Tuesday, May 29, 2018

on eBay this week!

My New 1850 Rose Needlework Needfuls....

  Do ya'll remember the reproduction I made last year of the red rosebud winder? I really loved that simple design, and since my lil roses outside are just starting to bloom, they inspired me, along with that early winder, to paint some roses to share. These three pieces bloomed forth...and just look at that cunning little maple ort pot or jar up in the right hand corner~ Oh . MY. golly it came out so cute!  I love this grouping for another reason~ I get asked all the time if such and such a wood would go with something else the person has....nothing explains it better than a picture~ that different wood species look great together! The winder in front is sycamore, the palette is red oak, and the pot is maple...and I think they go together great!  If you would like to see better pictures of them, or perhaps place a bid,  you can find them, along with some antique needlework things, on my current eBay auctions here.

Monday, May 21, 2018

on eBay this week!

New Design Flemish Palette &!
 Happy Monday! I hope your day is a great one and your relaxing with a nice cup of tea...I have mine!  I have finally had some time to breathe after finishing all the end of year school things for the children, and have this gorgeous spool palette up on eBay this week.  I designed this one after the other Flemish pieces I have made, but the design is a little different, based more on the box I embroidered of the same. I love to paint in this style, its really fun and feminine, and I love how the gold looks when its finished. Its something the camera just doesnt pick up in a picture~  if you want to see it on eBay with huge pictures so you can see all the details, or perhaps place a bid, you can find it here

  The gold is very subtle head on, but when the pieces are moved, or you move around them, you get these unexpected little flashes of light~ so pretty!  Just think how pretty a casket would be...I mean....an entire casket, painted this way!

  I have all sorts of things in my head I would like to paint, so many ideas, but the bulk of my painting time is painting what others have always wanted~ its a challenge to be sure. I haven't posted pictures in so long of my slate frames, mainly because I don't post pictures until they get to their intendeds....but by then I get busy and forget~ so thought I would share a couple of my favorites.  Its amazing sometimes what people ask for~ things I would never think to paint on a frame, but in the end, they fit really well.  Sometimes people are very specific about what they want....other times, they can be fairly vague. The above frame was a request for snowmen and snowflakes and silver Christmas balls. 

 Skeletons & pirates are always a popular theme...so this time I combined them.   I know if I was a pirate, my treasure box would be chock full of embroidery threads! 

 Charlotte told me to paint what ever I wanted, but that she likes witches.....so witches it was! I love Halloween and witches and thought this frame would be a breeze, and it turned out to be the most challenging frame I have painted to date, as it is just so blasted difficult to fit mainly vertical objects onto a horizontal plane that is only an inch tall. I love how it came out, its one of my ultimate favorites.

Dollys have been busy to, Ladye Pomme is on her way back home from a visit to Jamestowne & Colonial Williamsburg. I am really thrilled to announce that I was selected again this year for Early American Life Magazine's Directory of Top 200 Traditional American Craftsmen, for the 11th consecutive year in a row.  Its truly an honor and I am so excited for Pomme to get back here so we can have some tea and she can tell me all  about her venture East. I hope she got to go to the glass furnace there...I went this past March and it was fabulous!

Monday, May 14, 2018

So Proud!
 This spring has gone by in a flash~ I have been so swamped & stressed  I am surprised all my hair hasn't fallen out. Josh graduated from high school this past Friday and we couldn't be more proud of him.  I feel super lucky that graduation was so close to Mother's Day~ not only did I get an honor graduate, I also got to spend Mother's Day with my Mom~ something I haven't been able to do in over 20 years at least....probably more like 30. What a great weekend~ Im exhausted!

Things for me tend to roll in waves~ I end up working forever it seems and not getting anything done, then within a week or two, all sorts of things come together and get finished. I have been working on this blasted kitchen since I got back from Williamsburg, and finally, FINALLY~ its done. D.O.N.E. Im super excited, now I can get back to work on my things...I know my chi is there....just waiting to flow again...bring on the dollies...bring on the wood...and bring on the BEADS!!!! WOO HOOOOOO
Cheers to a Happy Summer to all of you!

Monday, May 07, 2018

New Dollys

On eBay this week!
  Golly the time is flying by~ we seemed to have skipped Spring and ran from cold straight into Summer here in southern Colorado.  Ladye Rachael is a little Grodnertal that would love to say hello~ you can see here on eBay here or click on my eBay auction link on the right sidebar.  I have a couple dollys on this week and a great little antique child's coat made from c1740 silk brocade up for sale. 

  I love Grodnertal dollys~ some call them peg or penny woodens~ they are precious and I think my girl is pretty sweet!  I wanted to get her on for May day, but as always, i'm a bit late!