Archive | July 2009

Lothlorien Twilight: ABAA challenge

Lothlorien Twighlight

Lothlorien Twilight

This is my entry for a Dazzle of Dragonflies which was the challenge this month for Rosie and Linda’s Awfully Big Art Adventure. “Lothlorien” is where Galadriel lives in J.R.R. Tolkien’s magical world. The cloaks that she and her ladies made, that were given to the “Fellowship of the Ring” were said to have been made with a cloth that reflected the leaf, branch, water and stone of this realm. I felt that the colors that I chose for this piece reflected the same thing. Hopefully the magic will be reflected here too!

embroidered center

embroidered center

The background is a vintage embroidered silk purse, probably from China. The purse itself was too delicate to be used as such, so I have tried to preserve it’s beauty, and add it to my collection of art. Each piece of embroidery is comprised of single “Peking or Chinese Knot”, incredible in itself the work that went into each piece! These were each stitched separately then attached by hand to the brown silk. The rows of gold work that attached each design had come apart so I hand stitched these back in place first before I added in my own embellishments.

Then it was time to add in some of my own work. I beaded three dragonflies that have a dentalium shell body that is beaded and wings that are beaded. I made several sets of brick stitched leaves and interspersed them through the sections of flowers. I also beaded a few vines of brick stitched leaves.


embellished and beaded center

I hand stitched several butterflies from French wire ribbon, and added dentalium shell bodies which are beaded. I also made hand stitched flowers from grosgrain ribbon that I stitched with vintage celluloid button centers. I antiqued both the flowers and butterfly bodies with copper fabric paint.

Several more flowers were made from silk bias ribbon and vintage velvet ribbon. These have beaded centers and are interspersed between the butterflies and larger flowers.

I used many vintage buttons that I have collected over the years including carved Tahiti shell, “tinnies” and celluloid which were used around the outer edges. Several new dragonfly and butterfly buttons and charms were also found to complete the theme.

Full wall hanging

Full wall hanging

I had a wonderful time collecting all of these treasures, then finding a home for them to reside.

The last item I found at Maureen’s Vintage Acquisitions was the mini quilt hanger with the dragonfly on the top! Perfection!

I hope that you enjoy what you do, have fun today and do take a look at the other entries for this challenge, they are all unique and incredible!

Happy stitching, collecting and treasure what gifts you have! Christen

Tea on Tuesday

Tea for Tuesday

Tea for Tuesday

Tea for Tuesday today is Green Tea, and meditation. I have relatives visiting, and lots of household chores to take care of…. poop! The tea pot, cup, spoon (with a tea pot on top), table runner, and TV tray are all thrift store finds, my favorite way to spend an afternoon, searching for treasures! (Not cleaning the house and being a hostess, today at least!)

I was looking through my old cards and found this tea cup card. It was given to me by an ex-coworker when I opened up my own store. I saved it not only because it was pretty, but the gesture was lovely!

Butch helping me fold the clothes

Butch helping me fold the clothes

As I was multi tasking and waiting for the computer to wake-up, I checked the laundry that I had to fold, guess who I found helping me? Butch is our 20lb. gray and black tabby, who is really not much help, but he was comfy… I will have to re-wash these and remember to leave the dryer door closed!

Happy thoughts and a lovely day to you, enjoy what treasures come your way! Christen

Please join us for tea with Kimmie and the ladies, you are more than welcome!

Summertime and the Living is easy- Mixed Media Monday Challenge

Summeritme and the Living is Easy

Summeritme and the Living is Easy

This is my entry for this weeks Mixed Media Monday’s Challenge. The challenge this week was to make something with beads, that included beads or just BEADS. I was excited because this is certainly right up my ally and I thoroughly enjoyed the project!

I didn’t have to stitch anything new here but assemble pieces and parts, and bead-doodles that I had lying around from this project and that project. The base of the hanging is made from an 18 gauge florist wire wrapped in batting and silk ribbon. I then wire wrapped three small gourds dyed with shoe leather by a friend in place with Artistic Wire.

The dragonfly is made with a dentalium shell, beaded with size 15 seed beads, and delica beads for the wings. The vines of leaves were stitched with size 11 seed beads, then I attached beaded berries made from size 11 seed beads to each leaf. The pea pods (to the right and down) are made from delica beads filled with fresh water pearl “peas”. The fuchsias dangling by the dragonfly tail are made from delica beads and size 15 seed beads. Further embellishment comes from coin pearls and glass leaves.

Summer Time and the Living is Easy

Sipping my wine as I write this, and enjoying the summer afternoon.

Live well and enjoy what you do! Christen

PS: This was my first image, but I thought that the above one was a little more put together.

Friday’s Favorite: finding something you were searching for

tatted flowers

tatted flowers

My favorite thing is to find the thing that I found yesterday, that I was looking for last week, while searching for the thing that I needed for today for a project that needed to be done tomorrow.

These are tatted flowers that my mom had made for the handmade greeting cards that she gave out for every occasion. She started with tatted flowers with hand painted details, moved on to cross-stitched designs, crochet designs, embroidered designs with tatted flowers and finally silk ribbon embroidered designs.

Each family member received a “special holiday” card, and friends and family received Christmas cards every year, (which she started making in July). I know that several cousins and many of her friends have saved every card that she had made.

The picture here shows forgotten leftovers from her tatted designs, that she kept in old envelopes with the directions for each design. I wanted to include a few of the flowers on Lady Rose, a doll that I was making from a few items from other cards that she had made, but I didn’t find these in time for that project…

But I did find them! Don’t get too frustrated with yourself when you can’t find something that is hiding, detours on any journey can lead to unexpected moments! Enjoy, Christen