Monday, June 29, 2015

French succulents

I created this shabby chic shelf, planter for the wall of my Lanai
The pots are food tins, cleaned and painted to look worn
I made French labels to add to the fronts and gave them a spray of glaze to seal
The pots are filled with foam for plants and then the artificial succulents put into them
held in place with picks.
Now I can go off wandering and no watering needed

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Coiled and applied to a bag

a coiled embellishment, easy to make and looks good applied to cloth
One sits atop some of the material I used
 The other picture is the coil on a swing bag that is emerging from my studio
Hop over to YouTube for a video of a short project  of mine  


Friday, June 19, 2015

a dramatic flower on a bag

Lots of velvet and beading on this bag with one of my flowers shown in the how-to below
the colors are rich and the bag is inspired by ethnic traditions

amulet bag
a cuff for evening

The cuff is a new item with a lot of stitchery added
There is a brooch to match,  not shown

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

a dramatic velvet flower

This is one of my flower tutorials
Easy to make
Looks good with velvet or satin.
You need a 4 inch piece of velvet, a piece of tulle and some fancy yarn for decoration
Lay the tulle or net onto the velvet, cut out the pattern
Sew on a few fancy yarns or trims, follow the petal shape
Cut hole in center.Gather around this with a running stitch
Use a heat gun to melt the edges of each petal and add some shape.
 melt extra net away.
Sew chunky bead in the center
Add 2 leaves, I had a couple of old velvet ones.
Now put the flower on a bag, a bracelet or in the hair.
Later I will show you what I did with this one.

Summer bunting, Parisienne

I make buntings to decorate my Lanai
However a grand-daughter made off with mine recently
So back to paint and sewing I went.
made three so I have one to keep ...maybe
To make this bunting I used some whimsical fabric with a lot of French images, cut them up
appliqued to muslin 'Flags'
Then off to paint in backgrounds and details
There are 10 flags on 3 yards of twill
fabric from Walmart


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

a bit of Hawaii,

Little hand screened bag with 2 bangles made in the Island sun

If you think they would be nice for your
beach look, leave me a message and some way to contact you easily!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fun in the summer sun

we sat outdoors in the garden and made pretty charm bracelets
lovely warm day, and very talented crafters
Hope you enjoy seeing their charm bracelets being worn and enjoyed