Ceramics update

As you can see, I have a very obsessive personality. This was two different firings of bisque, but I got it all together to motivate myself to get to decorating! If I was just glazing each piece it would go a lot faster, but of course I want to draw and paint on it all!

I love making Halloween decorations, but did not like the “felt tip” underglaze pens I used to outline the bowls. First of all they come in a bottle with a tiny tip. But it’s really akward to draw with because your holding a bottle, so I didn’t feel like I had a lot of control. The lines came out very thick and seemed to bleed a lot during firing. I think I’ll save them for things like dot like accents.

I’ve been making more pendants for decorating, and small coffee spoons. I first tried to make a coffee spoon mold. Last Christmas I carved tom a tiny coffee spoon from wood and he has used it to stir his cream into his coffee all year long. I thought I’d make a mold of it, but it got a little annoying to get the freshly pressed spoon out of the mold, so instead I started hand building spoons. Nothing quite as relaxing as listening to some music and building a bunch of different little spoons out of clay. I did end up breaking two when I moved them to be fired (greenware can be so delicate!) One I set down a little too roughly, and the second broke just from my bumping the batt it was resting on. Hopefully over time I get a little bit gentler when I handle things.

September Birthday Crafternoon

September Crafternoon was a mix of crafternoon & a birthday party to ring in the final year of my 30’s. My friend Lesley made me a red velvet cake, and we made little needle felted things. This was my first time needle felting and I love it! It was so much easier then I ever imagined, and I have made a few more items since then. I made the Little My and still plan on making a little felted Moomin to go with her some time soon.
I made slow cooker pumpkin spice lattes (really excited about the whole yummy coffee drinks for a crowd in the slow cooker and plan to do it more!) It was a lovely afternoon crafting and eating treats, a perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

Gran’s Sewing Basket Fabric with Robert Kaufman

I am very excited (after keeping it a secret for the last year) to announce that I have a small fabric line called Gran’s Sewing Basket coming out in October with Robert Kaufman. Inspired by my love of vintage sewing notions, this fabric is bursting with vintage style goodies. Ask your favorite quilt shops now to stock it, as its coming soon in October. My hope is that is does well, and can be just the start of an adventure of licensing fabrics.
You can see all the fabrics below and at Robert Kaufman here.

I created a special sewing pattern using my fabrics which will be available to download for free on the Robert Kaufman website in January, but I’ll be sure to share more of that soon. I cannot wait to see what people end up making with my fabrics. I am planning a dress for myself right now.