Thursday, July 25, 2013

Once Upon a Time....

I have been working to get ready for the Apple and Wine Festival in mid-September.  These are some of the things that I have been making...

 An Apple a Day is a recycled wine bottle with lights.
An Apple a Day

Ballooning - Drawstring Fabric Jewelry Pouch

Candy Cane is a recycled wine bottle with lights decorated with fabric and ribbon.
Candy Cane

Flowery Mead is a recycled wine bottle with lights decorated with paper, fabric, ribbon and floral picks.

Flowery Mead 

If H. G. Wells Was a Woman is a hand knitted wire bracelet.
If H. G. Wells Was a Woman

In the Field is a hand knitted wire bracelet.
In the Field

 My Secret Garden is an extra large hand knitted wire cuff bracelet.
My Secret Garden

 Opulence is a recycled liquor bottle with lights decorated with fabric, cording and ribbon.

Romantic Steampunk is a recycled wine bottle that has been decorated with burlap lace, faux pearls, ribbon, metal findings.  There is an opening for lights but I thought it was strong enough to stand on its own.

 The Circle of Time is a hand knitted wire cuff bracelet made with glass and metal beads and an antique watch part.
The Circle of Time

When I have more pictures I will post them!

I have also been working on a story for my grand children.  It has been written and re-written and probably will be re-re-written again.  The story will have a little "Cloud Baby" doll with it as soon as I can get it done. However, I really do not have anyone that I can show this to and get an honest opinion.  So, to that end, I am posting a few excerpts from the story to see your reaction.  I need feedback, good or bad.  I want this story to be the kind that moms and grand moms read to their kids and grand children as the little ones cuddle the "Cloud Baby".  You know, something kitschy and whimsical.  So, please give me your opinion!  Thanks.

Excerpt #1:
King Watson's realm was vast and reached out in all directions as far as the eye could see. The Grand Hall sat atop a knoll that overlooked the quaint burg of Atir. The castle, constructed centuries ago, had been the home of the many descendants of that first king. Built of quarried stones, this citadel stood as a symbol of strength and endurance. Turrets once used as lookout points for oncoming intruders now stood tall, proud and silent. The ashlar now worn showed battle scars suffered from attacks on the majestic edifice. As dawn peeked over the esker, the stained glass windows refracted the sun like prisms. During the early morning hours rainbows appeared throughout the inside of the Hall.

Excerpt #2:
To the West stood the Ancient Massifs. Formed when the land was still new, their splendor could be seen in every tor and valley. These majestic peaks had served to protect this little hamlet from storms approaching from the sea. When the waters churned and treacherous gales built, these highlands would quell the winds and gentle rains instead would fall. In the winter the hills and valleys seemed to trap the snow upon them forming a glistening quilt. Mother Nature vested herself according to each season. Each more magnificent than the other. These promontories held many secrets. Since before stories were written children had been raised on tales of fantastic wizards mixing powerful potions in secret lairs. Many seekers of magical knowledge have gone into these mountains. Most returned empty handed. The few that never returned were said to have completed their crusade. Every time another pilgrim returned another fable was born. Such as yarns of the strange chantings heard in caves or trees uprooting themselves and walking or the smoke that billowed from the earth and swirled around you. Some of these anecdotes made for some raucous evenings by the fire. Others held the audience hostage until the very last word. Akin to the stories of great fire breathing dragons that once roamed the skies freely among these ranges.

And, finally.....Excerpt #3:
One of the most beautiful sights of Atir was the Painted Meadow to the South. The mild climate, and plentiful rainfall made this lush carpet of emerald bloom with a panorama of color. This large breadth was a veritable garden most of the year. It was as if the Seasons had no meaning in this pasture. Seeds that were carried by the wind from far away places settled in the soft earth and exotic wildflowers sprang up everywhere. Beds of lazurite lobelias stood tall amidst tufts of grass. Bergamot, a favorite herb used for a most delightful tea, showed its scarlet whorls besieged by honey bees. A blanket of buttercups appeared to melt and spread in the heat of a midday sun. While rows of dancing daisies kicked their petals to a tune heard only by them. These blossoms attracted an affluence of life. Interlaced in this rich landscape of flowers flew birds and butterflies of every description. Yellow swallowtails merged into orange monarchs that melded into chartreuse colored hummingbirds. Tweets, chirps and whistles came together in an organized chorus. If one listened very closely, the sound of fluttering wings could be heard as each sought the pollen and nectar promised within each flower.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

June 16, 2013

Booth Display.  Sharon Springs, NY.   June 1 & 2, 2013
I've been working on my booth display.  I think that this is one of the hardest things to do for anyone that does craft shows.  Sure, you can produce for months and have a ton of inventory.  But, how you display is so important.  I'm never sure if I should use a black tablecloth for my wares or change and use something brighter.  

