Thursday, August 21, 2014

So Little Time

Well here I am again-I know it's been some time since I last spoke to you but I have been busy creating new and exciting designs in beaded bracelets for the up coming shows this fall-I have also been working on some really pretty handbags-The handbags are made by knitting the bag and then felting it-after I have the size and shape I embellish it with embroidery and beading-all of the handbags are lined and have magnetic clasps-I am going to put a couple of pictures up with this blog but you can also see all the works at my etsy store-
Check it out and leave a comment.
Red Bead with Pearls

This bracelet is made with red glass lampwork beads and pearls-there is also some cut glass bead and 6/0 beads.I also used 20 and 22 gauge silver plated wire to do the wrapping.
Turquoise and emerald green with pearls   
This bracelet is made with turquoise and emerald green lamp worked beads with pearls and dark silver metal beads. There is a shamrock bead at the center and I used 20 and 22 gauge silver plated wire to do the wrapping. The clasp is magnetic.
This bag is hand knit and then felted-embellished with a knit flower and
beads for the stamens. The bag is lined
This handbag is 12 inches tall to the top of the handle.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pre Show Schedule Super Sale

I am getting ready for the Fall show schedule-I do about 12 show where I sell my handmade wearable art-everything from felted handbags, felted hats, wrist warmers, silk scarves, neck warmers, shawls, wire crochet jewelry and some children's things as well like baby booties, headbands with flowers, sweet little pocketbooks in bright colors and even hand painted silk ties for men. I will keep you updated as to when the sale will take place and how to place your orders. Please remember I do mostly one of a kind items-so if you see something you like don't wait to long-I really hate to disappoint anyone-anyway confidently the sale will be the week after Labor Day-Here are a few of the pieces you will be seeing:
Jade & Turquoise 
Lavender Merino Wool
Hand Painted Silk Tie

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I Felt Like It

Hot Pink Merino Wool w/ Pink & Multi Color  Beads

Today I felt like making some new earrings so I got out some of my merino fiber and started to make some ball shapes which I then turned into oblong shapes as I wet felted the fiber in some hot soapy water. I kept the shapes about an inch or so long so I could then embellish them with beads which I did by using a long needle with some FireLine in a smoke color.It's made by BeadSmith company and is very good for working with beads in this way. I use size .006 and a beading needle. So I kept stabbing through the felt ball until I got the look I wanted. I also added beads at the top and made a beaded handle so I could attach it to a pair of leaver back earring posts. All you have to do is bend the round piece at the bottom of the leaver back a little open, slip the handle into the opening and close it up again. For this you will need a needle nose pliers or a flat nose pliers. It is a really easy project and you could make any color earring you want. I am going to try and upload a picture of what I did but sometimes this program doesn't cooperate with me so we will see what happens. Tomorrow I am going to design a dress for my daughter. I'm not sure what it will be yet. I do know I'm going to use some Nuno felting, and silk chiffon. At least that is the plan right now. Tomorrow--well that remains to be an unknown but the joy will be in the journey--so check back tomorrow and see where I wound up. Goodnight for now.
Plum Merino Wool w/ Purple Glass & Wood Beads
Peach Merino Wool w/ Yellow & Green Glass Beads

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Good Day Bad Day

Today was a really great day--It was a Girls Day Out--My daughter Sue and I drove to New Hope, Pennsylvania and did lunch, went shopping and had a nice day together. We don't get to many of them she lives on one coast and I live on the other. It's been that way for the last 15 years and I am really tired of it. I miss her a lot. She could maybe be the best thing I have ever done. I guess I had a little help but we won't go there. We also went to Flemington , N.J.-I can't believe how much that has changed. There used to be so many shops that carried hand made item--now most of the stores are empty or are only commercial products. How sad-I guess it's a sign of the times. Well anyway we had a good time. The bad part is she goes back to California tomorrow and I will be sad. But there is always SKYPE. I made a really nice hat for her -blue wool crochet, then felted and embellished with blue silk flowers, and some beading. The hat looks really pretty on her. Well I'm tired and I have to get up early to drive her to the airport so it's good night for now, but tomorrow I will be working on dying some silk in preparation for a series of Water Color silk painted scarves I will be showing this fall at the shows I have lined up. Good night for now.
My Beautiful Daughter

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Day Old Problem

Well a new day an old problem-I have RACCOONS-miserable, nasty, smelly and all together problematic-I have tried everything out side of poison(which I would not do) to get rid of them-no dice buddy-and don't buy those stupid ultrasonic contraptions that are supposed to rid the world of rodents and pest-they DO NOT WORK. I am now going to get a high powered water gun and fill it with ammonia-some one told me that if I shoot them with it they will go away(I know that if someone shot me with it I'd go away). Oh well-soon they will post a picture of "Ma Kettle and her side arm-Philip" in the newspaper-That will be moi. Any way on the more fun side of things I have a little needle felted mouse "Fifi" to show you that I made for my daughter Sue for Valentine's Day this year. I had a lot of fun making her. Take a look and let me know what you think. She is 7 inches tall and quite a lady. I will have more to say tomorrow so Good Night for now.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Felting on a Rainy Day!

Today is one of those rainy, dreary days but that's ok- more of a reason to stay in and work on my felting-(as if I really needed a reason)I made two handbags from a pattern I got off the internet-I'm sorry but I can't remember where they came from-but they are the cutest things. They are in the shape of a bird house and I thought I would send them to my friend Jeff's two little girls-I know they will be so happy but I still have to needle felt two little robins to go on the top. Here is a picture of the handbags and later tonight, when I finish the baby birds, I'll send a new message so you can see them. I am really sorry I can't remember who made this pattern but thank you so much for doing that.You know doing this blogging stuff is not easy. At least for an old broad like me that grew up light years ago, well not really-they just didn't have computers like they do now and the mechanical brain for a computer needed a room 20 x 20 feet just for the guts of it-but then most of you out there would not know anything about that(you are the lucky ones)anyway I am learning just not as fast as I would like to but I will continue to try. If you have any suggestions for me fell free to make a comment and I will be glad for that. So today after I finish the two little birds I am going to make a fig and pear tart and probably roast a chicken and then work on a nuno felted scarf I want to make. Well I guess that's all for now.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hello! This is the second addition to my blog-I wanted to speak to you everyday so I only have 15 minutes to get this in for today or it will be tomorrow-or something like that. I guess I should tell you I have a restaurant-a large restaurant-I am the Executive Chef there-Yes I have a lot of interests-Food and Fiber-all things that make me happy-it really isn't that simple-I have a hard time deciding which hat I want to wear so I don't-I spend as much time as I can on both. It doesn't allow for so much sleep but then well sleep is sleep-non productive-but then in sleep can come creativity. Have you ever awoke and just had to grab some paper and write down the design you saw in a dream-I have-and it is in color-exciting and draining! Well I am tired now so I will have to try and get back to that place I was last night before I woke up this morning. I know it doesn't make much sense now but it will in the morning. Goodnight until tomorrow.