Friday, December 10, 2010



Many thanks to all who left comments...
I wish you all could have won.

If I was Oprah,
I would have given ribbon to everyone
but since I'm not,
I've done the next best thing and in the spirit of the season
selected 5 winners through
so withough further ado...

#9 Love Stitching Red
#17 Dorthe
#29 The Feathered Nest
#52 Ludid
#56 Joanna B

If you've won, please email me
@ with your home addresses
so I can send your bundles to you!

Monday, December 6, 2010

who doesn't love ribbon?

Well, If you don't love silk sari ribbon,
then skip this post...

Otherwise leave a comment below and on Friday morning
I'll draw a winner who will receive six bundles of ribbon...
5 yards of each.. as featured in my etsy shop.

a little creative inspiration for the holidays!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

remembering...World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day...a day for remembering those whose lives have been lost and a time for recommiting ourselves to saving lives in the future.

"Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done."

"According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.3 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2009 some 2.6 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 1.8 million people died from AIDS."

HIV/AIDS has been a global epidemic for more than 27 years. Most of today's youth have never know a world without it.  Having worked for many years as a Development Director for an AIDS Service Organization, I have seen first hand the devastating effects of this disease. Strides have been made - but not enough.. the time is now to prevent the spread of this pandemic - through awareness, care, prevention, education and research. To learn more visit

Monday, November 8, 2010

pulp wrap up

My work in the Museum of Forgotten Things
is finally finished.

In true Alicia style, her Pulp Redux book centers
around a story she wrote
about a moonstruck deserted old woman 
with a dreadful secret hidden in her past.
A sad tale of love and deception...

heavily textured and layered pages
of tattered textiles, worn books and distressed metals
illustrate the story of her heartbreak...

and her transgression
as discovered in her journal posthumously.

Now that my work is completed in this book it will
soon be jetting off to the Land of Oz where Kim Palmer
will be working her pulp magic in it.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

pulp progression

Silence must be heard...

The earlier photograph with my most
recent addition to Alicia's book
 "The Museum of Forgotten Things."

The center spread..two of my most favorite
rusty finds are featured on these pages...

Right click on the photos to view the details.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


 the arrrival of spring or departure of fall?
free motion stitched piece
organic and tattered in nature

past and present elements include:
vintage Japanese hemp and cotton mosquito netting,
silk sari ribbon, silk fibers and yarns,
linen and cotton textiles, hemp fibers
tattered silk from a Victorian blouse,
brown ribbon trim from an old ribbon dress,
hand dyed silk
available in my etsy shop

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

just now

using my new free motion foot

Sunday, October 17, 2010

life sat waiting

layers of old and new
woven together to create a sanctuary...
mixed media collage on vintage cabinet card
backed with antique photo album page
handmade nest from oxidized and steel wire
with curly grapevine and silver jasper bead
victorian silk lace and textiles
vintage Japanese mixed hemp and mosquito netting
hand dyed silk carrier rod
hand dyed cotton fabric
hemp fiber
silk straw fiber
silk leaf
shattered silk lining from a Victorian blouse
hand dyed silk from Gerdiary
hand dyed silk ribbons from Jo Wholohan
silk sari ribbon

available in my etsy shop

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

an awesome giveaway

How great is this?
You could be the winner of these
gorgeous earrings by Mary Jane...
just go to the 
blog to find out the details...
 better hurry..
the lucky winner will be chosen on
Monday, October 18th!

Monday, October 11, 2010

another glimpse of pulp progress

my work continues in Alica's book...

the museum of forgotten things...

 a theme unfolds...

click on the photos to enlarge

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pulp Peek

Sneak peek of the cover
of my contribution to
Alica's book
"Museum of Forgetten Things"

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sundays at The Altered Page

Grab your cup of coffee and
head to The Altered Page on Sunday morning.
Each week Seth features exciting information and photos
compiled from a survey of the online art community.
The current topic is art vignettes
and tomorrow morning
a little corner of my workspace
will be included in the post.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

an end and a beginning...

a photo taken with my iphone
that set my theme
for the next round of
Pulp Redux
 working in
Alicia's book...
The Museum of Forgotten Things

Saturday, September 18, 2010

moo it forward

do you moo?

thanks to mary jane i discovered and ordered some
of these adorable miniature cards with a 15% off discount
and you can too!

i love my little moo's so fast and easy to do
and you get to select  and crop up to 19 images for a
box of 100 cards.

how fun is that?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

and the winner is...

 selected by random number generator
which means
your're the winner

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

butterfly story

Recently, I read about a deeply moving project that
Trudi Sissions of Two Dresses Studio
is supporting and I had to join in...
maybe you will come along too.

