Sunday, July 17, 2016

Top Ten Wearable Art!

When I started my shop, I was always looking for ways to make something different.  When I decided to start painting cosmetic bags and lavender sachets, I hoped that other people would find them interesting.  I love painting flowers and birds, but I wasn't sure that it would "go over" well.

Recently, I was included in a Top Ten Wearable Art list.  I can't even tell you how happy I was to be included in that list!  The lovely and talented Hannah Williams from Hannah Mae Illustration was kind enough to include this item in her list:

Hand painted Chickadee Zippered Pouch Cosmetic Bag

It was such an honor to be included among so many talented people!  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's been awhile...

...but I've been busy!  I love to explore new things and I got on a bow tie kick. I did a ton of research on how to make them:  what material to use and what kind of interlining to give them a good full look without being too thick and cumbersome around the neck.  Finding the hooks/closures for them took a bit of time and coming up with a good, flexible design that could accommodate multiple neck sizes also took a little doing, but I finally came up with a good do-able design.

Then, I decided to add a matching pocket square.  Again, it took me a little time to get the corners completely square, but eventually that worked out too:

All in all, I'm happy with the look, and now I'm on the hunt for good bowtie fabric wherever I go.  I've found some and added a few sets to the shop.

My next tutorial will be for those pocket squares - there is an easy way to get those corners andnice tightly matched up.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I added a new tutorial today - this one is on how to make personalized labels.

When I first started my shop, I had a hard time with labels.  I tried a ton of different methods, and finally stumbled upon this technique. After a quite a few disasters and a lot of fine tuning , I am able to print out labels now rather easily.

I've made these into my shop labels, but also personalized them for weddings (I made a couple sets of bridesmaids bags and had labels with the bride and groom's names and wedding date on them), a set of tea wallets for sisters with a saying on them, and for items in collaboration with a photographer.

This technique can be used to personalize lots of things, or just add sayings or quotes to something (like a tea mat!)

I hope this tutorial is helpful!  Personalized Label Tutorial

tea wallet
Owl Tea Wallets - "Owl be thinking of my sisters as I sip my tea"
CD holder
Photo CD holder 

tea mat
Personalized Tea Mats: "God grant me the serenity...."

Monday, April 18, 2016

Fabric Painting Tips and Working out the Kinks!

I finally got around to adding a tutorial on fabric painting!

Once I got the idea to paint on fabric and turn these mini-paintings into accessories I just had to figure out how to do it.  I tried a bunch of different things. I mostly had trouble with getting the paint and brush to move easily across the fabric.  Once that got worked out, I was able to get much better results.

Fabric Paintiing Tutorial

If you are looking for some tips on how to paint on fabric, I hope the demonstration I posted under "Tutorials" helps!

And as far as the "kinks" go.....I've been getting told that people are having trouble joining this website using the "Join this site" button.  I haven't been able yet to figure out what is wrong with that gadget yet - but I 've found - and have been told - that you can follow me by clicking on the little purple squares next to the "join this site" button.  You are then asked to log in to your google account, and then you are prompted to "follow" me.  That seems to be working for now anyway!

Well, back to sewing. I have some cat fabric that is just purr-fect for cosmetic bags!

Friday, April 15, 2016


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A good few months ago now (more than I thought when I went and actually checked how many!) a very nice lady messaged me and let me know she mentioned me and my shop on her website. She had purchased a tea wallet from me and wanted to share it with her readers. It made me very happy that she was so pleased with it. But once I visited her site, I was bitten by the "need to do this" bug. She had a wonderful place to go for years - sharing her thoughts and her projects.

I wanted to be able to do that too.

When I first started my shop, I was constantly looking for ways to do things better. I would spend forever online pouring through websites looking for ways to do everything to achieve a more professional look. I don't have the best sewing machine (in all fairness, it's a great sewing machine, it has just been used to death), so I need all sorts of tricks to get things accomplished. So that's what I want to share here - all the things I have learned along the way. I figure there must be someone else out there who needs to be a perfectionist, but just doesn't have the time!

So I set about setting it up - and honestly I should have a website on how to start a website. It took me forever! Okay - slight exaggeration. However it did take months. Actual months. But it's done and here it is. It's in the beginning stages, but I'll keep adding things and refining things as I go along.

If you've stopped and read this - thank you! There is a spot on the right hand side there to join this page. And please leave any comments or suggestions you may have!

And thank you Danette for inspiring me to take this on! You can visit Danette here: Danette's Website and here: Danette's Shop. Danette makes beautiful knit and crocheted items and shares beautiful thoughts on family and life and her website.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Why Not Paint A Bird?

I always liked painting. I used to paint actual "paintings" but I have a real short attention span. Its' the same reason the quilts I make started going from blanket size down to placemat size. It just takes too long! So for a while I always painted small things - decorative things. After sewing for a bit, and looking for a way to make my things different from everyone elses, I started to paint on fabric and sew them into wallets and cosmetic cases. Actually, this is perfect for me. I get to paint and I get to sew - my two favorite things. I mostly have been painting flowers as that seems to translate well onto fabric that will be made into accessories. Things like this:
Those are lavender sachets on linen and muslin. But as i looked online at pictures, I kept running across birds and thought I should try that. So I started with sketching chickadees. I wish I took some pictures of the process, and i think I'll do that as my next tutorial as the process isn't difficult at all. So I promise next painting project I'll be ready and take pictures as I go. But here is the final results of the chickadee project:
And here it is turned into some zippered cases:
I think they came out kind of cute! I think their personality is all in their eyes! So, now I'm off to figure out what other birds I'd like to try. Thanks for reading! Meryl