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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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26 November 2012

a little upcycling.....

Here I am again, so tardy updating this blog....I have been so busy getting ready for the one show I do a year...in fact this is my second year and my first having a booth all by myself...I will be okay as long as I get one of my family members to give me a couple potty breaks...I cannot give up my coffee that morning.

Thought I would share some of the up-cycling and re-purposing I have been doing for the show...The first is something I rarely do...working with clothing...but a recent trip to the thrift store I found this denim jacket for $7 and I could not resist! I had seen this done before many times, so WTH, I am going to try it. I also picked up a ruffled gauze skirt, I have not tackled it yet, but a loose plan is in place.

I bleached, and used sandpaper to bring about a more aged look. Coffee stained some lace and added one of my satin/lace burnt roses. Along the bottom I sewed a wide piece of vintage crochet to the inside of the jacket adding some length.


The jacket looks great with the gauze skirt. Both pieces are a little bit too big for me, but I can roll up the cuffs and take a tuck in the skirt...add some cowgirl boots and I am ready to go!

Another up-cycling project are these soft fluffly gloves I picked up on clearance at the end of last winter, so I did not pay too much for them. I had seen something similar done to up-cycle, so I added my own lace burnt roses as wonderful pretty touch.



Lastly, I love old jello molds! I bartered a trade with a good friend to get a whole bunch of these to re-purpose into pin cushions...what a great stocking stuffer!


joining in today with the party over at EtsyCottageStyle blog





02 November 2012

A piece Humble pie



The definition of

hum·ble   
not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.

Recently a friend of mine used the word "humble" in a facebook post in which she wanted to share her recent success with her art venue. She stated that she was a humble woman, but so proud of what she collectively accomplished, she want to toot her horn a little.
I had to agree, she is a successful, and extremely talented yet humble woman that has not forgotten what it was like to start at the bottom. Even tho she is extremely busy now, she remains committed to her customers, friends, and counterparts.

Then a few days later, in my haste to finish a project for my website, realized I was out of a couple supplies. So I headed over to etsy, found what I wanted, purchased and sent a convo to the seller asking "Is there was any possibility she could ship the next day priority mail as I am in need of the supplies quickly" 

The answer I got back shocked me..."if you want to upgrade your shipping there are options listed in my shop to purchase, otherwise you will be shipped in the order your purchase was received, I do not make one customer more important than another"
Wow, I didn't think I was asking to be more important than another customer, and I did pay priority rates, so I shouldn't have to pay more. I went back and looked at her shop and she was a very high volume seller so it is understandable she has lots of shipments everyday.
But the more I thought about it, I thought about how rude she was. I am very busy too, but I would never answer a customer request that negative manor if I could not full fill the request. So I convo'd her back and requested to cancel my order and to tell her that I did not appreciate her negative response that I had asked to be more important than her other customers.
Her response back was "I cancelled your order, I do not prioritize orders. You need to go have a glass of wine and relax" 

Of course I was seething at that remark....she was pulling my strings. But I thought back to the word "humble". This seller needed to have a piece of humble pie set in front of her. It also reminded me that we all need to remain humble, no matter how successful we become in life.

and..btw...I did find the same supplies through another seller and she shipped then the next day!



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