Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Thrifting in Hawaii

going walkabout on Saturday
Interesting old neighborhood near to me
had a nice look at the quaint shops and the Thrift store
it is great, clean and charming too

Monday, May 16, 2016

everything is ochre

I think the colors of the hills around these villages are the best.
 The earthy hues and rustic walls are some  I use in my art often
the steep climbs are good for exercise and the cafes perfect
to rest in and sip a bit.

Monday, May 9, 2016

along the silk road

Bag of the Nomads
Used to carry their trinkets
made of old velvet and silk with stitchery and beads
has been published in Haute Handbags


Friday, May 6, 2016

Evening where I live

I take a stroll every evening and really enjoy nature in her wonderful colors and patterns

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wine bag project and a give away

Here is an idea for a wine gift for Mum
or for your Doctor or a friend
Easy but elegant.
make it from rustic grain sack fabric or similar

You need a yard of rough twine for the tie
a piece of twill tape 14 inches wide
grain sack fabric 14 x 13 inches
Wine bottle

Measure if yours is different, but this is a pretty much standard
Prepare fabric by ironing on a French Logo , right in the center.
Seam is center back when done
Fold in sides, not the bottom, and iron to wrong side
Sew around 3 sides first close to cut edge
Stitch on the trim
Right sides facing sew the center back seam.
Leave a small opening at the top
stitch close to the folded edges to make a nice finish sort of French seam style
Close the base by sewing twice, make sure seam is centered

bottle of wine in a grain sack
here is a grain-sack heart to give
You know what to do!

seen in a market in France

do you love baskets?
I do,   I   have dozens filled with stuff, want more!
The old country kind are best when you know they are handmade and will last forever.
The fit into all sorts of decor, Farm, Country chic and French
Paired with grain sack cushions  or bags, that is all I need

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Re - cycling with my young friends

You may have seen previous classes with my neighbors and watched them grow up.
Here they are  making jewelry pendants and brooches form old CDs
We sat outdoors and for the final waxing of the surfaces,
we moved to my Lanai studio.

ready to add pictures

cutting the CD

checking the wax finish

some of the finished brooches

Sunday, April 24, 2016

to market, to market, I go!

in the coastal city of Nice with the lovely flower market
been a few times and adore the sights and fragrances
Go Early!
this is where I get my lavender for my sachets