Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Upcoming Shows and Events



While I'm busily working away on up cycling garments, dyeing ribbon and silk, and generally gathering props I want to announce registration has opened for Art Retreat at the Prairie.   I'll be teaching three classes and am really thrilled to get to go back and teach for a wonderful retreat in a fabulous setting!  I hope you can treat yourself to attend!

I only have a bit of time to post and then it's back to working on these: "shoot like a girl" Sharp Shooter Vests!  You can find me selling these at Remnants of the Past in Pleasanton, CA April 24th and 25th and at the May Day Faire on May 2 & 3 in Santa Cruz, CA. along with all my other creations of dyed ribbon, fabrics, scarves, and upcycled and vintage wearables!









Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Remnants of the Past Vintage Show




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Please join us at Remnants of the Past Antique & Vintage Show on Friday, April 24th 3pm-8pm and Saturday, April 25th, 9am-5pm. 



My booth is #5.  I hope to see many familiar faces and because this is my first time to participate in the show I hope to meet many new friends.


Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue PleasantonCA 94566


Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic will be our special guest! See you soon!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Remnants of the Past and Vintage Lace and Linens



I'm so busy creating and getting items ready to sell at Remnants of the Past show next month in Pleasanton, CA.

After going through my stash of vintage lace and linens (oh and of course shopping for more) I thought I would share my method of cleaning and freshening them.

Many times there are stains and/or musty odors and having an acute sense of smell I can't tolerate that.  Sometimes pieces are aged to a golden color that people want to have in their mixed media art.  I use mine for clothing so I want them clean and not smelly.

To get rid of odors I use Borax.  It's what is used to clean soiled cloth diapers so you know it gets the smell out!  For stains I use OxiClean or in particular this brand.



Follow directions on the product label.  After I soak, sometimes overnight, I check to see if the stains are gone.  If not I may add more of the cleaner and keep soaking.  Sometimes the stains will just not come out!  Also the cleaner can whiten some items, especially if the aged look was dirt, grime, or whatever it is.  So if you want that look then try tea staining.




After soaking, washing with shampoo, and rinsing well,  I hang the pieces outside to dry.  I leave them out for at least a day and sometimes more to further eliminate any odors.







Some people seem to think throwing a dryer sheet in a bag with them and/or using Fabreze solves the problems. But to me it doesn't really cover up the problem it just makes the musty, aged smell sickenly sweet ........... and musty.  Yuck!

Now I get to iron, package, and price the items I'll be selling.  I have a feeling the "keep" pile with be bigger than the "sell" pile.  Am I a hoarder?  Good question.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Results of Botanical and Rust Dye Workshop



Look what was created in my class in Portland at Art and Soul!  I had lovely ladies in my class and the fabrics they dye printed are beautiful! (Thanks Lorna! xo)















Then Ruth Chandler came in with a little bucket of indigo so we got to dip a few pieces in that and behold the blue!  So much fun and magic.







Sunday, March 1, 2015

Remnants of the Past



My sister Jan and I will be vending at this wonderful show.  We have lots of things in store to sell including upcyled "wayward threads" clothing, hand dyed ribbon and scarves, botanical dye printed items, Mothers' Day items, and all sorts of other goodies made from vintage linens and doilies.  I'll be posting some pictures from now until the show as items get created.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My Workspace Today

I've been getting things ready to take to Portland to teach at Art and Soul next week.  Rusty metal, flowers, leaves for botanical dye printing.  These are the types of botanicals we'll be using.  I have my sister to gather for me in Oregon so I don't transport these over the borderline.  It's always best to use local botanicals.






Gathered laces, trims, and dyed silk.


Dyeing velvet




Monday, February 9, 2015

And it's already February

Last post Dec. 1, 2014 and now it's already February.  A lot has happened since that post.

Sharon's workshop happened and it was wonderful.  My sister Jan drove down from Oregon with Roxanne and took the workshop which was a pleasant surprise.  My hubby cooked us fabulous dinners and we worked non stop creating lots of dyed fabrics!





I had a birthday and was thrown a party on New Year's eve for that and had big fun!  Dinner, dancing and cake!





I've been to Tucson and back.  Taught two classes at Art Retreat in the Desert and loved all my students and Barb Solemn and her family staff that puts this on.  I wasn't very good at taking photos and the few I did take seem to have disappeared?  Hmm, curious.

Sadly I had to cancel the Kauai retreat as I had only one sign up.  I really wanted to host this but many of the people who encouraged me to put it together ended up not being able to come for various reasons.  Perhaps it will happen in the future, time will tell.

I know I'm rushing here with a list of "done" but I don't know how else to catch up.

I'm teaching a class on Feb. 22 at A Work of Heart in San Jose where we will botanical and rust dye fabrics and paper.  I'm planning to travel to Portland, Or. to teach the same techniques at Art & Soul in March.  There are still openings in both these classes.   If you're interested click the link to take you to the appropriate website.



In April I am going to have a booth space at Remnants of the Past.  This is the first show of this type I  will participate in.  I have a good feeling about it.  I'll be selling my upcycled clothing, dyed scarves and ribbon, vintage linens and trims, some vintage clothing and wearables such as gloves, hankies, etc.  The show is in Pleasanton, CA. Friday April 24 and Saturday 25.

Yesterday when I arrived home from Tucson the wind was howling and rain was pouring so I wasn't able to unload my car until today.  After doing that I felt creative and started pinning doilies on a couple of garments before I even unpacked all the stuff from the car that got piled up.  You can imagine what the studio looks like?  Well I'm not showing pics of that.  lol!

I will show pics of the garments that I worked on.  Remember this is the start, everything is pinned and subject to change.





It's nearing the end of the day so I need to go shut down the studio and turn off the lights.  I'll start again tomorrow and maybe, just maybe I'll get things put away first.