Sunday, December 13, 2009


Now that my outdoor market season is over, I was finally able to make it to one of the Saturday workshops hosted at The Woman's Industrial Exchange. This week, local artist Milana Duthie (who also seems to have the cutest collection of boots!) demonstrated a few bookbinding techniques. First we learned how to make a tiny accordian fold book, some steps of which I did remember from way back in my days at Shippensburg. I love loved my orange paper cover and the butcher string ties look very clever. I think I'll use the design to make a larger book for the boys' Santa photos.

The second book we did in journal style and learned the stab binding technique. At first I thought it would be great to teach in my next art session for Boy I wonder how wise it would be to hand out awls to half a dozen boys. Hmmmm....

Thursday, November 12, 2009


We attended our friends' wedding this weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. I must say it was a perfectly beautiful weekend from the Low Country rehearsal barbeque at the Palmer Home to the High Cotton reception. It was lots of delicious food from one place to the next and an introduction to Firefly sweet tea cocktails for me. Sunday was our wind-down day where the boys went to watch the game and the girls went to visit Boone Hall Plantation. I wish we could have spent more time exploring...especially through the trees! But I took some lovely reference photos for a painting or two this winter.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

MONDAY HON...on Tuesday

I planned to post this yesterday but it took me a while to figure out my new phone! Monday Hon posts will be all the little (and sometimes big) reasons that I love-love Baltimore.

So for this inaugural post...I chose The Great Halloween Lantern Parade!!

The parade celebrated it's tenth anniversary this year - it's so hard to belive I was there for the first one! It is quite a spectacle with stilt-walkers, impromptu bands, human lanterns and Halloween costumes all rolled through the dark paths inside Patterson Park. The best part is that anyone can jump in line with their lantern and join the amazingly alternating raucous and solemn creep through the trees. Our favorite spot is always right behind a jazzy band of fellows playing slightly spooky music with brass and drums and even accordians. It usually ends with a Magic Lantern Show as the Grande Finale, projected on a huge screen. Kudos to the parade Director, Molly Ross, for a brilliant mesh of her fantastic vision with a truly community event!

Friday, October 16, 2009

GIVEAWAY opportunity!

I just love Amanda Johnson's blog: here's lookin' at me kid I swear some of her vintage clothing from the 70s and 80s came out of my closet! Amanda is hosting a give-away of one of my newest lovelies: a double-swag choker chain adorned with a shimmering fabric blossom in teal and green. So check out her blog between this Friday and next Wednesday to enter in a random drawing. I have also offered her readers a free with purchase deal which will be extended to you as well. If you make a purchase between now and October 31st, you will get a complimentary set of three Confetti Bangles! They are a super sweet design which are currently only made available at the markets. If you decide to make a purchase, just send me an email stating your wrist measurement and indicating whether you'd like rose/peach tones, blue green tones or neutrals.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Feeling Nostalgic...

It started last Sunday with an order for pink chiffon flower earrings...six days later I am still hooked on the same fabric - very "not like me"! My favorite completed work is this sweet pink and gray asymmetrical necklace. All of the elements remind me of different pieces of jewelry I cherished back in the 80s...some still sitting in the box on my vanity! Pink and gray recalls freshman year, a favorite checkered button down -belted and bloused of course - a poodle skirt party, and listening to Prince.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Page Marker

What a nice surprise to find out that one of my pieces was featured on Etsy's front page again...the "Julia" bookmark has a wonderful vintage picture button on a woodsy green velvet.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


It's been a bit too long since my last post - but I have been working away, let me tell ya! I have a new line of necklaces called The Cherry Theory (the name comes from a wonderful collaboration session with my husband). New pieces are being made every week, and it gets so busy I don't even have time to list them on Etsy. If you're local, the weekend markets are your best bet or The Exchange on Charles St. If you're not local, send me an email.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


First, if you shop downtown - be sure to check out the Exchange at 333 North Charles St. I am bringing in an armload of new goodies for fall in really hot colors! Check it out, September 1st!!

Saturdays at the Museum of Industry on Key Highway:
September 2, 12, 19
October 3,10,17,24

Sundays under the Jones Falls Expressway:
September 3, 13, 20
October 4, 11, 18, 25

Friday, August 14, 2009


Hey, Sailor! These are known to work every time...