Booth Display at Sharon Springs, NY.  June 1 & 2, 2013 
These are some of my other wares with a white tablecloth.   I like the black one better.

Booth Display at Sharon Springs, NY.  June 1 & 2, 2013

My next show is the Apple and Wine Festival at the Altamont Fair Grounds, Altamont, NY on September 14th and 15th.  So, if you find yourself in that area -- come see me.  As soon as I know what booth I will be in I will post it.

New Creations
These are just a few samples of the many, many new drawstring fabric jewelry pouches!

You are My Sunshine.  Drawstring Fabric Jewelry Pouch

Egyptian Spirit.  Drawstring Fabric Jewelry Pouch

Smile. Drawstring Fabric Jewelry Pouch
Oriental Beauty.  Drawstring Fabric Jewelry Pouch

Tiny Bubbles.  Drawstring Fabric Jewelry Pouch

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Hand knitted wire bracelet
Is there a gypsy in your soul?  Do you love to make a statement?  Then this bracelet is for you! And, it's on sale! ALL items are priced 15% off and FREE shipping.  What more could you ask for? 

Hand knitted wire bracelet
Does Latin music make you want to get up and dance?  Do you love life? Then this bracelet is calling your name!  Priced to sell.  15% off and FREE shipping.  So come shop till you drop!

Hand knitted wire bracelet
Picture this bracelet with a leather bustier and a frilly blouse.  Do you love Steampunk?  This bracelet has the look and feel of Steampunk.  Frilly crochet ruffled edge and delicate pink and off white pearls and beads mixed with the metal watch part and wire.  Do you love H.G.Wells?  Then look no further! 

Come take a look at my Etsy shop.  Everything is priced 15% OFF and FREE shipping.  I'm asking all of my followers to please help me sell.  Have to pay some bills that won't let me barter!

So, get comfortable, and buy, buy, buy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The New Year is all but 16 days old and it is snowing here in New Baltimore.  When we went to bed last night all but a few places had the lovely white stuff.  The warm weather had melted it all.  We awoke this morning to about 4 inches!  My grand-daughter's school called at 5:00 AM to say that school was on a two hour delay and then called back again at 7:00 AM to say that school would not be in session.  Unfortunately for my daughter and myself getting the kids back to sleep was impossible.  So, we had a very early start to our day.  I must say that it looks like a picture postcard out there.  Nothing has stepped on the beautiful carpet of snow.  It still is white and pretty!

I am, getting ready for my first show in New York!  It's February 12, 13 and 14 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  The hours are from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  It's inside the Concourse and apparently it's where all the employees of the area go to eat and shop.  

Considering that it is a Valentine's Day show I would make some bracelets in red with red hearts, with silver hearts, etc.  I'm also going to make some Valentine's Day bottles with lights in them.  

So...I have searched through all of my stashes of fabrics, beads, etc. found everything that could remotely do with Valentine's Day!  I was getting ready to sew and needed to iron some fabric and lo and behold my Rowenta that I have had for a long time decided that it had had enough!  I almost cried.  Now, I have to try and find a good deal on this iron.  So far, believe it or not Lowe's has the best deal!  I should be able to get one this weekend.  It would be nice to sell a few items from one of my shops to help me out.  

So, get a cup of whatever makes you happy and come take a look at either 
Don't forget that Valentine's Day is just around the corner!  I'm sure all of you out there have a girlfriend, mom, aunt, daughter, grand-mother, etc. that would love one of these items.  And, if you don't see what you want contact me and I will gladly custom make you your item.

So...Come, browse and enjoy and help me get that new Rowenta iron!