Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Finishing Projects

My goal for 2015 is to finish projects that have been on my list, are half done or ones for which I have materials laying about cluttering up my studio.  With that said, here is a project that I finished this week.  I have a beautiful quilt made by my friend Racheal and I felt that I needed some coordinating pillowcases to dress up our bed and highlight that lovely quilt.  I used this "burrito" style pillowcase tutorial which is very well written and easy to follow.  Making pretty pillowcases could become addicting.  However, I need to focus and turn back to my list of unfinished projects!  See how easily I become distracted.  Hopeless....

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cozy Little Houses

The weather outside is frightful but I am up in my studio creating cozy little houses from cast off pieces of cardboard.  I was inspired by Terri's beautiful houses and had to try my hand at one.  Good thing all that glitter hides a multitude of sins.  I love the way it looks when lit up.  I tried to create a little scene in the picture window cottage with some depth.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Angel

Here is an angel that I've made for a family friend who has been very kind to us.  I hope she is happily surprised.  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Some New Work for Autumn

Just a few of the things I have been crafting for Autumn.

Wool and Cashmere pumpkins trimmed with vintage lace.

New Folk Dolls:  Frieda and Fred  

Frieda has been sold leaving Fred alone for now!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Jane Austen Inspired

I have been meaning to make this apron for ages.  The one that Emma Thompson wore in Sense and Sensibility when Edward (Hugh Grant) comes riding up and she is hurriedly trying to get it off to look presentable for him.  Here is my version made from an old curtain panel from the forties or fifties and some rough linen.

It is quite fitted around the back with some buttons.

I will wear it with my handmade Jane Austen brooch of course.  I have a similar brooch for sale in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Camping Adventures

I have been away from the blog to satisfy my camping obsession.  We have taken the little A-frame out 5 times now for weekend trips.  Mostly to Vermont.  We learn a little about what we like and what not to do each time.  I have been keeping a log which is sort of a scrapbook of our adventures.

We are having fun.  I won't lie.  It's a lot of work!  I think these short trips require as much prep and clean up as a longer trip would but it has been an adventure with no major calamities yet.

Over the 4th of July we traveled to far northern Vermont to a section called the Northeast Kingdom.  It is beautiful up there but there is a lot of poverty too.  The side of Vermont you do not see in the travel brochures.  Our destination was Maidstone State Park situated on beautiful Maidstone Lake which is a deep glacial lake.

There was a five mile gravel road leading off the main road to get to the park and a retired gentleman (and talented wood carver) generously decorated tree posts along the way.  It made the road seem less long and bumpy because you were eagerly anticipating what sculpture would come next.  Here are a few:

And here are some stone ducks which could be seen everywhere along the way.  On every rock and on top of most mailboxes.  Not sure if this is the same guy but they were fun to spot.

No internet or cell service out here so this "relic" was in the middle of the woods!

I did some real campfire cooking.  I just love that woodsy smoky smell of everyone cooking their breakfasts in the woods.  It only took a few hours...ha ha!