Tuesday, March 28, 2017

summer romper







I sewed a new romper for Scarlet for summer in orange linen and may even make one more. I made her the same one last year in navy.

This romper is a success in terms of it being a nice pattern, easy to make but not boring and getting worn a lot and wearing very well.

I will try to be better and catch up on all my projects- sewing, knitting, art, weaving and life happenings, family, girls scouts, art shows, gardening, work on a more regular basis. I'm not able to promise but, I will try to post more often because I'm leaving a lot out here and I like it to be a more steady journal.







liberty bloomers



Well it's no surprise but, here are some Liberty of London bloomers that went into the etsy shop earlier this month. I love the bright and sunny prints on these.

floral wreath







Earlier this month at garden club, the intermediate floral challenge was to make a fresh floral fairy crown. Here is the one I submitted which won first place. I used Sweet William and Carnations and hand dyed silk ribbon.

 Next month's challenge is to make an underwater design which I've never done. Eek! Any tips?

In other garden club news, I am on the board of directors and have taken on the Durand-Hedden garden which is a beautiful herb garden behind a historical home. If you type Durand-Hedden in my search field you should pull up some images I have taken there over the years.


paper weaving



 I thought it would be need to try a paper weaving project this year and plan to have 365 flowers captured to represent each day of the year. Here is a photo I took of it a few weeks ago.

wall hangings










i've been continuing to make my wool, metal and wood wall hangings and have added a new shape into them- the triangle. I also sell these at Ma/Da in Maplewood. I don't have them yet for sale in my shop but, let me know if you are interested in one. The peach and blue are hand -dyed wools that I dyed myself.

springtime crown





Hi!!!!!
Sorry for the silence on the old blog!
So, happy that technically Spring is here though it hasn't quite felt like it here yet weather wise.
Though I know the daffodils and peach blossoms are ready to open any day now in my garden.
I drove over to Parcel in Montclair the other to pick up some pretty flowers, berries, leaves and ribbons to turn into a springtime floral crown. It came out perfectly like I imagined. I'm just swooning over it. The base is a thin gold headband. I'm thinking of turning this project into a workshop at Ma/Da where I work part time. 

I'm going to backtrack a little bit in a series of post on other projects that have been happening. I am also currently working on my next art show happening this Spring but, not ready to share those projects yet . 



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nutcracker Photos




I can't help but post these photos taken of Scarlet backstage from her performance in NJ Ballet's Nutcracker

skirts, dresses and a pinafore














Some new items added to my Etsy shop over the past two weeks.

Take a look: Alice in Wonderland Pinafore, Nani Iro dresses, Liberty skirt, Chambray Dress and Cotton Flannel Skirt.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

wall hangings



I never got around to showing the wall hangings I have been making.

There were three that sold last month. You can see a few of them on instagram if you follow: shopmada

Here are three more in progress and I will be making several more. I will let you know when they become available.

I have so much more to say and write however, the school bell is ringing soon so off to pick up the kids and onto play practice, violin and fixing dinner.


Pipilotti Rist exhibit











Words can not even express the magnitude of this amazing exhibit. It was worth driving in the snow to see last Saturday without a doubt. This will stay with all of us for a long time.

black and white winter cowl


My new fashion accessory. A cozy handspan cowl knit with Camellia Fiber Co. yarn. 

tussie--mussie



This is a Victorian style arrangement made of herbs and flowers. According to the language of flowers here are the meanings:

Dill- protection against evil. Mint- virtue. Parsley-festivity. Rosemary- Remembrance. Yellow Rose-joy, friendship, the promise of a new beginning. Coral Rose-friendship, modesty, sympathy. Ranunculus- dazzled by your charms. Sea Holly- admiration.

There is a green I could not identify and dianthus which I originally forgot which in this shade signifies 'a mother's undying love.'

when at purl soho




When at Purl Soho your daughter picks up the perfect yarn for a hat. This girl's got good taste! Super soft merino in color: Lucky Magpie!

Dia: Beacon



















On New Year's Eve we took a spur of the moment trip to Dia in Beacon. We had an amazing time! I place a lot of importance on museum/art trips. It is something I place a lot of value on and want to share with my kids. We also went to the Museum of the American Indian over Thanksgiving weekend and they loved it.