Just made this. I think it took about my whole life to get to this. But this is it...
30 May 2010
23 May 2010
White, pink, ochre, coral, crimson and black...
And this little dear gal who sorted all her buttons into colorways also saved....
bless her heart....
her buttons cards.
And friends, four dollars later, all of the above was mine. I am glad they went to me because I do believe I share that little lady's joy in these buttons right along beside her.
A stolen hour last weekend with Sparkle the Esquire and I own these matchbooks. Why?
Not sure but Kimmie bought the other bag and I had to have them.
That is a 1969 copy of a 1908 Sears catalog. And a chemistry text, of course.
16 May 2010
12 May 2010
I received another unsolicited gift. This from Renee. While she lives in northeastern Oklahoma, we met in classes at an Oklahoma City paper store (still can't get on their email list, wth?). She also went to Silver Bella last November. She kept to herself. I just figured Jemellia and I were a bit much for her. I mean, some people don't want to have a margarita while they eat key lime pie. That is what being with Je and me is like, I think. It's a...lot.
I ran into Renee in a class a couple of weeks ago. I love seeing her. I guess because she is nice, seems a little mysterious and also seems mature. Like a grown-up. Centered? Yes, that's it. I love that in people, right? I took a picture of her train case. She had this beautiful embroidery piece there. Look, you can see a little bit of each of us in this photo.
Inside was this box with an embroidered top.
Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
A note I will not reveal was something about going through the contents of this box. Curiosity. Distraction. The things we need when under stress, in crisis, hurting.
I haven't gone through it.
I just want to take my time. Be with myself. And curiosity. And feel close to Renee.
Who is less of a mystery and yet, even more interesting than ever...
One thousand thank-yous, Renee.
I receive the sentiment, labor and love.
09 May 2010
06 May 2010
04 May 2010
In March, my twirly, sparkle Kim suggested I take a soldering class with her. We did a whirlwind road trip to Dallas to Heather Ales' Soldering Class. Heather really knows her way around a hot tool. She knows how to work it and how not to get burned. She taught us like the well trained Madam of the Tool she is. Here is my first piece.
Oh and there's Charlotte Perez, vital, vivacious, a bit of a vixen. Oh I like her...
Of course home, alone, I struggled. BUT the great thing about soldered charm making is there are many steps. It only takes a few minutes to sit down with the images and blade (oooh, a sharp tool) and make small collages. Time and energy have been so limited around here that my wee collages themselves have been such a respite. You can accomplish something really sweet in such a little time.
I have had three soldering sessions and have come up with these charms.
Here are a couple completed necklaces.
Here is my favorite. I have always been drawn to chairs. Perhaps I just like sitting but mostly it is about form, function and textile.
I used images of my old button cards for the back and some encouraging words meant to be worn against the skin.
I hope I have made Heather proud. I know I am.
Thanks for the new skill Heather, what a pleasure it is.
That's what she said...