Why do women collect purses and bags? Maybe it’s the sense of possibility in that empty space: journeys to take, people to meet, memories to carry home. Or maybe it’s that a bag always fits, any season or time of the month. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s simply fun! A special...Read More
After 50+ years, it suddenly dawns on me: I love stories. Reading stories. Listening to stories. And telling stories. So obvious, yet (oddly enough) I’ve never put that sentiment into words.
Our stories bind us together. Whether it’s the story of a personal journey, shared family stories, or stories that tie us to our larger community.
My love of sewing and fabrics moved from the personal to the professional a few years ago. And it’s been great fun (and often a great challenge) making new bags/aprons/quilts/pillows and honing my technique. Yet, I’ve struggled with defining my work. What is the over-arching thread (!) that ties it all together? Now I know. Stories.
For me, every fabric tells a story.
My t-shirt and memory quilts are pure narrative. I love the process of working with clients to narrow down their collection to tell their story. Sometimes we work with a pile of t-shirts, no longer worn but too precious to toss; or baby clothes filled with small memories; or special garments left behind by a loved one. Finding the story in that fabric and transforming it into a tangible object is a delight. I now hereby dub them Story Quilts!
So many of our stories are shared at the table. I first printed tea towels with my grandmother’s hand-written cookie recipe and it’s been a lovely connection to a shared family history. I’ve since added others to my collection, and as gifts for others, and each one tells a story.
Pet pillows started as way for my college-bound daughter to take her kitten with her to school. And with each new pillow request, I’ve gathered another story.
Then there are the fabric stories to come: luggage tags and bags for the new adventures, aprons and tableware for the stories brought home.
Stories. Who knew?!Read More
While in Santa Fe this Christmas I came across my first Art-o-Mat machine! And it took me to a very, very happy place. Why? I’m not sure. But I love it.
Art-o-mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend, well, art. Put in $5.00, choose an artist, pull the knob, and out pops your very own art in a 2″ x 3″ format.
There are paintings, sculptures, jewelry … I even bought my very own slug shaped glycerin soap! (Yes, I chose it and yes I am saving it for a special soaping occasion.)
Hmmm … what can I make for them …Read More
So much of the commercially available holiday fabric is cute. Too cute. And too much the same. However, sometimes I find some special yardage.
And this is one of them! I’ve had it for a while but not wanted to cut into it … but finally I did to make these fun holiday drink coasters. Perfect for that festive martini with the green and red olive!
Next up? A retro hostess apron for serving those martinis!Read More
Self-threading needles. Why have I not known about these?
Being a sometimes perfectionist, I have been known to interrupt my quilting or top-stitching to correct wayward, imperfect stitches. And then I am left with loose ends to to tie and bury in the inner layers of whatever I am making. Often, those threads are short or slightly ravelled and it’s a major pain to thread them into the eye of my favorite, thin, hand-sewing needle.
Enter the self-threading needle! Just insert the needle into the fabric, slip the thread ends into the slot, and pull those tell tale ends into the interior. Dang, that was easy.
I just completed 50 travel tissue covers! Available in a myriad of colors and all filled with a pack of tissues ready for those inevitable fall sneezes and sniffles.
And when you do feel the clouds rolling in and that cold coming on, make up a batch of white chicken chili to warm you and your friends. (Green chiles are an excellent source of vitamin C!)Read More
Sign of the Dove, the storefront where I sell some of my wares, is moving!
As of November 7 we will be open at the Burlington Mall. We are on the 2nd floor, above Legal Seafoods and across from the food court.
It will be great fun to join in the excitement of a large mall for the holiday season. Not only are there many more stores to visit, but some great restaurants …
I’ll be there at least once a week through the holiday season, so please do let me know if you’ll be dropping by!Read More
Elvis is in the house!
A woman I met through etsy is having an auction fundraiser on behalf of Tara’s House Animal Rescue, an animal rescue organization in the Washington DC/Baltimore area. She asked if I might be able to donate an item to the auction …
I immediately thought of Elvis. Elvis is an extremely handsome young pit bull who was rescued from the Memphis streets after having been shot in the jaw. Hearts of Gold Pit Bull Rescue, a wonderful foster mom, and many financial donors brought him back to health. I thought he would be a fitting ambassador for this fundraiser.
So using his picture I made a pillow and it will be auctioned tonight! Even if you don’t live in the D.C. or Memphis area, stop by and take a look at the auction items and maybe give another pup a chance at a better life.
The auction is taking place on line on facebook tonight at Amazing Online Auction to Benefit the Animals at Tara’s House Animal RescueRead More