Sunday, August 28, 2011

ReLoved Coat

Motivating myself to get back on track with ReLove Projects began with cleaning my studio. It was (and still is) a horrible mess. I have it closed off with a curtain which makes everyone want to peek around it. So it has become a horrible, embarrassing mess! I'm trying to spend some time every day organizing, getting rid of stuff, recycling, tossing. Every day it gets a little better. I keep discovering things forgotten- a box of antique buttons, magazine tear sheets, my old notes from art school... I have also found many many projects that are unfinished.

This coat has been in progress since February or so... Unfortunately I don't have the 'before' photos, so I'll describe it for you. It was pretty plain, just a blue button up coat. The biggest problem was that it could have fit someone about twice my size! I started altering it with great gusto,  worked away, and then lost half of the zipper. I could not figure out where the heck it went! So the coat stayed in a pile on the floor of the studio adding to the mess and the list of unfinished things sitting around in my creative conscience. Cleaning my studio led me to the discovery of the lost half of the zipper (mixed in with a pile of papers).  I tore the buttons off the coat, stitched lace on, and sewed the zipper on asymmetrically. The coat was way too big for me and one of my favorite tricks to adjust the fit is overlapping the front flaps. Another one of my favorite things to do with coats is to add inside pockets. In my creative fantasy world I would add pockets to everything!

I might add more lace- maybe to the other side to hide the zipper, or around the cuffs, maybe on the front pockets... What do you think? Either way I'm happy to have it done enough to hang in the coat closet!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Leaf Carving

The leaves in my neighborhood are just barely starting to turn all of the beautiful fall colors. I found this carved leaf at The Senses Five and am so amazed... There are more carved leaves HERE.

Friday, August 26, 2011

New Listings

I just uploaded these two cards into my Etsy shop! Yay! New work! It feels good to be back in the saddle, er, sewing seat again.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


I love converted busses, Airstream trailers, and Volkswagens!  Click on the photo to be directed to the source.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Coupon for YOU!

As promised, I have a coupon for those of who that still check in to this ole' blog. Save 15% on your purchase in my etsy shop! Once again, thank you so much for your support. I plan on making new cards, mobiles, and bags to add to the shop over the next few weeks... For now though, I have re-listed some of my favorite cards. They are individually made with recycled paperboard, vintage fabric, buttons, and hand stitched. Each is one-of-a-kind!

The coupon code 'relove' can be used in my etsy shop HERE

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Checked out for the summer!

Hi all... Sorry I was so absent this summer. A big part of that was because I didn't sew hardly a stitch! Really, I'm not exaggerating. The only things I did sew were for the art school I work at. That brings me to my next reason for taking an extended break. While it was good in some ways, this summer was so busy with art camps at Clementine Studio. A few of them were totally full - 30 kids! At the end of the day I just didn't really feel like making, or writing, or doing ANYTHING. I spent a lot of my evenings sitting in front of the fan and watching DVDs.

Now summer is slowly fading out and I'm starting to get that sweet cozy fall feeling. I think I'll pull out some of the quilts I've been working on (like this one, that I worked feverishly on and then put away for a year and a half!) and finally finish some projects.

I'm really gearing up with my pottery creations too... Definitely check into Mud Whimsy if you haven't already!

Thank you for sticking around, even when I took an unannounced extended vacation. Once I get my Etsy store loaded up I'll post a coupon for you! (within the next few weeks- I promise)