Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

Ornaments, and folio

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

I had meant to start posting ornaments from my collection, of all handmade, artist made ornaments but I have bee so sick the past week I did not even get started. So. I’ll post three today to make up for lost time and also one that I designed last year for sale in my etsy shop.
This is one available in my shop:

From my collection this one is made by artist “Dolly Gagging”

This one is by artist Diane Redmore Moore:

and this one is by artist Carla Naron:

I do so enjoy my unique ornaments!

Also I have been working on little collage folios, they are about 4 x 5 inches and can hold atcs or aceos or little photographs or they can be stared at and displayed 😀
this is one of them:

I used thick canvas and they fit so nicely in the hand!


Friday, September 9th, 2011

The hub made this gate yesterday to fit the recycling bin enclosure. He can make all the kinds of things I can’t. We compliment each other that way!

Coffee Table

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

‘m spastastically happy that J has finally finished putting together the coffee table. You might remember I posted about it a couple of months ago. I love the tables that restoration hardware makes but they are soooo costly that I wanted to come up with something using recycled wood. I have had the boxes for about 15 years. I still have four more that I can do something matchy matchy with! Happy 😀

I will need to find two more iron wheels to finish off one end.

The Art Full Life

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

So, I have this idea of owning a property that we could use as a bed and breakfast/retreat type place where I could do small intimate art workshops filtered in with guest artists and or just guests who want to get away for a weekend. It would be a “lifestyle” retreat with an intent of “green” living to include fresh home grown vegetables, and all things handmade/home made and activities that focus on art full living. Its something that I have thought about for years really and need to refine and define the idea which is partly determined by the type of location we are able to acquire. So, we (the hubster and our two pugnacious fur kids) set out to hopefully find something that could accommodate that vision and idea over the past two days..

First of all, we are home no less than one day early.

Taking the pugs with us to the Bay area was not a brilliant idea. It could have been. Had said pugs cooperated. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh.Sniffing, snorting, snoring, panting, whining and carrying on like they were in complete peril, meant two nights of NO sleep. Seriously, the first night we stayed at a hotel and left the dogs in their crates in the room. As soon as I closed the door so we could venture out to have some dinner I heard a long, guttural screech the likes of which I had never heard before. Over and over. We went back in, reassured alpha male and repositioned the crates and it seemed like he calmed down a bit. However, when we returned, we could hear him crying inside and don’t know if he spent the whole time crying. Just awful. They do not like crates, I guess because I have never really used them much since I don’t go out much or take my dogs with me when I do. no amount of coaxing would convince them to like their crates and I had to keep them by me on the side of the bed outside of their crates all night. They remained restless and noisy especially the little girl pug who panted so loudly and long she hyperventilated, she would not relax. The panting drove me nutty and sleepless for two nights while boy dog snored, like a grown man. Never again. No traveling pugs. ever. again!!!
This is sassy thinking: “I just wanna go home”.

On day one we saw one property. Full of charm but a bit too rustic. Still, a beautiful setting were it not for the various abandoned vehicles and falling down structures en route to the oasis. The property had a creek on it surrounded by redwoods, (like Big Basin), a long private drive leading to a story book moss covered bridge with an underground two car garage built into the hillside that fits 1920s model ts !! cute! Little moss covered steps lead up to the main cabin which was surprisingly spacious, clean and well taken care of. The owners were humble, lovely people who spent great time over the six years that they had the place fixing it up from neglect and restoring it to its original integrity. There were two adorable adjacent cabins and a shed for the generators that power the property. All in all the property could house up to eight people. It had a very retreat feeling to it, but I could only see myself there for brief periods of time mostly due to how damp and dark it was, and I feel sure I would get S.A.D. because I need more light more often. There was no room to expand to include a green house or workshop, and flowers and vegetables would not grow on the property due to too much shade. While I am interested in green living I am not interested in washing clothes by hand, there are just some conveniences I don’t want to sacrifice. 🙁

A week in dish towels

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

I adore these hand embroidered dish towels I bought on etsy from tacy not tracy, she shipped super fast, they were beautifully packaged, fresh, clean, super white, folded and perfectly embroidered besides being so cute. They are suppose to be a gift for someone but I dunno it may be a gift to me :d

Black and white valentine

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Black Friday

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

I just don’t know how people can stand being out in the shopping madness!!  Its so easy to shop right online..

We will go get our Christmas  tree today as I like to get as much mileage out of it as possible! I enjoy spending plenty of time adding each ornament, it will take nearly a day to decorate. I like all the preamble to the holiday more than the actual holiday, that nostalgic feeling of cozyness, staying warm inside, deliberating about gifts and creating all the stuff for sale has become a big thing for me, its fun. I even like doing the Christmas cards! We are going to make cookies for family and I may make some tamales for Christmas dinner though I am not sure I should try without mom’s help! She is especially the expert at applying the masa (dough) to the corn husks 😀

Our Thanksgiving was very low key and quiet, no drama which is the way I like it. My stuffing turned out exceptionally good this year, not sure why, just glad it did, its so tricky to get it just right.

Here is my ugly ornie, I like it so much I might not sell it.

If I had kept all the ornaments I have made over the past three years I would have a whole tree full of unique one of a kind handmade ornies, at the same time, I adore the idea of collectors adorning their tree with my pieces for many years.

Handmade or homemade

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

I’m making a concerted effort to only buy handmade or homemade this year for christmas gifts. I really can’t bear going to the mall anyway.