Sunday, January 31, 2010

Buttons for the Shop




These are some of the buttons I made for the shop.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Boalsburg Fire Co.

Fire Co. buttons

Our village Fire Co. is all volunteer and Duffy's, the tavern down the street is holding a fund raiser for them next month. All the businesses are donating things for a silent auction so I made these pinback buttons for them. If you would like one come by the shop. They are $2.50 and the money goes to the Alpha Fire Co.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Valentine's Day Pockets

Valentine's Day Pockets

I made some pockets yesterday for small Valentine's Day gifts. Just put the gift in and hang it on their doorknob. Made from my vintage scraps and embellished with vintage buttons.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cards and gift boxes


Today I worked on packaging for my button shop Picturama. I wanted them to have a vintage carnival feel. I picked kraft boxes and tied them with red ribbon that has a white line embroidered on the sides. I really like the way they turned out.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pink Scraps

Pink scrap ball

Pink cuff

Today I got out the pink cotton scraps and made a scrap hexagon ball and a cuff. The cuff is from a western style shirt and has pink roses and an olive green vine pattern. I sewed a yellow cotton flower with a pink wool center on it. It also has a vintage red button on it.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Another Pot Holder

Pot holder

I made this square holder to go with the two hats I made already.

Cat Toy

Delicious fish


I made a new catnip toy - a dead fish. It's Kitty approved!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pot Holder

Pot holder

Hand stitched

Made from a vintage shirt

I needed some new pot holders and found a tutorial here on Mairuru's blog.
She makes beautiful stuff. Mai calls these fairy hat pot holders. Love it!
I'm making these out of a vintage cotton men's shirt and padding it with fiberfil batting. Completely hand sewn! Thanks Mai!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Valentine's Day

Wearables - cuffs and pendants

My new line of cards

Felt flowers

Felt flowers

Getting ready for Valentine's Day in the shop. I'm using my vintage buttons for the flower centers.


Floral cuff

Vintage button

Here is another new cuff in the shop. This is one of my best vintage buttons.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Floral Cuff

Floral cuff

Floral cuff

I started working on some new cuffs today. Here is one made from a vintage western style shirt embellished with cotton and wool scraps and a vintage button. Very Springy.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Fabric Scraps

Scrap ball

Scrap ball

Yesterday was dark and rainy all day. I thought working with my scraps might brighten things up so I made a ball out of pentagons. I used the old fashion method of paper piecing - slow but exact. I also started some bags made with hexagons. I'll post them when finished. Today I'm off to do some thifting...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Makin' Bacon

Bacon bag

Bacon bag

I got this red messenger bag and wanted to paint on it - it said I want bacon!
So I cut a stencil and got out the white paint. The bacon is done!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Wine Charms

Wine Charms

Wine Charms

More wine charms for the shop.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Wine Glass Charms


I made some of the small pendants into wine charms today. Now your drunk friends can keep track of their glass. Just doing my part to cut down on flu transmission!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Be mine

The Owl King

Valentine's buttons

I'm starting to get ready for Valentine's Day and these are some of the buttons I've made. I've been wanting a button maker for awhile and I thought this would be a good excuse to buy one. I need it for the shop! I also had some cards printed. Now I need to cut out some hearts. Just like third grade!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Denim Purse

Blue Jean purse

Sewing it shut

I decided to turn the weaving into a purse, so I turned the corners up to the top and sew them up with a strip of denim. I had a knit blue belt that I attached as the strap and embellished with buttons. Now onto the next one!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Woven denim jeans using a triangle loom

Denim weaving, getting started

Denim weaving

Denim weaving

Denim weaving, half done

Denim weaving, done

Denim weaving

My daughter is going to start weaving so I got out my triangle loom to show her. I haven't used it in about 10 years so I had to relearn everything. I made a couple of pieces with yarn first and then I decided to use the denim scraps I have left over from the denim vessels. I really like the way it turned out. It's really heavy and I think it would make a good rug or place mats. I need to make some more and piece them together.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

In the Shop Today

One of Kitty's favorite things - wool

Cam visiting the shop

I'm unraveling a sweater and Kitty is helping. She loves wool. This is the same sweater I used to make the neck warmers.
My daughter and her friend Cam came to visit the Verandah and Boalsburg. Above he is modeling one of the vintage illustration pendants.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Blanket

Sweater blanket

Yesterday I made this free form wool sweater blanket from the scraps in my scrap bag. It's very soft and warm! I'm trying to decide how I'm going to bind it. It's about 4 x 5 feet.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Carnival Glass

Peacock blue tumblers

Peacock blue tumblers

My sister and I went thrifting yesterday and I found these sweet little carnival glass tumblers. They are a great peacock blue with an iridescent finish and are 4 1/2 inches tall. They would be great wine glasses with purple, blue, or green dishes.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Recycled Denim

Making a braid

I want to make a new denim vessel so I started a new braid. I tie the ends to a stair rail and braid it while walking backwards. When I get to the other side of the dining room I have enough for a vase.