don’t go around artless …*

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 | 0 comments

don’t go around artless …*

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.)

*For the full story, check out the Art-o-Mat website or their Facebook page. It’s just great fun!

Hmmm … what can I make for them …

decide ... pull ... art!

Santa Fe Art-o-Mat

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merry (retro) christmas!

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 | 0 comments

merry (retro) christmas!

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!


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tip of the day

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 | 0 comments

tip of the day

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.

hallelujah choir of self-threading needles

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ready for cold & flu season …

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments

ready for cold & flu season …

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.

(Please note: These are not available in my etsy shop. Please visit the Sign of the Dove in Burlington Mall, the Celebrate Newton Holiday Fair, or contact me directly.)

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!)

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on the road again …

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 | 0 comments

on the road again …

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!


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Elvis is in the house!

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Elvis is in the house!

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 Rescue

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play it cool, boy*

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 | 0 comments

play it cool, boy*

It’s officially summer! And while the weather has been exceedingly pleasant this week, I know the heat is coming.

And when it does get hot, stop by and visit me at the Sign of the Dove in the air conditioned comfort of the Chestnut Hill Mall. It’s the perfect place to shop for summertime gifts. Whether for that special birthday, hostess gift, or something wonderful for yourself …

Drop me a line and I’ll give you a tour. Then maybe go get some cheesecake?

*apologies to Leonard Bernstein … just got done watching West Side Story while doing some hand sewing under the fan …

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