Catch you on the boardwalk in Cape May this weekend, August 15th and 16th from 10-5...

Monday, August 3, 2009


Taking loads of brand new pieces to the markets this weekend:
August 8 - Baltimore Museum of Industry on Key Highway, 9am-1pm
August 9 - Baltimore Bazaar under the JFX, 8am-12pm

And next weekend is my big event in Jersey!
August 15-16th - Cape May Promenade Arts and Crafts on the boardwalk, 9am-5pm

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

off-white study plate no.1

Working on a handful of special orders this week - can't figure out which flowers to work with... I like them all together, (maybe too much to part with) and my new feathers for fall are going to be sweet! Yep - I am starting fall colors and the official summer weather is yet to be experienced here in Baltimore. Not having to use the air conditioner is bliss!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Etsy Front Page!

One of my rings made front page...the ring with a gray oyster shell fragment and three freshwater pearls is from my collection made with seashells from Cape May, NJ.

Friday, June 12, 2009


WBALtv did a news segment today on the Exchange...take a peek!

So I have used up about 10 seconds of my 15 minutes of fame, not bad!

Scissor Happy...

FINALLY... I waited two weeks for my Gingher shears to come into the fabric store...and it was worth the wait - they are a dream to cut with! The pair I had been using were very sentimental. They belonged to my mother and now I will mount them in a shadow box to hang in the studio...double happiness!


There's finally enough sunshine to take a picture of my newly blooming magnolias! The deck smells so fabulous I have moved out there with my sewing kit for the weekend!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tea Break!

Gearing up for the weekend, and getting more pretties ready of the Brigantine NJ Show on the 6th. If you are in the area, it at the 44th Street Sports Complex. Tons of vendors...and it benefits the Brigantine PTA!! Come and say hello :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Gypsy Rose

My newest pieces...sweet little headbands. I've been wearing them out and about around town, they are really not too formal looking for casual days. My first one I wore to Tio Pepe on an almost-our-anniversary date with my husband...something blue!

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Today was our first swim of the season. I am going home to impatiently wait for school to be over, and then packing my studio up and relocating to this oasis. I am not sure how much I will actually produce this summer...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


My son's school is having a May procession next week. I offered to make some hairpins and wrist corsages for the girls...they turned out so sweet! Three tiny white blossoms set on vintage seam binding...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

What's In The Box??!!

Just did some pics of my packaging for my Etsy listings...I found cute blue grosgrain that almost matches my new business cards. Little things!! Getting prepped for FlowerMart tomorrow and then the TriCity Arts in Asbury Park in two weekends...YIKES!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

FLOWER MART is coming!

FlowerMart is an annual event here in my neighborhood - held this year on May 1st and 2nd. Vendors gather around the Washington Monument...the original one - which was even referenced by Melville in Moby Dick. It's a true Baltimore event where you can enter a fabulous hat contest and buy the locally revered lemon well as fresh flowers and nursery plants. Some of my pieces will be there at the booth for the Womans Industrial Exchange!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

attack of the ToothMonsters

These are so soft and to make! Tuck your lost tooth down their gullet and see what they cough up in the morning....

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

a corner of my little studio

Leaving for the weekend - my workdesk looks so empty without the sewing machine! Look out for some monsters on my return...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Poppy Pins

I started making these pretties as brooches, but then turned a few into hair pins as well. A very gypsy look!

Busy day - not enough time to get things done...but very excited I was invited to participate in the Tri City Arts Tour in Asbury Park and have also applied to a late summer fair in Cape May. I just love Jersey in the summer!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I just finished my first few SecretKeeper dollies! They are a spin off of the Kokeshi dolls made in Japan. Super-cute printed fabric stuffed with natural bamboo fibers which are super soft and naturally antibacterial. Each little doll will come with a full size pillowcase which has a sweet little pocket for them to sleep in. Your little girl can whisper her secrets and dreams each night before bed...the Keeper will put them in her little pouch. She may even be able to hold a lost tooth for any fairies that pop by....

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Ok - I just joined Twitter...have no idea what I'm doing there! But Todd Marrone is there and that is entertainment value in and of itself. Good for mini-breaks from the studio!

