December 9, 2016

Studio Sale Dec 10

We do this every year.  We (hubby and I) open our home to our family and friends, and the lovely patrons who support the independent artisan that I am, and we share food and wine and cheer.  My equally lovely artisan friends will be in attendance with their meticulous handwork.

Whether you come for food & drink, shopping, a studio tour or all three, you are warmly welcome to join us.  We hope to see you this Saturday, December 10.  The door will be open from 11a to 3p.

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November 25, 2016

Artisan Market at Union Cowork

What're you doing on Dec 2, Friday night?  Come see us at 1010 Coast Highway in Encinitas California from 6p to 9p.  This show benefits Community Resource Center.   Come on out for shopping, food and drink.  See you there!

Jewelry by True Love Remembers
Jewelry byt These Stones Will Shout
Mariette Martin Photography Notecards

November 17, 2016

Talmadge Art Show

You know this show -- it's the best in San Diego County with over 85 artists and artisans.  There are food trucks and, now, the producers have included four art classes.  *FUN!*  Come out and see us at this location on Sunday, November 20.  We'll be there from 10a to 4p.  You will not be disappointed.

As for me, follow your nose to the scent of lavender.  And remember I now have aprons ready to take home, sewn from cotton that was handspun, hand-dyed and handwoven, and from an area just outside of Shanghai.  Lovely stuff, this textile.  The pattern is from The Sewing Workshop and stitched for sale with their kind permission.

November 12, 2016

Olivenhain Arts & Crafts Fair

Thank you to everyone who came out to the annual Olivenhain Arts & Crafts Fair.  We had a lovely turnout with wonderful guests, and beautiful weather to boot.  I am grateful for your support of independent artisans.

Olivenhain Arts & Crafts Fair

Thank you to everyone who came out to the annual Olivenhain Arts & Crafts Fair.  We had a lovely turnout with wonderful guests, and beautiful weather to boot.  I am grateful for your support of independent artisans.

November 4, 2016

Artisan Festival 2016

This Sunday, I will be hawking my wares.  The event will be at the beautiful Temple Emanu-El in the Del Cerro neighborhood of San Diego from 9a to 3p.  I hope to see you for a hug and a hello.

My newest offering is an apron much like the one I wear at shows.  Now you can have one as well.  Each apron is made from fabric which was spun, indigo-dyed and then woven by women on an island near Shanghai.  The ladies used to keep the cloth for their dowries and, back in the day, the quality was the measure of a potential bride.  The textile is 100% cotton and is machine washable and dryable.  Mine has gotten a lot of abuse and it holds up sturdily through repeated washings.  The ties go around your waist where you might hang a dishcloth while preparing meals.  The aprons are suitable for all genders and have a generous double-pocket on the front, large enough for a cell phone.  Choose yours from among various woven patterns, primarily indigo-blue or indigo and white.  My friend Johanna wears it well.  The pattern is by, and I am selling what I've sewn with their kind permission.

October 5, 2016

Managing a Mess of Minky

You know the scene you have after cutting Minky fabric -- snow everywhere.  My trusty 1.5 hp canister vac was the knight in shining armor that rescued me.  Fringe on a no-sew blanket received the full treatment, severely reducing lint that would otherwise clog the washing machine and the dryer.  It made quick work of the table and floor mess too.

September 30, 2016

Bernette ProGlide Iron, 1994

This iron has been with me since 1994.  That's a long life for an appliance.  Bernina/Bernette hasn't made such things in many years, and I consider myself fortunate it's still going strong.  All other brands went kaput within a couple of years.

For a long time, the iron seemed to have a worn cord, and a clicking sound and a red flash of the power light confirmed it.  If my Dad lived closer, he would have repaired my iron in a jiffy.  However, I am my father's daughter and knew I could fix it myself.  After an online search for common issues, I got busy taking it apart.  Sure enough, it was a worn cord, as evidenced by the second photo.  See my repair work below.  We're back in business.

After removing a screw, I could take off the base.
Wear and tear on the cord shows where it rubbed against the plastic housing.
I cut away the worn cord, stripped the wires, reattached and capped the new connection.

April 29, 2016

It's time for Talmadge Art Show

Mother's Day will be here before you know it.
Are you ready to celebrate, to give gratitude, to show love and spoil the woman who is your one and only mom?  There's no one like her and, when you give the gift of handmade, that gift is one-of-a-kind too.

Dear friends, come see me for a hug and hello at Talmadge Art Show this Sunday, from 10a to 4p.  Let your nose lead you to the scent of lavender which fills my booth.  I'll have my usual complement of textile goods and beaded treats -- all new and recently made -- ready to take home to Mom.

Remember, Talmadge Art Show is in a new location with plenty of on-site parking. Click "directions" below to find us inside the Conference Center at Liberty Station.

If you cannot get to the show, please write for studio appointments.

Here's wishing you a wonderful summer.
❤️, Lauren

January 1, 2016


This would be my friend who lives across the street.  She was having a devil of a time with an upcoming milestone birthday, but she is sooooo fabulous that I didn't think the new decade would matter on her.  Over time, I hope she will discover this.  My friend is a dark-haired beauty with lush eyelashes, a taut figure from dedication to the gym and an enviable disposition.  On top of all that she's a Southern woman brimming with the classic charm that comes from being raised in Atlanta.  I love her to pieces!  The secret writing goes like this:  "Age is a matter of the mind; if you don't mind, it doesn't matter."  My friend is ageless.

8" x 10", acrylic and collage