Thursday, December 1, 2016

Welcome December and a Little Decorating Inspiration

Happy December Cottage Friends!

Is it snowing where you are? It snowed for about 45 minutes yesterday morning, but then the sun came out and melted all the white within a few minutes.

Thanks for the nice things you said about my collages in my last post. I sold half of them at the Holiday Bazaar last weekend, received an order for two more and some nice leads for future custom work. 

I met some wonderful people, and really think that was the best part of the show. Greeting the public reminds me that there are an awful lot of nice folks in the world.

My display last weekend.

This weekend I hope to sell the rest of my stash, along with a few additional pieces I made this week. I won't bore you with all of those, but I do want to share my favorite one.

All this creating has kept me so busy I haven't had a chance to start any Christmas decorating. I think I'll get started on Sunday. If you need a little jump start yourself, here's a little eye candy that might do the trick.

Rose Garden Romantic Home
Traditional Living Room
The Farm at Banner Elk - Pasture Lane Lot 5

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My Hiatus is Over

Six months is a long time to be on hiatus. I've missed you all so much, and I just couldn't stay away any longer. So, I'm back. 

There's so much to tell you: how I whiled away the hours whilst all of you precious people were carrying on with your own lives, but all that will wait for another day. Today I want to share my latest passion: Fabric/Mixed Media Collages. These, my friends, are what has consumed my time for the past month.


When summer gave way to fall I turned my attention from gardening to weaving rugs.


And while I do enjoy weaving rag rugs, it takes a long time to make just one rug (at least the way I do it. . .very tight weaving) and I wondered if there was something I could do with smaller pieces that would take less time. Something. . .different.


My mind kicked into searching mode, even into the wee hours of the morning.  


During one of my restless, tossing and turning nights it came to me, "Combine your love of fabrics and collage with your weaving."


Because I walk in the Spirit, I knew He was whispering in my ear. He had given me the answer I was seeking.


I barely could go back to sleep; I wanted to rush to my studio immediately and get started. 


For years I've been collecting vintage embroidery, crocheted items, lace, buttons, beads, and other bits and bobs; fabric scraps and music sheets found along the way, without really knowing how I would use them.


Finally, I had a purpose for all of it. They became the embellishments for my collages.


The woven rags are my canvas.


My first ten collages were 12" x 5"


Then I began making 6" x 5" collages.


Every day was a step in my journey of discovery.


Before I finished the collage in front of me, I already had the next one planned in my mind.


Dennis cheered me on and began bringing home boxes of lace and such that he had found in his travels.


Always one of my favorite internet stops The Graphics Fairy became a daily haunt.


Friends like my collages and have encouraged me to sell them.


So, I'm going to give it a go.


My work will debut November 25-26 and December 2-3 at the Jingle through Joseph Holiday Bazaar in Joseph, Oregon.


I'll be selling these along with some other handcrafted and re-styled items under my business name "Encore Studio."  


Dennis will be selling some of his work, too. Like this beautiful paper cast.

Tomorrow we'll celebrate Thanksgiving while we set up our booth.

We wish you and your loved ones a
Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.

Local ranch photographed during a recent country drive.

P.S. I'd love to know what you think of my collages, and if you like them, do you have a favorite?