Category: Inspiration

  • Beautiful Polymer Clay and Beaded Jewelry

    I found another talented artist on Flickr, Bridget Derc. She makes beautiful jewelry from polymer clay and beading. I don’t know much about Bridget because she hasn’t revealed much about herself in her profile. An Internet search didn’t reveal anything more. All I know for sure is that I love her work. Below is my […]

  • Mummer’s Day Parade

    Every New Year’s Day here in Philadelphia, the Mummers march up Broad Street. The tradition of mummery started here in the late 17th century with a blend of European, British, and later African-American influences. In 1901, this informal tradition became a city sponsored event and the march up Broad Street began. Marchers used to wear […]

  • Princesses, Foxes, and Other Crazy Creatures

    I’ve fallen in love with the work of another artist, Francesca Greco, a painter and artist living in Foligno, in the Umbria region of Italy. Every year, Foligno holds a medieval festival, Quintana, that is filled with pageantry, jousting, and residents in medieval dress. I’m sure many of the patterns and motifs she uses in […]

  • 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 delicate. You can find more of her work on her flickr and Etsy. I’ve been […]

  • 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 to wonder why her creations appeal to me so much. I found an art doll […]

  • 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 Mastroni, an American folk artist from Connecticut who makes dolls and decorative items like clocks. […]

  • 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 any of the shoes that I really want have gone out the window. To vicariously […]

  • 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 quirky sense of style – I even have a few of her dresses. One, which […]

  • 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 yet because I need to get a ride to Home Depot to buy dirt. I’m […]

  • Spring Fever

    I really have a bad case of spring fever. Although this winter hasn’t been that bad here in Philadelphia, only one dusting of snow so far, I’m still longing for spring. What happened to that early spring that the groundhog promised us? I’ll never believe his predictions again! I’m starting to think about how I’m […]