I designed a new item today for the shop - recycled wool sweater boots. I made them from some felted sweaters I had because my feet were cold. They are really warm and cozy. These are medium size and now I need to draft a small and large pattern too.
I just finished this one. It's oil on linen 7 x 7. Reality has set in - it's snowing! Now I need to make some more canvases. I have a lot of linen from Goodwill that I'm going to stretch on wood. I really like working on this small scale. Which is good because the linen clothing I scavenge from Goodwill isn't big enough for a big picture!
It's so cold and gray out and I have a cold and feel lousy - so I decided to paint. It is cheering me up. I stretched some recycled linen on wooden frames and coated them with gesso last week (with the help of my niece Miranda, thanks!) so I got the paints out and started working. This is the first one. It's 7 x 7 inches. It's hard to get a good picture because it's so dark. I was looking out the window on the Verandah and imagining it wasn't snowing. I'm going to do some more and I'll post them later.
Here is a display of pendants I made today. They were really fun to make. I decoupaged the illustrations onto wooden poker chips, glued silver bails to the back, and hung them on chains. They are antiqued and varnished. I'm going to make some more tonight.
I decorated the front window for Christmas last night. I wanted to show you how it turned out but it was hard to get a picture. It's kind of dark here - looks like it might snow. I used silver and icy blue for the colors. And Kitty finds those wool blankets no matter where I move them!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now it's time to get ready for Christmas. I've been so busy I haven't posted for days - sorry Abby! Katie was here and we made the wool bird ornaments. I love the way they turned out!
I want to make some pillows and throws with small scraps that have a lot of texture so I started with this little sample pillow. It's made with recycled linen and cotton scraps. The patchiness reminds me of flying over fields and farms. I'm going to make a larger pillow next.