Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I Am So Sewing

After much hemming (pun intended) and hawing I have one of my mother's old Bernina sewing machines working.

I found a ruin of an old crazy quilt at an estate sale and am working on replacing all the rotten silk pieces.
It's more of a project than I intended, the more I repair the more that falls apart.

Quilting is a certain kind of fun.

Rescuing and repairing old ones it far more interesting to me than making them from scratch.
I don't really understand going to the store and buying fabric, cutting it up and putting it back together.
I like to thrift my fabrics - isn't the whole point of quilting making something from nothing?
I don't know, but I do like rescuing things.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

So Many Buttons...

In an attempt to make a dent in my dish of short rods I went on a button making binge.

These, and many more, are all up in my etsy 'Belvedere' shoppe.

In case you're a flameworker and wonder how I make them...
they're worked off mandrel and I use a tool called a 'Handy Andy' to make the holes.

The holes are flame polished so that they're super smooth and will never, ever cut your thread or yarn.

Monday, August 29, 2016


The summer doldrums.
I am a slug, a mess of creative inactivity.

But I did bake something, a fresh blueberry breakfast cake

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Grape Jam

Beads right?
It's been way too hot to torch.

Instead of working with the flame I have been painting.
Which is also slow going because my studio is sweltering hot.

You maybe asking "why is she painting it in the frame?"
Because I bought the frame at a yard sale for $10 with a painting already in it, and I could NOT get the canvas out of the frame. The frame was intricately built around the canvas by some mad genius. So rather than just chuck it I decided to paint right over the painting that was already in there. Sorry (not sorry) previous painter.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Miss Dog America

Kiki P. Oodle in repose. Let sleeping dogs lie, in a pile of pillows.

Poodle + Odalisque = Poodalisque.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Warm Outta The Oven

Some earring pairs, a button cab, a nice two hole heart button, some end-of-the-mandrel pendants, etc...

Monday, August 01, 2016

Back To Buttons

I'm selling my buttons in a new shop.
It's called "Little Button," how perfect is that?
(in case you're a Rochesterian, it's on South Ave. in the heart of the south wedge shopping district)

Carding my buttons is something new.
It takes some extra time to get them on there but I like the presentation.