Saturday, August 29, 2015

August flew by!

Dear friends... We're doing a happy dance here. After three months in the hospital and rehab, my son went home yesterday! He's a happy camper! Being a 'special needs' guy, recovery from a burst appendix took it's time. He's home now, and feeling so much better! Thanks for your love and support.

And... I've been working up a storm (don't we wish, here in the drought state of California!), and am currently working on my third fabric book. The first is a more 'traditional' (if there is such a category in fabric books) featuring fabulous 1950's women and the wonderful 'truths' they taught us!

 (yes, I noticed my typo here, and have corrected it!)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

It's been a while!

 Well, I'm back again. Family medical staff has really made a dent in my life. But I have been spending a lot of time alone in my studio.  Kind of a circling the wagons sort of deal. My adult son has been in the hospital for about 2 1/2 months. He's on the road to recovery, but being a special-needs guy, recovery has been slow  with many twists and turns. You'll be  back to his own home with the help of his caregivers, wheelchair hospital bed, etc. thanks for your good wishes and prayers.

Now here  are some samples of the work I've been doing. From  prayer flags to sacred covered journals, I hope you like what I've  created. You can see close-up pictures in my new Etsy shop: SweetBlessings1947.

And here are the prayer flags. All, by the way, are on sale in my new Etsy shop: SweetBlessings1947.

 This one, 'Be Peace', has already sold.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nurture, Nourish, Refresh: Our Awesome Self-Care Retreat

It was an honor to co-facilitate this fabulous retreat last weekend. Joyce Leonard led deep Reiki style meditations focusing on the five elements. I taught both a journal making and 'Inner Spirit Doll' classes. Here are a few of the photos...

Catching up!

Wow... We're half way through Spring! I have to admit, when you don't see new postings from me for a while, it's because I'm in 'creating mode'!!

I got on a roll a few weeks ago and created 70 Garden Signs to sell in my shop! Then, I went on to bricks...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dyed lace and four more sachets

I spent yesterday afternoon dying, lace that is. I love the mottled purple, green, peach.... Didn't think to take a picture of all the laces, most of which are now in three of these sachets.
This first one was actually the last one I finished yesterday.

Oh my... I did something with my camera, trying to reduce the picture size and now I can't quite manage these. Oh well, you can still see. Thanks! xoxo
PS... Please leave a comment. I've missed my blogger friends!

Needle books and Sachets, playing with lace!

I had to spend a few days in my studio. Been so busy remodeling our shop Boulder Creek Antiques & Art, my creative muse was getting grouchy!

So, here's what I've made this week....
I was so inspired by the gals at PIECEMAKERS, in Costa Mesa! Heather showed me so many interesting embroidery stitches and techniques. Often, she'd open her beautiful needle keeper. I was so impressed I had to make a few of my own.  Of course, all of these are for sale in my Etsy Shop.
 You are drooling over LOTS of vintage laces! The stone angel is from a photo I took at Holy Cross Cemetery near San Francisco.
 The little lace square is perfect for a pocket.
 These two pocket are the centerfold of the book, made from a beautiful vintage lace doily.
 A wide handmade lace makes this pocket.
 This is a simpler book, adorned with two beautiful plum colored flowers. I loved making these flowers! They are so delicate yet abundant! Layers of vintage laces and gauze under this vintage photo printed on twill.
 A wide piece of hand dyed green lace form the pockets in the center of this needle book.
 I love the beaded fringe!
 The silk embroidered flower on the front of this needle keeper came from an amazing piece of rescued designer fabric I picked up from FABMO. Check them out! Such a fabulous concept to upcycle and rescue beautiful textiles!
 The lace is all handmade... just delicate and beautiful!
 The lacy pocket on the right is an exquisite fine piece of lace. I have maybe a yard of it, so I use it sparingly. But it seemed perfect for here.
 Another stone angel graces the centerfold pockets made from a Victorian lace collar! Under the felt on the right side you can see a peek of some satin designer fabrics, also from FABMO.

Now, these four items are all lovely lavender sachets. Each one is a mini-collage of laces, flowers, and ribbons. I love playing with silks and satins to make flowers! Cut up doilies, vintage buttons, and more and more laces!
 I'm going to sell these in my store, Boulder Creek Antiques and Art... but I'm willing to sell them here if you're interested. Just let me know which one you want. They are all $16 each.
 Sweet blessings, from my Creative Muse, to yours. xoxo

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Floral Follies... An amazing doll retreat!

Here are a few pictures from just the first day. I promise I'll take lots of photos. The people here at Piecemakers have been absolutely wonderful, generous, and so inspiring!!

Here I am with the AMAZING Eleanor Peace Bailey!!
First doll I made in Eleanor's class....
This doll I'll tell you about in my next post.