March ~ Hodgepodge

Hello my lovely friends!
I just had a ‘meh’ – moment – I hope you don’t mind me telling you about it real quick!
Last week I heard that Garth Brooks is coming to Des Moines! 😍 EEEEK – that’s only 3 hours away! Now there is someone I’ve been waiting to see for…well, let’s say a looooong time, and leave it at that!  😉 Tickets went on sale at 10 am. At 8:45 I go to the website, click on ‘get tickets’ – just to check out the seating chart, prices etc. …so I thought. I landed in a ‘virtual waiting room’! So I waited…I set my alarm for 9:55, not that I went back to sleep, but I didn’t wanna sit there for over an hour, staring at the same page (they warned me not to leave the page, I’d go to the back of the line) uh-oh – can’t have that. 10 o’clock came and went, still waiting. At 10:10 they added another show  – still waiting – at 10:25 they added yet another show – you guessed it, I’m still waiting. Now it’s 1:30, another show was added, and all that’s left are tickets on the 3rd level, way in the back. In the rafters? About a mile away from the stage? Eh – no! Long story short – there was my ‘meh’ moment – I didn’t get the tickets. MEH 😕   Next stop is in Fargo, ND…about 10 hours away! Tickets go on sale next Friday. I’ll let you know! 🤘

Sitting there I had some time to think about my next project! It’s going to be a
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Double Dreamcatcher   💖  I’ve made a sketch so we know what it’s supposed to look like…

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    When I gave up on Garth I gathered the supplies…

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    Now in theory I know how this works (should work!) But somehow I see a lot of doing and undoing in my nearest future 😂      I’ll let you know!

    2.  I’m planning a longer blog-post (hopefully with an interview) about my visit to the National Silk Art Museum in Weston, MO. I visited Mr. John and his museum last Saturday (it’s just a skip and a hop up the street from my shop) What an amazing place! I didn’t know what to expect – for some reason I pictured silk panels, and -paintings. Boy, was I wrong. There you can find the most amazing collection of antique silk weavings. Until then I didn’t even though these pieces (and artform) exist(s).
    Mr. John is the founder and curator, he finds, cleans, and frames these beautiful pieces. He doesn’t charge admission, but accepts donations.
    I decided to help out a little. I designed a necklace – with silk fringe, of course – and a large portion of the sale of each necklace I will donate to the museum.

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    3.   What’s new in the shop? you ask…Bracelets! I’ve really neglected that part of my jewelry line for a while. Here are some new designs Inspirational Quotes and Leather Bracelets with interchangeable focals
    Please take a look…

    Speaking of Bracelets…do you play ‘Ring-around-the-Rosie’ when you try to put yours on? I know I do – so I was very happy to find this little tip…
    *you can use a safety pin or a paper clip

    How nifty is that?

    Alrighty then – time to plan dinner! Or maybe we’ll go out! Even better! 😋

    Have a lovely weekend! 😘 I hope to see you next time❣
    ’til then
    ~Tina xoxo

 

Dreamcatchers ~ The Story

Dreamcatchers ~ I love them…and I’m thinking it’s safe to assume that you do too, or you  wouldn’t be here, right?! 😍
There is something about these dainty creations that fascinates me. When I look at one, I can see the black shadows of nightmares getting tangled in the net, while the airy and happy dreams slip through the hole and slide down the feathers to the sleeper.
As I was sitting in my studio, tying and knotting the delicate web inside a hoop, I started to wonder about the inspiration, the reason. Well, I know they originate with the Native-Americans, I know about the nightmares being captured, and disappearing with the light of day. But what’s the story, the legend? So I did some research. After a little digging – visiting various websites, clicking on numerous links, I got lucky! I found the beautiful tale about the origin of the dreamcatcher…

Dreamcatchers originate with the people of the Ojibwe Tribe. Through intermarriage and trade they were later embraced by neighboring nations. Ancient tales of the Ojibwe people speak of the children’s caretaker, Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi (the inanimate form of the word for spider of the Ojibwe people is ‘asabikeshiinh’) She is said to have taken care of all the children and people on the land.
As the Ojibwe nation began to fan out and settled all over North America, it was difficult for Asibikaashi to protect all the children. The mothers and grandmothers started weaving magical webs, using willow hoops and sinew, and would hang the charm above the cribs and beds to protect the wee ones from nightmares.

