August 31, 2009

"Desires of the Heart"

Desires of the Heart was my bridal accessories business in San Francisco. Everything was made-to-order, hence the name. Primarily, it was headpieces and veils. You might imagine how I loved this work with all the necessary handstitching, details and design work. Cloud-like veil samples hung on a blue wall. It was beautiful and I wish I had a picture to share. I learned a lot about myself with this business and closed it when pressures I put on myself outweighed the pleasure.

I used this Butterick pattern like crazy. Before laying out the pieces, I had to iron the tissue on low so it would lay flat on tulle. Now that I'm purging the sewing room closet, I'm feeling nostalgic about this pattern. I don't feel the same about the two Vogue patterns that got little use.

August 27, 2009

Apartment 303

Just before a party I hosted in my former SF apartment, I made this little quilt for the front door to indicate that it was a shoes-off dwelling (can you see the tennis shoes under the circle/slash?). Now I don't know what to do with it because I don't want it anymore, nor do I live there.

Just so you know, output around these parts is nill, nada, nothing. It's kinda refreshing to go through things and purge. Maybe I'll have a drawing soon, that is, if I find anything worthy.

By the way, as of Sunday, this blog is two years old. Happy birthday to it, heehee.

August 21, 2009

Get Well, Naomi

Today's post is dedicated to Naomi, who is mom to my great pal Sarah. Naomi begins her chemo treatment this afternoon. She's a tough one and I'm sure she will come back strong. Please send good wishes her way.

While all my supplies are boxed up for the studio renovation, I'll be knitting a lot of caps for UCSD's Moores Cancer Center.

August 19, 2009


"Compactum" was a company that made fitted armoires. Pretty cool piece of furniture, right? I've had this since about 1989 and have enjoyed it immensely. Now it's time to go. Here is the Craigslist post.

The left side held bolts of fabric and quilt batting. The right side held yarn, textile ink/pencils, beads, trim, knitting needles and crochet hooks. For now they are going into boxes until I can unload them in the renovated studio.

Please pass this on to anyone in San Diego county who may be interested. I have a GREAT contact for moving services -- we've used Relocation Engineers for two moves. They were professional, careful and didn't mishandle anything.

August 18, 2009


I'm getting rid of stuff. Well, some stuff. More coming as I pack up for renovations! See the Ebay listing here.

August 16, 2009

Thank You

I'm ever so grateful to customers who coveted my stitchery and gave them new homes. Thank you for coming out to support independent artists!

There is a good possibility that, if time allows, I will do one holiday show. Although I will not have new goods, there is remaining inventory for the gift-giving season. As you may know from reading this blog, my next chore is to pack up the studio for renovations.

Stay tuned!

August 9, 2009

Please Join Me

Saturday, August 15, 2009
10a to 4p
Encinitas Library -- Community Room
540 Cornish Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

Come and get it! Lavender pillows, quilts, dolls, and the final series of silk rag baskets...

I'm renovating the studio, so this is my last show until Spring 2010. You can still reach me by email for mail-order or local delivery. Of course, you’ll be the first to know if I squeeze in a show.

August 8, 2009

Remembering Details

Besides what you see here, I take macro photos of my work, esp the flowers and beads. It helps me to remember what I did. If you'd like to see a particular silk rag basket up close, there are more photos in prior posts -- scroll down to see as I worked on them! If you want to see them in person, they will be for sale at Talmadge Art Show being held next Saturday.

August 7, 2009


My hang tags are printed on card stock. I run them through my sewing machine with a size 14 needle (set aside just for paper) and no thread to make the perforations. They're cut with a rotary cutter (also set aside just for paper), then hole-punched. Oh yeah, almost forgot: I write the price on each tag too.

August 6, 2009

In the Studio

I haven't done a show in a while and the lavender in remaining inventory was from last season. Freshly-dried lavender has a clear, sharp scent, unlike year-old lavender. The old lavender is now going to mulch in my garden, and new lavender is in these pillows. I've been hand-stitching them closed.

Did you see this news item about the woman whose child's photo was posted in a Craigslist adoption scam? It is certainly causing me to rethink any personal photos I post here.

August 3, 2009

Getting Ready

It's been a while, hasn't it? By the time you're reading this, I'll be filling Chinese and Japanese pillows with newly harvested French lavender. The Talmadge Art Show is on August 15th. Please join me to see the work of 37 local artists.

A reader named Jimmy wrote to me, asking if others would be interested in filling out his survey about online fashion classes. I completed the survey and it only took one minute, and doesn't ask any personal questions. Wanna give it a go? If so, click here.