Sunday, November 28, 2010
The Holidays are upon us, which means I'm in a mad rush to finish up some of the craft projects I've been working on. Here are a few wreaths and some embellished candles. These are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop at http://www.umelecky.etsy.com/. I'd love to see some of your holiday creations.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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Friday, November 19, 2010
I've always loved collecting old books and thought I might share with you a few of my latest finds. The one with the pretty lady on the front was a freebie from my local thrift shop. I was in there browsing and they announced that each customer was welcome to three free books. How nice was that? The children's book called "Ameliar-Anne and the Green Umbrella" was a flea market find from this past summer. It has the most lovely illustrations. The tiny "French Self Taught" was a free gift from an Etsy purchase I made of an old wooden bowl. Don't you just love old books?
I have an extra set of these lovely images printed on card stock and thought they would make a nice giveaway for someones craft project. I used one of these to make a pretty Christmas container to hang on the wall. If you are interested, please leave a comment and share a link or photo of a Christmas project that you have done or just one that you like of someone else's and I will draw a name from those comments on Nov.30th. Happy crafting everyone!
I love the blogs that dedicate something special for each day of the week. I wait in anticipation for their beautiful images and creative ideas to spark my own creativity. I am greatful that these generous, talented women are willing to share the beauty of their worlds with me and I would like to think that I might be able to do the same for them. That being said... I am calling today "Frilly Friday". Here is a beautiful, lacey, envelope style pouch that was a gift from a dear friend many years ago. It's all satin and lace, and has faded a bit over the years, but still remains just as lovely. I found this old, white pillowcase with hand crocheted, lace edging that belonged to my grandmother. Such a treasure to find after all these years of being hidden away in a box. It brings back delightful memories of times spent with Grandma Anna.
Monday, November 15, 2010
As I was doing laundry and cleaning up my space today, I tried to make it fun by getting a few photos of some of my favorite little things. There's a snow globe that my mother gifted me, a Santa ornament that I just had to have, a cutout wooden bird, covered with red floral fabric, and a collection of things that sit right inside the entry way to my home. Little this and thats.
Posted by Karen Larko at 12:37 PM
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Today Jack just couldn't wait for his afternoon walk, so we went this morning instead. I waited for him while he sniffed things and he waited for me while I got some interesting photos. We found several places where the wild things live, some cool shadows, and I noticed a date carved into a large rock that's been alongside my driveway forever. I don't know how I missed seeing that date all these years. It is 1939. It must have been here from when my husbands grandparents had this land. There's a photo of a rope that hangs at eye level from a tree that's also been there forever and I'm not sure why. I'm afraid to guess what might have hung from that rope. Anyway, some of these photos are pretty cool and others a little creepy, but all of them are kind of interesting.
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Friday, November 12, 2010
Last summer I had a visit from my dear friend Odile Gova. She is a lovely, talented artist from Canada, who uses zippers to create beautiful brooches and other wearable art. She taught me how to make felt using recycled wool garments and since her visit I have felted a mountain of the stuff. With the holidays approaching, I have been busy using that felt to create ornaments and decorations for sale in my etsy shop as well as for a local craft sale that I am participating in on Nov. 20th. I've also been trying my hand at some eco friendly home decor using some of that felt as well. Here is an example of a pillow made from the soft, recycled, eco friendly wool.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thanks to Lisa Jordan of "lil fish studios", I learned something new that I've been wanting to try for a long time. She provided me with the inspiration and the information to get started on my way to dyeing textiles using natural plant materials. So, last weekend I tried it. I used red and yellow onion skins and some cranberries. The results were beautiful. Yesterday I put all the bits and pieces of fabric and ribbon together and created a lovely collection of shabby chic decorations. Here are some pics of the finished products.
Posted by Karen Larko at 1:28 PM
Okay, I know it's probably too early to be bustin out the Christmas tunes and gathering pine branches, but I just couldn't help myself. Jack and I were out walking and I broke off a bit of pine and that was all it took. The fragrance brought back memories of Christmas's past and I couldn't contol myself, so I gathered a small basket of the branches to bring back with me. I was actually out looking for berries to use for some natural dye, but only found a few which were protected by some pretty nasty thorns. Just not worth getting tangled in the thorns with a crazy dog pulling me every which way.
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