Why is it that when I make things to sell I never have one for myself? I’ve had my business cards floating around loose in a pocket in my bag for so long it finally dawned on me that I could easily make a very simple case for myself. Ah, to be (slightly) more organized!
Have a great weekend! And a quick Congratulations to all the Graduates who will be celebrating over the weekend!
The second class I was fortunate enough to take last weekend at the Makerie Retreat was “Painting-with-Stitches” taught by the lovely Marisa Anne. Marisa was a very relaxed teacher that let us student really have our way with the needle, thread & paint. She was full of helpful hints but really encouraged everyone to interpret the project as they like. Most people used her really adorable print as a starting place & it was so interesting how every one ended up looking very unique. I decided to wing it & try a design that I sketched out on the spot. I feel like I ended up channeling a 1960′s funky kitchen. All in all, the most enjoyable aspect of this class for me was the zen nature of embroidery. It was the perfect antidote to a very hectic week.
Versions by Classmates
Thanks Marisa! You are a great teacher & I’m glad I got to meet you over the weekend. Please check out Marisa’s blog Creative Thursday for more inspiration.
Leather finishings are unlimited. That’s what I like about working with this material. These are hand dyed & painted natural leather belting. I like mixing the colors into a fade or easing the color into a metallic finish on the ends. All the bracelets are closed with the antique shirt studs of course. All you need is a great white linen shirt, a great pair of old jeans & flip flops- smashing!
I’ve been busy buying & bidding on antique linen the past few months in anticipation of warmer weather & summer. I finally got most of my leather projects out of the way so I could concentrate full stop on working with linen. Oh my, I am falling in love! The fabric is so heavy & full of character. There is nothing dainty & fragile about it. I found linen from France, Sweden & Germany. After buying a little here, & a little there, I realized I was addicted to a very expensive material….. These fabrics will make amazingly beautiful handbags that will have a timeless quality & will hopefully make someone very happy for a long, long time.
Here is a peek at some clutches. Ohhhh, summer!
Last week I spent more time than usual at the school decorating it for the Valentines Dance. It gave me ample time to check out all the artwork in the hallways. I was very impressed. I especially like the robots that the kindergarteners did. The repetition of the subject matter was so graphic looking I couldn’t help but take a few snapshots. A little Keith Herring always cheers me up. enjoy!
I started sewing the silk screen scraps into functional items & so far, this is what I’ve come up with. I’m thinking of putting together just 4 “Ultimate Kitchen Gift Bags” for the holiday Firefly show. Each gift bundle would include a shopping tote, cafe apron, linen dish towel, pot holder & perhaps a selection of different salts…. Any other ideas? Each item has a hand screened picture & the bags were made with the natural vegetan leather straps with the contrast signature painted tips, The dish towels have a linen ribbon attached to the top corner with an antique button for hanging on a hook. Being that repetition is not my strong point, each package will be different & unique.
The leather on this tote is so soft & spongy & has a really worn-in feeling & look. I paired it with vintage belt strips that are just the right attitude with a great patina on the leather. The touch of red on the straps & the silver stripes snaz it up & give an otherwise very casual bag a feeling of something more special. I left the inside clean finished without a lining because the backside of the leather was so soft & a beautiful light gray color.
Just a little newspaper collage to share. Enjoy these last days in the water…..It’s hot out there!
In the upstairs hallway there is a butterfly painting that sits on a windowsill. This was done a long, long time ago as a gift for my husband when we were first dating. I wish I could still draw like this.