Monday, October 18, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
A few weeks ago I decided to make some stuffed toys. I had made a few years and years ago and had fun with them. This time I wanted to make some with clothes, joints, and props. I'm still gaining on the process, but here are my first ones.
The "gentleman" in the red jacket is a wolf doll made from a pattern I bought on Etsy. You can't see his tail in the picture, but it's a cute fabric one. I made his clothes different than the pattern called for, but otherwire he's close to the pattern.
The small mouse that's seated is my first one that can be jointed. Her pattern cam from a book, How to Sew Little Felt Animals, by Sue Quinn. The mouse's head moves, but I didn't have the right size "joints" for her arms and legs. Her tail is made out of leather, a deviation from the pattern but one that I like better. I made a little pair of gold wire glasses for her, although they need more work. But she sits on my art desk and seems very content with them.
My next mouse, and the best so far, is going to be a gift for a gardening friend of mine.
Friday, April 16, 2021
As you saw in my last post, I was invited by some friends to participate in a 10 day Art Challenge on Facebook. It was a great experience. Lots of encouraging comments and views. Lots of practice posting. I posted more in 10 days than I usually do a year!
I had planned to update the photos here as the Challenge continued, but as usual I'm behind. But better late than never, here are the other pictures of my art:
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Day 1 of the 10 Day Art Challenge
A group of my artist friends have been participating in a 10 day Art Challenge on Facebook. The purpose is to promote positivity, passion, and attention to art.
I was nominated by Leslie Ready to show one image of my art, my life, my studio, or exhibition for 10 consecutive days. The rules were that no explanation was to be given. You were also to nominate another Artist every day to do the same. So basically 10 days. 10 images, 10 nominations.
On the first day I posted a picture of the bracelet I entered in the Arizona State Fair a few years ago. It was the first (and so far only) time I have entered a juried contest. I was accepted, but I didn't win any prize. But my husband and I got to go to an Artist's Reception with my friend Leslie and her husband, both of whom had entered and won awards for their art. It was very exciting and a fun night.
My entry for Day 2 was my Owl Cell Phone Purse. The feather came from a Great Horned Owl that had been living in another friend's tree and frequently dropped feathers on the ground. I was taking a class on color, and the first assignment was to make something using neutral colors. I had the little owl face in my stash and the feather, too. I modified a Simplicity pattern to make the little purse.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
The crystals are more sparkling than they appear in the picture. They also came from the Tucson Gem Show from a store called Queenly Global. Queenly Global is one of my favorite shops, and I always make time to shop with them.
You might be wondering if Impression Jasper, being a composite, has any healing or metaphysical properties. According to information found at the website of Crystal Life Technology, Inc. "Impression Jasper (Variscite) is a stone of tranquility and encouragement. This is a stone that unifies lives and reminds people to help one another. Impression Jasper absorbs negative energy, balances yin/yang energy, and aligns the body, mind, and spirit. It is useful for shamanic travel. This stone also aids quick thinking and restores energy after recovering from an illness."
So if you like colorful jewelry, take a look at Impression Jasper. Ignore its origins if you like the look and feel of this colorful cabochon.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Blessing Bags or Amulet Bags have interested me for a long time. I have intricate patterns for peyote stitched bags with a Wolf, Eagle, or other wildlife totem on the front. I love to look at them, but I know it would take me months, maybe longer, to stitch even one.
I have a small leather bag that I bought somewhere, and another circular leather bag that I made. Inside I have wolf fur and healing stones.
Blessing Bags have been around for centuries and are known by many names. Medicine bags and Possibles bags are the same, or are very similar, to what others call Amulet Bags or Blessing Bags. By any name the idea is the same: Create or acquire a small bag to carry precious, personally important sacred items. In the case of Possibles, some early explorers and mountain men carried larger bags that could hold gun powder, knives, and other items they needed for survival.
This year, with all of the terrible events that are plaguing us, I decided to make a few Blessing Bags to give to special friends.
Since I wanted my friends to have their Blessings within this century, I started with Ultrasuede or ribbon. From there I added beads, fringe, sequins, and whatever else caught my fancy. I tucked a Moonstone heart into each one to start their collection of amulets.
If you're interested in making a Blessing Bag, you can find patterns and info on Pinterest and other sites. Or write me a comment and I'll send you directions on how I made mine.
If you don't want to make your own, there are many Blessing or Amulet bags available on Etsy. I don't sell any in my shop, but there are many available in a wide range of price points.
Whether you make or buy one, consider acquiring one of your own. Now is the time when we all need a Blessing Bag.