My creative ADD is in full gear...too many projects at once! But I am excited about the Kokeshi dolls I am working on...hope to finish them by tomorrow and post a pic before I take them down to the Exchange. I did a whole bunch of banners last week but forgot to photograph them. They looked awesome draped, overlapping each other, on the table like colorful fish scales. My friend saw it and thought it was a really interesting apron. Umm, yeah, for the Jolly Green Giant?! but it did get me thinking...giggle

Monday, March 9, 2009


I just spent the weekend ambling all over New York City searching for little treasures...and can't wait to get to work on some new baubles this week!

My first (and ultimately favorite) stop was Tender Buttons. What a magical place! After reading some not-so-nice reviews online, I must say I was really WOWed once I found it. The shop is very petit and quaint...and the atmosphere is like a library and museum in one. I was in love immediately...and was hesitant to even post this find because I really want this place as a secret all to myself!

The reviews had mentioned rude staff members, but let me tell you...the only attitudes I encountered were coming from two different customers. "Can't you MATCH a button for me?!" was a comment from one lady who was running one clerk all over the place, pulling out box after box. I'm sorry - if you can't match buttons to a white blouse on your own what does that say about you??

Wait until you see what I whip up...check this week and next!

Another place I cruised was the flea market in Hell's Kitchen! I did get a little handful of unusual goodies there as well.

The rest of the time was, of course, spent eating (YUM!) and showing my husband all of the places I would be willing to live if he wants me to move to the city.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Weary of the Dreary

(long sigh) it ever gonna be warm? No sunshine today so my studio is looking a little gray. At least I am having fun with some projects for Flower Mart. I just finished this sweet little brooch with a lovely William Morris style print, some of my shimmery vintage seam binding and a teeny bit of sparkle from a faceted glass bead - and I must say it looks nice on my black tee, so maybe I will give it a "test run" for the day. (smiles) You see...sunshine just peeked through the clouds with that idea!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I am in love with the tiny portraits on front - with the names of some real pirates, no less!


Pirate banners this time ...this one reverses and you could probably personalize the back with words or a name.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Little Boy Blue

Here's a close up of one of the nursery rhyme panels...

Jack and Jill

My "first draft" for some banners I am working on...not bad! I love the adorable nursery rhyme fabric. It has three slightly larger panels with Mary Had A Little Lamb, Jack and Jill, and Little Boy Blue. It is reversable with red n white and blue n white dots on the back side.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Front Page News

I was checking through my etsy shop this morning and was surprised to see that I had gotten a lot of hits on my rings. Apparently I was featured on the front page of the Etsy website last night...very exciting! I celebrated by washing my truck...oozing layers of pink suds made it very festive!

See it here...the front page theme was LIBRARIANS

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Favor in Return

I finished an assemblage ring from yesterday's favor box. The star is perched an inch off the ring itself..cute and commanding at the same time. I like it that way!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Do Me A Favor?

I was so sad to miss Mary's Valentine-Making party this weekend...but, lucky me, she saved one of the favors to give to me! I thought it was the most adorable idea and wanted to share...a candy box filled with sweet treats for making Valentine cards. I am already thinking thinking of different ways to use them...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Rock Candy!

Finished a tray of pretty baubles for the Exchange...these were really fun to do. (I had fun finishing off the chocolates to use the tray, too!) Working on a couple more things...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

One Ringy Dingy...Two Ringy Dingy...

I am so excited about what's going on in the studio today! I've been wondering what to do with all the quirky buttons and beads that aren't quite right for the bookmarks I am currently creating. I started making a ring for my sister-in-law the other day with some I am on a roll it seems. I did a line for the Exchange called "Rock Candy"!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Book Stack

My current reads are "Angela's Ashes" (second time around) and "Eclipse" (part of the Twilight series). Two at once, but I can't help myself! When I hit the library I actually usually get 6-8 books...I am not sure why because my library is only a few blocks away. It's just greed, I guess.

My friend had been recommending Twilight for months...badgering actually. To the point I was bruised. So I had some extra dollars on a gift card after Christmas and went for it, even though I was pretty embarrassed carrying a young adult book to the register at my age.

I got home and started to read...and was immediately hooked. Now I am more embarrassed with myself. But what makes it any different from reading (and enjoying) the Harry Potter series or the Chronicles of Narnia, other than the fact that I am actually reading those to my children at night? I think because it may suggest mid-life crisis!