|Pencil Me In ... slipcovers for You.||
Like many of my creative friends, finding time for personal projects is a constant challenge. But with an upcoming trip requiring airline travel, I carved out a few hours to cobble up this carry-on container. Part of the puzzle was using only materials I had on hand, including leather remnants and parts from what I call the "weird projects graveyard".
Back Pack or Shoulder Bag
This last photo is my favorite because my reflection is captured in the shiny snap. A great metaphor for pouring heart and soul into work . I can't wait to try this design in my travels and think about the next iteration.
What are you designing that reflects your life?
Recently I was asked if I had any interesting projects going on and I really had to think about it. But here is one for that category.
It's always rewarding to make someone's quality of life just a little bit better. That's pretty interesting to me.
This coming weekend my sisters and I will travel to Tarboro for a girls weekend to celebrate Mama's birthday. So happy my sister Marilyn from Arden made a pit stop to the workshop today and that she brought her creative spirit with her. During some Appalachian winter's nights, she had reimagined some fabric remnants into colorful braids and needed a strong machine to zigzag them into a rug. The Sailrite LS-Z was just the machine to do the job. Can't wait for more fun projects this weekend! Time spent with family is priceless.
For my friends who love furniture and upcycling, here is the ultimate: "Found Chairs and Trees" by artist Tom Shields (American born 1970 and lives in Penland). Weekend weather was amenable to hiking and what a nice discovery on the trails at the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition takes the chair back to its roots by grafting chairs to trees. Over time, the chair will decay, completing a natural cycle.
Upcycle linen remnants for the perfect gift wrap. Just add string and some ivey from the garden. Then reuse again and again. Next this quilted linen will be a natural tree skirt.
Hey this is me in my new upCdooZ!
So what's an upCdooZ? Altered upcycled clothing for artfully dressed women and children. One of my friends from design school, Camille Thornton, along with Susan Thornton, launched this business in Charlotte, NC. This dress is so comfy I want to wear it all the time. Click on the link below for more info.
Organic cotton laces are my favorite and the one in this photo is from Near Sea Naturals. I don't think the butterflies are available any more. Probably because I stitched them to so many cotton and linen slipcovers. But another favorite is the Brontosaurus lace which can be found on the link below. I used both the Butterfly and the Brontosaurus lace recently on a pair of straightleg levis so I could get them over my red cowgirl boots. www.nearseanaturals.com
I had so much fun with this colorful project! Karen brought me a basket full of vintage table linens to be incorporated into her slipcover. I used a printed border tablecloth for a gathered skirt and paired it with GP&J Baker’s lifestyles beachcomber check in apple. An old drying cloth was stitched into a pillow. To the ribbon ties on the neckroll and the back, I added some cool birds hand crafted in clay by Gilda Aita. Maybe these birds are partridges for the pear print?