Monday, February 8, 2016

A Bevy of Bezels and Beautiful Bracelet

I have been going bezel crazy!  I find these so much fun to make, especially creating the little scenes to fill the bezels.  I actually like making the bezels better than making a finished project from them but they will all get used eventually.  The bracelet was made after taking Terri Brush's milagro class.  I have learned a lot from her classes.

This will make a pretty brooch attached to a velvet ribbon.

This one was made with vintage millinery flower encased in resin.

This came out a little wonky but I still like it.

Here is one of my favorites that I will keep for myself.  Love my mounties!

Here is the bracelet made with milagro type hearts.

Another pendant charm made by dapping and soldering.

The collection!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What I Made Today

Working with metal and soldering hearts.

And a vintage fabric heart with a chandelier crystal to brighten up a sick friend's room.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Toy!

I have been sewing on a machine since I was 12 and have had just three machines.  The last one (a Sears Kenmore) was purchased around 26 years ago.  My very first one (also a Sears Kenmore) was purchased when I was in high school.  Those machines have seen me through a lot of sewing and they are still going!  But I have been having trouble with my main machine and saw this deal on Craig's List for a Pfaff Ambition 1.5 that I could not resist.  It was practically new in the box and I got it for a fraction of it's original price.  I can't wait to test it out!

And here is my Wolf Dress Form also known as "Lucille" all dressed for February and Valentines Day.  I have fun dressing her in vintage finds.  Silly?  I know but it makes me happy.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ready for Christmas

We were so lucky to have been given two trees this year from our good friends' backyard tree farm.  The branches are spare just like the old fashioned trees of long ago.  All the better to fill with lots of ornaments which can be seen beautifully.  I put one in the living room with all the family ornaments on it and one is the kitchen sitting room adorned with all my old vintage glass ornaments.  That one looks just like a jewel box!  Enjoying the tree is one of my favorite parts of the holidays.

Here is a little board of stocking favors I made for friends at my annual Holiday Ladies Night Out.  They are made from wool felt and bits of christmas trim, vintage ornaments and odds and ends.  No two alike and I think the ladies had fun picking out their favorite to take home.

My double chocolate cake with ganache got a crushed peppermint garnish.

Happiest Holidays to everyone!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Walpole Artisans Tour coming right up

I am participating in the 13th annual Walpole Artisans Tour on Thanksgiving weekend.  Here are some of my woodland themed goods.

Toasty handmade heavy woolen camp blankets.  Perfect for snuggling by the fire or for actual camping!

The mushroom and fox were made using an Emma Hall pattern.

My faux taxidermy

Friday, May 1, 2015

For Mother

It's almost Mother's Day and even though my mom has been gone for two years now, I still miss her more than ever.  I always found her a vintage shell pin for her collection and the other day while I was in my favorite junk shop, look what turned up!

I am still collecting and adding to the beautiful collection that she used to wear all the time and left for me to enjoy.  This one is a beauty.  You would have loved this one Mom.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Doll Making Workshop at Maminka Girl Studio

I just finished a doll making workshop with a wonderful group of ladies who all brought a diverse group of talents to create some amazing dolls!

My studio cleaned and ready to go.

The ladies hard at work.

Head and hands ready for the oven.

Painting the heads

Breaking for lunch because we can't create on an empty stomach!

Day One:  Pappa al Pomodoro rustic Italian bread soup with croutons
Mixed Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Tres Leches Cake

Day Two:

Curried Chicken Salad with Apricots and Almonds on Homemade Buns
Lemon Bars

Dollies awaiting finishing details!