A LandScape Of Handmade Goods + Art

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Creative Thursday

How nice is Marisa at Creative Thursday? Umm...very! Compliments are always good, especially when they're coming from a bigtime artist and blogger. Thanks, Marisa! I'm glad you like my product tags. :) See her fabulous work at http://www.creativethursday.com/ and see the tags she's talking about in my August 22nd post.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Personal Pillows

Every now and again, I get around to making something for myself. The thing with me though, is I am easily bored with seeing the same contents in my home. But today, I'm liking and having big plans for these pillows.
Next week or next month...who knows? Some very thrilled and appreciative friends will be happy to inherit them. :)
The pillow on top was made out of new and recycled fabric scraps of different lengths and widths that I sewed into an appliqued, patch-work square. The yellow pillow is a cotton, mod fabric that I've loved and had so long. They were scrappy pieces of all shapes that I knew I'd use one day. The backside of both pillows are from a recycled sheet purchased from a thrift store. The green pillow is from new fabric I recently scored from a flea market that I now regularly frequent.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Funky Pincushions

These are the "baby" pincushions I spoke about earlier. The "mama" pincushions can be seen in the July 30th post. The designs are hand drawn and appliqued to the tops.

Friday, August 24, 2007


I am now on Flickr! Yay! The old school girl who knows nothing about technology is finding her way around the computer folks. Websites, blogs and now flickr...wow! I finally got around to creating a flickr account yesterday and I received a lovely compliment from Carambatack (aka Annette Mangseth) who likes my tags. This, too, is exciting because this woman makes the most fabulous, out of this world tags. They are just beautiful! Check them out at flickr under the name Carambatack. Wish I could show them to you but I'm not quite there yet...don't know how to upload photos from other places. Here are a few more of my handmade tags. Actually, this batch isn't quite done and I think some will be made into business cards. Happy Friday folks!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Recycled Handmade Tags

I have a new line of products (pillows, coasters, aprons, potholders and sachets) coming out next month and I've been sweating about tags and labels the past couple of weeks. Being a painter and not a graphic designer, I don't know much about the various programs available to make whatever and I don't really want to order labels and tags. Since I'd prefer to keep with the handmade feel of things through and through, I realized I may as well do what I am familiar with - make them myself. Here is the result. Enjoy!
I combined my two favorite elements with these product tags - the handmade element and recycling. I utilized things like brown paper bags, cereal boxes and saltine cracker boxes.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Timely & Free Acquisitions

I am so psyched! I hit some tag sales over the weekend and hit the jackpot - a guy who didn't want to throw away a huge amount of vintage craft magazines and books. I happened to be there at the right time to skip away with my new collection...and I'm still skipping :) :)

Fabric Acquisitions

Add ImageIt's 4:51 on Tuesday afternoon and this photo finally uploaded. (whew!) All day I've been caught in a digital-photo-upload-nightmare. I haven't posted because I didn't want to take the time to figure it out but since I have a new line of goods coming out next month, I had to tackle the problem. Anyway, I acquired some new fabrics from a flea market over the weekend - a striped polyester (bottom), a pink polyester (center) and a beautiful green cotton with a soft almost baby blue woven into it. I was so in love with the green that it inspired pillows and other projects that will be available for sale in September.