Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Big Giveaway Feature

My birch bark earrings are among the many GREAT giveaways this week over at

Be sure to head over there and check out the many items being given away by November's sponsors. Just think of all of the goodies you can get for FREE... I see a thrifty Christmas in your future!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A sneak peak at some special pieces...

 I've been really getting into making necklaces lately. I am an earring girl, through and through. I've started purchasing some necklaces for myself and I'm "learning" how to wear them regularly. It's started a resurgence of me making necklaces, which have been so popular that they don't make it to my etsy shop... my friends have been purchasing them so fast! So today my goal is to make several necklaces to post to my shop so everyone can share in my new passion!

Asymetrical necklaces are a treat. This piece was made with a found resin and floral charm. Found in the sense that they were originally a pair of earrings and I lost one of the earrings. I've been holding onto this charm for several years waiting for it to tell me what it wanted to be. Now a friend owns it and it has a brand new journey to enjoy:

Another magical piece that I've enjoyed creating for special requests: Bracelets. If there's anything I'm less apt to wear than a necklace it's a bracelet. Again, earring girl here. But a couple of my friends have been asking me for bracelets so I answer the call. And what a pleasure it has been to make them! I even specially bought some nice rainbow agate and fire agate focal beads to make more bracelets for my etsy shop. 
This first bracelet is made of enamel covered penny beads that I get from a local bead shop (who gets them from a local bead maker) here in Maine. These four penny beads represent my friend Alisha's four children (3 boys and 1 girl). 

Here are a couple examples of some earrings I've created with these same penny beads:

More necklaces, bracelets, and Constant Galore coming soon!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Teacup Pincushions

A couple of years ago I grabbed some great vintage teacups and my sewing needle and whipped up this idea for pincushions. I was collecting teacups with no real purpose in mind. Here and there I would pot a plant in this one and use that one as a catch-all on my desk. Then I thought: pincushions. Sturdy, classy, and those little saucers would hold all of your odds and ends!

This yellow vintage one was the first of them all (already sold!) : 

And a fun collection of colorful teacups and even more colorful fabrics and I suddenly had a collection of these things. You can find many of these and more still available in my etsy shop:

1) This rad yellow milk pitcher is fitted with a bright purple floral fabric 2) This pastoral scene is complimented with the red floral fabric, no saucer 3) That dahlia fabric is just stunning 4) Gold rimmed with pansy fabric 5) vintage Japanese pottery with floral cushion 6) bright red cushion with black and white checkered saucer.

So fun to create and super colorful to dress up your sewing room!
Visit the pincushion section of my Etsy Shop for more details and other styles.
You can find my entire shop here