To Amuse and Delight

Monday, July 27, 2009

Alice in Wonderland Clock

If you have to look at something multiple times a day or it is a permanent fixture in your home why not make it attractive and amusing, right? I found myself in need of a portable alarm clock. Not satisfied with any, I settled for a cheap little drugstore number that I could work with. I embellished it with images from Wonderland. I save my expired calendars because they are always beautiful and useful. I cut these images from a 2007 Alice calendar illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev and glued them in place. With minimal effort and no cost I have instant transformation.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

rain rain go away

I actually really like rain, except when it is relentless and destroys my tomatoes. We’ve been having an awful lot of rain lately. Maybe that is why these little umbrellas are popping up all over the lawn.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Feather Display

We have an ever growing seasonal nature shelf where we display our found treasures. I used to keep feathers in a glass vase, but they always ended up in a clump. Well, I just found a beautiful way to keep them apart while avoiding man made objects. Using a bee's nest each individual feather can be shown off. To stabilize it I sat it in a seashell. I think it looks great.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

That sort of bear...

My 9 yr old daughter will often ask "can I do some sewing?".  She disappears for hours. Behind closed doors while listening to audio books, she sews. I am not allowed to peek or to help. A couple of days ago she emerged with this bear! It's so great, such personality, I begged to have it. I had to save him from ending up at the bottom of some toy box. So, he is mine and I love him.

Friday, July 3, 2009

My Mushrooms

For the last couple of years I have been devoting much of my time in nature seeking out mushrooms. I have taken countless pictures of them. I can't always keep track of labeling who they are because they are too numerous. So many shapes , colors, sizes, textures. It's never boring and each time we come across a new one it's special. Here are a couple of beauties from our most recent walk. The jelly one looked like amber with the sun behind it and the two tiny guys in that amazing moss forest were each as small as a fingernail.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I used to make dolls.....

Twelve years ago I started making dolls. Ten years ago I got pregnant and stopped making dolls. It's not that I decided to stop, actually I just forgot about it. I'm a very attached kind of mom. I was way to busy enjoying my little ones to think of sewing. Once the girls got a bit older I found pockets of time appearing in my day and I began sewing again. It has only been about 1 1/2 years that I've been back at it. I started the etsy shop and started making cute things to put in it. Even though that continues to be really fun I am now getting the urge to pick up where I left off ten years ago. Not always cute, but definitely interesting. I'm itching to see what is going to come out of my head. I hope you will stick around to see what comes next.

The doll shown here is named Var. She was auctioned off at a benefit for Love, an great organization dedicated to stopping child sex trafficking abroad and here in the US. Please, go to their site, get educated and if you can, get involved.