showing up…

will be various items of jewelry and cat toys!

Scraps of felted or just recycled sweaters and scarves in cashmere, merino, alpaca, and lambswool plus odd bits and beach finds crafted into various cat toys (with home grown catnip or jingle bells), and all kinds of jewelry.

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Show up!

Joining two other artist-crafters for a show Dec. 2. Stop by if you’re in the area!

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spool stool

I picked up a cable spool from the roadside a while ago and used it over the winter as a plant stand. Sitting on the bench in the screen porch recently I wanted to put my feet up, and realized the spool is the right height.

Some leftover primer and exterior paint, an over-the-top floral fabric sample and leftover upholstery stuffing, and some really fun handwoven band I received as a gift…eh voila! The perfect screen porch footstool.

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winged booklet

Long incubation for the cover after inside came together quickly.

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color blocks pillow

The pillow at its new lake cottage home in Finland!

Felted wool from recycled sweaters hand and machine stitched, with needle-felting and embroidery.

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shoreline brooch

Felted wool (from a vintage sweater) framing a found bit of beach art, beaded and stitched.

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beach+bits necklace

Playing with beach bits and electronics wire, some silver wire and chains….

 

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wool stash home

Found a cheap old trunk at a thrift store and made a new home for my wool stash, getting it out of the paper/jewelry crafting space. Since the trunk really is “cheap” I just cleaned the outside and am going to braid new handles for it (as soon as I learn how!), but the inside had to be redone to get rid of the grime and mustiness. I learned that the smell is usually in the paper and the glue on the inside, so that was remove (fairly easily) with a vinegar-water solution and some scraping with a putty knife. Then it was scrubbed down to remove glue residue and spent a couple more days out on the screen porch getting air and some sun. Spray primer and painting with a mix of (leftover) exterior latex house paint = stash storage!

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restyled paisley tunic

Found a fun paisley-patterned tunic at the flea market for a dollar. Discovered that although quite large, it had ridiculously tight sleeves, and the slit went down waaaaay too far. Black man’s tshirt from thrift store (another 3 dollars!) fixed the sleeves and the slit. Now if only it actually looked good on me….

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copper spiral earrings

At last, something to post: hammered recycled copper wire earrings for a friend’s big birthday.
After seeing the photo I realized I needed to flip one around so they mirrored.

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