Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Be a Love Magnet

Well, okay, if you can't BE one, then maybe GIVE one! I'll be selling these cute little art quilt magnets and handmade gift boxes at Art & Antique Studio in EGAD, and also at Art & Soul Studio in Satellite Beach. Great inexpensive gift idea!


The "shabby chic" mini-quilt is handmade from repurposed fabrics, 
hand painted and lettered, top stitched with metallic threads. 
The box is also handmade, hand-stamped, filled with white paper shred 
and a tiny matching gift card, all tied up with a pretty ribbon. 

Look what's inside the box:
Ready to add the gift! Paper shred, gift card and ribbon all included!


The magnets are all a little different (that makes them one-of-a-kind!)
Come to the studios to see them all!



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Turmoil and Tranquility

I chose this piece to illustrate the theme of the challenge presented by my fiber arts group this year. I find my Tranquility from the Turmoil in my life in the oasis of my swimming pool, where bubbles frantically rise to the surface in an effort to escape. But at the same time, the bubbles are calming, presenting a soft popping sound that is duplicated no where else. And I love to watch their little dances as they scurry around on their journey. 

This is a small art quilt that began with a batik I had made several years ago. It is a waxed design on rayon, painted with Procion dyes and textured with salt. I machine quilted the background, and also around each bubble, with metallic thread. I stuffed each bubble from the back of the quilt with fiberfil, backed it with repurposed rayon, then bound the quilt with white piping and hand-made dyed silk binding. Tiny beads are hand-sewn on, scattered throughout.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Love Repurposing!


A friend gave me some vintage fabric, and I used it to make some handy drink coasters. 
I also used some of my ice-dyed and tie-dyed fabrics to make two more sets. 
Handmade, reversible, washable....they make a nice little gift!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fearless Art Quilt!


Several months ago I was privileged to be able to take a class 
with the talented Helen Midge Mattesi Baudouin. 
I finally finished my art piece today!

I am eternally grateful to Midge for helping me think outside the box 
(or as in this case, not thinking at all, just feeling!)

 Here are some close ups of inspirational words I chose to use:





My quilt is on my studio wall....it makes me happy just to look at it!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

HalloWeenies!

In the spirit of the season and in my unique mini-art doll style, 
I have created "HalloWeenies," a version of my copyrighted SeaBeanies© 
to celebrate Dia de los Muertos,  Day of the Dead.
 These soft sculpture mini-art dolls can be worn as funky jewelry 
(there's a clasp hand-sewn to the back) or they can be hung by the hidden loop.


They are hand-made from repurposed fabric with
individually molded hand-painted polymer clay face, glass beads and yarn hair. 

Fun wearable art for Halloween!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fabrics to Dye For....

I'll be teaching the basics of Procion dyeing on cotton fabrics next week at Art & Soul Studios in Satellite Beach. Workshops will be held on Thursday, September 24 or Saturday, September 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. All materials are included, and you get to take home some lovely fabric pieces like the one you see below. Email me at bright_ideas_studio@yahoo.com...hope you can join us!

Friday, September 18, 2015

More Funky Cuffs

I finished 3 more fabric cuff bracelets today. Got some cool new-old buttons from my BFF Marlyn for embellishing....
...but one also has little turtle beads crawling across it. I'll be selling these on Etsy and in Art & Antique Studio in EGAD (Eau Gallie Arts District.)