And so, thanks to Asibikaashi, and the mothers and grandmothers of the Ojibwe people, we get to enjoy these beautiful charms and are blessed with their protective powers.

Here are some Dreamcatchers I made over the past few weeks…

 

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They even found their way into my jewelry…

As always ~ Thank you so very much for visiting! 💖
’til next time
~Tina xoxo

 

Newsletter ~ ‘Pendants of the Loom’ and other fun things

Hellooooo ~ Monday again….and the end of August already – can you believe it?! I hope you had a great summer! Are you looking forward to autumn? I sure do – I love the cool, crisp mornings, the color palette, the clothes, and, of course, my boots! Can’t wait for boot-weather! 😀 Have you seen the fun boot accessories I started making last year? Those were a big hit at the store, so for this year I made more! Take a look ….

1. Boot ~ Bling

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Here’s a close-up…

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2. New store deco

As you know, I’ve been working on the store expansion over the last few months. The flooding we had set us back a bit, so this has been taking longer than anticipated. But, it’s all finished now! Yay! This week I added the last touch (well, for now).
Wait…I’m getting to the new deco…gotta set the stage….
When we took out the back wall, we exposed a metal beam, that is, while very important, not very pretty. Plus the ceiling is very high, making the space look huge and kinda cold. And I like it cozy! I kept eyeing it, trying to come up with something to break up the space, something pretty that reflects my style and sets the mood. The obvious solution – curtains! But that’s boring, right?!    Then last week I had an idea. I still had a lacy curtain from years ago, I found it right away in my ‘curtains and drapes I don’t need anymore’ closet  (yes, I do have one of those 🙂 ), cut the lace into 2″ x 5′ strips (lucky for me the curtain was 5′ long) and fastened the ribbon to a curtain rod with a lark knot. The rods I attached to the beam, using C-clamps (that’s an idea I’m quite proud of 🙂 ) Now I’m happy! It looks warm and inviting, a little bohemian – just the way I like it.                                            I’m glad you’re still with me, by the way! ❤ But the wait is over…here’s the picture…

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3. Pendants of the Loom

Remember last week I had started weaving pendants for the new Fall-Line?! Well, I’m happy to report that the first pendant is finished, off the loom, and made into a necklace.

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The pendant is attached to a safety pin ~ I love working with safety pins, they give everything a slightly edgy look, without overpowering, taking over the design. The Quartz crystal is dyed a light purple.                                                                                I do believe I will be making more of these pretties! What do you think? You like?

4. News from my succulent family

Look at this! The succulent family is growing … we got to welcome a wee offspring! ❤

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5. Crystal~Quartz

….is a beautiful gemstone, isn’t it? I really do love it, and am attaching it to every design lately! All I have in my stash right now are colored stones. Those are dyed crystal-quartz pendants, but the clear ones are on order! 🙂
I found some great info about this gorgeous gem online (I perused the charmsoflight.com website)
“Crystal Quartz will amplify energy and thought, and is known as the ‘master healer’. It is believed to absorb, store, release, and regulate energy. It aids in concentration (yes, please!!!) and unlocks memory.”
If you like to know more, I recommend visiting this website
I love their header, which is now my ‘bottom line’ 🙂
❤ Harmony ❤ Energy ❤ Healing ❤ Psychic abilities ❤ Clarity ❤ Calmness
Thanks for staying with me … that’s it for now. Have a great week! As always, I’m looking forward to hearing from you, finding out what you think of all this! ❤
Love    Tina    xoxox

Pendants from the loom – but first – this….

Hello and ‘Good Morning’ my friends! ☺ Happy ‘National 2nd hand wardrobe day’!                                                                                                                                                                          Are you a thrifty shopper? I am, and I love it! I don’t like malls, department stores never have what I’m looking for…unlike 2nd hand stores and Thrift shops! A good friend of mine is the proprietor of a beautiful resale shop, and I never leave her boutique without a bag full of beautiful ‘like new’ clothes! If you’re ever in Weston, Missouri, make sure to stop in ‘My Sister’s Closet’ for some amazing finds. Your pocketbook (and your hubby) will thank you! 😁

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This is a coat I got there last year…I show you this, because it comes with a funny story. The first time I wore it, a lady asked me where I got it. When she heard it was from a resale shop, knowing there was not going to be another one, she gave me her card and asked me to call her when I’m ready to sell it to her!                                        I haven’t called her yet! LOL

In Jewelry News…    My ‘Autumn Line’ is still in the early planning stages ~ but there’s one thing I can tell you already…there will be handwoven ‘Pendants of the Loom’. Let me show you what I have so far

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I repurposed my bead~loom, because it’s just the right size for pendants. The warp is cotton, and now I’m experimenting with different yarns for the weft, or filling.

