Thursday, December 8, 2011

More Stuff for the Fair

Branches to hang ornaments and jewelry from.
 All the crates and frames and stuff all ready for the fair.
 Caccia Alle Streghe (Witch Hunt) book to sit under one of the plywood neck forms that I made to display necklaces.
 Nine cat toys made of leather tassels and feathers and wooden dowels.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Getting Ready (For Christmas and for the Craft Fair)

 I've been very busy getting ready for the craft fair that I'm doing on Sunday. Here's what I've been making...
I made a sign for the show.
 I collected branches for my display. I have them stored with the wooden crates and a box of envelopes that I ordered. My cat, Ranita thought it would be a great idea to hide out in this mess.
My other cat, Irma, also liked the branches but since that spot was taken she found a comfy spot on top of the couch.
Here are some leather and fabric pouches that I made for the show.
Meanwhile getting ready for the show, I'm also completing Christmas orders and doing some gift wrapping.
And I managed to find time to decorate the tree and take family photos for the Xmas card with my new camera.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday

I will be having a Black Friday 25% off Sale. Enter the code BLACKFRIDAY. Go to for me details.

Monday, November 21, 2011


All 3 of the Grandmother Embroider Art Series are finished. These are all portraits of my grandmothers. I may make more (because I have 2 more grandmothers). They are available for purchase in my etsy shop. Or you commission me to make custom made portraits of your own grandmothers or other people and animals of importance.
 Mary Kay [thread, fabric, wood and metal. 7" 2011]
Paternal grandmother, also called Gramma Grimes.
 Mary [thread, fabric, wood and metal. 5" 2011]
Maternal grandmother, also called Grammary.
Clara [thread, fabric, wood and metal. 5" 2011]
Grandmother-in-law, also called Nonna.

Knoxville, TN Wholesale Order

Does it ever happen to you that everything gets finished all at once? It's a really good feeling but then that means you have to go what now? Well I finally finished the wholesale order of 12 Knoxville, TN embroidered necklaces that I was making for Rococo Gallery in Knoxville today, and I finished the last drawing in a series of 5 Greek Goddess drawings on Thursday, and I finished the last of the 3 (for now) grandmother embroidered wall hangings on Friday! Phew!! Hooray!!


Athena (2011) Mixed media, watercolor and graphite on paper, 150cm x 124cm.
She is the 5th goddess in my Greek Goddess Series. I'm going to get some professional photos of them all and re post them (also because I made some changes to some of them).

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Circle Square Cube Pyramid Cylinder Oval

Necklaces of Brass and Geometry, some of which are in my shop and others that will be there soon!
This is the Medusa Necklace named after the Italian word for Jelly fish because it looks like a metallic geometric Jellyfish, maybe a robotic one. It's in my shop now.

This is the Solid Brass Cube Necklace which is currently in my shop

These three necklaces will be coming to my shop soon. I need names for them, especially for the second one, I haven't even got any ideas for that. Do you all?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Belts and Bracelets

Well there's only one bracelet but I have plans to make lots more using the snaps that I have used on this one and leather and some kind of embroidery or yarn.

1. Old belt that I found but that had no buckle so I attached some snaps to it so I could change the buckle. The buckle here is a vintage racoon buckle that I got in a trade with Emma Beans and More.
2. I made this belt to use up some conchos I had left over from some jewelry. It's also made of deer skin and of a silver plated buckle.
3. I made this belt to go with this dress and another black and white dress I have. I used what looks like a mother of pearl buckle that I found in my stash of stuff from my Great Aunt Mildred. I used the same deer skin as I use for the belt above.
4. Once again I needed a super cool belt for this dress so I took a piece of ribbon from my Great Aunt Mildred and bought the leather buckle and glued it to the ribbon (yes the fabric glue was the best thing).
5. This bracelet is made with the same deer skin as I used to make the belts plus some nail heads that I had left over from a previous project (shoe decoration) and snaps from my mom.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Good Things Come in Threes

Three is a very powerful and spiritual number and here are some new necklaces featuring "Three" > the 1st is Trinity Necklace -Three Brass Cubes and the 2nd is Honey Comb Necklace -Three Brass Octagons.

 This Coral Bullet and Blue Stone Necklace is very special because of the properties of coral-one of which is to reduce debt!

This is the Embroidered Map of USA Wall Hanging I love the colors and the way it turned out!
All of these treasures can be found in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Vintage Suitcase Cat Bed

 As my husband said, "it's fitting for a traveling cat to sleep in a suitcase" when we first brought the vintage suitcase home from the thrift store and Ranita, our cat, immediately started sleeping in it (even before it was finished. Our cat certainly is a traveling cat, the poor thing has been dragged from Rome to Philly to New York to Richmond in just this past year, and all last year, in New York, she was sleeping on top of one of our suitcases.
 I first saw this vintage suitcase turned animal bed on Etsy and then again on Pinterest and then decided as soon as I could find an affordable suitcase I would make one for Ranita. How I did it-first I cut the fabric inside that covered the hinges then I took off the hinges, using a power drill and a flat head screw driver. I drilled a hole from the inside where the pins were and then I pried them off with the screw driver. After that I folded the fabric over and glued it in place. Then I made the pillow, I measured the inside of the suitcase and then cut and sewed some old fabric together, there are two different sides (which you can see above), then stuffed it with shredded foam. I left the side pouches in, and they make a great place to store toys (see above). The whole thing cost about 7.50 but would cost more if I had bought fabric for it and could end up costing more if I add wooden feet to it which I'm thinking of doing.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Spiral Hoop Earrings

These are my newest creation. Spiral Earrings in Pumpkin and Lime. They are made of yarn which is knotted around metal hoop earrings using the forward knot which is the knot used in many "friendship bracelets." You can find them in my shop.