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Lovely Spun Cotton Ornaments

Jejemae is an artist living in Brooklyn who makes little spun cotton creatures and ornaments. She has developed her own techniques to make them by trial and error. They remind me of vintage spun cotton German ornaments. They are very … Continue reading

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Appreciating A Different Point of View

I love handmade things. I definitely don’t want to live in a world where everything is mass produced and every decision is made by committee. I was looking at dolls made by Paulina Feicht, a Polish artist, and I started … Continue reading

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My Newest Toy

This is my newest aquisition. Isn’t she a beauty? There are three things that I love to do: create, encourage others to create, and find artists who create things that I admire. One artist that I recently discovered is Sandy … Continue reading

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More Examples of Embellishing Fabric: Stitching and Beads

This is a shoulder bag that I’ve made from fabric I dyed using the low immersion technique. I made a few using different colors. Not only was I playing with colors and textures that were created by the dying process, … Continue reading

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Creating Patterns on Hand Dyed Fabric

I love the look of hand dyed fabric. After I experimented with basic low emersion techniques, I wanted to experiment with methods I could use to add patterns to the fabric I hand dyed. I started by using freezer paper … Continue reading

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Why Do We Women Love Shoes?

I’ve always loved shoes. Unfortunately, I’ve always had a difficult time finding shoes to fit my very wide feet. Now I have a bunion on one foot, which makes my foot even wider. All hopes of getting my feet into … Continue reading

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An Obsession I Share with Betsey Johnson

A few years back, I was going through the tv channels to find something to watch while I worked on a project, when I came across a program about the fashion designer Betsey Johnson. I’ve always been attracted to her … Continue reading

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Spring Planting

Since my daughter Gelsey has taken over our backyard to grow vegetables (she’s going to be an urban gardener), the only place that I can plant flowers is in containers in the front of my house. I haven’t planted them … Continue reading

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Having Fun with Paper Decorating

I had a lot of fun the last few weeks decorating paper with the faux marbling and the resist decorating techniques. It just goes to show that you don’t have to have the most expensive art supplies to make beautiful … Continue reading

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A Look At My Design Proccess

The last few days I’ve been working on the next project, using another paper decorating technique. The first thing that I do is look at many different ideas to come up with designs. I do a lot of doodling and … Continue reading

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