog but now I forget who it was ! well if I remember I'll let you know

Monday, December 28, 2009

another heart pillow hanging

busy making Valentine's Day things !
in my shop > this little heart pillow

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thinking cats and hearts.... new pillow

I hope every one had a beautiful and happy Christmas . Ours was very quiet because Michael was sick Christmas Eve AND Christmas day .
He had a terrible sinus headache .
so .... I made cat pillows while he moaned and tried to sleep .
I had fun with this pillow . I stitched on lots of little seed beads and found a great old green button .
It is in my shop .
click to enlarge
Have a happy Monday !

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Isaiah 53

I sit and read ... in this peaceful place my dining room table .
Have a very happy Christmas week

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday Snow

we didn't get as much as I thought we were going to get ...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

BEFORE the snow [ click to enlarge ]

Waiting for the snow !.... It's noon Saturday .
It is very cold outside ... Jerry wanted to ride his bike because later it will be covered with snow !
I'll try to post photos tomorrow

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

hearts and lace , pearls and ribbons CLICK to enlarge

Many years ago ... I made these hearts and this doll and painted roses in this wood bowl .
...bits of lace, embroidery , fabric pieces , crochet doilies , old buttons , pearls and ribbons .
The pink pin cushion was made by my grandmother . I would guess 1930's .
I'm feeling nostalgic and melancholy .... I think about painting but I'm drawn to lace and thread.
I want to make these things again .
Do you think it's good to take a break from your usual art ? to go to another medium .... I am thinking so much we do is for our spiritual peace ...
It's hard to understand why we make the art we make .

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I love The Stratford Antique photo to enlarge

Do you love old things ????

I went to The Stratford Antique Center in between going to the Post Office and Rite Aid .
I bought this metal dust pan with the crimped edges and the beautiful green color , it says Everlast and it is HEAVY .
and the lamb .... I had a rubber lamb JUST like this one when I was a baby . I remember it very well . Do you remember any of your baby toys ?
This lamb has Akron Ohio stamped on it .
and the scissors.... I picked them up and I HAD to buy them because of the SOUND they made . These heavy scissors made a squeaky metal against metal sound .... it reminded me of my mother .... ha ha . ANd the dust pan reminded me of my Uncle Matty .
I didn't spend a lot ... I think $24.00
GOOD old stuff made in the good old U.S.A.
These things will last another 100 years

CLICK to enlarge the photo

If you ever come through Connecticut ... stop at this antique center . Call me ... I'll meet you there and then you can come to my house for tea !

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Diane wins

Princess Stuffed Glove picked Diane's name from the hat !.. not sure where Jerry is .

I'll send the snow angel out this week Diane !

Thank you to all who left a comment .... thanks

visit Diane's blog to see her beautiful paintings.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snow Angel giveaway

My Christmas giveaway !

I sculpted this angel mama and baby with polymer clay .
Dressed in gold and glittered , she stands 6 inches tall.
Please leave your name !

Jerry will draw a name on Sunday
Merry Christmas !

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Jerry and Princess Stuffed Glove.... click to see these two large !

These two are planning the next giveaway .....
they are deciding what it will be

come back soon !

Monday, December 7, 2009

Little Willow .... pillow

Thanks for writing to me about Twitter and Facebook ..... I know now why I have a hard time with both .

I'm not good at small talk , chit chat ... like " How are you , nice day " etc
When someone says to me ... how are you .... I want to tell them weird things they don't want to know ! I can be a little intense .

anyway ... if you are on either................... my friend ? [ a line from "The Godfather " ]

and so now
here is a new pillow ...............................
I named her " Little Willow "
I am a BIG fan of The Beatles and that includes Paul McCartney . Little WIllow is one of his songs which of course I love .
and I like the sound of ............................... Little Willow pillow .
in my shop

Sunday, December 6, 2009

a new pillow

I made this pillow today and now it is in my Etsy shop
I joined Twitter.
[ great .... like I know what I'm doing ]
I'm on Etsy

I find this sort of fun but VERY exhausting
and I never know what to say on Twitter or facebook

Tell me if you are on any of these and if you like it

I have to go lay down now .

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fancy Red Hat

This cat pillow is a soft green color , linen .
Buttons and lace

It's in my shop
Have a great Friday !!!!

just sold
this little cat is going to Washington state !
thank you Janine !

visit my friend Kirsten's blog

Kirsten is having a give away .... you could win one of her pretty rings
I love all the things she makes
I hope you will visit her blog !

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

same little cat made into a heart pillow...just sold

This drawing of mine must remind a lot of people of their own cat , because she keeps selling !
This is really my Holly . She always has a look of surprise ... every new paper bag on the floor , every piece of furniture I move ,
she looks at me like " WHAT"S THIS ABOUT ?"

so I made this little heart pillow
It's in my shop now
Thanks !!!!

SOLD.... going to Canada ... Thanks Heather !