Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wool Roses

Rose pins

Wool rose pin for the shop.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wool Boots

Wool booties

Made from sweaters

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.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Denim Vessels

Denim vase

Denim basket

I braided some denim and made these yesterday. I sewed these using the sewing machine and a zigzag stitch. It's much easier on my hands!

Letters to Santa

Mailing a letter

The children in my village are mailing their letters to the North Pole in this little post box on the Diamond. This little guy was very excited about mailing his.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Window

Kitty in the window

Kitty likes to sit on the Christmas lights and look out on the Diamond.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Burnt orange wool rose pin

Heather purple rose pin

Sewing pins

Today I'm making rose pins for the shop. I love working with wool!
I found some beautiful cashmere and angora sweaters. It's a pleasure to sew.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Miniature Landscape, oil on wood

Miniature Landscape, oil on wood

I gessoed some little circles of wood I had and painted some little landscapes. This one is 1 3/4 inches wide.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday Morning

Snowy Monday, oil on linen

Another snow scape from Boalsburg.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Snowy Day

Snowy Day, oil on linen

It's another snowy gray day in Boalsburg.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tussey Mountain

Tussey Mountain, oil on linen

This painting is little - 3 1/2 x 3 1/4. It's Tussey Mountain which is just South of my house.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Snowy landscape, oil on linen

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!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Landscape, oil on linen

Landscape, oil on linen

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.

Landscape II, oil on linen

This is the second one.

More Pendants

Vintage pendant display

Pendants on the tree

I added some more pendants to the display today. And I hung some of them on a little tree in the front room, keeping with the black and white theme there.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

New Pendants

Pendants with vintage illustrations


Eye spy

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.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hometown Christmas

Carriage rides

Letters to the North Pole

My village is having a Hometown Christmas celebration today. The Percherons pulling the carriage are gorgeous. And kids can write a letter to Santa and drop it in the little mailbox.



Catnip mouse

I made some catnip mice for the shop yesterday and Kitty loves them!
I used a recycled wool sweater and a leather skirt. I gave her one and had to wrap up the rest to keep her out of them.

Friday, December 4, 2009

More Friends


I made some more recycled sweater owls. They're soooo soft!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Window

Front window

Wool blankets

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!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Snowy Owls

Snowy owls

Snowy owls

Snowy owls

I made some owls for the shop. They are really soft and cuddly.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

New magnets

Noel magnet

Nice? magnet

I just made some Christmas stuff for Zazzle.
You can check it out here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Getting Ready

Christmas in the shop

Merry Christmas

Little wool birdie

Little wool birdie

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!

Monday, November 23, 2009


Owl pillow

Here's another little pillow I made with the owl.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Blue Pigeon

Blue Pigeon

Blue flowers

Blue flowers

This embroidery was inspired by an 18th century piece of needlework.
It's done on recycled linen and the flowers are felt. I am really pleased with how the seed stitches worked for the feathers.

Owl Pillow

Pillow and stencil

Owl friends


This morning I cut out a new owl stencil and made this linen pillow. I cut the eyes separately so I could move them around on the cloth. I'm trying to decide if they need feet or a branch.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Textured Pillows

Small pillow

On the rag rug

As a landscape

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.