Thursday, February 14, 2008

Marie-Elena, please contact me. My email address is under my profile. Thanks!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I got this idea from Sandra Wyman's blog. I hope she won't mind that I've lifted her text and reprinted it here, altered slightly for my blog.

Thanks to Marie at for inviting me to participate in Pay it Forward. The idea is the sort of passing on of good things. The first three people to leave a comment on my blog will receive a gift from me of something I have made. I will need to be able to contact you so please email me (my email address is on my profile page). This will be a finished gift and not one of my UFOs!! You may not get the gift next week or next month but I guarantee you will receive it within six months. In return you are required to post the same promise and invite people to participate, on your blog.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Funky necklaces I've been making. This one sold at the Louisville booth. I have others on my Etsy site and a few in my booth in Winchester.
And a third landscape fabric postcard sold to Eleanor in Utah. Thanks again!
Another fabric landscape postcard sold to Eleanor in Utah. Thanks!
Fabric postcard sold on Etsy to Eleanor in Utah.

Friday, November 16, 2007

I can never resist making something in hot pink, teal and purple. A scrap from a felted boiled wool jacket -- a few scraps of wool roving, and presto -- a button. But I really like the other side better (on the left). So that's what I'll use. Think how cool some round ones would be!!!
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love making landscapes in any form. Yesterday I was testing the foot pedal (the third one) with my felting machine and after making certain it worked, I decided to try my first dry felted landscape. (Hint, don't trim before you choose your frame LOL). I had bought an Austrian white boiled wool jacket at Goodwill to play around with. As you may know, boiled wool is already felted to resist cold and wind. However, I washed it in hot water and soap and dried it in the dryer anyway and it became a miniature boiled wool jacket -- a little over 1/4" thick! This would put the felter through it's paces. I used some of Amanda's wonderful wool roving and felted it directly to a piece of the jacket. I broke 4 needles (but hey, I've used the machine a lot and hadn't broken any so felt I was due!). Of course they broke one at a time!! But this is the finished product and after trimming came out more square then landscape shape but I still like it. It's fun to twist and turn the roving for mountain texture or leave it fluffy for sky.
Whew, it's been awhile since I posted. I doubled the space in my booth in Winchester for the month of Nov. and had to have all the new items added by the end of Oct. I made it with a day to spare. Then I took part in the open house there the first weekend in November. Now that is stable for the rest of the month and then I'll be removing everything at the end of Nov. I'm looking for something closer to home given that gas prices continue to rise. I am also still selling a few things at the Damselfly in Midway -- another gas guzzling drive. And recently my multi-talented friend Amanda ( asked if I would like to place some things in a booth she and Lynn Oakes ( were having for two weeks at the Louisville International Livestock show!! They filled their booth with their beautiful creations and I was honored and humbled that they allowed my pieces to be with their gorgeous handmade rugs, woven, kitted, crocheted, and felted creations, as well as their many and varied hand dyed yarns. I made some fabric landscapes, fiber necklaces, and some fabric postcards. I've posted the framed landscapes and necklaces below. I didn't get a chance to scan the postcards. These gals are so talented, in so many ways, and I was so happy to spend a day there with them and just absorb all their knowledge and marvel at their shawls, hats, purses, yarns, patterns and kits. They start out with wool from the sheep and end up with the final product -- yarn and wool roving -- which they then dye is glorious colors. They also had really soft llama roving and incredibly soft angora fur, dyed to a lovely teal color. You can see the llama wool on my Close at Hand Arts blog (link is to the right under Favorite Blogs). I made some Llama Pup die cut cards as this week's card in the new Adopt a Dog card series.

While most of the booths at the convention center were farm and Western related, there were several booths with jewelry and other goods but I didn't see one that held a candle to Amanda and Lynn's booth. I knew I had to go home with one of Lynn's beautiful felted purses and was so fortunate that she took a liking to two of my fabric landscapes -- so we did what most artists and crafts people do at these kinds of events -- we traded -- and I came home not only with a gorgeous hand knitted and felted purse but with some of her gorgeous yarns, as well as some more of Amanda's -- the smallest thinnest yarn I've ever seen -- have no idea what I'm going to do with it but will have to feature it somewhere, somehow!

More later. I'm about to turn into a pumpkin! Will post Lynn's purse that I came home with soon.
You have to click on this to see the detail but the fall colors of the yarns on this fiber necklace had a thread of bright teal -- I wanted to keep this one for myself -- my favorite color along with those old favorites -- fall colors -- what a perfect combination.
Detail on first machine felted "dangle" on fiber necklace and felted "bead." Okay, so I added my favorite teal color to the fall colors -- just couldn't resist as the yarns for the necklace had a bit of bright teal in it!
Second fall fiber necklace with machine felted "dangle" and felted "bead." These are so much fun!
Detail on felted "dangle" and felted "bead." I used some of Amanda's gorgeous hand dyed wool roving on this one.
I made 5 fiber necklaces for the Louisville booth, all in fall colors. This one and the following two are my "regular" style although on this one I added two Ultrasuede "beads" on the necklace part as well as the usual wrapped fabric bead on the "dangle."
Detail of fall fiber necklace made for Louisville booth.
Fiber necklace made for booth in Louisville.
Detail of fall fiber necklace with fiber bead.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fiber necklace made for the booth in Louisville in fall colors.
Detail of the "dangle" part of the first fall fiber necklace.
In the Misty Moonlight was so easy and fun. I spread Amanda's white and pale pink wool roving thinly across a preprinted piece of sky fabric, added glass and frame, and presto! Done. I think it looks really cool close up -- click on it to see. Now why do I spend so much time on those others???
This one I call Red Sky at Night and if you click on it you can see where I incorporated some of Amanda's hand dyed wool roving in the sky and behind the last mountain range.
And I added some decorative stitching at the bottom to represent foliage.
This one also has a western flavor -- I named it Sunrise. Lynn also "bought" this one!
This fabric landscape is Turquoise Mountain which is one I just "sold" to Lynn. It has quite a bit of stitching as opposed to the preceeding ones.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fabric postcard for dear friend Linda's birthday Oct. 15 -- she has three furry creatures and they are luck to have a home with Linda.
Fabric made for dear friend Betty's birthday on Oct. 7 -- cheater fabric, decorative stitching and charms.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

A fabric post card I made and sent to dear, special friend Lin. Happy Happy Day Lin and many many more to come.