Trudi is collecting handmade butterflies for The Butterfly Project.
Sponsored by the Holocaust Museum Houston,
the goal of the project is to collect
1.5 million butterflies as a remembrance of the
1.5 million innocent children who
perished as a result of the Holocaust.

In Spring 2013 these butterflies will comprise a 
spectacular exhibition for all to remember. 

This is my contribution that will fly off to Trudi this week.
If you'd like to read more or participate in this project
you can read more about it here.
Butterflies can be as simple as a cutout image...
Trudi even supplies some templates on her site
 if you're pressed for time.

Friday, September 10, 2010

one for you...

In the spirit of the fall arrival here in the Northeast,
what better way to kickoff the season than to have a giveway?
So I've designed a little box of creative inspiration with some goodies
from my stash and some from my etsy shop.
You know the drill...just leave a comment with your email
so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.
So without futher ado here are the goods...

Vintage laces, silk ribbons and lace, victorian beaded trim
along with some silk fibers and a silk carrier rod
all in a lovely fall color palette.

 vintage mother of pearl cabochons, a crystal and
some sequined lace trim.

 a well-loved miniature little leather library book

all neatly packaged in this little box I've embellished...

comments close on Wednesday night and
I'll draw a name on Thursday, September 15th

good luck to everyone and thanks for stopping by!

long overdue...

This summer I was once again surprised by a wonderful package
of vintage delights from my talented blogging friend Nancy!
She is so thoughtful and generous and through her many travels
is always on the lookout for things I might incorporate in my artwork.
Although my thank you is long overdue, my enthusiasm has not waned
about the delicious treasure trove she sent to me...

lovely laces, brass finding and vintage hardware

Beautiful lace cuff with rhinestones and pearls, more lace trim
and brass findings and lots of those fantastic little metal brads... 

 more lace and trim, rusty hardware and those sweet little brads!

Many thanks Nancy...
and if you love out of this world amazing photographs
and art, take a moment and treat yourself to a visit to her blog

Saturday, September 4, 2010

what's new and cool

It's September, the kids are back in school and I am looking forward to getting back to blogging and creating  new 

The past month I have been busy learning something 
 entirely different...metalsmithing...

I took an online class with Stephanie Lee that was very cool! The exciting news is that she is offering the online class again soon and registration starts September 8th. You can go here if you are interested in learning more. Stephanie teaches a lot of techniques...soldering, making bezels and chains, etching, patina, resin, casting solder to make charms...all can be transferred to mixed media as well as jewelry. Many of these techniques are not so easy to pick up without instruction. If you are looking for something new to add to your art.. I highly recommend this you get to use power tools! Her videos are all short.. 5 minutes or less and very informative and she is always available to answer the many questions she receives. There is also a yahoo group site where members can communicate and help each other.

Keep your eyes open for an upcoming giveaway here soon. I'm thinking some textile goodies for the creative muse...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

life in miniature

art quilt portraying the tiny
dwellers of the tidal pool.
quilted and embroidered
entirely by hand.

all the beauty
mother of pearl buttons, seed beads,
freshwater pearls, linen and scrim

subtly suggested
curly grapevine, hemp and wool 
with freshwater pearls.
antique silk fabric and
hand dyed silk fibers.

silk fibers and ribbons
rusty bell
mother of pearl button

available in my etsy shop.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

textile pastry

vernal resurgence textile wrist cuff

hand embroidered embellishments
and silk ribbons on a bed on antique lace

wire nest with silk ribbons, curly grapevines,
tiny beads and tiger eye bead...
inspired by the little mama bird nesting in my hanging plant

freshwater pearls, silk ribbons

silk french knots and ribbon flowers
antique victorian buttons

charcoal gray cashmere lining
available in my Etsy shoppe

Friday, July 9, 2010

and the winner is...

please contact me with your mailing address
and the book will be off to you!

thanks so much to everyone else for playing!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

time for a giveaway

With summer activities in full swing there's no better time
to giveaway a great book...
inspiring to read
while sipping iced tea next to the pool...

Just leave a comment below and you could win a copy of
ETCETERA by Sibella Court...

Comments will close next Thursday, July 8th
and the winner will be posted here next Friday, July 9th.

...and a whole lot more!

Good Luck!