Thursday, January 29, 2015

Spring Has Sprung

A Spring themed Pin~Keep.
Vintage China Egg Cup with hand~painted Roses in Red & Pink.
 A tiny wool pincushion for your Needles & Pins.
 And a wee mouse to keep you company as you stitch.
 I know a lot of you are enduring mighty bad weather right now so I thought I would try to cheer you with this Spring themed Pin~Keep. Have faith that better weather is around corner and that blue skies and soft breezes will soon be heading your way!  
This piece will be available for Adoption in my up and coming Etsy sale. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Also, I have to change the date of my sale to Sunday February 8th at 3pm Pacific Time.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Blue Valentine

A nautical themed Sailor's Blue Valentine 
Pin-keep complete with cross stitched anchor. 
Perched on top...a little grey mouse in a wee woolly coat.
A little satin bow, a few rusty pins...a small string of old shell buttons...simple things from simpler times.
Hand crocheted trim around the edges. Stained and weathered fabric ticking, little stitches here and there...
Chase the Winter Blues away.

This piece and a few others will be available for adoption in my Etsy store on Sunday, February 1st at 3:30pm Pacific Time. If you should have any questions regarding this Valentine`s Day Pin-Keep please feel free to contact me.

Mice R Nice

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Seaside Studio

Happy New Year to everyone...I figured it was about time that I shared my new space with you. It's hard for me to believe but I have been working here for six months already!
Its just a tiny place, 9x10 feet...but it is ever so cozy and inviting. I admit it felt pretty weird to get up in the morning and get ready to go to work instead of just padding down the hall in my bare feet and PJ's to work in my home studio. Do I miss being able to work in my PJ's...sure, but it doesn't compare to the feeling I get when I arrive at my new little piece of heaven away from home.
I love that I can spread those doors wide in spring, summer and fall and let the birdsong and breezes in...and enjoy the view of that big old Maple tree. I even have a cat who visits me and a resident squirrel who chats away in the branches by my door.
I had a local carpenter craft me some big old cedar shelves that go all the way to the ceiling...When I open up in the morning the scent of cedar greets me and cheers me. I love that I have so much space now to store my supplies. It was a wise move to get floor to ceiling shelves. 
I also like that I get lots of visitors...especially in the summer and fall when all the tourists are visiting. I have met so many wonderful people and have had some interesting chats about my work and studio space. 
It's been funny to watch people peer through my doorway, then they slowly come inside to look at all the curiosity's that line my shelves...I have been told that my studio makes them feel young again and I have heard them say..."It feels really good in here!" Good energy is a wonderful thing to share.
This space is still a work in progress and I have left lots of space on the walls to hang my hooked rugs and perhaps more shelves. As time moves along I know it will become even more magical, warm and inviting. 
For now I am content knowing that I have a sweet spot to share with all my wee friends...mice and rabbits; cats and bats...treasured books and glass jars filled with glitter.
Imagination and creativity...I let my mind wander to new places. To dream up new things, hands and heart to work.
I am thinking of what is to come this new year...all the things that I would like to do. Every morning when I arrive at my studio I take a little walk down to the ocean which is a short stroll away...and I stand at the end of the pier and gaze into the sun...and I look around at this beautiful place...and I am thankful!
Peace and well a world so full of strife...look inward and know what is important...the little things around you, the everyday routines that make up our lives. They are important and special...treasure these times because that can go away in an instant. I live in a place of peace and beauty and I am grateful!
My wish for all of you is that you too find your sweet spot...your place of peace and beauty.
May this New Year bring you happiness and contentment and joy in family, friends and creative endeavors!

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