Monday, December 20, 2010


    Here's Father Christmas wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!
I sculpted this Father Christmas several years ago.  His body is an antique mannequin.   I made all his clothes, except for the shirt.  He stands in my entry every year at Christmas behind an antique sleigh.

Living Room

                                    Kitchen Island Display

I hope everyone remembers to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Jesus is the reason for the season!

Friday, October 1, 2010


I finished "dressing" the settee in my studio/trailer.  The trailer is so small that it was hard to get far enough away to get a full picture.  I used linen for the dust ruffle and some of the silk velvet I dyed for the top.  It's embellished with vintage, handmade French lace, vintage millinery flowers, and silk velvet flowers that I made.  The pillow shams are also vintage french.  Sounds like I have a thing for vintage french!  You think?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Which is your favorite?

These are two of my favorite vests that I've made so far.  One has hand dyed silk velvet along the bottom and the other has a vintage piece of quaker lace.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hand Dyed Silk Velvet Purse

Completed a purse today made of some of the silk velvet I have been dyeing.  It will be part of the trunk show in October.  I dyed it brick, kiwi and camel.  I love the colors!  I lined it with black linen.  I added a french button and some other items that I bought at a Paris flea market.

Friday, August 20, 2010

French Fragments Purse

Just finished my first purse.  It's made out of a quilt that I over dyed.  The purse measures about 12"x14".  I used pieces of vintage french fabric that I bought while in France in May.  I also used copies from my collection of old french postcards that I transferred on to fabric.  I lined it in linen.  I hope to make more for my trunk show in Oregon in October.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Patti Digh's New Book

Received my advance copy of Patti Digh's new book, "Four Word Self Help".  My artwork, shown above, was included in the book.  Kind of exciting!  The book is due out in Sept.  I read the book last night and would highly recommend it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Silk Velvet Scarf & Flower

Hand dyed silk velvet scarf and flower.  Loved dyeing the fabric!

Hand Dyed Silk Velvet Flowers

I have been using the left over pieces of my silk velvet to make flowers.  They are different sizes.  The largest ones are about 2 1/2".  Perfect size to wear on a collar.  These will be at my trunk show in Oregon in October.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hand Dyed Silk Velvet

I just finished dyeing these two pieces of silk velvet.  I will probably use them on the bottom of my denim jackets.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

French Fragments Vest

Finished this vest today. I am doing a trunk show to benefit the Oregon Children's Choir in October in Lake Oswego, Oregon. All the vests will be different with images taken from my collection of antique French postcards. Hand dyed silk velvet ruffle around the bottom.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Fragments Lakeside Studio

Arbor is complete! Now I just have to wait until it's covered with vines.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Woke up to this view every morning for 10 days! We stayed at La Madone in Apt France for 10 days. What a beautiful place.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Almost done with the arbor that goes over the trailer! I'm loving it!! I'm thinking about painting the whole trailer the taupe color that I painted the trim. I would still do red accents.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Old Suitcase to the Rescue

The electrical box in the trailer was ugly. I had an old (small) suitcase that I painted and decorated. Covered the handle with leopard printed silk velvet. Cut the back out to fit over the panel. You would never know it's there. To get to the panel all you have to do is open the suitcase.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Interior Walls Complete - Moving In!!

I have started putting things into the trailer. The upholstered wall had all kinds of wires on it. Upholstering it covered all of that up. I'm going to get a mattress for the antique baby bed. I will make a long dust ruffle for it and lots of pillows. Should be a comfy place to read or do some art projects. Lots more stuff to go into it. I'll be posting more pictures soon.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

1950's Trailer

Finishing up the exterior of my trailer. Still want to do more painting on the door. The interior floor is almost laid, thanks to my son in law. Now I am going to upholster one wall in fabric and I can start moving things in. Yippee!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lace Scarves

Finished they lace scarves yesterday. I'm sending them to a shop in Santa Fe.

Wild Turkeys

I saw about 8 wild turkeys this morning. Among them were these two males that kept "strutting their stuff". What is it about males that they like to show off for any females around?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Painted Cabinet

Just finished painting this cabinet for my trailer. The top piece folds down to make a desk. It was UGLY before I painted it. Now I have to get the floor installed. Then I will be ready to upholster the wall. Haven't started on the flagstone patio that the trailer will sit on.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Trailer Love!

Everyone has been asking me about my trailer redo. Well, here it is. If it looks different than the first one I posted, it is because it is a different trailer! The first one just required too much work. I will be painting the outside. I have it parked in front of my house right now and have taken a lot of teasing from friends. I'm working on the inside and have painted the walls and they look almost like metal. The ceiling is whitewashed. I will be installing a floor and upholstering one wall. It will be parked out close to our lake with an arbor over it with vines growing over it and flagstone all around it. I will keep you posted! Oh, check out the one picture of the outside with yellow stuff coming out of the vent. It was open clear through to the inside of the trailer. I bought some of that foam insulation and sprayed it in the hole and then waited for a few minutes and then covered it up on the inside with a piece of wood. Well---the insulation started coming through the vent on the outside. I laughed so hard!! I cleaned it up and it still kept coming. Now I have some clean up work to do before I paint the exterior. :-)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

French Postcard Scarf

I have started making these scarves from vintage quaker lace. They are tea dyed and then I add the copy of a vintage french postcard along with bits of silk velvet and ribbon. Listed this one on Etsy.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Renaissance Necklace

I constructed these from old renaissance paintings that are copyright free. They measure about 1 1/4" diameter. I am opening an Etsy shop and will post that information when they are listed.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Snowy Kansas

Looking out towards my studio all you can see is white fluffy snow!
It's pretty, but enough already!