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Stay tuned…(hopefully) soon I can show you the finished necklace!

Until then please take care, and I hope you’ll come back for more!

Love                                                                                                                                                                                              ~Tina xoxo

Woven Wallhanging ~ Part II

?Hello ~ me again! 🙂                                                                                                                                                                     I’m very happy to report that my weaving (the one on the canvas frame – see previous post) is finished and hanging on my bedroom wall. The finishing touches took a little longer than expected. I added the pompom-fringe (my favorite part! – I told you I love fringe! I think I’m a little obsessed with it! 😉 ) and wrapped the top bar in yarn. Now…without further ado ….here she is!

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Here are some detail photos….

20150819_152011The pompom – fringe! 😀

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That’s it for today! Please come back soon for more creative news!

Tata for now! Thanks for reading!

~Tina xoxo

Looking back on my summer

Hello and ‘Good morning’ ~ and a good morning it is!

We woke up to a cool (AND non-humid!!!) day. 56 degrees and a little cloudy…feels like heaven!                          Fall is near, and with it comes a new planning stage for my business. See, Fall and early Winter is the busiest season in Weston, the small historic town where I have my store. But first let me tell you what I’ve been doing the last few weeks – the jewelry creations in my  new lines ‘Bohemian Dreams’ and ‘Simply delightful’ found new homes – which is always a little bittersweet (’cause I do form a bond with every piece on my worktable), but exciting nonetheless. Here are a few pictures…

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Then, a few weeks ago, after a particularly heavy thunder+ rainstorm, my store flooded. A foot of water            (yes, 12″!!!!) found it’s way in, bringing a lot of mud with it. Ugh! After the water receded, there was about 1/2″ of mud left behind. I spare you the sight, it wasn’t pretty! Clean-up took a few days…but I was very lucky to have customers and friends stop by to lend a helping hand, and moral support!

In between all that I found some time to weave – my latest passion. I made a few small wall-hangings, and I’m just finishing up a piece that’s about 2′ x 5’….yes, you did read that right – 2 feet x 5 feet! Pretty ambitious, huh?You’re probably wondering -How? Why? Well, for that I have to go back a little.                                                   When we bought our house a few years back, I found myself facing a lot of empty walls. Some of them pretty big. One day, while grocery shopping I saw these pictures, print on canvas over a frame – you guessed it, 2′ x 5′. The motif was kinda nice – a landscape with lavender fields, and a little farmhouse in the background. So, I bought it, and up it went. It just wasn’t very artistic, ….well, it’s a print. Painting over it was not an option – I’m very inept with pencils/pens/paintbrushes. So, I took the canvas off the frame, made the warp, and started weaving. Let me show you….

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Now the weaving is done! Yay! Time to add the fringe…I love fringe, need fringe! 😀

I guess that’s it for now – I hope you’ll be back for more! Lots of new and exciting ideas rushing around in my head.

Until next time – I’m always looking forward to (and enjoy) hearing from you!

Take care

~Tina  xoxo

Weaving and Beads

In my latest project I got to combine two of my favorite things – Yarn and Beads.

When I saw a photo showing a crumbling brick wall with flowers spilling over the edge, I wondered if this image could be turned into a woven wall-hanging. I took out my sketch book and started doodling.

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Not a work of art by any means, but putting pencil to paper gave me time to ponder how to execute my idea… the various components, the how-to.

I gathered everything I needed – that took a few days. I ordered rectangular marble beads, visited my favorite yarn shop, and finally had the whole caboodle lined up.

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I strung the beads onto the yarn and began warping my little loom.

Weaving around the beads was time consuming – but I was quite pleased with the result. Since the beads are only in the bottom half of the (sideways) weaving, finishing the top half was a lot faster. It started to look like the picture – the one I had in my head, not the one on paper 😉 )

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Out came the wool roving and my newly acquired felting tool (love that thing!)

I punched, and punched ~ and flowers appeared on top of the ‘wall’!

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I am very pleased that I could turn an idea and vision into something physical, something I can hang on my wall and enjoy every day.

Here it is…

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